Saturday, 31 January 2015

New Music Saturday

Well new to me anyway.

Sometimes a bit of country hits the spot. Never Ending Sky is actually Hannah Bethel's third album, she self released her first when she was only seventeen. She has a really engaging voice that has given me goosepimples on a couple of occasions. I am no country aficionado so couldn't tell you if this is typical of the country music being released at the moment but to these ears it is quite similar to Kacey Musgraves in style, which may have something to do with the fact that Allan Odendorff plays pedal steel on both, I do like the sound of the pedal steel guitar.

Give this a listen as it's worth it.

Hannah Bethel - Frigerator

Friday, 30 January 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance.

How about a quality bit of German Techno courtesy of Frankfurt duo Booka Shade remixed by Berlin duo Pan- Pot. Booka Shade have been making music since the mid nineties, this track was released as a limited 12" single in 2010. You have got to hand it to the Germans they do produce quality Techno. I have also found out recently that although they produce very nice cars, they are extremely shit in Scottish winters. You can't have everything I suppose.

Have a good weekend people. I will be layered to the point of not being able to bend or turn as I'm off to the Excelsior stadium to see if the Diamonds can stay in contention for the play-offs which seem such a long way off at the moment.

Booka Shade - Regenerate (Pan-Pot remix)

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Songs for Chile

I had forgotten all about Drugstore until El President came up on the mp3 player last week. The song was a tribute to the Chilean President Salvador Allende who was deposed in a coup in 1973. As I was listening to El President I began to think of another song written about Chile and the crimes of the brutal bastard and personal friend, let us not forget, of Margeret Thatcher, Augusto Pinochet who took over the country. I love Dick Gaughan's version of Victor Jara of Chile.

Drugstore - El President

Dick Gaughan - Victor Jara Of Chile 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Better Late Than Never

I'm only a few days late with this but it's worth it. This was first heard live from Peel Acres on Peel's Burns Night Special on the 22/01/2004.

Of a' the airts the wind can blaw,
I dearly like the West,
For there the bonnie lassie lives,
The lassie I lo.e the best.
There wild woods grow, and rivers row,
And monie a hill's between:
But day and night my fancy's flight
Is ever wi' my Jean

I see her in the dewy flowers,
I see her sweet and fair;
I hear her in the tunefu' birds,
I hear her charm the air;
There's not a bonnie flower that springs
By fountain, shaw, or green;
There's not a bonnie bird that sings, 
But minds me of my Jean.

Camera Obscura - My Bonnie Jean

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

What Happened To Dogs?

I really liked Dogs, I saw them a couple few times in the mid noughties and really enjoyed both albums. They were extremely good live and in Johnny Cooke had a very charismatic front men. After the release of the second album, Tall Stories From Under The Stairs in 2007 they disappeared, they resurfaced in 2010 with a cd ep entitled We Are The Dogs and then disappeared for good. Tarred and Feathered was the band's fourth single released in 2005.

Dogs - Tarred And Feathered

Monday, 26 January 2015

I've Fallen In Love

Today's slice of soul comes courtesy of the Atlantic subsiduary Cotillion label act  C & the Shells, C being Calvin White and the Shells being Andrea Bolden and Lonzine Wright. Prior to signing to the label they recorded for Calla under the name the Sandpebbles. The song an everyday story of a girl falling for the wrong, ie married man was written and produced by Jerry (Swamp Dog) Williams.


C & The Shells - I've Fallen In Love

Friday, 23 January 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

SA's excellent week of posts on the work of the legends that were New Order has inspired me to re-post something from the early days of the blog featuring my favourite track from the band.  Well that and if I am honest, the fact that nothing else has popped into my head for posting today.

Have a good weekend people. I will be mostly trying to get the house into some semblance of order having had a new kitchen fitted this week.

It's a dreich Monday night around the middle of October 1987 and I'm standing in the Mudd Club at the Ritzy in Aberdeen, surrounded by students having a good time and getting legless as students do on a Monday or any other day of the week for that matter. I on the other hand am neither happy nor drunk, I am like the weather that night miserable.

I have just returned to Aberdeen after spending the last weekend with my long term girlfriend as on Thursday she is emigrating to Australia. Her father in his infinite wisdom has decided to up root his family due to a selfish dream of living in a land down under.

Into the bargain I am also realizing that this student life is not all it's cracked up to be. Along with the freedom of living away from home comes the dubious pleasures of shit digs, even shittier food and penury.

Then out of the blue this track comes on and I grab a friend and dance. For nearly 7 minutes all of the crap feelings I have been carrying around with me for what then seemed like forever are lifted and I'm smiling and dancing with not a care in the world (without the aid of a disco biscuit).

The healing power of dance music.

New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (12" version)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

In My Life

I don't listen to the Brian Jonestown Massacre nearly as much as I should. Not quite sure why but I keep forgetting about them but when I do stick something on I invariably end up listening to the whole album. 'In My Life' comes from the band's third album 'Take It From The Man' from 1996.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - In My Life

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

How Good Is This?

I'm not a huge fan of Laura Marling, in the past I have liked a few songs that I have heard which led me to purchase the first couple of albums but if the truth be told I haven't listened to them much. The tracks I do play quite frequently are New Romantic and Young Love the Mystery Jets song she guests on. Last weekend I heard Short Movie on the Huey Morgan song and have been on Youtube quite a lot over the weekend playing the song. I do hope that this is released as a single.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I Want To Give You My Everything

This is a rather good piece of modern soul from the French group Cherry B and The Sound Makers. It is a reworking of a Carl Douglas song from 1975. It was released a couple of years ago on the excellent outta sight label which has delivered some much needed represses of some essential soul records.

Cherry B and the Sound Makers - I Want To Give You My Everything

Monday, 19 January 2015

Too Much For You

Today's slice of top quality soul comes out of Los Angeles although Bobby Angelle (Angelle Boudreaux) originally hailed from rural Louisiana. Too Much Much For You was originally released on the Money Label in 1967. As far as I can find out Angelle released six singles between 1965 - 1969 and then left the music business. He died of a heart attack in 1995.

Bobby Angelle - Too Much For You

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Mellow Sunday

I just noticed this morning that we have passed the two thousandth post mark on the blog, today's will actually the 2005th !

I absolutely love this song, the harmonies make me all warm inside and the banjo does things to me that I never thought a banjo would.

The Be Good Tanyas - It's Not Happening 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

New Music Saturday

I received an email from Oliver Davis late last year introducing his band Puppet Rebellion to me and I really liked what I heard and so I contacted him for further details about the band he duly replied with the below bio.

"PUPPET REBELLION was written in capitals just now to get your attention. Once they have that attention, they will draw you in further with their uncompromisingly heartfelt lyrics and edgy, in your face contemporary musical arrangements which are meticulously designed to move your body and mind.

There are many artists out there vying for your time, but a quick glance at Puppet Rebellion's already impressive list of achievements prov to show that this fiercely independent band is the real deal. Having formed in January 2013, the band have already amassed a huge following on social media, helped in no small part to their close ties with both Manchester football clubs, having been seleected by Manchester City FC for their "Goal of the Month" feature and being played half-time at Old Trafford during a Manchester United Champions League game.

The band have so far released two critically acclaimed EP's ("Chemical Friends" and "By No Means"), tracks of which can be heard when they play their status affirming and sold-out enegetic shows around the nation's Northern Capital (including main support slots with 'Catfish & The Bottlemen' & 'Reverend and the Makers') and other venues across the UK.

So many bands, so little time. Make sure you give Puppet Rebellion the attention they deserve"

How could I refuse. You've got to give it to the Mancs, they never knowingly undersell themselves. You can find more tracks by the band and buy the eps here