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Father John Misty – So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain (2017)

January 7, 2018 Leave a comment

My song of the year and one of the best things I’ve heard in ages.

Ex Fleet Foxes, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) in cahoots with Gavin Bryars among others.

Monumentally beautiful. An ode to mortality.

That was the last New Year I’ll ever see ….

The wine has all been emptied

The smoke has cleared

As people file back to the valley

On the last night of life’s party

These days the years thin ’til I can’t remember

Just what it feels like to be young forever

 

The LP version and then a simply wonderful live studio version from Austin City Limits.

 

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Know Who U R (2012)

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

You can never get too much of Nick Cave. I’ve previously posted a stone cold classic here.

The random number generator on the iPod turned this up the other night and it’s a showstopper.

The most minimal of drum patterns keeps the beat, an understated keyboard motif mutters away in the background and a stately, understated bassline knits the whole thing together. All this enables Mr Cave’s vocals to take centre stage:

And we know who you are
And we know where you live
And we know there’s no need to forgive

Perfect pop music.

Wah! – The Story of the Blues (1982)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Can’t believe I hadn’t posted this before!

Pete Wylie was a “member” of the “crucial three” in Liverpool in the late 1970s. Also present were Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes) and Duke McCool AKA Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen.

Pete Wylie recorded under a variety of names: Wah! Heat; Wah!; The Mighty Wah! Shambeko! Say Wah!, etc. There’s a theme there I feel.

The early Wah! singles will definitely need inclusion on this blog – “Better Scream”, “Seven Minutes To Midnight”, “Don’t Step On The Cracks”, etc.

However, this was their one moment in the commercial spotlight – and what a moment. The seven inch version, “Part 1” was the Top Of The Pops pleaser; Part 2 “Talking Blues” is a 3 minute polemic that explains the philosophy underpinning Wah! and much of early 80s anti-Thatcherite indie music – it”s stirring stuff!

The 7 inch single and then the 8+ minute magnum opus

The Afghan Whigs – Algiers (2014)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

From Morocco to Algeria …

The Afghan Whigs are one of my favourite bands of all time making great records for 25 years or so (they are still responsible for the definitive reading of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”!)

Taken from their 2014 LP Do To The Beast, “Algiers” is right up there with the best records they’ve ever made. A “Be My Baby” intro, a wall of guitar noise, a pummelling bass, pounding drums and Greg Dulli’s punk/soulman vocals soaring over the top. What’s not to like?

Dream your sins away

Sin your dreams away

The official video and then a stunning live version in the studio at KCRW.

The Chameleons – Intrigue In Tangiers (1985)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

From Ethiopia to Morocco (no, really …)

I loved The Chameleons while living in Manchester in 1984-1985. My other half and I saw them live at their home town gig at the Ritz in Manchester around this time and they stood out from most bands of the period with their rare combination of aggression and contemplation.

I’ve previously posted their debut single “In Shreds” here (what a stupendous song that is!)

“Intrigue in Tangiers” is taken from The Chameleons second LP What Does Anything Mean? Basically.

The LP version, the Peel Session and then a spine-tingling live performance from 1984! The somewhat muted reaction of the audience probably a consequence of the track not having been released yet!

 

The Stooges – T.V. Eye (1970)

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

How has it taken me this long to elevate this to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime?

Iggy Pop and The Stooges make most of what became before or after irrelevant. Relentless, focused, stripped down to the minimum input required to achieve maximum effect.

It gets no better than this and the Sex Pistols et al were still at school!

Sometimes I wonder why I bother listening to anything else …..

The Fall – Wings (1983)

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

The Fall at close to the peak of their powers. Taken from the seminal double 7″ single “Kicker Conspiracy”, “Wings” finds Mark E. Smith channeling his inner Stooges. Relentless guitar, a pounding bass and lyrics worth an effort to decipher …

Ended up under Ardwick Bridge.
With some veterans from the U.S. Civil War.
They were under Irish patronage.
We shot dead a stupid sergeant,
but I got hit in the crossfire.
The lucky hit made me hit a time lock.

Nope, me, neither.

Great video!

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