Sunday, 11 December 2016
I felt a wee bit guilty the other week omitting Gil Scott-Heron from my Friday Three Name Series because of the use of a hyphen.
However the rules is the rules and you got fellow poet Linton Kwesi Johnson instead
So I thought I would make amends and sneak in some Gil today.His work spans soul, jazz and blues with liberal use of the spoken word with an argument that he was a prototype rapper.
Like Linton he was also a bit of a political activist as these songs will testify.
As I am Scottish, I feel obliged to pass on the bit of trivia that I suspect everyone knows by now - his father was the first black player to play football for Glasgow Celtic.
I suspect next week's soul offering may have a tinge of Christmas about it.
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron - Johannesburg
Saturday, 10 December 2016
A fairly resounding victory last week for the Mojave 3 with their version of Girl From The North Country.
Even the Swede voted against Bob giving us a running total of Bob 4 Cover Artists 4 - this could go all the way to the wire.
This week I Shall be Released a song that Bob has recorded many times with this version coming from his Greatest Hits Volume 2.
Being a classic protest song many other versions have been recorded. I am going for the first one I heard and which still remains my favourite. The Tom Robinson Band with their version recorded on 16th August 1977 the day that Elvis Presley died.
It is TRB for me, others may choose to disagree (a wee bit of poetry there for you).
Irrespective of the result we are back next week as it is now officially first to 10.
Bob Dylan - I Shall be Released
Tom Robinson Band - I Shall be Released
Friday, 9 December 2016
We are back to Country this week , or is it blues or perhaps even folk?
I saw Iowan William Elliott Whitmore support Ray Wylie Hubbard at Glasgow's ABC2 a number of years ago - so six names for the price of two
I was introduced to him by a couple of lads from my local who put three of his albums my way.
These are taken from the middle one of these in date order 2005's Ashes to Dust.
He puts me in mind a wee bit of Ramsay Midwood and his songs have a gothic feel with a pre-occupation of death that The Handsome Family would be proud of.
William Elliott Whitmore - Diggin' My Grave
William Elliott Whitmore -The Buzzards Won't Cry
Thursday, 8 December 2016
I know that you are all incredibly busy people but can I ask that you take 8 minutes and 36 seconds out of your hectic schedule and listen to Fire Inside My Soul by Ian McNabb.
If it does not lift your spirits then I am afraid there is no hope for you.
Anything that rhymes the Beatles with the Flying Burritos is pretty special.
The first track from the second solo album by The Icicle Works front man the concept album Head Like a Rock from 1994.
You don't need me to tell you that the musical accompaniment comes from Crazy Horse.
Well it couldn't be anyone else, could it?
Ian McNabb - Fire Inside My Soul
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Another Charity Shop faux pas to report today along reasonably similar lines to the recent Bliss incident although this time the crime is somewhat more heinous.
I'm getting in my excuses early. I was flushed with success after having picked up Buffalo Tom, Grinderman and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
There is a very slight similarity in the album covers (or then again maybe not)
Yes, I'm afraid it's true. Instead of coming away with the debut album of the critically acclaimed North London band Wolf Alice instead I had in my hand the debut album of Australian hard rock band Wolfmother.
A mistake I did not realise until I was at the other side of the till.
I've not got to the end of it but as you would expect it is pretty awful.
I shall either dispense with it from whence it came or pass on to one of my less discerning pals (one has paid over 50 quid to see Rush whereas another has taken his kids to see the Michael Schenker Group)
Me, I'm off to the opticians
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
When I recently posted The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds I commented that you rarely, if ever, see Nick Cave albums on the shelves in charity shops. All this changed last week when I picked by the eponymous debut album by his side project Grinderman.
If The Boatman's Call was at the mellow end of the spectrum Grinderman is as far removed as it is possible to be.
A splendid combination of scuzzy blues and noise terrorism.A band whose name describes their music perfectly.
Not for the faint hearted.
Released in 2007 Grinderman 2 followed three years later. The band made a brief re-appearance in 2013 so number 3 may well follow.
Grinderman - Depth Charge Ethel
Grinderman - Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)
Chapeau to Tam Cowan from BBC Radio Scotland's Off the Ball for highlighting the similarity between Boaby the Barman and Nick Cave
Monday, 5 December 2016
Buffalo Tom are a band that have only just penetrated my radar
One of their songs Summer popped up on Urbanwear a recent holiday compilation purchase and I know that they are held in high regard by some of my esteemed blogging colleagues including the Robster and JC
I had noticed their 1993 album (Big Red Letter Day) in a charity shop near my mum's care home but did not have the time or the change to purchase it. I returned the next week more in hope than expectation and it was still there and duly purchased together with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a further tow who will feature over the next couple of days.
It is a bit of a find - excellent stuff. The first song Sodajerk puts me in mind of R.E.M., no bad thing.
Further exploration required.