Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Earlier this year on was on a coach heading up to Yorkshire and I was reading an article about American Psychedelic music. In particular my interest was caught by an article on Linda Perhacs who released her only album "Parallelograms" in 1970. It sounded like the kind of thing I would be interested in and so I decided to find out more!
I had a trawl on You Tube (which is wonderful for searching out really obscure stuff!) and I discovered some fragile, delicate and beautiful music. In the years since it's release the album has developed something of a cult status which led to a CD release in 2008. I bought the album before the weekend was through and it now sits in my collection.
The most immediate comparison is Joni Mitchell although that comparison is a little unfair; Joni is a unique and articulate artist with a poetic soul. Linda has a slightly duskier voice and uses a different sonic palette that gives her music an ethereal or dreamlike quality.
This maybe isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. See what you think...
Sunday, August 22, 2010
No, really, it is!
This Jeff Lynne doll came up for sale on ebay recently. Apparently it was made in 1998. Only a few prototypes were produced and they never went into mass production, which make the few that remain quite collectable. They're quite cool in an odd sort of way aren't they?!
More importantly, if you are an Electric Light Orchestra fan then you must download this. It's the best ELO mash-up that I've heard, and I've heard quite a few. It's a continuous 70 minute long stream of music, reminiscent of The Beatles "Love" album. Not only has it been inventively put together (by Stephen Ashworth under the name "Ash II") but it also demonstrates what a magnificent body of work Jeff Lynne has produced across the years. Fine work my friend!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Kim Wilde returns with a new album "Come Out And Play" on 27th August. This is preceeded by a single "Lights Down Low" which was released on 13th August.
The single only appears to have been released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Pre orders for the album show a link to Amazon Germany so it may well be that the album is only available on import.
Anyway here's the video to the single, with Kim looking rather fabulous at 49!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Where does the time go eh? It's been mental on all kinds of different levels lately and this blog has suffered as a consequence. So... as I haven't done a "Tell Me Something New" section on my blog for a couple of months, for August & September you're gonna get two!
First up is Lissie, a young American singer-songwriter from Rock Island, Illinois. She's promotiing her debut album "Catching A Tiger" at the moment, playing the V Festival this weekend and a short UK Tour in October.
Her next single, "Cuckoo", released on 30th August can be viewed here:
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Welcome to my second block of musical news - a little bit later than planned due to personal reasons that I may go in to some other time! Anyway...
Breathing Space - The new line up of Breathing Space play the Cambridge Rock Festival this month and their new line up is pictured above.
ELO - A DVD entitled "Live - The Early Years" is issued on 9th August. It features four tracks recorded at Brunel University in 1973, eight tracks from the German TV Show 'Rockplast' in 1974 and the "Fusion" concert recorded at the New Victoria Theatre in London in 1976, which was previously only available on video.
Saint Etienne - The next wave of Saint Etienne reissues arrives in October, with 2CD editions of "Good Humor" and "Tales From Turnpike House"
Tracie - She of "Give It Some Emotion" fame saw her debut album "Far From The Hurting Kind" gain its first CD release last month.
Heart - Have a new album "Red Velvet Car" due out on 31st August. To promote it here's a video trailer: