Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Dirty Beaches - 'True Blue' / Seven Davis JR - 'One'

Musical Medicine...Two musical tummy rubs for your soul

A very shitty few weeks at work requires a double dose of Musical Medicine.

True love, oh baby!

Dirty Beaches - 'True Blue' (2010)

So first up is some bizarre psychoactive Rockabilly courtesy of Dirty Beaches, a one man band from Canada. When I first heard it last week, I thought there was something seriously wrong with the stereo but then I got used to it and I was hypnotized, so good in fact that I got hold of his back catalogue in case of further outbreak of the working man blues. 'True Blue' is taken from his 2011 Badlands album (click here to listen to it on Spotify).

Seven Davis JR....not a fan of Call of Duty

Seven Davis JR - 'One' (2013)

And second up is an awesomely relentless dance groove from Houston's DJ/Producer, Seven Davis Jr, taken from his 2013's One EP. Check his Soundcloud page for some more hip thrusting goodness.

I'm feeling better already.....Just a couple of gems unearthed on the Ninja Tunes records Staff Playlist last week. A Boba Fett nod of approval goes out to y'all and if you need some further Musical Medicine then may I prescribe some more for you certainly worked for us!

The Who - My Generation/Bob Dylan - Restless Farewell

An Old Fart

THE WHO - My Generation

'Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four'  said Paul McCartney in his famous song to his dad about getting old.

Bloody 'ell!  I am 65 on Sunday and officially become an Old Age Pensioner.  An Old Age Pensioner, are you jocking?.  I can't believe it !  What an 'orrible thought. You never quite think about becoming a Pensioner,  but unfortunately it creeps or should I say steam rollers up on you like an  express train.

But I am not quite ready for the arm chair, I will not be sitting in God's waiting room. No thank you!, that is not for me. As long as I am  'fit'  there are a few things that are on my Bucket List that I would like to do, before I pop my clogs or kick that bucket.

I still harbour dreams of doing a marathon and if my feet can hold out (I have had a few problems recently) I am still determined to do it, or give it a shot. I have also had for some time now, this idea of climbing Kilimanjaro. I would especially love to do it with my kids. It is a bit of a challenge, you hike up to 5 hours a day and the air gets quite thin up there. What I like about it is that you start in tropical surroundings and end up in possible Arctic conditions.

Bring it on! Baby!.

Can you handle it Shellhunter, Flycasual, London Scouser ?.

As you already know, I love my music, but I have never been to a Musical Festival. I have just got to do it. Mud, Wellies, Tornadoes,  bring it on I am ready for the experience.  It's on My List.

I think that is enough to begin with, but when that is completed. I will go on to phase 2.

So don't you dare call me an 'old fart'. 
BOB DYLAN - Restless Farewell

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Killing Fields of Ontario - Our Place To Drown


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!


Killing Fields of Ontario - Our Place To Drown (2013)

Our Place to Drown features on Killing Fields of Ontario's latest album, How The World Ends. Despite their sombre titles, this London/Birmingham based four-piece are quite uplifting. With its beautiful guitar arpeggio, driving high-hat, foot stomping beat and eerie vocals it sets a cinematic soundscape, close your eyes and you could be by the coast with the sea breeze rushing over you. Wonderous!

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Susanna Hoffs - 'Boys Keep Swinging' & The Bangles - 'Hazy Shade Of Winter'


A proper girl band, they played their own instruments, do you you have a favourite all girl band ???
If so click here and tell us who

Susanna Hoffs - 'Boys Keep Swinging' (1991)

I was a huge fan of The Bangles back in the day from the moment I first heard 'Manic Monday'. I used to pride myself on the fact that I could recite the whole of "Walk Like An Egyptian' and without the need to do the dance. I was gutted when they split up until I saw that Susanna Hoffs had released a solo album 'When You're A Boy'. I immediately bought it and wasn't disappointed. After all it had a cover on it, that being a David Bowie song from his 1979 album 'Lodger'.

The Bangles - 'Hazy Shade Of Winter' (1987)

I've also included 'Hazy Shade Of Winter' by The Bangles which is a cover of 'Simon & Garfunkel's 1966 track. I really liked this song when it came out as it was a bit rockier than most of their other records. It featured on the soundtrack of the film 'Less Than Zero' which was based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis, who also wrote 'American Psycho' amongst others.

NERD ALERT - Susanna Hoffs was a member of the fictitious band 'Ming Tea' in the Austin Powers films, and she is married to the director of the trilogy, Jay Roach

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And here are the originals....

David Bowie - 'Boys Keep Swinging' (1979)

Simon & Garfunkel - 'Hazy Shade Of Winter' (1966)

Sunday, 27 April 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 27/04/2014 - Mac DeMarco, SZA, UME, Night Engine, Morton Harket,

Five tracks that serenaded David Moyes off into to sunset..

London Scouser:-
Ume - 'Black Stone'

I'm a couple of months behind the release of this track from Ume (pronounced Ooh-may) who hail from... ..... yep you've guesssed it... Austin, TX. They are another 3 piece band with a lady singer and in this person's humble opinion, they rock with a capital RAWWWWKKKK !!! They released their album 'Monuments' in March of this year and came to my attention by virtue of the fact they recently played a gig in their hometown along with Megafauna (my TOTW from last week) and my band of 2013, Black Books. Great company to keep, the only thing I ask myself, is why I haven't gone over to Austin.... It's a musical Mecca

SZA - 'Child's Play' feat Chance the Rapper (2014)

I instantly liked this when I first heard it, soothing intravenous soul. It sounded unusual, a bit bleak, a bit woozy and even if you add Rap's rising star, Chance the Rapper's wonky verse for surreal effect, it still feels like you're under the duvet after a night out with 'Child's Play' playing you to sleep. SZA is the first female recruit on the Top Dawg Entertainment label, home of Grammy nominated (he should have won) West Coaster Kendrick Lamar and is taken from her debut album, Z.

check out SZA's blog here...

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days (2014)
This dreamy, psychedelic track by Canadian musician Mac DeMarco, is one to pick you up on a Sunday. With its catchy melody and a guitar appegio that is the musical equivilent of a cloud quickly blocking out the sun, it is a "half-cup full" sort of tune. He's a bit of a joker, just look at the audience filmed footage on YouTube performing a version of U2's Beautiful Day and you know that fame is the least thing on his mind (he strips naked and then tucks in his old boy like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs - only to finally put a drumstick up his bum). Not quite one for granny.

 It is the title track on his third full-length album which was released by Captured Tracks music label on April 1.

Old Pa:-
Morton Harket - Brother (2014)

I have always had a soft spot for Ah-Ha ever since Take on Me and that memorable cartoon inspired video. I have even bought a couple of his solo efforts and they have been pretty good.. I heard this track Brother the other day, the title track from his new album Brother (2014).

It is one of these tracks which just sounds epic and classic on its first hearing. Even sounds a bit like Brothers in Arms but maybe that is just because of the Brother connection.  All the Harket falsetto trade mark is there.

Pretty odd video, maybe I am missing something. Enjoy Bro'

Shell Hunter:-
Night Engine - 'All I Got' (2014)

After a well deserved rest at the end of hardcore year of touring and festivals, Night Engine have returned with a refreshed vigour. Theyve been working their socks off on their debut album 'Wound Up Tight' which is due out later this year. I've been looking forward to hearing some new material after being blown away by their energy last year and this first single doesn't dissapoint! It's a bit slower then my other favourites but it's a real grower, full of raunchy glam electro rock. The guys will being doing the rounds again this year but more importantly are performing a headline show at Hackney Oslo on June 5th, well worth a visit and you may even see me there, front row centre!

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

GUEST SPOT #68 - Sarah Vaughan - 'Speak Low'

It's a guest spot time and today we thank Jonathan Smith who delights us with the Jazzy sounds of 'Sassy'. An appropriate choice for Record Store Day last week too as he calls it 'His Vinyl track of the week'.

 Have you got a song you just can't keep to yourself? A great concert story or just simply a musical memory you'd like to share? It can be short and sweet too....Do it! Click here to submit your Guest Spot now here!

Sarah Vaughan - 'Speak Low' (Live at the London House 1958)

Vinyl track of the weekend! Sunday night listening!

Have a read of our Guest Spot Collection here.....

Thursday, 24 April 2014

DYLAN COVERS #146 Phish/Ani DiFranco/New Rising Sun - Hurricane

R.I.P. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter 

For something he never done!
PHISH - Hurricane (1997)

Well this weeks Dylan Covers just had to be in respect of  Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter  who passed away this week. I remember driving home from work one Saturday back in late 1975 and hearing the song for the first time, it just knocked me away. I just had to hear it again, that violin sound stuck in my head. It was a few weeks later I saw the famous live recording shown on the Old Grey Whistle Test. It was very rare to see Dylan on film in these days. He looked intense, Scarlett looked sensational. You new he meant it.

Here are three different takes of the song the first is by Phish and was recorded  11/14/85 at the Memorial Auditorium Basement, Burlington, VT7. There are several albums around that feature this.

The next version is by Ani DiFranco and can be found on her album Swing Set (2000)

Finally, we have a live studio version by New Rising Sun (not a Jimi Hendrix cover band) and this is rather good and sticks pretty close to the original. It was recorded live at an AB session in Ancienne Belgique.

R.I.P.  Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

ANI DIFRANCO - Hurricane (2000)

NEW RISING SUN - Hurricane

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Blue Aeroplanes - Aeroplane Blues


We shared a Cabin, Trampas et Moi!

BLUE AEROPLANES - Aeroplane Blues (1991)

I have worked in the airline business since 1971 until I retired in 2009. As you can imagine I have flown literally hundreds of times. In this little feature I will recount to you some of my most memorable flights.

AIR FRANCE - First Class - Nice to London Heathrow - the early seventies.

When I worked for BEA before they merged with BOAC,  I used to fly every few months to Nice where Old Ma came from. I paid 10% of the full fare but was on standby. If there was a seat available I would get it, but if the flight was full, tough luck. Mostly I made it on, but lots of times it was touch and go.

There was one time Old Ma and I were trying to get back from Nice and the flight was full. Old Ma had a friend who worked for Air France and she managed to get us on the flight and upgraded to First Class. We were pretty excited as this would be our first experience of travelling with the rich and the famous. In the first class cabin.  I noticed Doug McClure,  Trampas in the popular western of the time The Virginian, he was actually there in the same cabin as Moi!
I had arrived.

It was superb, champagne immediately you sat down. The meal was immaculate, proper forks,  knives, china plates and cloth napkins. Not like all theses peasants in cattle class with their plastic forks and plastic food.

I took everything on offer, champangne, gin and tonics to start, wine with the meal, brandies after the meal, extra brandies, more brandies, cigars, free matches, free pens, free blow up doll,  I took the lot. I had miniature bottles everywhere, extra cigar behind my ear.

It then hit me

There was this woman in view a few rows ahead of us, she had two seats to herself, she politely refused everything on offer. She only accepted a glass of sparkling water with a slice of lemon the whole trip.

I realised that I acted exactly how someone who had never flown First Class before would act. I was a peasant and acted like a peasant. I may as well had peasant written across my forehead.

That woman showed  'class'.

I learned a lot from that flight. 

The Track is from The Blue Aeroplanes's Album Beat Songs (1991). A great album from a group not wildly know.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Damien Jurado - Intoxicated Hands


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

The hangover pt 4

Damien Jurado - Intoxicated Hands (2003)

I pretty much like everything Damien Jurado has done, but since he's been working with producer/artist Richard Swift, they are like batman & robin (and i'm not talking about that Joel Schumacher rubbish).  However this was from his recently reissued 2003 album 'Where shall you take me' and is Jurado at his rawest. Every time I hear this I feel like it's 4am and I'm drunk. The kind of drunk where you've somehow made yourself a chilli and then (without burning the house down) have fallen asleep on the radiator (yes, i've done both) then woken up with your arm blistered because the heating has kicked in. (I still have the scar).

There is bitterness in his voice. The "Just get out" bit wrecks me.

She took advantage of intoxicated hands
And he pretended to be asleep
And underneath the blankets their legs weaved like a chain
And come tomorrow morning how will you explain

Was it that whiskey talking or is it your heart
That you made you say I love you to me 
As you held me in your arms
And you'll have the explanation for that 
What has come about

I loved you seven long years 
And now that you've found me out
Just get out

I was just like the others I wanted to be more
Shame it took that whiskey baby 
To bring me to your door
You'll have the explanations for that 
What has come about

When I loved you seven long years my boy 
And now that you've found me out
Just get out

Damien (with beard) & Richard Swift

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TuneDr Recommends - GeekBeats

TuneDr Recommends...

TuneDr recommends that you listen to at least 5 good tracks a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Why not start with one of these we've prescribed from a number of tracks received from emerging artists. There's something for everyone and furthermore they've passed our medical.

GeekBeats - 'Competition'

Funny to think that the guy at work who drives the tank like vehicles hauling the aircrafts (the exact same one, albeit adapted, in the movie Aliens that the Marines take a spin in) was making laid back and soulful Hip Hop beats the last 16 years. Onerrea Velox aka 'GeekBeats', has finally 'come out' of the musical closest and released two self produced EP's on Soundcloud (a couple of his buddies help out on the mic on a few tracks), which I seriously recommend you have a listen too. Perhaps a little raw in places but the talent is there and a must for fans of J Dilla or Pete Rock, just two artists that came to mind when I first heard his material. Or if you're, like me, a sucker for a good beat to bob your head to. Big ting awaits....

It's another on time departure for GeekBeats!

GeekBeats 30 Second Interview

- What music are you listening to at the moment?

Amy Winehouse (1 of my favorites), Dangelo The Internet, Joey Bada$$ and A Tribe Called Quest.

- What album could you not live without?

Dwele- Some Kinda

- Who would you like to work with?

Kid Astro, Elzhi, Joey Bada$$, Erykah Badu and Marsha Ambrose to say the least.

- What's your favourite place on earth and why?

Nan's house with all the family and food. This is where my music days started as a kid. Music plays non stop from Soca to Lovers Rock to Hip Hop and Soul. Dad used to be a "Sound Boy DJ" playing Reggae, Dub and Lovers Rock back In the day. Mum was into preforming arts. My 2 aunts used to sing in groups. 1 uncle used to sing and the other uncle a sax player in a group. So you could say music is in my family genes!

- First record bought?

Black Street- No Diggity

- CD/Vinyl or download?


- If you had to cover a song, what would you choose?

Erykah Badu - Your Funeral

- Baba Ganoush or Houmous?

Houmous, as I've never tried Baba Ganoush. Something to add to my taste list though.

You Can listen to both of GeekBeat's EPs on Soundcloud below:-

Geek Beat It Up Playlist EP
In No Particular Order EP

Sunday, 20 April 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 20/04/2014 - The Black Keys, Ratking, The Amazing Snakeheads, Megafauna, Paulo Nutini

Five treats to help you on your Easter egg hunt..

Ratking - 'So Sick Stories' feat King Krule (2014)

I've had high hopes for New York's Ratking ever since they broke on the scene, especially as they're one crew that seem to be going against the Hip Hop grain. 'So Sick Stories' does not disappoint, featuring London's King Krule (featured in a TOTW, last year) with his Billy Braggish flow and you've got perfect Hip Hop for the wee small hours. In fact it wouldn't go amiss on our Late Night Hip Hop playlists which you can listen/subscribe to here (Vol.1 & Vol.2). Ratking's debut album, So it Goes, was released April 7th.

Check their website here...


The Black Keys - Turn Blue (2014)

Turn Blue is the title track from The Black Keys latest album, released on 12th May. It was produced by Danger Mouse alongside Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and is the follow up to Fever.  Slinky guitar, falsetto vocals and if you listen carefully, a sweet electronic bass. One for bumping and grooving

Old Pa:-
Paolo Nutini - Let Me Down Easy (2014)

Well that was a surprise! I have heard of Paolo Nutini before and for some reason I just dismissed him without ever hearing him. A bit pathetic really. He has a tremendous soul voice and the girl singer on this track is brilliant too. He is also Scottish. This is a great blues track from his new album Caustic Love. (2014). I just love these little surprises. I am off to listen to the rest of the album.

Shell Hunter:-
The Amazing Snakeheads - 'Flatlining' (2014)

I'm still suffering a case of the post holiday blues and was pretty much hating life having to go back to work on Monday. On the way home I had on Xfm's Xposure with John Kennedy and heard the rawest blues punk sound ever! The vocals were like my mood personified, a little bit pissed off really! A real scotch accent seemed to emphasize each word and made it all the more interesting. I was enjoying the constant dark drone and stop-start, I didn't want it to end! The Amazing Snakeheads, I found out are a trio from Glasgow who have only just released their debut entitled Amphetamine Ballads and are described to fuse rockabilly, goth, blues and garage. Ya cannae go wrong we' that!

London Scouser:-
Megafauna - 'Time To Go'

This week sees the release of Megafauna's debut album 'Maximalist' and I'm pleased to say that they are helping me continue in my 'Austin Phase'. I've seen them described as Queens Of The Stone Age meets Bjork which is a pretty good combo for me. This is the latest single from the album following 'Haunted Factory' which was released in February this year. I like what I hear so far, and this helps me to eat my words of last year when I made a throwaway comment about most women in rock being a bit naff when I featured a track by 'Futureages'

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Friday, 18 April 2014

DYLAN COVERS #145 Laibach/Triggerfinger - Ballad of a Thin Man

Somthing is happening here??

LAIBACH - Ballad of a Thin Man (2011)

Here are two Covers of  Ballad of a Thin Man from two European Bands. The first is by our Slovenian friends Laibach and is from their album An Introduction to (2011).

The second take was recorded by the Belgian band Triggerfinger from a Radio session in May 2011.

Both version lose nothing of the dark mystery of the song. I especially like the Laibach take.
TRIGGERFINGER - Ballad of a Thin Man (2011)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

TWO FOR THE MONEY - Gram Parsons - Streets of Baltimore/We'll Sweep out the Ashes


A loaded Shell Hunter and London Scouser, a hidden Old Pa!

GRAM PARSONS - Streets of Baltimore

Last week of my Thailand adventure with Shell Hunter and London Scouser. I hope there will be some stories to tell and will be dissapointed if there are not. I am sure it will be great to return and get things back  to normal and catch up with all the music I have missed when a way.

I will also see my 3 dogs and two parrots. I hope they have not forgotton about me. I bet they have. It is funny how they rush to Old Ma all the time... 

I don't exist..

even in a dogs world!.

I must be more calm and  assertive

Here are two great tracks from Gram Parson's first solo album GP. This is some of the best country I have ever heard and this album is up there with Kris Kristoffersons first two albums.  Oh! what a shame that Gram was taken from us so young.

You must recognise the backing singer.  Of course it is a very young  Emmylou Harris, who went onto change her hair style a few times and turned out some pretty good stuff on the way,
GRAM PARSONS - We'll Sweep out The Ashes in the Morning 


You all must be getting fed up of all these bloody footnotes. I am!

'You did not go on Holiday. Deal with it and move on'  I hear you all say!.

'Slow down!  I moved on 3 weeks ago, where have you been?.'

Not going on Holiday I could loose about £1,300 if I get all back what is promised to me. If the Insurance Company pay up, I will get it all back. I am not holding my breath as I do not trust any Insurance Company, as they will find a way out of not paying. To be honest I have written it off and if I do get it well I will celebrate then.

It is a bit like Deal or no Deal.(what's Deal or no Deal).  You have all these people who come on the show with big dreams and are full of what they will do with 'their winnings'. They start of smiling and happy, fully expecting their dreams to come true. If they loose they break down. They don't understand!  Oh! I do love that part.

Don't they realise the game is like life or a game of cards. You can only play with what is dealt to you or however the game pans out.

You have to play with what you get and make the most of that. If it is your day you win. If it is not you loose. Be prepared to take your best option.

Ask me Noel! what I will do with the money after I win. 

If I loose, well there is always box 23.

Ooooh! I think I have been spanked by the Banker!

I am an OHO! I am an OHO! I am an OHO!

By for now Pilgrims.   

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

R.I.P. - 'Allen Peter Bazeley' - April 15th 1989

Who the bleep is Allen Peter Bazeley I hear you ask... Well let me tell you

He was my Dad and the person I miss the most. April 15th 1989 is a date etched in history due to the horrific scenes that happened at Hillsborough that Saturday afternoon. For me it is the worst date ever... It was the day my Dad died.
The last photo of Dad, taken about 2 weeks before he died with his niece Zoe
I was born in 1972 on the sunny island of Cyprus, Dad was in the British Army and was stationed there at the time. Shortly after I was born he found out that he had 'Hodgkins Disease' a form of cancer that fights the immune system, meaning that just getting the common cold could be really serious for him. I remember being told that his Mum looked it up in her medical books and it stated that the only cure was arsenic !!
For the first 17 years of my life the cancer came and went a total of 4 times. Each time it took more of a toll on his body and made him weaker. I remember about 3 or 4 years before he was in hospital and the surgeon told my Mum that he wasn't expected to last the night. He did, but as part of the operation he had 6 feet of gangarous gut removed. He was a fighter that's for sure. It sounds awful but on the morning of April 15th I was annoyed with him. He'd fallen ill over night and needed to be taken into the hospital. The reason I was annoyed was because it was FA Cup Semi Final day and I was a Liverpool supporter and I knew that I was gonna miss the game. He'd been ill so many times that I was beginning to feel he was invincible and therefore I didn't see the point in going. I'm glad I did obviously. He was transferred to Hammersmith Hospital where he passed away at 21.30. It wasn't the cancer, his body had finally given in.

But enough of the morbidness, I would like to share a couple of songs that he loved combined with some memories of him. I hope you like them as much as he did.

Phil Collins - 'In The Air Tonight' (1981)

My Mum remembers a funny little story about this song... These are her words.

'In 1981 while living Kerkrade in Holland we went to the out of town hypermarket and one of the many things we bought was Face Value, the Phil Collins LP. After unpacking the shopping when we got home. We realised that we had left the LP in the shopping trolley!! Needless to say we were angry, but we saw the funny side of it.  We did buy it again, not sure from where, possibly the NAAFI, and I think it is upstairs in the attic right now.'
Laughing about the missing album ??
My favourite musical memory of my Dad was when I bought the tape of the Pet Shop Boys album 'Disco' it only had 6 songs on it , 3 on each side of tape. Dad borrowed it from me one day and it remianed in his car for well over a year. It was the only thing he listened to for that entire time, thankfully the car stereo in his Yugo Zastava was advanced enough to play it and turn the tape over automatically. He never got sick of it, and to be honest even now I still love the album. This was his favourite track on the tape.

Pet Shop Boys - 'In The Night' (1986)

Finally I'll leave you with one of his favourite artists of the 1960's from a few years before he met my Mum

George Jones & Gene Pitney - 'Don't Rob Another Man's Castle' (1965)

25 years on... RIP Dad

Lee DeWyze - Blackbird Song


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

Lee DeWyze - Blackbird Song (2014)
I have recently started watching the The Walking Dead and despite it being about Zombies, I'm hooked.  My wife and I are particularly slow when it comes to watching TV series'.  We'll often view an entire box set of a series (or two) over a weekend to 'get into' a show.  I call it "binge viewing".  It usually happens on a Sunday and like a pair of potheads we'll stash up on cakes, crisps and spend the entire day viewing - we may even stay in our pyjamas. Oh the shame.

Lee DeWyze is a former winner of American Idol who has just released his latest album called Frames.  

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 13/04/2014 Glass Animals, New Order, Cousin Marnie

Three tracks that weren't in opposition for us...

Glass Animals - Gooey(2014)

This ones a bit, er, Gooey.  With its artsy video that features characters who pose nude, dance, wrestle, and all linked together by the presence of a slimy, mysterious substance. Despite that sounding like a Saturday night out for MTV Valleys - the bump and groove beat and falsetto vocals is as infectious as a bout of ebola. It's by Glass Animals, an Oxford based four-piece who have just released it on their 'Gooey' Ep.  It was produced by writer/musician/producer/extraordinaire Paul Epworth.

Old Pa:-
New Order -Singularity (2014)


It is always exciting to hear a new, New Order song even although probably their best days have come and gone. This is a live version of the new song Singularity recorded at Lollaplooza in Buenos Aires. There are several takes of the song available in YouTube, none are brilliant quality, but this take is about the best. It is typical of vintage New Order and has a nice hook (with apologise to Hooky who is not there).  I am certainly looking forward to a rumoured album to be released later this year. I will definately give it a shot..

Cousin Marnie - 'Farewell Nellie' (2013)

I've been captivated by the haunting 'Farewell Nellie', all this week. Daydreaming about the song being an old sea shanty for a fisherman off to dangerous seas, or a Country ballad about a soldier off to war, or a disgruntled airport worker, like I, reluctantly driving into work early one morning, the parallels are striking! I read about London's Cousin Marnie (not really her name) earlier this year, about how her style ranges from Country to Hip Hop to Folk. "A treat for the ears!', I thought and last year's debut EP, Sleeping, is a worthy listen. Which interestingly covers four Carter Family tracks, a group that were a big influence on her. Her forthcoming EP, Cain, is out later this year and you can hear the title track 'Cain' on Soundcloud.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

DYLAN COVERS #144 James Taylor - Don't Think Twice/Times they are a Changin'

Rockaby sweet Baby James
JAMES TAYLOR - Don't Think Twice its Alright 

Here are two covers by James Taylor. The first is from a concert in Denver on the 16 May 2006 and for the second one he is joined by Carly Simon and Graham Nash and was recorded at the the No Nukes concert in 1997. It appears on the album of the same name No Nukes (1997)

JAMES TAYLOR/Carly Simon/Graham Nash - The Times they are a Changin' 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

TWO FOR THE MONEY - Led Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna Come/D'Yer Ma'ker


can you smell the flavours?


LED ZEPPELIN - Your Time is Gonna Come

It is my 3rd week on vacation in Thailand with Shell Hunter and London Scouser. I am a big fan of the place and have been probably about 10 times over the past 30 years. When I worked in Saudi Arabia during the eighties we used to go quite often go for a spot of R&R. In these days I could write my own tickets with Saudia Arabian Airlines. 'These were the Days my friend'. And as Mary Hopkins said.. 'I wish I stayed in the fookin' valleys!'

I first heard Led Zeppelin on an Atlantic Sampler  from 1970,  what a brilliant album that was, check it out.

Your time is Gonna Come is from their first album and has always been a favourites of mine. The second track from Houses of the Holy and is a nice little bit of Reggae-ish. Not their finest hour, but what the 'ell I'm on holiday and  I like it.

LED ZEPPLIN - D'Yer Ma'ker 


On Holiday, On Holiday My arse! see previous Posts. 

Never mind it has not been all bad, the weather has been in the twenties with blue skies.  We had a nice meal by the sea last week. I should have not had that third brandy, I should not have stopped of at that new bar on the way home! I should not have gone to Pat's Bar!

Waking up the next morning was one of 'those',  Oh God! what happened, did I upset Old Ma, did I kill anybody, how did I get home?.

I can't take my drink anymore. Normally I do not drink much these days but when I do get the opportunity I tend to go for it. I really should know better. I did find a Pop Corn wrapper, so I must have given a large bowl a hammering as there was little evidence left apart from a few kernels that did not pop. But I don't like Pop Corn!

I had the hungers all bloody day and still felt a bit off the day after. So the moral of the story is, if you can't handle your Pop Corn, then stay out of Pat's Bar! 

A final Footnote next week

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Marc Scibilia - Something Good in This World


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

Marc Scibilia - Something Good in This World (2013)

This has been on my 'system' the last few weeks and despite the glossiness of it all, (he's on Sony) it's a damn fine track.  Marc Scibilia is an American singer-songwriter based in East Nashville, Tennessee.  He originally started out playing piano and in particular, Billy Joel songs. At 18 he discovered Bob Dylan and like us at Tune Doctor, it all went downhill from there. He switched to guitar and has spent the last few years honing his skills as a songwriter.  His latest EP The Shape I’m In was partly recorded at Electric Lady Studios and mixed by Michael Brauer (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Mayer).

Despite my usual desire to play something sad on a Tuesday, this bucks the trend.  Forget the sadness, this one is uplifting!

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Madonna - 'I Want You'


I've slept with a pop star...

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Madonna (with Massive Attack)- 'I Want You' (1995)

Now that I've got your attention I'll explain myself... When Madonna first came to my attention with 'Like A Virgin' and 'Material Girl' I wasn't impressed. My older brother however was a big fan and bought the album and both singles if memory serves me. I finally saw sense when she released her follow up album 'True Blue' and overnight I became the worlds biggest Madonna fan. Or at least Feltham's I'm sure. I managed to persuade my Mum to buy me the duvet set of the True Blue album sleeve... And give or a take a few nights when it was being washed I slept with Madonna for pretty much 5 or six years. I bought everything she released, tapes, then CD's. Video's then DVD's. I bought all of her films, even the really bad quality naff porno she made before hitting it big. And I'm here to admit that I really enjoyed the 'Who's That Girl' film. Sod it, I even liked 'Shanghai Surprise' !!! It feels good to say that out loud, as I've been holding it in for too many years. I bought her book 'Sex' from that most rock and roll of places... WH Smith's in Hounslow. I've seen her live at Wembley Stadium twice also. I wonder how much money I've devoted to my obsession with Ms Ciccone over the years ??? Quite a bit, and yet my favourite item wasn't bought by me... Thanks Mum.

Similar to mine, but Mum always ironed it !!
I love this version of the classic 'Marvin Gaye' song which featured on her 1995 compilation album 'Something To Remember' the collaboration with 'Massive Attack' is haunting and sexy all at the same time.
I've decided to add my favourite track from 'True Blue' as a bonus for you, it was the song that probably wore out the rewind mechanism on my walkman back in the day after I would listen over and over under the duvet (in case my mum saw I wasn't sleeping and would have a go). 'Where's The Party' was never released as a single but there was a great remix of it on her 'You Can Dance' compilation album. That's the version here... Enjoy like I did and still do

NERD ALERT! - On Madonna's first world tour, she was supported by 'The Beastie Boys'

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For all of you that like the original's here is Marvin Gaye's from 1976

Sunday, 6 April 2014

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 06/04/2014 - The Men, Little Hurricane, Prince Fatty

Three smog clearers that were a breath of fresh air this week...

Old Pa:-
The Men - Sleepless (2014)

I just had to feature this track, for 2 mornings now I woke up and it was there. That is always a good sign, so it just had to be done. The track is from The Men's new album Tomorrow's Hits and it is rather good. I love when a track burrows its way into your brain but sometimes it can be annoying. Take that bloody advert for, I can't remember but the song is the Phil Collins song True Colours and I find myself humming it as I go about my business. I used to like Phil Collins.  

Prince Fatty - 'Did You Really Know' feat Soom T (2014)

You can't beat a bit of rootsy dub to blow your kid's minds! My listening habits have changed somewhat over the past few weeks with a brand new wee one ruling the crib, it's a bit difficult to playing the likes of Mastodon or Public Enemy without adding to the chaos. Reggae is the perfect answer, Gregory Isaacs was the only thing that would sooth my eldest son and now it's London's Prince Fatty (a nod to King Tubby) to the rescue for my youngest. It must be the hypnotic bass and beat of the music, something primal like a heartbeat...perfect for 'jigging' around trying to calm an angry baby. I'm a big fan of his brand of old school reggae/dub and 'Did You Really Know' is taken from his latest and 6th album, Prince Fatty VS Mungo's Hi-Fi, released last month. Easy Kno!

Prince Fatty on Mr Bongo records...

Little Hurricane - Sheep in Wolves Clothes (2014)

San Diegans, Little Hurricane, consist of duo of Anthony "Tone" Catalano and drummer Celeste "C.C." Spina who refer to themselves as [the] "dirty blues duo". They met when "Tone" was advertising for drummers on Craigslist and the rather lovely "C.C." answered the call. They've just released their second album, "Gold Fever" through their own label, Death Valley Records. I'd recommend you checkout their website, where you can download a free covers album, titled Stay Classy (A Collection of Covers). It all sounds a bit Anchorman to me, but like Ron and the Channel 4 news team, these duo are on the cusp of being a "big deal".

Stay Classy!

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Bob Marley - 'Redemption Song'

Musical Medicine....a track that's like a good session in the swim up bar for the soul!

None but ourselves can free our minds

Bob Marley - 'Redemption Song' (1980)

I have chosen this song for a couple of reasons. Last year I went to Jamaica for a holiday and was expecting to be bombarded with Bob Marley songs all day long. I was wrong, it was mostly modern ragga stuff which doesn't really appeal. It's far too aggressive and not what I wanted to hear sipping my Red Stripe on the beach! 

Finally, I heard a bit of Bob, this particular song which I never really took much notice of before. It's not quite the stereotypical 'jammin' reggae you get on holiday resorts. I only remember a guy strumming it on a guitar and singing it during the sad funeral scene from the movie The Beach. This time though, I really listened "none but ourselves can free the mind". I never realised they were words from a Marcus Garvey speech and how influential a song it was. Even considered one of his best works! 

When I came back from Jamaica, I saw that Marley the recent documentary was on and made sure I watched it straight away. I ashamedly realised I actually knew nothing about The Great Bob Marley, his life and what he did for the people of Jamaica. 

All this came back to me last week, walking along the beach in Koh Phi Phi on the way to one of the only restaurants there for dinner. I could hear a guitar gently strumming over the lapping waves and one of the other hotel guests singing it. It's a beautiful song and is now right up there with my favourites from Bob. It means so much more to me now.

One Love, Jamiaca.

Friday, 4 April 2014

DYLAN COVERS #143 Matrimony/Hifiklub - Tombstone Blues

But the tears on her cheeks are from laughter.
MATRIMONY - Tombstone Blues (2013)

Here are two 'interesting' versions of Tombstone Blues

The first take is by American Folk Rock group Matrimony it comes as an extra track on the Sound Track of the new Carrie Movie. Which incidentally is a bit of a dud and really a pointless excerise. Saying that the Sound Track is excellent.

The other version by 'expeimental ' rock group  Hifiklub come as a digital exclusive only and can be found on the  Dylan Covers album  Dylan Mania (2008) . This is a pretty good album and gives quite a few, I will say it again 'interesting ' covers' and is certainly worth a listen..

I think I will go for the Hifiklub as my favourite of the two.
My advice is to not let the boys in
HIFIKLUB - Tombstone Blues (2008)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

TWO FOR THE MONEY - Bruce Springsteen - The Price you Pay/A Man's Job


Old Pa on Phi Phi Island

It is my second week on vacation with Shell Hunter and London Scouser. I should be in Thailand by now enjoying the Thai town atmosphere of  hustle buzzle noise of all the bars and the smell of garlic and coriander mixed with a faint hint of sewerage. Everybody has a smile, even when they are ripping you of for a few bahts. I love it all, especially the food.

Next week we will go away to Phi Phi Island. I was first there over 30 years ago when it only had one small hotel and beach huts. Now there are many hotels and it is pretty commercial. 

We have found a hotel far from the noise where there are only a couple of small beach restaurants run by the local sea gypsies. Fabulous.

It is one of my favourite spots in the world.  (from my limited experience)

Two great tracks from the Boss. The first is from his follow up album to my favourite Bruce album Darkness at the Edge of Town.  Its from the Double album The River and is absolutely brilliant. You could say it is his White Album.

The second selection is Bruce doing his  Big O Tribute. He trys to get the Roy Orbison feel and it is spot on as far as I am concerned. 

'A real Brucie Bonus I say!'   



Second week my Arse...see last weeks post!

Just found out that my big toe is not infected and it should heal OK, so I suppose that is a bit of a bonus. Here is the first Pic of Shellhunter and London Scouser (self taken) at the Rock Bar in Karon Beach. SH has a  firm hand on her Chang.

'How I wish you were here with me now' 

What song please, the first person will get a case of Chang and a racy thong in the post. 

Looking on the bright side I can get back on my diet....every cloud and all that!

More Footnotes next week!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Dustin Tebbutt - Bones


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

Wrap up warm son

Dustin Tebbutt - Bones (2014)
I first became aware of Dustin Tebbutt from his fantastic debut EP, The Breach, of which the title track was one of my tracks of year. The comparisons with Bon Iver/Justin Vernon are obvious - falsetto singing with acoustic guitar but he does add his own individuality to the mix.  This Aussie spent two years in Sweden capturing all the delights & influences of of the northern hemisphere - the northern lights, Jose Gonzalez, The Tallest Man on Earth and possibly meatballs and lingonberry jam.   It was written and recorded between Stockholm, Melbourne and Armidale, and features Josh Schuberth and Rikard Lindaham on drums and bass.  Hopefully this EP is a sign of a possible album on the way. He's playing some dates in UK, Europe & North America this year and hopefully I'll get to see him on his travels!  Looking forward to hearing more.  This is out on itunes now. 

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