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Monday, 5 December 2016

( big red letter day)





Buffalo Tom are a band that have only just penetrated my radar
One of their songs Summer popped up on Urbanwear a  recent holiday compilation purchase and I know that they are held in high regard by some of my esteemed blogging colleagues including the Robster and JC

I had noticed their 1993 album (Big Red Letter Day) in a charity shop near my mum's care home but did not have the time or the change to purchase it. I returned the next week more in hope than expectation and it was still there and duly purchased together with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a further tow who will feature over the next couple of days.
It is a bit of a find - excellent stuff. The first song Sodajerk puts me in mind of R.E.M., no bad thing.
Further exploration required.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Some Sunday Rediscovered Soul


There is a fascinating back story behind Howard Tate's 2003 album  the aptly named Rediscovered.
Popular in the 60's he gave up the music industry after having being ripped of by promoters and music companies.
He subsequently lost a daughter in a house fire, lost his wife, lost his house and perhaps understandably turned to drink and drugs  and ended up living on the streets for 10 years.
With that background he should really be a country singer.

On this album he is reunited with his former producer and songwriter Jerry Ragovy who writes or co-writes (one with Elvis Costello)11 of the 12 songs on the album the 12th song being a version of Kiss by Prince.
He first came to my attention courtesy of Andy Kershaw's radio show.
Thanks Andy.

Howard Tate - Mama Was Right

Howard Tate - Get it While You Can

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Dylan Covered - Girl From The North Country


For a while last week it looked like it was going to be a close thing and then Bob gradually pulled away.
There was however a general recognition that they were two great versions of Blind Willie McTell - three if you count the version offered in the comments by The Swede
So the score is now Bob 4 Cover Artists 3.
Another cracker for you today with Girl From the North Country from the nearest Bob came to a country album Nashville Skyline.
I was originally going to offer up Rosanne Cash's version against that of her dad and Mr Dylan, it is one I have previously posted.
However when listening to a CD  from my Burnt Offerings collection (number 17 seeing as how you asked) which are basically songs I burnt from the internet a few years ago I stumbled on this magnificent version by the Mojave 3.
This has caused me a bit of a dilemma as it may well be the better version. However I cannot bring myself to voting against anything featuring both Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
Others of course may choose to disagree.
For those of you considering voting tactically for Bob to bring this series to a conclusion sorry to disappoint you. I have been persuaded by George and the Swede to make it first to 10

Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash - Girl From The North Country

Mojave 3 - Girl From the North Country

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday Three Names - Linton Kwesi Johnson


Sticking with some non-Country selections I was all set to give you Gil Scott- Heron today until I noticed the dreaded hyphen. Carry on like that and you could well be getting Cheryl Fernandez-Versini for goodness sake.
So it was back to the drawing board but not for long given a fairly obvious candidate was staring us in the face.
Step forward the mighty UK based but Jamaican born dub post Linton Kwesi Johnson (Kwesi being a Ghanaian name for a boy who was born on a Sunday).
Bass Culture and Forces of Victory came out at the time of Two Tone and Rock Against Racism and subsequently were embraced by a wider audience than may have previously been  the case.
His political poetry dealing with the experiences of being African- Caribbean in Britain clearly struck a cord.

Linton Kwesi Johnson - Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)

Linton Kwesi Johnson -Inglan is a Bitch


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Fever to Tell


On the way to visit my mum last weekend I briefly popped into a local charity shop which opens on a Sunday and came away with a couple of finds
One of which was Fever to Tell the 2003 debut album by New York band Yeah Yeah Yeahs consisting of Karen O on vocals, Nick Zinner on guitar and keyboards and Brian Chase on drums.

The annoying sticker on the front tells me that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are taking over the world and that this is the best debut since The Stokes "Is This It" or The Vines"Highly Evolved"
I don't know about you but I  only vaguely remember The Vines

I have their debut EP and a burn of 2009's It's Blitz! and this fits neatly in the middle.
These two tracks are probably the pick of the bunch for me although the sticky highlights Date with the Night and Pin.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Off Message


On Monday's featured Rough Trade Country 1 album The Gourds do a cover of Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice.
Bitches here and hoes there it is so misogynist that it almost sounds like a Donald Trump speech.
Thankfully on this occasion no guns feature.
Makes you long for the old days with the Grand Masters Flash and Melle Mel before the blatant sexism and the obsession with gangstas.

Don't don't do it.

Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five - The Message

Grand master Melle Mel & the Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Belated Four Candles


For some inexplicable reason I failed to notice and commemorate that Charity Chic Music turned four on 25th November.
Better late than never I suppose
So much music and words has flowed under the bridge in that period with many comments (mostly positive!) and many new friendships formed .

To belatedly celebrate this auspicious occasion (and because I am four days late)  four songs involving the number four.Hell, I've even managed to track down some Four Tops.

Gang of Four - To Hell With Poverty

The Four Brothers -Makorokoto

The Clash - Four Horsemen

Four Tops - Reach Out, I'll Be There

And for those of you outside the UK who have no idea as to the four candles reference