It may well transpire due to licensing and all that jazz (not actual jazz you understand, but feel free to do jazz hands every time jazz gets written. That's four lots now. I'm watching. Come on, get in the spirit of things peoples!), that I can only let that special show play via Acoustic Spectrum so make sure you tune in at 7pm (GMT - feels so strange after using BST for so long) on Thursdays or you will miss out. Then I will let my cat at you. She's a mean one too. This is due to her age you understand, and not necessarily her nature. She's like a Cylon, The Rani and Servalan all rolled up into one fluffy bundle. Okay, I apologise to any non-sci-fi geeks out there who will have no idea what that means, or indeed how bad it will be if I let my cat out at you. So, best way to avoid finding out is to tune in to the show at Acoustic Spectrum and listen to those classics. I anticipate it will be a few weeks before it gets played as I am hoping to get #11 sorted for next Thursday (8th November) because I have a few new singles to play. I will however try and keep you posted via twitter. If you're not following me on there then you can find me @roberto_baggins where you can see all the rubbish I tweet all the time.
I'm aware there are still a couple of issues with my sound quality, mostly with my speaking parts. And no, I don't mean me having a 'cold voice' on this particular episode.
There is some horrid echo thing going on I can't seem to eliminate. I am working on it but I do use a simple free software program to mix things. I paid for Wavepad but not knowing what I was doing, I failed to pay the right price to get the mixing capability. Yes, I know I am a tech fool. The pittance I get paid doesn't stretch to me rectifying this situation any time soon I'm afraid. I've already cancelled Christmas, effectively. If I won this I'd get software I believe but even if not I'm on it soon as I can afford to upgrade my Wavepad. My point is (yes I do have one, cheeky), that I'm aware of this little niggle in sound quality but if you enjoy the podcast, like what I ramble on about at times and the information about the artists and bands I give out; and more importantly if you like the music I offer you each time, then please stop by and vote for me. I will be ever so grateful. So will Valerie. 'Valerie who?' I hear you ask. Valerie, the banjo playing badger of course! Even if you don't vote I am still sincerely grateful for you reading this far with how much I digress from the point most of the time. Thank you!
- Our Forgotten Towns - The Levellers
- This Isn't What I Signed Up For - Turnstile Junkpile
- A Proud Surrender - Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou
- Before The Dawn - Mat Gibson
- Lonely Boy (Live Cover) - Luke Jackson
- Dance Keith, Dance - The Cakes
- Another Acid Day - Art Of Privilege
- Lovefool - Grimsell in the Glasshouse
- End Game - Umbrella Harbor
- Summertime - Gypsy Fire
- Deliverance - The Silent Union
Anyway, The Levs are going strong and are most likely working on songs for their next album even as they whizz around Europe and soon the UK. Static on the Airwaves might only have been released this year but these guys are always on the move. What’s great is they never forget their old tunes when touring either. They are crowd pleasers at the core but even so pretty much most, if not all of their new stuff is bang on with their trademark quality. They champion new up and coming talent too. It was on one of their tours I got introduced to The Last Republic who alas, are no more for various reasons. See below for a mention of that devastating news. I think the above video of Raft of Medusa, also from the latest album and filmed at this year's Beautiful Days Festival demonstrates the reasons for their longevity rather well.
Gigswise (that should so be a word - I'll write to the dictionary peeps), they are supporting another of my recent favourites, The Dreaming Spires on two dates of their forthcoming tour. Wednesday 7th November at the Wilmington Arms before heading to The Palmiera in Brighton on Friday 9th. I should then be seeing The Spires on their date in Oxford on Saturday 10th before the Tom McRae gig on Sunday 11th. There should also be a Kate Rusby gig in Northampton on that Friday for me so that will be one gigged up weekend for me. I won't want to go back to anything less than three per weekend after that I expect. I knew there was something uber important I had to get on with now I've been paid. Find affordable accommodation in Oxford for that Saturday night. It's not proving an easy task it must be said. Perhaps Trevor and Hannah may be up for renting out their Leyland Campervan for the night?
Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou
If you are new to this sensational duo I have a distinct feeling the above video of the recording of fifth track on their album, Grand Tales In Tired Covers will have you salivating like a dog in a Pavlov experiment gone very wrong. Umbrellas will be required for all around you until you grab what is going to be an album of the year for sure!
Art of Privilege
Grimsell in the Glasshouse
The Silent Union
There's a wonderful review of this EP to which I refer you, on another music blog. As well as reading this one, the others up there are pretty impressive too. I'll be checking in to read more from Grahame at Indie Band Land in the future because what he has to say is well worth listening to. Technically it is what he has to write about music is well worth reading and taking notice of. That's for you purists out there.
As can be expected from Sam, the quality is phenomenal and that alone is reason enough for you to go join Season 2 of the Record Club right now. For full details click >>here<<. Or if you'd like a free song first to whet your appetites then click >>here<<. There's little doubt you'll be joining up to the club soon enough after hearing this and his other tunetastic treats.
Their reasons for disbanding are many and varied of course. They had a member leave which as a cohesive unit would naturally leave a bit of a gaping hole to the remaining members. I imagine with some bands, more so those formed of close friends or even perhaps when it isn’t so at the beginning but it becomes as much. Sometimes when one leaves, others wish to follow or lose the spark that unified the whole. It isn't always the case but when it is, I understand it is best to walk away than continue without the fire and passion that made it so great. Then there’s how incredibly tough it is to make a living doing it these days. The music business is broken. In the recent interview I posted on the blog with Adrian Banks from The Scholars, he described it perfectly with those words about it being broken at present and how it is working itself out. It means there isn’t much trust out there for investment in new bands and music making is a hundred times tougher than years gone by. Even with the advent of the internet and social networks, if the money and investment isn't there then self-promotion can only reach so far.
The guys did have some new tunes they were working on and recorded earlier in the year with a view to releasing them as a band. They were bloody good tunes too!! I could cry I tell thee. I’m just really glad I got to see them one last time at Truck Festival in July. Naturally I wish all members of the band well in whatever pursuits they follow and urge you to check out Jonnie’s solo project Bloodflower up on Facebook and Soundcloud.
Brooke has just landed, or more likely sailed or trained, back in the UK following a stint of live gigs in France where she whiled away her teenage years. There was probably less whiling than I suggest here. She admits drawing on influences such as Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Bob Dylan, with more coming from 30's to 70's music than much of the contemporary stuff. Joanna Newsom is one of the more recent artists to have left a mark however. Now, I remember seeing Joanna on an episode of Jools Holland's show a few years back and I believe it would be impossible for anyone to not be in some way affected by the ethereal performance she gives. It is out of this world. Angelic. A pure delight. Citing the likes of Dylan and Newsom (hmm, think of what that double act could produce) then, I must say I'm excited to see Brooke perform live. I'm afraid a mixture of geography and finances will prevent me from doing so but it should certainly not stop you, if you are anywhere near the places she's stopping by on her November UK tour. The dates are listed below so please get along and support a truly remarkable artist!
There's also an album launch party on 5th December at St Pancras Old Church in London. I would so love to attend that but the same old story of geography, day job and lack of money will hinder me. I don't believe I'll have chance to write a full review of One Dress in time for the release but I will do my best to get something written down and up online over the coming weeks if you want my opinion. I absolutely love what I've heard so far! I'll also be playing His Voice on Band of Badgers Presents...#11.
To borrow a rather well-known phrase:
Now stick with me just for a wee little moment. Sit back, hit play and enjoy something that I think you'll agree verges on the surreal side of things. Yes it is. Fraggles. The little fuzzy creatures that live in 'the rock caves' under that lighthouse somewhere yonder. And yes, it is indeed Ben Folds Five reunited and playing a new tune, Do It Anyway featuring those fraggles. Mad isn't it? Good? What are your thoughts? I must admit I actually quite enjoyed it but remain unsure if it should be kept locked away in the vaults of my musical mind as a guilty pleasure. I will admit one thing. I want one of those Boy Gorg t-shirts. And now, thank you please!
I will sign off now so I can get on with finishing off my review of Glimore & Roberts' latest album, The Innocent Left which will also feature a little review of the awesome gig I went to last Saturday. An amazing night, an amazing album from two amazing musicians. The Innocent Left is OUT NOW and you can purchase a copy >>here<< or if iTunes is your thing then visit >>here<<. The official video for the opening track Scarecrow is below.
Thanks for listening and reading and thanks as always to Marc Blasco for the opening theme to the podcast. Until next time, peace to you all.