Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

New Release – Fleet Foxes

It was 3 months ago today that I brought you news of the new Fleet Foxes album “Helplessness Blues” (see HERE) finally today the album hits the shelves and despite it being a Bank Holiday I ventured out to my not so local and not so friendly HMV store to make the purchase.

I was raised up believing I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see
And now after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me

But I don’t, I don’t know what that will be
I’ll get back to you someday soon you will see

What’s my name, what’s my station, oh, just tell me what I should do
I don’t need to be kind to the armies of night that would do such injustice to you
Or bow down and be grateful and say “sure, take all that you see”
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls and determine my future for me

And I don’t, I don’t know who to believe
I’ll get back to you someday soon you will see

If I know only one thing, it’s that everything that I see
Of the world outside is so inconceivable often I barely can speak
Yeah I’m tongue-tied and dizzy and I can’t keep it to myself
What good is it to sing helplessness blues, why should I wait for anyone else?

And I know, I know you will keep me on the shelf
I’ll come back to you someday soon myself

If I had an orchard, I’d work till I’m raw
If I had an orchard, I’d work till I’m sore
And you would wait tables and soon run the store

Gold hair in the sunlight, my light in the dawn
If I had an orchard, I’d work till I’m sore
If I had an orchard, I’d work till I’m sore
Someday I’ll be like the man on the screen

As I type this blog I am listening to the album through for only the second time, however, there is no doubt that it could be a challenging though ultimately greatly rewarding experience for many.

Uncut have it as their album of the month and describe it as being “as passionately desolate as anything on Joy Division’s “Closer”” though not industrial sounding there is a degree of truth in this comparison if you get beyond the music and into the lyrics.

The Herald suggests that compared to their debut this album “less accessible, more thoughtful and restrained, with more rumination and structural elusiveness in the band’s trademark choir-vocals and earnestly strummed guitars” well they would wouldn’t they!

Time will tell if this album reaches “epic” or “classic” status but until then if you appreciate “Pet Sounds” Beach Boys with a pinch of baroque pop and free jazz give it a go as it might just be the soundtrack to the Summer of 2011.

To buy the music of Fleet Foxes click HERE

May 2, 2011 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Uncategorized, Video | | Leave a comment

Pinetop Perkins

Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American blues musician, specializing in piano music.

He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

However prior to 1969 he was regarded as being more of a sideman until that is Muddy Waters hired him as a replacement for Otis Spann which led to 11 years in what most regard as the best blues band of its time.

Perkins never had an album devoted solely to his artistry, until the release of After Hours on Blind Pig Records in 1988.

The tour in support of the album also featured Jimmy Rogers and Hubert Sumlin.

Following a brief link up with Earl Hooker and Sun Records Pinetop recorded what became his signature tune, one which was heavily influenced by Pine Top Smith

“Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie” – Pinetop Perkins

His latter career was a mixture of recordings under his own name and a continual demand for his services as a session pianist culminating with a star-studded “Pinetop Perkins and Friends” recorded over a 30 month period starting when he was 92!

Here he is with BB King

“Down In Mississippi” – Pinetop Perkins

His final release was 2010’s collaboration with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith “Joined At The Hip”

“Take My Hand Precious Lord” – Pinetop Perkins & Willie Blind Eyes Smith

He will be greatly missed.

To buy the music of Pinetop Perkins click HERE

May 2, 2011 Posted by | Blues, New News, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment


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