Archive for the ‘General Music’ Category

Goodbye To A Flame

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Internet access issues have delayed this post, but on Saturday, the sad news came in that Steve Fataar had passed away. An integral part of the Flames, who as a mixed-race South African group who defied apartheid became an important part of the white Californian Beach Boys, he was one who stayed at home in South Africa. While Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar joined the Beach Boys for a while and became internationally renowned musicians, Steve remained a vital part of the local music scene. Poignantly, he passed away just after performing a gig at his favorite spot. As a South African, the Flames and Beach Boys connection, is one of fascination and pride. Sadly, now, we have lost a part of that connection. As we say in South Africa, Hamba Kahle, Steve Fataar.

Hello 20s, Goodbye Neil

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

I’m late on both counts, but my first blogpost for the new decade is to both welcome the new decade as well say farewell to Neil Innes, who passed away two days before the end of the ’10s. Innes, known as the “seventh member” of Monty Python, one of the Rutles as well as part of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band, may not have been a household name, but was part of a lot of great music and comedy. What struck me from the various tributes was how nice a person he seemed to be. Another big loss from the last decade -but wishing all my readers a wonderful decade full of great music.


Saturday, December 21st, 2019

December is the month of remembrance and reflection for everyone, but especially Beach Boys fans. Today would have been Carl Wilson’s 73rd birthday, but sadly it is almost 22 years since he passed away. It’s also the month we remember Dennis Wilson’s birth and passing, as well as the tragic assassination of John Lennon. And maybe less famously, but no less poignantly, the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, who died on December 18, 2000, far too early.

Two To Explore In 2020

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

The new decade will get off to a great musical start with the release of not one, but two new Explorers Club records out on February 2020. One is an eponymous album of originals, while the other is a covers record called To Sing And Be Born Again. You can pre-order them here  and get an advance track from each album.

Another Decade Ends In Turmoil

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

5o years ago, the 60s ended with uncertainty and foreboding, after a tumultuous 1969 with the Vietnam War and many other things unresolved. So it may be fitting that in the decade of peace and love, the last classic album of the decade was a dark record reflecting both discord in the world and in the band. Let It Bleed is by no means easy listening, but the Rolling Stones classic album begins and ends with two absolute classics. Gimme Shelter and You Can’t Always Get What You Want offer contrasting tempos, but both offer hope and solace during tough times. So happy 50th birthday , Let It Bleed!

23 Songs For Today

Friday, November 29th, 2019

1) Free and Wild -Alice Peacock
2) Party Of One -Brandi Carlile
3) Tokyo Kyoto -Cornelia Murr
4) Are You With Me? -Courtney Jaye
5)Carnival -Emily Cavanagh
6)Last To Leave -Emily Cavanagh
7)Been Around -A Girl Called Eddy
8) My Only Child -The Highwomen
9)Wheels of Laredo -The Highwomen
10) Highwomen -The Highwomen
11) Ready To Love Again Joanna Wallfisch
12) Ballet of Birds -Joanna Wallfisch
13) Killing Time -The Last Detail
14) Tomorrow Morning -Lola Kirke
15) Past Life -Maggie Rogers
16) This Could Take a Lifetime -Maria Taylor
17) Frederick Douglass -Rumer
18) Take Me As I Am-Rumer
19) Goodbye Girl- Rumer
20) London Fog- Sarah Darling
21) Fall Into Me- Sugarland
22) Good Morning Tokyo -Swan Dive
23) Wild Time -Weyes Blood

A Poignant New Record

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Jeffrey Foskett has been a key part of both the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys tours, and has just released what may be his last album as a singer.  Voices came out on 22 November, including two Beach Boys songs and many other classic songs. The sad news is that Foskett has been suffering from thyroid cancer, and the treatment is likely to impact on his voice. We wish him a speedy recovery and the ability to continue making great music.

4 Is 50

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Another iconic album is 50 this month- Scott 4 by the now sadly late, very great Scott Walker. You can see my detailed review of this great album here. 

Good News

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

12 years ago, I went off topic to congratulate the South African rugby side on winning the Rugby World Cup- I am very happy, as a South Africa, to be able to say that we have it for the third time -after the iconic 1995 win with Nelson Mandela immortalized in the Invictus movie and the 2007 triumph.

In more musical news, the first single from the new A Girl Called Eddy album is out -you can enjoy the wonderful video here.


Been Around And Back

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

It may not be as the wait for SMiLE , but the wait for a second A Girl Called Eddy album has been over 15 years. So the good news is that the wait will soon be over – Been Around is coming out 20/1/20.  To be fair, we had the excellent The Last Detail album last year plus a few bonuses, so in some respects we are being spoilt with new “Eddy” music. At very least, it will be help us get the twenty twenties off to a very good start.