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Thursday, 22 June 2017

I've Got The Abattoir Blues

Just be grateful that I didn't post a picture of an  actual abattoir.
The 2004 double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is one of Mrs CC's.
I'm honestly not sure whether I've ever given it a listen before but now I've listened to at least half of it as I gave Abattoir Blues a blast in the car on the way to and from work on Tuesday.
And rather good it is too - particularly these two tracks.Typical Cave noisy and lyrical in equal measures.
Number one in Greece and Norway apparently.
I suspect that I wont be long in getting round to playing the other one  and if you behave yourselves I may just share some of it with you.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -Nature Boy

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Burnt Offerings 22

Burnt Offerings returns with Volume 22 and this week it is Ladies Night - Ladies with attitude that is.

We start in Boston , Massachusetts with Dresden Dolls featuring the dulcet tones of Ms Amanda Palmer with some of their self described Brechtian punk cabaret . This song is taken from their 2006 alum Yes Virginia

Dresden Dolls -Dirty Business

From Massachusetts (and indeed Virginia) we take the small hop to Pennsylvania to touch base with Alecia Beth Moore  better known to you and I as Pink.
God is a D.J. is probably all the Pink that you will ever need and is certainly the only tune of hers that is  likely to grace these pages

Pink - God is a D.J.

Lastly but not leastly we return to Boston to meet up with Rhode Islander the great Tanya Donely of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly fame.
Not content with being a member of these three seminal bands she found time for some solo outings with this song being taken from her 2002 album Beautysleep

Tanya Donely - The Night You Saved My Life

More random nonsense next week (only 10 more volumes to go!)

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This is the Story

BBC Scotland appears to be on a bit of a roll at the moment when it comes to documentaries.
In addition to the two I mentioned on Sunday tomorrow night sees The Proclaimers: This is the Story commemorating 30 years since the release of their debut album of the same name.
At the time many folk saw the Auchtermuchty twins Craig and Charlie Reid as something of a novelty act and I suspect that a few still do.
The reason? They had the audacity to sing with a Scottish accent something that was pretty rare if not unique back then.
If you think of all the acts that have followed who are happy to sing without bastardizing their mother tongue we surely owe them a debt of gratitude for not  flattening all the vowels and throwing the R away.

The Proclaimers- Throw The "R" Away

The Proclaimers - Over and Done With

Monday, 19 June 2017

North Hills Meet Laurel Canyon

I got North Hills the 2009 debut album by Los Angeles band Dawes out the library a few years ago and have only ever given it a couple of cursory listens.
I put it on the other day and was immediately hearing comparisons to the music coming out of Laurel Canyon in the early 70's which let's face it is no bad thing.
I can also hear comparisons to The Low Anthem Maybe it's just me.
I'm not familiar with any of their other stuff and I see that there are a further four albums out there. Some further exploration is clearly required.

Dawes- That Western Skyline

Dawes - When My Time Comes

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Ferguslie Park and Birthday Murals

Today's post is inspired by two recent BBC Scotland television documentaries.
The first was Paisley: The Town that Thread Built telling the story of the textiles industry in the Renfrewshire town of Paisley and in particular the influence of the thread manufacturers J&P Coates who at one point were the third largest company in the world
There was a massive mill in Ferguslie Park which has now long gone and Ferguslie Park is now identified as the most deprived area in Scotland although some excellent regeneration work is underway.
Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan of Stealers Wheel were both Fegs as was the artist John Byrne who designed the cover of their 1974 album Ferguslie Park.

John Byrne also popped up in another documentary as he was one of three artists (the others being Jack Vettriano and Rachel Maclean) commissioned by Glasgow to paint portrait's to celebrate the 75th birthday of the legend that is Billy Connolly ( make that Sir Big Yin)
Not content with commissioning the portraits the city has had then put up as 50 foot murals on gable ends across the city here
Makes you proud to be a Weegie!

Stealers Wheel - Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind

Stealers Wheel - Steamboat Row

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Springsteen Covered - Racing in the Streets

Portrait by Jon Langford

Last time round Bruce was up against Kevin Montgomery with I Wish I Were Blind. The scoring was a bit cryptic but I think Kevin just shaded it giving a score of The Boss 7 The Rest 6.
The gap has considerably narrowed over the last few weeks although I suspect it might widen again after this week's offering.
Racing in the Streets is best known as a song from Darkness on the Edge of Town but I have opted for the version which appears on The Promise.
The competition this week comes from the late great Townes Van Zandt.
Much as I love Townes this is probably not one of his better attempts at a cover so it is Springsteen for me this week.
Others of course may choose to differ.

Bruce Springsteen - Racing in the Streets (78)

Townes Van Zandt - Racing in the Streets

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


A couple of weeks ago WYCRA had the word Angel as their Saturday Song Challenge.

At the time I mentioned that  I had once made a compilation CD for Mrs CC for songs with Angel in the title.
This seems like an appropriate time to feature some of them.

Normal service will resume shortly.

Rod Stewart - Angel

Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart -Angels

Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Rest Easy

Thank you for all you kind words - they mean a lot to me and my family.

Sadly mum passed away om Wednesday evening. We are taking some comfort in that she is now at peace and no longer suffering.
Mum wasn't much of a music fan but she did like a bit of Shirley Bassey

Rest easy Jinty x

Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

CCM editorial

You may have noticed that it has been quiet here recently and that I have not been commenting on other posts.
The reason is that my mum is seriously ill and we have been spending all our time with her.
You will understand that I have neither the time nor the inclination to post at the moment.
I will return in due course


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Forever Mod??

I've featured Forever Mod before. A 2 CD compilation of 48 tunes of smokin' jazz, sensual soul, stormin' ska and classic blues which apparently influenced the beginnings of the Mod Scene. Purchased for 3 quid in Morrisons in Dunoon.
I can't really see the  link myself in the majority of the tracks but there are some absolute belters.
These two probably go down as rhythm and blues as opposed to any of the genres described above.
I must track down Honky Tonk Pt 1
Next week I may go down the classic blues route

Huey Smith - Pop Eye

Bill Doggett -Honky Tonk Pt.2

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Springsteen Covered - I Wish I Were Blind

A bit of controversy following last week's voting for If I Should Fall Behind. Bruce fairly convincingly beat Grant McLellan but was outvoted by those that opted for the version by Dion provided by Drew in the comments!
So it is now The Boss 7 The Rest 5
Last week Lucky Town this week the sister album Human Touch and I Wish I Were Blind.
This week Springsteen is up against Kevin Montgomery.Not his version from Another Long Story his album with Pettibone but the live version from Kevin Montgomery and the Road Trippers - Live! From Glasgow. Recorded at King Tut's Wah -Wah Hut on Friday June 27th 2003.

Bruce's version is clearly the better one but I am going for Kevin COS I WAS THERE!

Others will probably choose to disagree and may even come up with a better version

Bruce Springsteen - I Wish I Were Blind

Kevin Montgomery & the Road Trippers - I Wish I Were Blind

Friday, 2 June 2017

Nevermind - Glitterhouse is 20

I know some of you were beginning to get a bit twitchy given that there has been no Americana round these parts yet this week.
Well twitch no longer as I give you Glitterhouse is 20 (in fact given that this is from February  2005 they are actually 32)
One of the two great German Americana labels (the other being Blue Rose) they are from Beverungen in North Rhine-Westphalia and were founded by Reinhart Holstein and Rembert Stiewe. Gentlemen, we salute you
A number of their artists have previously graced these pages  including the two featured below
A three CD compilation comprising of 51 tracks with CD 3 effectively being a Glitterhouse Greatest Hits. Not surprisingly these two are from that disc.
If this is to hard to track down or outwith your price range - worry not. Come Fly With Us a single CD compilation is available out there for buttons.

Jon Dee Graham - Big Sweet Life

Nadine - Angela

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Listen Without Prejudice

Those of you, like me, who may be expecting to hear some scuzzy blues today  are going to be sadly disappointed.
I picked up what I though was a copy of El Camino by the Black Keys in  a charity shop in Stanraer.
Having been stung before I checked that there was a disc inside.

So far so good.
It soon became apparent however that even with Dangermouse at the controls that this wasn't the raw blues sound of  Messrs Auerbach and Carey that I had anticipated
The music however was OK with tracks 2 and 5 actually being pretty good..
Closer inspection revealed the following words a couple of millimetres in height around the rim of the CD

Kasabian - Days Are Forgotten

Kasabian -Velociraptor!