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Friday Folk (A Day Late) – Roddy Woomble

Roddy Woomble, not to be confused with any womble, is the lead singer of Scottish rock band, Idlewild and is also a solo contemporary folk musician.

To date, Woomble has released six full-length studio albums with Idlewild, and two solo albums, My Secret is My Silence and The Impossible Song & Other Songs the latter being released last month.

Regarding the album’s overall aesthetic, Woomble states: “My first two solo albums were much more low-key than this one and they were far more rooted in traditional Scottish folk. This record is a real change – it’s more eclectic while still being part of that folk scene.”

The album’s artwork is by author and illustrator Mairi Hedderwick, noted for her series of children’s books featuring Katie Morag.

“A New Day Has Begun” – Roddy Woomble

In the spring of 2008, Woomble moved to the Isle of Mull with his wife, Ailidh Lennon. Woomble notes: “We moved to Mull for the space, for the environment, but it’s actually been the people that have been so important. My wife has family there. At first I knew no one at all, but the songs I’ve written have definitely been shaped by the people I’ve met. Sometimes I think it’s odd how these songs came together quite quickly, then I think, well maybe it’s not been quick at all, maybe it’s taken me 34 years to get here and I just didn’t realise it.”

The album was recorded over four months at Mull’s local arts centre, An Tobar, with Woomble enlisting thirteen musicians to assist in recording. Former Idlewild bassist Gavin Fox appears throughout the album, alongside other noteable musicians, including Phil Cunningham, Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke and Michael Marra.

To buy the music of Roddy Woomble click HERE

April 30, 2011 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Video | , | Leave a comment

It’s A Nice Day For A……Blue Wedding

One’s Life Is For Sharing

April 29, 2011 Posted by | Video | , , | Leave a comment

New News – Roger Daltrey

ROGER DALTREY, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY from start to finish. (The Who never actually played the complete TOMMY.) Daltrey premiered the show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25th and is now taking it on the road.

Employing striking visuals to accompany the music, every show will be an unforgettable experience for lifelong fans and newcomers alike, who will be treated not only to the full majesty of TOMMY, but also to a variety of Who Classics and more.

TOMMY is one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name, with DALTREY playing the title role, which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.

DALTREY is pulling out all the stops with a full backing band that will bring the rock opera’s wide-ranging sounds and textures vibrantly to life. Joining him will be Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button(Bass), Loren Gold (Keyboards) and also on guitar will be Simon Townshend, younger brother of The Who’s guitarist PETE TOWNSHEND.

Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says “Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit and Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.”

Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power.

A 1989 tour by The Who saw them reprise TOMMY live. The upcoming DALTREY tour will differ in that all of the album’s songs will be played. When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY in March 2011 at a sell out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Independent called the show “a faithful reading… The stand-outs, ‘I’m Free’, ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.” Afterwards, the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like “Roger nailed Tommy” and “Last night’s concert was the best I’ve ever seen – what a great band!”

Roger describes the show and visuals as “A Tommy Show for today’s audience from a different perspective.”

“TOMMY, an album that tells a story about a “deaf, dumb, and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” adds DALTREY. “Within it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.”

The much-anticipated three-week tour launches on July 3rd at RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER and concludes on July 24th at POWDERHAM CASTLE, EXETER.



Ticket sales commence Friday, April 29th. Keep an eye on for details on ticket sales plus Fan Club Pre-Sales and special packages.


April 28, 2011 Posted by | New News, The Who | , , | Leave a comment

Peter Hook Sheds Light On Joy Division


Peter Hook has a new EP 1102 / 2011 coming on May 9 on his label Hacienda Records; it will feature the previously unrecorded Joy Division track Pictures In My Mind (sung by Hook) plus new versions of the Joy Division tracks Atmosphere, Insight and New Dawn Fades – sung by ex-Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta.

So Hooky – Rowetta singing Atmosphere?
Peter Hook: “I don’t think I really have to justify that. The reason for it was that everybody who loves Rowetta has been asking us to record her. I was reluctant to do it, ‘cos all I’m doing is giving the miserable f**kers more ammunition to have a f**king go at me. The thing that swung me, is that I think Rowetta does give something different to the songs. Rowetta sings them so well, and brings a different feel and a different kind of melancholy, and I think if people want to hear it, let them hear it. I’m happy to do that for Rowetta because I f**king love her. She works so hard and she’s so nice about what she does – she’s so unlike the way that most people act in this business. I wouldn’t have the ego to record myself singing those songs.”

What about the new track, Pictures?
“Pictures is different, Pictures is a lost track, never finished. Someone brought it to my attention. The tape was stolen off Rob Gretton. So when I heard it I thought, we should just finish that. My son Jack insisted we do it. He said, ‘I thought you said that Ian Curtis said you should finish all your tracks?’ ‘Cos Ian always said, ‘finish them all, even if you don’t like it, because somebody will love it.'”

What’s it like revisiting Closer?
“I must admit that has been a bit of a shocker. We were playing it the other day, and my god, that felt weird. So much weirder than Unknown Pleasures. But the songs sound wonderful. I was blown away, listening to The Eternal, Heart and Soul, Decades… Jesus. I have grown men crying. I was almost f**king crying. Ha ha! Very, very moving.”

Will you tour it?
“It sounds quite trite, taking it out as a tour. I’m 55 right, my touring days are pretty much over, what happens is that I still love what I’m doing and if someone asks me to play somewhere, you consider it and you do it. I’m not selling anything, the LPs have been out for 30 years. And that’s a great compliment, to be asked. Especially as I’m not with the others. If it was all three of us, with Gillian singing or summat, I could see why they’d want it.”

Could that have happened?
“I was thinking about the other day, if I went to the band, as they were before we split up, and said, ‘Hey lads, how about us doing an Unknown Pleasures gig?’ I know for a fact that Bernard would just have laughed. You can’t make people do what you want them to do. There’s only one person you’ve got control over and that’s your bloody self.”

He will also be playing Joy Division‘s album Closer with his new band The Light on May 18 – the anniversary of Ian Curtis‘ death – and 19, at his club The Factory. These shows are presented in association with mental health charity Mind and The Keith Bennett Appeal, and will be recorded for vinyl-only release later in the year. The Light continue their tour of Joy Division‘s Unknown Pleasures in Britain, Europe and Ireland this month until June.

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April 28, 2011 Posted by | New News | , , | Leave a comment

Poly Styrene


Poly Styrene, best known as the frontwoman with 1970s punk group X-Ray Spex, has died, she  was receiving treatment for an advanced form of breast cancer when she passed away on Monday 25 April aged 53.
A spokesperson confirmed her death saying everyone around her was saddened by the news.
Styrene, who was born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, shot to fame in 1976 with X-Ray Spex, and was immortalised in punk history with the song Oh Bondage, Up Yours! “Little girls should be seen and not heard,” Styrene would say to introduce the track.
X-Ray Spex released one album, the acclaimed Germ Free Adolescents in 1978, before Styrene left the group.
Despite her relatively short stint with the band, her perceived overt feminism and mixed-race heritage marked her out among her punk contemporaries and won her legions of fans for generations to come.
Beth Ditto, singer with Gossip, said: “Poly Styrene [was] so ahead of her time. She recreated punk.”
In a biography of the singer, said: “She sang in a raw, untutored scream that quavered and shook when she looked to extend her range, a vocal style echoed by riot grrls like Kathleen Hanna and Corin Tucker.”
Styrene went on to release a solo record in 1980, Translucence, but a series of traumatic incidents stalled her career.
The singer was sectioned after being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in the 80s, and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 1995, she survived being hit by a fire engine.
Styrene was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, and was told it had spread to her lungs and spine. Despite undergoing treatment, she gave numerous interviews in recent months to promote her latest solo album, Generation Indigo.
In an interview with the Guardian in March, she was described as “ironically upbeat” in spite of her health. She told the Guardian: “You remember that old song Que Sera Sera, Whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, I’ve always felt that. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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April 27, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | , | Leave a comment

New News – New Blondie Album Coming Soon

“Panic Of Girls” will be Blondie’s first album since 2003’s “The Curse Of Blondie” and features new single Mother plus hits-in-waiting like What I’ve Heard, Girlie Girlie and China Shoes.


The legendary Debbie Harry describes the long-awaited album as “spanning a lot of styles and sentiments…a very strong album full of the spirit of Blondie. I have a good feeling about it.”

The album was recorded between October–December 2009 in Woodstock, New York, and May 2010 in Hoboken, New Jersey, being the second album in the band’s history to be recorded outside of Manhattan, after 1980s Autoamerican which was recorded in Los Angeles. The band’s drummer, Clem Burke, also said that about 35 songs were recorded during the sessions for the album, with only 14 that are going to make the album.

He has also said that all band members have contributed to the release, with vocalist Debbie Harry writing most of the lyrics. Original Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri planned to contribute to the writing and recording of this album, but was ultimately not a part of it.

Two tracks from the album, “What I Heard” and “Girlie Girlie”, were included on a special release of the band’s 1978 album Parallel Lines that came free with the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday on December 5, 2010. Another song, “Mother”, was made available as a free download from the band’s website.

On March 17th, 2011 the album’s first single ‘Mother’ was played for the first time globally on BBC Radio 2. The single will be available for purchase on May 23rd, 2011.

The album was originally due for release in 2010, but difficulties with record companies delayed the release. In an interview in the British Telegraph newspaper on March 24, 2011, Debbie Harry revealed that the band will be releasing the album themselves (i.e. without a record company) as part of a special “fan pack” in conjunction with Future Publishing.

The pack includes the album along with a special 132-page magazine charting the making of the album, the band’s history and includes many archive photographs. The fan pack will be available in the UK in over 3000 non-traditional music retail outlets including Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, WH Smith and Sainsburys and will be released on June 1st, 2011. The album itself will be released soon after.

Track listing


No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “D-Day”      
2. “What I Heard”   Matt Katz-Bohen, Laurel Katz-Bohen 3:19
3. “Mother”     3:12
4. “The End, the End”      
5. “Girlie Girlie”   Anthony Davis, Lloyd Daniels, Steve Golding 3:25
6. “Love Doesn’t Frighten Me”   Matt Katz-Bohen  
7. “Words in My Mouth”      
8. “Sunday Smile”   Zach Condon  
9. “Wipe Off My Sweat”      
10. “Le Bleu à l’âme”   Chris Stein, Gilles Riberolles  
11. “China Shoes”      
UK Fan Pack bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. “Horizontal Twist”      
13. “Mirame”      

April 27, 2011 Posted by | New News, New Releases | | Leave a comment

Norio Ohga

Sony engineer Norio Ohga – widely regarded as pioneering the Compact Disc format – has passed away.

The invention of the CD arguably saved the music industry. Under threat from home taping, record labels struggled to find a way to reinvigorate their back catalogues and inject investment into new talent.

Pioneered by Sony, the CD sent sales to, if you excuse the pun, record levels.

Famously billed as being virtually indestructible – can you really smear jam on them? – the CD soon became the primary means of listening to music.

Sony engineer Norio Ohga led this change. President of the Japanese company from 1982 to 1995, Ohga actually began life as an ambitious young opera singer.

Drawn into the world of engineering, Norio Ogha soon focussed this ambition on new technology. When discussions about the possibility of the compact disc began, it was Ogha who insisted that the CD should be 12 cm in diameter – enough to safely carry Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Later, Norio Ogha would preside over the purchase of the Columbia label and also launched Sony’s games division – who would in turn produce the Playstation.

Commenting on the loss, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation said, “When I first joined Sony in 1997, Ohga-san was serving on the frontlines of Sony management as Chairman and CEO. His numerous and successful endeavors were well-known both inside and outside of Sony. Witnessing Ohga-san’s leadership firsthand was truly an honor, and one I continued to enjoy and benefit from in countless ways in the years that followed.”

“By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed. It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony’s evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and game, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san’s foresight and vision.”

“I offer my deepest condolences on his passing and pray that he may rest in peace.”

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This was probably the first BIG Compact Disc in terms or worldwide sales.

April 26, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Just Another Easter Monday

……………….though manic!

“Death By Chocolate” – Sia

Death by chocolate is myth
This I know because I lived
I’ve been around for broken hearts and how
Lay your head in my hands little girl
This is only right now

Death by crying doesn’t exist, though
The headaches feel a bit like it
You might explode
But you reach the end of the road
And you, little tree
I’m certain you will grow

Tears on your pillow will dry and you will learn
Just how to love again
Oh my weeping willow
Let your leaves fall and return
Oh darling the seasons are your friend

Death by anger this is true
Just let him go he can’t hurt you
Oh little girl this is such a cruel cruel world
This is the first, of a million broken hearts

Tears on your pillow will dry and you will learn
Just how to love again
Oh my weeping willow
Let your leaves fall and return
Oh darling the seasons are your friend

Oh it won’t be long you will grow strong
Up up and away

He’s but a falling leaf, he’s but a falling leaf, he’s but a falling leaf

To buy the music of Sia click HERE

April 25, 2011 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Shades of Cool

Stephen Fry has my taste in sunglasses as these strike the right chord with me!


April 25, 2011 Posted by | Humour, Photography | , | Leave a comment

Vintage Trouble

Every now and then there is a performance on Later….with Jools which catches the eye/ear, the latest being the 22nd April performance by Vintage Trouble.

Vintage Trouble are a Los Angeles based primitive soul band and the brainchild of Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar). Combining their love for original soul and rhythm & blues, the two set up a basic home studio in Venice Beach and started crafting the beginnings of Vintage Trouble. Already a friend of both, Rick Barrio Dill (bass) came along and added his shared bass influences and energy into the newly formed project. To make the band complete, Richard Danielson (drums) was recruited not long after to add the authentic and edgy take that was needed on the drums.

With these collective energies and inputs in place, a new kind of soul band had been born with unlimited creativity and force. The foursome then moved to commune, create and rehearse in Laurel Canyon.

Within two weeks of rehearsals in early 2010, the group quickly began playing local shows and late night speakeasies. Led by timeless vocal tone and presence, small tweed amps, and a mission to move as many people as possible, the band quickly gained a reputation as a high energy and truly mesmerizing live act whose performances feel like down-home revivals with an uptown edge.

Sticking to their roots of mid-century original soul music and recording techniques, the band used a three-day recording session with full takes and no-frills to turn out 12 new songs a mere two months into the project.

With singles like “Gracefully”, “Nancy Lee”, “Still & Always Will” and “Blues Hand Me Down”, the resulting sound brings you back to the days of vinyl records, sweaty juke joints, and the feel and essence of the original soul movement. Vintage Trouble.


It is obvious that more than just me were hooked with their performance on Jools as the band instantly sky rocketed to the 6th most trending topic of the day on Twitter Worlds Wide, becoming the #13 best selling digital album on iTunes, #5 all around best selling digital album on Amazon UK (beating out Rihanna and the current Glee (TV series) albums), #2 best selling digital rock album on Amazon UK, and #1 best selling R&B digital album on Amazon UK!

“You Better Believe It” – Vintage Trouble

They are slated to head out on tour with Brian May (guitar player of legendary rock band Queen (band)) and Kerry Ellis starting in early May 2011.

To buy the music of Vintage Trouble click HERE

April 24, 2011 Posted by | Blues, New Music, New Releases, Television, Video | | Leave a comment

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