Wednesday, 15 August 2018
It's Barbed Wire Love versus Whiskey and Good Time Blues this week.
Belfast punk versus country Blues.
In the little corner we have Stiff Little Fingers with a track from their brilliant 1978 debut album Inflammable Material the first album to be distributed by Rough Trade and the first independent album to chart in the UK.
In the large corner we have Lee Conley Bradley better known as Big Bill Broonzy with the title track from his contribution to the Blues Collection recorded in Chicago some 39 years earlier in 1939.
A score draw I feel.
More little and large contenders next week.
Stiff Little Fingers - Barbed Wire Love
Big Bill Broonzy - Whiskey and Good Time Blues
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Margo Price is one of those country artists who operates very much on the cusp of alternative and mainstream country. She also has a large following in the UK (thanks to a Later with Jools Holland appearance) and so is similar to Kacey Musgraves and Courtney Marie Andrews in both respects.
From 2016, on Third Man Records, Midwest Farmer's Daughter is her debut solo album being quickly followed up by 2017's All American Made.It was live to analog tape at Sun Studios in Memphis.Previously she had recorded three albums as part of the band Buffalo Clover.
Old fashioned tales of heartbreak, love and loss (Paul Grein) but with a modern twist. Released to much critical acclaim.
The last of my birthday purchases .... for now
Margo Price - Hands of Time
Margo Price - Hurtin' (On The Bottle)
Monday, 13 August 2018
This one is down to The Robster
Georgia Ruth Williams, who records as Georgia Ruth, first came to my attention via his wonderful Welsh Wednesday series. Also the place where I first encountered Gwenno I think
She was added to the list where she remained for far too long until I acquired her second and latest album Fossil Scale from 2016 and released on the Navigator label.
Indie folk with just a little bit of electronica sneaking in here and there. She also plays the harp and presents a show on BBC Radio Cymru
On the basis of the excellent stuff on Fossil Scale her 2013 debut Week of Pines is probably well worth tracking down as well.
Georgia Ruth - Cloudbroke
Georgia Ruth - Sylvia
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Must you keep telling me you've got a new love I don't need you to remind me
Must you keep telling me I look so lonesome and that my better days are behind me
Must you keep showing me pictures of him and boasting of his warm embrace
You've already put big old tears in my eyes must you throw dirt in my face
It would take a brave woman to taunt Ira Louvin in such a way given that he once tried to strangle his wife with a telephone cord. She did, however, extract revenge by shooting him four times. He survived but died along with his fourth wife in a car crash aged 41.
There was somewhat of a dichotomy between Ira's hard drinking lifestyle and his Baptist faith.
The altogether more sensible Charlie lasted until 83 dying on pancreatic cancer.
Oh, and just before we go please remember that Satan is Real
Saturday, 11 August 2018
After a few days posting birthday purchases and those pesky series it is back to our raison d'etre -charity shop purchases.
Fitting too to feature on a Saturday as that is the day I tend to check out my local shop.
Two Saturday's away I came away with a nugget. From 2009 I came away with React Or Die the second of the three albums by Glasgow band Butcher Boy.
Pretty rare to find something like this among the normal dross and for 50p to boot
I saw them last year playing in the (empty) swimming pool at Govanhill Baths. The acoustics were such that I could make out the music but not the words.
It's good to hear both!
Another Glasgow band who are not afraid to use a cello.
Butcher Boy - This Kiss Will Marry Us
Butcher Boy - A Better Ghost
Friday, 10 August 2018
It's 1981 and we are off again to Club Tropicana for another Friday night of disco stompers.
The Jacksons surely need no introduction - Jackie, Tito, Marlon , Randy and young Michael (wonder whatever happened to him?).
From March 81 Can You Feel It only reached number 77 in the US pop charts and number 30 in the R&B charts. It did better in the UK reaching number 6 and even better in The Netherlands where it one off the top spot.
Body Talk was the debut album by Imagination who I didn't realise were a British bands.Reaching number 4 it was their second most successful single bettered only by Just an Illusion which got to number 2. Not sure how it did in The Netherlands.
I shudder to think how Alyson's friend who used to dance very literally to the lyrics would have interpreted these two numbers!
Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it
The Jacksons - Can You Feel It
Imagination - Body Talk
Thursday, 9 August 2018
Until last week Peleton was the missing piece of the Delgados jigsaw.
Their other 4 studio albums plus The Complete BBC Peel Sessions sat proudly on the shelves with a glaring omission.
From 1998 on their very own Chemikal Underground label it is their second album.and the last to feature a cycling reference in the title.
It also saw their first hit single Pull the Wires From the Wall if number 69 can be deemed to be a hit. It was also number one in John Peel's Festive 50 in 1998 which makes it a hit in my book.
They had 3 entries in the Festive 50 with Everything Goes Down the Water at number 9 and the Actress at 39.
They had a long association with Peel playing at Peel Acres for Sheila's 50th Birthday and taking John to the Electric Bar in Motherwell for a pub quiz which features in the Sounds of the Suburbs TVseries.
The Delgados - Pull The Wires From The Wall
The Delgados - Everything Goes Around The Water