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Monday Mash Up

Pure dead brilliant!!!

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Mash Up, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Ari Up

Ari Up, singer with The Slits, has died at the age of 48.

The news was broken by John Lydon, who’s married to Ari Up’s mother. He posted the following: ” John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora’s daughter Arianna (aka Ari Up) died on Wednesday, October 20 after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed”.

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – The Slits

Born in Munich, Ari Up formed The Slits in 1974. They released two albums, 1979’s Cut and Return Of The Giant Slits two years later.

The band, who split up in 1982, reformed in 2005.

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October 25, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment


“Isolation” – Joy Division

In fear every day, every evening
He calls her aloud from above
Carefully watched for a reason
Painstaking devotion and love

Surrendered to self preservation
From others who care for themselves
A blindness that touches perfection
But hurts just like anything else

Isolation, Isolation, Isolation

Mother, I tried, please believe me
I’m doing the best that I can
I’m ashamed of the things I’ve been put through
I’m ashamed of the person I am

Isolation, Isolation, Isolation

But if you could just see the beauty
These things I could never describe
These pleasures a wayward distraction
This is my one broken prize

Isolation, Isolation, Isolation

Closer the second and final album Joy Division was released on July 18, 1980 two months following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis though album was originally scheduled to be released on May 8.

The record was originally released on the Factory Records label as a 12″ LP and reached #6 on the UK Albums Chart. It also peaked at #3 in New Zealand in September 1981. It claimed the number one slot on NME Album of the Year, and was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The album cover was designed by Martyn Atkins and Peter Saville, with photography from Bernard Pierre Wolff. The photograph on the cover is of the Appiani family tomb in the Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno in Genoa, Italy, by Demetrio Paernio.

To buy the music of Joy Division click HERE

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Old Music | | Leave a comment

Twice Removed From Yesterday

Twice Removed from Yesterday was guitarist and songwriter Robin Trower‘s first solo album after leaving Procol Harum, and it was released in 1973 with cover art by “Funky” Paul Olsen.

Although “marketed” as a solo album it was very much a “group” effort as the concept of band and album was to recreate the power trio sound in the mould of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream, Hendrix of course being a major inspiration of Trower’s, with the contribution of the late great Jimmy Dewar as vocalist, bassist and co-writer being of key importance.

The trio was borne out of the short lived group “Jude” which featured Trower, Dewar, drummer Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and the great Frankie Miller as vocalist.

As such it is therefore appropriate that I post this the opening track from the album which is a Trower/Miller composition.

“I Can’t Wait Much Longer” – Robin Trower

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This is the title track from the next album.

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Lauren Pritchard

Lauren Pritchard is the latest touted singer songwriter from what at present seems to be a never ending conveyor belt.

Born in Tennessee she is now a resident of Shepherd’s Bush, London though her career really kicked in while she was living in Los Angeles where as often happens things didn’t go to plan and homeless and broke she was ready to give up the dream when her friend Riley Keough offered to let her move in with her and her mum, one Lisa Marie Presley.

Things start to look up and after a move to New York and a spell in a Broadway musical she finally pens a meaningfull record contract.

Restless as ever her journey takes her to London where she meets and immediately hits it off with Eg White. With a notebook full of self-penned lyrics, she sets about making the stunning debut album that is “Wasted In Jackson”.

The album is released on 25th October, however, her latest single “Not The Drinking” is available now.

Scottish music pundit Billy Sloan has been raving about her and whilst the above track is above average this song “When The Night Kills The Day”  is nearer the mark for me.

This track is available now via the “Jackson Sessions EP”

Lauren Pritchard recently appeared in Glasgow, here from her blog is her thoughts on the experience.

Lauren Pritchard Live in Glasgow

Day 8, Gig 7 – returning the Scot

Cammy, our FOH is a born & bred Scot thru and thru. A Glaswegian and it’s a great to be with him in the city today.

Glasgow (don’t tell London) is my favorite city in the UK. I love it. I love the people. I love Merchant City. I love the vintage shops. I love Mother India, the greatest curry house in the world. And I love the accent. And I wish I could do one!

Pearl & the Puppets are joining us today for our gig at Oran Mor. I’ve seen the inside many a time but I’m giddy to be playing it and headlining tonight! And though it’s chilly, it’s sunny outside so it cancels out anything else that might be bad.

I plan on having a pint with my Scottish mates before and after the gig. Gotta soak it all up while I’m this far north. Just pray for me Saturday morning. My head won’t like me in the morning I reckon. Ooooopie daisy!!!



You can purchase her live ep “iTunes Festival London 2010” by clicking HERE

“Wasted In Jackson” (Live) – Lauren Pritchard

To buy the music of Lauren Pritchard click HERE

October 22, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Video | | 1 Comment

R. L. Burnside

R. L. Burnside (November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005), born Robert Lee Burnside, was a North Mississippi hill country blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi.

He played music for much of his life, but did not receive much attention until the early 1990s. In the latter half of the 1990s, Burnside repeatedly recorded with Jon Spencer, garnering crossover appeal and introducing his music to a new fanbase within the underground punk blues music scene.

In the 1990s, he appeared in the film Deep Blues and began recording for the Oxford, Mississippi, label Fat Possum Records.

Founded by Living Blues magazine editor Peter Redvers-Lee and Matthew Johnson, the label was dedicated to recording ageing North Mississippi bluesmen such as Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Burnside remained with Fat Possum from that time until his death, and he usually performed with his friend and understudy, the slide guitarist Kenny Brown, with whom he began playing in 1971 and claimed as his “adopted son.”

Burnside’s 1996 album A Ass Pocket of Whiskey (recorded with Jon Spencer) gained massive critical acclaim, earning praise from music legends Bono and Iggy Pop.

“Goin’ Down South” – R.L. Burnside

During this time he also provided the entertainment at a birthday party for Richard Gere. He also met Uma Thurman in Greenwich Village after she came to see him perform in early 2001.

After the death of Kimbrough and the burning of Kimbrough’s juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi, Burnside quit recording studio material for Fat Possum, though he did continue to tour.

After a heart attack in 2001, Burnside’s doctor advised him to stop drinking; Burnside did, but he reported that change left him unable to play.

Members of his large extended family continue to play blues in the Holly Springs area: grandson Cedric Burnside tours with Kenny Brown and most recently with Steve ‘Lightnin’ Malcolm as part of the ‘Juke Joint Duo’, while his son Duwayne Burnside has played guitar with the North Mississippi Allstars (Polaris; Hill Country Revue with R. L. Burnside).

To buy the music of R.L. Burnside click HERE

October 21, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – Tainted Love

From the original

to perhaps the best known version (in the UK at least)

The latest version features on Imelda May’s new album “Mayhem”

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Releases, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Tom Waits 78 Fling

On November 19th, Preservation Hall Recordings will release 504 limited edition hand-numbered 78 rpm vinyl records featuring two tracks by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with very special guest Tom Waits.

Proceeds from the sale of this very special project will benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band.
Tom Waits traveled to New Orleans in 2009 to record two songs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the critically acclaimed project Preservation: An album to benefit Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program,

Both “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” , and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield” were originally recorded by Danny Barker in 1947, as such these two selections are the earliest known recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants.

The two tracks will now be packaged in a special limited edition 78 rpm format record, each signed and numbered by Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe.

The first one hundred records will be accompanied by a custom-made Preservation Hall 78rpm record player as part of a Deluxe Donation package. The remaining four hundred and four will be available as a stand alone record for the Basic Donation package.
This special limited edition recording will be made available in two different tiers, based on the level of donation: Deluxe Donation Tier: $200 – Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band AND a custom-made Preservation Hall 78 record players – and Basic Donation Tier: $50 – Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Both packages will be available for in-person purchase at Preservation Hall in New Orleans on November 19, 2010 at 10:00am Central and available for purchase online November 20th here.

“Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing” –  The Preservation Hall Jazz Band With Tom Waits

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To buy the music of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band click HERE

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, New News, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Sound Affects

The Jam‘s 1980 album ‘Sound Affects’ is set to be reissued.

This was their fifth studio album and the cover art is a pastiche of the artwork used on various Sound Effects records produced by the BBC during the 1970s.

Musical influences noted include post-punk groups such as Wire, Gang Of Four, and Joy Division and, particularly evident in Rick Buckler‘s drumming, Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall album. Frontman Paul Weller said at the time that he considered the album a cross between Off the Wall and Revolver.

For me this together with “All Mod Cons” was the peak of The Jam’s album related output.

The album features the group’s second UK number one single, “Start!”, built around exact copies of the bassline and guitar solos from The Beatles’ “Taxman”, the lead cut on Revolver.

The opening track “”Pretty Green” includes a funk bassline and rhythm with melodic guitar breaks and psychedelic sound effects.

“That’s Entertainment” originally became a UK Hit Single due to fans of the group buying it on single format as an import.

The album has been remastered and will be re-released on November 1 along with a host of previously unreleased rarities.

As well as the original album it will include a second disc of rarities including covers of songs by The Kinks and The Beatles, as well as a selection of demos.

The tracklisting for the re-release of ‘Sound Affects’ is:

Disc 1:

‘Pretty Green’
‘But I’m Different Now’
‘Set The House Ablaze’
‘That’s Entertainment’
‘Dream Time’
‘Man In The Corner Shop’
‘Music For The Last Couple’
‘Boy About Town’
‘Scrape Away’

Disc 2:

‘Start!’ (single version)
‘Liza Radley’ (B-side of ‘Start!’)
‘Dreams Of Children’ (B-side of ‘Going Underground’)
‘That’s Entertainment’ (alternate version from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’ box set)
‘Pretty Green’ (demo with overdubs – previously unreleased)
‘Pop Art Poem’ (Jam fan club flexi-disc, from ‘Extras’)
‘Rain’ (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
‘Boy About Town’ (demo – previously unreleased)
‘Dream Time’ (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
‘Dead End Street’ (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
‘But I’m Different Now’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘Scrape Away’ (instrumental version – previously unreleased)
‘Start!’ (demo – previously unreleased)
‘Liza Radley’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘Monday’ (alternate version – previously unreleased)
‘Get Yourself Together’ (from ‘Extras’)
‘Set The House Ablaze’ (alternate ‘dub ending’ version – previously unreleased)
‘Boy About Town’ (alternate version – Jam fan club flexi from ‘Extras’)
‘No One In The World’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘Instrumental’ (demo – previously unreleased)
‘Waterloo Sunset’ (demo – previously unreleased)

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Without doubt another addition for the letter to Santa

October 18, 2010 Posted by | New News, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

Autumn In Houston (Renfrewshire)

17th October 2010


“‘Tis Autumn” – Stan Getz

To buy the music of Stan Getz click HERE

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Jazz, Old Music, Photography | , | Leave a comment

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