Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up


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PERTER GABRIEL - Dont Give Up Ft Katr Bush

I'm on Holidays in Thailand and Dubai and Barcelona on the way back. Se ya all soon in November!.

This is the final part (I hope) of a trilogy about Shellhunter in in Dubai.  The Tower, Don't X-Ray Biscuits and now The Turn.  As they say 'Things can only get better'.


It's was not your fault
the dice was loaded
loaded from the very start
you gambled all on the turn of the di
but that dice was loaded
loaded from the very start

There is no use girl
sitting in your darkened room
there is no use girl
sitting moping around
looking into your glass of wine
you've got to get up girl
get up and get back in the game
put a little make up on
walk through theses doors girl
hold your head up high
and stand your ground
grab that dice girl
think of her as you throw
they are in the air girl
time goes to motion slow
they've hit the deck girl
they spin and turn and roll
and finally come to a stop
you keep your cool girl
but scream inside
6 and 1 is 7s up
and you know the thought of her
was the thought
that changed your luck

It's was not your fault
the dice was loaded
loaded from the very start
you gambled all on the turn of the di
but that dice was loaded
loaded from the very start

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 18/10/2016 - Hiss Golden Messenger. Wovenhand, Loyle Carner


Loyle Carner - 'No CD' Feat Rebel Kleff (2016)

A friend of mine recently bought Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'arby CD for 50p and spent the afternoon listening to it with his daughter. The beauty of music, playing old songs which meant so much to you growing up, to your children (whether they like it or not is another thing). But it's also the joy of browsing music stores to find those lost gems, something I sadly rarely ever do, choosing the convenience of streaming instead. Which is why Loyle Carner's 'No CD' struck a nerve, going back to a time when I used to spaff my money on CDs. I first heard Loyle Carner when he was listed as one of the BBC's Sound of 2016, releasing a number of soulful, quality Hip Hop throughout the year. With a debut album imminent, 'No CD' not only cements his 'exciting prospect' tag but perhaps the future of UK Hip Hop.

Hiss Golden Messenger - Tell Her I'm Just Dancing (2016)

Hiss Golden Messenger's 'Saturday Song' was a summer favourite back in 2014. Its upbeat groove had me tapping my feet like a jackhammer breaking up a pavement. "Tell Her I'm Just Dancing" is his 2016 version. The slow-building track explodes into life like Roy Orbisons "Pretty Woman" or a Phil Spector track with its stomping beat. Add some keys as a splash of saxophone and you'll be dancing like a Strictly contestant on a Saturday night.

Old Pa :-
Wovenhand - 'All Your Waves' (2016)


This is from the album Star Treatment just out and I have listened to it and it is worth listening to. When this track starts you immediately think Riders of the Storm. Well I did! This is really nice track and is strait on to my holiday playlist....I should be sipping Singha beer while you listen to this. I will think of you all?

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Bob Dylan - It's Alright Ma




BOB DYLAN - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

I'm on Holidays in Thailand and Dubai and Barcelona on the way back. Se ya all soon in November!.

Shellhunter in Dubai (see The Tower). There were broken promises.


Pilipino girls come over as maids
promised a future
it's for this they prayed
money to send to family back home
soon they are sad desperate alone
Master comes to claim his rights
comes to her bed almost every night

all you want all you crave
is to get back home
away from the mirage
and stop being a slave

All cheap labour here from the east
promised a future
and a good job at least
living in places you could not sell
ten to the room in a living hell
given a job sweeping the street
no days off in the screaming heat

Girl from the west her ego caressed
promised a future
and told she's the best
shopping malls towers in the sky
can't hide the facts all the lies
it's all been a mirage that you see
now you know where you want to be

all you want all you crave
is to get back home
away from the mirage
and stop being a slave

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Clarence 'Frogman' Hendry - You Only Hurt The You Love/I Don't Know Why I Love You But I Do



CLARENCE 'FROGMAN' HENRY - (I Don't Know Why) But I Do

I'm on Holidays in Thailand and Dubai and Barcelona on the way back. Se ya all soon in November!.

I was watching the X-Factor and I wondered if I could write a hit song for a Boy band or a Girl Band. It would of course have to be about love and make me pots and pots of money. . It would also have to be quite simple and catchy. Here goes :


Its easy to live in sadness
and always feeling blue
its easy to live in darkness
not let the sun come thru
its easy to cry myself to sleep
its easy to think of you

if I could look through my window
and see you smile at me
if I could look through my window
and see you take my hand

then I would believe in miracles
and believe in you my love

Its easy to be very lonely
there's nothing I can do
its easy to say I'm alright
but I know that its untrue
its easy to lie awake at night
its easy to think of you

if I could look through my window
and see you in my arms
if I could look through my window
and feel all of your love

then I would believe in miracles
and believe in you my love

I will wait forever for you Julianne (Julian)
I will wait forever my Julianne
CLARENCE 'FROGMAN' HENRY - You Always Hurt The One You Love

Sunday, 9 October 2016

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 09-10-16 - The Veils, The Frightnrs, Faris, Vanishing Life,


London Scouser:
The Veils - 'Low Lays The Devil' (2016)

Considering they have been around since 2001, I didn't think I had heard of The Veils before. After a spot of Googling I discovered I had heard and very much liked one of their tracks from back in 2003 'Lavinia'. However this new track taken from the album 'Total Depravity' is different but equally enjoyable. For a start it's more upbeat and sounds to me like it could have been made back in the 70's. The album has been part produced by El-P of Run the Jewels who was mentioned a couple of weeks back by Flycasual. But my favourite bit of related trivia is that lead singer Finn Andrews has been cast in the new series of probably my favourite ever TV show, Twin Peaks.

Faris - Oulhawen Win Tidit (2016)

Desert wind in my face, sand in my eyes, after a long while, my love affair with the Desert Blues is wasn't you it was me. I came across this gem of a track and haven't looked back since, catching up with a glut of tracks from a number of artists. Faris Amine, is a Touareg musician who has played with the likes of Tinariwen, Terakaft and more recently Ben Harper and Calexico. With that kind of CV, I checked out his debut album, Mississippi To Sahara, and wasn't to be disappointed with the atmospheric, striped down Blues on offer. It's well worth your time.

Caravan over to Faris' website here.... 

Vanishing Life - Exile (2016)

Vanishing Life are a Punk Supergroup with members of Rival Schools/Rise Against/..And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. It's a riproaring, three and a half minutes of rock swagger that hits you like a double espresso at breakfast. I love the riffs and the 'lazyness' of the vocals - it sounds effortless.

Their first LP, 'Surveillance', is out November 11 on Dine Alone Records.

This came out on Record Store Day back in April and I have my buddy Stu to thank for it - he also produced it! I'm just gutted that it took months to listen to it! 

Vocals/guitars – Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools) 
Guitars – Zach Blair (Rise Against) 
Bass – Autry Fulbright (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead) 
Drums – Jamie Miller (Bad Religion, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)

Old Pa :-
The Frightnrs - All My Tears (2016)


The Frightnrs' debut album, Nothing More To Say, is out now! Not normally thing but I kind of like this and there is a niche in the market for this 'quality' soft reggae. Worth checking out.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Nine Inch Nails - Hurt





We had not been on holiday for a few years as we were doing our house up in the U.K.  We managed to secure a cheap flight on Sri Lanka Airlines and we booked a room in Bentota Beach where we had stayed previously.

We arrive very early and got to the hotel and it was too soon to get into our room. We decided to take a walk on the beach. A guy came up to us and said he worked for the hotel and was the  'Mahout.'  who looked after Monique the elephant. We met Monique on a previous trip and Shellhunter became friends with her. The guy said he would take us to meet her and we were of course delighted.

We walked quite a long way and were soon away from civilization with no people around. I said this is too far and we would like to go back. The guy said it was just round the next bend. Sure enough there was Monique. She was tied to a tree next to the river and the mangroves. It was great to see her and I am sure she recognisesd us. After all they never forget, do they? There was a boat there with 3 men in the boat. Our guide said he will take us to place in the mangroves where there is a large Varan  (Large Monitor Lizard).  They were all smiling and we got into the boat.

After a few minutes I started to feel a bit uneasy. What on earth were we thinking?. The 4 men suddenly looked a bit menacing and I noticed that their eyes were blood shot, a sure sign they were high on  'Toddy'  the local strong drink.

I could see Old Ma was also beginning to feel uneasy. I said to her I am going to tell them to turn and go back. If there is any problem and things turn nasty, I will take the three men and you will have to deal with the original guy. If it comes to it we will try and jump over board and swim for shore.

I said we want to go back and they were not happy. I asked again in my strongest voice without trying to provoke. They reluctantly turned the boat and headed back. We got out very quickly and they demanded money for the trip. I had only the equivalent of about £5 pounds so I handed it to them and we quickly almost ran our way back to the Hotel. It was a terrifying experience.

We were  'supposedly experienced'  travelers. How could we have been so stupid. Another lesson learned.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Austin Basham - Find a way


Do you like Singer/Songwriters/Alt-Country/Americana or Indie-Folk, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!

Austin Basham - Find a way (2015)

Is Austin, Texas the "new" Seattle? I don't bloody know but it seems to me that every 'new' singer/songwriter that I stumble upon, seems to call the city of SXSW home, let alone be named after it! Folk fans will rejoice at the start of 'Find a way' with its Dylan-esq arpeggios and story of love and loss. I'm glad that when the banjo and bass drum starts it doesn't go all 'mumford' as he subtly manages to bring it back down.

Austin Basham currently is under the Nettwerk management label (Father John Misty, Stereophonics, Alexi Murdoch, etc).  

You were the water cleaning my wounds
Meek was the water
Meek I am too
You are my orchid covered in snow
The sun shining winter
A garden that grows
But oh, we just gotta hold on

Oh, before I go
I'm gonna find a way to say that I only needed you
Oh, before I'm gone
I'm gonna find a way to say that I love you
And I have been lying with these fears slowly dying
But I've gotta go away
No I won't know
I won't know
Where the winds will blow
As I cross the seas will you still believe in the light of me?

And I said oh what a gal as my ship catches sail
My heart beckons through holy waters
Because I saw sorrow in myself
As fires fury from my hands

Oh living waters grace this land
Oh, living waters grace this land
Oh, now that I'm gone

I'm gonna find a way to say that I love you
The most
Oh, now that I'm gone
I'm gonna find a way to say that I love you most of all
I love you most of all
And oh we just gotta hold on

By Sfw

Sunday, 2 October 2016

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 02-10-2016 - Alex Napping, Goat, Vex Ruffin

Tracks of the Week

Vex Ruffin - 'The Balance' Feat Fab Five Freddy (2016)

Punked out, freaky, dubby Hip Hop featuring Rap pioneer, Fab Five Freddy?......I'm in!! Vex Ruffin is a California beat maker rooted in Hip Hop and is about to drop his debut EP later this year. I for one, on the strength this weird fest, will be listening out intently for.

Alex Napping - Trembles Part II (2016)

A recent discovery, Alex Napping are a four-piece from Austin, TX who have wooed me with this great track. They have captured the quiet/loud thing very well and reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins or is it Pavement? It all starts very angelic with singer Alex Cohen's sweet voice, drum riff and bass guitar and then the distortion slaps you the face when the chorus kicks in. I personally would have liked it (guitar) a bit louder, as I imagine live it would be a tinnitus inducing moment, but who am I? 

They have just signed a deal with Father/Daughter Records and have an album pencilled for release next year. I look forward to hearing more!

Old Pa :-
Goat - Alarms (2016)


I love Goat ever since seeing them live in Latitude a couple of years ago. This is pretty good from their new album. Very Goatish and with a Spaghetti Western feel and and North Africanish feel too. It becomes a bit confusing but works big time. Goat are now out in the open.Another great track from the album is Try My Robe. 2 out of 2 is all good says good old Albert!

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 26-09-2016 - Leonard Cohen, Adam Torres, Formation

Tracks of the Week

Old Pa :-
Leonard Cohen - You want it Darker (2016)


Well if you want it darker then here goes. This is from Len's new album......and was first featured this year in the seriies Peaky Blinders. Can't say I have watched it but if there has to be an excuse then this must be it.

Formation - 'Drugs' (2016)

Just say no! Right? Unless it's this Escobar standard, bass and percussive heavy electronic number from South London duo, Formation, serendipitously found on a random playlist 'curated' just for me. I'll take a whole shipment of it thank you very much! Aside from my crap drug references, the song is very much about club culture and what people have to do to fit it in to the drugged up 'London Lifestyle'. Drug is taken from their forthcoming album out later this year.

Check their interactive video for 'Drugs', here....

Adam Torres - Morning Rain (2016)

Adam Torres has been one of my favourite listening companions of 2016. The combination of the falsetto vocals, guitar and violin is all very evocative.  It features on his breathtaking second album, Pearls to Swine, which contains some gorgeous songwriting.

It is surprising that following from his debut, 'Nostra Nova', he took time out to work on a water project in the Rio Grande. However once you listen to Pearls to Swine, you can easily visual the vistas and open country of the american southwest. Without me sounding completely ridiculous, I can almost touch the cactus. Ouch.

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Bedouin Soundclash - Money worries





We eventually found that there were quite a few restaurants quite near to the hotel and if you gave them a call they would come and pick you up and drop you off.

Bali is a beautiful Island and the people are very friendly and always smiling. I love the chiming sound of their music and their dance culture. Their local paintings done in great detail were a joy to behold.

We were there for three weeks and it was the first time in my life I did not read a newspaper or watch television. There could have been a nuclear war happing and we would not have known about it.
Today you are stressed about not having wi-fi in your room and go nowhere without your smart phone. All rather sad really.

The pool was big and surrounded by exotic plants and flowers and had one of the best pool bars it has been my pleasure to get pissed in. One day about mid-day we got involved with an ex Met Detective Sargent who had just left and was going to open a Pub in the Countryside. I had a great argument with him telling him he would make no money. At lunch time you might get a few punters come in and have a half of lager and a ploughman's if he is lucky. The real money is next to a factory. Pie, chips and Beans. They come in after work 6 pints each. That is where the money is. I was only winding him up.

It eventually became late afternoon and we were still at the bar and had decided to meet that evening at our favorite restaurant. Suddenly the Detective Sergeant just fell off his seat backwards into the pool. I thought he was just larking about until he did not rise to the surface. We got him out of the pool and he was out cold. They had to get a Doctor. He was OK and we had a drink at the pool Bar the next day.

That will teach him to drink with big boys.

One night at a local restauant we watched the moon rise and I don't think I have seen such an amazing sight in my life. The moon was red and rose slowly on the horizon it almost filled the view it was hugh. I could not believe what I was seeing.

Bali beautiful Island.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fenne Lily - Top To Toe


Do you like Singer/Songwriters/Alt-Country/Americana or Indie-Folk, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!

Fenne Lily - 'Top to Toe' (2016)

This is just beautiful!

'Top to Toe' recently gave me one of those 'Who is this?' moments. The Bristol based singer/songwriter's powerful, yet fragile voice, cuts me open like a hot knife through butter.  The song captures the heartbreak of someone leaving.  "..Please don't go, I need you. "Take control", you tell me. Please don't go, I need you..."


Fenne will be playing at the Swn festival and some shows in November

By Sfw

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki/The Vapours - Turning Japanese



lips a heart of ruby red


I have been watching Johana Lumely's prgramme about Japan and really enjoyed it. She's good!.

It got me thinking about Japan and I came up with three verses and here they are :


A warrior Nation
bound by the traditions
of Samurai cult
never to surrender
they'd rather fall on the soul
of their sacred swords
it took the horrors of Nagasaki
the rage of a  'divine wind'
4,000 dead brave young pilots
honoured to release a Nation
from the shackles
of its glorious past

an illusion never meant to be

Born of traditions
of many centuries gone
in western worlds
there's nothing to compare
she's no hooker or courtesan
bows with subtle grace
perfect face of alabaster white
lips a heart of ruby red
kimono dress of the purist silks
you she's bound to serve
our beautiful Geisha
never there to marry

an illusion never meant to be

Can this be sport
or is it a martial art
two giant gods
of hulking sex appeal
stamp feet like water buffalos
raging in their heat
all that modesty is covered.
by diphers coloured black
they will offer salt to the wind
for to cleanse the past
the art of the Sumo
Olympics never be

an illusion never meant to be

You could have landed
on a another planet
landed on the moon
things are done a little different
in the land of the rising sun
THE VAPORS - Turning Japanese

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Thousands - Big Black Road


Do you like Singer/Songwriters/Alt-Country/Americana or Indie-Folk, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!

Thousands - 'Big Black Road' (2010)

I was recently speaking with a musician friend who said how difficult for bands "these days". Since the age of the internet, artists may only have one release with a label before getting dropped.  Whether that is a good or bad thing it does make you think if some bands have the chance to develop.  An example of this are Thousands, who are a Seattle based four-piece who used to be on the  (excellent) Bella Union label.  I first thought that it was The Villagers but was nicely surprised.  I have done a little delving and can see that they have released a few albums via bandcamp.

Maybe it is time to setup a record label? Make no money, and do something I love.  Although I'd probably need a reasonable lottery win to make it happen!

There latest release, Knew You In Your Youth was self-released January.

By Sfw

Sunday, 18 September 2016

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 18-09-2016, Nick Cave, DJ Shadow, Stephen Steinbrink, Howe Gelb

Tracks of the Week

Old Pa :-
Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree (2016)

Here is the title track from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds new album of the same name. It is right up there with the best of Nick's repertoire. Going to listen to the whole album right now.  Is there a better way to spend a Sunday? 

DJ Shadow - 'Nobody Speak' feat Run The Jewels (2016)

'Nobody Speak', probably my most played track from DJ Shadow's 5th studio album, The Mountain Will Fall. Not only do we have Shadow's trademark crate digger base track but it features the cut throat delivery of two of my favourite MC's, EL-P and Killer Mike, known as Run The Jewels. Excellent video too as a UN meeting falls apart over whose turn it is to make the tea. Better call former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghaly to fix up da place!

Stephen Steinbrink - 'Building Machines' (2016)

During my overseas jaunt - it sounds more interesting than "holiday - I was able to work through my musical backlog.  This track by Stephen Steinbrink really stood out.  The Phoenix songwriter has released over 7 albums, with his latest Anagrams, released back in July (2016).  It reminds me of War on Drugs, Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn however I'd understand if you say "no it doesn't". Give it a few goes!

London Scouser:-
Howe Gelb - 'Terribly So' (2016)

I heard this the other day and immediately went a little weak at the knees. I can only describe it as dreamy and classy.
I'll let Mr. Gelb himself describe his thoughts on his soon to be released solo album 'Future Standards' of which is the first taster.
“This is my attempt at writing a batch of tunes that could last through the ages with the relative structure of what has become known as ‘standards’,” Gelb says. “The likes of Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael done up by Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday.”

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Valentine Brothers - Money's too Tight to Mention


The entrance to Nusa Dua Hotel

THE VALENTINE BROTHERS - Money's Too Tight To Mention 

One good thing about working for an airline is Staff Travel. When I was with Saudia based in Jeddah I got one free confirmed flight a year and as many free standby tickets as I wanted. I also got discount tickets with other Airlines too.

We had quite a lot of vacation to take in a year so we decided to go to the beautiful Island of Bali. We would fly to the Indonesia Capital Jakarta for free and then catch a flight with Garuda to the Island of Bali. Another perk was we qualified for discount at many top Hotels. We managed to get a good rate at a 5 star Hotel in the resort of Nusa Dua. It was idyllic, we had two rooms looking over the large pool. There was a beautiful sandy beach looking over to an Island which had a Volcano. The rooms were in the Presidential wing and President Carter had stayed there recently.

The day we arrived it was Poon Day which happens once a month. Everything closes early and they do not sell booze and I was gasping.

If the truth be known in these days it was just a little bit quiet for me. I wanted a bit more action and night life. We decided to go to the nearest town of Kuta and this was more like it. Plenty bars and Hotels and many restaurants and cassette tape shops. This was more like it. After a few beers we went to a Hotel not far from the beach called Malisty Bungalows and made a booking for the next day. The vacation was for 3 weeks and we still had another two weeks to go.

We packed up ordered a Taxi and headed for Malisty Bungalows. We got to our Bungalow and it was a bit more run down than I remembered. I must have seen it thought the eyes of my Bintang (local Beer) session.  The Facilities were not so great either, the pool was a disaster and it was actually quite far from the sea. What had we done? The games room was full of locals and they just kind of stared at us. It was all very disconcerting.

That was it I got on the phone at reception and asked or should I say pleaded for our 5 star Hotel to take us back. They did and I can tell you this when we got to our rooms, we changed, dived into the pool and headed for the pool bar right in the middle. Two Bloody Mary's Please.
I have never been so relieved .

When we returned to Jeddah we were playing Tennis with a Captain and his wife. After we thrashed them they asked us to come back to their flat. They had just returned from Holiday and  wanted us to share their photos.  They told us about this fantastic Hotel they stayed at in Kuta in Bali.
When we looked at the photos we could not control out laughter. There was a picture of them both at the reception. The sign above them read Malisty Bungalows.

By Old Pa