Archive | March, 2013

Easter Playlist

28 Mar

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There are one too many bunny references here, but it’s Easter so there you go … there are also so many songs in the world written with ‘Rabbit’ in the title for some reason. If you you know more, please let me know!
I cheated a little with *Patti Smith only because the Title Song from the album isn’t a favourite and Because The Night (by Bruce Springsteen) is. BUT it is from the Easter Album.
The Johnny Cash version of Personal Jesus is just pure fabness, Breathless floods you with spring and it mentions Gambling Lambs- a bit contrived but we don’t want to be too strict … and apologies for the JMJ Equinox part 5 (there are 7 parts I think), I’m not a fan but it reminds me of Gateshead and a man named Kroot and it starts the whole thing off with March 21st or there-abouts. I leave you with a TOTP youtube classic of  The Resurrection Shuffle to get your bunny feet tapping!

Jean Michel Jarre: Equinoxe part 5 (Houston, Lyon Mix)

Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: Breathless

Ashton Gardner & Dyke: The Resurrection Shuffle

*Patti Smith Group: Because The Night (Easter Album)

Johnny Cash (version): Personal Jesus

T-Rex: Rabbit Fighter

Judee Sill: Jesus Was A Crossmaker

Coco Rosie: Good Friday

Bob Marley: Exodus

Paul Westerberg: Mr Rabbit

Track of the Day: The Old Man’s Back Again

27 Mar
Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker’s passionate leftist political beliefs had been no secret by the time “The Old Man’s Back Again” was written and recorded, but the event which prompted one of his most pointed songs found him tackling not a right-wing dictatorship (as he later would with “The Electrician”) but a left-wing one. The subtitle – “Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime”) specifically refers to the repressive Czech government that overthrew the Prague Spring era in 1968 with Soviet military help, the ‘old man’ himself being the ghost of Stalin returned to a horrific new life. “The Old Man’s Back Again” found Walker blending a symbolic lyric of destruction and death with a striking combination of rumbling, prominent funk bass and a post-Ennio Morricone western-orchestral arrangement, stabbing strings courtesy Peter Knight and mournful, almost Russian chorale-tinged wordless calls coming to the fore. As is often the case with Walker, his smooth singing power sugars the pill, exchanging open rage or a cynical snarl with a stance that’s uneasy listening, at once romantically evocative and bitterly condemnatory. (source: www.allmusic.com by Ned Raggett)

Happy Late Birthday To The Late Fred Neil

19 Mar
Fred Neil

Fred Neil

 

Scouting through Spotify, I was looking for how many versions there are of The Dolphins. Tim Buckley did a great rendition of it as did Richie Havens, among others. But the original voice of this brilliant song is of Fred Neil. He wrote it and you’ll find it on the The Many Sides of Fred Neil album. He was indeed a Dolphin lover and became involved in The Dolphin Project – helping in the struggle to stop Dolphins being caught in Tuna nets.

Born on 16th March 1936 in Cleveland Ohio, he died 2001. A few days shy of his Birthday – this is for him.

RECORD STORE DAY, APRIL 2013

18 Mar

I think it’s only a good thing to keep the Record Shop alive and kicking in the sea of online and downloads. I always get great service and tips from the local Jamarico Record shop and RecRec here in my adopted hometown; Zurich. So I’m pleased have come across the ever nearing Record Store Day site. Check out the nearest store to you on: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues?
The following stores are also taking part right here in Switzerland: 

Dezibelle   Aarau VISIT WEBSITE
Plattfon Records Stampa Bookstore   Basel VISIT WEBSITE
TAKE FIVE   BERN VISIT WEBSITE
Mandrake Jazz & Comix   Lugano VISIT WEBSITE
outsider musicshop gmbh   Olten VISIT WEBSITE
Ventilator Records   Winterthur VISIT WEBSITE
Hum Records   Zurich VISIT WEBSITE

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. http://www.recordstoreday.com

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN QUOTE:

“I buy CDs all the time. I’ll go into a record store and just buy $500 worth of CDs. I will! I am singlehandedly supporting what’s left of the record business.

I hate to see record stores disappear, and I’m old-school in that I think you should pay for your music. But what my kids do is download a lot of things, pay for them, and then if they love something, they’ll get the CD. That may be the future.”

Brian Eno and Grizzly Bear will release a limited edition 12” for Record Store Day, featuring Nicolas Jaar remixes from their landmark 2012 albums ‘LUX’ and ‘Shields’.

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Chris Taylor, Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste, Chris Bear (Grizzly Bear)

Grizzly Bear was started as a solo project by Ed Droste in 1999. Their Debut album   Horn Of Plenty, 2004, was raved about and given top marks from various music press – they have a serious following in the Scandavian countries. 

Here’s their abstract on Alternative health perhaps – Gun Shy – their latest offering this of 2013.

 

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Day 1.

17 Mar

Thanks for visiting. It’s my first day on the blog and I’m happy you could look in.

The content I’ll be producing for ReVerb is basically old or new stuff which I pick up on and find interesting. I hope you get some benefit from it and I look forward to being part of the community!

 I’ll be posting also in German once I get the hang of things here – so I’ll let you know a.s.a.p.

Please let me know what you think (without being too abusive) in the near future. Look forward to sharing and hearing from you.

Once I Was An Eagle

Is the new Album release by Laura Marling, due for out on 27th May.  Her last body of brilliance; A Creature I Don’t Know, in 2011 was critically acclaimed and needless to say I am a big fan of all her music. Check out her website: www.lauramarling.com PLUS If you like her, you may be partial to a bit of the following: the likes of Joni Mitchell, Cat Power, Ryan Adams, Beth Orton.

Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnsons bows out in true style

Wilko Johnson (born John Peter Wilkinson, 12 July 1947) is making his farewell tour. The musician announced the tour after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Full interview can be found on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21187740

Wilco Johnson, also singer of his namesake band – was greatly known as guitarist with Dr Feelgood in the 1970s. Johnson and Dr Feelgood have been credited as one of the founding influences- or the DNA of the English punk movement. He is also associated with Ian Dury and the Blockheads  and guest musician of the Stranglers to boot. Milk And Alcohol being one the best known Feelgood songs, here via You Tube for your great pleasure.

Oil City Confidential

Oil City Confidential is Julien Temple’s last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970’s. It is a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads and focuses on Canvey Island band Dr Feelgood.Available on DVD
http://bit.ly/bPj6oW

Launched across UK in 39 cinemas on 2nd Feb, it is now on limited theatrical release in the UK (Written by Producer Stephen Malit)

 

 

MARK EITZEL 

Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel

Cluny, Newcastle (28.2.13),

The local Tyneside duo, Mush supported Mark Eitzel at the Cluny in February, who I’m afraid I have to make a mention of the Roger Knox blog: http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/mark-eitzel-at-the-jumping-hot-club-cluny-newcastle

Gem Andrews does indeed write and play great songs – But the song Ladybird mentioned in his piece was actually written by Nicky Rushton of Mush. So now we’ve got that out the way…

My current affliction – albeit a good one, was the main, Mark Eitzel and Band.

Having not heard anything by him before, I was bit baffled by his performance. The amazing beginning to the show were thwarted half way by his intermission story about the ‘bitch’ behind the counter of a bakery who wouldn’t smile or fain niceties while he bought a croissant. At this stage you think; OK, if he’s not a sad lad he wouldn’t be carrying that little jewel around in his pocket to reproduce on stage. This anecdote was one of the couple small evils he delivered between songs. But having just slagged him for that, the band were a little worse for wear due to injuries endured over the 2 months of their touring. Eitzel had a toe injury and the drummer was playing with a cast on one arm. Perhaps fatigue was running thick and patience thin.

His music is brilliant, the likes of Rufus along with sister Martha are of a similar genre- he also reminded me a smidgin of Tim Buckley  – his audience – mainly men, were whooped up by his mere presence and were obviously seasoned fans. But for his stories, sorry, wasn’t impressed.

My very last pet peeve was listening to his CDs. The rawness, guts and sincerity of his on-stage performance seemed to be virtually non existent on CD Don’t Be A Stranger – it’s polished, ironed out and very produced sounding, leaving his music somehow faint in strength and without grit, which I missed very much after hearing him live. Having said all of that I would definitely go see him in concert again.

His latest Album, Don’t Be A Stranger, came out 2012.

JUDEE SILL

I visited Mark Eitzels blog (http://markeitzel.blogspot.ch/) and found he too is a fan of  Judee Sill.

Judee Sill

Judee Sill

Born 4th October 1944, daughter to publican father – who died of pneumonia when Sill was 8 years old, and alcoholic mother. Judee Sill – while still under age fled the family home, ill-equipped for the life that followed, she illegally married under-age, which was consequently annulled – her demons later led her to armed robbery, prostitution and drugs – the latter killing her in 1979. She was 35 years old when she died of a drug overdose, after fighting her addiction for some time.

Sill, her appearance Librarian-esque, is one of the relatively unsung heroines that didn’t make it. All her attempts to get clean and promote her music were an uphill struggle but David Geffen from Asylum Records took her on his books – she was the first artist to sign to Asylum – then came the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carol King Linda Ronstadt. Graham Nash produced Sills’ first song for Asylum: Jesus Was A Cross Maker. She was an equal to her contemporaries and produced similar style of Singer Songwriter melodies, though Sills’ songs seemed to me more spiritual in comparison. After she wrote Jesus … she was quoted to say, “If I had not written that song, there would have remained only suicide.”

Many artists have since covered the song and other material of hers, among others The Hollies and Judie Tzuke. I leave you with the original and in honour of a true cross bearer.

http://youtu.be/bqGjEGz8kwk

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