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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Space Mann

A recent post by Brian on the Aimee Mann album I'm With Stupid had me visiting the section of the CD shelves where my Aimee Mann's are stored
There are currently four - Lost in Space and Whatever along with burns of Charmer and @#%&*! Smilers. Clearly not enough and I don't know why I don't have the one featured by Brian.

Aimee is one of those artists (and we can all give countless examples) who are critically acclaimed and extremely talented but who for whatever reason have not enjoyed commercial success whereas less talented artist have.

I like to think of them as our little secrets and am glad that we continue to champion them in our little virtual corner. Not everyone has our impeccable taste more's the pity.

Here are a couple of songs from 2002's Lost in Space released on her own SuperEgo Records label

Aimee Mann -Invisible Ink

Aimee Mann - Today's the Day

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Fine Art of Self Destruction

I'm going to see Jesse Malin in September. Not only that he will be supporting Chuck Prophet!
How good is that going to be??

I've only seen him the once before at King Tut's around the time that his debut album from December 2002 The Fine Art of Self Destruction was doing the rounds.
As I recall there was a fair amount of associated hype. It was produced by Ryan Adams ( who also plays guitar and keyboards and provides background vocals) at the time when the Enfant Terrible could do no wrong. At the time Ryan stated Jesse's a genius.He scares me he's so good.

Then there are the obvious Springsteen comparisons and the fact that at the time he was a bit of a Johnny Marr look-a-likey . So a good few boxes ticked there.

He fairly quickly slipped off my radar but I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with him and his music.
Here's something to keep me going until September.

Jesse Malin - Queen of the Underground

Jesse Malin - The Fine Art of Self Destruction

Just struck me that the post title could refer to  the Argentina football team!

Thursday, 21 June 2018


No, relax - this is not a follow up to yesterday's post!

I have long been a fan of the great Steve Earle
I used to eagerly await his new releases and pick them up on the official release date or sometimes even earlier courtesy of Glen  from the sadly now defunct Salvation Sounds.

2002's Jerusalem is his 10th studio album and  the last I bought upon release. I have all his albums before this one but precious few after. I don't know whether this is down to a diminution of quality or to my tastes evolving.

Anyway it is one of his more political albums. He predicts the building of walls, sings about immigration and there is also a song about John Walker Lindh the so called American Taliban
I'm not sure whether Steve was on the  FBI and CIA's radars before this album but he certainly was afterwards.

I suspect that he has precious little time for the Orange Childsnatcher who, amazingly, this week has managed to plumb even lower depths of human decency and morality with his policy of separating migrant children from their parents. What a despicable human being.

Steve Earle - What's a Simple Man to Do?

Steve Earle - John Walker's Blues

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

More World Cup Woes

Well according the pundits the other 31 teams are better off heading home as England have just about won the World Cup following their comprehensive thrashing of Tunisia in a game that both Gary Lineker and Gaby Logan  actually described at one stage as "the greatest game of the tournament so far"
Obviously posted missing when Spain and Portugal were playing on Friday.

Here are some musical contributions from another two countries who sadly never made the Finals -the Democratic Republic of Congo and Wales

Mbongwana Star - Malukayi

Super Furry Animals - Y Gwyneb Iau

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Danger of Derailment

The more observant among you may be aware that there is currently a World Cup going on.
This may mean that some posts could be in danger of derailment.
There may be a danger of cancellation, some postponements and  of some posts operating with reduced carriages.
CCM apologises for the inconvenience to passengers ,who as always remain our top priority, for any reduced service which may occur.

The Derailers - Someone Else's Problem

The Derailers -The Right Place

Monday, 18 June 2018

A Wonder-ful Start to the Week

These Songs from the Key of Life were originally scheduled to feature yesterday but were overtaken by events.
So instead of relaxing on a Sunday with the dulcet tones of Stevie Wonder you get nearly 10 minutes of brilliance from the great man to ease you into the working week.

Isn't he lovely? Isn't he wonderful?

Stevie Wonder - Have a Talk With God

Stevie Wonder - Ordinary Pain

Sunday, 17 June 2018

From Across The Kitchen Table

I woke up on Saturday morning to two really sad bits of news.
Firstly there had been another major fire at the Glasgow School of Art, the second in four years. It looks this time like the iconic Mackintosh designed building will not survive which is devastating news.

Secondly as I started my daily blog round up I read that Drew from the equally iconic Across the Kitchen Table was hanging up his blogging boots.
Again devastating news but after nearly 10 years it is understandable that he has lost his mojo and enthusiasm for something that can take up much of your precious free time.
When I started I turned to Drew, Swiss Adam and Ernie Goggins for inspiration and advise.

I will miss Drew's excellent soul and garage selections and of course his brilliant rants. I will also miss him introducing me to countless new bands.
Here are two who would not be on my shelves but for Drew.

I also had the pleasure of meeting him at the now legendary Glasgow Bloggers Convention. Hopefully not the only time that our paths will cross.

Cheers pal.

Kid Wave -Wanderlust

Slowclub - SufferingYou, Suffering Me