Archive for June, 2016

Dierks Bentley – What Was I Thinkin’

June 30, 2016

What was I thinking not making this song the first last and every fucking post in the middle on this little blog of mine –

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Trisha Yearwood – I Would’ve Loved You Anyway

June 28, 2016

Trish, I just wanna say one thing.  Nice.

If you can hit play and not be in tears before the first chorus then you have a HEART OF STONE.

Brooks & Dunn – Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You

June 25, 2016

Brooks and Dunn
Are lots of fun
They write great tracks
With limited sax
They do great songs
For accompanying bongs
Their choruses are great
Like fish and chips on a plate

Henry Rollins on HARDtalk

June 24, 2016

Stumbled upon this… nothing too exciting but Rollins gets the BBC HARDtalk treatment – 20 minute interview, only available for another 4 weeks I think on iPlayer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06yn1h9/hardtalk-henry-rollins

Sonic Boom Six – No Man No Right

June 23, 2016

I have this thing where I hate band who have names that are like other bands’ / musicians’ names, especially when I love that band / musician.  Anyway, I’ve always disliked Sonic Boom Six for the first two thirds by words of their name being the alias of the mighty (MIGHTY) Peter Kember.  So, Sonic Boom Six have been utterly ignored by moi, but then I listened to this and it is really rather fine!

Sonic Boom Six – No Man No Right

 

 

Ian Svenonius Week Pt 4 – What is a Group?

June 22, 2016

“What is a Group?” is a film made by Ian F. Svenonius.  It is self-described as “The first Sci Fi Documentary Rock ‘N’ Roll Exploitation Film”.  It is here on youtube –

It is intelligent, serious, funny, brilliant, controversial, educational, political propaganda and essential watching for anone who is interested in music (everyone with a brain or a shred of humanity within them) or in a band (if you’re in a band and not interested in thinking about music then may I strongly suggest that you fuck right off.  Not off, RIGHT off).

Tangent Time for Wild Eye.  There are a lot of bands out there that seem to have no interest in music.  They might be musicians, they might want to play live and record records, but they don’t have a desire to innovate, challenge and create as opposed to replicate.  If you quite like the Strokes and want to make a career out of making indie-guitar-post-punk-pop in such a way as to maximise your income from the music industry then sorry – you don’t have an interest in music, you have an interesting in being a cog in the machine, a servant of the man, a drone feeding the queen, a fucking photocopier… but not only that you are a lazy fuck-knuckle who [stupidly given the massive hard work musicians endure] thinks that working yourself into a sweat battering some drums, or wearing your fingers raw on thin pieces of steel cable, is somehow more worthwhile than flipping burgers or delivering the mail.  Bollocks, music is only more special than flipping burgers if you at least atempt to match Ian Svenonius’ ambition.

I love Ian Svenonius.

Jo Dee Messina – Stand Beside Me

June 22, 2016

As part of my occasional ongoing series of mainstream US-country –

Ask me to justify this song.  I dare you.  I can’t.  Its great though isn’t it?

Ian Svenonius Week Pt 3 – Weird War

June 21, 2016

Just how good is this song?

They described the song as “a celebration of nationalist resistance movements worldwide which fight Anglo-American imperialism”.  If that is not the most political song ever written then I don’t know what is.

Is “If you can’t beat ’em, bite ’em” the best album title ever?  And “Intro (music for masturbation)” has to be the best song title ever, surely?

I love ’em.  Funky and minimal, brilliant and inspiring.  I’d go so far as to claim that Weird War are in the Top 3 Bands Ian Svenonius has ever been in of all time, and that is high praise indeed.

Exposure vs Over

June 21, 2016

I suppose this is just a sub-set of my thoughts on bands self-mythologising.  Bands, do not sell yourself short, don’t give it all away, don’t share everything.

Its 2016.  The music industry has changed.  You have to post songs online.  You have to put up live videos, and you can’t stop people posting grainy, shaky footage with appalling sound.

But you don’t have to put every single thing you have done online.  You don’t have to let people download everything for free.  In fact, you’re not only selling yourself short if you do, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.

I want to be able to check you out online when I hear you’re playing in town.  But I only need 2 or 3 songs to do that.  If you post everything you have ever recorded you risk me listening to the crapfest that was your first demo, and not the monstrous rock sound of your third ep.  You risk me getting bored before I’ve even decided whether to go see you play.  You risk me turning up to see you and going home disappointed because there were no surprises.

Sometimes less is more.

Guildford Record Fair – June 25th 2016

June 20, 2016

You love music you say?  Good, that means that, in addition to spending plenty of time (and hopefully money) at Ben’s Collectors Records (Tunsgate) and Collectors Records Centre (Woodbridge Road) you’ll be heading down to Guildford Record Fair in the Guildhall on the High Street this Saturday 25th June 2016!

Last time I was down there I picked up a New Fast Automatic Daffodils 12″ ep and it really doesn’t get any more exciting than that.

Guildford Record Fair