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Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Hiatt Bell Explodes


The other purchase from Newton Stewart was an Uncut compilation.
Looking at the track list I was fairly sure that I didn't have the December edition of Unconditionally Guaranteed 2000 and so it proved.

The usual  curate's egg but here is a threesome for your listening pleasure
American singer songwriter John Hiatt takes his CCM bow with the title track off his 2000 album Crossing Muddy Watters which sadly is not about annoying the great Bluesman.

William Bell has appeared before but with a voice like that he is welcome round here anytime.

Let's face it if Department S can do a French version of one of their hit singles why can't The Teardrop Explodes or should that be Les Explosions en Forme de Larme?

John Hiatt - Crossing Muddy Waters

William Bell -I Forgot to be Your Lover

The Teardrop Explodes - Traison

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Little and Large


I once had the honour of exchanging  pleasantries with Sid and Eddie in a Chinese restaurant in Eastbourne.

I would love to say that that is where the inspiration for this new series came from but that would be a lie - a large lie as opposed to a little lie.
No, it was my recent Little Feat post which planted the seed. The idea is a song by an artist called little ( or something similar) followed by Large (likewise). I'm sure you get the picture.
It will run until I run out of material or more than likely enthusiasm.

To kick off it is only proper that we feature another Little Feat track.. For large I'm kicking off with Big Mama Thornton.

More little and large offerings next Wednesday

Little Feat - Dixie Chicken

Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

I'm Waking Up To Us


No joy for me in Stranraer or Ballantrae (although Mrs CC struck lucky). Fortunately a quick trip to Newton Stewart resulted in a couple of nibbles.
I'm Waking Up to Us is my second Belle & Sebastian EP/Single charity shop find.
.From 2001 on their usual at that time Jeepster label it is a song that did not feature on any of their studio albums although all three tracks would later appear on the Push Barman to Open Old Wounds compilation containing the singles and EPs from the Jeepster period

The cover consists of band member Sarah Martin and a beagle.Produced my Mike Hurst as opposed to their usual producer Tony Doogan

Belle & Sebastian -I'm Waking Up To Us

Belle & Sebastian - I Love My Car

Belle & Sebastian - Marx and Engels

Monday, 16 July 2018

For Fox Sake


He's back!
Precious few purchases on my trip but an idea for a series and also another one thanks to Mrs CC
Robster I'm following up on your suggestion! Swede and Alyson I will give your suggestions due consideration. However Alyson I don't have you down as a quitter so I fully expect you to complete your American Odyssey in Song!

Here's one I purchased in Oxfam in Victoria Road, Glasgow prior to my travels for 99p .Jamie from the ever wonderful For Malcontents Only featured Fox a wee while ago.
At the time I commented that I could only remember S-S-S-Single Bed but a quick listen to their self titled 1975 debut album tells me that I do actually recall the other two singles that they charted with and here they are.

Fox - Only You Can

Fox - Imagine Me - Imagine You

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Little Black Numbers

Executive Cat Flap



I was aware of the name Kathryn Williams but not the music.I had an inkling that she was a singer songwriter with a folkie slant.
Her second album Little Black Numbers from 2000 on Caw Records seemed a pretty good place to start particularly as it had been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
She has since released several more records either on her own or collaborations  with other artists as well as with bands The Crayonettes and The Pond . She also hosts  residential songwriting courses.

It is rather pleasant

Kathryn Williams - Soul to Feet

Kathryn Williams -Fell Down Fast

Nothing to see here for a few days as we are off on our travels.
Hopefully I will return with some new purchases and with my creative juices flowing.
I feel things have been pretty stale here recently.
I would welcome some suggestions for some new series. I have one idea but am open to others.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Future Pilot A.K.A.




Before we disappear off on holiday for a few days, two CDs I took a chance on for 50p a pop at the weekend which look to be sound investments.
Until now the only thing I knew about Future Pilot A.K.A. was that he is a member of The Burns Unit.
I know know that he is Sushil K. Dade a former member of the Soup Dragons, BMX Bandits and Telstar Ponies.
He has released four albums as Future Pilot AKA fusing traditional Indian music and indie pop.
The one I got was 2011's Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea on Stephen Pastel's Geographic label.
It's a cracker.
He is joined by numerous pals from the Glasgow music scene all  4 Delgados and members of the Soup Dragons, BMX Bandits, Vaselines, Pastels and Teenage Fanclub and a good few others to boot.

Future Pilot A.K.A - Witchi Tai To

Future Pilot A.K.A - Prayer For Ananda

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Americana 2012


I could be wrong but I think that I may have stumbled across an Americana compilation that I have not subjected you to before.
From June 2012 an Uncut compilation Americana 2012 - 15 brilliant new tracks of Cosmic American Music.

Around then I was having a hiatus as I was a bit burnt out with Americana so I am not overly familiar with all the artists featured.
Dawes, Beachwood Sparks and Father John Misty ring bells as does Dr John (not quite sure what he's doing on here though).
Sharon Van Etten is another name that I am familiar with, more so than with her music. It's not unpleasant though.

The pick of the bunch for me are Deer Tick and I feel that I will be tracking down their album Divine Providence on the ever reliable Loose label sooner rather than later.

Sharon Van Etten -Serpents

Deer Tick - Main Street