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Saturday, 31 July 2021
This songs are recorded from 1955 and 1956 and are a bit patchy although the sleevenotes say that each song has a distinct style or beat that places it in a different league from other stuff that was being played at the time.
The 59th from the Collection on the shelves.
Friday, 30 July 2021
I'd already lined up Louche 33 (a title The Fall would be proud of) as one of my selections but have now added Silver Dragon as anything described as fuzzstastic is obviously worth a listen. Far from quiet is also fine by me.
Thursday, 29 July 2021
I'm happy to stick with the Jay Bennett era and the masterpieces that are Being There and Summerteeth.
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Monday, 26 July 2021
I turn 60 today which in addition to putting me in a position to be able to retire means that I am now entitled to a free bus pass which enables me to travel anywhere in Scotland for nothing.
As I got nearer this milestone I began to get a bit twitchy in case this perk was removed. Let's face it it is probably only a matter of time. Fortunately I've slipped in under the wire. My application has been submitted and hopefully it will be waiting for me when we return from a few days break which does not involve any buses.
No Scottish mainland Charity shops will be out of bounds!
As I am in birthday mood here are ten bus related songs for you mostly by artists who have already qualified for their passes. There is even a Mandatory Reggae one for Ernie
As I have the time and a few purchases still to get round to normal service will continue while we are away
Sunday, 25 July 2021
The Missing Records Haul - Dumb Instrument - The Silent Beard
I picked up The Silent Beard a 2014 album by Ayrshire band Dumb Instrument on Bad Tool records because the last time I bumped into a pal of mine Tom Marsden at a concert he told me that he was a member of the band and had played pedal steel of the album.
The band is lead by vocalist Tom Murray who is also the main songwriter and consists of Mikey Grant on keyboards, Kieron Campbell on bass, Vanessa Smith on brass and Tom.
If they are known at all it is probably for Suffering from Scottishness. In an interview for the Scotsman Murray thinks that ‘Scottishness’ is definitely the best song about being Scottish that I could come up with, but there are other things to write about, I hope
He goes on to say I’ve just finished one about how some supermarket plums just won’t ripen, even on the windowsill,I think it’s the best song that I could come up with on that subject, and that’s all you can hope for.”. He also cites Shirley Bassey as an influence and the reason that the band has a brass section.
I think they would probably be fun to see live
NB there is an alternative album cover which looks as if it may be a part of a female's anatomy. Think Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed Volume 2
Saturday, 24 July 2021
Friday, 23 July 2021
Thursday, 22 July 2021
The Missing Records Haul - Eilen Jewell - Sea of Tears
I picked up Queen of the Minor Key a 2011 album by Boise, Idaho Americana singer/songwriter Eilen Jewel in the record library a number of years ago and very good it was to.
I therefore thought it would be a safe bet to spend a pound on Sea of Tears her third album from 2009 on the Signature Songs label. If anything, it is even better.
Here is some of the blurb from her Bandcamp page explaining ehy she had gone all retro:
"Before I discovered Woody Guthrie and folk music," she explains, "I was listening to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and, later on, the Animals and the Kinks. I love that stuff, and I love to play it."
With Sea of Tears, Jewell and her longtime band of Jason Beek (drums, harmony vocals), Jerry Miller (electric, acoustic, and steel guitars), and Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) wed her elegantly unflinching songwriting with a rustic, pre-Beatles swagger that encapsulates vintage R&B, Midwestern garage rock, Chicago blues, and early rock and rockabilly, while maintaining the haunting, folk-inspired purity that first made her an artist to watch.
Uncut feels that the album has a lovely balance of strident country and rural balladry. whereas Maverick claim that every track is a gem. They are not wrong there.
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
I think that I will dedicate these two songs to the shambles that is the British Government and to Freedom Day
Monday, 19 July 2021
Sometime over the weekend I became a millionaire. No sadly not my lump sum. Before the begging letters come flooding in perhaps I should give a bit of context.
According to my Blogger stats there have now been over a million views of Charity Chic Music. Now I am well aware that a large number of these have been bots and an even larger number have been me checking to see if anyone is actually reading this thing but I'm pretty chuffed.
If truth be told,however I put more store on the comments received (13204 at the last count) and the friendship and camaraderie of the small group of comrades resolutely ignoring streaming and clinging to the dying days of blogging. Long may you continue.
You are all more important than millionaires to me.
Sunday, 18 July 2021
A few Sundays ago I featured the first side of the bonus EP of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers which came with the Rockpile album Seconds of Pleasure which I got from Oxfam
At the time I said that I would feature the second side on the following Sunday. Needless to say I completely forgot. So here it is. Better late than never I suppose.
I've since found out that the four songs were part of a larger BBC Session from August 1979.Here Albums that Should Exist gives the wider story. Unfortunately my PC wont allow me access to zippyshare so I don't know if the link is still active or not. If it is could someone please download it and forward me a copy!
ATSE is totally correct as even at only 22 minutes it would still have made a terrific album.
Saturday, 17 July 2021
The Blues Collection was a magazine that was produced between 1993 and 1997 with a CD provided with each of the 90 editions.(there are actually 93 in the series)
Friday, 16 July 2021
The Missing Records Haul - Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
I can never remember which of the latter day Bob Dylan albums I actually have and which are burns. By latter day I mean Time Out of Mind (1997), "Love and Theft" (2001), Modern Times (2006) and Together Through Life (2009). I have nothing after these except Rough and Rowdy Ways.
I took a punt on Together Through Life thinking that the copy on the shelves was a burn. Fortunately I was right. Only Modern Times to go which should hopefully be easy to remember.
This one's a good one with a blues feel to it David Fricke of Rolling Stone writes Dylan, who turns 68 in May, has never sounded as ravaged, pissed off and lusty. That'll do for me.
Thursday, 15 July 2021
The Missing Records Haul - The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
It has been a while since I posted an Americana album. Spoiler alert - you wont have to wait as long as the next one. I consider The Low Anthem to be Americana but Wiki has them down as indie folk.
Whatever. The copy of the album Oh, My God, Charlie Darwin, the band's second album from 2008 (and subsequently re-released in 2009) and on the Bella Union label is to replace the burn from the copy I took out from the record library when that was a thing.
It's abit of a mixed bag. Anyone hearing the pretty distinctive opener Charlie Darwin and expecting more of the same will end up disappointed. Band member Ben Knox Miller describes the album as a record about environmental decay and social de-evolution and the death of morality and all these very grand things. Whatever.
The other song I have selected To Ohio is very much Americana and puts me in mind of the Cash Brothers. No bad thing.
They are still on the go and have now released five albums. None of the others have crossed my radar as yet.
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Monday, 12 July 2021
Sunday, 11 July 2021
Saturday, 10 July 2021
Friday, 9 July 2021
Thursday, 8 July 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 41 -Bombay Bicycle Club - I had the Blues but I shook them loose
There are two or three blogging dllemas going on at here at the moment which are inter- connected and causing me a bit of grief.
Firstly recently I have picked up a shed load of stuff in various forays. This in itself of course is not necessarly a bad thing. It can however begin to cause a problem as I am trying to post my charity purchases.
Secondly the volume of stuff coming in and other commitments at the moment makes it difficult for me to give everything a proper listen and it often takes two or three listens to decide whether of not it is a keeper.
Thirdly space is getting seriously short at the moment. I either need to get some additional shelving which will be tricky to fit in the muso room, cull some stuff or be more discering as to what I keep.
I Had the Blues But I Shook them Loose the 2009 debut album by Bombay Bicycle Club on Island is a case in point. I picked it up in Newton Stewart ,in fact I picked up two albums by them. I've only listened to it once so far and at this stage I genuinely don't know whether it is a keeper or not. I have not listened to the second one yet.
If I decide that it merits further listens I encounter the storeage problem. How often will I listen to it? Rarely I suspect but that probably is the case for about 95% of my collection.
First world problems, eh?
Wednesday, 7 July 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 40 - Oysterband - Granite Years (Best of ... 1986 to '97)
After unsuccessful charity shot forays in Ballantrae, Stranraer and Wigtown I was getting a bit twitchy by the time we visited Newton Stewart.
The Community Shop had a large collection of CDs and I was determined not to leave empty handed. That proved harder than I first thought. I eventually plumped for Granite Years a 2000 Best of Oyersterband compilation on Cooking Vinyl.
A band that I was only aware of from a track on each of the three Cooking Vinyl Samplers that I have from 1993 and 1994.
A quite earnest folk rock band from Canterbury who had a political outlook. The music is pleasant enough but nothing particularly stands out. They seem to me to be a somewhat nicer and gentler version of the Pogues or the Levellers who you could take home to meet your mum.
Not entirely convinced that this one is a keeper. Not necessarily because it is bad but rather because it is one that I can't really see me playing all that often.I haven't managed to get through all 30 tracks yet.
Tuesday, 6 July 2021