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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Lydia The Tattooed Lady

More new music today - what the Dickens is going on at CCM!
Lydia Loveless has just released her 4th album Real on the mighty Bloodshot record label out of Chicago

I am providing a download of one of the tracks something I would not normally do for a just released record. However our friends at Noisetrade have made two songs from the album available together with three older tracks including the recently featured Steve Earle.
So from the new album here is Really Wanna See You Again together with Boy Crazy the title track from her 2013 EP.

Lydia Loveless - Really Wanna See You Again

Lydia Loveless Boy Crazy

And here are The Muppets

Monday, 29 August 2016


I rarely listen to the radio of an evening these days.
However last Monday I caught a snippet of Vic Galloway's Music Review on Radio Scotland
As part of the show he was reviewing three singles with Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai and a reviewer called Graeme Virtue
I missed the first two which were Wanted to Want it To by C Duncan and Conceptual Romance by Jenny Hval.
I did however catch the  third song which completely blew me away
How good is this?

Needless to say it was the pick of the bunch scoring 9/10 from all three of them.
The boy from Mogwai said he could sit and listen to this on a loop all day and he's not wrong there

By way of further research a search engine and a couple of clicks of the mouse tell me that Imarhan are a desert blues band from Southern Algeria who share a sound with Tinariwen - indeed their main man Sadam has a cousin in that band.
They have an album out on City Slang the picture above being the cover
Further exploration is clearly required

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Some Sunday Funky Soul

Most of you will be familiar with  the song War ( the one where you shout - What is it Good For - Absolutely Nothing) either via the Edwin Starr original or the Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover.

It has featured before and if asked to come up with any other Edwin Starr songs I would have probably struggled until a charity shop acquisition of The Essential Collection.
I then realised that I was familiar with Contact but I couldn't have told you that Edwin had sung it.
A number of pleasant funky numbers on the Collection.

I was also unaware that latterly he was more famous in Britain than America and that he made his home here in Bramcote in Nottinghamshire where he died in 2003 aged 61.

Edwin Starr - Contact

Edwin Starr - Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Namechecked - Elton John

And now I'm reminded
By feelings so strong
Of Bernie Taupin's lyric
To Sir Elton's song
Can you say the hardest word

This series has become a but of a struggle a lot earlier than I thought it would partly because I have exhausted my initial list and also because there are well over a dozen songs which could have featured in this series but have already graced these pages.
Also I haven't had the time or the  inclination to sit down properly  and come up with some more thoughts.
So I am at a stage when I come across a namecheck  whilst listening to a song and I have a song by the artist it is going on.
S-O-R-R-Y is a song from The Proclaimers 2007 album Life With You which  I like to think is about Tony Blair
This wouldn't necessarily have been my first choice for an Elton John song but Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting and Benny and the Jets were not at my disposal

The Proclaimers - S-O-R-R-Y

Elton John -Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Friday, 26 August 2016

Vintage Country Vinyl - Jackson Browne

The vintage vintage seam has pretty much been mined I'm afraid.
We are now into country rock territory albeit the The Pretender the fourth album by Jackson Browne is actually 40 years old this year
This album was never earmarked for this series primarily because I had totally forgotten that I had it.
It was not until it was plucked from the shelves last weekend as a random selection that it made the list.

Typical Laurel Canyon soft country rock which is alright in relatively small doses. I must admit that I prefer the follow up album Running on Empty probably because I have played it more often
Fellow Laurel Canyon luminaries Don Henley and John David Souther provide the harmonies on the first track  with David Crosby  and Graham Nash doing the honours on the latter

Jackson Browne - The Only Child

Jackson Browne - The Pretender

Thursday, 25 August 2016

American Music Club

American Music Club were one of those bands often mention in dispatches in the places and pages where I dabbled.
So I thought I should make it my business to acquire some of their music to see what all the fuss was about.
1991's Everclear seemed to  be the place to start given that Rolling Stone named it as one of the top 5 albums of 1991 and named their notoriously stroppy singer Mark Eitzel as their songwriter of the year.

I was distinctly underwhelmed on the first listen and indeed on the admittedly pretty rare subsequent listens.
I have a Mark Eitzel solo album which falls into the same category.
There well be some of you out there who see things differently

American Music Club - Sick of Food

American Music Club - What The Pillar of Salt Said

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Babes Never Die

Honeyblood have a new album Babes Never Die due for release on 4th November on FatCat Records and on green vinyl to boot.
To whet your appetites here is the first single from the album entitled Ready For The Magic

Their first album featuring Cat Myres as opposed to Shona McVicar on drums backing up the great Stina Tweeddale.

An excuse, as if an excuse was needed, to feature one of the many fabulous songs from the previous album.

Honeyblood - Bud