Archive for the ‘General Music’ Category

Still Remembering Scott

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Readers will excuse me in focusing for a few more posts on the loss of Scott Walker. For today, I have linked to a track from his last work, the soundtrack from Vox Lux, and note that even although a lot of his later music was quite jarring and intense, he could still create moments of beauty, as on this instrumental called Yearning.

On Our Own Again

Monday, March 25th, 2019

A lot of fine musicians have passed away recently, but for me, the loss of Scott Walker has hit pretty hard. As one of my top 10 favorite musicians,  responsible for one of my all-time favorite albums, this blog has featured Scott Walker a number of times. His story of a teenage idol who was up there with the Beatles in terms of popularity in the UK who became an avant-garde artist who influenced Bowie and many others – a man who refused to follow trends or any conventional route to fame. Even although he wasn’t a young man, his completely unexpected passing was consistent with doing everything on his own terms.

Like many Scott Walker fans, my favorite works remain his five albums from 1967 to 1970 which combined beauty, great vocals, melancholy and meaning. I’ve even got used to 1995s Tilt, which has great beauty in the starkness of the difficult words and melodies. His work in 2000 is more difficult, but there are some glimpses of beauty in his soundtrack work for Vox Lux that was released last year. Indeed, his last two works were movie soundtracks -fitting for artist who once summarized a movie in a four minute song (Seventh Seal) and whose true-life story is stranger than much fiction. Rest well, Scott Walker, and thank-you for being a bit part of the soundtrack of my life.

The King Of The Surf Guitar

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

It’s a reflection on us all aging, as well as maybe a particularly tough period, when this blog ends up becoming like an obituary section. Dick Dale was a key figure in the early development of rock and roll, and particularly surf guitar, which was an important influence on the Beach Boys. Two of his trademarks songs were covered by the Beach Boys on their Surfin’ USA album, and  Misirlou gained a new lease of life after the Pulp Fiction movie. Health and financial issues meant that Dick Dale’s later life was particularly tough, and meant that he was on the road right up until he passed away. He will certainly not be forgotten for his contribution to music, and spirit right to the end.

A Tribute To Hal Blaine

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

In tribute to Hal Blaine, here is a song he features strongly on.

The Drummer To All The Hits

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Sometimes it seems easier to name American hits of the 60s that didn’t have Hal Blaine on them. The list of number one hits  is impressive, and that doesn’t even allow the fact that he drummed on Pet Sounds and the SMiLE sessions. Therefore it is no surprise that there has been a huge outpouring of grief as the world acknowledges the passing of the great drummer -and a huge part of many people’s coming of age in the 60s. Well played, Hal Blaine, and we will still be listening over and over again to the memories.

23 Songs For Today

Friday, March 1st, 2019

1) Heaven Is a Word -Carla Werner
2) Hide the Wine -Carly Pearce
3) Every Little Thing- Carly Pearce
4) Queen of Sabotage -Courtney Jaye
5) One Way Conversation -Courtney Jaye
6) Time’s Up -Courtney Jaye
7) 33 -Elise Davis
8) Finally -Elise Davis
9) Bells and Whistles -Emma Stevens
10) Fireworks -First Aid Kit
11) Dandelions -Joanna Wallfisch
12) Summer Solstice -Joanna Wallfisch
13) Lazy -The Last Detail
14) Peace on Earth -Lissie
15) 5 Acres of Turnips -Pistol Annies
16) Masterpiece -Pistol Annies
17) This Too Shall Pass -Pistol Annies
18) Better Place -Rumer
19) Pizza and Pinball -Rumer
20) Hobart Paving -Saint Etienne
21) Camel Coat -Saint Etienne
22) Sarah -Sarah Slean
23) Daybreak -Sierra Hull

Goodbye, Peter Tork

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Classic 60s rock n’ pop suffered another big loss on Thursday with the sad passing of Peter Tork, one of the American “fab four” Monkees. The outpouring of tribute from many people, including Brian Wilson, has been heartfelt and many people will feel they have lost another integral part of their youth. Rest in peace, Peter Tork.

A New Old Prefab Sprout Album

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Today marks only the tenth time since 1984 that Prefab Sprout have released a new studio album. Except this album is actually a re-release of Paddy McAloon’s acclaimed solo record, I Trawl The Megahertz, one of my favorite records of all time. Since Paddy McAloon has been the only member of the Sprouts in recent years, it is fitting that this great record is released under the better known band name. And this may not be the only Prefab record this year….


23 Songs For Today

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

1) One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) -Bob Dylan
2) Tangled Up In Blue -Bob Dylan
3) Series Of Dreams -Bob Dylan
4) Black Diamond Bay -Bob Dylan
5) Ballad of a Thin Man -Bob Dylan
6) Candy’s Room -Bruce Springsteen
7) Jackson Cage -Bruce Springsteen
8) Tonight She Comes -The Cars
9) I’m Not The One -The Cars
10) Cathy’s Clown -The Everly Brothers
11) All I Have To Do Is Dream -The Everly Brothers
12) What’s Happening Brother -Marvin Gaye
13) God Is Love -Marvin Gaye
14) Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) -Marvin Gaye
15) You Get What You Give -New Radicals
16) Aftermath -R.E.M.
17) Welcome To The Occupation -R.E.M.
18) It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) -R.E.M.
19) Wendell Gee -R.E.M.
20) Harborcoat -R.E.M.
21) Why Don’t You Write Me -Simon & Garfunkel
22) Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall -Simon & Garfunkel
23) Right Now -Stephen Stills

Three Sad Losses

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

It’s only the third day of the year, but the music world has already had three sad losses – Daryl Dragon, Pegi Young and Dean Ford have all passes away in the last few days. Daryl Dragon is best known as part of the Captain And Tennille but was part of the touring Beach Boys band for a while, and co-wrote Cuddle Up. Pegi Young was married to Neil Young for 36 years, while Dean Ford was the lead singer of Marmalade.