Monday, 25 November 2019
I have posted this track a couple of times over the nearly 11 years that this blog has spluttered on. But I think that it's about time it was featured again. It will take a bit of commitment from anybody who is minded to listen to it as it lasts for 28 minutes. The track just builds and builds, layering sounds upon sounds over an underlying drone. it's all fuzzy, blurry, sweet white noise which sucks you in and before you know it nearly half an hour has passed and there is nothing else to do but to press repeat.
I just wish that this had been released on a physical format although that would probably not fit in with the ethereal nature of the track.
Somfay - Fricative White (From A Whisper To A Scream)
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
You just know he means it when Ronnie sings " cause my love is so strong" , he certainly puts his heart and soul into his rendition of this Ashford and Simpson penned song released on Scepter in 1965. I love everything about this record, the backing vocals, the dramatic backing, the lot. Magic stuff.
Btw, Ronnie is actually a very well known Country and Western artist. Bet you would never have guessed that?
Off to Luton for a couple of days, which is nice.
Ronnie Milsap - When It Comes To My Baby
Tuesday, 19 November 2019
And I don't care what Gary Mullholland says in "Fear of Music", for me it still sounds as good as it did when I was an angsty 16 year old looking for a band to call my own.
Never did do the backcombed hair though
The Jesus and Mary Chain - In A Hole
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Something's Wrong
Monday, 18 November 2019
I'm not sure what it is about Austin, Texas, it could be something in the water or the proximity to Mexico but more than a few bands that are "out-there" or experimental bands seem to hail from there, going back to the 13th Floor Elevators through to The Black Angels and Thousand Foot Whale Claw. Recently I have found a new one to add to the list, Dallas Acid, a trio who have just released there latest album, The Spiral Arm. The album started off as a live performance at the Planetarium in San Antonio as the soundtrack to a visual journey to the Cosmos, you don't get much more outthere than that.
Unfortunately the version of the title track is somewhat edited in the YouTube clip below as the album version is nine and a half minutes low and can be listened to in it's entirety and purchased here.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Digging out the John Prine track for yesterday's post inevitably led me to today's as it is a cover of a track from the Illinois singer's first album. This particular rendition comes from a gig that I have mentioned a couple of time before on the blog, the Big Day, June 3rd 1990 when between 250 000 and 400 000 revellers wandered about various venues in Glasgow and caught some of the largest pop and rock acts of the time at George Square, Glasgow Green, The People's Palace and Custom House Quay on the Broomielaw where some of us were lucky to if not wholly witness at least hear the coming together of a major rock, star an indie heroine and the Big Nosed Bard from Barking covering Hello In There as well as earlier catching Aly Bain giving it big licks on his fiddle,
What a day that was!
Natalie Merchant had recorded Hello In There as a b-side to the 12" version of Eat For Two the previous year but I have always thought that the backing was way to jaunty for the song. See what you think.
10 000 Maniacs - Hello In There
Monday, 11 November 2019
I'm not sure how good for the psyche on a Monday morning a song about a crumbling marriage and a double murder is but this has got to be one of the most upbeat tunes to go along with some of the darkest lyrics that I know. The original of Lake Marie can be found on Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings released in 1995. I don't own as much by John Prine as I think I should do. I do have his eponymous first album, a copy of which every house should own I think.
Sunday, 10 November 2019
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
I really wish that this tune would have fitted in with the Monday theme but it is two damned short, it should be at least three times as long as it is. All About Satellites and Spaceships is the opening title track from the debut album by 7% Solution from Austin Texas. The rest of the album is typical of the shoegaze sound and not too bad but didn't grab me the way this does, although there is very little to it, I find that when I play it I tend to just stop what I'm doing and really listen for some reason
7% Solution - All About Satellites and Spaceships
Monday, 4 November 2019
Like SA over at the Bagging Area, I also saw Moon Duo last week. Not in Manchester but at a new venue for me BAAD (Barras Art and Design) behind the famous Ballroom and across the road from ST Lukes. I had attended a couple of record fairs there but not a gig and it turned out to be a great we venue. I will not be giving you an in depth review of the night as I could not compete with Adam's excellent piece from last Wednesday, suffice to say it was fucking magic. Although I think it would have worked in a seated venue what with the lightshow and me getting on a bit but that's a personal preference and has hew haw to do with the performance.
High Over Blue was an unused track from the sessions for the Circles album which was released on a limited single sided 12" single for the Belgian label Sleeperhold Records and on a second disc on the Australian edition of Circles. It is for all intents and purposes a sprawling jam drenched in reverb, noodley guitar solos and undecipherable muffled vocals but we are not averse to long improvised jams hereabouts.
Not a bad way to spend twenty one and three quarter minutes on a Monday.
Moon Duo - High Over Blue
Friday, 1 November 2019
At 15:00 twenty two years ago today I made possibly the best decision I have ever made. On that crisp November day I said yes and married Lynn. There have been loads of ups and downs since, some huff, shouting matches and more than one disagreement over the merits of the Fall and MES in particular but I haven't once regretted that decision,
The Proclaimers - Life With You