Archive for May, 2007

Johnny Thunders Super 8 footage

May 22, 2007

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Johnny Thunders was a pivotal rock’n’roll guitarist and singer, first with the New York Dolls, the proto-punk glam rockers of the early ’70s. and later, a hugely important figure on the New York punk scene, both with The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. His influence on punk is massive and now, you can capture some bespoke footage thanks to eBay.

Up for grabs is some Super 8 sound film of Johnny Thunders appearing solo at legendary venue Max’s Kansas City, New York City, 1976.  Film made by Bruce Balboni and the picture is good, sound quality is OK and the film includes several songs and some off camera scenes outside Max’s. Essential for fans of music with a bit of cash behind them.

Johnny Thunders Super 8 Footage

My Bloody Valentine ‘Only Shallow’

May 21, 2007

With news that shoegaze darlings Ride getting back together, I’ve been hammering My Bloody Valentine records. So with that, I’ll share the genius of Kevin Shields with you, and the stunning Only Shallow

My Bloody Valentine ‘Only Shallow’

May 21, 2007

With news that shoegaze darlings Ride getting back together, I’ve been hammering My Bloody Valentine records. So with that, I’ll share the genius of Kevin Shields with you, and the stunning Only Shallow

Ozzy Osborne gets Brum ‘star’

May 18, 2007

Ozzy

Veritable prince of darkness and bat chewer Ozzy Osbourne is to be honoured with the first star on Birmingham city’s new Walk Of Fame on Broad Street on July 6.

The singer’s induction will be on the same day he plays a hometown show at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, part of his biggest solo European tour ever.

Ozzy has already been inducted in a Walk Of Fame Before, he was honoured with a star on Hollywood’s version in 2002. However, being given the Brum star makes Ozzy far happier. He commented: “I have a star in Hollywood on their Walk of Fame but having a Star in my home town means so much more to me. A personal thanks goes out to Lord Mayor Randal Brew.”

The Birmingham Walk of Stars will honour those people who have made a significant contribution in the categories of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport and literacy.

Future stars are likely to be given to comedian Jasper Carrot and actress Julie Walters.

The public are now being asked to get involved and to nominate and vote for the stars they would like to see honoured,

Nominate your choices here at walkofstars.co.uk

Ozzy Osborne gets Brum ‘star’

May 18, 2007

Ozzy

Veritable prince of darkness and bat chewer Ozzy Osbourne is to be honoured with the first star on Birmingham city’s new Walk Of Fame on Broad Street on July 6.

The singer’s induction will be on the same day he plays a hometown show at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, part of his biggest solo European tour ever.

Ozzy has already been inducted in a Walk Of Fame Before, he was honoured with a star on Hollywood’s version in 2002. However, being given the Brum star makes Ozzy far happier. He commented: “I have a star in Hollywood on their Walk of Fame but having a Star in my home town means so much more to me. A personal thanks goes out to Lord Mayor Randal Brew.”

The Birmingham Walk of Stars will honour those people who have made a significant contribution in the categories of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport and literacy.

Future stars are likely to be given to comedian Jasper Carrot and actress Julie Walters.

The public are now being asked to get involved and to nominate and vote for the stars they would like to see honoured,

Nominate your choices here at walkofstars.co.uk

Nick Drake ‘Family Tree’ LP for release

May 18, 2007

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After his death in 1974, Nick Drake‘s parents Rodney and Molly Drake began to receive visits from fans at their Tanworth-In-Arden house – fans compelled by Nick’s music to understand more about its source by travelling to the place where he lived and died.

For Rodney and Molly, this was no invasion of privacy. Aware that this might be the beginning of the recognition that their son had longed for in his lifetime, they invited those fans in, improvised meals, even prepared beds for the night. And, of course, when Rodney and Molly mentioned that the young Nick had recorded music on an early reel-to-reel recorder, it seemed only natural that perhaps they might play some of those songs to the rapt young pilgrims who had journeyed here. Often fans left with their own cassette tapes of those songs. Unlike Nick’s albums, which contained only his own material, these tapes, compiled by Rodney Drake, were comprised mostly of other people’s compositions: the folk and blues tunes used by many a young guitarist in the 60s, attempting to master the fretboard. Nick played Jackson C. Frank, Bert Jansch, Dave Van Ronk and, of course, Bob Dylan. This much we know because, inevitably, those tapes soon found their way into the wider public domain.

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Nick Drake ‘Family Tree’ LP for release

May 18, 2007

Nickdrake

After his death in 1974, Nick Drake‘s parents Rodney and Molly Drake began to receive visits from fans at their Tanworth-In-Arden house – fans compelled by Nick’s music to understand more about its source by travelling to the place where he lived and died.

For Rodney and Molly, this was no invasion of privacy. Aware that this might be the beginning of the recognition that their son had longed for in his lifetime, they invited those fans in, improvised meals, even prepared beds for the night. And, of course, when Rodney and Molly mentioned that the young Nick had recorded music on an early reel-to-reel recorder, it seemed only natural that perhaps they might play some of those songs to the rapt young pilgrims who had journeyed here. Often fans left with their own cassette tapes of those songs. Unlike Nick’s albums, which contained only his own material, these tapes, compiled by Rodney Drake, were comprised mostly of other people’s compositions: the folk and blues tunes used by many a young guitarist in the 60s, attempting to master the fretboard. Nick played Jackson C. Frank, Bert Jansch, Dave Van Ronk and, of course, Bob Dylan. This much we know because, inevitably, those tapes soon found their way into the wider public domain.

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The Guess Who miss you

May 17, 2007

The Guess Who (no… not The Who under a different guise) created some wonderful bubblegum psych and hit big in the hit parade with ‘Shakin’ All Over’. Later on in their career, they grew their locks and spoke of peace and love and all that… in between, they broke the girlie hearts with this lovely rendition of I Miss You.

Ian Brown to tour and new LP

May 17, 2007

GitIn anticipation of his new album, due for an Autumn release, Ian Brown has announced a mammoth 22 date tour of the UK for September and October.

Brown’s 5th studio album, the follow-up to 2004’s Solarized, has the working title The World is Yours and is being recorded at London’s RAK studios with Ex Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Big Arm’s and Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder. New tracks in the works include Goodbye to the Badlands and Some Folks Are Hollow.

The mighty simian recently performed a short set at this year’s Manchester Versus Cancer event at MEN Arena. Songs included Ian Brown classics F.E.A.R., Golden Gaze, Dolphins Were Monkeys and two more new songs – On Track and Goodbye To The Broken. The finale of the show was a storming rendition of I Am the Resurrection with Brown joined on stage by Mani and Andy Rourke on bass.

Of the new album Brown says “The NME (Godlike Genius) award and all that gave me the pick up and the confidence to really go for it now – so far it’s sounding like this LP’s going to dwarf the others. I know everyone always says their latest is their best, but I really feel that this time. I’ve really gone all out with the lyrics and melodies. I’m trying to make my own What’s Going On. It’s going to be something really beautiful, with violins, dead sharp beats, socially conscious lyrics – this time around, I’m trying to bury everything I’ve ever done.”

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Richard Hawley to tour

May 15, 2007

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What happens when you mix Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and Scott Walker and get the resultant mush and fling it into a cement mixer in Sheffield? You get the honeyed tones of the brilliant Richard Hawley. Hawley is a tour-de-force live and should be caught by anyone with an interest in classic pop. Thankfully for you, he’s about to hit the road.

Hawley has announced a 15-date UK tour, ahead of the release of his new album in August.

The tour will kick off in Southampton on September 2, and will conclude in Manchester on September 21.

Hawley’s new album ‘Lady’s Bridge’ will be released on August 20. Read over for dates.

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