Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rolling Stone Screwed Up

I am currently and have been a Rolling Stone subscriber for years, and years. I was a subscriber in England from their second year, I think. I've lapsed a few times between moves around Europe and across the Atlantic. But it has always been, and still is, my favorite magazine.
But every so often they come out with an issue for the top 100 this or that and they always seem to miss out a bit. I understand that the "best" of anything is often in the mind of the beholder, but this time they have overstepped the mark.

Their current issue is the 100 Greatest Guitar Player issue.
We could argue for hours of the placing within the hundred of the various artists included.
And I have no quarrel with the top two at all. I think Carlos Santana was way lower than he should be. And obviously because this is Rock guitar there is no place for the likes of Segovia or Django. But the egregious omission is Roy Buchanan. Come on Rolling Stone, you ignored one of the greatest rock / blues guitarists of all time. Listen in a bit and see what you overlooked.

Live from Austin Texas

One of the pioneers of the telecaster sound, he was noted for his use of note bending, volume swells, staccato runs and "pinch" harmonics. He is considered by many to be one of America's most soulful guitar masters, and even 20 years after his death, he maintains an army of devoted fans, including some of rock guitar's greatest (just ask Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson or Billy Gibbons). This performance, captured on the ACL stage on November 15, 1976, shows Roy Buchanan in his prime at the age of 37. Indeed, it may well be the best high-quality audio/video recording of his complete performance known to exist.

Green Onions

From the Rockpalast at Hamburg 1985. Brilliant cover of the Booker T and the MG's classic.
At least the Germans appreciated him.

Not sure where this one took place, but hold on to your hats everyone.
When A Guitar Plays The Blues

A guitar master class. How to play guitar in a mellow mood.

OK, I think we proved our point. But just in case here is the complete performance from Austin Texas.

Probably the best high-quality video of Roy's performance, recorded live on November 15, 1976

Track list:
1. Roy's Blues
2. Soul Dressing
3. Sweet Dreams
4. Hey Joe
5. The Messiah Will Come Again

When David Fricke picked 'em he was number 57 and that was way too low!!
In 1971, a documentary about Roy Buchanan aired on public TV; it was called The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World. The title remains apt today. Buchanan's gritty blues-rock playing entranced other guitarists such as Jeff Beck. But the Washington, D.C., virtuoso never caught the break he deserved, and in 1988, at age forty-eight, he took his own life while in jail for public drunkenness.

Susanna Wallumrød

Susanna Wallumrød (born in 1979) is a Norwegian singer, composer and musician. She started the duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra with keyboard-player Morten Qvenild in 2000, and has released five albums so far with the duo and also as Susanna.
Besides playing with Morten Qvenild, Pål Hausken, Helge Sten on a more regular basis she has also collaborated with The White Birch, Jenny Hval, the american artist Bonnie 'Prince Billy, The Cairo Gang, Ensemble neoN and Giovanna Pessi amongst others.
In March 2011 she releases a new album with music she has made to poems by the Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo. The band is Ståle Storløkken, Hans Magnus 'Snah' Ryan, Jo Berger Myhre and Erland Dahlen.
Susanna Wallumrød is currently touring with material from all her previous albums in solo, duo or trio constellations.

There is also a beautiful new album with Giovanna Pessi, If Grief Could Wait. This album features songs by Leonard Cohen, Henry Purcell, Nick Drake and Susanna Wallumrød originals. A true feast for the mind and the ears. However I am unable at this time to find any samples on YouTube or anywhere else for that matter. So enjoy some older gems from Susanna.

Take one of the more raucous songs from one of the more raucous bands and turn it into a beautiful ballad. Wow that is some feat! Here is Susanna's interpretation of a Thin Lizzy classic.

A truly fine version of the song everybody sings.

Written by Leonard Cohen. Live on the Norwegian talkshow "Store studio" (NRK), August 25, 2006. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra are: Susanna Karolina Wallumrød, vocal and keyboards, and Morten Qvenild on keyboards, both from Norway.

Here is a very, very different take on an Abba classic. Mama Mia!!
Lay All Your Love on Me

Susanna Karolina Wallumrød, vocal and piano, with Helge Sten, guitar, and Pål Hausken, drums. Live on the Norwegian talkshow "Store studio", September 30, 2008.

Palpatines Dream

Palpatines Dream by Susanna And The Magical Orchestra.
Susanna Wallumrød- Vocals, Morten Qvenild- Keys
All animation, photo and directing by Claus Arthur Breda-Guldbrandsen

One more classic re-envisioned.
Love will tear us apart

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sophie Zelmani

Sophie Zelmani has a new album out. That's how I started my previous post on Sophie Zelmani.
And maybe it's just the time of year, but Sophie does indeed have a new album, Soul.
And beautiful it is, some great tracks on there.

First up a couple of tracks [7 and 10] from the album, performed live on Swedish TV.
If You re Still A Dreamer - My Soul Remembers

Sophie Zelmani spelade live i Exressens studio

And here's a Soul Sampler.

Sophie's 10th album, entitled "SOUL", was released on November 23, 2011

This is track three on the album, video's a bit dark. Just enjoy the sounds.
All About You

And this is the first track on the album.
Free now

Francesca Lee

Some local talent today. I heard of her thanks to a friend, Rosemary thank you so much.
This young lady is San Francisco based, and from what I have heard so far has a really great tone, in fact a beautiful voice. Just listen to how effortlessly Francesca Lee sings these great songs.

I just love the "jazzy" feel of this song, but someone should get this young lady a bigger piano! :0)
Paper Hearts

Losing You

This video was shot in Los Angeles. Francesca Lee along with her guitarist Jeff Johnson were set to play at the Viper Room that evening. That same evening the show was cancelled and so Francesca Lee put on a free concert in the basement of West Hollywood Hostel (Banana Bungalow). The two had great performance that evening and despite the inconveniences of evening managed to still put on a great show.In this video Francesca Lee is performing the song (Losing You). This is where magic happens!

Finally they got her a bigger piano! :0)
Maybe Today

This beautiful, thought provoking song was written and performed by Francesca Lee with
Kevin Harris on Guitar Background Vocals
Shelby Grolig on Background Vocals
Gentry Bronson on Keyboard
Adam Lowdermilk on Bass
Doug Kyle on Drums

Here's a terrific performance I remember hearing on my drive to work a couple of years ago on trusty KFOG. How do artists "get up" for performing so early in the morning?
Under the Milky Way

Francesca Lee live performance on the KFOG Morning Show from Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Jose on August 21, 2009

Francesca Lee is the kind of artist who stops, takes a look around, literally breathes in the inspiration for her music. Walking the streets of San Francisco is how she goes about gathering her inspirations, she sees it all around her.
As well as her solo work, she headlines with her band the New Believers at a number of well known North California venues and is well known to the people of the area, appearing on numerous local radio broadcasts and has even played on the Born To Play Live Acoustic for the Gap.

She has a storied background, born of a Polish mother and a Korean father, her formative years were spent in California and Texas. By pounding the street promoting local music and setting up street performances she managed to scrape the funding together required to head over to Liverpool in the United Kingdom to take her place in the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts founded by no-less than former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.

Listen to more of her music right here.

Music Player web

Jake Cheriff

Once again I thought we could cop a listen to some unsigned talent.
This is Jake Cheriff, he's an Indie / R&B singer. Currently unsigned from New York. Check him out see what you think.

It's Only Love

It's Only Love - Jake Cheriff

Jake Cheriff | Myspace Music Videos

Jake tackles a Beatles classic.

This next one is an original song penned by Jake.
Let Me In

Let Me In - Jake Cheriff

Jake Cheriff | Myspace Music Videos

Thanks Bruce for the hint.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Smith & Burrows

Even at British indie’s Noughties peak, it’s doubtful anyone was crying out for a Christmas-themed side project from the lead singer of Editors and the drummer from Razorlight. Such is the perverse timeliness at which Smith & Burrows have chosen to unveil their collaboration, The Guardian couldn’t resist titling its news story for their debut album’s announcement ‘Christmas treat or Halloween joke?’. remainder of the great review here

This will probably be the only Christmas album I will feature here, unless something dramatic comes along.
Maybe like "A Handsome Family Yule Celebration".
This is really worth listening to though.
Smith & Burrows have produced a very interesting well produced "seasonal" album.

Here's a Christmas song that is as relevant in this country as in the UK.
When The Thames Froze

The official Smith & Burrows video for "When The Thames Froze" from the upcoming Christmas album 'Funny Looking Angels', out Nov 28.

Funny Looking Angels

The opening track on the album, this'll get you in a Christmas mood.
In The Bleak Midwinter

At the Crossing Border Festival - The Hague - November 17, 2011

From the same gig
Wonderful Life

Signe Tollefsen

In the beginning of this year we had a piece about Signe Tollefsen and her wonderful voice.
So now Signe has a new album out, Hayes, and I thought maybe you might like to hear a few tracks. These are live versions from various concerts.

Borrowed Song

The Dutch Singer/Songwriter Signe Tollefsen sings "Borrowed Song" during the release concert of her forthcoming cd "Hayes" in Merleyn, Nijmegen, NL on the 14th of September 2011.

Speak to me

at Plato Planet 2011 Oosterpoort Groningen, the Netherlands


back to Merleyn, Nijmegen, NL

Hear the rest of the album, and even buy it here.


New Zealand based singer/songwriter HERA has been living, writing and performing for 12 years now whilst carving out a very successful career in her native country of Iceland. Not an easy task given the global separation, but one that was richly rewarded in 2003 when she was named Best Female Artist at that year’s Icelandic Music Awards, a category dominated for the previous 10 years by global superstar Bjork! Hera’s Icelandic debut album also delivered her a Gold Record there being backed up by 37 live concerts in two months, the most extensive Icelandic tour ever undertaken by a solo female artist...

A prodigious talent from an early age, Hera began playing classical guitar in Reykjavik at the age of 8 building an impressive collection of her own self-penned songs by 13… In 1994 her family moved to New Zealand where she started playing her own shows building her a small but very dedicated fan base.

Bottom line this young lady has a beautiful voice, whether she's in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Just listening to her will make your day. Tremendous!

Litre of me

'Litre of me' from the album 'Rattle my bones' Recording at Tandem studios 2011 with Toby Ricketts, filmed by Daniel Lynch

It's a funeral thing

This is a new song (my first ukulele song) from the upcoming album 'Rattle my bones' Recorded on May 28th 2011 (on an iphone 4) at Pegasus bay winery after a few lovely wines...
With extra special thanks to Gummi for the most wonderful ukulele :) [herasings]

Maybe Logical

Check out her new album right here.

In case you are thinking, where have I heard that name before? Think back to ancient Greek mythology.
The queen of the Olympian deities. She is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and wife and sister of Zeus. Hera was mainly worshipped as a goddess of marriage and birth. It is said that each year Hera's virginity returns by bathing in the well Canathus. The children of Hera and Zeus are the smith-god Hephaestus, the goddess of youth Hebe, and the god of war Ares. According to some sources, however, her children were conceived without the help of a man, either by slapping her hand on the ground or by eating lettuce: thus they were born, not out of love but out of lust and hatred.

Star Quality, with Nick Cave.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Maria Rita

Maria Rita took the MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) world by storm in 2003 with her debut album, winning all kinds of awards and crossing over abroad in light of her mammoth success. The beautiful and beautiful-sounding young lady is the daughter of one of Brazil’s most (if not the most) legendary vocalists, the late Elis Regina, and if that alone weren’t enough to make her a star in waiting, her father is César Camargo Mariano, one of the country’s top arrangers, producers, and pianists, and her namesake is Rita Lee, yet another MPB legend. Add to that a close musical partnership with Milton Nascimento, who penned “A Festa,” the opening track of her debut album, and you can see why the MPB world was eagerly awaiting her recording debut.Born September 19, 1977, in São Paulo, Rita began singing professionally at age 24. Her debut album, Maria Rita, released domestically in late 2003 and internationally in 2004, spawned two big hits, the aforementioned “A Festa” and “Cara Valente.” On the heels of the album’s blockbuster success — both critical and commercial — Rita released a similarly self-titled DVD that captures her 2004 live performance at Bourbon Street in São Paulo. Among the awards won by Rita in 2004 were Latin Grammys for Best New Artist and Best MPB Album. Rita’s second album, Segundo (2005), was even more popular than her first (selling over 700,000 copies in Brazil alone), if not as critically acclaimed. A live DVD, Segundo ao Vivo, followed in 2006. Rita’s third album, Samba Meu (2007), was a change of style: a collection of acoustic sambas. [exystence]
A nice calming salsa / samba feel for a Sunday evening.  Enjoy.


Música: Pra Matar Meu Coração (Daniel Jobim/Pedro Baby)
Vídeo: Vicente de Paulo
Styling: Marina Franco
Maquiagem e cabelo: Ricardo dos Anjos

Menino do Rio

Canção extraída do disco Elo, da cantora Maria Rita, pela gravadora Warner Music.
Menino Do Rio
Composição: Caetano Veloso

Nem Um Dia

Teatro do Bourbon Country -- Porto Alegre/ RS -- 26 August 2011.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Liz Green

Liz Green’s debut album has been a long time coming. The Wirral-born, Manchester-based singer first made some big waves in 2007 after her double A-side single Bad Medicine/French Singer was released. The eerie mix of blues and jazz, sounding for all the world like they were recorded sometime in the ’30s, caused quite a splash, and it wasn’t long before Green was tipped as one to watch. Yet then, for four long years, silence pretty much reigned. But now, finally it is here. O, Devotion finally hits the stores. And well worth the wait I think.

Displacement Song

Bad Medicine

Album launch night for 'O Devotion' by Liz Green here performing with full band at Kings Arms, Salford. The album is out on 14 November on PIAS.


Gallows by Liz Green live for an instore to promote her debut Album 'O, Devotion' at Rough Trade West, London 13 November 2011.

Piney Gir

Remember back in the last year when Piney Gir used to sing Spaghetti-country-punk-gospel-pop?
Well she's re-invented herself again and entered another genre.
Singer/songwriter Piney Gir continues to develop her chameleon-like career with her fifth studio album, 'Geronimo!, a collection of songs seemingly inspired by the jukebox joints of the ’60s. With an impressive array of guest musicians on board, including members of Brian Wilson’s band and the Beatles’ regular brass section.

Oh Lies

Outta Sight

Here's Looking At You

Friday, November 25, 2011

Vaya Con Dios

Today we step into the wayback machine a few years. Back into the nineties.
These songs by Vaya Con Dios are from that period. Vaya Con Dios are still in business, although I don't think they have had a new album since 2009.
But they have a great retro feel of the swing / gypsy / jazz genre.
Plus that great guitar player.

Nah neh nah

Belgium's biggest exportgroup of Dani Klein: Vaya con dios.

What's A Woman


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

As always you have to have the traditional Thanksgiving song.

Arlo Guthrie performs "Alice's Restaurant" live at Farm Aid 2005 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois on September 18, 2005.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid in 1985 and serve on the board of directors. The three agreed that family farmers were in dire need of assistance and decided to plan a concert for America.
Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's Board of Directors in 2001 to help further Farm Aid's mission of keeping family farmers on their land.

Have a great Holiday.

Charlene Soraia

Charlene Soraia is a London-based singer-songwriter. She is known for her cover of "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling, which was used in an advert for Twinings tea in the UK. It was released on iTunes for Digital download and reached a peak of number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. She released her debut studio album, Moonchild in November 2011, which features "Wherever You Will Go" as a bonus track.

This first track is an amazing combination of jazz, pop and a hint of Pink Floyd. Wow! Charlene is definitely a talent to watch out for.  This is one of my favorite tracks from the album.
When We Were Five

Video produced by Tactful Cactus
Music produced by Paul Stacey
Charlene Soraia - guitar, vocal, zither, door hinge squeaks
Paul Stacey - bass, Memory Moog
Jeremy Stacey - drums
Paul Edmonds - trumpet

This is a live version of track eight from the launch.
Postcards from iO

Moonchild Album Launch @ Bush Hall 21 November 2011

Wherever You Will Go

The bonus track on the album Moonchild
A David Pembroke Production. Ireland. Sparkle Films.
Love story between your average Teddy Bear and Dog