Is that the gig that featured Seasick Steve? I saw most of that, left me absolutely stone cold, I don't understand this sudden reverance towards Tom Jones, as if he's some kind of authentic source for gospel and blues, he just isn't. Singing something in a low, gruff voice isn't the same as singing it with real emotion.
That isn't a personal dig at your either CJ, you just happened to be the person who mentioned Tom Jones, nothing more than a coincidence.
Ah well, each to his own The_Lhc, to me and Hazel, it was easy, relaxed, uncomplicated music making,
Oh yeah, I wouldn't question that, I just didn't get any sense of feeling from his vocals.
I'm not averse to that myself, although I prefer early blues, if anyone mentions Gary Moore or even Clapton I'm liable to explode, I don't know what they play but it isn't the Blues.
I quite like him, one man and his single string homemade plank guitar, doesn't get much simpler and he tells a good story (I've got one of his on vinyl, can't remember what it's called, but it's decent sound quality), he's also singing from experience unlike Mr Jones, which, for me at least, is crucial for this kind of music. Anyway, I only mentioned him to make sure we were talking about the same gig.
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The word for me is 'uncomplicated' or 'simple', that gig fitted the bill, it was not the artist involved, in fact, I only stumbled across it channel clicking . . . and thats where I always seem to split . . . if I like something, I like it, regardless of who is performing, I dont follow a specific individual, or style, I cant, my dyslexic memory for names and the like is so poor, I have to take what comes . . . ? The highlight for me was the feature presentation by 'the Staves' . . . I just love harmony, I shall watch their space? Seasick Steve, he certainly has a way and energy on the guitar, nice old valve amp he was using too.
I took a punt on Antonio Forcione & Sabina Sciubba -
"Meet Me in London" on the Naim label. Not a jazz fan
but the sound is wonderful. I'll definitely listen to more
of his guitar.
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First listen of Alt-J "An Awesome Wave" on vinyl. Bought this one blind, although almost didn't when I heard that Mumford and co had covered one of the songs.
This is so much better than Mumford, although similarities are there. A lot cleverer and more creative. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, as does move around and change style a bit, but very well produced and good quality recording( even on white vinyl).
Download code included.
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of his guitar.
I enjoy a bit of jazz, dont profess to understand much of it, but I do enjoy it . . . Looked up 'Antonio Forcione' on Spotify, superb, whilst I was there I bumped into 'Julie Dunn & the John Holder Trio', as well as legend that is 'Thelonious Monk' . . . they are all on my play list for further listening at the witching hours of Horlicks.
Having recently got back from holiday I have been able to play these two, only arrived day before holiday.
The XX - Coexist. This is very very good, lots of space and deep bass. Nice heavy vinyl, gatefold sleev with full book too.
Yeasayer - Fragrant World. Also very good, lots going on but is handled very well, double album on white and blue vinyl, gatefold sleeve.
Both thoroughly recommended and as a bonus both had cds with them for the ipod/iphone.
Looking forward to Flaming Lips - Heady Fwends being delivered.
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The latest offering from Mr Lydon is superb double album gatefold sleeve and sq is excellent only drawback no download code.
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The latest offering from Mr Lydon is superb double album gatefold sleeve and sq is excellent only drawback no download code. Sorry album is called THIS IS PIL.
Have to agree with This Is Pil, great album for both sound quality and the music, hoping they play Glastonbury or Latitude next year.
Today's post brought Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends and also The Haunted Man by Bat For Lashes. Both gatefold double albums on heavy gauge vinyl with CDs. Will be taking them for a spin at the weekend and will report back.
1) Sunken Condos - Donald Fagen
More super-smooth grooves with just enough bite to keep it involving. Great pressing witn nine tracks spread across three sides of vinyl. No CD or d/load code though.
2) Oh No, I Love You - Tim Burgess
I love this album so much at the moment. I've been enjoying it on Spotify for a fortnight or so, and decided to go for the vinyl. Well packaged with an extra vinyl EP of remixes and standard album on CD too. Sounds good.
For fans of Lambchop too, of course. Co-written by Tim Burgess and Kurt Wagner. Plus there's even a paean to the black stuff itself, A Case For Vinyl.
3) Elysium - Pet Shop Boys
Doesn't quite sparkle like the CD. The instrumental LP version is brilliant though. I hope The Vinyl Factory are preparing the ridiculously priced 11 disc edition as we speak. Maybe not, but here's hoping.
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The CD of Bat for Lashes is great - interesting to know what the vinyl is like. Mrs C thought it reminded her of Kate Bush - production sounds excellent, and very atmospheric.
Having enjoyed the cd of the Bat For Lashes album yesterday whilst moving about the house I couldn't resist the temptation to listen to the vinyl. It doesn't disappoint. On taking it out of the sleeve both vinyl disks are white, very pretty as the wife said. Lyric and drawings booklet included.
Excellent recording, spacious, drums sharp, vocals very clear and yes very atmospheric. Nice warm sound but not at all dull. Highly recommended.
Part way through my wife said she must remember to recommend the album to a friend who wants to listen to some new music, praise indeed!
BAT FOR LASHES - THE HAUNTED MAN
I'd also endorse the Bat For Lashes album; fantastic album - great pressing (although wasn't expecting white vinyl; no such sticker on the shrinkwrap) - nice cover / booklet - free CD for ripping.
10/10 for music & product!
I've belatedly come to the Suzanne Vega 'Close Up' series of recordings - a few years back she re-recorded her songs and grouped them into themes. First volume on heavyweight vinyl sounds brilliant; saving up for the rest now!
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