Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The Mighty Clouds Of Joy - Mighty Cloud Of Joy
A prequel, if you like, to this one. Written and produced by Dave Crawford. Featuring Ronnie Davis on bass and Earl Young on drums. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
A man's got to make--and ride--his own mighty cloud of joy.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Bob Weir: Bombs Away
When I was young and in the early stages of the rituals that accompany fandom of the Grateful Dead - filling blank tdk's with live recordings from Avalon Ballroom or Barton Hall or Anchorage, memorizing the time line of keyboardists, learning to turn my nose up at studio recordings, etc, etc - I got two albums that I assumed, because they seemed to be unknown, were woefully overlooked and were bound to contain hidden depths. And so I bought two cassettes in quite quick succession - The first was Ned Lagin's (helped out by Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, David Crosby) Seastones, a tape I had read 'helped plants grow.' I assumed it was psychedelic, organic, mood music. Instead I recall - and Mike can vouch for this - an electronic nightmare. Undeterred, I followed that up with Bob Weir's 1978 Heaven Help the Fool , containing the above track, which opens the album. And I knew, at the sound of that synthesizer, that there weren't to be any hidden depths on this one.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Like everybody else, I sat and watched the first moon landing and the films from the subsequent missions, but for two reasons this television coverage left me unsatisfied. First, I felt that the small screen with its shallow colors was quite inadequate to the vastness of space: it made the whole enterprise look like an inferior edition of Star Trek. Secondly, it seemed to me that the fear of boring the general public had led the editors and commentators to present the transmissions from space in an up tempo, 'newsy' manner that was unsympathetic: short shots, fast cuts and too many experts obscuring the grandeur and strangeness of the event with a patina of down-to-earth chatter....I was excited by this project. It afforded an opportunity to explore the feelings of space travel: being weightless, seeing the night-time campfires of Saharan nomads from high above the earth, looking back to a little blue planet drifting alone in space, looking out into the endless darkness beyond, and finally, stepping on to another planet."
--Brian Eno on doing the music to Al Reinert's film of the Apollo missions
Friday, July 17, 2009
Public Enemy: Bring the Noise
From It Takes a Nation... with a nod to the 20th anniversary of Do the Right Thing. Possibly containing the only rap shout out to Yoko Ono, to say nothing of Sonny Bono.
Here's Vincent Canby's original review of Do the Right Thing.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Rods: Do Anything You Wanna Do
"I'm sure I must be someone, now I'm gonna find out who..."
Maybe it's my hearing going bad but I can almost here The Replacements, er, Paul Westerberg, penning this song.
Eddie & The Hot Rods hit the UK Top 10 with this kiss off.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Steve Winwood: While You See a Chance
The line up:
Steve Winwood: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Lead & Backing Vocals
Winwood decided to give recording one last try. To do so, paradoxically, he burrowed deeper into himself, holing up n the 16-track studio in his home in Gloucestershire. Over the next 3 years, he wrote, played and produced all of the music for Arc of a Diver. "I knew 'Okay, I've got one shot left, and I've got to make it count,'" he says. "At the point of Arc of a Diver, I wanted to give it everything, and if that wasn't successful, that would be it. But I had to make sure I was giving everything. And I certainly did - there was nobody else on the record!"
from Rolling Stone, 12/1/88
And what did Robert Christgau say?
Winwood hasn't been a song artist since Dave Mason left Traffic, but at least here he takes responsibility for his own atmospherics. Instead of consorting with Ijahman or Stomu Yamashta, he's laid down this lulling British-international groove all by himself. Overdubbing, the technique is called. Very up-to-date. B-
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
October 17, 1973
Forest National, Brussels
Rolling Stones -
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Dancing With Mr D
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Honky Tonk Women
All Down The Line
Rip This Joint
Jumping Jack Flash
September 9, 1973
Wembley Empire Pool. London
Street Fighting Man
Perhaps the most circulated of Rolling Stones bootlegs, this one is typically titled Brussels Affair 1973.
Friday, July 10, 2009
You didn't hear? It's all going down tonight at Club Le Baron, 6 Avenue Marceau, Paris. DJ Emmett (me) will be there playing records from 23 PM to 2 AM, representing the Art Decade Crew. Come down and say hi if you are in the neighborhood. This is happening one hour from now.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
posted by Mike on 7/09/2009
Cat Stevens: Trouble
Bob Dylan: Trouble
Trouble move away, I have seen your face and it's too much for me today.
Trouble, trouble, trouble, nothing but trouble.
Which song entitled 'Trouble' do you think is better?
The answer, as always, in the comments section.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The Beach Boys: Friends
Ooooooh, oooh oh oh ohhhhhhh ooooooh ooooo-hhhh-hhhh.
And then there are some we wish we never knew at all.
Which song entitled 'Friends' do you think is better?
The answer in the comments section.
NB - this is an archive post. See here. And yes, this Whodini song was sampled by Nas in "If I Ruled the World."
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Rolling Stones - The Worst
I was traveling through HK in 1994; had been traveling for a month or two without music. Raided a CD store - 25 CDs for $25. Voodoo Lounge was in the stack. The Rolling Stones ought to be able to pop out about 10 of these songs a day - and yet it is not a bad song at all.