Sunday, 30 October 2011

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 30/10/2011

Here's four pumpkins to light up your Halloween weekend. Have you got any treats for us?

Mazzy Star - 'Common Burn' (2011)

Oh Hope, how happy I am just to know that you'll be around this winter to swoon me with your sultry tones. She has the ability to warm places I never knew existed, which is why I'm especially excited at the prospect of an impending Mazzy Star release, the first since 1996's 'Among My Swan'. It's everything you'd come to expect from Mazzy Star, low key, dreamy Country-fide melancholia. Perfect for those drives into work at 4am or cozying up to a semi clad reveller after a mad party, unfortunately I tend to find myself experiencing the former. 

Shell Hunter:-
Clock Opera - 'Lesson No.7' (2011)

I've had a glimpse of the criminal underworld this week. After trying to collect a ticket for a concert from the Box Office and go across to the pub over the road from the venue, I was practically rugby tackled by the bouncer and accused of being a tout! I wish I could show him the video to this song(if you are a bit squeamish look away now), then he'd know what he should really be worried about, not little old me! I heard 'Lesson No.7' on X-Posure on Xfm and liked it straight away, finding it so full of emotion. I can hear so many influences in there but I can't quite put my finger on them, perhaps it's just front man Guy Connelly's style of splicing in samples with noises from random objects! I keep hearing that Clock Opera are the ones to watch and this song definitely confirms it to me.

Jeff Buckley - 'Dream Brother' (Azedia Remix)

Last week I was laying beach in the Maldives, with no cares in the world apart from listening to a holiday playlist, when this quite literally woke me from my afternoon slumber....  

It was like being struck by lightning or "By the Power of Zeus!" because it made me do a double take....because 1. I hadn't a clue who it was by & 2. It got me excited that a great remix had been made of one of my favourite artists songs. Since being back in blighty, I haven't found out much about the chap but I've found his soundcloud page and have sent him a gushy email telling him of his great remix....sad I know! So when I find out more, you'll be the first to know!

Old Pa's Corner:-
Tom Russell - 'Mesabi' (2011)

This is taken from Tom's new album 'Mesabi'. It is ground that has been covered many times before ie. American Pie, but I feel I have a responsibility to us 'old farts brigade'(that includes me of course). This type of stuff may not be too popular with some of our younger 'guests'. But spare a moment, for your poor old dad, he might like this type of thing, go on, ask him, lets us know what he thinks! If he likes this, tell him about  'Wednesday Club'  he will be well received .

'Mesabi Iron Range' is 'The Troubadour Kid's' (Dylan) home Country and when you listen to the song you will hear lots of little references to him and some of his popular songs. So it can't be all bad!

Tom's previous Album was the acclaimed 'Blood and Candle Smoke' a collection with none other than Calexico.

Tom in a classic 'dad' pose

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30 October 2011 at 09:58

FC Great Taster for the new Mazzy album,weel up to standard
SH Interesting Track and liked the video, you are right, we will have to keep eye on them
SFW Very wary of these holiday romances, but this is excellant...will it last?

30 October 2011 at 17:51

Just back from 'Menu del dia' on beach...and wee afters....great 3 tracks especially with afters, At least I'm impressed.

31 October 2011 at 12:58

Great picks this week, chaps.

New Mazzy Star - rather lovely.

Clock Opera - new one on me but pretty impressed. Will follow this up.

Jeff Buckley remix - nice one. The original is superb and this does not do it a disservice.

Tom Russell - will have to get hold of this sometime. It does seem a bit ironic to me that he's singing about Bob and sounds more like Bruce. Nice, though. I've hear that the rest of the album is good, too.

31 October 2011 at 19:07

Fly - When I first heard this song, I was a little disappointed. On second listening I know its going to be a nice and mellow grower! Lay Myself Down is also really good.

SFW - You're right! What a find! I'm not one for liking remixes but this was an instant hit!

Pa - You live up to your name once again. I like the little references to Bob and you can't beat the spicy Spanish trumpet.

looking forward to next week already!

3 November 2011 at 10:12

Top Tunes..

Excellent song and video, from Clock Opera, that's two good songs in a row now. Pretty brutal vid, watching that I thought 'boy, is he in big trouble'!

Good Jeff Buckley remix, brings a different take to his music. Not at all familiar with the original so this must have been a quite an impact for you.

You can't beat a bit of Old Pa rock once in awhile, especially as SH said with Mex trumpets!