Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Burning Spear - Throw DownYour Arms

WEDNESDAY CLUB

STOP IT NOW!

CHILDREN PLEASE OBEY


 
THE BURNING SPEAR - Throw Down Your Arms

CHILDREN YOU GOT TO STOP

Jeezus! I saw and interview on TV with a woman who had just lost her son. I don't think I have ever been so moved. The words below are mostly what she said. It's got to stop.

CHILDREN YOU GOT TO STOP

children you got to stop
children you got to stop
you got to enjoy your lives
no more killin'
on the streets of London

I want to hold my boy
I want to see my boy again
when will I see my boy again?


children stop all this killin'
children stop all the stabbin'
got to be safe to walk around
no more killin'
on the streets of London

I want to hold my boy
I want to see my boy again
when will I see my boy again?

children put your guns away
children put your knives away
you all need to have a future
no more killin'
on the streets of London|

I want to hold my boy
I want to see my boy again
when will I see my boy again?


look at all your mothers tears
look at all your mothers grief
all her futures gone with you
no more killin'
on the streets of London
no more killin'
on the streets of Kingston
no more killin'
on the streets of Mexico
no more killin'
on the streets of Manila
no more killin'
on the streets of Caracas

I want to hold my boy
I want to see my boy again
when will I see my boy again?

Friday, 4 May 2018

Lisa Knapp - 'Till April is Dead'



Lisa Knapp - Not a fan of April




Lisa Knapp - 'Till April is Dead' (2017

If there is a song that captures the anticipation of a British summer then this is it! I absolutlely love the atmosphere this track evokes, from the sounds of the Swifts (Bill Oddie fans, please correct me if I'm wrong) to Lisa's freaky folk. Ms Knapp was once a Hip Hop head until she discovered the likes of the Fairport Convention in her father's record collection and the rest is history. 'Till April is Dead' is taken from Lisa Knapp's 3rd album of the same name, which was out last year.

by Flycasual

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

REM - Find The River

WEDNESDAY CLUB

S.C.
HE PRESSED THE BLOODY BUZZER!
 
REM - Find The River 

THEN I SMILE

I was watching  Britain's got Talent  last night and a son and father sung their own song.  I said to Michele that is was so  clichéd  and not that good. It was sweet and for the heart strings. Everybody stood up, Simon Cowell thought it was brilliant  clink clink.

What the hell do I know about writing songs I thought?. I'm too dark and they would never sell. I thought I should try and write a pretty happy song that Simon would like. I thought of a title  Then I Smile.  The trouble is I got a bit carried away and when I read the first verse back with the chorus. I liked it. Simon I fear would have pressed the buzzer.

THEN I SMILE

It's getting dark
clouds gather to block out the sun
it starts to rain
it's another washout

doom and gloom
everywhere you look
pain and grief
can't find my sleep
so I get up and pace around

don't let them in
these thoughts that make me sad
I don't want to think
but my mind it's racing
inside my head
there's is no place to hide

to turn the tide
I think of you
and then I smile


outside it's grey
mist swirls taking the light away
a wind is rising
I can't see a get out

war and suffer
everywhere you look
stab and steal
there is no sleep
only dreams and nightmares
they follow you

dark thoughts that gather gloom
I would send them off
but they're coming fast
inside my head
they don't want to leave

to get reprieve
I think of you
and then I smile


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 01-05-2018 - Graham Coxon, Christof van der Ven, FACS,

Tracks Of The Week

 

London Scouser:-

Graham Coxon - 'Bus Stop' (2018)


I have to say, I really like Graham Coxon's solo stuff although it's not everyone's cup of tea. This track is so good I can't stop listening to it, starting (obviously) with a brilliant 2 minute intro, it's fo' sho going to be in my #tracksoftheyear. It's from his latest offering 'The End Of The Fucking World' which is a soundtrack to the Channel 4 TV show that's now on Netflix. I haven't yet seen it, but I'm sure I'll give it a try, if only to hear more of the genius Mr Coxon.


SFW:-
Christof van der Ven - Empty Handed (2018)



‘Empty Handed’ is the title track of Christof van der Ven's debut album.  The Dutch Singer-songwriter (and Bear’s Den touring member) released this back in April and is the "the culmination of years of hard-touring, writing and recording".

He is essentially a musicians musician. Friends, admirers, acquaintances, and famous fans include, Bears Den, Sivu, Luke Sital-Singh, The Staves and Willy Mason (to name a few).

If he's good enough for them....he's good enough for me.

Old Pa:-
Facs - Primary (2018)


 
I have not heard of  Facs  before but I like their dark sound. I just wonder if  Facs  is taken from Factory the label of Joy Division and A Certain Ration. This does sound like a merger of both bands. I'm probably way out there. But this is worth a shot. 





Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Lou Reed - Sweet Jane (live) - SEAWEED RUM

WEDNESDAY CLUB

SEAWEED RUM




LOU REED - Sweet Jane - Live

THE FABULOUS LOU REED  - What a version!



SEAWEED RUM  (animal crackling)

Did you know that in Wales they make Rum out of seaweed. I liked the sound of that. I woke during the night and was thinking of weird meals, like  eel eye pie. (don't ask me why?)  I don't know where the idea for  animals in the band  came from but I put it all the pot and it became the nonsense that is  Seaweed Rum.

Irish musics the whole works, can you imagine it? I can!

SEAWEED RUM  (animal crackling)

Ah! gimme a tot of seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  eel eye pie
they say the drummer's a  porky pig
bo diddley trotter
it's ok to fly!

Ah! gimme a tot of seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  hedgehog quill
they say on bass is a  slimy squid
half step inky
it's ok to shrill!

Ah! gimme more that seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  slug in cream
they say the lead is a  grisly bear
ol' baloo fret
it's ok to scream!

Ah! gimme more that seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  snake rat cake
they say the singer is a  beluga whale
blubbering blobby
it's ok to shake!

Ah! can't get enough of seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  toad wart soup
on tambourine it's a  horny gazelle
bambi jingle
it's ok to whoop!

Ah can't get enough of seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  stinky otter cheese
on glockenspiel it's  a stingy bee
honey chilli buzz
it's ok to tease

Ah can't get enough of seaweed rum
need more me hearties, to see the gig
from the menu  beaver stew
the say on trumpet is a  baby roo
blow Joey jumper
are you ok blue

Sunday, 22 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 22-04-2018 - Boy Azooga, Pearl Jam, Leon Bridges, Wye Oak,

Tracks Of The Week



Flycasual:-
Boy Azooga - 'Loner Boogie' (2018)


Akin to eating a 3 piece houmous snack pack, Loner Boogie, from Cardiff based Boy Azooga, was instant gratification. This delicious track is taken from their forthcoming debut album, 1-2 Kung Fu.

London Scouser:-
Pearl Jam - Can't Deny Me (2018)

 

Eddie and the boys are back with a bang for this great new track. It's reminiscent of their louder sounds that I associate with 'Vitalogy' and 'Spin The Black Circle' in particular. I would have loved to have seen them on the UK leg of their current tour, but tickets were sold out nano-seconds after they went on sale. I'm grateful that I did manage to see them back in the early 90's however as they were bloody awesome.

SFW:-
Leon Bridges - Bad Bad News (2018)



Suns out, guns out, sunglasses on, car window down and this blasting out of the stereo and you’ll feeling as cool as Lando Calrissian. Leon Bridges is back with this Soul/Jazz ditty which will feature on his new album ‘Good Thing’, which is out on May the 4th (be with you). His 2015 debut, ‘Coming Home’, still has regular plays at my house, and I’m liking the jazz feel of this. I particularly like the jazz guitar solo, which makes me pull the ‘jazz face’ (something like De Niro doing his thing), you know it....right?

Old Pa:-
Wye Oak - It Was Not Natural



Never heard of Wye Oak, but I suppose I'm a bit out of touch these days, time to get back in there!
This is fabulous, great voice and nice and haunting. This one gets right inside your head. I can't stop playing it. It's a contender.
  



Sunday, 15 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 15-04-2018 - Baloji, Gaz Coombes, Lord Huron, A Place to Bury Strangers,

Tracks Of The Week



Flycasual:-
Baloji - 'Bipolaire Les Noirs' (2018)

Taken from the Congolese rapper's fourth solo album, 137 Avenue Kaniama, Biploaire is another infectious track synonymous with his style. I especially love the soukouss guitar, making my non dancing bones move like I've been musically tasered. West Africa, the centre of the music universe?

London Scouser:-
Gaz Coombes - 'Deep Pockets' (2018)


 

Gaz is back... His 2015 release 'Matador' was my album of the year. And I'm pleased to see he's got a new one (World's Strongest Man)) due out on International Star Wars Day. This track is bang on form and on the strength of this I'm sure that this album will also be a contender for this year's fave.

SFW:-
Lord Huron - When the Night is Over (2018)



Lord Huron are a strange enigma.  Only a few people I speak to have heard them, yet due to the popularity of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, their biggest "hit" (The Night we Met) has had an impressive 211 million streams on Spotify.  I'm looking forward to hearing their forthcoming release, Vide Noir, which is out on April 20th, but will anyone else talk about them? Hopefully, after hearing this! 

Old Pa:-
A Place to Bury Strangers - There's Only One of Us


 
I have heard of them before but not taken too much notice. I just love this, reminds me of so much, I can detect a little Velvets and Sonic Youth in there. Gonna listen to the album now.

  



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out of This Place

WEDNESDAY CLUB

 HORROR 







THE ANIMALS - We've Gotta Get Out of This Place

INVISIBLE CAGE
I hate the way we treat animals, birds and fishes. I, or should I say my wife, has an African grey and a parakeet. The poor things probably know no better, as they were born in captivity. But I cringe when I watch them in their cages. Birds are meant to fly, not be in a cage. It is the same for big cats and bears. We are so cruel to animals, but what is new?, we are cruel to each other.

What do I do?, nothing from  my invisible cage.
INVISIBLE CAGE
I hate to see, birds stuck in a cage
all day on a perch, staring at mirrors
they have their wings
but no room to fly

I hate to see, bears stuck in a cage
round in circles, slowly going mad
forced to do tricks
to make us laugh

I hate to see, cats stuck in a cage
pace back and fore, nowhere to go
all need to run free
and be who they are

inside I'm filled, deep with rage
ashamed I do nothing
from my invisible cage


I hate what happens, to majestic whales
the sad ocean is their freedom cage
hunt them all down
until they're all gone

I hate what happens, to grand elephants
poached and chased for ivory tusks
they steal their lives
for nothing but greed

inside I'm filled, deep with rage
ashamed I do nothing
from my invisible cage

Sunday, 8 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 08-04-2018 - Damien Jurado, Car Seat Headrest, Sarah Blasko

Tracks Of The Week


London Scouser:-
Car Seat Headrest - 'Cute Thing' (2018)


Thanks to Flycasual for sending me the track 'Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales' early last year. It was immediately one of my #tracksoftheyear then and I still love it now. This track is almost as good, whilst still being amazing. When researching the song I found that they use some lyrics from 'Ana Ng' by They Might Be Giants which is one of my favourite 70 tracks by them (they've got so many great tracks for me). I'm looking forward to checking out their latest album 'Twin Fantasy (Face To Face) which is a reworking of their 2011 album. 

SFW:-
Damien Juradado - Over Rainbows and Rainier (2018)


Any release by Damien Jurado usually gets into my top tracks of the week.  Here is another! 

It's from his latest relasee 'The Horizon Just Laughed,’ which is out on Secretly Canadian on May 4th. It's his first self-produced album. Interestingly, it's available to purchase on May 4th, and available to stream via Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora on July 6th. All vinyl pre-orders will be shipped to customers one month early, on April 9th. 

I think having the physical release available prior to the streaming services is the way to go. It encourages the purchase and places a little more value to this thing we love called music. (comments below please). 


Old Pa:- Sarah Blasko - 'Shot' (2018)

 

Here is a song from Sarah Blasko (an Australian singer) from her new album 'Depth of a Field'. She had a track a few years back, which was on my tracks of the year., but I'm dammed if I remember what it was. How sad is that. Old age I suppose. This is classic break up.
  



Monday, 2 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 01-04-2018 - First Aid Kit, Oumou Sangaré, Lea Porcelain, Blossoms, Ivan Moult

Tracks Of The Week



Old Pa:-
First Aid Kit - 'It's a Shame'

 

A new Album by the fabulous First Aid Kit has been a long time coming, they even have on board R.E.M. guitarist  (Mr PB himself) all good. With a brilliant Dylan Blonde on Blonde organ, I'm trapped and hooked.

Flycasual:-
 Oumou Sangaré - Fadjamou (TwoTek Remix)(2018)





Sadly, it's been awhile since I've posted anything on this blog. Tune Dr has recently 'celebrated' its 7 year birthday and many things have happened since then. But whilst the blog has been floating aimlessly in its own web version of the Bermuda Triangle, the music has still been weaving its magical, aural Babaganoush. Last year's album by Malian songstress, Oumou Sangaré, Mogoya, was one of my favourites. However, this remix of Fadjamou is taken off a new release of reworks of that album. Fabulous voice and beats....what's not to like. 

London Scouser:-
Lea Porcelain - 'Gotta Run'




I don't know much about this band apart from that they are a German 2 piece who were recently name-checked by (friends of TD) Artificial Pleasures in an interview they did of the band's they were currently into. Their album 'Hymns To The Night' (released in 2017) has a bit of Joy Division about it I.M.O. although less so in this track but it's so good and catchy, that I can't stop listening to it. I dare you not to like it.

Shell Hunter:-
Blossoms- “I Can’t Stand It” (2018)


As soon as I heard this I thought, holy poop Future Islands have hit the main stream! I can only vaguely get Absolute Radio in the car which has kindly been leant to me by my eldest nephew and I can only play the variety of Absolute Radio stations at work (however I was “told off” for playing Absolute Rock the other day as it was anti-social!) Basically it means that I don’t get the alternative music fix that I crave, until however this great track came on! I’m quite happy about the amount of airplay it’s getting, it’s a great song and the fact that they have undertones of my faves, means it’s a well worthy 2 thumbs up!

SFW:-
Ivan Moult - 'Carried Over Water' (2018)


Carried Over Water features on Longest Shadow, which was released this week on Bubblewrap Collective.  I first heard of Ivan Moult when he supported Willy Mason at the Buffalo bar in Cardiff and I immediately thought of Damien Rice / John Martyn / Nick Drake.
He said his new album was a "break-up album", however, it is not all heartbreak, it actually captures the full time-line of his romance - from the start to the bitter end.  Like all the great singer-songwriters, a good (bad) break up can be the catalyst for some great songs.  I think we've got some here.

Ivan Moult will be playing a handful of dates over the coming weeks:

12th April – Sofar Sounds, London
12th May – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham
16th May – The Gate, Cardiff
14th June – Festival of Voice w/ The Mavron Quartet – Wales Millennium Centre
29th June – Unearthed in a Field Festival – St Davids

  




Sunday, 25 March 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 25/03/2018 - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks,

Tracks Of The Week

Happy 7th Birthday! 


SFW:-
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Middle America (2018)



I only just realised that it has been 20 years since Stephen Malkmus' Pavement split up.  On first listen of "Middle America" I thought it WAS Pavement.  Their former frontman's quirky vocal style and guitar melody has "90s indie/hipster" written all over it. I remember how bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and The Pixies really shook up my perception of independent music. I'm probably being sentimental, but Middle America makes me want to delve into his archive and discover him all again.


Old Pa:-
Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind



This is from Joan's rumored last album and tour. I hope not I grew up with her beautiful voice and great interpretations of Dylan's song book. This is a great Tom Waits song and a suitably great version. It's a grower. I love it.. 

Flycasual:-
Lost in a dream....

London Scouser:-
Lost in space....
Un-interesting side note. 

It was 7 years ago that Flycasual and myself started this blog up.  There's been many highs and many lows, but at least the music has always been good.




Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper

WEDNESDAY CLUB

YOU SON OF A GUN
DON'T PASS ME BY



BLUE OYSTER CULT - Don't Fear The Reaper

Sitting in the Dentist today, in the waiting room, I had to smile!

THE WAITING ROOM

Here I am in the waiting room
God's waiting room
hope he won't forget me
hope he comes for me soon

I've been here a long time
my race has run
don't pass me by now
come and get me you son of a gun

here in God's waiting room
all the blank faces
waiting for the call
all the sad cases

can't drink
can't think
can't walk
can't sleep
pill for this pill for that
can't remember
last December
can't make love
don't care
lost my hair
lost my teeth
It's not fair
just sit and stare

Here I am in the waiting room
God's waiting room
hope he won't forget me
hope he comes for me soon

I've been here far too long
my race has run
don't pass me by now
come and get me you son of a gun

here in God's waiting room
all the blank faces
waiting for the call
all the sad cases

come on you've had your fun
come and get me you son of a gun

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lee Dorsey - Working in a Coalmine

WEDNESDAY CLUB
COAL PORTING
BOYS FROM THE BLACK STUFF?



LEE DORSEY -Working in a Coalmine


He is another attempt at a folk type song, I like the idea, all the hardship, but what is hardship if you don't know any better?. If a bird is born in a cage does he know the freedom of flight.

THE COAL PORTER

me and Bevan to the seven sisters
our first day after leaving school
we join the men an wi ma dad
head on to gates of the mine

we feel as if we're all grown up
at last I've become a man
no childish games of tag and chase
I will hand ma pay to mi mam

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

it's not all I thought it would be
I so wish I was back in school
every day falls into the other
the same old toil and grind

I look forward to Friday nights
the only hope I can see
I scrub the dust meet my mates
for a few hours I can be free

time has come I'm off the age
to join all the men in the pub
drink and sing and rugby talk
we soon head to the hop

it's there I met my Carys Jones
with hair as dark as coal
we'll be married in the church
in our own home our goal

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

married now all of fifteen years
got six bairns to feed and clothe
yes we got a house of our own
but never a holiday we had

everyday day head for the mine
with Evan my first born
these's rumours the mine to close
our lives could soon be torn

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, one scotch, one beer

WEDNESDAY CLUB

PISSED


JOHN LEE HOOKER - One Bourbon, one scotch, one beer


THE SWEETEST MISTRESS

Alcohol! what can you say!

THE SWEETEST MISTRESS

It may be days
weeks or months
that you ignore her love
she will wait and she is pure
with all her easy charms
she knows you can't resist
to be in her loving arms

she can be the sweetest mistress
but if you tangle in her web
she can sap all your strength
and drag you down
to your lowest ebb

Spent the night
deep in her arms
you wake late in the morn
consumed with all your guilt
'I won't go to her no more
the last time I be so weak'
like all the times before

she can be the sweetest mistress
but if you tangle in her web
she can sap all your strength
and drag you down
to your lowest ebb

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

VALENTINES DAY

WEDNESDAY CLUB

BE MY VALENTINE



THE FOUR SEASONS - I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

THE FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING

I look out the window
at the winters snow
It is still coming down
I think it will stay

In here it is warm
with candles glow
two glasses of wine
are ready to go

music is playing
soft and slow
with no words to sing

I will stay in your arms
the whole winter through

waiting for the first signs of spring


all the children at play
in the winters snow
looking bitter and cold
it will turn to frost

In here it is warm
with candles glow
two glasses of wine
are ready to go

someone's there
on the phone
but we will let it ring

I will stay in your arms
the whole winter through

waiting for the first signs of spring

LOVES ALL ABOUT
floating in clouds
far from crowds
I must be in heaven
here in cloud seven

find it easy to fly
be up in the sky
a smile on my face
I'm all over the place

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about
don't walk I glide
butterflies inside
got energy to spare
that's something rare

heart's in a race
I see your face
If you have a pain
I feel just the same

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about
can't eat or sleep
I'm in so deep
look in your eyes
don't see any lies

walking in daze
head in a craze
so lost in my fate
I can't concentrate

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about