Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Songs 2


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Songs 1


Andy Clockwise is in a Band

People ask, "How do you choose music for your blogs?" I just pick what I like to hear, that is really what it comes down to.

I just heard a musician that I had never heard before, and that is the best kind a new discovery. Andy Clockwise is an indie-rock musician from Australia. I'm really enjoying his performances.

I was turned on to Andy by this NPR profile. Dude is smoking hot!

Andy Clockwise [Explicit]

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Andy Clockwise

Monday, July 27, 2009

Meant for you

As I sit and close my eyes
There's peace in my mind
And I'm hoping that you'll find it too
And these feelings in my heart
I know are meant for you

Meant for you

Sunday, July 26, 2009

T is for Tenderness

Utter, utter class

Guardian newspaper
What is more comforting than a Christmas carol? Beginning with a piano arrangement of Good King Wenceslas, she slowly fleshes out a harmony on the piano, building it up into an impressionistic wash of sound before entering with a soothing, warm vocal that ... and here's the problem: it's not remotely consoling. It's tenderly sung and arranged certainly, but Nina is telling her charge that she may as well give up: "It's time you knew / All you can ever count on / Are the raindrops that fall / On little girl blue." The culprits are everywhere, adding tender harps and vibraphones to tales of woe
The song isn't on the album but listen anyway
Nina Simone Sings the Blues

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ta Douleur

With her sweet voice and her personal vision of music and writing, Camille enjoyed real success in France, where she won two awards at the 2006 Victoires de la Musique for Le fil, one for best album and one for best tour.

Camille’s third studio album Music Hole, released in March 2008, shows a key turn in her career: it is mostly sung in English.
“In Music Hole, I tried to mix the story-telling, “chansons” feel from musicals with something more tribal: body percussions, minimalist trance, sub bass and throat singing” says Camille.

Camille's Store

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Just gets better and better with each listen.

Daniel when I first saw you
I knew that you had a flame in your heart
And under under our blue skies
Marble movie skies
I found a home in your eyes
We'll never be apart

And when the fires came
The smell of cinders and rain
Perfumed almost everything
We laughed and laughed and laughed
And in the golden blue
Cryin' took me to the darkest place
And you have set fire to my heart

When I run in the dark, Daniel
To a place that's worst ?
Under a sheet of rain in my heart
I dream of home

But in a goodbye bed
With my arms around your neck
Into our love the tears crept
Just catch in the eye of the storm
And as my heart ran round
My dreams pulled me from the ground
Forever to search for the flame
For home again
For home again

When I run in the dark, Daniel
To a place that's worst?
Under a sheet of rain in my heart
I dream of home

When I run in the dark, Daniel
To a place that's worst
Under a sheet of rain in my heart
I dream of home

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mercury Nominee

My favourite is Lisa

Matouqin playing, linguist


Sa Ding Ding is a Chinese folk singer and songwriter. She is of mixed Han and Mongolian ancestry, and sings in languages including Mandarin, Sanskrit, Tibetan, as well an imaginary self created language to evoke the emotions in her songs[1]. She also plays traditional instruments such as the guzheng and matouqin (horse-head fiddle).

Born in Inner Mongolia, Sa Ding Ding was influenced by the music of the ethnic minorities while living with her grandmother in Inner Mongolia until the age of 6. She also became interested in Buddhism and taught herself Tibetan and Sanskrit. Later on, she moved to Beijing to study philosophy and music at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dancing in the Streets

From 1965

Erma is Aretha's sister and an excellent voice in her own right

James Brown

Monday, July 20, 2009

Janis Joplin's Pearl

I was just surfing the web and came a cross an image of Janis Joplin's album Pearl and it reminded me of all the good times I've had over the years listening to this album.


1. Move Over 3:39
2. Cry Baby 3:56
3. A Woman Left Lonely 3:27
4. Half Moon 3:51
5. Buried Alive In The Blues 2:24
6. My Baby 3:44
7. Me And Bobby McGee 4:29
8. Mercedes Benz 1:46
9. Trust Me 3:15
10. Get It While You Can 3:23
11. Tell Mama (Live) 6:32
12. Little Girl Blue (Live) 3:55
13. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (Live) 6:52
14. Cry Baby (Live) 6:29

Not Blonde

Linda Perry, born April 15, 1965, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to parents of Portuguese and Brazilian descent, is an American rock musician, songwriter, and record producer. Once best known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, Perry has founded two record labels and has become a major songwriter and producer responsible for hit songs by a number of successful female singers such as Gwen Stefani ("What You Waiting For" from her album), Pink (who had a #1 hit with Get the Party Started", written by Perry), and Christina Aguilera (who had a #1 hit with Perry's song Beautiful").

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Billie Holiday Jazz - The Man I Love

Even though a lot has been said about Billie Holiday and her skills as a singer, I never get tired of hearing her or hearing about her. Her diction and timing are just so lovely.

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday @KK & R Music Blog

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I kissed a Girl

She likes watermelons. Born in California to pastor parents, she grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church. Perry rose to fame in 2008 with her breakthrough single “I Kissed a Girl”. So posh, well-educated I guess, good looking and getting her seven minutes of fame. Happy enough stuff though. She is 'born again'

Friday, July 17, 2009


He plays a 42-string Pikasso guitar - I don't have a clue where all the strings go but the sound is sublime.

Pat's Amazon Store

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Folk is the New Black

Danger Danger
The Great Divide
Life is Never Wrong
Jackie Skates
All Those Promises
Standing in the Shadows of Love
The Drowning Man
Crocodile Song
The Last Train
My Autobiography
Home is the Heart
Shadows on the Wind
Haven't I Got Eyes
Folk Is The New Black

One of the Great Protest Songs The Great Divide

Janis Ian's Amazon Store

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Alternative Rock Supergroup

The Dead Weather is an American alternative rock supergroup that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Comprising vocalist Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), guitarist Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age), bassist Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes) and drummer/vocalist Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs)

Klezmer with World influences

After having some Klezmer tracks sent by Stumble friends I am on the look out for more of the same - these are very good. Brigitte Amofah is a former model - not surprisingly - but what a voice.

Travelling the Face of the Globe

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Another Manchester Band

There’s a bit of schadenfreude in our stuff, black humour. I hope it gives a feeling of wanting to embrace life, to carry on life, that life is a great thing, and that love is a great thing. It’s just that it comes with some baggage. I feel that we’re optimistic- John Bramwell (2005)

I am Kloot Amazon Store

Monday, July 13, 2009

Travelling Like The Light

This is some singer - saw her on the TV from Glastonbury - definitely one to watch.

Travelling Like The Light

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sing the Truth

Guardian UK Newspaper Review
’Atlanta singer Lizz Wright's calm authority, technical elegance and cool sophistication as a jazz vocalist can make you forget how deep her roots in church music go. But in live performance, those qualities reverberate around a room like the boom of an organ. Church minister's daughter Wright is a natural choice to sing on the Barbican's tribute to Nina Simone, on a bill shared with the operatic vocalist Dianne Reeves, with West African singer Angelique Kidjo and Simone's daughter, who has recently released the big-band tribute album Simone On Simone.’


I had the pleasure of first seeing Lizz in Manchester a few years ago and since then I was hooked.  I enclose a few videos that demonstrate the calibre of the assembled cast.  I suggest that the strength of the assembled musicians and the music of Nina Simone has the potential for a cracking night. 

A Love Supreme

I had to share this - got via Twitter

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Scary Swedish

Guardian July 10th
Half-glimpsed through laser-illuminated gloom, Karin stands motionless in a heavy robe, face painted to a deathly pallor, singing lines that less resemble the concerns of a conventional pop song than some eerie nightmare. "Who is that to come by my house?" she asks, as synths ring like wind chimes in some deserted Japanese garden. "Stands outside my window," she continues. "Sucking on the berries/Eats us out of house and home..." It's pop, of a fashion - but pop scripted by the Brothers Grimm, filmed by David Lynch, and never to appear on any Now compilation, lest it freak out children of the future who might wonder what the kids were boshing out in 2009.

"I have a problem with normal," says Karin - who is not, incidentally, a cave-dwelling witch, but a polite, well-adjusted mother of two from Gothenburg, Sweden. "Normal is something that we have created. All the things we have created around gender, how male and female artists should look, and sound."

Fever Ray

Not an ordinary keyboard player

Amongst a very distinguished career

Worked with Frankie Miller, been a member of Roxy Music.

Replaced Jools Holland in Squeeze. Collaborated with John Hiatt & Nick Lowe.

Mike + the Mechanics

Played at the fall of the Berlin Wall

Toured with Supertramp

I Know That Name

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Love is all around

War was a musical crossover band which fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin music, R&B, and reggae. The band also transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. The band has sold over 50 million records to date. Although War's lyrics are often socio-political in nature, their music usually had a laid-back. Hopefully Burdon and War are touring this year

Love Is All Around

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Natasha Khan

Bat for Lashes is the work of British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Natasha Khan.

Khan was born in Hertfordshire, England to a Pakistani father and English mother on 25 October 1979.

An excellent set at Glastonbury - and she states Nico is one of her influences.

Amazon UK
Artist Store

Monday, July 6, 2009

Some of my favorite David Cassidy songs(with a little Barry Manilow)

These are some of my favorite David Cassidy songs, I also threw in a Barry Manilow song because David Cassidy covered him.
Rock me baby


I think I love you

Lying to myself- this is the Live version, the version I'm used to seeing is the Music Video. Unfortunately they didn't have it on Youtube anymore.

I write the songs:
David Cassidy's Version

Barry Manilow's Version


Track listing April 1994 but still a cracker
1. "Girls & Boys" – 4:50

2. "Tracy Jacks" – 4:20
3. "End of a Century" – 2:46

4. "Parklife" – 3:05

5. "Bank Holiday" – 1:42
6. "Badhead" – 3:25
7. "The Debt Collector" – 2:10
8. "Far Out" – 1:41
9. "To the End" – 4:05

10. "London Loves" – 4:15
11. "Trouble in the Message Centre" – 4:09
12. "Clover Over Dover" – 3:22
13. "Magic America" – 3:38
14. "Jubilee" – 2:47
15. "This Is a Low" – 5:07
16. "Lot 105" – 1:17


Sunday, July 5, 2009


Originally, klezmer (plural klezmorim) referred to musical instruments, and was later extended to refer to musicians themselves. It was not until the mid-to-late 20th Century that the word was used to identify a musical genre. Early 20th Century recordings and writings most often refer to the style as "Yiddish" music, although it is also sometimes called Freilech music.

But what good fun - I'd go to a concert with this.
Klezmer is easily identifiable by its characteristic expressive melodies, reminiscent of the human voice, complete with laughing and weeping.

for me you are perfect

The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival

Geraint Watkins

“Discerning music lovers have long known that Watkins is not only an artist and entertainer of the very top drawer but also, bafflingly, an all too well-kept secret. Being so individual his style is hard to define - I would file him as the missing link between Paulo Conte and Howling Wolf.” - Nick Lowe
But concert goers and record buyers will have heard him play with Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Nick Lowe and many, many more.
Here are a selection of videos including Geraint

Amazon UK
In a Bad Mood

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Charismatic as well

After almost a decade together, Karen O still skips around the stage like a six-year-old girl hearing pop music for the first time. Until she stops, we'll always love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Am I Black Enough For You

I notice there is a film out in the UK today about Billy Paul. I remember me and Mrs Jones but not the more radical "Am I ..."

This is an excellent version of the Elton John Song

CD's at Amazon

Friday, July 3, 2009

Lady Gaga at Glastonbury *****

Wow - this is an exciting singer

Lady G wore five costumes including Union Jack-branded bondage/biker gear, a see-through bubble coat, a glass dress that made her look like Paul Stanley's mirror guitar and others too fruity to describe in detail here.

Following another costume change into a nipple-revealing black outfit she donned a bra that fired sparkle-flames from her breast area when she sang the chorus to 'Eh Eh'.

'Love Game'
'Boys Boys Boys'
'Money Honey'
'Just Dance'
'Dirty Rich'
'The Fame'
'Eh Eh'
'Poker Face (piano version)'
'Poker Face'

Amazon UK
The Fame
Just Dance

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I lived through this - I still know all Yes lyrics, ELP and early Genesis - sad isn't it?

Buy at Amazon
Psychedelics Encyclopaedia
Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era
Psychedelic Renegades: Photos of Syd Barrett


She is American and teaches bellydance at Pixar?