Dienstag, 23. Januar 2018

Poisen Ivy

Bildergebnis für Lambretta

There was a time in the late 70's/early 80's when there was a mod revival going round in Great Britain. We haven't got the feeling and the background in Germany to to or feel the same because it was a very British style. We also had some motorcycle gangs around here but no scene like mods or rockers in these days. The Lambrettas and Poison Ivy were one of the big things at these times for me. Ska, mod and basically R 'n' B sounded great at this times. Great to remember these days.


Metron Parkas and Stepping Stone were another band that impressed me at these days.


Montag, 22. Januar 2018

9 Lazy 9

Bildergebnis für 9 lazy 9

Back in the early 90's a few Coldcut-members formed Ninja Tunes, a record label with some different kinds of sounds. Not fixed on one style they signed various artists and the label is still on duty. 9 Lazy 9 was one of the first bands being signed by the label and they released a fantastic album in 1994 called Paradise Blown. I came to this record by recommendation of a friend. He was more into jazz and funk than in rock and I was glad that I investigated more of them. 9 Lazy 9 was an electro band from Italy based in the tradition of downtempo, breakbeat and trip hop but they did it in very own and unique style. Often adding some horns to their sound.

 

Sonntag, 21. Januar 2018

Connected By Love

Bildergebnis für jack white

Another new song that came to my ears this week was by Jack White. Announcing his forthcoming album he gave us an appetizer with his newest single. It is another blues song where he can suffer about love gone by. Anyway, it's the way he plays his guitar that makes this song more than the average. And the added gospel voices to the end of the song fits perfectly.


Samstag, 20. Januar 2018

Everybody's Coming To My House

Bildergebnis für david byrne

There is too much new music that was released every day. I subscribed to some promoter's sides filling my in-box with tons of music every day. Most of them I delete at once because I haven't the time and muse to listen to every new track (JC knows what I mean). Since a few months I'm using Spotify and every Friday they collect about 25 new tracks according to the music I listen usually. This seems to be okay because to try them in one hour while I am on the way to office seems to be a good deal. Most of them they offered yesterday was not too bad but only one song made me curious to investigate for more. The song is the first appetizer of David Byrne's new album American Utopia and will be released in early March this year. Everybody's Coming To My House is co-written and produced by Brian Eno and it shows David Byrne at a very high level. Carried by a reluctant saxophone, a driving rhythm and some guitar licks are the ground where he can show his abilities in singing. One of the best new songs I heard this year. So please show me the way to this house.



Freitag, 19. Januar 2018

Ruins

Bildergebnis für first aid kit band

These days the new album by Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg called Ruins will be released. It will be definitely not a groundbreaking album but of course a record I will listen a few times this year. I can't explain why I love them - possibly because they are able to make great songs and singing in harmony. If you're a bit into folk and country it will be a pleasure to listen to them.

This is a song from their new album that shows their abilities of making relaxed music.


I saw this appearance a few month ago in German TV. They played this song in a late-night show live in Hamburg. I really like the concept of this talk show where guest where interviewed by Ina Müller at the counter of a small bar.


This song is also played live in an American show but don't ask me about more details.


Donnerstag, 18. Januar 2018

All My Friends

Bildergebnis für LENS MOZER

I have to admit that I've stolen this song from my youngest brother's playlist the other days. Lens Mozer is an Californian singer/songwriter appearing with a nice and warm song. It is just an easygoing jangly pop-track that made me think about Galaxy 500 years ago. This could be a song for next summer, even if it is a long time until we will reach them.

Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2018

Johnny Cash Cover

Bildergebnis für til things are brighter

CC has a long going series about songs covered by Johnny Cash that I enjoy every week. Most of them are better than the originals or equal to them. There are very less artists that tried to cover the songs written by the man in black. If they did - most of them failed. When I think about some songs from him interpreted by other artists that are worth to be featured I remember a record released 30 years ago. Jon Langford, a long time and huge fan of Johnny Cash and his music made a tribute to him long before Johnny had his comeback with American Recordings. It was in these days you kept your preference to him as a secret because lots of folks couldn't agree to. I bought this record and from this time I knew that Johnny Cash was a giant because he wrote songs for eternity. Only a few songs could reach to the originals like Michelle Shocked's version of One Piece of the Time but there is one song on this record that is not a copy of the original. Marc Almond made with The Mekons a version of Man in Black that was unique and fits to his songs. I still like this version and don't want to judge if it is better than the original or not. It is great in it's way.

Mark Almond - Man In Black