Friday, 24 August 2012

Live: Jeffrey Lewis and The Junkyard @ The Bullingdon, Oxford (23/08/12)

Great show last night from the New York-sters. Jeffrey Lewis sporting a freshly shaven head after apparently watching Apocalypse Now. Also a nice opportunity to pick up a couple of issues of Jeff's comic Fuff sold to me by Jeff's lovely brother Jack. Along with their classics, they played a couple of Sebadoh covers because someone in the audience was wearing a Sebadoh t-shirt. I wonder what they would have done if I'd have been wearing my The Knife t-shirt? Missed opportunity! Really enjoyed Jeff reading Quoth the pigeon Bupkes, a yiddish flavored parody of Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem, The Raven. 

Looking forward to seeing them again at End of the Road next weekend.

Monday, 20 August 2012

"50 shades of Rod..."

Oh Rod...

Artist: Rod Stewart

Dark Dark Dark - 'Daydreaming' & End of the Road 2012

For Mr Chalky x

Dark Dark Dark will be playing at The End of the Road festival which begins at the end of this month and I believe is now running low on tickets - check here for more info. Loads of other great bands to check out as usual. I'm particularly looking forward to 'Patti-Poos' Smith, 'Peter-you-are-awesome' Broderick, Tindersticks, Savages, 'The lovely' Low Anthem and a whole host of others. How the organisers manage these great line ups is beyond me! You guys should have been in charge of the Olympics closing ceremony.

According to my records, this will be our fourth End of the Road pilgrimage. I'm hoping to make it down for the Thursday night for the first time but this will really test my festival toilet tolerance levels. Hey ho, all in the name of music. See you there?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Alt Post: Albert Einstein c 1950's

Before I give this music blog too many non music posts and too much of a tumblr feel, here's a photo that made me smile.

I found it on the excellent Retronaut website.  Highly recommend.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Jimmy Cliff: 'Guns of Brixton'

Love this version of 'Guns of Brixton' by Jimmy Cliff, the original of course by The Clash.

Comment on YouTube:
""You know he feels like Ivan, born under the Brixton sun, his game is called survivin', at the end of The Harder They Come." How fitting (and maybe invevitable?) that Jimmy Cliff would one day cover this song that makes reference to Cliff's legendary performance as Ivan in The Harder They Come. He must have been smiling inside when he sung that line." - livingintheflow

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble: ''Harlem Nocturne'

I stumbled across this excellent version of 'Harlem Nocturne' by New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble on my internet travels the other day. This is some dirty saxophone! Enjoy!

Anais Mitchell: 'Dyin' Day' Live on WUMB

I came across this performance of 'Dyin' Day' by Anais Mitchell for WUMB. This is one of my favourite songs off her latest album Young Man in America.

[Video link]
[Anais Mitchell Website]

Monday, 6 August 2012

Live: Anaïs Mitchell @ The Jericho Tavern (3/8/12)

I was first introduced to Anais Mitchell a couple of months ago via her latest album 'Young Man in America'. Her sweet voice and powerful lyrics caught my attention on an npr feature, I knew I had to hear a little more, and then had to book a ticket to see her play, and then I had to buy her album, and now I have to buy her back catalogue. Yep, she was good! Where a suprisingly high number of singers can't cut the mustard live, Anais was more than impressive, the kind of performance that reminds you that some artists are just on a different level.

Due to the small nature of the venue and her seemingly daring attempt to leave the stage and exit through the crowd, she was immediately back up there for a stirring rendition of Dylan's 'A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall'. What a song, what a voice, what a show!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Live Photos: Palma Violets @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford (31/07/12)

Palma Violets were supporting Savages at The Jericho Tavern.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Live: Savages @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford (31/07/12)

Moody, atmospheric, loud, post- punk, art house or to put it simply, a most excellent show. Highly recommend to fans of Joy Division and Patti Smith. Savages will be playing at The End of the Road festival in September and I'm guessing they are soon to be very busy and playing larger venues. Here's a link to more of their up coming concerts. Looking forward to hearing more material and seeing them live again. I'll be practising my Ian Curtis dance moves in anticipation.

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