Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Until recently the only Grandaddy record I had was The Broken Down Comforter Collection which is pretty patchy at best.
It kind of put me off acquiring any more of their stuff although. I have often seen their second studio album from 2000 The Sophtware Slump and swithered about purchasing it.
I finally took the plunge in a charity shop in Callander and I'm glad I did as it is infinitely better than TBDCC.
Another cataloguing conundrum in that I currently have them filed under Americana whereas they clearly have much more in common with bands such as Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips who currently reside in the Indie/Pop section.
They are shortly scheduled to release their first album since 2006.
Grandaddy - Hewlett's Daughter
Grandaddy - Broken Household Appliance National Forest
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
What is it about Dundonian men and their berets? I suspect that you couldn't walk the length of the Nethergate without bumping into a male beret wearer.
This post popped into my non- beret wearing head for two reasons - the recent purchase of Candy Philosophy an album by Michael Marra in the aforementioned Thrift Shop in Aberfeldy and a comment I placed on The Chain currently the best thing on the Internet about the beret wearing habits of Billy Mackenzie of Associates fame
It then struck me that Mike Watson or Baron Watson of Invergowrie was seldom seen in the stands of Tannadice without his beret..His career suffered an ignominy with a conviction for wilful fire raising here hence my final choice of song
Michael Marra - Johnny Halliday
Associates - Club Country
The Prodigy - Firestarter
Monday, 24 October 2016
I heard this on 6 Music the other day when I was off work and feeling poorly and I thought I should share it with you.
If you are a fan of Half Man Half Biscuit, and who isn't, this may well appeal to you.
The Humdrum Express is Ian Passey from downtown Kidderminster.
This song is available free on Bandcamp and he also has a number of tracks available to download on Soundcloud.
This song namechecks Sam Smith and TV Smith only one of whom features on the shelves.
The Humbrum Express - Leopard Print Onesie
The Adverts - No Time To Be 21
Sunday, 23 October 2016
I think that last week's featured album The Very Best of Northern Soul Volume 1 merits a further visit.
For two reasons - one - it is fantastic and two - I am struggling for things to put on this series which has now been running for the best part of three years
First up we have Erma Franklin (big sister of Aretha) with her version of a song made famous by Jackie Wilson namely (I Get The) Sweetest Feeling.
Then we feature the man himself shockingly making his debut on these pages.
Both songs written by Van McCoy and Alicia Evelyn.
Erma Franklin - ( I Get The) Sweetest Feeling
Jackie Wilson - I've Lost You
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Well the first week saw a decisive victory for the Byrds.
The score so far then is Bob Dylan 0 Cover Artists 1
In the week that he was finally awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature it is probably fitting that we go for a magnificent song from a magnificent album with a magnificent title.
From the masterpiece that is Blonde on Blonde here is Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.
A somewhat more obscure cover this week as it is covered by Hill Country Bluesmen North Mississippi Allstars.
Or perhaps it should be the North Mississippi Upstarts for having the audacity to take this on.
My tuppence worth - I like the way they have put their own stamp on the song but it's Bob for me all day long.
Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
North Mississippi Allstars - Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
Friday, 21 October 2016
Tonight's slice of Rockabilly comes courtesy of Johnny Burnette who along with his older brother Dorsey and Paul Burlison performed as The Rock'n'Roll Trio
Rock'n'Roll Trio and Tear it Up can be purchased as a thoroughly recommended 2 album CD - reaping the benefit of all those two minute tracks.
Johnny Burnette was yet another Rockabilly star who met an early and nasty death. At the age of 30 his unlit fishing boat was struck by a cabin cruiser on Clear Lake in California.
Fortunately he left a rich legacy of work before his untimely demise
Johnny Burnette - All By Myself
Johnny Burnette - Tear it Up
Johnny Burnette - Blues Stay Away From Me
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Another compilation purchased in Granton on Spey was 1-2-3-4! one of the occasional Mojo Roots of Series - in this case obviously the Roots of The Ramones
It includes the likes of the Seeds, the Shangri-Las and Love who you would imagine influenced the Bruddas.
It also includes contemporaries such as Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, Wayne County and Television.
Not sure how they constitute the roots of the Ramones.
A minor quibble as the music is terrific
Here are the Bruddas with Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers with a Stones cover, Ronnie Spector with a Joey Ramone song and a band who clearly also influenced the Cramps
Walter Lure & the Ramones - Street Fighting Man
Ronnie Spector - She Talks to Rainbows
The Trashmen - Bird Dance Beat