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July 8, 2011 Posted by | Humour, Movies, Video | , , | Leave a comment

New News – Buckley Film

Actor Penn Badgley has been cast as Jeff Buckley in the forthcoming biopic about the late singer-songwriter, according to reports.

Gossip Girl star Badgely will portray Buckley in the forthcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley, beating touted names that included James Franco and Robert Pattinson.

Tim Buckley

The film follows a young Buckley as he grapples with the overbearing legacy of his
musician father Tim Buckley, leading up and culminating with his classic 1991 performance of his father’s songs, according to the Huffington Post.


Buckley, who became a musical hero in his own right with the 1994 album ‘Grace’, drowned in 1997 while swimming in the Wolf River in Tennessee.

Badgley, meanwhile, is currently portraying the character Dan Humphrey in hit teen drama Gossip Girl. His previous movie credits include John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather and Easy A.

 

Original Source :- www.uncut.co.uk

 

June 28, 2011 Posted by | Movies, New News, Video | , , | Leave a comment

P.S. I Love You

I just want to see you
When you’re all alone
I just want to catch you if I can
I just want to be there
When the morning light explodes
On your face it radiates
I can’t escape
I love you till the end

I just want to tell you nothing
You don’t want to hear
All I want is for you to say
Why don’t you just take me
Where I’ve never been before
I know you want to hear me
Catch my breath
I love you till the end (x4)

I just want to be there
When we’re caught in the rain
I just want to see you laugh not cry
I just want to feel you
When the night puts on its cloak
I’m lost for words dont tell me
Cause all I can say
I love you till the end (x5)

All I can say
I love you till the end (x3

It’s all I can say
I love you till the end (x3)

If I ever leave this world alive
I’ll thank for all the things you did in my life
If I ever leave this world alive
I’ll come back down and sit beside your
feet tonight
Wherever I am you’ll always be
More than just a memory
If I ever leave this world alive

If I ever leave this world alive
I’ll take on all the sadness
That I left behind
If I ever leave this world alive
The madness that you feel will soon subside
So in a word don’t shed a tear
I’ll be here when it all gets weird
If I ever leave this world alive

So when in doubt just call my name
Just before you go insane
If I ever leave this world
Hey I may never leave this world
But if I ever leave this world alive

She says I’m okay; I’m alright,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would,
Now everything should be all right

She says I’m okay; I’m alright,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would,
Now everything should be all right
Yeah should be alright

To buy the music of Flogging Molly click HERE

March 26, 2011 Posted by | Fiona, Movies, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top £0 New and Old #3

Josh Ritter released another great album this year in the form of “So Runs The World Away”

However my favourite is from the famous Daytrotter Sessions and is a great cover of one of Fiona’s favourite songs.

“Moon River” – Josh Ritter

To buy the music of Josh Ritter click HERE

For another post on Josh Ritter click HERE

Paul Newman & Duke Ellington

I rediscovered the joys of “Paris Blues” both film and soundtrack this year.

“Take The “A” Train” – Duke Ellington

To buy the soundtrack click HERE

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Fiona, Jazz, Movies, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

“One From The Heart” – Tom Waits

I have been listening to Tom Waits a fair bit this week and in doing so I again rediscovered the gem that is “One From The Heart”

The film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and whilst he characters themselves don’t actually sing the powerful score dominates the movie.

It is set entirely in Las Vegas, on the Las Vegas Strip and the desert surrounding the city.

Though the film realistically evokes the feeling of being on the busy Las Vegas Strip, there were no location shots used in the film. Rather, it was shot on studio sound stages, with the single exception of one space on the back lot for a “Las Vegas junkyard” set, described by a character in the film as being “the garden of the Taj Mahal”.

The soundtrack was written by Tom Waits and was recorded from October 1980 to September 1981, and released in 1982.

It was during this period that Waits met his wife Kathleen Brennan, an employee at the studio where it was recorded.

Crystal Gayle features prominently on the record, performing either solo or in duets with Waits. The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Music Score.

“This One’s From The Heart” – Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

One of the tracks from the soundtrack which was sung by Crystal Gayle was “Old Boyfriends”

This was covered by one of my all time favourite singers Claire Martin (above) on her 1994 album of the same name.

“Old Boyfriends” – Claire Martin

To buy the music of Claire Martin click HERE

November 28, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Movies, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – Pommy Can You Hear Me

Below is a great video from Rutland Weekend TV which is a parody of Ken Russell’s movie version of The Who’s “Tommy”  it captures both the bombast over the top style of this and Russell movies in general.

Here is the trailer and a couple of clips from the original film.

Bonus giggle below is a Japanese appreciation of The Who and Pinball Wizard!!

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Movies, Uncategorized, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Empty Glass

“Empty Glass” – Pete Townshend

Why was I born today
Life is useless like Ecclesiastes say
I never had a chance
But opportunity’s now in my hands

I stand with my guitar
All I need’s a mirror
Then I’m a star
I’m so sick of dud TV
Next time you switch on
You might see me…oh.what a thrill for you

I’ve been there and gone there
I’ve lived there and bummed there
I’ve spinned there, I gave there
I drank there and I slaved there

I’ve had enough of the way things been done
Every man on a razors edge
Someone has used us to kill with the same gun
Killing each other by driving a wedge

My life’s a mess I wait for you to pass
I stand here at the bar, I hold an empty glass

Why was I born today
Life is useless like Ecclesiastes say
I didn’t get a chance
Opportunity’s in my hand

I stand with my guitar
All I need’s a mirror
Then I’m a star
I’m so sick of dud TV
Next time you switch on
You might see me…

I’ve been there and gone there
I’ve lived there and bummed there
I’ve spinned there, I gave there
I drank there and I slaved there

I’ve had enough of the way things have been done
Every man on a razors edge
Someone has used us to shoot with the same gun
We where killing each other by driving a wedge

My life’s a mess I wait for you to pass
I stand here at the bar, I hold an empty glass

Don’t worry smile and dance
You just can work life out
Don’t let down moods entrance you
Take the wine and shout

My life’s a mess I wait for you to pass
I stand here at the bar, I hold an empty glass

To buy the music of Pete Townshend click HERE
Empty Glass was released in 1980 as the first “real” Pete Townshend solo album (Who Came First was a collection of demo recordings and Meher Baba-inspired songs, while Rough Mix was written and recorded with Ronnie Lane) and was his most successful.
The album deals with a plethora of issues that Townshend was struggling with, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends, and as such echoes on several fronts my current mood.
 Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, “Let My Love Open the Door”, which became a top ten hit single in the United States, a remixed version featured o the soundtrack album from the film Grosse Point Blank”, here is a rare solo performance of the song.
Also included are two other (modestly successful) singles, “Rough Boys” and “A Little Is Enough”.
The album was rated #57 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980’s

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Movies, Old Music, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Tam White

Tam White (12 July 1942 – 21 June 2010)

I have finally been dragged from my blogging and life lethargy whilst here on holiday at my annual week retreat here in Ballater. 

Whilst browsing through some music magazines I brought with me I was shocked to read of the passing of the great Tam White following a heart attack back in June, this was obviously news to me and has somehow acted as a wake up call from the introspective phase I seem to have been going through. 

The news has driven me back to the keyboard as it is only appropriate that I post on one of my favourite Scottish Bluesmen. 

He was an east coaster living in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket until the age of 13 and thereafter moving to Saughtonhall where on leaving school he trained to be a stonemason. 

Photo by Derek Prescott

Primarily known as a blues vocalist with a trademark gravel-voiced sound, in the 1960s he recorded with beat groups The Boston Dexters and then The Buzz, who recorded one single with producer Joe Meek in 1966. 

In the 1970s White was the first artist to sing live on Top Of The Pops. 

He also provided the vocals for Robbie Coltrane to mime to as Big Jazza McGlone in John Byrne’s award-winning television series Tutti Frutti in 1987. 

Tam was prone to a bit of acting himself and went to Ireland where he appeared alongside Mel Gibson in “Braveheart”. 

Whilst in Dublin he recorded what has become known as “Dublin Demos 1994” 

Here is the story behind the recordings:-

‘Dublin Demos 1994’ Found by Yianni Mano
In 1994, I was in Dublin at about the time Tam was working on the movie Braveheart.A friend of mine was working on the set, and called me to say he had ‘a guy who wanted to record a demo’. I am from Australia, and at that time I was based in Dublin with a band I was a writer in, and I had a very basic Portastudio setup – no monitors, just a pair of Sony MDR7506 headphones. Long story short, Tam came over to where I was living at the time. I had absolutely no idea who he was – though he seemed like a very personable man. I set him up in a basement room with an acoustic guitar, 3 Shure 545’s that i had on hand (1 as a vocal mic, and two in an x+y config). I put my headphones on (no monitors!!) hit record, and nearly fell off my chair from what came down the mics!! 

I captured three great performances; one of them being the demo ‘Braveheart’, ‘The Ritz’ and ‘Linda’s Hideaway’. 

“Braveheart” – Tam White 

He also had roles in Rebus: Black and Blue, playing Rico Briggs, The Legend of Loch Lomond, Goodbye, Mr Steadman and Man Dancin’.  (see below)

His last television appearance’s were playing Tony MacRae in EastEnders in late 2003 and early 2004, followed by a brief stint in 2009 in the BBC Scotland soap River City. 

Tam & Maggie Bell at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Photo: Marc Marnie

Collaborations with musicians such as guitarist Neil Warden, the harmonica player Fraser Speirs and bassist Boz Burrell (Bad Company) eventually developed into a permanent lineup known as The Shoestring Band, who continued performing together either as a trio or a larger band until Burrell’s death in 2006. 

Here they are with a version of “I Can’t Help Myself” at “The Groove Connection” Edinburgh Festival, check out the “groovy” dancers in the crowd. 

White and Burrell also issued a mini album “The Celtic Groove Connection” in 1999/2000 

 

“Home Is Where The Hatred Is” – Tam White (with Boz Burrell and Neil Warden) 

The last Tam White album was 2004’s “Hold On” which featured this painting of Tam by Maggie Milne on the cover. 

 

On the album White extends beyond pure blues to adorn his sound with a retro jazz feel with a touch of soul. 

One of the tracks is a remake of his “Man Dancin'” which was timed to tie in with the release of the feature film which he appreared in as noted above and which borrowed it’s title. from his song/album of the same name. 

The album is a fine example of his ability as a songwriter, 10 out of the 11 tracks being self penned, however, his one collaboration on the album is with that gifted young lyricist Robert Burns on ‘Slave’s Lament’ so he was in good company. 

My favourite album of his is Tam White’s Shoestring’s  “The Real Deal” which was originally released in 1997. 

 

Recorded live at Edinburgh’s The Dome it features long term collaborators Neil Warden and Fraser Spiers. 

Here is one of his signature tracks. 

“Stonemason’s Blues” – Tam White’s Shoestring 

Despite being a fitness fanatic Tam died of a heart attack click HERE for The Scotsman’s obituary. 

“The greatest undiscovered blues talent of our time.”
ALEXIS KORNER
“Superb melodies, vacuum-tight arrangements, awesome musicianship.”
SCOTSMAN
“One of the best blues singers in Europe.”
METTMAN BLUES FESTIVAL
“This high calibre music deserves the widest audience.”
FOLK ROOTS
“When Tam sings, it’s a party … he’s an entertainer, but one whose art creates moods. His audiences leave happy, but thoughtful too.”
THE SCOTSMAN
“Tam’s real talent lies in his ability to connect with his audience in such an honest, down-to-earth way, that you’re drawn in, hook, line and sinker. From the moment he hit the stage… it’s the real deal.”
STORNOWAY GAZETTE
“Tam is habitually described as a blues singer, and while he has that in his locker beyond any argument, it is far from alone there – rock, R+B, funk, country and jazz all play a part in the totality of his style.”
THE LIST
 

I leave you with that blue blue feelin’ 

 

“I’ve Got That Blue Blue Feelin'” – Tam White 

For more information and further free downloads visit these two great sites:- 

http://www.tamwhite.co.uk 

http://www.neilwarden.com 

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Movies, New News, Old Music, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Sounds – La Vie en Rose

La Vie en rose” (Life through rose-coloured glasses, literally Life in pink) was the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf.

Piaf first popularized the song in 1946. The lyrics were written by Piaf and the melody of the song by “Louiguy” (Louis Gugliemi). Initially, Piaf’s peers and her songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, but it became a favorite with audiences.

An English version of the lyrics was written later by Mack David. Owing to its popularity, the song appeared on most of Piaf’s subsequent albums.

Here is the great Louis Armstrong with his version featuring the English lyrics.

July 18, 2010 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Movies, Video | , | Leave a comment

New Music – Isa and The Filthy Tongues

Isa and The Filthy Tongues initially caught my attention due to the fact that they feature one Martin Metcalfe initially with the great Goodbye Mr MacKenzie.

‘The second album from the three Scotsman and their American girl is a dark power pop treasure to be savoured from start to finish’.
Scotland on Sunday (5/5 star review of the album DARK PASSENGER)

It may have taken the component parts of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie the best part of 20 years to realise the benefits of having a sassy front-woman, (Shirley Manson of Garbage started her career with them), but now they have, they’re certainly doing it with aplomb.

With the soundtrack to Richard Jobson’s Edinburgh-set flick, New Town Killers, already in the can, this home-town show demonstrated a love affair with art-house Americana which singer Stacey Chavis filters through everyone from Grace Slick to Lydia Lunch, Brix Smith, Kim Gordon and beyond.

Here is one of my favourite tracks from the new album.

“I’m With You” – Isa and The Filthy Tongues

To buy the music of Isa and The Filthy Tongues click HERE

To buy the music of Goodbye Mr MacKenzie click HERE

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Movies, New Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

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