Archive for the ‘General Music’ Category

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.

Still Cool After All Of These Years

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The Beatles are still breaking chart records  almost 50 years after they split, with Abbey Road hitting #1 in the UK based on the 50th anniversary re-release. USA chart performance was almost as impressive with the album reaching #3 on the Billboard album charts. And it’s not just the “granddudes” replacing their worn-out copies- the Beatles are appealing to millennials and younger as well.

23 Songs For Today

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

1.Once Around The Block -Badly Drawn Boy
2. Octopus’s Garden -The Beatles
3. Because -The Beatles
4. You Never Give Me Your Money -The Beatles
5. Friday On My Mind -The Easybeats
6. Everyday I Write Book -Elvis Costello
7. I Want To Vanish -Elvis Costello
8. Instant Karma! -John Lennon
9. The Crossing -Johnny Clegg
10. Cruel Crazy Beautiful World -Johnny Clegg
11. Scatterlings of Africa -Johnny Clegg
12. Put The Hurt On Me -Midland
13. Round & Round -New Order
14. Young Boy -Paul McCartney
15. Slip Slidin’ Away -Paul Simon
16. Duncan -Paul Simon
17. I Go To Pieces -Peter & Gordon
18. Fascinating -R.E.M.
19. She’s Not Like Any Girl -Rockin’ Berries
20. At The Zoo -Simon & Garfunkel
21. Puppet Grrls R Go -Wondermints
22. No One’s Girl -Wondermints
23. Fleur-De-Lis -Wondermints

You May Know This Album Cover

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Today marks the 50th anniversary of possibly the most famous album cover in history – yes, Abbey Road was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. The cover is iconic, but the music isn’t too bad either. Featuring the last recording sessions including the four Beatles together, Abbey Road shows the progression over a scarcely believable seven years since Love Me Do, with the group perfecting rock, pop, harmonies and everything in-between. For the first and last time, George Harrison comes to the fore with two massive pop classics, Something and Here Comes The Sun. Paul summarises the group’s work in the closing medley while John Lennon moves effortlessly from the harder rock of his Side 1 songs to two of his most gorgeous harmonic songs (Because and Sun King). If there’s one thing missing from Abbey Road, it may be a bit of the personalization of the their early work -many of the songs are about other characters -but it’s a small quibble about an enduring classic that will make almost as much of an impact on it’s 50th anniversary than the original 1969 release.

Raising Arizona

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Here is a comprehensive review of the Brian Wilson/Zombies concert in Phoenix, Arizona including full setlists of both performers. The reviewer also has a great understanding of Brian’s many trials and why the concert was still very special.

Saturday Grabbag

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

As the Brian Wilson/Zombies tour gathers pace, here is an interesting interview with Rod Argent setting out Brian’s influence on the very fine Zombies.

In other news, the Explorers Club who have made some of the finest music of this century are back with a new single, a cover of The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, popularised by Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers. This has been promoted as a taster for not one, but two, new Explorers Club albums which is an exciting prospect.

Another blog favorite, A Girl Called Eddy, was responsible for the excellent The Last Detail album last with Mehdi Zannad, and they have a new EP with two completely new songs, headed by the brilliant Places.

 

Still Remembering

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

The first part of Brian’s return to the road is completed, with a number of no-doubt poignant shows remembering Nicky Wonder. He’s back on the road for the very interesting tour with the Zombies, featuring songs from Friends and Surf’s Up.

Meanwhile, you can send your condolences to Nicky Wonder’s family to the following address

Family of Nick Walusko
c/o TomorrowLabs
2773 W. Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90041

The mail will have to fit through a mail slot.

The Show Must Go On, But

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

As noted in my previous post, despite the tragic loss of Nicky Wonder, the Brian Wilson shows did go ahead, with an appropriate tribute to their band member, and a big gap in the sound. In this spirit, I would like to offer a further tribute to Nicky Wonder in one of his obscure but brilliant Wondermints tracks linked below.

The Wonderful Nicky

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

I was hoping my next post would be around the uplifting news of Brian’s successful return to the road. Instead, there was the shocking news of the passing of Nicky Wonder (Walusko), in his sleep the night before he was scheduled to play in the show. As an integral and universally-loved part of Brian Wilson’s band, this news is very hard to bear. It’s also important to remember that Nicky Wonder was much more than a Brian Wilson band member – as one of the main songwriters and singers of the Wondermints, he created some brilliant music in his own right, and it’s important to remember that the Wondermints were a great band. Go well, Nicky Wonder, you will be missed so much!

Far More Than A Musician

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Just after I posted yesterday’s blog, I suddenly got the news that the great South African musician, Johnny Clegg, had passed away. Clegg’s fame spread well past South African shores, including massive concerts in France, and recognition in many parts of the world, including the USA. If you haven’t heard of him, a look at his Wikipedia bio,  will tell you that he was not just a writer and performer of great songs, but an important figure in the fight against apartheid, especially in winning the hearts and minds of white people that apartheid and racism were ridiculous and stupid -probably an even more direct role than the extraordinary story of the American musician Rodriguez.

I have personal memories of Johnny Clegg and his music – being aware of his songs as a pre-teenager, seeing a concert of his at my university, learning to gumboot dance to one of his songs for an international conference. He was such a huge part of being South African that one only realizes how immense his life was when he has left us. Everyone has spoken of his goodness as a person -the world is so much poorer without him.