Donnerstag, 26. November 2015

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters are as known the usual band former Nirvana drummer David Grohl plays with. I am not a big fan of the band but they made a several songs I could agree with during the last years. The terrorist attacks in Paris the Foo Fighters has broken off her European tour on the occasion of that and has dedicated to the victims own album. If somebody lives nowadays still the old rock-'n'-roll romanticism, is Dave Grohl, it was the more obvious for the tape to realise thus an underpinned: Taking up brand-new music about the week-end, in a Location which was not conceived, actually, at all for it. "Thank You" to the fans should become "Saint of Cecilia" - a thank-you for the last twenty years. Recorded in a small hotel in Austin, Texas it is a small gift from a band playing their very own Rock 'n' Roll. Here's the link for a free download of the EP.

Mittwoch, 25. November 2015

Upon The Recommendation Of Martin

Last Sunday my youngest brother came from Mannheim to make a visit by our mother. So we joined there for a while and went afterwards for a drink. As ever we turned into talking about the latest music and what we preferred during the last month. So he recommended me an artist I never heard before: Clark. Following his suggestion I investigated about this artist.

Chris Clark is a thirty something British musician performing under the mononym Clark. He was signed by Warp records at the beginning of the new century and released several recordings until now. It's not easy to describe his music and mostly filed under electronic music. But it is more than this because he experiments with forms of degradation, decay and distortion. Though, his music got a touch of a soundtrack for the end of the world. Clark's music is based on machines - samplers, software and synths. For my ears it is like a merging of techno, ambient, classical, electro, noise and post-rock with the skill of a virtuoso. Surly not music for everyone and he makes music that sounds like the end of the world. But he also makes you want to live long enough to see what will that look like.

Dienstag, 24. November 2015

Twanging Tuesday # 88

This series will come to an end in a few weeks and it's hard to find new twanging sounds. But there are a lot of songs that could be played in this context. This one is a song by The Milkshakes, a side-project by Billy Childish where he lived his obsession in rockabilly and twanging sounds. It's a song that is one of my companions throughout the last decades. I always enjoy when I listen to it because it is simple, grounded and true.

The Milkshakes - Ambassadors Of Love

Montag, 23. November 2015

Old Heroes # 1

I decided to open a new series about singers and bands that mean (or meant) a lot to me. Most of them were big in the punk/post-punk era and I want to remember them at this place. Maybe some memories will raise up when you reed this words.

Let's start with a band the first time they caught my ears when I owned myself a sampler of New Wave music. The Ruts are an English reggae-influenced punk rock band. They formed in 1977 against the background of their anti-racist activities. Trademark was some sharp guitars, songs with great harmonies and a singer shouting out his messages.

In a rut is a very good example of their early songs - here in the version at a Peel session:

After the appreciation of John Peel they signed to Richard Branson's Virgin label and released their first album The Crack. It was one of the first albums I bought from this genre and it is still a classic. On this album was also their single with the biggest success in charts:

Another typical song is Staring at the Rude boys. A drifty bass and massive guitar riffs make this song a classic.

The Ruts - Staring at the Rude Boys

As said The Ruts have a huge addiction to reggae. They are of the first bands that combined their music with ingredients of reggae. Jah War is one of these songs that had a heavy rotation on my turntable at these times and I still love this song today.

The Ruts - Jah War

In 1980 they had to bear a stroke of fate when singer Malcolm Owen was found dead in the bathroom of his parents house from a heroin overdose. The band continued as Ruts D.C. (D.C. stands for da capo, an Italian term standing for back to the beginning) and released another classic Rhythm Collision. It's like the mother of all British dub records. It was a lucky coincidence when Mad Professor took The Ruts under his wings and brought together what belonged together.

Sonntag, 22. November 2015


When I woke up this morning I could see the first snow falling for this years and it seems like winter arrived. Like many others I will spent the day at home with a good cup of coffee listen to some music and reading a book. This is the new song by Daughter, a London based three-piece folk band with roots in post/dark wave. It's minimal and dark, a bit close to XX and a wonderful song for Sunday morning.

Samstag, 21. November 2015

50 Years Of Björk

Today the probably most famous Icelander celebrates her fiftieth birthday. A good reason a look at the beginnings of Björk's career to have. Their parents recognized her musical talent at the age of 5 and gave her a singing training and she released her first record at the age of 12. I never heard anything of it but it must be a crude mixture of Icelandic nursery rhymes and cover versions of hits of the 70s. By getting older she turned away from the sweetness of the nursery rhymes to turn into a punk. One of her first bands was called Tappi Tíkarrass what means 'Plug up the arse of the trollop'. This is Björk and her band back in 1982.

Later she formed a band called Kuki and toured through Europe. I read that they made three records but I never heard any song of them yet. Anyway these band was the ground where The Sugarcubes developed. That was the start of her international career. I once saw them live on an open-air concert and I was impressed of Björk's physical presence and an absolutely new voice in the post-punk era.

In 1992 the band disbanded and she left her island and moved to London to record her first solo record. One year later she released Debut and it was the start to a world-wide career. Human Behavior is likely her well known song from this record.

Until now she released almost 10 more solo albums and she collected more and more influences of electronic and dance music.

Happy birthday Björk.

Freitag, 20. November 2015

Hold On

Just came back from work and had only a little time to prepare next day's post. The reason is that a new series starts on TV. It's a fiction drama about losing all fossil resources. Norway will stop petroleum production in case of a environmental disaster. Europe has to make a new plan how it can cover it's power demand in the future. It's a story based on a Jo Nesboe novel. So here's just another song from an artist that accompanied me during the last decades. For me it's one his best songs ever.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.