Mittwoch, 4. März 2015

Robert Johnson

A few days ago I played the old blues tunes by Robert Johnson again. Of course it was later in the evening when played these songs , however, still I am impressed from the intensity and passion with Roberts Johnson sing his songs. Here are some classics he recorded before he died too young.

Robert Johnson - 32 - 20 Blues
Robert Johnson - Kindhearted Woman Blues
Robert Johnson - Rambling On My Mind

Dienstag, 3. März 2015

Twanging Tuesday # 54

A few month ago I posted the original of Jungle Hop that The Cramps made famous. Here's another song by Kip Tyler and the Flips. It's what this kind of genre stands for: a swampy sound with a bit of twanging guitars, a piano in the back and a saxophone.


Montag, 2. März 2015

Flying Nun # 1

Our mate Dirk needed some help a few days ago. After all he's happy to have all the bands and songs named on Iris' tape. The requested song was on a compilation of Flying Nun records, released in the late 90s. I knew that I've heard this song before and thought by myself it sounds a little bit like The Go-Betweens. I searched for the record and finally I found it.

Flying Nun records was a small label located in Christchurch, New Zealand. It's another post-punk label that was formed in these years. Their main intention was to record the original local music of Christchurch, but soon the label rose to national prominence by championing the emerging music od Dunedin, the second-largest city in the South of New Zealand. Flying Nun tried to make their music popular in Europe by the release of two compilations 'Tuatara' in 1985 and 'In Love With These Times' in 1990. While listening to those compilations again I decided to make a little series out of it because there was a lot of stuff on it that still didn't lost his charm over the years.

Hope you'll enjoy this little series and come with me to New Zealand:

The Chills are a guitar and keyboard rock band based in Dunedin and formed by Martin Phillips. Their sound reminds me on early Joy Division and Simple Minds. Anyway this song would be great when it would have got more airplay. So it's just a gem. I love this bass-line with them guitar licks and them more spoken that sung words.

The Chills - Pink Frost

Another Dunedin based band are Sneaky Feelings. Named by Elvis Costello's song they did a very fine mixture with jangle guitars and harmonies that sounds similar to The Byrds.

Sneaky Feelings - Throwing Stones
Sneaky Feelings - Trouble With Kay

Sonntag, 1. März 2015


A little bit quiet for rainy Sunday morning. Christine and the Queens is very popular in France these days. Selling more than a million copies of their latest record. A fragile voice over electric Rhythm 'n' Blues leads us to wonderful pop songs.

Samstag, 28. Februar 2015

Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015

For a long time Leonard Nimoy had disappeared more or less from my perception. Apart from short joy at seeing again when he appeared in the TV serial "Fringe", or in also from me with pleasure seen "Big Bang Theory". Quite clearly, there one bowed in spirit to the big old man of the nerdy television entertainment. Now however, where I find out that he has died where all news canals and Facebook with pictures and shock and affection start to fill, I have also sat down and have made clear to myself that there a piece of my childhood has said goodbye again. At the age of ten years my dad has woken me at night and has placed before the television, as a Neil Armstrong his famous first step on the moon has done; and of course was later then the first radiation of the Star Trek, at that time still on a small black-and-white television, an experience which has my life decisively marked. That trembling, those creeps when the small boy has recognized anyhow, how big, coldly, strangely and wonderfully the "universe" is, in it reminds I me, as if it had been yesterday.

The death Leonard Nimoys is a big, sad moment which one appreciates best of all, while one remembers the nice, cosmic moments which were given to one by the "most proud and worthiest Vulkan of all".

And after all he released ten records throughout the years with some classic songs.


Freitag, 27. Februar 2015

Radio Birdman

Radio Birdman was a band from down under playing punk music when punk not really was born. Their main legacy was their towering influence over Australian Indie rock in the 1980s as well as The Saints. Today only a few fans know them and their output. For me they were a band that made a few very good albums and sadly they were forgotten. So enjoy these little gems.

Radio Birdman - Hand Of Law
Radio Birdman - Love Kills
Radio Birdman - Decent Into The Maelstrom

Donnerstag, 26. Februar 2015

Inflammable Material - First Records That Impressed Me Much # 7

In 1980 Stiff Records released the first album by The Feelies 'Crazy Rhythms'. And it was a totally different sound to the other artists on this label. I first saw the record in my local record store and asked myself what is this? Four teenager playing another collage-rock? Because Stiff Records in normal manner doesn't publish any shitty music I asked the trader to give me a listen to this. From the first song on this album 'The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness' I was caught by this band. The songs starts in near-silence, with just a click of wood percussion  until a guitar appears and the drums begin to play. From then on the band delivered eight more classics including a superb version of the Beatles' 'Everybody's got something to hide' much more faster than the original. The Feelies created their very own style. While everybody was focused on the two guitarists Mercer and Million I think the mastermind was Anton Fier. He plays the drums like I heard seldom before. He's able to play straight-up beats but aiming at a rumbling, strange punch that updates the Krautrock trance into giddier realms. It's still a timeless album that stood the test of time. And as Brian said a few days ago: watch out for their appearance in Jonathan Demme's 'Something Wild'.

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
The Feelies - Everybody's Got Something To Hide
The Feelies - Loveless Love
The Feelies - The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness

Dirk rightly misses the best song on this album - here it is:

The Feelies - Fa Ci La