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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

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Into the Mystic

I'm following up on my theme from last Saturday by pondering about artists and albums I would probably invest in if money was no object.
Again I am revisiting and reassessing a previously featured compilation in this case Into the Mystic an Uncut CD from May 2015.

First time round I picked out Waxahatchee, This is the Kit and Torres as the pick of the bunch.
In this instance I actually put my money where my mouth  for two out the three subsequently purchasing Ivy Tripp by Waxahatchee and Bashed Out by This is the Kit.
This leaves Mackenzie Scott who records as Torres as the odd one out. New Skin is from her 2015 album Sprinter the second of three that she has released and it is also probably worth pursuing.

I have about half a dozen Calexico albums but most are burns. Indeed the only one I have actually purchased is Feast of Wire. They have slipped of my radar somewhat but on the strength of this song from 2015's Edge of the Sun they still continue to produce the goods

Torres - New Skin

Calexico - Falling From the Sky

Friday, 15 June 2018

Jon Langford and his Sadies

You were supposed to be getting a couple of tracks by The Sadies from their album Favourite Colours today but for some reason the burning software didn't seem to like it.
Time for plan B then. Don't worry you are still getting The Sadies but by way of compensation for the inconvenience I am throwing Jon Langford in as well
From 2002 on the ever wonderful Bloodshot label Mayors of the Moon sees yet another Langford collaboration.
Newport meets Toronto via Chicago in a fine example of multinational collaboration.

Jon Langford & his Sadies -Looking Good For Radio

Jon Langford &his Sadies -What Makes Johnny Run?

Wilco - Via Chicago

Thursday, 14 June 2018

World Cup Woes

I believe that the World Cup kicks off in Russia today. It's amazing what money can buy.

I'm old enough to remember when Scotland actually qualified for the finals. Indeed I took in their 3 games at Italia 90 and the Scotland v Brazil opener in Paris in 1998.

Needless to say we are not one of the 32 teams featured this time round.
I organised the work sweep stake and drew Panama so you will forgive me if I support them against England.

I've not got that many songs about football and thankfully no World Cup songs so I 'm going to concentrate on the domestic game with songs about teams from another three countries who never made the finals - Hungary, Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic.

Go Panama!

Half Man Half Biscuit - I Was a Teenage Armchair Honved Fan

Real Sounds of Africa - Dynamos vs Tornados

Half Man Half Biscuit -All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Oh! Mama, Mama Look There

I had an urge to feature The Only Band That Matters  (™) today and we all know that such urges should not be resisted.
Further more it had to be something from Sandinista an album I'll hold my hands up and admit that I haven't played for far too long.
36 tracks to choose from. I've got the double CD as opposed to the triple CD so have gone for track 5, CD 2 (side 4 , track 5) and CD 1, track 2 (side 1, track 2)

No expense accounts or lunch discounts.

The Clash - Washington Bullets

The Clash - Hitsville U.K

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dancing Queens

Two birds with one stone today.
There was no ABBA on the shelves until a few weeks ago when Mrs CC came in with an album of their Number Ones which was a charity shop acquisition.Splendid Scandanavian pop musuc.

Then more recently in a comment on a post Rol mentioned that he had discovered some new artists to him while listening to Radio Scotland. One was Paisley singer/songwriter Jill Jackson erstwhile lead singer of the band Speedway.
Rol mentioned that he had purchased her new album and was really enjoying it. She was an artist I used to see live quite often usually supporting bands at places like King Tuts.I always enjoyed her shows and  obtained her 2010 album Back to Zero which as it's last track has a slowed down version of Dancing Queen on it.
So that's today's post sorted.

ABBA - Dancing Queen

Jill Jackson - Dancing Queen

Jill Jackson - Heart of Mine

Monday, 11 June 2018

Where Does It Go From Here

I know that it is a wee bit warm to be featuring woolly jumpers but I thought that  I would give Pelican West an airing.This is more than a wee bit inspired by John Medd's recent post
From 1982 it's the debut album by Haircut 100 and peaked at number 2 in the UK charts.It is the first of two albums by the band but I suspect that most folk will be hard pressed to remember the follow up which was 1984's Paint and Paint.
It contains some excellent pop songs all written and sung by Nick Hayward.
I am not that familiar with his solo stuff but I know that he is held in high esteem by many of the Blogging fraternity (see above).
Mrs CC I suspect is a fan given that she has two of his solo albums as well as being the owner of Pelican West.
I shall give them an airing in due course and report back.

Haircut 100 - Fantastic Day

Haircut 100 - Love Plus One

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Kim Richey at the Glad Cafe

We are off to what I suspect will be a very hot Glad Cafe tonight to see singer songwriter Kim Richey perform.
She has been on the go since the mid 90's but was a relative latecomer in that she did not sign her first recording contact until the age of 37. So plenty of life experience to inform her songs.
Her music is probably on the cusp of mainstream country and Americana.
For example I was convinced that I had a version of the first of today's songs Just My Luck, from as far back as 1995, by the Dixie Chicks but this does not appear to be the case.
I think she has probably become less mainstream as time as gone by and I am looking forward to hearing hertonight.
The show is being put on by  promoter Kevin Morris under the guise of The Fallen Angels Club who has been putting on consistently good shows in Glasgow and sometimes further afield since 2004. An unsung hero.

Kim Richey - Just My Luck

Kim Richey -A Place Called Home

Saturday, 9 June 2018


Do you ever wonder that if you had an infinite supply of money and space how many more records could you buy.
All those records you quite like and add to the "list" knowing fine well that something more tempting will come along and that they will probably never get to the level that you will fork out hard cash for them.

Some examples from Uncut's April 2017 compilation Hypermusic. Hurrah For The Riff Raff and the song Hungry Ghost from the album The Navigator featured last time round.
And there are further examples on there
I have two Grandaddy albums from charity shops and a cheap compilation. Realistically their album  Last Place  good though it almost certainly is is never going to top the list.
It is a similar situation with Laura Marling. Two burns but nothing else. Semer Femina is not going to change  that.
Finally on the only debutant today. I thought I had featured New Zealand singer songwriter Nadia Reid before but apparently not..This is from Preservation.

Three good artists, three good songs, three albums I would like to have
So many records, so little money
More examples nest Saturday

Grandaddy - The Boat is in the Barn

Laura Marling - Soothing

Nadia Reid - I Come Home to You

Friday, 8 June 2018

The Blues Collection - J.B.Lenoir

The last of the latest three additions to the Blues Collection  which Mrs CC picked up on her travels a couple of months ago is Eisenhower Blues by J.B.Lenoir a guitarist and songwriter active on the Chicago scene in the 50's and 60's
The title track which was somewhat controversial at the time and which his record company made him re-record as Tax Playing Blues made an appearance on my Burnt Offerings series as did the picture of him in his snazzy zebra patterned jacket which C took rather a shine to.

Another Bluesman who died young in his case at 38. Not through the usual drink or drugs like many of his colleagues but through internal injuries following a car crash.
I imagine he could have written a good song about that.

J.B. Lenoir - Give Me One More Shot

J.B.Lenoir - Low Down Dirty Shame

Thursday, 7 June 2018

One Year On

It was a year ago today that my mum died.In some ways it doesn't seem that long. Just goes to show that time can fly by.
Mrs CC and I are going out for a meal tonight so we will raise a glass.
I'll leave you with some Old Blue Eyes another one of my mum's favourites.

Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the Night

Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Lone Justice

I've been meaning to get round to playing and featuring some Lone Justice for a few weeks now ever since my Thrum post with it's comparisons between the vocals of Monica Queen and Maria McKee
I knew that I had their second album Shelter from 1986 on the Geffen  label but was pleasantly surprised to find that I also had their 1985 self titled debut which is one I cannot remember buying.

I'll get round to that one in due course but first a couple of Maria McKee compositions from Shelter as that is the one I am most familiar with.
Probably a bit more poppy (and a slightly less successful one than the first one) it has production from the band, Steve Van Zandt and Jimmy Iovine
Maria left to go solo shortly thereafter.

Lone Justice - Wheels

Lone Justice - Dixie Storms

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Good Golly, Here's Holly

It is probably just over a year ago that I was introduced to the charms of Holly Macve by The Swede.
I was so impressed that I immediately sought out her debut album Golden Eagle on the Bella Union label
She was raised in Galway and Yorkshire but sounds like she could be from some rural backwater deep in the American swamps.
It has to be said that her voice is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. As you would expect I'm in the former camp.
It is a pretty unique voice although I can see some similarities to Paula Frazer of Tarnation fame in there.
While doing my research for this post (ie visiting the Bella Union website) I see that she has also released  a 4 track Covers EP  which is only available for streaming on Spotify.
Such are the times that we now live in

Holly Macve - Sycamore Tree

Monday, 4 June 2018

Babes Never Die

Some Honeyblood for you today from their  2016 second album  Babes Never Die on Fat Cat records.

A change in personnel from the first album with Cat Myres replacing Shona McVicar on drums alongside lead singer and guitarist Stina Tweeddale.
It was slightly more successful than the 2014 self-titled debut album this one reaching 50 in the UK charts as opposed to 99  first time round and  peaking at 16 in the Scottish charts compared to 47
No sign of the difficult third album yet.
I could be wrong but I think that Gangs refers to Oxgangs the area of Edinburgh where Stina comes from.
As a bonus you are getting the Intro track thrown in with the title track as it is difficult to work out where one ends and the other begins.

Honeyblood - Babes Never Die

Honeyblood - Gangs

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sanctified Soul Revisited

Apologies for the lack of originality today but I've got an excuse of sorts.
I've usually got one or two posts written and in the bank keeping me one step ahead of the posse as I like to say to Mrs CC.
However, for a variety of reasons I've been writing them up  the night before recently giving me no scope for manoeuvre
As you read this I will be recovering from my visit to Eaglesham Beer Festival yesterday. It was pretty unrealistic to expect me to cobble something together on Saturday night (although it might have been interesting) so I wrote this on Saturday morning.
I had no time to sort of something different so I resorted to this great album which fortunately I had downloaded in it's entirity.
Part of me is tempted to post a further two tracks for each of the next 11 Sundays - it is that good.

Judy Clay - The Greatest Love

Sam Dess -Signed, Miss Heroin

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Rhythms of Zimbabwe

I've been listening to Rhythms of Africa a compilation from Cooking Vinyl's International Music Series a bit this week.
It should really be Rhythms of Zimbabwe given that 5 of the 6 acts who contribute two songs each are from there with the exception being Sierra Leone's S.E. Rogie.

If you don't have Shabini by the Bhundu Boys you should rectify that immediately as it is an absolute classic.Unfortunately nothing else they did came close to matching it. This track Pombi is not bad but not in the same league as those on Shabini.
There are a couple of tracks by ex Bhundu Boy Biggie Tembo on the album but they are both a bit disappointing

The pick of the bunch is probably the consistently excellent Four Brothers who  had a longer and more consistent career  than the Bhundus

Don't you just love these jingly jangly Zimbabwean guitars!

Bhundu Boys - Pombi

Four Brothers - Uchandifunga

Friday, 1 June 2018

By Any Other Name

My recent witterings about Steve Wynn have had me reminiscing about one of the greatest live music experiences I have been privy to.
It was about a dozen of so years ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Austin's Continental Club and it was free.
Folk were just wandering in taking in the music as artists delivered short sets. It was the first time I had seen Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 and they completely blew me away.
The act before them Mary McBride was pretty special too. This led to me purchasing two of the three albums she has released 2002's Everything Seemed Alright which I have featured before and 2004's By Any Other Name which I am featuring today.
She is joined by a number of Americana  luminaries such as Dan Baird, Delbert McClinton and Jason Victor who also played with the Miracle 3 and who is now with The Dream Syndicate. To keep the Steve Wynn connection going he co-wrote two of the songs including the first one featured before.

The albums are ok but live she was ten times rockier. Just imagine these two being delivered with some additional welly

Mary McBride - One-Eyed Dog

Mary McBride -Coming Up Empty

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Hey World

Michael Franti and his Spearhead chums are pretty patient guys for All Rebel Rockers.
Firstly they have been stuck inside my hot car for the last few days where they have witnessed instances of queue jumping.
Finally back inside and just when I'm ready to pull the trigger I get engrossed in Springwatch.

Finally here they are with a couple of tracks from 2008's All Rebel Rockers which sees Sly and Robbie at the production desk alongside Michael and Matt Wallace
Again some suitable music for these hot sticky nights.
Two songs with the same title but radically different

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Hey World (Remote Control Version)

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Hey World (Don't Give Up Version)

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Paris in the Spring

What's the score with the weather? 18 inches of snow at the end of February followed by a  Highland heat wave.
I would be worried had Donald Trump not reassured me that climate change was just a myth perpetuated by the Chinese.

Onto the music.I was putting Shuggie Otis back on the Soul shelves the other day when I noticed that The Best of Mica Paris was it's immediate neighbour. This coupled with a mention of her name in the paper the other day led to it's third airing since it's purchase at a record library sale for 20p a few years back.
And it's just the thing for these hot sultry nights. Some nice relaxed easy listening  gentle soul by the UK's Anita Baker (according to the blurb on the inner sleeve).

Here's a couple from her 1989 debut album So Good. I thought that Like Dreamers Do was her big hit but no, Her debut single My One Temptation was the only one to trouble the top 10 peaking at 7

Mica Paris - My One Temptation

Mica Paris -So Good

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Static Union

I picked up Turn Out the Lights/Accelerator a CD single by the young Glasgow band Static Union shortly after it's release for Record Shop Day 2017.
I've been putting off posting it in the hope that there was an album on the horizon but I can see no indication that one is imminently forthcoming.I can wait no longer.
These two and a further three are available from Bandcamp a couple of quid will get you their entire output to date.

Some indie rock and jangly guitars from yet another exciting young Scottish band
The band consists of Sean McGarvey (vocals/guitar), James Harker (guitar/synth), Liam Adams (bass), Cameron “Kangus” Angus (drums) all in their late teens or early twenties..
Oh to be young again!

Static Union - Turn Out The Lights

Static Union - Accelerator

Monday, 28 May 2018


Spurred on by Drew posting John Coltrane Stereo Blues and a recommendation from the Swede I am now the proud owner of Medicine Show by The Dream Syndicate an album originally released in 1984.
There are a few Steve Wynn's on the shelves but this is the first by the band. I suspect that it wont be the last.

It gives me an opportunity to compare and contrast the band's version of the slightly sinister Merrittville with an acoustic version by Steve Wynn recorded in Hilversum, Holland and one of his three tracks on Song Circle 2002 where he appears with the late Robert Fisher, Walter Salas-Humara and Deanna Varagona.

The Dream Syndicate -Merrittville

Steve Wynn - Merrittville

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Some Sanctified Soul

When it comes to putting out great Soul compilations there is no-one better out there than Kent.
I have a good few although obviously not enough.
If pushed I would have to say that my favourite is Sanctified Soul a collection of 26 songs from the Atlantic label and its subsidiaries Atco and Cotillion
The blurb on the back of the CD states
In the 60's rhythm and blues music broke out of the churches and went into the night clubs,on to the radio and permeated throughout black America's soul

There is not a duff track on this album. I've featured it before and no doubt will feature it again. Indeed all 26 tracks would be fit to grace these pages.
Here are tracks by James Carr and Fern Kinney which haven't featured before and one by Don Covay which has but which is too good not to feature again.

Buy this record

James Carr -I'll Put it to You

Fern Kinney - Your Love's Not Reliable

Don Covay & the Goodtimers - I Stole Some Love

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Slim Pickings - Chapter 2

Today sees the last of my Holiday Haul - if you can call two Uncut compilations and one which is going back a haul.
The imaginatively titled Playlist from March 2006 has a lot more to offer than the one featured last week.Over half of the tracks warranted an outing but as is my want these days I'm going for two acts who haven't graced these pages with their presence before.

Two Gallants are Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel a drum and guitar duo from San Francisco.
Steady Rollin' is a pleasant little ditty from their album What the Toll Tells on the Saddle Creek label

I shot my wife today
Dropped her body in the Frisco Bay

Gentlemen, please don’t try this at home.

Singer/songwriter Howie Beck is yet another Canadian artist. Without me actually trying there has been a reasonable Canuk precence here over the last few days.This one is from his eponymous 2006 album on the Ever label.

I was originally tempted to pick up this album because it has a cover of Tempted by Richard Thompson. It is ok but merely serves to highlight how effortlessly brilliant Squeeze often were.

Two Gallants - Steady Rollin'

Howie Beck - Don't Be Afraid

Richard Thompson - Tempted

Friday, 25 May 2018

Laurel Canyon Revisited

I picked up the latest Mojo at Asda in Girvan for some holiday reading. The accompanying CD The Mojo Machine Turns You On 2018 features 15 tracks about half of which for me pass muster.

There were a couple which have a Laurel Canyon feel about them and as I am a fan of music from that area and era I thought that these were the ones that I should share with you good people.

First up is Jonathan Wilson. Details of his new album Rare Birds have been popping up in my in-box but I have been by and large ignoring them as he looks a bit of a hippy and he also has associations with Father John Misty who somewhat annoys me. Pretty irrational granted but there you go.
However on the basis of the wonderful There's a  Light I may have to ditch my prejudices and dig a little deeper.
The other number with shades of Californian country rock comes from Canadian cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum who given Clayton's surname sensibly record under their first names,This track is taken from their album The Siren's Song produced by the great Jeff Tweedy.Again more exploration is required.


Jonathan Wilson - There's a Light

Kacy & Clayton - A Lifeboat

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Great Expectations .. Sadly Dashed

I really enjoyed Tasmin Archer's version of Costello's Deep Dark Truthful Mirror which I posted a couple of weeks ago.
As I mentioned at the time the only other thing of hers I was familiar with was the number 1 single Sleeping Satellite. So when I saw her album Great Expectations in the Cat Protection League in Stranraer I thought I would take a pop.
I nearly didn't bother as the three women behind the counter had gone into a 10 minute collective meltdown trying to code a badge that the customer before me had bought.
Now I wish I hadn't bothered waiting.. She has a fine voice but the album is as bland and anodyne as you are ever likely to hear. It is almost Sheerinesque in it's blandness.
Here is the hit and one of the other three singles from the album which briefly troubled the outer reaches of the charts.

It's going back. Still a few cats got a meal out of it so it is not all bad.

However I wouldn't mind hearing the rest of her Costello covers EP - namely the title track Shipbuilding, New Amsterdam and All Grown Up as well as Deep Dark Truthful Mirror as I think she could be good with the right songs and the right production.

Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite

Tasmin Archer - Arienne

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Buffalo Neil

Recent references to Ohio a song recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and to Crazy Horse had me thinking about Neil Young in an earlier incarnation as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
Here are a couple of his compositions from 1967's Buffalo Springfield Again (the second of their three albums) where he is joined by Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin.
That line up sounds like a super group but that was to come later.

Mr Soul was one which periodically  has re-appeared during Shakey's long and illustrious career as indeed has On the Way Home.

Buffalo Springfield - Mr Soul

Buffalo Springfield - On The Way Home

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


I'm pleased to report that The Gracious Losers were absolutely brilliant when we saw them at the Glad Cafe a couple of weeks ago.
The support act  Glasgow based Country singer Lynnie Carson was also very good.
There were at least nine members of the Gracious Losers on stage with no room for the piano player having to make do with playing off stage and in with the audience.
Chatting to Ian the head honcho from LNFG he pointed out that the three members of Thrum - singer Monica Queen, guitarist Johnny Smillie and drummer Gary Johnston were part of the entourage.

I was not familiar with the name (but had heard Monica before ) so some further exploration was required.
They are from the musical hotspot that is Bellshill (Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, etc,etc ..) and were on the go from 1992 to 1995 reforming on 2011.
I acquired a copy of their 1994 album Rifferama on the Fire Records label which also features Dave McGowan on bass.
It is impressive stuff with a country rock influence.
There was a cut out album review tucked into the sleeve in my copy bought from Discogs (don't  you love it when things like that happens?) which bemoans the fact that their music sounds like Crazy Horse.That's a plus in my book.
It also states that Thrum's unique selling point is Monica Queen's plaintive, occasionally soaring vocal
My new found friend who had taken the trouble to cut out and keep the article has quite rightly written after this just like Maria McKee.
I trus this has whetted your appetite.

Thrum - Rifferama

Thrum - Won't Be Long

Monday, 21 May 2018

Things Have Gone to Pieces

One of the albums I took for the car on our recent trip was the one above - Pay the Devil a 2006 album by Van Morrison on the Lost Highway label.It contains 12 covers of Country standards and three originals.

I bought in on e-Bay  only to receive a burnt copy something which was not highlighted  on the site when I bought it.
It really annoyed me at the time and if I'm honest  it still rankles now.
There are lots of sleekit people out there hiding behind a screen.

Anyway the reason for today's post is that one of the covers is Things Have Gone to Pieces yet another brilliant song written by Leon Payne.
The Grumpy Irishman's version is not bad but pales into insignificance when compared to that of George Jones.
I know that George appeared here only recently but I make no apology for featuring him again.

Van sings the song. George lives the song.

Van Morrison - Things Have Gone to Pieces

George Jones - Things Have Gone To Pieces

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Givin' It Back

Something fairly stunning for you today.
From the 1971 album Givin' it Back by The Isley Brothers . An album so called after a number of rock stars playing their songs they decided to return the compliment by featuring songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Stephen Stills.
And then there is this  slab of social commentary weighing in at 9 minutes and 13 seconds starting with Neil Young's Ohio and morphing into Jimi Hendrix' Machine Gun.

You will not hear anything better today

The Isley Brothers - Ohio/ Machine Gun

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Slim Pickings

He's back! But with slim pickings I'm afraid.
A couple of reasons.
The glorious weather necessitated sitting outside seaside bars in Portpatrick rather than trawling the charity shops of Stranraer. When we did on the one cloudy day there was not much on offer.
However you know that I don't like to come away empty handed.
Two Uncut compilations were acquired in the Dumfries and Galloway Mental Health Association shop for 50p plus a 50p donation.
So Real is from June 2013 and has no real standout tracks. So I've gone for one old favourite and one new to me.
The old favourite is the great man himself Robyn Hitchcock with the radio edit of Be Still a song from his Love From London album on Yep Roc.
The new to me is by Marnie Stein a New York  singer songwriter and guitarist and is taken from the wonderfully titled The Chronicles of Marnia  album on the equally wonderfully titled Kill Rock Stars record label.

Slim Pickings 2 next Saturday.

Robyn Hitchcock - Be Still (Radio Edit)

Marnie Stein - Noonan

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Some Memphis Soul

Last Sunday's slab of soul from Irma Thomas out of New Orleans was well received.
Therefore you are getting some more today albeit we are moving up river to Memphis where we are meeting up with Ann Peebles.
Ann produced a number of soul albums in the 70's for the great Hi Records label which at the time was run by Willie Mitchell
Give Me Some Credit is from 1969 and was her second single written by band leader Oliver Sain from her native St Louis who she was performing with she signed for Hi
 99 Lbs   from 1971 was written by Hi's leading songwriter Don Bryant who she subsequently married in 1974.
Along with DJ Bernard Miller they are both credited with 1973's I Can't Stand the Rain which was her most commercial hit charting on both the American R&B and pop charts and also the lower reaches of the UK charts

Ann Peebles - Give Me Some Credit

Ann Peebles - 99lbs

Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand The Rain

Nothing to see here for a few days as I am off replenishing the batteries and hopefully the music

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The Blues Collection -B.B. King

The second of the  three Blues Collection CDs which Mrs CC recently acquired for me is by B.B. King and is imaginatively entitled The King of the Blues - do you see what they did there?
Number 2 in the series after John Lee Hooker at number 1 so they were getting a number of the big hitters out the way when the series was still fresh.
I must admit that I find the majority of the tracks on the CD to be a bit disappointing given the vast range of material and performances available out there.
If it was your first introduction to the great man you might not go back for a second bite of the cherry.
A lot of it is at the jazz noodley end of the spectrum which is not really for me and there is an unhealthy dose of misogyny which I suppose is of it's time.
It is however partly redeemed by a couple of numbers where he and his trusty guitar Lucille actually get down to playing the Blues

B.B. King - The Letter

B.B King - Recession Blues

Friday, 11 May 2018

The Gracious Losers

We are off to see The Gracious Losers  tonight in the Glad Cafe in Shawlands as part of the Southside Fringe Festival.
They are yet another band from the Last Night From Glasgow stable and this event also launches their second single Moonlight Parade.
They are a 9 piece band led by Jonathan Lilley who also is part of Sister John and also feature members who have played with Thrum, God Help the Girl and the Parsonage. In short a Glasgow super collaborative.

I am looking forward to a return visit to the Glad Cafe. It is probably the nearest music venue to our house but we have only been once before to see Eleanor McEvoy.

From the little I have heard  they have a rootsy country feel about them and I am eagerly awaiting the release of their debut album The Last of the Gracious Losers which is scheduled for the end of August.

Here is the debut single Where the River Meets the Sea.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands

Austin based band Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands have featured on these pages a couple of times before with tracks from their pub rock tribute album Happy Doing What We're Doing
It is quite interesting to hear an American band paying tribute to the likes of Graham Parker, Rockpile, Dr Feelgood and Eggs Over Easy. Oh, and yet another female  fronted act covering Elvis with a version of Almost Blue.

On the back of that one I sought out their previous and debut album from 2004 The Fresh Up Club. A touch of pub rock here and there but more of a honky- tonk feel to it with the main subjects being heartbreak and regret.
I would put this one down as pretty average with a couple of reasonable songs in the one's posted below. The second one is co-written by  the great Robbie Fulks who knows his country music.

Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands - Lyin'

Elizabeth McQueen & the FireBrands - You Shouldn't Have

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Marry Me

No, that's not an offer. I'm already spoken for thank you very much.
Rather my trawl of the deeper recesses of my hard drive has come up with a copy of Marry Me the 2007 debut album by St.  Vincent another one that I didn't know I had.
I didn't know until now that she had been a member of The Polyphonic Spree but when you hear some of her songs it's not hard to imagine. Also you can see why David Byrne picked her as a co-pilot.

This is because she is a bit quirky. I'm still not sure if she is quirky in a good way (a la Bjork) or in a bad way (a la any number of acts) It may take a few listens before I decide whether she graduates to the shelves.

Views anyone?

St. Vincent -Landmines

St. Vincent - What Me Worry

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Thank You Elvis

I couldn't resist another dip into the collection of Elvis Costello song's covered by female artists which I found on my hard drive entitled Girls Talk.
The first track featured on it  is a version of Stranger in the House by Rachel Sweet. An artist who was also on Stiff (see yesterday's post) which goes to show that I don't just throw this stuff together.

We them move seamlessly into a compare and contrast with Rachel up against George Jones ( with some help from the man himself) from his My Very Special Guests album.

And as George states at the end of their number - thank you Elvis

Rachel Sweet - Stranger in the House

George Jones (with Elvis Costello) -Stranger in the House

Monday, 7 May 2018

If It Ain't Stiff ....

Three songs from the compilation album If It Ain't Stiff ... released in 2001 and as the title suggests A Stiff Records collection.
Two I thought had appeared before (albeit one in a different version) but apparently not and one I know hasn't featured as someone recently pointed out it is by a band who have yet to feature on these pages

Is Vic There? by Department S was  first released by Demon Records in 1980. Stiff followed this up with their own release featuring the French version which is what you are getting today.It puts me in mind of Bill Wyman's Je Suis Un Rockstar!

Theatre of Hate were a band fronted by Kirk Brandon before he went on to Spear of Destiny. A band probably only remembered for  the great Do You Believe in the Westworld?

I have never featured Dr Feelgood before. Sorry about that. The reason? I don't currently have any of their records. Shocking but there you are. Here is a live version of Milk & Alcohol written by Nick Lowe and John Mayo the guy who replaced Wilco Johnson in the band and the man responsible for the classic guitar riff.

Department S - Is Vic There ( French Version)

Theatre of Hate -Do You Believe in the Westworld?

Dr Feelgood - Milk & Alcohol (Live)

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Soul Queen of New Orleans

It's been a wee while since we have had some Soul on these pages so who better to feature today than the Soul Queen of New Orleans herself Ms Irma Thomas.
Two songs taken from the above album from the ever wonderful Kent label which features 24 of her songs from 1962 to 1966 which originally featured on the Imperial or the  Minit label..
Irma thankfully is  still going strong at the age of 77 and was still recording on the Rounder label right up to 2008 so a long and illustrious career.

Irma Thomas -I Done Gone Over It

Irma Thomas - Ruler of My Heart

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Can it Really Be a Year?

l-r from the front - Walter,  JC,  me, Adam, Dirk, Brian, Colin, Aldo, Drew

It is the first weekend in May and the first anniversary of a truly momentous event in Glasgow.
Yes folks, it is indeed a year since the sun last shone.
And boy did it shine for the first meeting of the International Chancers Brigade as we have now been dubbed by Drew.
I think that my liver has just about recovered.
This is us in King Tut's on the Friday just after Adam joined us and just before I lost the ability to speak.

What a weekend it was and one which I hope will be repeated again with all those who made the trip and hopefully a few others.
To my shame I haven't managed to catch up with Drew or JC since but I have bumped into Aldo at gigs on a couple of occasions.

Here is a song for the brave souls who made it as far as Airdrie where the sun has yet to shine  and one for Dirk to remind him of the beer garden in Brel and also a big thank you to him for having the idea in the first place.

Until the next time

Roy Orbison -Only The Lonely

Bruce Springsteen - Girls in Their Summer Clothes

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Curse of the Mekons

The Curse of the Mekons from 1991 is the last album from my recent reasonably impressive charity shop haul most of which appeared on these pages at the start of April.
This one didn't feature as the EP Millionaire made an appearance and I figured that the Mekons twice in the one week was probably too much excitement for most of you to take.
Here is a review by All Music which gives it 4.5 out of 5.Discogs gives it 4 out of 5 so it seems that it was critically well received. 
Co-mingling brilliant roots rock with an authoritative swagger as Stereogum would have it
I'm liking it as well.
As is my want I've gone for two songs which feature the dulcet tones of Sally Timms on lead vocals with a country feel on the first one which is the only cover song on the album

Mekons - Wild and Blue

Mekons - Secrets

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Indoor Fireworks

Oh go on then.
Here is Elvis Costello with Indoor Fireworks which was originally going to feature yesterday but which was usurped by some female imposters.
Or is it The Costello Show or even The Costello Show featuring the Attractions and the  Confederates. or indeed The Costello Show featuring Elvis Costello all of which are alternative titles  for the artist on the 1986 album King of America from whence it came.

I've even taken the trouble to dig out Fireworks by Ette from the album Homemade Lemonade  which  was  originally intended to accompany it. Don't say I'm not good to you.

The Costello Show - Indoor Fireworks

Ette - Fireworks

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Girls Talk

I had an urge to post Indoor Fireworks by Elvis Costello after hearing it on the radio. I was trawling my files for an MP3 of Fireworks by Ette to accompany it when I stumbled across a folder entitled Girls Sing Costello.
I've no idea where it came from and if it actually an album but it is covers of 22 Elvis songs by female artists. So Elvis has been put on hold today for the tribute acts.

Let's start with Laura Cantrell and her version of Indoor Fireworks. Absolutely beautiful as you would expect.
Remember Tasmin Archer of Sleeping Satellite fame? Yup, but can you remember any other songs by her? Nope. Well here is her version of Deep Dark Truthful Mirror.
Psycho is not a Costello composition. It was written by Leon Payne and originally recorded in 1974 by country singer Jack Kittel.
Costello's memorable live version found it's way onto the bonus tracks of 1994's version of Almost Blue.
Today we feature a credible version by Sweden's A Camp.

Laura Cantrell - Indoor Fireworks

Tasmin Archer - Deep Dark Truthful Mirror

A Camp - Psycho

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Day Mayhem

No, not a comment on our Prime Minister and the state of the country although it  could have  been given Brexit and the Windrush fiasco.
Rather, it is a return of a CCM tradition of playing some Imelda May on the 1st day of the month of May. Hardly original but there you go.
One from her 2008 album Love Tattoo when she shot to prominence after an appearance on the Jools Holland show.
This is followed up be her cover of Tainted Love from her next album from 2010 Mayhem.
She has fallen off my radar in recent years perhaps as a  result of a move from rockabilly, following her divorce from band member Darrell Higham , to a more soft rock and acoustic sound having received guidance from Bono no less for her latest album Life Love Flesh Blood.

Imelda May -Big Bad Handsome Man

Imelda May - Tainted Love

Monday, 30 April 2018

My Record Shop Day Purchases #3

I didn't post my third and final charity shop Record Shop Day purchase last week as it is broadly similar to the first one, Iron and Wine , and let's face it you can have too much of a good thing. I'm pretty certain that they were handed in by the same person.
Secret Name is the  1999 4th studio album from Duluth, Minnesota  band Low. If you are familiar at all with the trio - husband and wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker with revolving bass players  with Zak Sally doing the honours on this one - then you will know what to expect.
Gentle whispered vocals , a slow tempo and minimalist arrangements but perfectly capable of upping the volume if the mood takes then.
Not on these two tracks however which are from the slow tempo, minimalist school. Perhaps surprisingly so in this instance given that it is produced by Steve Albini.

Low - Immune

Low - Will The Night

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Mariachi El Bronx

A space has been created on the Americana shelves for Marah  fitting  neatly in-between Jesse Malin and Mariachi El Bronx.
The former has  appeared on these pages before (and is probably due another appearance) but the latter haven't. Yet another act that we have to thank/blame George for as he forwarded them in my direction.
Until now I thought that this was the name of the band. Turns out it is and it isn't.
The Bronx are an LA hardcore punk band who  have recorded a number of punk albums alongside some mariachi albums under this pseudonym.
It looks like they have recorded about an equal number of each and I suspect that the mariachi ones are probably the most popular.
This is from the 2009 album Mariachi El Bronx the first of three with the same title.

I'm off now to dig out some Calexico and Flaco Jiminez

Mariachi El Bronx - Cell Mates

Mariachi El Bronx - Silver or Lead

Saturday, 28 April 2018

The Return of Saturday Lucky Dip #2

I seem to have made a rod for my own back with my self imposed rule of  posting artists who have not featured before as part of this series.
It may prove problematic.
For example I plucked out Gimme Danger an Uncut compilation. 10 out of the 16 artists had featured before and the other 6 were not much cop.
A different story with Stereotypes another Uncut compilation this time from November 2016. Conor Oberst and Acid Arab featured last time out.
This time round we start with Australian chanteuse Julia Jackson with Pool Party taken from her album Don't Let The Kids Win. One I have a copy of but it is still working it's way through the production line before gracing the shelves.
The Frightners sound like The Delphonics go Rocksteady. From Queens in New York they are on the mighty Daptone level so quality is assured.
More random nonsense next week - maybe

Julia Jacklin -Pool Party

The Frightnrs - Nothing More to Say

Friday, 27 April 2018

Here Come The Miracles

Drew has been banging on a bit recently about The Dream Syndicate including posting an excellent version of John Coltrane Stereo Blues.
The only thing of theirs that I currently have is their equally excellent cover of Dylan's Blind Willie McTell. This is something I quite clearly need to rectify as a matter of urgency.

I do however have some stuff from Steve Wynn, both solo and with the Miracle 3.
I was blissfully unaware that the band had reformed and that Steve was back in his rightful position.
I was also pleased to note that guitarist Jason Victor was part of the fold as his guitar work was incendiary on the couple of times I saw the Miracle 3 play in Austin and Edinburgh.

Steve Wynn - Southern California Line

Steve Wynn - Crawling Misanthropic Blues