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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fake Club


We have a treat in store today.

Fake Club are a rockin' kick ass band consisting of Aicha, Chloe, Carmen, Rosie and Vicky.
They hail from London.

Fake Club have been described as "Spice Girls with instruments", I would have to add "and talent". 

They made their awesome debut album in New York with Kevin Killen (Grammy-winning engineer for U2, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush). So no slouching in the recording studio.

In addition music for the 2013 British film "Powder Room" was curated by the band. The band appeared in the film, performing music of their own writing, including some songs created specifically for the film. Fake Club members were also responsible for the selection of all other tracks used in the film.

When you got it, you got it.

This is one serious butt kickin' band.
And they do what they gotta do.
Love it, they must be awesome on the London club scene.

Do What You Gotta Do
Dir - Ralph Fuller Fake Club deliver their first video for 'Do What You Gotta Do', Showcasing the girls blend of Fake Club humour through a scrap book of imagery.



 

Check out Fake Club performing this gem, certainly nothing fake about this band.

Bullet Brain





Another great track, cute intro.
I'm betting a live show is a blast.
Maybe one day.


Over And Over





The awesome juxtaposition of live kick ass rock and twee video clips is truly a stroke of genius,


Beauty Queen





We'll finish up with a track / clip from the previously mentioned movie "Powder Room".
Enjoy.

Midnight at KOKO (Powder Room Movie Version)





Monday, March 23, 2015

Jenuine Cello


So you know by now what a fan of the cello I am, and have always been.

Well thanks to a friend of a friends FB post I discovered this amazing young lady.

She hails from the land of plentiful musical talent, Austin, TX.

She is Jenuine Cello, aka Jen Mulhern, a captivating model of a modern one-woman band. Her live compositions take listeners on a road trip free from genre, saturated with an array of influences. With undercurrents of Bach, Bjork and everything in between, her music combines classically-infused inspiration with raw textures to create a unique sound of layered soulful puzzle pieces. Equipped with her Siamese twin-the cello, plus a beat-up looping pedal, a 6-string alien-looking electric cello and knack for glitchy self-made beats, Jen Mulhern creates a symphony of spontaneous sound painting that pulls at the soul and awakens an ancient desire to howl at the moon. 

Case in point, this amazing piece of music complete with all the loop backs anyone could hope to achieve. This is totally awesome.
Not just an amazing musician but a truly analytical mind to keep it all together,



jenuine cello iii - Jen Mulhern live at Cafe Creme from Adam Whaley on Vimeo.







Next a quick jump into the waybackmachine to check out Jen recording the cello part for "Alive Again", written and recorded by Victoria Love.
Such a beautiful tone.

Alive Again
produced by Roz for Neurotic Artist Studios Austin TX.





Here's another chance to check out Jen's looping and cello skills.
Consider me totally blown away.
Jen says about this: "A little rough mix of the solo cello looping project in the works. This particular loop was created using a 6-string NS Electric cello and a Boss RC-50 Looping Station."
If that's a rough mix I would love a recording of the finished product.






I saved this one 'til last, maybe I should have led with it.
This is Jen Mulhern performing a truly beautiful and awesome version of the Star Spangled Banner at the 2011 TXRD Calvello Cup, Austin Convention Center.

Star Spangled Banner



Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Ballad of Hollis Brown



A song written by Bob Dylan around 1963 for his "The Times They Are A Changin'" album, it is still as relevant today as it was then, maybe even more so.

There are some beautiful versions around, beautiful in their anger.

My favorite version has to be by the beautiful Ms Nina Simone, taken from us way too soon,
This is a fabulous live version from a concert series she performed throughout Europe.
A powerful, powerful version.

Nina Simone





I don't remember who or what turned me on to The Neville Brothers album Yellow Moon back in 1989. But I'm eternally grateful they did, this is one great album from start to finish.

And this is a truly haunting version of this song.

The Neville Brothers




Of course we cannot forget the original, the album it came from was if course The Times They Are a-Changin'. The album consists mostly of stark, sparsely arranged ballads concerning issues such as racism, poverty, and social change.
It was the first album that made me angry, we never really had the racism and poverty in the UK in my mind at least. Certainly there was no segregation, back of the bus, seperate water fountains or special hotels in the UK.
And Sammy Davis Jr and his new wife Swedish-born actress May Britt was no big deal in the UK but a real problem back in the USA.
So this album was an eye opener to what was going on on the rest of the world.

This version is from a Westinghouse TV Special (1963).

Bob Dylan





Rise Against the American melodic hardcore band from Chicago, Illinois, was formed in 1999. The band currently consists of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes.

This is probably the angriest version, but the song needs it.

Rise Against






This next version is just different, as we would expect from David Lynch.
This is from his album "The Big Dream" from 2013, another totally awesome album,
Highly recomended, not a dud on it.

David Lynch






Nazareth the Scottish hard rock band, founded in 1968, had several hits in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and established an international audience with their 1975 album Hair of the Dog.
Perhaps their best-known hit single was a cover of the ballad "Love Hurts", in 1975. The band continues to record and tour.

This is their hard rock version, a worthy inclusion..

Nazareth





Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town
Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town
With his wife and five children
And his cabin fallin’ down

You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile
You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile
Your children are so hungry
That they don’t know how to smile

Your baby’s eyes look crazy
They’re a-tuggin’ at your sleeve
Your baby’s eyes look crazy
They’re a-tuggin’ at your sleeve
You walk the floor and wonder why
With every breath you breathe

The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare
The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare
If there’s anyone that knows
Is there anyone that cares?

You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend
You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend
Your empty pockets tell yuh
That you ain’t a-got no friend

Your babies are crying louder
It’s pounding on your brain
Your babies are crying louder now
It’s pounding on your brain
Your wife’s screams are stabbin’ you
Like the dirty drivin’ rain

Your grass it is turning black
There’s no water in your well
Your grass is turning black
There’s no water in your well
You spent your last lone dollar
On seven shotgun shells

Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls
Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That’s hangin’ on the wall

Your brain is a-bleedin’
And your legs can’t seem to stand
Your brain is a-bleedin’
And your legs can’t seem to stand
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That you’re holdin’ in your hand

There’s seven breezes a-blowin’
All around the cabin door
There’s seven breezes a-blowin’
All around the cabin door
Seven shots ring out
Like the ocean’s pounding roar

There’s seven people dead
On a South Dakota farm
There’s seven people dead
On a South Dakota farm
Somewhere in the distance
There’s seven new people born

Copyright © 1963 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991 by Special Rider Music