NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

Tom Cannavan

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This masterpiece was 38 years old yesterday and I heard it on the radio this morning, for the first time I can recall since that golden era. Great production values on the video, nice make-up. Sue and Joanne look in danger of putting their shoulders out.

Seeing clips like this always makes me smile: my band supported the HL on a UK and European tour in 1981, not long after the girls had joined. We watched their show most nights. Not the strongest voices in the world it has to be said, and the dancing at that stage involved a lot of standing, foot shuffling and shoulder wriggling, and not much else :)
 
Been scouring sites for any Roots and Dub compilation albums which are actually any good. I'm sure someone will know the perfect one (or two). I've loads of reggae on vinyl but looking for a good selection I can put on my old fashioned iPod for the car and kitchen.

The Sannic Sounds of Tommy McCook on the Dub Store label (previously released as Tommy McCook Dub and the seriously rare Horny Dub on white label) is wonderful saxophone heavy Dub from founding member of the Skatalites Tommy McCook.

Unfortunately the Blood and Fire label releases on both CD and vinyl are out of print and have become rather expensive. However, ‘Dubbing at king Tubby’s by The Aggrovators’ on the VP Music label compiles 3 of the classic Striker Lee/King Tubby dub albums originally put together by Steve Barrow for the Blood & Fire label; Dub Gone Crazy, Dub Gone 2 Crazy and Dub Like Dirt in their entirety on a 2CD set.

Currently both of the above somewhat surprisingly available through WHSmith online for £12.99 each on CD with free delivery and a further £5 off for spending £25 with the code SPRINGTIME.

Also liking pretty much anything by Jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall, who has released 3 Dub albums through Bandcamp very much in the Tubby style: ‘Tradition Disc in Dub’, ‘Upright Living’ and, especially ‘Sounds Almighty’. Buying through Bandcamp means you can even buy the vinyl and get a free download in any format.



The 3CD Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry compilation Arkology is pretty much essential, albeit not all really Dub, and sometimes goes as low as £13 on Amazon. Certainly always cheaper than the arguably even better ‘I Am The Upsetter’ 4CD set which is becoming increasingly expensive.
 
Just in case anyone was about to buy the new Demi Lovato album, Rod Liddle has given it both barrels, even by his standards a forthright shoeing:
It's possible that some Demi Lovato fans do not have a subscription to The Spectator. So out of kindness I thought I'd cut and paste my review of Demi's new album here, so they can see it for free. Demi Lovato makes Taylor Swift resemble Dostoevsky The tunes on her latest album recall nursery school, the lyrics a counselling session convened by an imbecile From magazine issue: 17 April 2021 Demi Lovato makes Taylor Swift resemble Dostoevsky Text settings Comments Share Grade: Z If you wish to experience the full hideousness of Now, of our current age, condensed into one awful hour, then you should invest in this bucket of infected expectorant streaked with blood. It’s all there. The depthless self-absorption and introspection, the me me me. The self-aggrandising, the wallowing in victimhood, the complete lack of personal responsibility for her very bad decisions in life, the lack of discernible talent, the mawkishness, the stupidity, the facile political ‘awareness’. This is Demi Lovato, recent subject of an emetic four-part documentary on ‘her life’. Of course she is bulimic and bi-polar. Of course she nearly died of a skag (fentanyl) overdose and was a cokehead for years — none of it her fault. She had, like, real ishoos. Of course she spaffs her earnings on donations to trendy pressure groups. Demi Lovato is what America has become, and we’re well on the way. The music is lachrymose R&B slush pop drivel and bombast. ‘Nobody’s listening to me,’ she whinges endlessly on the opener. I am, love — because I’m being paid to. Anyone else who bothers needs their head examining. The tunes recall nursery school. The lyrics a counselling session convened by an imbecile. Sometimes, entertainingly, the words are indecipherable: ‘It’s just a little egg white on my spine,’ she seems to caterwaul on the title track. The actual words are probably far more boring: Demi makes Taylor Swift resemble Dostoevsky. Elsewhere, this album has been called ‘a triumph’. Yay. WRITTEN BY Rod Liddle Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator.
 
I have knowledge of this opus as they have been playing it over the tannoy in the local supermarket, presumably as some form of crowd control. In one song she cautions that if you feel you deserve a glass of red wine it is a very short step indeed to hitting the crack pipe until the mascara runs down your cheeks. In another, she confides that she is glad to be single but if you are alive she would welcome amorous attention from you no matter your anatomy. Sample lyrics: I'm not the type to call you out and fight in front of your friends But oh Lord we'll be 'aving some words in my Mercedes-Benz
 

Tom Cannavan

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I confess to never having heard of this delightful artist. I admit to be semi-old-fogey, but I have to say when I accidentally catch a moment of The Voice or X Factor, I am astonished by how derivative the artists seem to be; not just the tunes but even down to the vocal tics and affectations of successful current artists. It's astonishingly depressing really. Maybe it was always thus....
 
I confess to never having heard of this delightful artist. I admit to be semi-old-fogey, but I have to say when I accidentally catch a moment of The Voice or X Factor, I am astonished by how derivative the artists seem to be; not just the tunes but even down to the vocal tics and affectations of successful current artists. It's astonishingly depressing really. Maybe it was always thus....
Yeah - and David Johansen modelled his act on Mick Jagger...... ;)
 
Seeing clips like this always makes me smile: my band supported the HL on a UK and European tour in 1981, not long after the girls had joined. We watched their show most nights. Not the strongest voices in the world it has to be said, and the dancing at that stage involved a lot of standing, foot shuffling and shoulder wriggling, and not much else :)
We are not worthy!
 
I turned on the tv tonight and up came the 1992 Bob Dylan celebratory concert. Interesting, good in places if occasionally pedestrian, until Neil Young comes on and plays All Along the Watchtower channelling Like a Huricane. Anyone know whether he recorded a cover version? I was quite taken.

Totally different, my son saw I was looking at some YouTube vids last night and recommended an artist I didn’t know...Kano, and specifically two tracks he played on Later with JH. Grime but not as anyone knows it (including a string ensemble). Avant Guardian for some, maybe, but with hidden teeth. Highly recommended to explorers.
 
I think I'm becoming a bit of a fan of the Harmonia Mundi record label. They have four recent(ish) releases that I've been playing over and over again:

- The Mad Lover is violin and lute music from 17th C. England and is just wonderfully melancholic and beautifully played by the epic named violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte and the lutanist Thomas Dunford.

- Septem Verba & Membra Jesu Nostri is a 2-CD set on pre-Bach protestant music and reminded me of just how wonderful Buxtehude can be. The Schütz and Dijkman are great bonuses. I'd never heard of Dijkman before.

- CPE Bach The Hamburg Symphonies with Amandine Beyer and Gli Incogniti are 6 string symphonies that paved the way for the Classical era. I loved Beyer's Vivaldi CD and this is just as good. Maybe better for making me realize just how good CPE Bach was even though I always thought of him as a bit boring despite playing and liking some of his flute music.

- JS Bach Motets sung by Pygmalion under Raphaël Pichon. As some might remember I am literally the biggest fangirl of JS Bach the world has ever seen but previous recordings of the Motets haven't really done much for me. This recording finally made me a fan of these pieces as well. Virtuoso singing and such energy and word painting and texture and yeah, ok, I'll admit these aren't 2nd rate music but masterpieces.
 
I turned on the tv tonight and up came the 1992 Bob Dylan celebratory concert. Interesting, good in places if occasionally pedestrian, until Neil Young comes on and plays All Along the Watchtower channelling Like a Huricane. Anyone know whether he recorded a cover version? I was quite taken.

Totally different, my son saw I was looking at some YouTube vids last night and recommended an artist I didn’t know...Kano, and specifically two tracks he played on Later with JH. Grime but not as anyone knows it (including a string ensemble). Avant Guardian for some, maybe, but with hidden teeth. Highly recommended to explorers.
There's a live version on Road Rock Vol 1 which is a pretty good live album from 2000. Might even be a DVD as well.
 
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