Friday, April 18, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Blackfoot - Diary of a Working Man - http://youtu.be/HTO1B7hAK60
I was educated on the bus with a couple of movies watched en route. Note that this was a Year 9 outing. The funniest moment was me realising that Channing Tatum was a boy’s name. Oh, and if I never see another Miley Cyrus movie it will be too soon. At least they watched Captain America.
We love rain here in Australia but I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it just needs to rain in the evenings. All this daytime rain is getting in the way of cyclists all over the place especially me. The only good thing about the car, other than being safe and dry, is the stereo. Some songs just seem made for the sound systems in a car, here’s a case in point.
Sammy Hagar – There’s Only One Way To Rock – http://youtu.be/RcsFpztaJIc
It’s 20 years since Kurt Cobain from Nirvana died. I was fairly harsh at the time about the circumstances of his death. These days, with a little more life behind me I’m rather more thoughtful.
Nirvana - Aneurysm (live) - http://youtu.be/PvwqSMRtoSI
David Bowie - The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell - http://youtu.be/2pIyTFynO-8
Some fads are cool and some are just annoying. The "selfie" craze drove me mad yesterday. Here's two songs that I thought of ...
Ringo Starr - Photograph - http://youtu.be/rGuPfCD9kdk
Carly Simon - You're So Vain - http://youtu.be/b6UAYGxiRwU
I heard Dan Sultan playing this week on SBS TV's "RockWiz". I was struck by the smoothness of his voice and also that he had a banjo player with him. Cool song...album released today!!
Dan Sultan - The Same Man - http://youtu.be/02SVwEZudWc
I read this week that Nils Lofgren has been playing with the Boss for 30 years now. You can read the article here should you so choose. He recalls playing some cover songs on the recent Australian tour. Nils also says that no-one plays The Easybeats "Friday On My Mind" because it's too much work....oh really....
Gary Moore - Friday On My Mind - http://youtu.be/qDorH739Zgk
The Rubens - Friday On My Mind - http://youtu.be/dTCssVzTluY
David Bowie - Friday On My Mind - http://youtu.be/f7heEHFfjkU
Here's a few songs that I've enjoyed playing live in the past. The Midnight Oil tunes are a lot of fun but the concentration that goes into a lot of them at the moment is fairly intense. These are simpler tunes that were just fun to bash out.
First up is one that every single Mr. Walker (my first real band) gig started with...
Georgia Satellites - Hippy Hippy Shakes - http://youtu.be/1oeqMBXvGU0
Then there's this one...I enjoyed it because it meant the other guitar player wailed on the sax and you could hear me playing!
Beast of Burden - Bette Midler - http://youtu.be/Qp_eipTU7VQ
And another gig starter with a different band...
The Screaming Jets - C'mon - http://youtu.be/eYnROWi_SZY
Earlier this week the band played a closed rehearsal to a select audience. A month out from the two Canberra shows we felt that some feedback from punters was a good idea. It was pretty cool to line up the gear as it will be on stage and then proceed to rock out for a couple of hours. Getting Zoë up to sing some backing was a lot of fun as well. No-one would deny that there are still areas that need polishing but the show’s looking good. Seats are selling well so book soon or miss out. Teatro Vivaldi’s at the ANU is the place to throw into your search engine of choice.
Motorhead - We Are The Road Crew - http://youtu.be/fb3zSgxMuug
Anyone would think that I only liked loud music after this episode. Maybe it's just the mood I'm in today. But in the interests of balance wrap your ears around this effort from Nils Lofgren. It's a quiet version of a classic.
Nils Lofgren - Like A Hurricane - http://youtu.be/CkSr3etyG9M
Repeat after me, "no rain tomorrow, no rain tomorrow, no rain tomorrow....". My first guitar teachers loved this song.
Joe Feliciano - Listen To The Rain - http://youtu.be/UJ2xCjTjz5g
I'll finish with the sobering thought that Syrian refugees now make up 1/4 of Lebanon's population. Something to think about whilst our government pats itself on the back for stopping boat people trying to come here.
That'll do pig, that'll do,
"And there'll be no barricades then
There'll be no wire or walls
And we can wash all this blood from our hands
And all this hatred from our souls
And I believe that on that day all the children of Abraham
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem" - Steve Earle, Jerusalem, 2002 (song starts about 5:45)
Friday, March 28, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Rollins Band - Stop, Look and Listen - http://youtu.be/4gd8Cr0zmB0
As you all know by now, Billy has done a lot of work with Woody Guthrie's lyrics and music. He told us that he's started playing this next tune again because it resonates so much with him regardless of what year it is. I was introduced to the tune via a tribute album and whilst I love Billy, I think Bruce has the song nailed...
Bruce Springsteen - I Ain't Got No Home - http://youtu.be/m75IVFQ6-N8
I took delivery of two cheesy 80s heavy metal CDs today. Autograph's "Sign in Please" and Quiet Riot's "Metal Health". I plan to annoy all and sundry at some stage over the weekend with some fist pumping and headbanging. Neither are particularly serious purchases; it's hardly high art. But sometimes you just want to nod your head to a good tune without having to think too hard. I think it was AC/DC's Malcolm Young who said something along the lines of, "if you want to worry about the lyrics then listen to REM"!
REM - What's The Frequency, Kenneth? - http://youtu.be/jWkMhCLkVOg
Scott Asheton, the original drummer for The Stooges died during the week. His brother Ron who played guitar in the band passed away in 2009. I was a bit too young to appreciate the band until relatively recently. Their influence on rock music is undisputed and of course they launched the career of Iggy Pop.
Iggy & The Stooges - Loose (live 2003) - http://youtu.be/LxUYAHUg-i8
Some albums are timeless. For me, one of those is "Xenophobia Why?" by Spy v Spy. Released in 1988 it has some classic songs on it. But what did, and continues to hook me with this LP is the guitar sounds - they are jangly without being harsh and driven without being fuzzy. The lyrics really do have something to say and really haven't dated at all. If you come along to the Oils shows in May you'll probably hear some Spies songs through the PA before the show.
Spy vs Spy - Clarity of Mind - http://youtu.be/mPheN2jPCBs
Spy vs Spy - Soldiers - http://youtu.be/MB3jD4pGVTM
Billy Bragg had an Australian singer/songwriter called Courtney Barnett along as his support act. I was apprehensive after watching a few YouTube videos. She played solo which really leaves nowhere to hide! Courtney played scratchy, bluesy Telecaster guitar and the sound filled the room well - almost raspy but not quite. Her lyrics were often very personal and with an almost Dylan-esque delivery as well as having a sneaky sense of dry humour. Vocally she reminded me a bit of Neil Young as well in that you think she won't quite make a note but she gets there in the end. I thought she was pretty good really and if she'd played one or two more songs I wouldn't have complained. Try this one out...
Courtney Barnett - History Eraser - http://youtu.be/k6_G5PlEXdk
Every now and then you need to listen to something a bit out of left field. Only people who've seen Billy Bragg on this tour will know why I've been playing this for the last couple of days and loving it!
Kraftwerk - Autobahn - http://youtu.be/68C-r9kSLNE
To close the show, here's a song I was reminded of this afternoon at a most inopportune moment. I was discussing something from my childhood and...ok, ok, it was the Famous Five books, how embarrassing! Anyway, this is a song we sang at school a fair bit in class. Great soaring melody and beautiful lyrics.
John Denver - Annie's Song - http://youtu.be/xs_CNnCqYvU
That's all folks,
"Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me" - ABBA, Thank You For The Music, 1977
Saturday, March 15, 2014
slowest Telstra NBN connection imaginable. Obviously something is up on
the network somewhere. My apologies.
Football season is upon us here in Australia, and not before time. It
was about 190 days between last year's final and the start of the new
season. Whilst my beloved Magpies were comprehensively thrashed last
night in the opening game it's still better than cricket. Here's a blast
from the past to get you all in the mood.
The Two Man Band - Up There Cazaly - http://youtu.be/Stbnl6stkh4
Little River Band - Playing To Win - http://youtu.be/GbtiUrHUhRw
Learning all about Australian Rules Football was essential when I moved
here as a kid. At my new school I remember being given the weekend to go
home and choose a team or risk a bashing on the coming Monday morning.
It was a rough school but in the country you had free choice about who
to support. It wasn't hard to learn to love the game though as it is
fast, skillful and back then was full of characters. I enjoy all kinds
of football but I maintain that Aussie Rules is the best for spectators
by a mile.
I hot footed it into my local record store today to grab a copy of David
Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" on 45. It's a brand new 40th anniversary edition
and it's one of my fave Bowie songs. But I was distracted by other stuff
and anyway, the price was a bit steep! Somehow I came home with some
Springsteen (High Hopes) and Rolling Stones (Hyde Park Live).
David Bowie - Rebel, Rebel - http://youtu.be/eF551z9KlA8
The live DVD that the above Bowie tune is from is an absolute cracker. I
would highly recommend it.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - No Surrender (live 2013 in
London) - http://youtu.be/1IZ4gTzSmhY
Michael Sweet who sings and plays guitar for Stryper has released a solo
album. It's not a far stretch from Stryper and that's not a shock. It's
not bad though and as always, there's a message if you're interested.
This track is written ti support abused kids. Well worth a look and listen.
Michael Sweet - I'm Not Your Suicide - http://youtu.be/LVBgW7k_a78
Neil Young raised a huge wad of cash this week on Kickstarter for his
high fidelity portable music device called PONO. The idea is that the
depth of sound is many times better than that of even CD audio.
Personally I think that if Apple is apparently discontinuing the iPod
Classic then Neil may be a few years too late. It will no doubt have a
niche market for audiophiles but will mainstream listeners care enough
to spend $400 on an ugly triangular device?
Neil Young - Computer Age - http://youtu.be/OhS5WG9QbLM
Billy is here this coming week. Woo Hoo!! Look out for a report next time.
Billy Bragg - It Says Here - http://youtu.be/Xvi9DjmINpA
I'm going to cut this episode short as the internet connection is just a
joke. Again my apologies and I hope that this post actually makes it out
into the ether! I'm going to ride my bike.
Presidents Of The USA - Video Killed The Radio Star -
Up yours Telstra,