Monday, August 31, 2009


Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Boat that Rocked the World 2

This music does bring back some good memories - an hour well spent

"I'm Alive" Performed by The Hollies

"Yesterday Man" Performed by Chris Andrews

"I've Been a Bad Bad Boy" Performed by Paul Jones

One of my favourites

"Silence Is Golden" Performed by The Tremeloes

"The End of the World" Performed by Skeeter Davis

"Friday On My Mind"
Performed by The Easybeats

"My Generation" Performed by The Who

"I Feel Free" Performed by Cream

"The Wind Cries Mary" Performed by Jimi Hendrix

The Boat That Rocked [DVD] [2009]

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Boat that Rocked the World 1

Just saw the film - the soundtrack is brilliant and the film a definite 'feel-good'

"Stay with me" Performed by Duffy

"All Day and All of the Night" Performed by The Kinks

"Elenore" Written by John Barbata Performed by The Turtles

"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" Performed by John Fred and His Playboy Band

"Dancing In The Street" Performed by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" Performed by The Beach Boys

"Ooo Baby Baby" Performed by Smokey Robinson

"This Guy's In Love With You" Performed by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass

"Crimson and Clover" Performed by Tommy James& The Shondells

"Hi Ho Silver Lining"
Performed by Jeff Beck

"I Can See For Miles"
Performed by The Who

"With a Girl Like You" Performed by The Troggs

"The Letter"
Performed by The Box Tops

The Boat That Rocked [DVD] [2009]

Friday, August 28, 2009

Good Voice

A lovely voice - greatly underrated

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reuters: New life for classic Michael Jackson

Reuters reports; Music fans can remix their favourite songs using interactive technology called MXP4, offering an opportunity to breathe new life into Michael Jackson's Motown hits.

Honky Tonk

The Sisters, Zara Bode and Emily Miller, are joined by a hot collection of instrument-toting brothers who round out the Sweetback family. Their repertoire combines several of the Sisters' passions -- country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions -- to create a fresh take on what it means to be country.

Chicken Ain't Chicken

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hillbilly Swing

Vaudevillian Ragtime Blues, Hillbilly Swing and Old Time Country

The old-time spirit of The WIYOS mirrors that of the
medicine shows of the 1920’s and 30’s, when black
and white musical traditions mixed liberally and
genre distinctions didn’t exist between blues and
country, ragtime and gospel, or swing and hillbilly

Monday, August 24, 2009

Impossibly young Bass player

“I’ve always just picked up any instrument and been able to play it―I could sit down at the drums or the piano and just play for fun,” Tal says of her musical gifts. “But as soon as I started playing bass I knew it was my instrument. It was like, ‘Yes this is it. I don’t even want to play guitar anymore, this is amazing.’”

Article here

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Friday, August 21, 2009

Enchanted Voices

Nicola Benedetti
Her debut album released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in April 2005 included Szymanowski's Concerto No. 1, the Chausson Poème, the Havanaise by Saint-Saëns, and a trio of contemplative miniatures by Massenet, Brahms (arranged by Jascha Heifetz) and John Tavener, the last of which, Fragment for the Virgin, was written for and performed by Nicola

Hayley Westenra

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sublime Guitar

Monday, August 17, 2009

jipjop flamenkillo

Ojos de Brujo ("Eyes of the Sorcerer") is a nine-piece band from Barcelona, Spain, who describe their style as "jipjop flamenkillo" (hip-hop with a little flamenco). The band sold over 100,000 copies of their self-produced Barí album, and has received several awards.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tuff Enuff

The Fabulous Thunderbirds are a blues-rock band, formed in 1974. Their original line up included guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, who is indeed the older brother of the influential electrical blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cameo Back In The Day

While this video is playing, I recommend that you just get up and dance. In the words of Cameo, "Do your Dance, Do your Dance, Do your Dance Quick!"

Rock n’ rollin’, rhythm & blues soulin’”

Equally at home in the studio or in concert, the 20 year-old Londoner is a natural performer – as was evident when she took to the stage at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival and stunned the crowds when she performed her songs for the first time. Afterwards the festival’s promoter John Giddings declared “Florence Rawlings rocked the Big Top - a certain star of the future” and other festival promoters have been extraordinarily quick off the mark in booking the 20 year old South Londoner, before a note of music has even been released, for some key spots including the main stage at Guilfest and Tuborg Stage at O2 Wireless in Hyde Park.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Blues for a hip king

Let the music speak

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul RIP

Really sad to hear that Les Paul passed away. I'm not good at writing obits, but I hope he has a peaceful journey.

According to Wikipedia
Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations included overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

His innovative talents extended into his unique playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.

An Oud player - ultimate chill

Anouar Brahem (transliteration of the Arabic أنور ابراهم) was born on October 20, 1957 in the town of Halfouine in the Medina of Tunis, Tunisia. He is an oud player and composer, who is widely acclaimed as an innovator in his field. Performing primarily for a jazz audience, he fuses Arab classical music, folk music and jazz and has been recording since at least 1991, after becoming prominent in his own country in the late 1980s.

Conte de l'Incroyable Amour

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Marvellous Irish R&B singer

"From My Heart to Yours" featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy and the Vh1 reality series Tough Love.

Shine was the lead track for the movie Nanny Diaries, is currently used in the Hibernian Aviva commercial in the Republic of Ireland and in the Norwich Union (soon to be Aviva) commercial in the United Kingdom.

Her song "Mmm..." is featured in Step Up 2: The Streets, Why Did I Get Married? and Seven Pounds starring Will Smith.

Let the Truth Be Told

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I like the feel of this very much!

and this

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm still here


You haven't looked at me that way in years
You dreamed me up and left me here
How long was I dreaming for
What was it you wanted me for
You haven't looked at me that way in years
Your watch has stopped and the pond is clear
Someone turn the lights back off
I'll love you til all time is gone

You haven't looked at me that way in years
But I'm still here

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Joe Henry

A guy worth listening to!

Blood From Stars

Saturday, August 8, 2009

These Days

Jackson Browne was 16 and full of teenage angst when he wrote this - it has been recorden by Nico, Jackson and the Allman Brothers

Well I've been out walking
I don't do that much talking these days
These days--
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
For you
And all the times I had the chance to

And I had a lover
It's so hard to risk another these days
These days--
Now if I seem to be afraid
To live the life I have made in song
Well it's just that I've been losing for so long

I'll keep on moving
Things are bound to be improving these days
One of these days--
These days I sit on corner stones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten, my friend
Don't confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them

Friday, August 7, 2009


Hot Damn - track list
1. Enter The Haggis
2. Pipe Bag
3. Hot Damn
4. Traveller
5. Traveller
6. Eskimo
7. Huffalump
8. Bump
9. Got To Lose Your Way
10. Tribe Vibes
11. Naughty Buddha
12. Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Hot Damn !

Thursday, August 6, 2009

UK Acid Jazz

Future Boogie

Harry Patch Hero at 111 years old

Radiohead have produced a track to say farewell to a true hero.

Newspaper article here

Some people will doubtless try, but it's impossible to be arch, ironic or cynical about this: Harry Patch (In Memory Of) once again proves that Radiohead are light years away from most of their supposed contemporaries - though I'm not sure that's really the point. Yorke dedicates it to "peace and understanding", you can download for £1, and monies go to the Royal British Legion.

Well doneRadiohead!

I have been watching the funeral on TV - not out of morbidity but shared awe, the following come out
  • Harry was an ordinary working man who was the last person on the planet who knew and experienced the horror of the trenches in the First World War.
  • His funeral is about peace and reconciliation - his pallbearers include Belgian, French and Germans.
  • Far from being brutalised by the military machine and the warmongers - goodness there are still plenty of those prats knocking about, Harry remained a quiet and private person.
  • He never told his children or grandchildren about his war experiences - including Paschendale. At the age of 100 he decided that history dictated he needed to tell his story.
  • For the last decade we Brits have got used to seeing this articulate man appearing on TV and relating his story. A friend on the TV has just said at this years Menin Gate ceremony people wanted to shake his hand, touch him and were in tears in his presence.
  • He was a member of a First World War Lewis Gun team - the 4 of them had a tacit agreement. To fire low on advancing troops i.e. aim for legs or fire above their heads as warning shots - only to kill as a last resort.
  • Harry is a national icon, an ordinary man - a retired plumber.
  • Harry was a hero.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Funk is good for your health!

This definitely gets your feet tapping. Ideal music for the gym!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Very Good Soul
It’s no surprise that Austin’s Black Joe Lewis really, really thanks James Brown in the liner notes. The Godfather of Soul’s influence permeates the album, which over the course of its way-too-short, 30-minute runtime will not only have you “wanna get on the good foot” but the bad one as well as the Honeybears deliver so many sweet sounds on Tell Me What Your Name Is!

Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cruel Songs

A list from Guardian Newspaper 24 July

Vicious - Lou Reed

Shiver and Shake The Cure

Crow Jane Skip James

Stupid Girl The Rolling Stones
Ether Nas

Ripple The Church

The Cruel Mother Shirley Collins

an unmarried girl who kills her newborn rather than face the community's anger

Blues for Ceausescu
Fatima Mansions

Idiot Wind Bob Dylan

Twat John Cooper Clarke
'like the shadow of the guillotine on a dead consumptive's face'

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Parable about Adultery