Musical Medicine..... tracks that give you a shot in the dark, even when your legless

Electronic - 'Getting Away With It' (1989)

In light of the news from the courts in South Africa this week it reminded me of a great track from the very late 80's. The band was essentially Bernard Sumner (New Order) & Johnny Marr (The Smiths) with a few friends. This track featured Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) on backing vocals and I for one bloody loved it...

Five tracks that got our 'yes' vote this week....

London Scouser:-
Woods - 'With Light And With Love' (2014)

After listening to The Sour Notes last week I went onto the 'Similar Artists' link on their Spotify profile and came across Woods. They rang a musical bell to me and after checking I saw that Old Pa featured them as his TOTW back in 2012 and to boot he included a 9 minute live version of the track 'Bend Beyond'. Well this time my choice is also 9 minutes long but this is the actual album version. This is the title track of their latest album and they still have that 60's vibe. When I'm listening to this I don't notice the time as I'm immersed into the twangy guitar sounds which at times seem almost psychedelic. One track that I'm going to add to my 'Epic's' playlist for sure. Pure bliss

Antoine Mars - 'Rocketshipp' (2014)

I received this track on email the other day stating that he's exactly what Hip Hop needs right now and to 'believe the hype!' I thought, "oh yeah? Go on then". Well yeah, I may have to believe a bit of the aforementioned hype as on this form, it convinced a cynical, ageing, Old School B-Boy. Unsigned Antoine Mars is a talented MC hailing from Harlem who clearly encapsulates that East Coast vibe perfectly, showing why New York is indeed Raps capital. Stellar!

Check his blog out on Tumblr here....

Thurston Moore - The Best Day (2014)
'The Best Day' is the title track from the Sonic Youth's Frontmans new album. It's a foot stomping, indie rocker that, for me, features some of Moore's best material in years. His band, which features James Sedwards, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley has been put together while he lives in London. The Thurston Moore Band will hit the road with gigs in London, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and end in Nottingham on November 12.

Old Pa's Corner:-
Blonde Redhead - Dripping (2014)

This one hits you right away and grabs your attention. There is a similar feel running through the album of the same name Dripping (2014). I have to say I am not too familiar with these guys even although they have been going about their business since the early nineties.  They are called a combination of Art Punk,Electro. Sounds pretty good that, as is this, the lead track from their album.

Shell Hunter:-
Saint Motel - 'My Type' (2014)

This is Fun with a capital Kay! I can't stop singing this tune from the LA rockers Saint Motel and I love the horns, they're disco-tastic! They remind me a little of Franz Ferdinand but with more cowbell. From what I read, they are like indie chameleons spanning dream pop to indie rock. My Type is from their latest 4 track EP of the same name but they already have an album under their belt called Voyeur which was out in 2012. It might be worth a peek!

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Yes Yes Y'all, would you like some Charleston with your Hip Hop?

Common - 'I am Music' feat Jill Scott (2002)

The debauchery filled, Scott Fitzgerald love fest classic, The Great Gatsby, was released last year with plenty of fanfare, courtesy of a re-working by Baz Lurhmann. I love the romantic idea the book depicts of the roaring twenties, with all the Art Deco architecture, 'anything goes' attitude and the Jazz age music from the era, particularily the Charleston and the Lindy Hop (a distant relative to B-Boy 'Locking'?).

Hence this track, the amazing 'I Am Music', for me the standout from Common's 2002 album, Electric Circus. With the legendary late beat maker J-Dilla pulling the strings, he creates something utterly unique by effortlessly marrying Hip Hop and Charleston, the perfect soundtrack for Jay Gatsby to woo back his Daisy. Although, as far as I'm concerned she's not worth all the fuss - it's the Jordan Baker character he should have gone after....I'd definitely learn to 'flap' for her.

Common...not a flapper.

Incidentally (this should be a 'Nerd Alert' if I can borrow from our Cover Nerd) the cover to Electric Circus was inspired from The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. See who made it on it here....

Check out my other Common post, the Curtis Mayfield inspired ode to Serena Williams, 'The Loving I Lost'. Or for more Yes Yes Y'all Hip Hop posts, click here. Word!

MARMALADE - I Shall Be Released (1969)
Marmalade, one of Scotland's 'finests' were a 'pop' Band at their peak in the late sixties. They have the fame of being the first Scottish Band to reach Number one in the Pop Charts with their hideous cover of the Beatles's Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in 1969.

To there credit they did a couple of decent covers of Dylan songs. Both the covers can be found on the album Fine Cuts: The Best of Marmalade (2011) .
MARMALADE - Mr Tambourine Man (1968)

 THE BEATLES - I' so Tired (1968)
The Birds Nest

I walked into the pub
i had not seen her for years
there was that familiar feeling
deep in my guts
she could still bring it out
she still had that power
we briefly kissed

she removed her dark glasses
her eyes were bruised
her lips were swollen
she look tired almost beat
there was no sparkle in her eyes

he was abusing her
he was beating her
how could anyone
harm my fragile angel
that bastard should hang

he should be fed to isis

she begged me to stay
she could not be alone
she held me tight
the whole night
as if  I were her life she was holding

i put her on a plane the next day
she needed her home

her kin
time to rest
she needed time to recover

a few weeks later she called
she had two tickets for our idol
he was playing Earls Court

i still had her copy of Blonde on Blonde
i never returned in the sixties
when she was a child
and i was just a child
when we loved like the wind
like flowers in the wind

we went to see our idol
she had regained her joy
she looked so beautiful
i could not take my eyes away from her
her smile lit up the Court

she had a birds nest in her hair 

THE BEATLES - Happiness is a Warm Gun (1968)

All you Dylan Fans out there of course will pick up the reference.Well?

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 White Buffalo - Wish it was true
The White Buffalo, a.k.a. Jake Smith seems to have an effortless way of writing music that matches his persona.  He looks like he could cut down a big tree, catch a rattlesnake and write songs about hard drinking, heart break and good times (and I don't mean that in a disparaging way).  He puts across his tales with  honesty and thoughtful reflection that can only come from an American musician. Someone who can write about the "Home of the brave and the free; the red, white, and blue. - I wish it was true." with elements of blues, country western, folk, and classic rock.

This features on his 2012 album, Once Upon A Time In The West. 

Mother, I tried to do right by you, 
To do what you asked me to.
I did wrong, and I knew.

Mother, I tried to behave for you.
Now I'm a-diggin' a grave for you.
It was all I could do. 

Find a way back home, make everything new. 
I wish it was true.

Father, well I gave my soul to you.
I came in blind folded for you.
It was all that I knew.

Open your arms and I'll fly out of hell up to you.
I wish it was true.

Boy, come on out from the cold.
You're lost outside there, don't you know?
It's not what you say, it's what you do.
Just keep wishing your wishes are true.
Well your dreams, they're reality.
There's no pain, there's no misery.
Just polish the blood and the brews.
For there's just no way you can lose.
Well I wish it was true.

Country, I was a soldier to you.
I did what you asked me to.
It was wrong, and you knew.

Country, now I'm just a stranger to you.
A number, a name; it's true.
Throw me away when you're through.

Home of the brave and the free; the red, white, and blue.

I wish it was true.

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Five tracks that were top of the agenda this week....

Real Lies - 'North Circular' (2014)

The notorious stretch of road in north London that is more akin to a car park at certain times. Oh but not this time....this is the late ride home after a night out, void of traffic dreamy, head a bit fuzzy, stopping at the garage on the way to answer the call for a sausage roll. I only heard this yesterday so it was a late entry, it made an instant impression, an intriguing cross between The Streets and The Pet Shop Boys (how's that for a marriage). 'North Circular' is taken from the London trio's forthcoming second album, find out more about them on Marathon Artists record label.

Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were (2014)

I've been eagerly awaiting Ben Howard's latest release.  Would it follow a similar formula? Would he try something different?  After listening to this, it certainly follows his tried-and-tested recipe and who can blame him. When he won the 2013 BRIT award everyone was wondering where he came from. (Born in Middlesex, raised in Devon).  He's been releasing material since 2008, but it wasn't until his 2010 EP release that I caught on. I was fortunate to see him in a nearby town (Narberth) in 2011, which was last time he played West Wales (my wife still gives me grief that she never went to it!).  His new album is out 20th October  

Old Pa's Corner :-
Lonely The Brave - Deserter (2014)


This a track from Lonely The Brave and certainly shows intent. There seems to be a bit of a 'noise' about these lads from Cambridge. Looks to me if they are heading for the big time. This song is destined to be heard at the festivals next season along with their other anthems. I was thinking Editors when listening to them, not a bad thing. Do you agree that the guy's voice sounds a bit like Peter Gabriel with a hint of that guy from Pearl Jam, or is it just me.  Anyway the new album, their first, is called The Days Of War (2014).  

Shell Hunter:-
Hozier - 'Take Me To Church' (2013)

Definitely not to be mistaken for The Hoosiers, this Irish soul-o artist can seriously hollar. I love the echoeiness of this track, you could quite easily be sat alone in one of those massive catherdrals, its a real goosebump factory. He realeased an EP with the same name last year but I am only starting to hear it around now strangely. He followed it closely with another EP Eden but his debut album is due out in a couple of weeks simply titled Hozier. I'm feeling another young singer songwriter success story coming on, it'll be the bank not church he'll be visiting!

London Scouser:-
The Sour Notes - 'Two Hands Wait' (2014)

Earlier this week I was in Charlotte, NC for one night to test a new uniform for my job, it's a hard life I know. Whilst trying and not succeeding in sleeping I looked on facebook and saw that my favourite band from last year, Black Books, had posted a poster of an upcoming gig to celebrate the album launch for fellow Austin, TX band 'The Sour Notes'. Finally after a 4 month hiatus my 'Austin Phase' was back on. I listened to the album in question 'Do What May' and liked what that first hearing had to offer. Their wikipedia page describes their musical style as 'Indie Rock' & 'Dream Pop' and I definitely get that. I've chosen this song for two reasons, 1 is that it has a great sound but the 2nd reason it the really cool video. It's an homage to scary films like 'Paranormal Activity' and the like. Their official launch was on 06th September and I hope it went well.

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Repeat Prescriptions....The Top 100 Classic Albums Of All Time that you keep coming back to!

Like doing a university course as a mature student, I am returning to my musical education and filling in the gaps. I intend to revisit The 100 Best Albums Of All Time (see them all here) as recommended by Q Magazine back when the poll was last done in 2006. Some I will know and love, some I will have skimmed and some I will not even have given time of day. This will all change when I listen to every album in full as it was intended, from 100 to 1, and choose my favourite song from each.

Album Number 97: Lou Reed - Transformer - Walk On The Wild Side (1972)

I have to say, I was totally indifferent about listening to Lou Reed. I heard he as part of The Velvet Underground was heavily influential so I thought this would be a good addition to my music education foundation. Its the first album from this project that I don't fully 'get', though. Musically I like it a lot, there are a good few tracks here that are perfect for any late 60s or early 70s film's opening credits or soundtracks but I think its the nonsense lyrics/poetry that is wasted on me. A couple of times I was thinking to myself, What the hell is he banging on about?! Saying that, I really have to take it into context: we are talking about the early 70s here (drugs, drugs and more drugs?), David Bowie produced it and there are some great moments such as Vicious, Satellite Of Love, Wagon Wheel and Perfect Day. When the lyrics aren't too nursery rhyme sounding and 'out there', its pretty damn good really.

I never thought I would choose such a commercially known song to be my favourite from the album but it was a toss up between Perfect Day and WOTWS. I used to hear it on the radio all the time and think nothing of it except that the iconic riff was sampled for A Tribe Called Quest's Can I Kick It. Listening to it in context with the rest of the bizarrely worded album, I began to really appreciate it. The style, sound along with the atmosphere it evokes, is the epitome of the late 60s, early 70s for me. After digging a little deeper into what the song was about and Lou himself, I realised it was about the gang of misfits that used to hang out with Andy Warhol at his New York city studio. Each one has their nickname and story and I'm pretty surprised it wasn't banned from the airwaves. Drugs, transvestites, oral sex and male prostitutes makes for a colourful view into the era. They just don't make them like that anymore.

Shell Hunter may need another listen

BONNIE RAITT - A Million Miles (2012)

Here are two great covers by Bonnie Raitt,  both really are quite rarely covered songs. The first comes from her 2012 album Slipstream which also contains another Dylan Cover,  Standing in the Doorway another pretty rare one.

The next song was performed by Dylan throughout his tour of autumn 1980 but was never officially released. He gave the song  in demo form to Bonnie, who did a pretty good job on her 1982  album Green Light'

 BONNIE RAITT - Let’s Keep It Between Us (1982)



They lay their Money down!

O.C. SMITH - Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp

There is nothing like a Tramp to bring out a great song. Here are two absolutely fabulous songs and believe me, they don't get much better than these. I have loved them both since I first heard them in the sixties and seventies. Both have a little of the ladies of the night running through them. Well it is the oldest occupation I suppose and maybe there should be more songs to represent this great vocation..

CHER - Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves

On a more serious note one of the the great tragedies of our time is Human Slavery. All these poor girls who are either sold or tricked into prostitution. These Evil Traffickers are no worse that animals and should be put down if caught. 

In my way of thinking so should the punters who use these poor girls. They also should be put down too. If it was not for their weakness and lust there would be no need for this inhumane disgusting practice.
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Le Cassette - 'You Are You Are' (2012)

"For those tune fans that love to adjust the equalizer settings in your brain, here's a reminiscent breath of fresh air, retro air that is! These guys manage to recreate the old 80's sound with a modern day twist. Refreshing to take a break from today's music notes! This track is a couple years old, but Le Cassette just dropped a full album this last July according to my research. Something different!"

He's right and here is a Spotify link to that album 'Left To My Own Devices'

Five tracks to kick back in your Facekini to

Roo Panes - Tiger Striped Sky (2014)

Singer-songwriter-Burberry Model, Roo Panes seems to have everything. A good looking chap who has a considerable vocal range (He sounds like Scott Matthews) and a talent for well-crafted songs. Roo’s musical education came in part from his grandmother, a classical concert pianist, the hymns of his local church and in part from his parents’ collection of Nick Drake and Bob Dylan records. Hailing from a small town in Dorset, Roo’s surroundings have a strong influence on his music.

 “Think I’ll write a tale of my own / I’m going southbound where the ocean is flirting with the coast / And tell me why / I’m underneath a tiger striped sky”.

 His debut album, ‘Little Giant’, is avaiable for pre-order exclusively through PledgeMusic or pick it up when it is released in October.

Old Pa's Corner :-
Leonard Cohen - Almost Like the Blues (2014)


This is really exciting, another album of songs by Leonard Cohen. This new song is really just the spoken word with some excellent backing to compliment the dark lyrics (whats new here then). The song is from the new album Popular Problems released  on the21st September. Bring it on please.

Shell Hunter:-
Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors - 'Jungle' (2014)

Each time I hear this song it reminds me of Howlin' Wolf's Smoke Stack Lightnin'. It's the raspy blues voice and raw sparse backing that does it. Looks like I hit the nail on the head with that because Jamie N Commons, although born in Bristol, moved to Chicago with his family when he was 6 and was submerged into all things blues and musical. He later moved back to the UK and began to pursue his career in London when he was 18. He's got a winning voice with dark landscapes comparable to Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan and Leonard Cohen. X Ambassadors are an alt-rock band from New York and got noticed by the lead singer from Imagine Dragons who insisted they were given a record deal. This track seems like a marriage made in heaven or a jungle even... 

London Scouser:-
Interpol - 'All The Rage Back Home' (2014)

Interpol are a band that I really like whilst not seeming to know much about them at all. I thought 'Evil' was brilliant and my other favourite is 'Mammoth'. This track is everything I've come to like about the band, a great dark sound and catchy chorus which gets me singing along and the video reminds me of a Guiness advert. Not much else for me to say really. Maybe this time I will look into them a bit more, especially as they are releasing their 5th album 'El Pintor' on the 08th of September.

Jamie T - 'Don't You Find' (2024)

Jamie T has this Marmite-esque musical quality, you either like him or don't but you can't deny his talent. I thought his 2007 debut, Panic Prevention, was good in parts but I thought it a bit gimmicky, like a male version of Kate Nash (a tad harsh maybe, I must listen to it again to see if I can exorcise that) but his second, Kings and Queens was a firm favourite of mine in 2009. 'Don't You Find' snuck up on me after a couple of listens, particularly the poignant lyrics about a love lost. His new album, Carry on the Grudge is due out on September 26th, with 'Zombie' being the second single to be release from it. Click here to hear it.

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Repeat Prescriptions....The Top 100 Classic Albums Of All Time that you keep coming back to!

Like doing a university course as a mature student, I am returning to my musical education and filling in the gaps. I intend to revisit The 100 Best Albums Of All Time (see them all here) as recommended by Q Magazine back when the poll was last done in 2006. Some I will know and love, some I will have skimmed and some I will not even have given time of day. This will all change when I listen to every album in full as it was intended, from 100 to 1, and choose my favourite song from each.

Album Number 98: Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique - The Sounds Of Science (1989)

It's the first album I know I have heard before so was looking forward to revisiting it. After listening to a few tracks I realised how unfamiliar a lot of it was. Did I actually listen to the whole album before? I probably just skimmed through it to my favourite songs Hey Ladies and Barrel Of A Gun. I was a cheat! Listening to it a few times now and having to remind myself this was from back in 1989, it's easy to see why this is in the Top 100. As their tough second album after being nicknamed Frat rappers, they put to bed the idea they were just a commercial novelty act. These guys were for real and were here to stay. You can't deny the authentic old school hip hop sound with brilliant break beat and samples, it makes me feel like break dancing! The album is brimming with comical but clever quips and the chemistry between the group is infectious. And what's more, there isn't a line about guns, gang banging, bitches, hoes or money in sight!

It was a tough call to choose my favourite track. Do I go with a previous favourite which also happens to be a released single and more commercial track, Hey Ladies, or do I choose the track that I was unfamiliar with that came through the most. Well seeing as this is a voyage of discovery, its easy to decide. The Sounds Of Science is almost like two songs rolled into one. Firstly starting off slow and funny then rocking into a seriously fast and furious frenzy of tightly packed rhymes. I especially love when all three are rapping together simultaneously, now there's talent. Its got a good bit of scratching and a great guitar riff sample which sounds a bit like The Beatles, can anyone confirm? I think these guys proved themselves to the sceptics with this album and it will remain in the Top 100 for years, if not decades to come.

Shell Hunter's Seal Of Approval


LEVON HELM - Don't Ya Tell Henry (2006)

Here a two great covers by the legend Levon Helm. Both covers are from the excellent series The Midnight Ramble Sessions. The first one Don't Ya Tell Henry is on Vol 2 of this series and A Simple Twist of Fate is on Vol 3.

Both takes are really very good and I particularly like ASTOF, it just brings a smile to my face.
LEVON HELM - A Simple Twist of Fate (2014)


STUART A. STAPLES -  Goodbye to Old Friends (2006)


She held my arm tightly
with both her hands
her face was pale
with a hint of pink on her cheeks
a single tear trickled down
she was usually so strong
always in control
i gently pulled away
she released her grip
i turned around
there was no pleasure
in my control
no pleasure at all
i did not look behind

i kept on walking 
there was no magnetic pull
dragging me back
i was free

free from the prison
 that was her
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