Saturday, 20 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Dashing Blade opens his site with the comment "just some stuff I reckon you should hear before you die" and I couldn't agree more.
Bizarrely the site pretty much mirrors my own record collection so imagine my delight when I found it!
Mixing great music (anything from ABC to New York Dolls) with some unusual entries such as radio broadcasts, audio books and "Sounds Of The Rainforest", a free Sunday newspaper CD, and inordinately well-written commentary, A Dashing Blade is a fascinating delve into one man's sounds and interests and that, alone, is certainly going to keep this writer coming back for more.
Anyone dismissing John Otway as simply a mentalist novelty act does so at their peril. I picked this album up in a bargain bin in 1979 on the strength of "Beware Of The Flowers" and, after initial disappointment that the rest of the album was nothing like that, grew to love every track.
Opener "Place Farm Way" is as good a traditional folk song as you'll hear anywhere, as is "To Anne", a paen to lost love. These two songs, albeit tinged with Otway's slightly bonkers delivery, have a real beauty that seems timeless in the great songwriter tradition."Beware Of The Flowers", however, ramps up the volume and was one of the major contributing factors to Otway & Barrett's "success" at the height of punk (see the Wikipedia entry for Otway's views on his success), Barrett's guitar more than a match for the "Guitar Hero" generation. Back to traditional, but more up tempo, story telling next with "Alamo" before "My Body Is Making Me", archetypal Otway body talk.
"Josephine" is in the same vein as "Place Farm Way" and "To Anne", a gorgeous pastoral tale of May Day celebrations, but Otway can't resist more nuttiness with "Schnott", "Riders In The Sky" (yes, that one!) and "Running From The Law". Runouts, "I Wouldn't Wish It On You" and "Can't Complain" lack the fascination of the earlier tracks but are still wonderful songs.
Otway is a grossly underrated songwriter, perhaps because of his delivery and approach, and this album, to my mind, showcases his talents in all areas. The CD reissue is now coupled with the pair's self-titled debut album which is not as good (although it does contain the hit single "Really Free" and "Racing Cars", the latter which came as a free 7" with my copy of the album).
I can't recommend "Deep & Meaningless" enough; I guarantee you'll be hooked.
www.musiczoo.co.uk (Willy Barrett's site)
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
J R Heat Warp of The Heat Warps and Willard of Never Get Out Of The Boat! have come together to create the wonderous thing that is For The Love Of Harry (see below) but each have their own blog, both marvellous in different ways.
The Heat Warps collects together classic albums and rareties primarily from the 60s and 70s rock and funk pantheon, with Beatles, Dylan, Dr John, krautrock et al, all lovingly bundled together and annotated and described with finesse. There's info a-plenty on each album and if J R doesn't give it to you he shows you where to go for it. Dig in!
Never Get Out Of The Boat! is a veritable smorgasboard of stuff you didn't know you wanted until Willard brought it to you on a plate. From Zappa and Beefheart to Americana and Dylan, rareties to the fore, Willard's collection will keep you entertained for hours. He also has a Friday Night At The Movies slot heading his site for those times when music just can't cut for you. Yummy!
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
He doesn't fart about chatting, he doesn't put up stuff that the NME loves, he puts up stuff that Pedro loves and that's what matters. Pedro wants you to love what he loves. He loves his music.
Listen to him.