Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2018

Johnny Cash Cover

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CC has a long going series about songs covered by Johnny Cash that I enjoy every week. Most of them are better than the originals or equal to them. There are very less artists that tried to cover the songs written by the man in black. If they did - most of them failed. When I think about some songs from him interpreted by other artists that are worth to be featured I remember a record released 30 years ago. Jon Langford, a long time and huge fan of Johnny Cash and his music made a tribute to him long before Johnny had his comeback with American Recordings. It was in these days you kept your preference to him as a secret because lots of folks couldn't agree to. I bought this record and from this time I knew that Johnny Cash was a giant because he wrote songs for eternity. Only a few songs could reach to the originals like Michelle Shocked's version of One Piece of the Time but there is one song on this record that is not a copy of the original. Marc Almond made with The Mekons a version of Man in Black that was unique and fits to his songs. I still like this version and don't want to judge if it is better than the original or not. It is great in it's way.

Mark Almond - Man In Black

Dienstag, 16. Januar 2018

Just A Smile

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A few days ago I updated my mobile phone with new music. I deleted some records and load up some new music. The day before some of Rory Gallagher's songs from his first self titled record came to my ears after a long long time. I really can't believe that it is 47 years ago that I heard this songs for the first time by an older friend. Of course it is just a special way to play the blues-rock schema once again like it was used to do in the early 70's but listening now Rory made some outstanding and unique versions of this genre and I think it is worth to remember to him. I really don't know if he was as big in England like he was in Germany in the late 70's but I grew up with him and are lucky to see him live once in my life. It was pure energy and he gave us the feeling that his music came straight from his heart. The other one's that was forgotten in this kind of music was Tommy Bolin, but this is another story to be told.

Rory Gallagher - Just the Smile
Rory Gallagher - I Fall Apart

Montag, 15. Januar 2018


Bildergebnis für hooligans

Last Saturday I went to support Stuttgart against Berlin. When I arrived at the train station I couldn't believe what I saw. The train was filled with more than 100 men dressed in black coats and wearing  balaclavas on their head. We all had problems to find a free wagon because they occupied almost every space. I quickly understood that this train was full of hooligans and I made my thoughts what will happen the next 40 minutes until we arrive at the stadium. All of the normal people stood there trying to act unremarkable and talking no words. It was a very scary atmosphere that I've never been in before. I read a lot about these guys going out for a fight and not to support their team like they should. But listen to them about taking a few days off work to go to Ukraine to battle with the natives makes me think about how stupid people should be doing this. Finally one station before we arrived special police forces stopped the train and put them all out. I have no idea if they arrested them or kept them several hours from other people. At least I don't want to see this once again in reality. By the way we won 1:0 against Berlin. But I will always combine the hooligans to this game.

Dave Edmunds - Trouble Boys
Ryan Adams - Trouble
George Thorogood - So much trouble

And my greatest fear was this

The Rezillos - Somebody's gonna get kicked his head tonight

Samstag, 13. Januar 2018

Alberto Balsam

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The first two weeks of business in the new year are over and I have to say it is enough now. My co-workers didn't do anything than usual business and let lots of things over for me to do. This week I only concluded many things belayed than they should be. Anyway it is weekend and I won't think about the last working week and look forward to the start of the second half of Bundesliga. My team is still lower placement of the table and today's game against Berlin will show us the way into the future. Anyway, we will support them in any way. Aphex Twin's track is one them I still can listen to after all the years. Alberto Balsam was released on his epic album ... I care because you do back in 1995. I bought this record by recommended by a friend but didn't come close to this record for a long time. But suddenly a decade ago I fell in love to this record. It was far ahead of many records that was released in these days. Now it is a record I still listen to with a lot of joy.

While typing these words I watch Bayern Munich and they lead 0:2 in Leverkusen. This result will make the league boring.

Freitag, 12. Januar 2018


Bildergebnis für shame band uk

If I open the in-box on my laptop, there are daily dozens mails of some agencies who offer new music which I should promote. Like Jim I extinguish the large part of all e-mails because I do not have the time to listen to everything. Now and then I cannot resist, nevertheless to have a look at an offer. In this way I have bumped into Shame. Shame is a Bristol based band with a heritage stretching for The Clash to Fat White family and beyond. It is an area long-marked by diversity, political unrest, squat culture and more recently, gentrification, giving iit an infamous reputation as a creative hub and a kind of haven for misfits like someone said about them in the internet. For me it is an example of a young band knowing their roots in post punk, learning much from Gang of Four and giving me some jittery and fury guitars on a solid rhythm base. The best new band I listened to for longer times. 

Donnerstag, 11. Januar 2018

Kill You

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During the last days I listened a lot to the output by The Kills, a British-American indie-rock band. Formed by Alison Mosshart on vocals and Jamie Hince on guitar they released a lot of great albums during the last 15 years. I was always a huge fan of their stripped down, earthy blues rock songs. Of course it was nothing new but the way they played it was in a punk style I missed at the start of the century. Together with The White Stripes and The Strokes they went back to the roots of pure energetic Rock 'n' Roll. Pure fun to listen to this songs again.

Mittwoch, 10. Januar 2018

Happy Birthday Donald Fagen

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One of those musicians that accompanied me during the last decades will celebrate his 70th birthaday today. You might know him as the co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist of Steely Dan. Together with Walter Becker he made the sound of made the most outstanding albums in the early/late 70's. So many songs that still are in my memory was (co)-written by him. Their sound was so unique and the arrangements were so fabulous that you can listen to them still. Also his solo albums The Nightfly and Kamakiriad are also records I still listen with joy. I know that this is not everyone's cup of tea but he made songs/sounds that I used to listen to - mostly later at the evening.

So all the best to you Donald.