Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club

Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club is an alternative band from Dublin, Ireland. Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club formed in 2002 and played their first gig October 2002 in Tower Records on Wicklow Street, Dublin but the real first debut gig was at Whelan's on 18 October 2002.
In 2002, Whelan created a new band, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club with a new style and musical presence. Whelan describes their music as swampadelic and smoozhy with it being noted for its use of brass instruments and jazzy style. They released one album in 2002, which included guests such as Mundy and Damien Rice, winning a Meteor Irish Music Award for Best Country/Roots Artist. They were also nominated for Album of the Year. The album "Be Yourself" has been described as "genius" by music magazines. The band have most recently played the V Festival, Glastonbury, Oxegen festivals as well as their sell out shows at Dublin's Vicar Street and the Olympia, a stage which in the past has seen Lou Reed, Radiohead and REM to name but a few.

The Hole In The Boat

Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club TV performance with Imelda May @ The Rock of Cashel. Saint Patrick's Day Festival.

My Friend Jim

'My Friend Jim' taken from an appearance on The Dunphy Show directed by Maurice Linnane.

Happy Hogmanay

'Tis the midnight hour in Scotland right now. So happy Hogmanay to all my friends in Edinburgh and around the world. It's a special one because we also have a Blue Moon to welcome in the New Year.

Auld Lang Syne

"Auld Lang Syne" is a song by Robert Burns (1759--1796). It is one of the better-known songs in English-speaking countries, and it is often sung at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day.

Burns' Original Scots verse:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup !
And surely I'll be mine !
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou'd the gowans fine ;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
sin' auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere !
And gies a hand o' thine !
And we'll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
for auld lang syne.


My Father came from a small village just outside of Aberdeen, and so this song always brings a lump to the throat.

The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen

The Voca People

Always on the lookout for anything unusual or interesting in the world of music I have to thank my friend Leif from Norway for bringing this group to my attention. Amazing vocal action. No instruments, just voices. Something happy and unusual to take us out of this year and into the next decade.

The Voca People is an international vocal theater performance combining vocal sounds and an acapella singing with the art of beat-box. Web Site.
Artistic Director: Lior Kalfo
Music Director: Shai Fishman
Producers: Revital & Lior Kalfo.
Performers: Eyal Cohen, Oded Goldstein, Liraz Rahmin, Adi Cesare, Adi Kozlovsky, Naama Levi, Boaz Ben David, Inon Ben David
Video Photographer: Shlomi Albo
video editing: Peleg Netanel
Light design: Roy Milo

One more time, here they are in concert.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Top 3 Most Disappointing Landmarks

Still in travel mode today.  So we stay in the theme.
While I don't consider myself a world traveler, I've never been below the equator for instance.  I do think I have seen a fair bit of the Northern hemisphere.
And in my travels there have been three landmarks that really disappointed me.

3) The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbor

Growing up in England one always expected "statues" to be larger than life, living in London with all those statues of huge kings on even bigger horses it was what one came to expect.
In addition as a kid being a huge Danny Kaye fan, and having seen the movie Hans Christian Anderson a few times I somehow expected the statue of the little mermaid that overlooked Copenhagen harbor to be huge.  I know she is the little mermaid, but when extrapolated to a statue I expected more.

2) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Having seen, at least in movies, Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls and knowing most things in the USA were supposed to be bigger somehow I thought that a "falls" that had a town named after it would be at least slightly spectacular.  So when i was visiting Sioux Falls on business and one of my contacts asked if I would like to see the falls I was eager.  But was sadly disappointed when I witnessed it.   From top to bottom I think the fall is less than 5 foot.

1) Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts
When you consider that Pilgrims left England, not necessarily from The White Cliffs of Dover, that they had a hard time crossing the Atlantic. back in the day it wasn't like jumping on a plane, thumping a would be bomber, and getting of happily at the other end. No it was a complete long haul voyage thing. And then to make the momentous landing on Plymouth Rock you kind of expect it to be very impressive. If it wasn't for the little thing they built around it you would not know it was there. Having said all that Plymouth
is still worth a visit. As is Copenhagen and Sioux Falls.


While on a travel kick, I couldn't resist this photo I stumbled upon on the web.  Copenhagen has been on of my favorite cities to visit, and if I make it again I am going to be on the lookout for this bus.


Something different for a change, to celebrate hitting my 100,000th visitor I thought about visiting other places. And my mind goes back to one of my trips through Provence in France. I'm not sure if it was the views or the food. Who am I kidding, it was the food. This will give you a little taste.

Thanks to Lonely Planet for posting.

And this would have to be one of my favorite Provencal dishes.
Mussels Provencal (Steamed Mussels in a White Wine Sauce)

I have not been back to France for a while now, but a friend was telling me about a great company for organizing any tour of the area. Woaw is their name. The friend is usually accurate.
Photo Credit: Woaw

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Beady Belle

The Norwegian duo of Beate Lech and Marius Reksjo create an infectious melange of jazzy grooves and beats coupled with subtle, intoxicating, intelligent lyrics. Generally their albums just get under your skin and stays there until you're completely won over. Lech's delivery and sensuality is raw and alluring and her songwriting skills are simply marvelous. Treat yourself to something that is fresh yet familiar and just a tad unsettling at the same time. You'll be glad you embarked on the journey.

Skin Deep

Beate S. Lech (vocals, composer)
Marius Reksjø (bass, programming)
Erik Holm (Drums)


live @ Porgy&Bess Vienna April 13th 2009

Live in Poland

Relacja z 10-tej strefy radia RAM, która odbyła się w klubie XO 27.05.2009

Top 25 of 2009 all in one sitting

DJ Earworm presents a mashup of the Top 25 according to Billboard for 2009.
Get your MP3 download here.

DJ Earworm (aka Jordan Roseman) is a San Francisco-based Mashup artist who has achieved recognition for his technically sophisticated and catchy mixes. He is also the author of Audio Mashup Construction Kit (Wiley, 2006), a how-to manual for creating mashups.
Earworm's 2007 mashup, "United State of Pop," crossed-over beyond the online download market, reaching the Top 100 for national radio play in February 2008.
On December 25th 2008 he released another mash-up called "The United State of Pop 2008." He stated that "this edit" was called "Viva La Pop" because it uses Coldpaly's song Viva La Vida as the backing track, and hinted that he may release other different mixes. The official You Tube video of the song had 200,000 views within the first two weeks of release.
After the success of the two "United State Of Pop" mashes, DJ Earworm was contacted by Annie Lennox and was given multitracks of her various songs to create a unique mash-up piece called Backwards/Forwards which contains nine of her songs.
On September 12, 2009 Earworm released a Sean Kingston mashup called "A Beautiful Mashup".
On December 27, 2009 he released the third year-end mashup, "United State of Pop", containing the top 25 songs of 2009 according to Billboard entitled "Blame It On The Pop".

United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)

The Black Eyed Peas - BOOM BOOM POW
Lady Gaga - POKER FACE
Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis - JUST DANCE
The Black Eyed Peas - I GOTTA FEELING
Taylor Swift - LOVE STORY
Jason Mraz - I'M YOURS
Kanye West - HEARTLESS
The All-American Rejects - GIVES YOU HELL
T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake - DEAD AND GONE
Kings Of Leon - USE SOMEBODY
Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo - KNOCK YOU DOWN
Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - BLAME IT
T.I. Featuring Rihanna - LIVE YOUR LIFE
Soulja Boy Tell 'em Featuring Sammie - KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - DOWN
Miley Cyrus - THE CLIMB
Beyonce - HALO
Katy Perry - HOT N COLD

Movies 2009

Here is a terrific montage of 1 Year, 342 Movies, 12 Months of hard work, 7 Minutes.
Thanks to Kees van Dijkhuizen for the time he must have spent collecting this.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Emma Shapplin

Here is a true crossover artist. I love the mix of a classically trained voice and rock music.

Emma Shapplin (born Crystêle Joliton on 19 May 1974, in the Paris suburb of Savigny) is a French coloratura soprano.
Emma Shapplin, neo classical artist author and composer, started her music career in classical music but then moved to hard rock. When she was 18, singer Jean-Patrick Capdevielle convinced her to return to taking classical lessons so as to improve her singing technique. She discovered that although rock had given her more artistic freedom and hedonistic lifestyle than classical music, it was still not enough for her, so she decided to create her own style. This became a combination of archaic opera and modern trance and/or pop music. Shapplin and Capdevielle subsequently worked together on her first release, Carmine Meo. Capdevielle wrote Carmine Meo.

Although Shapplin was raised speaking French, and sings some of her songs in that language, most of the songs on Carmine Meo were translated from the French in which Capdevielle wrote them in into Latin and old Italian, in which Shapplin sang them. On her second release, Etterna, she decided to perform in baroque (17th-century) Italian. She did so because, according to her, "It's a language that sings naturally"; and because this is closer to the modern Italian language she used in some of her first classical singing lessons, while the older Italian "lends itself more to poetry, to dreaming, and to drama too". In particular, she used the spelling "Etterna" for the album and track title because this is the way Dante wrote, rather than the modern Italian "Eterna". She occasionally performs one of her hit songs, La Notte Etterna, in Spanish (as La Noche Eterna). Her single "Discovering Yourself" is in English. Shapplin has co-operated with Greek singer George Dalaras and she visits Greece almost every year for concerts in Athens's ancient Odeon of Herod Atticus.

Shapplin was relatively unknown in the United States until composer Graeme Revell used her voice on his score for the movie Red Planet. They later collaborated on her second album Etterna, with Revell producing all of her songs.

Spente le Stelle

Ira di dio

Emma Shapplin sings "Ira di dio" at the concert in Odeon Herodes Atticus in Athens, with Giorgos Dalaras in 2001.

La Noche Eterna

Tienen que escuchar y ver a esta hermosísima soprano, cantando una de sus mejores melodías, aquí les dejo un fragmento, es tan sólo un fragmento muy pequeño pero es para los que no la conocen prácticamente, esto fue en el Concierto de Caesarea, que por cierto también es el nombre de uno de sus álbums. Por cierto la melodía se llama "La Notte Etterna" también se encuentra en español como "La Noche Eterna"

Lucifero, Quel Giorno

from a concert in Viminacium, Serbia. In 2008

Murder By Death

I guess this band has been around for a while, flying under my radar. But thanks to Sir Charles Palmer I have become acquainted with them. And I'm sure I will be listening to them some more.


This is a beer chugging, bottle smashing, rabble rousing good time of a video. It's for the song 'Brother' off the album 'In Boca Al Lupo'that is available on Tent Show/East West Records.

Until Morale Improves

Full title "Until Morale Improves, The Beatings Will Continue" by Murder By Death - on Eyeball Records


Murder By Death playing the song Fuego! off their CD "Red of Tooth and Claw" in Washington D.C. at the Black Cat Club on April 9, 2008.

Retribution Gospel Choir

Retribution Gospel Choir is the eponymous debut album from Low singer-songwriter-guitarist Alan Sparhawk. The album was released in the US on March 18, 2008 through Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records. Kozelek also produced the album.

According to the Caldo Verde website:
Low visionary Alan Sparhawk cranks the amps for a radical stylistic departure. Crude, mangy guitars collide with trudging stoner-rock rhythms and some catchy melodies -- for modern-day spirituals that defy all preconceptions.

The first 1,000 copies pressed came with a 4 track bonus disc, titled RGC DUB, featuring untitled dub recordings. This version was only available through the Caldo Verde Records website link. The album was also pressed on limited edition vinyl in May 2008 and sold exclusively through Aural Exploits' website. The song "Breaker" first appeared on the Low album Drums and Guns in 2007 but was originally a Retribution Gospel Choir song.

Keep a look out for their new album.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Storm Large

'member a few years back?   Did you watch Rockstar Supernova?  Do you remember Storm large?
Storm Large (born Susan Storm Large, June 25, 1969) is an American singer.
Soon after leaving the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1989, Large moved to San Francisco to pursue music instead of acting. She formed the bands FlowerSF, Storm and her Dirty Mouth, and Storm, Inc. Storm, Inc. featured Shaunna Hall of 4 Non Blondes and P-Funk fame as a rhythm guitarist. Shaunna was featured on The Calm Years LP and toured with the band for a few months after the album's release. Storm sometimes performed as the duo Storm and Michael or Storm and Friends. In 2002, she left San Francisco to attend the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, where she was convinced by friends to sing again.
Large is most widely known for her appearances as a contestant on Rock Star: Supernova. She was eliminated on September 6, 2006 (in the last show before the season finale). After elimination, host Dave Navarro recorded a guitar track for her single Ladylike and she was slated to open for the band Rock Star Supernova on tour in January 2007, though she and fellow contestant Magni Ásgeirsson were dropped from the billing for financial reasons. On October 14, 2006, Ladylike debuted at #5 on Billboard's "Hot Singles Sales" chart. [Wikipedia]

Well I for one was rooting for her then, and looks like she is still going strong.

8 Miles Wide

Music video for Storm Large's song 8 MILES WIDE, from her hit one-woman show Crazy Enough.
a SOCKEYE production
Directed and Edited by JAMES WESTBY
Cinematographer TOM GRISSOM
Executive Producer ANDY FRASER
Creative Director PETER METZ
Associate Producer LAURA HARDIN
Colorist BRAD REEB
Featuring Storm Large, James Beaton, Davey Loprinzi, Marc Acito, Rick Emerson.

Storm on PDXposed

And just in case you missed her on Rockstar Supernova, here is one of her original songs she featured on the contest.


Portland Cello Project

Heading into the New year time to start checking out the new musicians you are going to want to listen to in 2010 and beyond.

The 16 classically trained cellists that form The Portland Cello Project have performed in a variety of settings, including punk clubs. Their generous ear for music of all kinds and the ability to draw the deepest emotion (with humor) from it is helping them create a signature sound and career. Bolachas

See also what Spin had to say about them.

Portland Cello Project "Tallymarks" featuring Thao


At the Triple Door in Seattle, 8-10-2008. Lovingly (and hilariously) covered by the Portland Cello Project and John Brophy.

Rehearsals with Storm Large

Portland Cello Project rehearse for a show at Wonder Ballroom with Storm Large.

Ruby Throat

Multifaceted singer-songwriter, performance/installation artist and poet, Katiejane Garside found fame (and chart success) as the singer with the influential early-Nineties indie band Daisychainsaw, issuing a number of singles before disbanding, after which Garside reunited with ex-Daisychainsaw member Crispin Gray to form QueenAdreena. Since then she has collaborated with a diverse collection of musicians (members of the Sugarcubes, Mínus, Hector Zazou to name but a few). Most recently Katiejane has been recording and touring as part of Ruby Throat. With a bipolar folk noir soundscape, the poetry of a slow unravel, and the ghost of a barren desert blues, Ruby Throat offers an experience of emotional fragility.

“Fresh from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks fallen under the influence of LSD, or simply in search of an alternative solution to the question: Why?” –


Ghost Boy

Pretty Polly

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Disney and Dali

Something trippy for the Holiday season. Destino was a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvadore Dali.

October 11, 2003

In 1946, Salvador Dali and Walt Disney planned a cartoon together. But the short subject Destino was left unfinished after Disney and its partner, RKO, decided it probably wouldn't make any money.

But as David D'Arcy reports, Walt Disney regretted the decision. And Disney's nephew Roy Disney, who now heads the company's animation division, decided to revive the project.

Destino is a six-minute film set to a Spanish song, devoid of dialogue and without a clear story line. It follows a dark-eyed ballerina on a journey among strange objects through a desert landscape in a dreamlike atmosphere.

A completed version will appear at festivals around the world before Oscar-nomination time, and Disney plans to release it next year on a DVD with a documentary that tells the whole story.



What is it about the man Rasputin that creates such devoted fans?

First up a metal cover of a disco tune, say what?

Turisas are a Finnish folk metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström and named after an ancient Finnish God of war.
They incorporate elements of power metal, with some influences taken from symphonic metal. Turisas is known to play all of their solos on electric violin, as opposed to traditional guitar solos. The album title Battle Metal has given rise to the term "battle metal" being used as a description of folk metal (used mainly by Metal Hammer magazine and its readers) but it is not a canonical metal subgenre.

Then there was the movie version from 1966, view the trailer here in the Embedding disabled by request section.

So now all you have left is to hear the disco version. By Boney M.

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
Most people looked at him with terror and with fear
But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear
He could preach the bible like a preacher
Full of ecstacy and fire
But he also was the kind of teacher
Women would desire

Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Russia's greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

He ruled the Russian land and never mind the czar
But the kasachok he danced really wunderbar
In all affairs of state he was the man to please
But he was real great when he had a girl to squeeze
For the queen he was no wheeler dealer
Though she'd heard the things he'd done
She believed he was a holy healer
Who would heal her son

But when his drinking and lusting and his hunger
for power became known to more and more people,
the demands to do something about this outrageous
man became louder and louder.

"This man's just got to go!" declared his enemies
But the ladies begged "Don't you try to do it, please"
No doubt this Rasputin had lots of hidden charms
Though he was a brute they just fell into his arms
Then one night some men of higher standing
Set a trap, they're not to blame
"Come to visit us" they kept demanding
And he really came

Lover of the Russian queen
They put some poison into his wine
Russia's greatest love machine
He drank it all and he said "I feel fine"

Lover of the Russian queen
They didn't quit, they wanted his head
Russia's greatest love machine
And so they shot him till he was dead

(Spoken:) Oh, those Russians...

Christmas Tree Pier 39 San Francisco

A very nice HD Video of the Christmas Tree at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Gives a good idea of the laid back local celebrations.

Video by Kostas Petrakos
Music provide by The Stephen Dreyfuss sound

Christmas by the Bay

Just a little something to get you in the holiday spirit... "Christmas by the Bay" by Tim Hockenberry.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Big Buck Bunny

If you need any further proof that flying squirrels are evil watch this.


Big Buck Bunny (code-named Peach) is a short computer animated film by the Blender Institute, part of the Blender Foundation. Like the foundation's previous film Elephants Dream, the film was made using free software. Work began in October 2007, the film was officially released in an April 10, 2008 première in Amsterdam while online movie downloads and files were released on May 30, 2008.

The film was followed up with an open game titled Yo Frankie!, in August 2008.

Owen Pallett

Michael James Owen Pallett (born September 7, 1979) is a composer, violinist, and singer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and winner of the inaugural Polaris Music Prize.
Pallett is best known as the principal member of the band Final Fantasy, which is essentially a solo project, although Leon Taheny is also credited as drummer and engineer. The name Final Fantasy is a tribute to the well-known video game series, of which Pallett is a fan. Pallett is to retire the name Final Fantasy with the release of Heartland.

Owen Pallett performs Lewis Takes Action from the forthcoming Final Fantasy album "Heartland" at St Georges Hall, Bristol, England on 27 May 2009

Owen Pallett aka Final Fantasy performed at The Pitchfork Festival '09 in Union Park. For more information about Final Fantasy and where he will be playing\touring next, check out his official site.

And just in case you think he is a one trick pony, here he covers Mariah Carey, uugghh I never thought to print that name here.

Thanks Bolachas

Flaming Lips

Everybody has heard about the Flaming Lips attempting Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon. They've been doing it for years. It is available on iTunes. Featured is, hold your breath, Henry Rollins!!

Breathe performed by The Flaming Lips Aug 13th 2003 Montreal Le Metropolis

The Flaming Lips live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, performing a cover of Pink Floyd's Eclipse. The song will appear on their next album, a complete remake of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Katherine McPhee

Katherine McPhee has a new album coming out in January. Very cool.
I'm still not sure if I like the blond look on her, she was truly beautiful as a brunette. You can also see the official video for Had It All, of course we all know "official video" is always followed by Embedding disabled by request.

Here are some behind the scenes images from the making of the album.

Her she is singing another of her new songs, Terrified at the Walmart in Oceanside, CA September 30, 2009

And if you are still not convinced she can sing check this out with Andrea Bochelli.
Somos Novios

Tis the season - That's What Christmas Means To Me

Igor Larionov's lovely daughters, Alyonka and Diana, have released a song, "That's What Christmas Means To Me," to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.
You can purchase it at iTunes for the usual 99 cents. And you also can make donations at

The video features the Larionov girls singing and cameos by many NHL stars, including Red Wings like Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper and Chris Osgood, to name just a few.
[Detroit Free Press]

'Tis the Season - Think before you drink

This campaign is from Victoria, Australia. But it is relevant world wide.
Don't let friends drink and drive.

TAC - Introduction
Watch the road toll halve

December 10th marks 20 years since the first TAC public education campaign appeared on television, the start of our long running campaign to help reduce the number of lives affected by road trauma in Victoria.

On December 10th 1989 the first TAC campaign went to air. In that year the road toll was 776; by last year it had fallen to 303.

A three minute retrospective of the campaigns produced by the TAC over the last 20 years has been compiled. This campaign features iconic scenes and images from advertisements that have helped change they way we drive. Tonight is a chance to revisit some of the images that have been engraved on our memories, remember the many thousands of people who have been affected by road trauma and remind us all that for everyones sake; please, drive safely this Christmas.

As 1989 drew to a close the road toll was mounting; so too was public outrage at the carnage on Victorian roads. By years end 763 people had lost their lives.

On December 10th 1989 the first TAC commercial went to air. The reaction was swift and it triggered an almost immediate change in driving behaviour. More campaigns followed and by the end of 1990 the toll had dropped to 548.

Since then a combination of the advertising, legislative change and Police enforcement has seen the figure fall by over half. More than 8000 Victorians are alive today who otherwise might have died.

Some 150 commercials have been put to air over the last 20 years. We all have our favourites, with images and words that are burned into our memories. These commercials have created a culture of road safety in Victoria that consistently results in a lower fatality rate than anywhere else in Australia.

See also RADD, and if you are in California be aware of the sobriety checkpoints.

Thanks to my friends on Crete for the inspiration.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lady Gaga in San Jose, no it's San Diego

Doesn't really matter where it was, she puts on a damn good show.
This was Saturday night 12-19-2009 and she was in San Diego, but was fed some wrong information as she went on stage. Apparently she apologized later on. But I'm guessing there ain't too many music stars who don't occasionally mess up which town they are in.

Just Dance

Poker Face

Dawn Landes

Dawn Landes has a new album coming out next month, here is the trailer for it.

Trailer for Dawn Landes' new album "Sweet Heart Rodeo" available Sept 7 in Europe / Jan 19 in the US on Cooking Vinyl. video editing by PineRock pictures © Alex Solmssen

Her she is performing that same song "Romeo" live when she was the special guest for Carbon Leaf and Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers who paired up for "The Bear Rhymes With Woman Tour" Friday 10/16/09 World Cafe Live.

As she mentions in the intro this song was feature in the HBO series "Bored to Death". A very funny series about a guy who gets jilted so he becomes a Private Eye. Very funny. Did I mention my cat is called Romeo?

Here's another song from that same concert.
Picture Show

Audie Darling

How about something a little reflective tonight?
Well give a listen to Audie Darling.

Audie Darling is a singer and songwriter and guitar player and painter.   She grew up in Nashville, raised by musicians and artists. It was fun being around so many creative people, so she decided to go out west and become one herself.

In 2009, she released her first full-length album, “Full of Ghosts” independently. The album was recorded with Adam Selzer (M. Ward, Norfolk and Western) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon.

It's a great album, you should check it out. You can hear more at Last.FM.

Worn Out Shoe

Little Bird

Both of these videos were by Notorious Kelly.
They were recorded at Mississippi Studios May 16, 2009.
Personnel: Audie Darling, Leonard Mynx, Ali Ippolito, Nate Clark


In case you have been hiding under a rock, Shakira released a new album recently.
I really like her voice, I love the way she kind of brings in a touch of the middle eastern sound.
But I figured it might make your Christmas a bit more festive to feature something from Shakira. Here is the official video for the title track.

She Wolf

Here is one of my faves from her earlier catalog.

Underneath Your Clothes

Here's one song that features the middle-eastern sound prominently.

Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)

The Ultimate Trailer

Here you have the ultimate in Trailer art. vadoskincheg has made a masterpiece by editing together some 50 other trailers to produce the ultimate trailer. And you know you would all be queuing to see this movie.

Music by:

AudioMachine - Akkadian Empire
Groove Addicts - Zero Hour
Audio Network - Mars
AudioMachine - Lachrimae (VadoskiN DNB mix)
Wild Rumpus Music - Blame It on the Falling Sky 2.0
John Murphy - The Last House On The Left SCORE

Soft used: Sony Vegas 8c, Cinema 4d

How not to ......

OK so you have to get home, you have no money, what to do?

NOT this.

A man who took a bus on a 30-mile joyride through West Yorkshire leaving a £250,000 trail of destruction has been jailed.
Shane Oldroyd, 27, of Ossett, stole the single-decker Arriva bus from Wakefield bus station in August because he needed to get home and had no money.
Judge Kerry Macgill told Leeds Crown Court Oldroyd was guilty of "wicked, dangerous and reckless" driving.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Teach me Tiger

Despite the title this has nothing to do with a certain golfer.

It is a very clever reverse video.

The song is from back in the early sixties, written by Nino Temple.

Thanks filmLeger

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat (pronounced /ˈbasɪa ˈbuwat/), is a Canadian pop music singer-songwriter. Based in London, Ontario, she released an independent EP in 2005. She subsequently signed to Rough Trade Records, which released her full-length debut album, Oh, My Darling in April 2007. The album was later released in Canada by Hayden's Hardwood Records.
Her singles "Snakes and Ladders", "Little One" and "I Was a Daughter" have been playlisted on CBC Radio 3 while various tracks have received airplay on college radio in Canada and the United States. Her album Oh, My Darling made the short list for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.
Bulat has toured across Canada, the U.S., Europe; in June 2008, she ventured to Australia.
Her second album, Heart of My Own, is slated for release in January 2010 on Secret City Records.

Check out a couple of her songs recorded at the Paste studio. And if you are not reading Paste you are missing the best music magazine ever. She has an amazing voice, reminiscent of Tracy Chapman.

I Was a Daughter

Little Waltz

First Aid Kit

I have to thank Bolachas again for introducing me to another great group. Their harmonies are just so sublime.

Young Swedish sisters Klara  and Johanna Söderberg are First Aid Kit.

Hard Believer

The video was produced by Varelsen
Set design: Ida Thor, Björn Wahlström and Jonna Ölund
Cinematographer: Fabian Svensson
Hair and make up: Hanna Suominen
Director and editing: Nicholas Wakeham
Producer: Nicholas Wakeham

Walk the Line

You're Not Coming Home Tonight

Low Budget

After reading about the Copenhagen conference this song seemed appropriate today. One line in particular, "doesn't quite fit".

It certainly didn't seem to appeal to China, Malta or San Francisco.

The Kinks - Low Budget

Thanks Mark for the suggestion.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tom Waits - Downtown Train

A quick post, a couple of versions of Downtown Train. A classic.

Live with some banter

And forget that Rod Stewart version. Check out the full version here.

Men At Work - Land Down Under

A friend posted Tubthumping on Facebook today, which as all good music should, prompted memories. And for some reason this song came to mind. The classic Men at Work song, with what may be the original video. Can't beat a bit of nostalgia.   Thanks Mark.

Travelling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

Buying bread from a man in brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, do you speak-a my language?
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

Lying in a den in bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?
And he said,

Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

The Late Call - Cards On The Table

This is a great song from an album that was released earlier in the year in Sweden at least. Not sure if it was released in the USA, but I'm sure you could order it if you wanted.

He records on Tapete Records

Official video
Directed by Mats Udd
Cinematography by Johannes Helje
Photoassistant Elin Johansson
Edited by Anton Skott and Mats Udd
Animation by Björn Norström

By the way, another great video by Mats Udd

Check out another blogger who also likes it, he says: The last time I visited Tapete Records' website was ages ago, until I checked it last week. With "The Late Call" as a result. The Late Call from Stockholm creates an intimate and atmosphere on his album, that seems to give you an insight on Johannes Mayer's lovelife, with answered and unanswered love and added ecstasy by acoustic instrumentals.
more at Let me like it ............

Svenska Rap

OK, so yesterday we had some Cockney Rock - Rockney.
How about today we sample some Swedish Rap - Svrap?
On a tip from my friend Mats Udd, tusen tack Mats, I checked out his latest video.
And was a little surprised to find some rapping on an American Football field.
This is way cool, and even if you do not understand Swedish you will recognize at least one of the obligatory words required for a rap song.

So check it out. I think the title in English would be "Live my dream".
Nice video Mats.

Lorentz & M.Sakarias - Lever Min Dröm (med Newkid)

Regissör: Mats Udd
DOP: Johannes Helje
Producent: Tim Mardell
Redigering: Anton Skott
Produktionsledare: Simon Bengtsson, Robert Samuelsson
FAD: Elin Assarsson-lod
B-foto: Nils Cromnov
Kamera-ass: Olle Kirchmeier
Steadicam operatör: Nestor Salazar
Elektriker: Pierre Sigfridsson
Elektriker-ass: Nils Virgin
Produktions-ass: Simon Mulk, Anton Bondesson
Color: William Tottie
VFX: Johan Holm
Smink: Izabel Collen
Amerikanska fotbollsspelare från Arlanda Jets

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Rockneys

Over the years there have been some cockney rockers, Rockneys. Most singers lose any trace of an accent when they sing. This generally is not true for cockneys.

Ain't Misbehavin' - Tommy Bruce

Tommy Bruce (born Thomas Charles Bruce, 16 July 1937 - 10 July 2006) was an English pop singer who had most success in the early 1960s.
He was born in Stepney, London. Both his parents died when he was a child and he grew up in an orphanage, later working as a van driver and in a market before undertaking National Service in Belgium.
Returning to London in 1959, and working again as a market porter, he became a friend of his neighbour, songwriter Barry Mason. Mason suggested he record a version of the song "Ain't Misbehavin'", written by Fats Waller, in a style similar to "Chantilly Lace", a recent hit single by The Big Bopper. Produced by Norrie Paramor, Bruce's recording rose to number 3 in the UK pop charts in 1960, much to his own surprise. He had no musical training, and described his own "sandpaper and gravel" singing voice, with a strong London accent, as "diabolical".
Backed by the Bruisers, a group of Birmingham musicians, he toured the UK on large variety bills with Billy Fury and others. However his subsequent record releases were less successful, only "Broken Doll" and "Babette" making the top 50. From 1963, he became a regular performer on the ITV variety show Stars and Garters, becoming involved in comedy routines as well as singing. Later, he made a living in cabaret, much of it in Spain and Malta, and also made appearances on the 1960s nostalgia circuit. [Wikipedia]

Joe Brown and The Bruvvers (Honorary Cockney)

Joe Brown, MBE (born Joseph Roger Brown, 13 May 1941, Swarby, Lincolnshire) is an English entertainer of the 1960s and beyond.
Brown has worked as a rock and roll singer and guitarist for more than five decades. He was a stage and television performer in the late 1950s, a UK recording star in the early 1960s, made six films, presented specialist radio series for BBC Radio 2, appeared on the West End stage alongside Dame Anna Neagle and has written an autobiography. In recent years he has again concentrated on recording and performing music, playing two tours of around 100 shows every year and releasing an album almost every year.
Described by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, as a "chirpy cockney, Brown was one of the original artists managed by the early rock impresario, Larry Parnes". [Wikipedia]

Chas 'n' Dave - Gertcha

Chas & Dave (often billed as Chas 'n' Dave) were an English pop rock duo, most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney", which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll". For a time, "Rockney" was also the name of their record label, and they achieved several British chart hits, their major breakthrough being "Gertcha" in 1979, which peaked at #20 and was the first of eight top 40 hit singles the duo played on. The act has also enjoyed no fewer than nine best-selling albums.
The group consists of Charles Nicholas Hodges (piano, vocals, banjo, guitars) and David Victor Peacock (bass guitar, vocals, banjo, guitars), with Mick (Michael Arthur) Burt on drums & percussion.
In the 1970s Chas & Dave were prominent session musicians, playing for a wide range of artists; for instance - the hook used on Eminem's My Name Is is taken from a Labi Siffre tune, "I Got The". on which Chas & Dave performed.
It was announced in September 2009 that the pair would no longer be working together as Dave Peacock planned to retire from the band following the recent death of his wife. [Wikipedia]