Archive for the ‘Groovy girls’ Category

Dusty Springfield sells bread

May 5, 2007

Dusty Springfield. Bothering people with a brush. Singing about Mother’s Pride bread. No, seriously.

Marva Whitney belts through Things Got To Get Better

May 4, 2007

For no reason other than I’ve been hammering the brilliant ‘It’s My Thing’, I’m including a video by Soul Sister No.1, Marva Whitney. Marva, apart from being jaw droppingly beautiful, had a voice so intense that it actually sets the air around your ears on fire. Of course, she is known for her work alongside James Brown of which he gave some of his best productions, and this, a blinding rendition of Things Got To Get Better should only serve to prove the point. Better news is that buy clicking here, you can see her live too!

Baez banned by army

May 4, 2007

Baez
Joan Baez has made claims that she was stopped by US Army officials from performing for hospitalised US troops last week.

Baez, famous for her stance against all things warring, says in a letter to the Washington Post that officials disallowed her from appearing alongside John Mellencamp at a gig at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC.

"I have always been an advocate for nonviolence," she wrote, "and I have stood as firmly against the Iraq war as I did the Vietnam War 40 years ago. I realise now that I might have contributed to a better welcome home for those soldiers fresh from Vietnam. Maybe that’s why I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation to sing for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In the end, four days before the concert, I was not ‘approved’ by the Army to take part. Strange irony."

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Cool Love with Wanda Jackson

March 8, 2007

Hats off to the first lady of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. Pal to Elvis, singer of the wonderful ‘Funnel of Love’ and the sassiest tongue in pop. Here she is with Joe Maphis singing Cool Love.

Patti Smith announces UK Tour

February 9, 2007

Patti
Esistentialist punk princess Patti Smith has announced details of a UK tour to support her new album ‘Twelve’.

Twelve is a covers album and is set to be released on April 16 and features covers of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Pastime Paradise’, ‘Helpless’ by Neil Young and surprisingly, Tears For Fears ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’.

The album also features covers of songs by The Doors, Nirvana, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and a cover of a Bob Dylan tune after playing at a Dylan Tribute concert.

Read over for tour dates

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Bjork to draft in Timbaland for new LP

January 19, 2007

Bjork
As most of you will know, Bjork has worked with an eclectic bunch when collaborating on albums. Her next album, due in late spring (as yet untitled) features two tracks produced by Timbaland and another two featuring vocals by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Additional guest appearances have been turned in by Toumani Diabate on kora, Konono No. 1 on electric thumb piano and drumming from Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale. "This record is a Bjork production par excellence," Bjork.com says. "No stone left unturned to seek out the perfect pitch."

The new album is Bjork’s first since 2004’s stark "Medulla," which boasted contributions from Mike Patton, Rahzel, Matmos and Robert Wyatt.

Bjork’s site also confirms the Icelandic singer will return to the road this year.

Album Review: The Noisettes ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’

January 11, 2007

Noisettes
Having seen The Noisettes a few years ago in a poky little club, I thought they came across as a bit contrived. Well, on hearing their debut LP, I might just have to take it back. ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ is sleazy mix of rockabilly, punk, garage and good time rock’n’roll spat through fuzz and feathers.

With the imminent release of new single, Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit) due on 29th January and their first long player, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? due out on 5th February  on Vertigo Records, the band are going on a lengthy tour, and you’d be advised to catch them before they go massive. Read on for a closer look at the album…

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Album Review: The Noisettes ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’

January 11, 2007

Noisettes
Having seen The Noisettes a few years ago in a poky little club, I thought they came across as a bit contrived. Well, on hearing their debut LP, I might just have to take it back. ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ is sleazy mix of rockabilly, punk, garage and good time rock’n’roll spat through fuzz and feathers.

With the imminent release of new single, Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit) due on 29th January and their first long player, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? due out on 5th February  on Vertigo Records, the band are going on a lengthy tour, and you’d be advised to catch them before they go massive. Read on for a closer look at the album…

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The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’

December 18, 2006

Is there a more perfect pop song than Be My Baby by The Ronettes? Of course, The Beach Boys could stake a claim at that title, or Glen Campbell with ‘Guess I’m Dumb’, but for me, this pips them all at the post, and the pinnacle of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production.

The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’

December 18, 2006

Is there a more perfect pop song than Be My Baby by The Ronettes? Of course, The Beach Boys could stake a claim at that title, or Glen Campbell with ‘Guess I’m Dumb’, but for me, this pips them all at the post, and the pinnacle of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production.