Three tracks that'll make you split your trousers...

Other Lives - Easy Way Out (2015)

2011's Tamer Animals was one of my albums of the year.  It was a multi-layer of sonic lushness that could have been constructed into a cake that Mary Berry would be proud of.  Since then they've been very quite with only a couple of EPs to whet the appetite.  Thankfully, they are back with Rituals, which will be released in May.  I'm so excited that I could wee. 

Old Pa's Corner:-
The Soft Moon - Wasting (2015)

Think Cure and maybe Hawkwind a tiny pinch of Joy Division and you get an idea of the what to expect from this beauty from The Soft Moon. It is from their new album called Deeper (2015). Right up my street is this! suitably haunting and dark.. I need more!

Jamie XX - 'Loud Places' feat Romy (2014)

This is possibly my track of the year so far, it took a few listens but it's finally burrowed in my head. I'm a fan of the XX anyway and this also features fellow band member Romy on vocals but it's very unlike their trademark 'miserable as those two old bastards in the muppets' sound. Despite myself being the biggest grump in the galaxy, this, for fear of sounding a bit cheeseballs, is uplifting with it's choir like chorus and Jamie's impeccable production. Not to mention the skating in the video. 'Loud Places' is taken from the equally impressive four track preview of his forthcoming debut album, In Colour. Something to really look forward to.

Shell Hunter:-
Is having her appendix out...

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Could you ever be true


Here are two great covers of Love Sick by White Stripes, the first is from a concert live in Sydney 10-11-03.

The second is from a new live album Under Amazonian Lights (2015). Can we have more Dylan Cover Mr White please?? 

Musical Medicine....Grand designs for the soul.

Courtney Barnett...Alan Titchmarch a big fan


Courtney Barnett - 'Depreston' (2015)

I love her witticisms, her Aussie drawl and song delivery. 'Depreston' would be my house hunting song of choice if we could afford to move. Instead we've remortgaged to destroy a leaky garage but not to convert it to a music den but into a utility room slash loo for when you can't be arsed to go upstairs for a wee. Except we prob didn't remortgage the song says 'if you've got a spare half a million, you could knock it down and start again', if only. 'Depreston' is taken from her exceptional album, Sometimes I Just Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, released earlier this year. (listen to it here on Spotify)

Courtney Barnett - 'Avant Gardener' (2013)

'Avant Gardner' was the track that initially drew my attention to Courtney's talents. One of my favourite tracks from 2013, it tells the tale of a slacker with good intentions to clear up her garden but it ultimately ends up badly as she has an asthma attack, all told in her trademark deadpan style. Brilliant. Should have stayed in bed instead. The umpire in the video looks familiar, I can't put my finger on it. 'Avant Gardener' is taken from the 2013 EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. (listen to it here on Spotify)

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Primroses, snowdrops and dandelion tears
Lilies, roses and cherry blossom bloom
Orchids, violets and snowdrops in spring
Dalia's, magnolias and red lotus flower 

Blend them together
in a cocktail of love
we raise our glass high to the lord above
and drink a celebration
to the perfection of our love

Puppies, kittens and skipping spring lambs
Ducklings, cubs and pretty Easter chicks
Pandas, Koalas and doe eyed fawns
Hamsters, white mice and birds of paradise

Blend them together
in a cocktail of love
we raise our glass high to the lord above
and drink a celebration
to the happiness of our love

Lobster, salmon and southern fried chicken
Curry, chop suey and rare Argentine steak
Champagne, caviar and Smokey pure malt
Crisps, cashew nuts and freshly cooked chips
Chocolate, ice cream and French apple pie

Blend them together
In a cocktail of love
We raise our glass high to the Lord above
And drink a celebration
To the tastes of our love

Bithworts, corpse flowers and stinky squid thorn
Hemlock, nightshade and white snake root
Monkshood, rosary peas and thorn of the cross
Dracunculus vulgaris and eastern skunk cabbage

Blend them together
in a cocktail of love
we raise our glass high to Satan below
and drink a celebration
to the carcass of our love

Vipers, fruit bats and nightstalkers that sting
Spiders, dung beetles and salties that prey
Piranhas, tigers and biting great whites
Mosquitos, box jelly fish and poison dart frogs

Blend them together
in a cocktail of love
we raise our glass high to Satan below
and drink a celebration
to the entrails  of our love

Fish eyes, pig’s guts and sewerage that smells
Road kill, rotten eggs and witchity grubs
Puss, gangrene and steaming fresh vomit
Maggots, offal and putrid old corpse

Blend them together
In a cocktail of love
We raise our glass high to Satan below
And drink a celebration
To the carrion of our 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!

The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird is Home (2015)
Trying to find time to listen to music, let alone post anything gets harder by the day.  Fortunately a few things come on my radar every now and again.  Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth,  has been someone I've followed since his 2012 album, There's No Leaving Now, and it's nice to know that a new album,  will be out in May. It is a fine reintroduction to the Swedish singer/songwriter and makes the wait and all my current distractions, worthwhile.



Getting new computer so just a quickie this week. Who was the greatest soul voice ever? You probably would go for Otis Redding and rightly so to. But if you have not heard James Carr then check him out NOW. He gets my vote, a little bit more refined than Otis and just a joy for theses old ears!


Four tracks to suitable for any royal wedding...

Action Bronson - 'Baby Blue' feat Chance The Rapper (2014)

A fabulous soulful track from Hip Hop's very own Master Chef, Action Bronson, taken from his fourth and latest album, Mr Wonderful. Action Bronson, is one of my favourite MC's, never taking himself too seriously and with tracks full of humour, check out his excellent pastiche of Easy Rider. Chicago's, Chance the Rapper makes an appearance, wishing some bizarre ills on his ex-girlfriend. Who says Hip Hop can't be romantic.

This Is The Kit - Silver John (2015) 

This soothing track by This Is The Kit reminds me so much of Sharon Van Etten.  So it wasn't a big surprise to find out that it was recorded and Produced by, The National’s, Aaron Dessner.  The Bristol based bands third album features a little help from Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), Thomas Bartlett of Doveman, and Dessner's brother Bryce.  They all make it rather good

Old Pa's Corner:-
Jesse Malin - Addicted (2015)

I was quite into Jesse Malin's first album a few years back but I sort of lost track of him until I heard this little gem. If it is good old fashioned rock that you want, then look no further. This is just great and like the title, you get quite addicted to it. It is one of these that like a burrowing worm, it will get into your brain and you will wake up with it. 

It is from his new album New York Before the War (2015)

Shell Hunter:-
Faith No More - 'Superhero' (2015)

Yesssssss! One of my favourite ever rawk groups have returned to the soundwaves! Its been a whopping 17 years since they released their last album so it leads me to ask, can they continue where they left off? Of course they can! This is the second single from their upcoming album Sol Invictus due out on May 19th. Its hard hitting, pounding with decent riffage and suitable for any Superhero soundtrack. It was even first revealed by the band on This is very exciting stuff for a nerd lover like myself and so good to hear Mike Patton's comical vocals again! 

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I spied the fairest damsel
WOVENHAND - As I Went Out One Morning (2009)

Here are two different versions, both from 2009 of As I Went Out One Morning from John Wesley Harding.

The first is by Wovenhand and was recorded for KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle, the date was 9/4/2009.

The second take is by the Dirty Projectors and is on their album Bitte Orca (2009)
DIRTY PROJECTORS - As I Went Out One Morning (2009)

Three amigos!
Tres Grande Cerveza
Torrevieja's Finest!
Here are the young men!

COWBOY JUNKIES - Handouts in the Rain

A few weeks back I had my nephew over from Canada along with one of his friends. They were both in their early fifties but boy! were they wild and boy! could they drink. I had a few sessions with them but just could not keep up the pace so we shipped them off to Benidorm for a few days. I needed recovery before the next session.

It was just one long gut busting laughter session. These guys had so many stories to tell. My nephew is a freelance photographer for the police and the other guy was an engineer and part time guitarist in a Band. and travelled all over. 
At one time Fred lived next door to two members of Arcade Fire and knows them well and often heard them jamming next door.
As for their love life well they could make 10 movies about them and much better than that shitty 40 shades of crap effort.
Here are two little things that happened on their trip of which was an incident filled happening. Both I found so amusing, I even laugh out loud thinking about them.
They had planned to catch flight from Montreal to New York then to Madrid and then to Alicante. When they arrived at Montreal they found that their flight was cancelled. Holiday over before it began. By my nephew Fred is a real charmer and managed to get arranged on the same ticket another flight to New York and then a flight to Paris and the on to Alicante. Carl was very impressed with all this organisation and decide to just sit back and let it all happen and follow Fred. When he told this, Fred was in total surprise and said that is odd and that he was following Carl as he seemed to know what he was doing. I don't know how?  but they got here,
The second story was after a drinking session, all day (I am still suffering) Carl got up during the night and went outside for a smoke. In a daze he came back in and passed my parrot, the parrot,  in my voice said 'are you OK'. Carl replied  'yes I am fine, just going back to bed'. He was half way up the stairs when he realised he just had a conversation with a parrot.  

RICHIE HAVENS - Handouts in the Rain


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!

Radiohead - Gagging Order (2004)
I have to admit it, I'd forgotten all about this. There was a time (pre-spotify) when I'd buy everything by an artist and unless it caught me right (I.e. Kid kick in the nuts) it might just gather dust in my CD collection (yes, I have one still). It was a welcome surprise to hear this the other week on my iTunes randomiser. It features on COM LAG (2plus2isfive), a 2004 EP that was released in Japan and Australia which followed their album Hail to the Thief. Great stuff that reminds us all what Thom and the chaps can pull out of the bag when they stay away from drum and bass records

Four tracks to make your bunnies dance this Easter...

Andy Shauf - I'm Not Falling Asleep (2015)

I'm Not Falling Asleep by Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf is my current tag line. Rather than case of insomnia, I blame my daughters current sleeping habits (or lack of)!  Its sombre tones feature a clarinet - I can't remember the last time I heard a clarinet! 

London Scouser :-
Giant Sand - 'Transponder' (2015)

Last year I was privileged to meet the great Howe Gelb and for my recent birthday, Shellhunter bought me a ticket to see Giant Sand play in London this June. I'm really looking forward to it and was over the moon to hear this new track. It's a dreamy song that could easily transport me to the deserts of Arizona and is bang on form.

Old Pa's Corner:-
India Electric Co. - Lost In translation (2015)

I like this one by India Electric Co. it is from their new album  The Girl I Left Behind (2015). Quite difficult to define, but interesting enough for me to want to hear the album. This sound fresh and original. So much potential, I must say I am looking forward to the album.

Camel Power Club - 'Tagada' Feat Akin Yai

Thanks to Sfw for the heads up with this track, it is indeed right up my alley. Instant impact from the French Indie duo, providing a laid back groove for Benin/US rapper Akin Yai to flow over. The perfect song to get you out of a hump!!...sorry!

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Just got back from a visit to the UK to visit Shellhunter and Flycasual and to see all my Grand kids especially the new addition Ripley. It was indeed a pleasure. This is really what it is all about!!
Only trouble is, Ted, Flycasual's youngest goes to nursery and picks up every disease know to man. He of course passes them on in his nice little way to anybody who to give him a kiss (queue David Cameron).
Guess who picked up the dreaded vomiting disease. I rushed to the loo in the middle of the night, just got on my knees, was about to lift the lid when whoooooshhh! a hot stream of vomit everywhere. I tried to mop/wipe it all up. But you know how it is, there is always a tell tale carrot hiding somewhere.!
Parents and kids - who'd have 'em!  

I hope to get back in full swing shortly, can't wait to catch up!

JACKSON BROWNE - Running on Empty


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!

Courage - Villagers (2015)

Villagers — aka Conor O’Brien — have always been a favourite at the surgery.  Melodic, intimate and intellegent, his latest release, ‘Darling Arithmetic,’ has him playing every instrument, recording and mixing it himself, at his home in Malahide, north of Dublin.

His previous two efforts, Awayland and Becoming A Jackal, are both Mercury-nominated successes. He now features a beard and could become a lookalike for actor James McAvoy, or vice-versa

Four tracks that had our vote this week....

Shell Hunter:-
Kendrick Lamar - 'King Kunta' (2015)

 I decided to get back into hearing new music by putting my new digital radio in the nursery. Every morning now I stick it on whilst it's feeding time. Yesterday was the first day I thought, "This is excellent, I wonder what it is". I haven't said that for a while it seems! This track is taken from Kendrick Lemar's latest album called To Pimp A Butterfly which was out last week. This isn't normally my thing but it was so good to hear something different and I especially like the little metallic sound which happens every now and then. It's like when a cartoon character gets hit in the head and goes all googly-eyed! Kendrick Lamar is an American Hip Hopster spinning in all the right circles. He has already worked with Godfather of Hip Hop, Dr. Dre so I'm down with some good taste. Word to ya mutha.

Old Pa's Corner :-  
Brian Wilson - Sail Away (2015)

Wow! A new album by one of the true greats Mr Brian Wilson. The new album out soon is called Piers Pressure (2015), and I can't wait to hear it.

I am sitting here in the UK looking out the window watching a couple of squirrels fighting over some nuts and I am listening to this with my cans on. I smile, I am feeling happy, I won't forget the moment. Music you have done it again.

The Four Owls - 'Silent Flight' (2014)

"I bumped into my friend the owl the other day and I told him that I had got engaged.....and he said "you twit twoo".Owls, apart from being the recipient of perhaps the best joke in the universe and fierce nocturnal hunters, it's also the name of UK Hip Hop supergroup, The Four Owls (Fliptrix, VerbT, BVA and Leaf Dog). A straight up 'head bobber', the track encapsulates all that is great about the genre, which is sometimes lacking and like Old Skool crews (The Pharcyde, Beasties and Wu-Tang for example), it's the witty lyricism and interplay with the various members of the group, each with their distinct voices that I love. 'Silent Flight', is taken from their 2nd album, Natural Order, out last month (Feb), get your...ehm...talons into it here. UK represent.

High Focus records...

Patrick Watson - Love Songs For Robots (2015)

Montreal's finest has recently released the title track to whet our appetite and I haven't been disappointed. With his 2012 album, Adventures in your own back yard,  still a part of my monthly musical diet, any news of a new album would always be taken with nervous excitement. It follows his familiar format of whispery vocals, piano-led music that can easily put the listener into a sleep-like trance (in a good way!).  Comparisons to Bon Iver with a bass line similar to Air (circa Moon Safari) are not far off the mark.

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Five tracks to spring head first into...

Shell Hunter:-
Blur - 'Go Out' (2015)

First of all, thank you to all who sent their best wishes for Ripley's arrival on Old Pa's Calexico post last week! Its been both the longest and shortest week ever. Living our lives in 3 hour bursts between feeds, not knowing what day it is or even caring, eating when we are hungry no matter if its 2am and feeling elation to frustration in half a second all come part and parcel with being a new parent. But we've reached our first milestone, a week! Our next big event is tomorrow where we will do the title of the latest single from Blur, Go Out. We are off to register her birth! Go Out is the first single to be released since 2003 and its like they have picked up where they dropped off. It couldn't be more Blur if it tried! The guys are older, wiser and it can only spell great things to come from new album The Magic Whip, due on April 27th. This is one happy Blur fan right here.

London Scouser:-
Muse - 'Psycho' (2015)

Shell Hunter was very much otherwise engaged as I wrote this a week ago, as she was in labour with our first child. In the background was our playlist of tracks to take her mind off of the pain from the contractions, I remembered that Muse has a track called 'New Born' so I searched for them on Spotify and was pleased to see they had a new track... It should probably come with a government warning, not to include on baby playlists, but regardless I bloody love it. Its got a trademark Muse riffage but sounds to me like the one that got away from Marilyn Manson. I can't wait for their new album based on this also!

Old Pa's Corner :-
Ryley Walker - Sweet Satisfaction (2015)

I have heard two tracks from the album Primrose Green (2015) the new album by Ryley Walker and I am really impressed. Some of the influences that he is being associated with is rather impressive, but I would say entirely justified. How about Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, Bert Jansch and Pentangle.

This really excellent stuff. I await with great anticipation for the complete album out at the end of the month.

Tobias Jesso Jr. - 'How Could You Babe' (2015)

Vancouver's Tobias Jesso Jr almost gave up music a few years back after a luckless spell in LA (the song, Hollywood takes an extra significance) and it's to everyone's benefit that he didn't. His debut album, Goon, was released earlier this month and contains a spectacular array of Lennon-esque songs on love and heartbreak. 'How Could You Girl', is my current weapon of choice to give my heart a kicking.

Laura Marling - False Hope (2015)

I am quite enjoying Laura Marling's heavier vibe, the track features on her new album, short movie, which is singers fifth album in seven years. She produced the album herself, which probably explains the change of direction. Like a hybrid of PJ Harvey meets Pearl Jam, the Hampshire born singer has now returned to England (after spending quite a bit of time in the US) and her new album is a clear reflection of that.

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