Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Covers 2010



Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Josh Rouse - Sad Eyes

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum - Playing in Traffic 2010

Guardian
This is a wonderful contemporary jazz record. Bass guitarist Steve Swallow, drummer Adam Nussbaum and saxophonist Ohad Talmor combine slyly swinging jazz references with all kinds of eclectic inflections – notably through the tonal eloquence and sophistication of Talmor, who was born in Israel, raised in Switzerland and lives in Brooklyn






Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Richard Thompson - Dream Attic 2010

BBC
"Deft flourishes and considered wordplay that Thompson fans will be familiar with."
In 1971 Richard Thompson made an impulsive decision to leave Fairport Convention
PopMatters
Consider this: In 1999, Richard Thompson released Mock Tudor, which is one of his two or three best albums, if not just the best. That’s 32 years into his recording career. Imagine if Paul McCartney had released Flaming Pie and it was as good as or better than Revolver. While we’re at it, imagine that everything he’d released in the interim was nearly as good, too. That’s the level of talent at work here.





Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amelie Poulain - Slowly Comes My Night

/\/\ /\ Y /\ - M.I.A., 2010

BBC
Akin to albums by the similarly avant-garde artist Björk, each track on /\/\/\Y/\, no matter how different, is unmistakably the work of M.I.A. The leap in her ability, to realise such a distinct vision, is complete. /\/\/\Y/\ is at points a terrifying achievement but, much like life in general, it has so much to offer an inquisitive and open mind–it simply depends whether or not you're bothered enough to scratch beyond the surface and dive in.


--Matthew Bennett

Saw her on Jools the other night





Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Wailin Jennys

The Wailin' Jennys are a Juno Award-winning Canadian folk trio from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and New York, and they consist of soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta and alto Heather Masse. Recently, the Jennys have also toured with fiddler and mandolinist Jeremy Penner, who is from Ruth's former band, Scruj MacDuhk.



Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression.
~ Gary Larson
About the time we first hear the Robin's ringing welcome to spring we may listen for the Bluebird's more gentle greeting. No bird's song is more associated with the return of Spring than the Bluebird's: nor is there a bird's note more expressive of the passing season than the Bluebird's Autumn call of far-away, far-away.

- Frank M. Chapman, Birdlife, 1897

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Loudon Wainwright 3 - Album III

1 Dead Skunk
2 Red Guitar
3 East Indian Princess
4 Muse Blues
5 Hometeam Crowd
6 B Side
7 Needless To Say
8 Smokey Joe's Cafe
9 New Paint
10 Trilogy (Circa 1967)
11 Drinking Song
12 Say That You Love Me




Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul. ~ Katie Greenwood

Andy Bey and sisters

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins - Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

See My Friends - Ray Davies 2010

Some good versions that complement the original Kinks's tracks





Monday, October 18, 2010

Steve Reich - Double Sextet And 2X5

Guardian
Steve Reich's influence has always spun in all directions, but even he must have surprised himself here: rock-band instruments playing in riffs and grooves with the notated precision of classical chamber music.



Friday, October 15, 2010

The Hives - Garage Punk

The Hives are a Swedish rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival, playing garage punk.



Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mugison - Icelandic musician

Mugison (or Örn Elías Guðmundsson) is an Icelandic musician and singer who originally performed as a one-man band using a guitar and computer, but now often performs with a band.

Mugison (or Örn Elías Guðmundsson) (born 4 September 1976) is an Icelandic musician and singer who originally performed as a one-man band using a guitar and computer, but now often performs with a band.



A little trip to heaven

Monday, October 11, 2010

Carpe Diem/Lara Fabian 1994

Carpe diem is Lara Fabian's second French album released in 1994. The album sold more than 250,000 copies. A beautiful voice.



Je Suis Malade - Lara Fabian
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1. Puisque E'Est Famour - (French)
2. Tu Fen Vas
3. Leila - (French)
4. II Eziste un Endroit
5. Je Suis Malade - (French)
6. Je Vivrai - (French)
7. Au Loin Ea-Bas - (French)
8. Ramene-Moi - (French)
9. Pas Sans Toi - (French)
10. Dites-Moi Pourquoi Je L'Aime - (French)
11. Saisir le Jour - (French)
12. Si Tu M Amies - (French)
13. Bridge of Hope


Work-aholic?

A very busy artist - I am not quite sure whether I like completely though



Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Foo Fighters - This is War 2009





Russian Red

Russian Red is the pseudonym of Lourdes Hernández (Madrid, 1986), indie and folk singer-songwriter.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ashtar Command – Into Dust

Isabelle Boulay

Isabelle Boulay is a francophone Canadian pop singer.



Monday, October 4, 2010

Les Nubians - New Revolution

Les Nubians is an R&B Grammy-nominated duo composed of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris, France. In 1985 the sisters moved with their parents to Chad. Seven years later, they returned to Bordeaux, France and began singing a cappella, producing poetry slams in Bordeaux and Paris, and singing background vocals for various artists worldwide.

A new album due



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dick Gaughan - Tom Paine's Bones

Scottish Folk Singer

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gozaic - Music themed destinations

I got a welcome link from a reader the other day
........ I wanted to connect with you today about Gozaic (gozaic.com), a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has recently posted an interesting article exploring music-themed destinations to inspire travelers in planning their next adventures:
Gozaic is a website site that serves as a destination guide for travelers who, with the newly updated sections, can easily find culture-rich destinations, events and tours based upon interest. The site is a great resource for visitors, featuring more than 600 diverse points of interest; the search function highlights exciting places and events for all types of personal travel passions. Whether visitors are looking for a jazz joint in their local neighborhood or searching for a sailing journey in Turkey, Gozaic’s resource capabilities are prepared to help in any circumstance.
I managed to get really good links about Graceland and a museum about Woodstock

Imelda May - Mayhem

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paramore - Brand New Eyes 2009

Wikipedia
Brand New Eyes is the third album by American Alternative rock band Paramore, released September 29, 2009 through Fueled by Ramen in the United States and Canada.
The album was produced by Rob Cavallo and recorded in Hidden Hills, California from January to March, 2009.[5] It topped the charts in many countries across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom, making it the band's most successful album to date.






Come on, You You Young Philosophers! – The Strange Death of Liberal England w/ Orchestra

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Walk the Line 2010 - Cheltenham UK

Walk the Line, Cheltenham's multi-venue music festival, is returning for it's second year on October 1st and 2nd 2010. The musical talent on show includes David Ford, The Dawn Chorus, 6 Day Riot, The Strange Death of Liberal England, My First Tooth, Luke Leighfield, Jim Lockey ; the Solemn Sun, Thrill Collins and many more.

Tickets are selling fast, so music lovers are being encouraged to buy their tickets now:
http://walkthelinefestival.eventbrite.com/

The full line-up is:

Friday
Brown Torpedo, Midnight Mile, Jim Lockey ; The Solemn Sun, Swift Manoeuvre, The Dawn Chorus and David Ford
Saturday
Hitchhikers of the Galaxy, Screaming 88's, The Echoes, Reachback, Will Kevans, I Call A Strike, Che, Joe Noel, Pete Taylor, China Soul, Ellie Dussak, Gareth Harper, Thrill Collins, Dale Campbell, Ryan Martin, Edd Donovan, Faded Circus, My First Tooth, The Strange Death of Liberal England, Luke Leighfield and 6 Day Riot.




The festival also includes music industry debates featuring many of the key figures in the local music scene. The shows will be taking place at The Frog & Fiddle, Boogie Lounge, The Railway Inn and D-Fly in Cheltenham.

More details can be found at http://www.walkthelinefestival.co.uk/

Grinderman 2 (2010)

The group, made up of Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos

Metacritic Score of 86

Guardian
Grinderman 2 continues the animal theme; this time, the cover star is a lone wolf, let loose in a marble bathroom. Which suits the change in mood, the priapic desperation of the first album having been supplanted by ravenous malevolence. "Kitchenette" offers seduction with a side order of threat ("I'll stick my fingers in your biscuit jar and crush all your gingerbread men"),






Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz is an American singer-songwriter, born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Mraz's stylistic influences include reggae, pop, rock, folk, jazz, bossa nova and hip hop.





Friday, September 24, 2010

Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup - We No Speak Americano


Almeda Riddle - Ozark folksong

Born and raised in Cleburne County, Arkansas, she learned music from her father, a fiddler and singing teacher. She collected and sang traditional ballads throughout her life, usually unaccompanied. Introduced to a wider public by folklorist John Quincy Wolfe and musicologist Alan Lomax, Riddle recorded extensively, and claimed to be able to perform over 500 songs.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chezidek - roots reggae

Chezidek is a roots reggae singer



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sparklehorse - It's a wonderful life

Sparklehorse was an American alternative rock band led by the late singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Music

This is some music that I thought was really good and deserved to be posted up here.





Louise Attaque - chanson

Louise Attaque is a French chanson/folk rock group founded in 1994. Several of the group's albums were produced by Gordon Gano, lead singer of The Violent Femmes, a band whom Louise Attaque often cites as an influence and for whom their own band is named.



Monday, September 20, 2010

Vienna Teng - Inland Territory 2009

Teng's musical style incorporates folk, pop, classical piano, and a cappella. She uses piano as her primary instrument and writes lyrics with emotion, narrative, and personal history. Teng is a baseline alto, but sings over a wide range.

Blogcritic

Inland Territory marks Vienna Teng entering into the group of female singer-songwriters that includes Amos, Regina Spektor, and Neko Case. Her voice and her musical expression capture a full range of emotions through pleasing storytelling and soothing harmonies.






Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Pierces - Love You More

The Pierce sisters were born two years apart in Birmingham, Alabama. They traveled frequently and received home-schooling from their self-described hippie parents. Their father played the guitar in various bands, while their mother was a painter. Exposed to music and arts at an early age, the Pierce sisters grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel.

Exquisite harmonies.



Friday, September 17, 2010

Lhasa de Sela - De cara a la pared

Wow!

Emma Johnson - Music for Clarinet and Piano

Emma Johnson (born 1966, London) is a British clarinetist. In 1984 she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, playing one of Bernhard Crusell's clarinet concertos in the televised final.She won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1991 which led to her New York City recital debut at Carnegie hall.

I enjoy virtuosity





This is her most recent album

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Enid In the Region of The Summer Stars 1976/2007

Symphonic Prog type music





Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tony-Joe White - The Shine

Tony Joe White (born July 23, 1943, Oak Grove, Louisiana) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie"; "Rainy Night in Georgia", which he wrote but was firstly made popular by Brook Benton in 1970; and "Steamy Windows", a hit for Tina Turner in 1989. "Polk Salad Annie" was also recorded by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.





New album “THE SHINE” coming out soon

Tabla Beat Science

Tabla Beat Science is a musical group founded in 1999 by Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell. Its style consists of a mixture of Hindustani music, Asian Underground, Ambient, Drum and Bass, and Electronica. Laswell met with Karsh Kale (who had worked together with Bill for years), and they later teamed up with Talvin Singh and Trilok Gurtu. All six have written for Tabla Beat Science's music.





Monday, September 13, 2010

Joe Pug - Messenger 2010







Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Nikki Yanofsky

A future superstar - fantastic performer, wonderful voice and photogenic. Music executives must be rubbing their hands

At 12



At 13


As a 16 year old Ella obsessed singer




Friday, September 3, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ego Lemos - O Hele Le 2010

Review from the Guardian
He plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, and his songs are remarkable for the way he mixes sturdy melodies that often sound as accessible as western folk themes, with lyrics in his native language Tetum (thankfully translated in the sleeve notes), that deal with his country's painful history or the need for conservation.






Sunday, August 29, 2010

Allison Moorer – Crows 2010

BBC Review
..... Crows has Allison Moorer hitting her stride and going somewhere special.




not on the album but still gives a flavour


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quando Quando Quando

2 different versions



Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan a Paris 2010

Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century". She had a contralto vocal range. I agree entirely - she is one of my greats

Nicknames included "Sailor" (for her salty speech),"Sassy" and "The Divine One". The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its "highest honor in jazz", the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989

I never knew this from her Wikipedia entry
Sarah Vaughan's personal life was a jumble of paradoxes. She had a mercurial personality and could be extremely difficult to work with (especially in areas outside of music), but numerous fellow musicians recounted their experiences with her to be some of the best of their career. None of her marriages was successful, yet she maintained close long-running friendships with a number of male colleagues in the business and was devoted to her parents and adopted daughter. Despite effusive public acclaim, Vaughan was insecure and suffered from stage fright that was, at times, almost incapacitating. While shy and often aloof with strangers, she was quite gregarious and generous with friends







Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Herbie Mann - At the Village Gate

Wikipedia
Herbie was a Jewish American jazz flutist and important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophones and clarinets (including bass clarinet), but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flutist during the 1960s






sometimes re-issues are work re-listening

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Paul Simon – 1964-1993

3CD's of some iconic records - see here for a list.

Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War

America


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

F**K YOU

This is one of those catchy tuns that you can play over and over.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Levon Helms - Electric Dirt 2009

New Yorker

..... the set finds Helm both affirming life and anticipating death. ....Much is raucous, though there are sombre ballads that look directly into the great unknown. The constant throughout is Helm’s subtly spectacular singing. When he was young, he sounded like a wise old man. Now he sounds like an oracle








Sunday, August 22, 2010

Marissa Nadler - Little Hells 2009

Pitchfork Score 8.3
....During those 14 perfect minutes, it's just her voice and finger-picked acoustic guitar, augmented cautiously by piano, organ, and ripples of electronics


blogcritics
Some artists have such perfectly serene voices that they'd still mesmerize you even if they were singing about hell, damnation, and sex.





Marissa Nadler The Whole is Wide live at Joes Pub NYC
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Gretchen Peters - Circus Girl 2009

Fish Records
One of Fish Records' favourite artists, Gretchen Peters studio albums are full of beautifully constructed songs, killer melodies and lyrics with real heart.
This hand picked 15 song retrospective includes 2 unreleased songs, and the quality of the songs throughout is exceptional






Friday, August 20, 2010

Mahler Symphony No 5 by LPO 2001

Wikipedia
The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. After its premiere, Mahler is reported to have said,
“Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance fifty years after my death.”
Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.”
Sorry - not by the LPO but a fine version - this is one of my favourite pieces of classical music.



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tom Waits - Chocolate Jesus



and

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Patricia Kaas - Je te dis vous 2010

Patricia Kaas is a French singer and actress. She is a very successful French-speaking singer, with an International following. Stylistically her music is not classical chanson, but is closer to a mixture of pop music, jazz and chanson.
She had her greatest success in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Finland, and Korea with her third album Je te dis vous.





Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Keith Urban Defying Gravity 2009

The album's lead-off single is "Sweet Thing", which topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in March 2009. "Kiss a Girl" was released on March 7, 2009 as the second single. The album became Urban's first number-one album on the Billboard 200, selling 171,000 copies in its first week of release. Critics gave it a mixed reaction - so it's personal taste.

Sweet Thing

Kiss a Girl

Monday, August 16, 2010

Coral - Butterfly House 2010

BBC
The Wirral band sounds like they’re enjoying themselves on their sixth LP
.

Guardian
.... the Heston Blumenthals of pop: they used the same ingredients as most other indie bands, but what they concocted was refreshingly strange





Sunday, August 15, 2010

Gábor Szabó - Jazz Raga 2010

Gábor Szabó was a Hungarian jazz guitarist, famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock and his native Hungarian music. Give the guy a listen - an absolute pleasure.





Tracks
1. Walking On Nails
2. Mizrab
3. Search For Nirvana
4. Krishna
5. Raga Doll
6. Comin' Back
7. Paint It Black
8. Sophisticated Wheels
9. Ravi
10. Caravan
11. Summertime


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Kate Walsh - Light & Dark 2009

BBC
But it’s perfectly pleasant fare for the undemanding listener, and several leagues ahead of the Melua-factory female artists still active in the UK.
So some way to go yet but a nice voice

Greatest Love




Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Esperanza Spalding

I just love this artist's music





Amazon Artist

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Suzanne Vega - Retrospective 2003

BBC
She shows love, loneliness and overall goodness in her timeless songs.



Suzanne Vega - Luka
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maggie may

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rufus Wainwright Want Two 2008

Want Two is the fourth album by American-Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Mother Kate McGarrigle and aunt Anna (McGarrigle) both perform and sing on "Hometown Waltz". Antony Hegarty of 2005 Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons sings lead vocal alongside Wainwright on "Old Whore's Diet".

BBC
.... Want Two - wrapped in a melodic package so rich and varied as to make one giddy- will make sure that his name stands alone. Welcome to the world of Rufus the First...





Playing For Change 32

Monday, August 9, 2010

Joe Walsh - The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get 2008

A re-release of the 1973 album that propelled Joe into stardom