Freitag, 12. Februar 2016

Funky Friday

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In  the early 80s at my place a lot of folks marked off with their musical favourites. A lot turned into old fashion chart music, some selected jazz and funk and the rest turned into punk and new wave. There are less bands we could agree to. One of them was Kid Creole and the Coconuts. They made a real fresh sound from old style funk and Rhythm and Blues and precursor of New York Nu Disco. Me and some DJ's from our local pub went out for a live concert to see them. And we were exited for what we got. A full concert of a small big band with roots in rock and funk history. Mighty grooves and a great performance and we male guys moved our legs to the rhythm. Their sound might be old-fashioned today but I have a lot of good memories to that sound and time.

Mittwoch, 10. Februar 2016

Live Music in German Television # 6

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On a lot of new albums I can hear references on Krautrock - sometimes more, sometimes less. So it's time to feature the pioneers of this genre. Can were the band with maybe the most influence. On her second album the Cologne avant-garde rockers developed her very own style. "Tago Mago" contains on the one hand structured pieces like "Paperhouse" and "Mushroom" with which about a quite uniform basic rhythm Michael Karoli of the guitar draws the strangest tones and shouts singer Damo Suzuki peculiar word or sentence scraps in the mike, coughs, whispers. As far as I remember I saw this video the first time on a Saturday afternoon on German television and my dad came into the room shaking his head about this strange kind of music. Still can't understand why Krautrock doesn't got the recognition yet that is has in Britain for example.

Dienstag, 9. Februar 2016

Twanging Tuesday # 95

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I found these early live document by Eddie Cochran while searching for this series. It's as old as me and it shows one of the best early guitar players at his best. Doing some Rock 'n' Roll like C'mon everybode, Summertime Blues and Money, Honey as well as ballads like Have I told you lately that I love you. Nothing new or special but a document of musical history. Tonight I'll go out and watch my team playing in the German football cup against might Dortmund. I think (and hope) they will fight for their small chance.

Montag, 8. Februar 2016

I Exhale

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Underworld are back with a new record. Their new single is one more a mumbled speaking/singing voices with big chants over a fundament of post-punk, industrial and trance. Not a bad way to start into the new week.

Sonntag, 7. Februar 2016

The Wheel

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Adams posting a few days ago that until now he didn't posted anything by PJ Harvey before made me think about my last posting about PJ Harvey. Too my shame I've to admit that it was none at all. So here is the new single from her upcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project. It is as we expected - based on a solid ground of acoustic guitar and drums with some riffs from an electric guitar PJ's voice guides us to some things that went wrong these days. The video is a compilation of impressions she and the photo-journalist Seamus Murphy took when they visited Kosovo. 

Samstag, 6. Februar 2016

Up Past The Nursery

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A few days ago I checked out the signed bands for the upcoming festival in Mannheim this June. A lot of them are new to me and some of them are worth to investigate for more. One of those are Suuns, a band from Montreal, Canada making a very unique mixture of neo-psychedelia, Krautrock and electronic rock. Up Past The Nursery is once more one of those songs once heard you can't get them out of your head. Minimal rhythm, minimal guitars and ethereous hypnotic vocals make this song magic.

Their newest song from their upcoming album in April is more psychedelic and guitar dominated. Looking forward to see them live.

Freitag, 5. Februar 2016

Funky Friday

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It was in the early 80s when my musical preferences were into that so called New Wave a close friend of mine remained still in jazz and fusion. One day he surprised me and introduced a record of Liquid Liquid to me. I don't know how he explored this unkind music but for me it was a new experience of sound. Liquid Liquid's music is essentially groove-based and by a variety of sources, as funk, dub, reggae and punk. Their music was different to many other bands looking for a common sense to get a high position in the charts. They were also members of the New York Nu Wave scene. A few years later Grandmaster Flash sampled their Cavern for White Lines.