Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The one constant was the late Arthur Taylor Lee, along with some superb sixties albums and singles.
This then is Love with both the early and late shows at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, USA, back on the 21st November 1970.
Source: Concert soundboard.
Sound Quality: Very good, 320kbps stereo (a few glitches due to age, that do not distract).
Genre: Psychedelic rock, garage rock, sixties west coast.
Set: Early and Late show performances.
01 Product Of The Times
02 Stand Out
03 Keep On Shinning
05 Singing Cowboy / Good Times
06 Stand Out
07 Product Of The Times
08 Bummmer In The Summer
09 Gotta Find Somebody
10 Signed D.C.
11 Slick Dick
12 Always See Your Face
13 Singing Cowboy
Links: Excellent fan site HERE. Official Arthur Lee and Love site HERE.
Comments: This live concert material shows off the rockier edge of Love, and the style was quite different to the early performances, much tighter, less tune ups between songs, and overall a much more polished live act.
I was surprised how much I liked this, as I tend to associate the band to songs such as Alone Again Or, and The Red Telephone, which have a much gentler feel to them. This is well worth a listen, and again a nice piece of Fillmore West history.
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Sunday, 29 March 2009
The often asked question regarding these sessions is, why have they never been officially released ?
The musically historical importance, audio quality, and perhaps the actual performances themselves, make that a reasonable question, however in all honesty forty years on, the 'cats out of the bag' if you get my drift?
The contents of the sessions are detailed in track lists below, if you have just passing interest in either of these two artists, I would suggest that the recordings are well worth a listen.
Source: Taken from an early generation silver CD.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo soundboard, studio and auditorium.
Genre: In all fairness Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash will suffice.
BS studios, Nashville, TN, USA - February 17th -18th, 1969.
01 Good Ol' Mountain Dew (Lunsford / Wiseman)
02 I Still Miss Someone (J Cash / Roy Cash)
03 Careless Love (Trad)
04 Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
05 That's Alright Mama (A. Crudup)
06 Big River (J Cash)
07 Girl Of The North Country
08 I Walk The Line (J Cash)
09 You Are My Sunshine (Davis / Mitchell)
10 Ring Of Fire (Carter / Kilgore)
11 Guess Things Happen That Way (Clement)
12 Just A Closer Walk With Thee (Trad)
13 Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas) (J Rodgers)
14 Blue Yodel #2 (J Rodgers)
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN May 1st, 1969.
15 I Threw It All Away
16 Living The Blues
17 Girl Of The North Country
Nashville Skyline Quadraphonic Mixes.
18 Nashville Skyline Rag
19 I Threw It All Away
20 Peggy Day
21 Country Pie
22 Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
Unknown source - not on all bootleg versions.
23 One Too Many Mornings (1)
24 One Too Many Mornings (2)
Links: Official Bob Dylan HERE, official Johnny Cash HERE,
Comments: The very thorough Bobs Boots site had the following to say regarding this material.
'The outtakes are great fidelity studio recordings, but the performances are very loose, first time trys. This is a 'must-have' disc for historical reasons, but it will probably not be one that you will want to play every day'.
That is a reasonable summary, however I played a few tracks again earlier today, and my first thought as I went on to other matters (work as it happens), was I must listen to this all the way through again!
The studio sessions were of course linked to Bob Dylan's work on his ninth 9th proper studio album 'Nashville Skyline'.
Quoting wikipedia verbatim:
When sessions resumed on February 17, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" was the primary focus, and a master take was selected from a total of eleven takes. An instrumental, titled "Nashville Skyline Rag", was also recorded at the beginning of the session, and it was later included on the album.
Sometime during that session, country legend Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. A friend and label-mate of Dylan's as well as an early supporter of his music, Cash had been recording next door with his own band. The two wound up recording a series of duets, covering Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" as well as Cash's own "I Still Miss Someone." None of these were deemed usable, but Cash returned the following day to record more duets.
The session on February 18 was devoted exclusively to duet covers with Cash. "One Too Many Mornings" and "I Still Miss Someone" were revisited, and rejected, yet again. "Matchbox", "That's All Right Mama", "Mystery Train", "Big River", "I Walk the Line", and "Guess Things Happen That Way", all made famous by celebrated Sun recordings performed by Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Cash himself, were all attempted on February 18, but none of these were deemed usable. Covers of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel #1" and "#5", Cash's "Ring of Fire" (written by his wife, June Carter and Merle Kilgore), "You Are My Sunshine", "Mountain Dew", the traditional ballad "Careless Love", the traditional hymn "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "How High The Water", and "Wanted Man" (a song written by Dylan specifically for Cash) were also attempted, and all were rejected. There was little enthusiasm for any of these tracks, but one duet of Dylan's, "Girl From The North Country" (which originally appeared on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan), was ultimately sequenced as the album's opener.
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Sunday, 22 March 2009
I think the original version came into circulation on silver disc, not that long after Curtis passed away ( ten years, this coming December).
Since 2003 it has appeared predominately on a limited number of Soul, R&B, and Funk enthusiasts web pages.
However Curtis Mayfield had a message that went way beyond just musical style or genre.
Part of the Wikipedia entry for him states:
'Curtis Mayfield is remembered for his introduction of social consciousness into R&B and for pioneering the funk style in the 1970s. Many of his recordings with the Impressions became anthems of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and his most famous album, Super Fly, is regarded as an all-time great that influenced many and truly invented a new style of modern black music'.
It is the case that his 'social consciousness' in the 1970's drew me to his music.
Radio Caroline played 'We Got To Have Peace' on a good number of occasions, the presenters on board the radio ship at the time, clearly supporting that aspiration, as they struggled to remain on air, for simply having the audacity to play music the limited number of 'other' UK radio stations chose to ignore.
Source: From the CD edition (Original Silver), ripped via WAV to MP3 in this case, the original material was either studio soundboard, or FM radio broadcast.
Sound Quality: Stereo (extremely good) @ 192kbps.
Genre: Soul, R&B, Funk, Chicago Soul, Psychedelic Soul.
Old Grey Whistle Test London England, January 1972:
01. Keep On Keepin' On
02. We Got To Have Peace (Omitted from this rip - see below)
03. Curtis on Discovery (interview)
Radio City Music Hall, New York NY, July 6, 1972:
04. Stone Junkie
In The Studio - 1972:
06. Freddie's Dead
07. Eddie, You Should Know Better
08. Curtis on Songwriting (interview)
The Push Expo - Chicago 1972:
09. We People Who Are Darker Than Blue
10. Give Me Your Love
The Midnight Special - Los Angeles CA, 1972:
12. Freddie's Dead
13. Curtis on Superfly (interview)
The Midnight Special - Los Angeles CA, June 8, 1973:
15. Back To The World
16. Curtis on Politics (interview)
1st Annual Black Caucus Benefit, Washington DC, September 25, 1974:
17. Give Me Your Love
18. Curtis on Curtis (interview)
The original source for this specific copy of the boot, has deleted track two, as this was released on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test DVD Vol. 1' in 2001. That's fine as the whole thrust of this bootleg was the rarity of the material.
Links: Wikipedia is to the point, and well edited on this occasion, it's a good reminder on the legacy of Curtis Mayfield - HERE.
Comments: What you have not got, you cannot pass on, ironically 'We Got to Have Peace' was a key track in my own personal discovering of Curtis Mayfield.
Sadly Curtis Mayfield was badly injured and suffered many health problems for much of the last decade of his life.
His music for me however, fits comfortably in to the very limited and hard to gain entry 'timeless' category.
Replacement download link in comments below - October 2011.
Purchase: A wondeful selection of over one hundred and fifty DRM free MP3's - Curtis Mayfield
Saturday, 21 March 2009
As I understand it, the actual vinyl bootleg album is very rare, so if you have one keep hold of it!
If you were a fan of The Marx Brothers, or indeed just Groucho, then this is a must have.
If you just like nostalgia, or appreciate comedy old and new, then this is a must have.
If you are just someone who must have, must haves then this is a...
Source: I do not know the specifics, I am guessing mainly from CBS radio programmes.
Sound Quality: Direct vinyl rip (1st generation), warm and old, with a few crackles, and so very, very listenable for fans, and interested parties a like (its stereo in places).
Genre: Comedy and musical styles from a bygone era.
Hooray For Captain Spaulding
Just Wait To I Get Through With It
I Want My Shirt
The Country's Gone To War
Go West Young Man
I'm Against It
Everybody Say's I Love You
Lydia, The Tattooed Lady
Show Me A Rose
Links: Groucho Marx article from Wikipedia HERE. More free mp3 material available at the excellent Internet Archive Organisation HERE.
Comments: Ripped from the 'Amazing Kornyfone Record Label's' vinyl release, this really is pure comedy nostalgia.
A small amount of the material has also surfaced on a CD release entitled 'Gratuitously Groucho', back in 1993, however the audio quality is no better than this material.
My thanks to Mark for this wonderful (weird) rarity.
Free: You might need this, most players can handle the format, however - Free Nero Music Player HERE.
New file link in comments below - Re-uploaded 2012 (Stealth project).
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Source: FM stereo recording from the Westwood One Show, broadcast on WHFS Annapolis, MD, USA, in 1990.
Sound Quality: Very good FM stereo, this is first generation from the TDK Cassette SA76 Dolby C recording (WMA 9.1 Rip CBR @ 96kps).
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock.
Set: Majority of live concert.
01 King Of The Mountain
02 Dream World
03 River Runs Red
05 Read About It
06 Read About It Cont.
07 The Dead Heart
08 Best Of Both Worlds
10 Power and The Passion
11 Beds Are Burning
12 Bedlam Bridge, Forgotten Years
13 What's So Funny About Peace Love And Understanding
15 Know Your Product
16 Blue Sky Mine
Links: The official (record label) site HERE.
Comments: Keeping it up to date in 2009:
By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press Writer – Thursday March 12th 2009.
CANBERRA, Australia – Australia's environment minister swapped the political stage Thursday for one he trod in a former incarnation — as the country's loudest anti establishment rock star.
Peter Garrett, the front man for Midnight Oil, broke up the band in 2002 and pursued a career in politics that brought him into government just under two years ago.
But band members have come together to perform at a concert to raise funds for victims of Australia's worst wildfires, which killed more than 210 and destroyed thousands of homes in southern Victoria state last month.
Once known as champions of Aboriginal rights and the environment, Midnight Oil has not played a gig since their singer became a minister. Garrett has toed his Labor Party's center-left policy line, and tries to avoid questions about his former views.
Now, Garrett may have a dilemma on his hands because lyrics in some of the band's most popular songs do not fit comfortably within the political mainstream.
"Can Midnight Oil field 20 whole minutes of material that wouldn't get Mr. Garrett sacked if he were to read it out in Parliament rather than shrieking it while twitching violently to guitar music?" Sydney Morning Herald columnist Annabel Crabb wrote recently.
The band's 1987 breakthrough album "Diesel and Dust" called for Australia to be handed back to the Aborigines. U.S. and British imperialism were also favorite targets during the band's 26 years together.
They famously played an impromptu concert on a flatbed truck outside the Manhattan headquarters of Exxon Mobil Corp. in 1990 to protest the company's response to the ecological disasters caused by one of its tankers in Prince William Sound.
Standing six foot four inches (193 centimeters) tall and with a head shaved bald as it was throughout his music career, Garrett still stands out from his government colleagues even when in a gray suit and tie.
Garrett has insisted there will be no compromise on the play list.
"We won't be choosing songs on the basis of whether or not they're considered by political commentators to be political songs or not, we'll play songs for the fans," he told Australian Associated Press Wednesday.
Gary Morris, a longtime manager associate of the band, said Thursday there will be no satisfying some fans who contend the songs will have been picked specifically to keep the government happy.
The band opened a warm-up concert Thursday with the uncontroversial "Redneck Wonderland" from the 1998 album of the same name and Garrett played harmonica for a rendition of "Blue Sky Mine," a song about asbestos miners suffering lung disease.
Midnight Oil will perform another warm-up Friday. Two big concerts take place Saturday — one in Sydney, with Coldplay headlining, and the other in the Victorian capital of Melbourne, featuring Garrett's band.
Garrett's new career has created some friction with the band. Instead of rehearsing in Canberra on Wednesday, Garrett was representing Australia at coral conservation talks in Papua New Guinea.
Morris said that when he had recently protested about the double-booking, Garrett had replied: "I don't work for the Oils anymore. I work for the Australian government."
"I used to be able to persuade him after about an hour of discussion to do various things that he was reluctant to do, but when he pulled that line on me, I couldn't beat that one," Morris laughed.
Garrett flew into Canberra on Thursday morning and attended the final session of Parliament for the week before making the short journey to the theater.
Thursday's concert was the first time he has sung in public since 2005 when the band performed at a fund raiser for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Was it really twenty years ago ?
This concert was performed at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland on the 12th June 1989.
Many of their tour dates were bootlegged at this time, this concert circulated as 'First Dive' on CD, but did not include the full set.
Source: The concert was recorded by Dutch radio and broadcast at a later date.
Sound Quality: Very good FM Stereo rip @ 320kbps.
Genre: Indie Pop to Indie Rock.
Set: Majority of live concert (last track fades out).
1.Fool for love.
3.I don't want a lover.
4.Nowhere left to hide.
5.Fight the feeling.
6.Future is promises.
7.Tell me why ?
8.Livin' for the city.
9.A prayer for you.
10.I can't get next to you.
12.It hurts me too. (edited fade out).
Links: Official UK site HERE. The more comprehensive 'Texas In Demand' site HERE.
Comments: This is a really good recording of a very good performance. Texas went on to well deserved popularity and success, and a large part of that is down to just how good they are live in concert.
I have no details regarding the actual FM broadcast of this show, the sound quality does however, suggest it was captured on excellent audio equipment.
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Purchase: Albums through the Texas site HERE. Amazon MP3's - Texas.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
I do not intend to go on about Boz Scaggs in detail here, when his 'official' fan site has a mass of information that would keep the most ardent fan amused and interested for hours.
All I will say is, if you remain unfamiliar with Boz's music and you like a quality singer - song writer, who plays the guitar superbly, and enjoy anything from Rock to Soul, Blues to Pop, take a listen to this recording.
Source: Originally circulated on CD bootlegger's 'Fire Power' (FP9045), who used silver discs rather than CDR's, the original was recorded from an FM radio broadcast.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo FM (mp3 @ 192kbps).
Genre: Wikipedia reckons -Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Rock, Blues Rock, oh just listen and make your own decision if it's that crucial!
Set: Full live concert
01 Dinah Flo - 3.37
02 Jojo - 5.54
03 I Got Your Number - 3.49
04 Isn't It Time - 5.26
05 Hercules - 5.47
06 Breakdown Dead Ahead - 5.24
07 Look What You've Done To Me - 6.02
08 Georgia - 4.35
09 We're All Alone - 4.41
10 Miss Sun - 3.07
11 Lido Shuffle - 5.23
12 Middle Man - 6.00
13 Lowdown - 6.47
14 Angel You - 5.20
Total 1 hour 12 minutes.
Boz Scaggs - Guitar (and the main man singing wise).
Kevin Dukes - Guitar
Carlos Vega - Drums
Scott Plunkett - Synthesizer
Tom Keane - Piano
John Madrid - Trumpet
Venetta Fields - Backing Vocals
Lorna Willard - Backing Vocals
Links: Official Site HERE, much better official fan site HERE.
Comments: Some CD cover art suggests the original source of this recording was soundboard, however it's from the radio broadcast, that just happened to be captured through a quality stereo receiver on to an excellent tape deck.
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Thursday, 12 March 2009
A number of The Tubes band members were students at the same high school in Phoenix, Arizona, as Alice Cooper, what were they putting in the water back there and then?
This recording was made at a time when The Tubes were arguably moving towards their first creative peak, which was both visual and musical.
This then is The Tubes live at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA, on the 26th June 1976.
Source: Tricky one this. I thought it was definitely an expanded version of a King Biscuit Flower Hour recording, however their site partly contradicts this, any how it's a professionally mixed recording.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo soundboard quality @ 192kbps.
Genre: Rock, from Pop Rock to New Wave.
Set: Fifty minutes - predominately the latter part of the concert.
1a. Young and Rich - Grandiose Instrumental Overture
1b. What do you Want From Life.
2. Tubes World Tour.
3. Love will Keep us Together.
5a. Mondo Bondage
5b. Don't Touch me There.
6. Boy Crazy.
7. Stand up and Shout.
Rick Anderson - bass
Michael Cotton - synthesizers
Prairie Prince - drums
Bill Spooner - guitar, vocals
Roger Steen - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Re Styles - vocals
Fee Waybill - lead vocals
Vince Welnick - keyboards
Links: Official Site HERE.
Comments: This bootleg recording originally circulated on a vinyl album entitled 'Darted In My Own Armchair' it was subsequently released on CD in Italy in 1991 as 'The Tubes In Concert 1976'.
The Intro to 'Love Will Keep Us Together' is the Captain Beefheart tune 'Gimme Dat Harp' featuring Roger on blues harp.
The band released their second album 'Young and Rich' in 1976, and following a one month residency at Bimbos, San Francisco, continued with 'The Tubes World Tour 1976'.
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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
I was so impressed I went about purchasing his earlier material with 'Grin', and feel a strange personal satisfaction that has been such a key member of Bruce Springsteen's 'E Street Band'.
This then is Nils Lofgren and band, back on the 30th May 1977, at the Pink Pop Festival, Geleen, Holland.
Source: Local FM radio broadcast.
Sound Quality: Very Good quality FM Stereo off air recording converted to 320kbps MP3.
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, high quality guitar and vocals.
Set: Part of the festival set (as far as I know), for FM broadcast featuring key songs.
1.Incidentally it's over.
3.Code of the road.
4.Keith don't go.
6.I came to dance.
Total Playing Time 38:01
Links: Official Site (very good) HERE. Informative Wikipedia entry HERE.
Comments: Nils Lofgren's 1976 album release 'Cry Tough' remains a personal favorite of mine. The massive punk backlash emerging at the time here in the UK, was never aimed at the likes of Nils Lofgren, indeed he was considered amongst my peers at the time, as a great example of how rock music should develop.
In reality he was doing his own thing to a very high standard, which fared well, outside of all the music industry shenanigans, and struck a chord with your average rock music fan, tired of the self indulgence of those who had made a fortune playing the rock superstar.
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Monday, 9 March 2009
The 'Prefab Four' remain in our hearts forever, a legend in their own lunchtime, always to be remembered as The Rutles.
OK I hope you know the story, and some of the music, if not, and if you like The Beatles and love a good laugh this is the perfect parody.
This particular recording is from The Rutles pre tour rehearsals, not sure where, its great music though, and also known as 'Sweet Rutles Tracks'.
Source: Studio rehearsals 1978.
Sound Quality: Good quality stereo (studio rehearsal 'live' recording).
Genre: Parody, comedy, musically think The Beatles.
Set: Part of studio rehearsal's with some archive Rutles video soundbites.
Plenty Of Time
Neil Innes — piano, guitar and vocals;
Mark Griffiths — bass guitar and vocals;
Mickey Simmonds — keyboards and vocals;
Ken Thornton — lead guitar
J.J. Jones — percussion.
Links: Official Site HERE. More factual stuff on Wikipedia HERE.
Comments: I always remember when I first watched Rutland Weekend Television (on BBC Two as it happens), itself in part a parody of then British commercial TV station London Weekend Television, and similar TV channels. As a fan of Monty Python I could not stop laughing at what seemed at the time to be a perfect antidote for Pythons TV demise.
The Rutles were first seen in the series during a 1975 sketch, that was in keeping with the overall parody of the comedy series.
It made sense that The Rutles continued both within the TV show and as a recording and performing act in their own right.
The musical takes on The Beatles are often sublime, to the point of record company litigation that led to John Lennon and Paul McCartney being credited as co-authors on some official music releases.
Free: (If you require it to play this) - Nero Music Player HERE.
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Purchase: MP3's from Amazon UK, (there are some gems here) The Rutles
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
It is in fact an edit from two concerts, predominately the latter part of two gigs, both most likely to have been recorded in New York, USA, towards the end of Rockpile's fourth USA tour.
Source: Most likely from two FM broadcasts, King Biscuit Flower Hour recorded their final tour show, (however this specific concert does not appear on their site), so their is some guessing on the set list sources below, (any music detectives out there who know more?).
Sound Quality: FM stereo, all good listenable standard, you will note a change in audio levels on the last four tracks.
Genre: Rock, Rockabilly, Pub Rock.
Set: Ten songs split over two gigs.
(Probable Palladium New York 20th August 1979)
1. Crawling From The Wreckage 3:03
2. Girls Talk 3:34
3. Cruel To Be Kind 3:07
4. I Hear You Knocking 2:29
5. Cracking Up 2:46
6. Jailhouse Rock 2:34
(Possibly Bottom Line New York 1979).
7. Deborah 2:46
8. No More Mr Nice Guy 2:48
9. Ju Ju Man 3:15
10. Heart Of The City 5:09
Links: Official Dave Edmunds Site HERE.
Comments: Rockpile were Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner, and Terry Williams, the music very much good time rock'n'roll. That's the easy bit, finding out the background on this bootleg was a little tricky, and I am only still guessing the concert venues, still never mind, judging by the audience and band this was a great tour, and well worth a share.
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Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Pree, (pictured) led by May Tabol (formerly of Le Loup) emerged onto the DC (USA) music scene with a 'string of compelling and intimate shows' during the summer of 2008.
The Washington Post describe them as 'a cross between Joanna Newsom and Modest Mouse', for my part I would also relate them to Regina Spektor, however all of that said, they have a unique sound, and to put it simply, having listened to their forthcoming release last night, they are superb.
Their debut release 'A Chopping Block' (5 song EP), is officially released on March 24th. Take a listen to 'In The Parlor' for a flavour of this exciting band.
MP3: In The Parlor
Web Link: My Space
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Amazing Baby are currently mixing their debut album in New York. I received this song (Bayonets) a couple of weeks back, it was my first listen to the band, and on the strength of this, I guess I will be checking them out a lot more in the coming weeks.
No comparisons, just turn up the volume and enjoy layers of great music from yet another superb Brooklyn band.
Web Link: My Space.
OK as something of a catch up, lets take a random stroll through some of the music that has caught my attention in recent months.
Mother Mother are a five-piece Canadian indie rock band originally from Quadra Island, now based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band consists of Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals, Jasmin Parkin on keyboard and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums, and Jeremy Page on bass. You may already be fully aware of them, however rather than ramble on all I will say is 'go on - give them a listen'.
MP3: Body Of Years
Web Link: Official Site, My Space.
Buy: Mother Mother 2008 release
I came across Dakotafish last autumn on another music blog, comparisons with Thom York's vocals, and Radiohead caught my immediate attention. Mike Fish is behind the band, and I have to say the comparisons may be there, however this is really fine music in it's own right, and highly worth a listen at the very least.
MP3: Land Locked.
Web Link: My Space.
Buy: Dakotafish Music.
Bowerbirds are a nu-folk band from Raleigh, North Carolina. The band members are Beth Tacular, Phil Moore and Mark Paulson. Their debut album was, Hymns For a Dark Horse (Burly Time Records, 2007), which received favourable reviews.
Any band that has accordion and violin as prominent instruments kind of gets my attention. Add to that excellent vocals, a really definitive sound and charming songs, and I am one happy person.
MP3: Dark Horse
Web Link: My Space.
I have to say I was a little dubious of what to expect from last years The Fireman album 'Electric Arguments', however after reading many positive reviews gave it a listen and was likewise very impressed.
Paul McCartney's vocals reminded me in part of the early Beatles, and the work he has done with Youth, is really adventurous, so if like me you 'were or are' not quite sure, take a listen.
MP3: Nothing To Much.
Web Link: Official Site.
Buy: The Fireman.
M83 have been around for a few years, however last years 'Saturday = Youth' album was my personal introduction to them. Their sound has been categorised as Electronica, Dream Pop, and even shoegazing, I think it's fair to say the music is distinct, and whats more I jolly well like it!
MP3: Highway Of Endless Dreams.
Web Link: Official Site.
Seasick Steve remains an absolute 'breath of fresh air', his story well documented, his blues superb, and last years album worthy of every accolade it rightly received. If you have not (why not???), got round to listening to Steven Gene Wold, here's another chance.
MP3: Started Out With Nothing.
Web Link: My Space.
Buy: Seasick Steve.
I know I have unashamedly plugged Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS) in the past, but what better way to wrap this edition up. Last summers album 'Donkey' remains a favorite and so enjoy Brazil's finest band.
MP3: How I Became Paranoid.
Web Link: My Space.