Archive for November, 2006

Top 50 albums you should own: 40 – 31

November 30, 2006

Dacapo_140. Love – ‘Da Capo’

Arthur Lee’s long lost masterpiece, Da Capo is often overlooked in favour of the sublime ‘Forever Changes’ and the snotty garage of the eponymous debut. However, in Da Capo, the seeds of Forever Changes and the tough love of the first cut are both present and correct. ‘Seven & Seven Is…‘, the most famed cut from the LP is probably the most exciting single ever released, with a vicious molten headrush accompanied with a frantic gonzo lyric. However, a gentler mood follows the achingly gorgeous ‘Orange Skies’ and ‘Que Vida’ which show that the Spanish fused follow up was no fluke. A masterful LP, one that no home should be without. BUY IT

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Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman RIP

November 29, 2006

Fluff_freeman
With his familiar welcome of "Greetings, pop pickers" and triumphant,
brassy theme tune, Alan "Fluff" Freeman was an institution in British
radio.
He spent more than 40 years in broadcasting, but his enthusiasm never
waned.
Sadly, his enthusiastic radio approach will never ben heard again as ‘Fluff’ passed away this week.

Freeman’s good vibrations, gift for intimacy with his
listeners, as well as an ear for a good tune, all established him as
one of the UK’s leading DJs.
Despite working into his 70s, Freeman’s enduring good humour and
ability to laugh at himself meant he stayed a favourite with his
youthful audiences, long after younger DJs had moved away from the
microphone.
Even when he was satirised by Harry Enfield in his famous Smashy and
Nicey sketches – based on a pair of ageing disc jockeys – Freeman
laughed along, and shared the joke by appearing in a cameo role.

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Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman RIP

November 29, 2006

Fluff_freeman
With his familiar welcome of "Greetings, pop pickers" and triumphant,
brassy theme tune, Alan "Fluff" Freeman was an institution in British
radio.
He spent more than 40 years in broadcasting, but his enthusiasm never
waned.
Sadly, his enthusiastic radio approach will never ben heard again as ‘Fluff’ passed away this week.

Freeman’s good vibrations, gift for intimacy with his
listeners, as well as an ear for a good tune, all established him as
one of the UK’s leading DJs.
Despite working into his 70s, Freeman’s enduring good humour and
ability to laugh at himself meant he stayed a favourite with his
youthful audiences, long after younger DJs had moved away from the
microphone.
Even when he was satirised by Harry Enfield in his famous Smashy and
Nicey sketches – based on a pair of ageing disc jockeys – Freeman
laughed along, and shared the joke by appearing in a cameo role.

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The Meteors Tour

November 27, 2006

Meteors
The Meteors are playing a small UK tour starting tomorrow night in Manchester.

The punk-rockabilly crossover band, credited with giving ‘psychobilly’ it’s distinctive sound are still going strong 25 years after front-man Paul Fenech formed them.

Fenech, though, is the only remaining original member, with he current line-up featuring Simon Linden on bass and Wolfgang Hordemann on drums.

The Meteors are also playing a special show celebrating this year’s 30th Anniversary of Punk featuring The Rezillos, The Damned, and The Beat. Read over for tour dates

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The Damned ‘Neat Neat Neat’

November 27, 2006

Is The Damned’s ‘Neat Neat Neat’ the greatest BritPunk record ever released? I think so. Watch this video and be annihilated.

The Damned ‘Neat Neat Neat’

November 27, 2006

Is The Damned’s ‘Neat Neat Neat’ the greatest BritPunk record ever released? I think so. Watch this video and be annihilated.

Lily Allen hits out at ‘patronising’ NME

November 24, 2006

Lily_allen_1Lily Allen has gone on a big (and deserved) rant against the NME. She has lambasted the rag for their treatment of her and supposed drug use, and not only that, Allen’s ire has been provoked by the magazine’s apparent sexism. Anyway, over to Lily.

"I probably shouldn’t be writing this, but I have to get it off my
chest. I am not a big fan of the NME, as they sold me down the river
when I last talked to them, I did and interview and made a sarcastic
joke using the word "gak" which is slang for cocaine. They glorified
my joke and used it out of context, then their public relations dept,
contacted the tabloids in a shameful attempt to sell more copies. And, I have ever since been known as "Lily Allen, Pint sized potty mouth
popstar who once admitted she would celebrate her no 1 single by taking
cocaine!"
Thanks NME. Now, I have read many articles in the NME, where male
band members freely admit to, or associate themselves with the taking
of drugs, and I havent seen many of them ending up in the tabloids.
Take Klaxons for example, and the ongoing MDMA references. " MDMAZING "
I believe was the title of a recent article (how responsible!) The only reason I can think of, for recieving such a different form of
treatment is because I am a woman.

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Lily Allen hits out at ‘patronising’ NME

November 24, 2006

Lily_allen_1Lily Allen has gone on a big (and deserved) rant against the NME. She has lambasted the rag for their treatment of her and supposed drug use, and not only that, Allen’s ire has been provoked by the magazine’s apparent sexism. Anyway, over to Lily.

"I probably shouldn’t be writing this, but I have to get it off my
chest. I am not a big fan of the NME, as they sold me down the river
when I last talked to them, I did and interview and made a sarcastic
joke using the word "gak" which is slang for cocaine. They glorified
my joke and used it out of context, then their public relations dept,
contacted the tabloids in a shameful attempt to sell more copies. And, I have ever since been known as "Lily Allen, Pint sized potty mouth
popstar who once admitted she would celebrate her no 1 single by taking
cocaine!"
Thanks NME. Now, I have read many articles in the NME, where male
band members freely admit to, or associate themselves with the taking
of drugs, and I havent seen many of them ending up in the tabloids.
Take Klaxons for example, and the ongoing MDMA references. " MDMAZING "
I believe was the title of a recent article (how responsible!) The only reason I can think of, for recieving such a different form of
treatment is because I am a woman.

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Flowers in the Rain by The Move

November 24, 2006

Robert Wyatt Hits Rock Bottom, Makes It To Cuckooland

November 24, 2006

Robert_wyatt

If you’d been left paralysed from the waist down and were confined to a wheelchair, chances are you would have certain difficulties dealing with the after effects. If however you are Robert Ellidge, aka Robert Wyatt, you also create some of the most uplifting and ethereal music ever. An accomplished musician as the drummer of Soft Machine, Wyatt had already gained cult status. With 1973’s Rock Bottom, Robert Wyatt began despite his accident a post Soft Machine solo career of near peerless creativity, which has continued through to his most recent Cuckooland.

Wyatt’s fall from a forth floor window may have physically hindered
him, but seems to have mentally freed him to make this album; newer
material than he had been working on, refined and completed as he
recuperated in hospital. He has said as much, commenting on this time
as being “…physically difficult…but I remember a great relief and
happiness that I was finally getting somewhere.” This certainly appears
the case with the music – as well as the darkly comic pun title – of
Rock Bottom appearing in many ways cathartic, not just for Wyatt, but
also the listener.

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