Mittwoch, 25. Mai 2016

The Age Of Glam

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I think I will continue this series of pop music more than 40 years ago and feature the golden age of glam when most of us were kids. One of those bands I was attracted to in my youngest days was Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. Cockney Rebel was a band from the last days of glam but I liked the very much. Not only because they brought London dialect to my ears. If I have to say that a band was close to perfect pop songs - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel were very close to it.






Dienstag, 24. Mai 2016

Loop

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John Peel invited Loop for several sessions between 1987 and 1991. Loop was a band formed in Croydon in the late 80's and made a guitar dominated space rock influenced independent sound. It is a band that was almost forgotten and it was the same to me until I found the record in my collection a few days ago. They sounded a bit like Spaceman 3 with their harsh fuzz-laden, pulsing guitar riffs, monotonous vocals and distinctive drum patterns to built their unique soundscape. They were also influenced by German Krautrock and Detroit rock. Once more a band I am glad to rediscovered again.

Loop - Straight To Your Heart
Loop - Rocket USA
Loop - Collision

Montag, 23. Mai 2016

September Girls

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It is not too bad when you name your band by a song from Big Star. And if you sound like a noisy version of British independent music it is much better. This five piece Dublin based band released a few weeks ago a record that could be great when it was released 30 years ago. It's an euphoric guitar/organ based sound with voices deep in the tradition of the well known punk sisters. To describe them in a simple way I would name them the nowadays guitar based Bangles.



Sonntag, 22. Mai 2016

1959

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On this day 57 years ago I was born and each year that passes brings me closer to 60. I am far away of moaning but more and more I think about the past and the future. Looking back in my life I still enjoy the great things that happened and what life gave to me. Looking forward I recognize that retirement will come to me in several years. Anyway, life is fantastic gift with all the worries that will come and go. As long as I have a few friends, books and music I will have a good time. Later these day I'll go to my local pub to meet some friends in the beergarden to have lunch and some beer.

Enjoy the day as much as I do.

A few days ago CC made a post about Rod Stewart's second LP Gasoline Alley. This record was one of the first I bought and it's still a favourite to me. Rod was the king of sentimental ballads in these days and only a few could transport emotions later like he did.

Rod Stewart - Only a Hobo
Rod Stewart - Jo's Lament

Looking what the future will bring I am exited for the release of the new record by The Kills. Also the second song of their new record is worth to be played at this place


Freitag, 20. Mai 2016

Country Friday

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I am everything but not a huge fan of country music. For a few times in my life I grab out some records of this genre and listen to them with amusement - mostly later in the evening with a last drink. And I won't call me an expert though I know who is who in this kind of music. A few days ago a record came to my appearance and from the first time I listened to it I was fascinated from this artist. Karl Blau is an indie rock and folk musician from near of Washington. He released music different records during the last 20 years. His latest recording Introducing Karl Blau is (for me) a little gem in a genre called country music. The songs are stamped by his sonorous voice and arrangements that are not typical for what you'll call country. I spent a few evenings listening to his songs. Sometimes they remembered me to Kurt Wagner, sometimes to Kris Kristofferson and sometimes to old fashioned country singers. He also covered songs by the Bee Gees and Townes van Zandt in his very special way and this versions were not too bad. What impressed me most was the way he interprets country music nowadays. It is played based on tradition style but also had influences by music made during the last decads. All in all a record you might listen to when you are alone to finish the day.

Karl Blau - Falling Rain
Karl Blau - If I Needed You
Karl Blau - Let The World Go By




Mittwoch, 18. Mai 2016

The Age Of Glam

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I am not sure if this will be a new series or not but glam rock was the music of my youngest days. It was in these days when you sat in front of the TV watching the latest groups appear. And it was also in these days in the early 70's when bands performed to playback. If it was on German television or BBC. These bands made me step into music and they are the reason why I am still addicted to music. There should be no discussion about quality or musical relevance about this songs. For me it is a part of my musical education - nothing more or less. For me it makes fun to investigate the old songs from this era and I enjoy it from time to time. Most of this songs are classics and probably hidden favourites of you all. So be surprised what will happen the next.

One of my first steps into music was the music of Slade. I don't know any other band based on Wolverhampton (what are the Wonderers doing now?). They started their career when they appeared as skinheads and tried to force their career assosiciated to football hooligans. I liked Noddy Holders voice and Dave Hill's guitar in these days. And it is still fun to listen to their songs decades after.




Dienstag, 17. Mai 2016

First Steps

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This is post number 1.000 and almost 200.000 visitors today. A couple of years ago I searched and visited a lot of music blogs and some day the idea grown up to do like that on my own. Before I opened this blog I was a little afraid I someone will understand what I was posting and if my English will be good enough to communicate with someone. After the first 50 posts I get rid of this fears and walked the way you might know. Retrospective I have to say that it was a very good decision to start this blog. Sometimes it was hard to continue but all your comments are keeping me going keeping on. And not least I found some mates who are addicted to music like I am. Not every day on the same common you all inspired me a lot. I won't miss you in further days. Thank you all for visiting this site and I hope we will go on with this fucking crazy communication.

Have a good time.

These were my first words back in September 2012:

Hi there,

these are my first steps as a blogger. Please have some indulgence, that some things will not grammatically perfectly reproduced. After a busy week I relax with the creation of this blog. The name of the blog is inspired by Jeb Loy Nichols former Band the Fellow Travellers. It was there second record published in 1992. I still remember their gig in Stuttgart on an incredible hot Sunday evening. There were only two dozen people watching the concert but the band did a very good job. I can't remember any other concert being that peaceful and relaxed.