Friday, October 30, 2009

Cuban Jazz

Chucho Valdés (born October 9, 1941), born Jesús Dionisio Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was born in Quivicán, Cuba. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists. His father is the famed Cuban pianist and former director of Havana's famous "Tropicana" night club band Bebo Valdés.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween 5 and 6

One of the best of its type

amd I've seen them do this live!


I don't know .......

aka Ross Birchard

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween 4 - Mike Oldfield

Halloween 3

Amazing Indian Music and Dance


Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween 2

Halloween 1

The Swamp Fox

His bluesy songs have been covered by dozens of artists ranging from Elvis Presley and Tim McGraw, to Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner.

All Along the Watchtower

Pretty good - what do you think?


Pearl Jam




or Dylan

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I am going to see them on Tuesday - same lineup more or less as on Rumours. OK - everyone has to have a secret favourite - well no secret anymore.

1. Second Hand News
2. Dreams

3. Never Going Back Again
4. Don’t Stop

5. Go Your Own Way

6. Songbird
7. Silver Springs

8. The Chain

9. You Make Loving Fun
10. I Don’t Want To Know
11. Oh Daddy

12. Gold Dust Woman

Amazon UK

Seen them - a sellout for us wrinklies. I forgot how good a guitarist Lindsay is and Stevie wore her hat. Very good indeed - I need to see more live music!
John McVie excellent as always on Bass.
Mick Fleetwood (62)is the spokesman - an excellent drum solo at the end.

Indies Supergroup - The Dead Weather

On Jools this week - they said they wanted to get together to investigate their Blues roots.

Comprised of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes)

Excellent Live performance

Highly recommended - Fever Ray

Fever Ray is the title, of both the project and album by Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of The Knife. It’s the culmination of work that began in 2007 when Karin and Olof, the brother-sister duo who are The Knife, decided to take time out following a handful of incredible live shows.

This album is full of angst but ultimately enriching.

1. If I Had A Heart
2. When I Grow Up - this is an amazing video

3. Dry And Dusty
4. Seven
5. Triangle Walks
6. Concrete Walls

7. Now's The Only Time I Know
8. I'm Not Done
9. Keep The Streets Empty For Me

10. Coconut
11. If I Had A Heart

Amazon UK Fever Ray

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Music for Submarines

Are these Americans on alert?

We British a bit more chilled?

iPhone advert for the Submarines

Amour, Imagination, Rêve - Air

Air (sometimes spelled with all capital letters as AIR) is a French (from Versailles) music duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. The name AIR is a backronym for Amour, Imagination, Rêve which translates to Love, Imagination, Dream.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Canadians - Po' Girls

Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira. Hailing from Montreal and Toronto respectively, both women left untenable home situations at fourteen, found music instead of bad ends, and lived to sing the tales. The interplay between these two stunning performers is truly something to behold –

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cherish the Ladies - Heidi Talbot

Beautiful in all respects

The Rocky Raccoon - Beatles - Music Video

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crossroad - Tracy Chapman

Steely Dan - Do it Again - Vid and Lyrics

Do It Again from the Album Can't Buy A Thrill

In the morning you go gunning
For the man who stole your water
And you fire 'til he is done in
But they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singing
As they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hanging
And they put you on the street

Yeah, you go back, Jack, do it again
Wheel turnin' 'round and 'round
You go back, Jack, do it again

When you know she's no high climber
Then you find your only friend
In a room with your two-timer
And you're sure you're near the end
Then you love a little wild one
And she brings you only sorrow
All the time you know she's smiling
You'll be on your knees tomorrow

Yeah, you go back, Jack, do it again
Wheel turnin' 'round and 'round
You go back, Jack, do it again

Now you swear and kick and beg us
That you're not a gambling man
Then you find you're back in Vegas
With a handle in your hand
Your black cards can make you money
So you hide them when you're able
In the land of milk and honey
You must put them on the table

Yeah, you go back, Jack, do it again
Wheel turnin' 'round and 'round
You go back, Jack, do it again

Do It Again MP3 Download

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chinese Lullaby - Vienna Teng

Chinese Lullaby

This green island is like a boat,
floating in the moonlight.
My darling, you too
are floating in the sea of my heart.
Let the sound of my song follow the breeze,
blowing open the curtain of your window.
Let my love follow the flowing water,
endlessly pouring out its feelings for you.
The long shadows of the palm trees
cannot conceal my love;
the bright beauty of the moonlight
casts its brilliance into my heart.
This green island night is so calm and serene —
my darling, why are you silent, saying nothing?

Looking Glass: Brandy You're a Fine Girl

Thanks go out to my online friend MKWillis for reminding me of this one.

...Brandy used to watch his eyes
when he told his sailor stories
she could feel the ocean foam rise
she saw its ragin' glory
but he had always told the truth,
Lord, he was an honest man
and Brandy does her best to understand...

- Elliot Lurie -

Looking glass - Brandy you're a fine girl @YouTube

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Not commercial but lovely - Hope Sandoval

In live performance, Hope prefers to play in near darkness with only a dim backlight.

Something - James Brown

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Relentlessly highbrow - Luke Haines

Last FM
Relentlessly highbrow, Haines’s dark-but-mischievous lyrics typically fall into three groups: musings on obscure Anglicana (The Mitford Sisters, Freddie Mills is Dead), bitter attacks on modern society, particularly the arts (The Death of Sarah Lucas, Christ) and twisted 1970s anti-nostalgia (Leeds United, Here’s to Old England) - with the odd dash of self-aggrandisement thrown in for good measure.

I like this - a lot. Haines has played at book signings for David Peace who was promoting The Damned United, a book on Brian Clough's brief tenure at Leeds United in the 1970s. Leeds United relates to this, and with the reference to the Yorkshire Ripper, to Peace's earlier Yorkshire/Red Riding Quartet. The refrain "The North! The North!" advances on the earlier Auteurs track The South Will Rise Again, itself a response to The N.W.R.A. by The Fall. The phrase "The North! The North! Where we do what we want! The North! The North! Where we do what we like" is also a quote from a character in the Red Riding Quartet.

Mulatu Astatke: Ethio-jazz

My online friend em2wice turned me on to Mulatu Astatke just recently. So I thought I'd return the favor and put the word out. This is good stuff.

According to Wikipedia;
Mulatu Astatke (surname also spelled Astatqé) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in 1943 in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. He would later combine his jazz and Latin music influences with traditional Ethiopian music.

From New York City to Addis Ababa: The Best of Mulatu Astatke

You can listen his new album here >>> Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Norwegian Indie

Kings of Convenience is an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies. Øye and Bøe both compose and sing the songs.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Funny Spaghetti Western Music

I like these - so much fun

Monday, October 12, 2009

Things Got To Get Better

Harrowdown Hill


Review - Guardian

The news that Thom Yorke had come to Los Angeles and formed a temporary supergroup with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was surprise enough to most Radiohead fans. Most were intrigued, but for those concerned with rock credibility it was like hearing that the chaps from Peep Show were taking a break to write a show with Jim Davidson, or that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was collaborating with Bernard Matthews on a turkey burger.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wall of Arms

Review of Tour- The Guardian 6th October

.... the kinetic opener No Kind Words, a tale of going off the rails that sees hooks, chords and melodies tumble over each other with a gloriously frenzied intensity.

Frontman Orlando Weeks is a slight, self-conscious figure, but much of the Maccabees' appeal lies in his tremulous, keening vocal and heroically bad dancing. His ungainly hopping from foot to foot is easily forgiven on Can You Give It?, where the band's chiming, three-guitar assault recalls the spindly energy and dizzy joy of early James. Weeks looks overcome on old live favourite Precious Time as 4,000 hoarse voices bellow the band's words back at them, but recovers his panache for William Powers, a nervous stutter of a song that shares Arcade Fire's knack of being simultaneously epic and intimate.

By the encore of Love You Better, even the drums appear to be speaking in tongues. If the Maccabees got any more overexcited, you would be unwise to rule out the possibility of spontaneous combustion.

Buy at Amazon Wall of Arms

Lovable Supergrass fellows - enjoy

The Hot Rats is a cover band formed by Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey as a side-project from their main band Supergrass. The band is named after Frank Zappa's album Hot Rats.

Beatles Cover

Gang of Four cover

Beastie Boys Cover

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Birthday

Big Beat Pioneers

It can't be denied their shows look outstanding

Review of Invaders Must Die
The Prodigy - are back to take off your head, and transport your body to a claustrophobic dance floor before catapulting you into a gurning oblivion.

Friday, October 9, 2009

She Bangs the Drum

My Granddaughter saw him recently live and is a new convert. I've posted him a couple of times before but its worth it again

Ian Brown is an English musician and former lead singer of the alternative rock band The Stone Roses. He is widely considered to be one of the pioneering members of the Manchester scene.

The single used a noticeably different mix of "She Bangs the Drums" to the album version. The hi-hat intro was omitted, and it featured a slightly heavier guitar sound and a marginally different backing vocal arrangement. This single version is the one most commonly used for compilations and radio play.

The CD and cassette singles were noted for their strong selection of B-sides: "Standing Here", "Mersey Paradise", and the backward playing track "Simone". It is noted for its fusion of Indie rock, and acid house genres. Ian Brown wrote the verse lyrics, while John Squire was responsible for the chorus.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "She Bangs the Drums" at number 12 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

I can feel the earth begin to move
I hear my needle hit the groove
And spiral through another day
I hear my song begin to say
Kiss me where the sun dont shine
The past was yours
But the futures mine
Youre all out of time

I dont feel too steady on my feet
I feel hollow I feel weak
Passion fruit and holy bread
Fill my guts and ease my head
Through the early morning sun
I can see her here she comes

She bangs the drums

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
Shell be the first shell be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
Shell be the first shell be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Have you seen her have you heard
The way she plays there are no words
To describe the way I feel

How could it ever come to pass
Shell be the first shell be the last
To describe the way I feel
The way I feel

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Only Love can set us free

Quicken The Heart

I use this in the gym

Track listing

1. "Wraithlike" – 2:29

2. "The Penultimate Clinch" – 2:36
3. "The Kids Are Sick Again" – 3:04

4. "A Cloud of Mystery" – 3:01
5. "Calm" – 3:07
6. "In Another World (You Would’ve Found Yourself By Now)" – 2:59
7. "Let’s Get Clinical" – 3:53
8. "Roller Disco Dreams" – 3:25
9. "Tanned" – 3:35
10. "Questing, Not Coasting" – 3:41
11. "Overland, West of Suez" – 2:46
12. "I Haven’t Seen Her in Ages" – 3:00
13. "Lost Property" (UK, iTunes Bonus Track) – 3:11

Quicken the Heart

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Awards a plenty

Sue Foley (born March 29, 1968, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian blues singer and guitarist.

Blues Revue Oct/Nov
She's among the handful of guitar-playing blueswomen prepared to carry the mantle Bonnie Raitt currently holds

Philadelphia Enquirer
Foley has a killer voice an impossibly alluring blend of sex and innocence to go with those blazing guitar chops.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Alternative Rock Band

Brody Dalle-Homme (born Bree Leslie Pucilowski on January 1, 1979 in Melbourne, Australi[2]), is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She rose to fame as lead singer/guitarist for the punk rock band The Distillers and currently fronts Spinnerette.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Friday, October 2, 2009


Indie UK band with a fine sound - I have and enjoy 'Intimacy'

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Best Selling UK Download Ever No 1

Poker Face - Lady Gaga