R.I.P. Jack Bruce

Not only does Scotland have a great upcoming football team, Andy Murray and Robert Burns, but we had one of the great bassists ever and part of one of the greatest bands ever Cream and I am saying that. So sad to hear that JB has passed away at the age of 71.

I was knocked out when I first heard Cream in the sixties and got all their albums immediately on release. Disraeli Gears with it's Martin Sharp Cover is a seminal part of the sixties culture and still one of my favourite albums of all time. I remember having to choose between Best of Cream or the Beatles new album Abbey Road, I choose the Cream. (we could only buy one album a month in these days)

His solo stuff too did not dissappoint and he also teamed up with Robin Trower with some fabulous results.

Great bass and fabulous Vocals. I loved Jack Bruce. What more can I say!.   

A double dose of Musical Medicine....as soul soothing as taking a bath in caramelised onion topped with coriander houmous!

I've been listening to Gilles Peterson's best of Brownswood Bubblers compilation over the last couple of weeks where I came across these two absolute belters. Gilles, Boba Fett nod of appreciation goes out to you.

The Raah Project - 'A Trick of the Light' (2010)

Freakish Swing from Melbourne duo, The Raah Project, it's as if Tony Bennett was performing at some seedy jazz joint on the far reaches of Mars. They formed through a mutual desire to work with a Big Band/Orchestra after toying around, adding beats to their collection of Jazz and Classical records. The project spiralled and they started working with a number of different Aussie artist resulting in the eclectic 2009 album, Score. The Raah Project are currently in the process of recording a new album which you can keep abreast of on their website here.

Yaw - 'Where Would You Be' (2009)

Impeccable nu-school Soul which sounds as if it could take place amongst any of the old school classics. Goose pimple inducing stuff from the glorious horns to the Chicago based singer's sublime vocals, evocative of an era.

Check out more from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings here.....or
listen to the Best of Brownswood Bubblers on Spotify here too!

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A Parking Ticket


I was rushing to catch a train to Waterloo, the traffic was terrible. I got to the car park with under 5 minutes to spare. After parking I headed to the pay kiosk when it started to pour of rain, when I say pour I mean serious pour. It was more lions and elephants than cats and dogs. I could not get the machine to work and there was no protection, I was getting more and more drenched. I was in a right panic as I saw my train pull up. I just had to go without at parking ticket and face the consequence.

I was absolutely soaked from head to toe and spent a very uncomfortable journey from Hounslow to Waterloo Station about 35 mins. I swear there was steam rising from my drying out clothing. I was cursing as this could end up being a very expensive night.

I was meeting Flycasual as we were on our way to see the reformed Pentangle. I just had to be there as I had followed Bert Jansch and John Renbourn since the mid sixties as well as Pentangle themselves.

I had almost dried out and had a welcome few beers before heading to the venue. The concert itself was enjoyable but not spectacular. I always thought that both Bert and John should do more of the singing. But there you go.

On the way home we got on the train and who do you think came on to our carriage?  none other than my sporting idol Andy Murray who was with his girfriend Kim Sears. They only stayed a couple of stops before getting off.

I shared a carriage with Andy Murray.

I picked up my Car and believe it or not there was no Parking Violation Ticket. Had I actually got off with it?. With a smile on my face we headed home towards the M3 when that horrible flashing light occurred.

'I don't believe it, I think I have been caught for speeding'  


ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE - Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (2014)

Who are Absolutely Sweet Marie?  Well they are Four German musicians rooted in Jazz and transform Bob's music with brilliant originality. A fusion of sounds and grooves, like nothing you have ever quite heard before.

As you can tell I love my Dylan Covers and am quite excited  about the release of their new album, Roads, Doves And Other Stuff (2014) out soon on the new Label, Tiger Moon Records. I have been lucky enough to hear the album, which is out shortly. It is nothing short of stunning. Check out all these available tracks on You Tube. You will not be disappointed. Fabulous stuff!!

Sad Eyed Lady ....contender for Dylan Covers track of the year.!

Congrats to Alex and the Boys!

ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE - All Along the Watchtower (2014)

Three conquering conkers for us this week!


Nick Hakim - 'I Don't Know' (2014)

I've been captivated by the bluesy tones of Brooklyn's Nick Hakim, with his EP's Where Will You Go Pt 1 & 2. Without a bum track on them it was difficult to pick a track but I will have to go with the recent single, 'I Don't Know'. It reminds me of the melancholy and heartbreak of Jeff Buckley but with a more soulful edge, I just love the piano and organ work and the anguished guitar solo. One cat to keep an eye on fo' sho'.

Stream both EP's from Nick Hakim's website.....

Old Pa's Corner :-

Pablo Moses - More Mandela (2014)
Here is an absolute cracker from an album by 3 legends of Reggae music, Winston Jarrett, Pablo Moses, and Ashanti Roy (The Congos). It is produced by Harrison “Professor” Stafford and there are 9 original songs and then the 9 songs in dub version, 18 total tracks.  
To me this is a bit of a treat. I  hope you like this taster by Pablo, anything with Mandela or Markus Garvey in it and you canna a go wrong.  

London Scouser:-
The New Pornographers - 'Champions Of Red Wine' (2014)

I first heard of The New Pornographers when I saw they were supporting Belle & Sebastian a few years back. I've listened to some of their back catalogue and really like them. They are similar to B & S at times which is great in my book. This track comes from their latest album 'Brill Bruisers' and it was the title that drew me to listen to it first of all as I'm partial to a glass or 3 of the red stuff. I may not be a champion, but I do my best. It has a great electro backing that reminds me a little of OMD and Neko Case's vocals are amazing. There are other good tracks on the album, so I'll be forced with a difficult choice no doubt when it comes to my #tracksoftheyear

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A worried man with a worried mind

WAYLON JENNINGS - I Don't Believe You (1970)

Here are two by that Highwayman, Outlaw and general good 'ol Boy, Waylon Jennings. The first track is a song not covered very much, it is I Don't Believe You and can be found on the album Don't Think Twice (1970). 

The second cover is from a live recording at a show in Lanierland Music Park, Cumming, Georgia,
Sep 23, 2000.
WAYLON JENNINGS - Things Have Changed (2000)


Have the urge to kick over your neighbour's green recycling bin? Avoid bewildering your kids by listening to GMAG instead!

Mum, Dad, Vicar, meet my new boyfriend...

Marilyn Manson - 'Apple of Sodom' (1997)

Here are a couple of tracks to make your ears bleed for a little bit, hopefully in a good way if that's at all possible. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea but I didn't know they were mine until I was I was slapped in the face by the Shoe of Love. Yes my long term girlfriend left me and I was reeling, living that time like the lyrics to Prince's 'Nothing Compares To You'. Blah Blah, it happens to everyone I know but despite a new found clarity in music, I stopped listening to it for awhile. That was until I was introduced to the soundtrack to David Lynch's creepfest, Lost Highway and that was it, it was exactly the kind of heart massage I needed. In reflection it also shows the dark, despairing place I was trying to dig myself out of, funny how music vividly takes you back to an era. Dark and sinister, these two tracks will live with me forever......

Mum, Dad, Vicar, meet my new German exchange students..they'll be staying for a week.

Rammstein - 'Rammstein' (1997)

Awesome Fact: I once went to a Rammstein concert with several members of this blog and despite the incredible noise, the sweat and amazing pyrotechnics, London Scouser managed to fall asleep standing up against a wall of the venue. 




SNEAKER PIMPS - Post Modern Sleaze  (1996)

I have been watching the Belgium Human Trafficking series Matrioshki and enjoyed the first series on TV. I therefore just had to get hold of the second series. It is not easy watching at times, but it does expose how these girls. from the Eastern Block countries and Thailand are exploited.

The are treated like a commodity and treated like pieces of meat. It is heartbreaking to think that because of poverty they are ruthlessly preyed upon and made to do unspeakable things, so theses gangster can make money out of them. When they are of no use or cause trouble they are disposed of or sold on.

It is rather sad when you think about it that if you have money and live in a western country, if your child goes missing it is a big deal and reaches the front pages of the newspapers and is all over the TV.

In India, a supposedly economic power house and now sending space ships to Mars, have literally every year hundreds of thousands of young girls  kidnapped from their homes and end up in prostitution and are never seen again. This scandal does not even make the news there. It is sad and very very wrong. Very wrong.

One good thing about the series is most of the bad boys get their come up-tupence as Old Ma says, well it is close enough for me.

This song featured is the theme tune from the series and because of trusty Shazam I found it to be the Sneaker Pimps from their album Becoming X (1996). I do remember briefly listening to them in the nineties but don't remember too much about it. But this is a good one.

I should have been candle!

TEMPTATIONS - Ain't too Proud To Beg

Does it get any better than this.?
Musical Medicine.....like an oasis of a cold pint in the desert

Nah that's too much, I'll give you...

Bob - Sinclar - 'Love Generation'

I always joke to London Scouser that we can always find an Irish pub in any city we go to. We proved it in Tunisia when we went 8 years ago. Living up to his name, LS was adamant he wanted to watch the Liverpool match and he found a pub outside of our resort to watch it in. We arranged a taxi and we were under the assumption we had to haggle for everything in Tunisia so when we were told the price of our trip we tried to get it cheaper for fear of offending the driver. The taxi driver was quite menacing and after almost a shouting match we backed down and paid the price, a bit flustered and confused about our bartering skills. It was later we found out the taxis outside the hotel have set prices. We must have looked like idiots! In the taxi on the way to the pub, I pictured the headlines....Missing British couple!! I was relieved to get dropped off at our destination!

Are you talking to me?!

The pub was better than any run of the mill Irish pubs I've been to as it goes, we had a great burger and even free pop corn and raw fennel pieces with our drinks, a nice touch. The match was a non starter (surprise surprise!) but they played music videos on the big screen too which is where I heard this song. It was infectious with it's happy beat and whistlely bit. It almost put me in such a good mood not to worry about the taxi home, almost.

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And the whole world is on your case

GARTH BROOKS - To Make You feel My Love (1998)

Here are two covers of the great Adele song To Make You feel My Love. Well that is how the songs seems to be introduced these days. Many many people seem to think the song is written by Adele and it is hers.  The song has become an X-Factor staple and maybe it is an attempt at some sort of credibility, but what do I  know.

To me the song is taylor made for Sid Vicious and I think he would have done a perfect version.

The two versions I have chosen, I will not comment on too much because they may give a lot of pleasure to some folks and that is not a bad thing. It also spreads the gospel and that is good too.

Garth Brooks and Mel Gibson (not the Aussie actor),  for fuck sake, what are Dylan Covers coming to. Please for give me but I could not resist it.(and sorry about the language) But we do try to cover all types of artists here.

Brooksy's version can be found on the album Garth Brooks The Ultimate Hits (2014). It was originally recorded in 1998 and released as a CD single. Garth was nominated for a Grammy for best vocal performance and Bob got the nomination for best Country song.  There you go, I did not know that.

Braveheart's is on the album Weakness in a Man (2007). Quick, close your ears I think he is trying to imitate Elvis.
MEL GIBSON - To make You Feel My Love (2007)


'The Desert Bez' and his crew

Tinariwen - 'Iljaych Tareq' (2014)

You know what it's like, you go camping, you light a bonfire, maybe have some marshmallows even though you don't like marshmallows and then one of your friends takes out a guitar. Bloody hell you think, what a mood killer as they start playing half baked covers....you'd rather listen to the mosquitoes buzzing around your ears. But then there's Tinariwen, the Desert Blues dons and that's a whole different proposition, atmospheric, entrancing, exactly what you need for an evening under the stars...even makes the marshmallows taste nice. Whilst recording their latest album, Emmaar, in the Joshua Tree Desert, the 'desert Bez' and his boys would jam around a campfire long into the night. Inside/Outside - The Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions are the fruits of that labour, 5 striped back tracks that see the band go back to their roots, without all that production of a studio, brilliant and evocative! The offer is still open boys, come round, we can sit in my son's sandpit and sip tea late into the night!

If you like you 'Desert Blues' check out TuneDr's Desert Blues Vol.1 here....

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'I thought that you'd want what I want'

JUDY COLLINS - Send in the Clowns


Red telephone boxes

smelt of piss 
i never saw it comming 
Houdini's Punch

my mind was numb
a marching zombie
owned by the night
the hail, the sleet
the maggot wind
the dreich

 Houdini's punch
garrotting my guts
 twisting, strangling
 tighter and tighter
the bile rising
i needed to vomit
i wanted to scream!
but nothing came out

i arrived
 at i don't know where
 or how i got there
i did 'nt care 
i had lost the night
i had lost my love


Do you like Singer/Songwriters/Alt-Country/Americana or Indie-Folk, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!

Oscar Isaac - Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)
I recently watched Inside Llewyn Davis, The Coen Brothers most recent feature.  Oscar Isaac's brilliant portrayal of a aspiring folk singer on the fringes of success (which is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk) had me wanting to pick up my six-string.  Isaac performance shows that he could always move into music if his acting career doesn't work out, however that now looks unlikely as he is in the next Star Wars movie.   The soundtrack was co-produced by produced by T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford and although the movie version of song just features Isaac, this version features Mumford and Isaac getting all Rootsy.

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Five spiders that were in the 'house' for us this week!

The Fauns - 4am (2014)

Whispery vocals with an infectious melody - whats not to like? 4am has been seductively waking me up on my drive to work this week. It perfectly matches the tiredness and dreamlike state that I seem to find myself before the birds get out of bed. The Fauns are from Bristol and have released their debut album Lights on Invada, the record label run by Portishead's Geoff Barrow. Nice

Old Pa's Corner:-
Marianne Faithfull - Late Victorian Holocaust (2014)

No prizes for guessing who was involved in this song. You guessed Nick Cave.

Marianne Faithfull’s album Give My Love to London (2014) is a cracker and no wonder when you see the list of names who have contributed.. Her band includes Portishead's Adrian Utley (guitars), Ed Harcourt (keyboards), Rob Ellis (drums), Dimitri Tikovoi (bass) + string quartet, and special guests Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Marianne has written most of the lyrics and the music was written by Nick Cave, Anna Calvi, Roger Waters, Pat Leonard, Tom McRae, Steve Earle

This track is suitably dark and just up my Victorian Alley. Sweet little sleep to you all.

Shell Hunter:-
Kongos - 'Come With Me Now' (2014)

When I hear this track with the accordion, it makes me imagine I'm in a hillbilly's house party, probably a wooden shack somewhere by a river, with the whole place bumping with music and good vibes. God knows why because this group of 4 brothers are South African! It's got to be more Biltong than Beaver for the snacks thankfully. However, they've been living and recording in Phoenix for a long while though which has obviously helped them get their alternative rock/ Kwaito voices heard. They've got a couple of albums under their belt so far entitled Kongos and Lunatic which was originally released in 2012. Thankfully it's had a re-release this year otherwise we might have missed out!

London Scouser:-
Hot Chip - 'Go Bang' (2014)

Only last week I stated that I was waiting to hear something new from Hot Chip, so I googled and I found out that they had recorded a cover of a song by Arthur Russell for an upcoming tribute album. According to Wikipedia,  Arthur Russell was a musician who spanned 4 decades and many more genres but who found most of his success in the disco scene. He died in 1992 from Aids and the tribute album 'Master Mix - Red Hot + Arthur Russell' which is released on October 21st will raise money for the Red Hot Foundation.
This track is 11 minutes long and definitely a disco hit and could have been written for them specifically, it will definitely give me my cravings for Hot Chip's until their next album.

Tony Allen - Go Back (feat Damon Albarn) (2014)

A superb, yet sobering track from Afro Beat drummer extraordinaire, Tony Allen, the one time member of Fela Kuti's legendary band Africa 70. 'Go Back' tells the plight of the African refugees who have ended up on the Italian island of Lampedusa and features long time collaborator (The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Rocket Juice and The Moon and Africa Express), Damon Albarn on vocals and keys. Taken from Tony's new album, Film of Life out later this month. If anything for the keyboard that sounds like a hotel lobby band, brilliant!

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