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Friday, 24 September 2021
Thursday, 23 September 2021
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 60 -The Be Good Tanyas - Chinatown
For the second time in as many months Bluegrass band The Be Good Tanyas grace these pages having previously featured as one of the Bands of Canada. I would imaging that their further inclusion will please at least one reader
The band consisting of Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton and Trish Klein only ever released three albums. I've had their 2001 debut Blue Horse since it came out having seen them at Glasgow's sadly lamented St Andrews in the Square around then. I'm not altogether sure why I never got round to acquiring the other two.
From 2003 on the Netwerk label Chintown is their second album.The album consists of a number of original compositions from Ford and Parton, their take on some traditional songs and a couple of covers.Whereas their original material is good I've opted for the covers. It is the first time that I've heard their version of Townes Van Zandt's Waiting Around to Die and I'm quite taken by it. The other cover Midnight Moonlight from American Bluegrass singer Peter Rowan.
Only 2006's Hello Love to go
The Be Good Tanyas - Waiting Around to Die
The Be Good Tanyas -Midnight Moonlight
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
The Secret Sun
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 59 -Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos - The Secret Sun
Such was the paucity of decent music in the St Andrews charity shops that I for a couple of random punts one of which was The Secret Sun a 2003 album on the Verve label by Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos.
A band I knew absolutely nothing about but a sticker on the front advised that he was the no 1 songwriter in the country according to The New Yorker and was described as impeccable by Mojo plus the cover looked vaguely Americana.
Turns out I was wrong. Some research when I got home advises that he is an American singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist who has worked with the likes of Melanie Gardot, Norah Jones and Madelaine Peyroux with Wiki describing his music as a blend of folk,rock,jazz and world rhythms. That's a good few bases covered then
The songs are not bad but maybe a wee bit generic and bland. Allmusic makes comparisons to Josh Rouse (which I don't get) and more accurately describes the album as having a a contemplative Sunday afternoon feel.
The jury is out as to whether it is a keeper although these songs do sound a little better second time round.
Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos -All My Life
Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos -You Were on my Mind
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
The Budos Band III
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 58 -The Budos Band - The Budos Band III
I've long been an admirer of Daptone Records from Brooklyn, New York the label who gave us Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
In addition to a few of the late great Sharon's records I picked up a sampler called Daptone Gold which features a number of the artists from their stable. One of the acts which weighed in with a few tracks were Staten Island Afro beat funkers The Budos Band.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a copy of their 3rd album the imiginatively titled Budos Band III from 2010 in a St Andrews charity shop and naturally I swooped.
There are 10 instrumentalists on this record led by Jared Tankel on baritone saxophone. They were also involved in providing back up to other artists on the label including the late Charles Bradley whose 2013 album Victim of Love is an absolute must have.
The review by AllMusic feels that while they fit the Daptone label's groove-centric aesthetic, III reveals a new direction, offering the view that they are also something other. This 11-song set, recorded in 48 hours, offers a darker, more spacious tinge. Elements of psychedelic, Middle Eastern, and even Latin sounds have entered their mix, without sacrificing their dance party cachet.
If you are in the mood it can be consumed in a single sitting. It is also one that you can dip in and out of.
Monday, 20 September 2021
All That Is Now
2021 Charity Shop Purchases 57 -All That Is Now - Uncut Compilation
He's back! Albeit briefly
The Music Room now has additional insulation and a new carpet and everything is now back in place. I'm pretty chuffed and can now begin to relax again.
In the middle of moving everything out and the work being completed we visited Crail in the East Neuk of Fife for a few days. I hit the charity shops of St Andrews. I've said it before but for a University town there are always lean pickings maybe because students nowadays are all streaming.
One I did pick up was All That is Now an Uncut compilation from November 2013 as the track list looked pretty tasty. Of course when I got back home I discovered that I already had it. It has featured here before as part of my Saturday Lucky Dip series but there are enough good songs to merit another post.
Deer Tick - The Dream's in the Ditch
Thursday, 16 September 2021
I'm Going to a Gig!
If things go according to plan tonight I will be attending my first gig since I saw King Creosote in the Concert Hall back on 12th March 2020.
The Teenage Fanclub concert at the Barrowlands was initially scheduled for 5th November 2020. It was then put back to 5th April 2021 so hopefully it is third time lucky. It's been a wee while since I last saw them.
Presumably the original tour was scheduled to promote their most recent album Endless Arcade which was belatedly released on 30th April 2021. It is the first album without Gerry Love and the first to include Euros Child.
It's fair to say that reviews have been mixed. It's no Songs From Northern Britain but it has gradually grown on me with each listen. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to listen to it in the run up to the concert as the music room is still out of action. The flooring has been upgraded with the carpet scheduled to be fitted tomorrow.
I recently finally picked up a copy of Howdy! but again haven't yet been able to give it a proper listen.
Here's a track from Endless Arcade and one from Howdy! to keep both you and me going.
Teenage Fanclub - Warm Embrace
Sunday, 12 September 2021
No Depression #35 - Gillian Welch
Thursday, 2 September 2021
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Fables of the Reconstruction