Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Jim Reeves - I won't Come in While He's There



Sleep with Men

JIM REEVES - I Won't Come in While He's There

One of my favourite voices of all time, the fabulous. the silky tones of Genteman Jim.


She wanted to have her freedom
(sleep with  men)
The bar was warm it was bright
I stood alone at the bar
I asked for a beer and a whiskey to chase
The juke box was busy and playing loud
It was country tunes
My empty glasses
Needed a quick refresh
The words ‘I won’t  come in while he’s there
Stungthey stung in my grieving ears
The light mixed with the smoke
People had no faces
Voices were a drone

 I needed a drink
i slipped on my 'Famous' Black Trenchcoat
i headed for the door, the night, the biting rain
searching for another Bar, searching for anywhere
wanting her

Verse 1: Is here

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Gregory Alan Isakov - Light Year


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!

Gregory Alan Isakov - Light Year  (2009)
If you are about to lose your mind, maybe that game of FIFA hasn't gone to plan and that vein on your head feels like its gonna blow like Krakatoa, this may be the perfect antidote.   It features on his 2009 album, This Empty Northern Hemisphere and brought me back down the other the night.  It was just what I needed, and stopped me going all Michael Douglas (Falling Down).

Sunday, 26 April 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 26/04/2015 - Other Lives, The Soft Moon, Jamie XX

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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Saturday, 25 April 2015

DYLAN COVERS # 188 White Stripes - Love Sick x 2

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?? 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Courtney Barnett - 'Depreston' / 'Avant Gardener'

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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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Rammstein - The Model/Belle and Sebastian - The Model





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


Monday, 20 April 2015

The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark bird is home


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.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Two for the Money - James Carr - Dark End of the Street/These Arms of Mine




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!


Sunday, 12 April 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 12-04-2015 - Jesse Malin, This Is The Kit, Action Bronson, Faith No More

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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Friday, 10 April 2015

DYLAN COVERS # 187 Wovenhand/Dirty Projectors - As I went Out One Morning

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)

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Cowboy Junkies/Richie Havens - Hand Outs in the Rain


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

Monday, 6 April 2015

Radiohead - Gagging Order


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

Sunday, 5 April 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 05/04/15 - Camel Power Club, Andy Shauf, Giant Sand, India Electric Co.

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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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Jackson Browne - Daddy's Tune/Running on Empty




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