Freitag, 22. Mai 2015
Happy Birthday Morrissey. You're as old as me and I wish you the all the best. He's exactly as old as I am For ages I am addicted to him and The Smiths for ages. It is 56 years that I'm on this planet. Had me a lot of great times around. I raise my glass to you all of my friends. Have a great time and give me a toast.
Morrissey - Irish Blood, English Heart
Donnerstag, 21. Mai 2015
In the early 60s a small TV-station in Bremen, northern Germany, started a monthly show presenting the newest beat music from Great Britain. The bands appeared to a playback-sound but most of the people watching the show didn't mind. Older friends of mine told me that they were happy to see these acts at all. It was similar to Top Of The Pops but filmed in black and white. The show called 'Beat Club' is a classic and we grew up with this series. It was obligation to watch this on Saturday afternoon. In the late 60s they changed the size. Now they invited the bands to play live in the studio. After the Beat Club closed the Musikladen opened the gates. There was no more eclectic choice in the artists that appeared. They opened their ears for new music and sometimes they let some bands play almost a whole set in front of a small audience. You can find some gems from these times in the internet (some more are filmed live concerts in the Rockpalast series). I think from time to time I'll present some of them on this place. So take some time and enjoy the show of the Ramones from back in 1978.
Dienstag, 19. Mai 2015
Bear Family Records is a German based independent record label existing for 40 years right now. They released a lot of original recordings for the second time. But most important was their compilations of different genres during the last years. A few month ago they released a compilation of early Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly recordings. Most of the artists I've never heard before but there a lot of nuggets in it. This one is from Al Coker and the Coker Family, another country/rockabilly artist who released some song back in the mid 1950s. Just based on a country ground with a little touch of guitar sound Johnny Cash did it a few years later.
Al Coker and the Family - Don't Go Baby (Don't Go)
Donnerstag, 14. Mai 2015
On my way to work New York Doll's 'Pills' shuffled up on my mobile phone. I really forgot how good this song was. I am not sure if I should call them proto-punks, travesty queens or kings of glam-rock or just the best of all. Anyway, David Johansen and Johnny Thunders was a main influence to the upcoming punk-rock scene. I really love their short and simple songs with them magic riffs. I found this life appearance in German television shortly after the release of their first record.
Montag, 11. Mai 2015
Another artist that will appear on the festival two weeks ahead. Ghostpoet is new and one of those who can reach critical and public favor throughout the next months. I like him because he's something like nowadays Linton Kwesi Johnson. Mostly based on a pretty, easy flow on downstep and spoken words he gives me a feeling of being arrived in this laid back music.
Sonntag, 10. Mai 2015
During the recent days I often listen to Roisin Murphy's latest release 'Hairless Toys' and more and more I get fascinated by this record. There is a review in The Guardian that says exactly what I want to write. So I'm looking forward to see her live in two weeks on a three-day festival I will visit with my youngest brother.
Samstag, 9. Mai 2015
Looking back this year seems like new music established in the place where I lived. Not that there was too many folks that agreed to this kind of music but there was still a scene. New local bands (that sadly never released any track) appeared for a few years and vanished again. A few weeks ago one of these bands made a reunion gig 25 years after they split. F.A.T. Insects played in a great venue - an old cinema. I went there expecting nothing than let my memories cruising around this time. And I got a great concert. It was not only nostalgia listening to them - I was astonished how good they were. Even better than decades ago. And it wasn't only me having fun at this concert. A lot of people appeared that I knew from these times and haven't seen them for long time. All in all one of these evenings that will be unforgotten.
1000 Mexicans - The Last Pop Song
A Certain Ratio - Life's A Scream
Anne Clarke - Our Darkness
Hurrah - Who'd Have Thought
The Men They Couldn't Hang - Green Fields Of France (No Man's Land)
New Model Army - The Price
Pastels - Something's Going On
Nick Cave - In The Ghetto
Red Guitars - Steeltown
Sandie Shaw - Hand In Gloves