I woke this morning to news of yet another mass shooting in the USA. Will it ever end? What a waste of life.
Alice Cooper - Lost In America - https://youtu.be/8g6zV-FIxGU
A while ago I mentioned that I'd ordered a reggae CD by Stan & The Earthforce. Sadly it never arrived and the person selling them doesn't want to answer my emails. Fortunately I paid using PayPal so we'll see how good their dispute resolution process is. It's a bummer though, all I wanted was a rather cool LP of laid back tunes.
Stan & The Earth Force - Better Days - https://youtu.be/3jSgO0iMke4
Local purveyors of doom, Witchskull, have now released their debut LP. If the three track teaser CD that came out earlier in the year is any indication then it'll be loud, sludgy and very, very good. Buy a copy through witchskull.bandcamp.com and support local music.
Witchskull - Swim The Abyss - https://youtu.be/gsiQvrUJH6I
I've been listening to a lot of old FM radio live concerts via Spotify. Zappa, Arlo Guthrie, Mellencamp, Bowie and KISS have all had a spin. The quality ranges from "recorded with an old potato" to awesome but it's worth it. I like live recordings that I can be fairly sure have had no overdubs. Mellencamp and his band prove themselves to be superb musicians...KISS prove how much overdubbing must be on their live records! But in terms of energy KISS can't be beaten unless you cue up some Ramones.
KISS - Cold Gin (live 1975) - https://youtu.be/TxfUAxkJosk?t=1m44s
The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (live 1978) - https://youtu.be/snAO0KQpIKk
It's been a while now since I stopped drinking coffee. It doesn't faze me now...I dealt with the week of caffeine headaches and moved on. I don't mind a cup of tea but paying the same, or more, for a tea bag and some hot water is pretty bad I reckon. There's an art to making a good coffee but throwing the Dilmah bag into a cup is very much unskilled labour.
Rival Sons - Black Coffee (Humble Pie cover) - https://youtu.be/9XpmD_fjt6I
Thin Lizzy is a band I just keep coming back to. It's the twin guitar attack, the vocal delivery, the swagger and the fact that they sound like they are having the time of their lives. I've been working on learning a couple of their songs but it's taking a while! So many songs, so little time!
Thin Lizzy - Rosalie - https://youtu.be/j1lPuWg-Rpg
Thin Lizzy - Emerald (live Peel Sessions) - https://youtu.be/9Qp9wPvcJwM
Getting guitar practice in isn't always that easy. After all, electric guitars are loud! Sometimes you just need to sit in a corner and strum some quiet songs. The problem is usually thinking what to play - this is always a huge problem if someone wants you to play something cool. I can never remember anything until everyone has gone! I'm not much of a singer anyway so maybe that's not so bad. Here's two tracks I'd like to be able to whip out at a moment's notice!
Archie Roach - From Paradise - https://youtu.be/Al8KtXvzmhM
Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto (live) - https://youtu.be/2Ox1Tore9nw
I've had a pretty quiet week at home with DJ Al-ee-Sunshine and Bogus away on holiday. Well it would've been quiet if the stoopid cat and dog had behaved. They are more needy than any toddler. After a week of Xena waking me up at about 5.15am, demanding food and being otherwise antisocial, Sparky had to top it off by escaping. He's back, in disgrace and with the hugest smile on his cheeky face. Pets? Who needs them? Apparently we do.
The Fauves - Dogs Are The Best People - https://youtu.be/rQ-fvr2qLc0
The good thing about being awake early is that I just threw the cat outside and then went cycling. The sun is up ridiculously early (until daylight savings kicks in) and it's been pretty mild as well this week. Australian cyclists will understand the necessity of a magpie free route at this time of year. I hate getting hit by those black and white feral bombers and I've only been hit twice so far this season. When you realise that magpies can keep up with motorbikes then you realise that trying to out run them is probably futile.
Iron Maiden - Aces High - https://youtu.be/Xg9aQvjMS60
Wow, that was a pretty loud episode. My apologies if you were looking for some soothing tunes. Not this time.
If you need to calm down then maybe this is the track for you...
Driving to and from Coonabarabran last week we saw an amazing amount of canola fields in full bloom. It was as if the sun was coming out of the ground. Anyway, it made me think of this song.
Lenny Kravitz - Flowers for Zoë - https://youtu.be/7fu0971-mVM
Watch this space for a New Year's Eve gig announcement....hopefully!
"...take to the streets, kill everyone you meet...", Painters and Dockers, "Kill, Kill, Kill", 1985.