June 13, 2012

0. Nos du, nos da ffrindie [2012]

Banana i bob un o bobl y byd...

And a special thank you to the commentariat.

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'n all friends, followers 'n ye great unwashed Anonymous. Now musk winds blow...

Mas o 'ma,

Y brawd

June 12, 2012

1. Chelsea Girl - Nico [1967]


The years spent modelling and vamping around Europe in the rubble of WWII, tail-gating auteurs, lead nowhere.

The cameo in Fellini's Dolce Vita fails to parlay into an acting career.

Strip Tease, an early recording with arch diddler et trésor national Serge Gainsbourg, is passed over for Juliette Greco. (Nico's voice is not to the old rogue's breathy and infantile taste.)

A spell in London with manipulator a la mod Andrew Loog Oldham fails to generate pop magic.

And so....

Nico washes up in New York to be taken up by Andy Warhol (as in "Hols") as his latest superstar and touted as such to the VU crew. She and Andy are briefly inseparable.

Chelsea Girl is the perfect album created for a model. Nine of the ten tracks are written by ex-lovers, including co-writes by Reed and Cale. Subsequent albums, Marble Index and Desertshore are superior because they reflect her vision, her songs presented on the instrument she makes her own, the baby harmonium.

For now, enjoy the debut Nico hated. It works close up magic. Conjures washed out regret, degradation and loss. Worlds of beauty and decay in miniature. 

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 11, 2012

2. Have One On Me - Joanna Newsom [2010]

Ladies and gentlemen, 2010's songwriter nonpareil. An embarrassment of riches over three CDs. Nary a smidgeon of padding in this plush divan.

The Kate Bush comparisons seem increasingly bang a good way. Though the smart-arse citation is disreputable uncle, Roy Harper.

C'mon, you need this in your life.

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 10, 2012

3. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World - The Caretaker [2011]

Meditations on memory and decay. Retrospection, amnesia, repetition, regression. Alzheimer’s unmasked. The last stand of the prefrontal cortex. Atrophy. 

Stripping away phonographic fidelity by gradations, James Leyland Kirby mirrors the peeling back of memory, re-construing time-locked thought in a haunted present. 

Kirby's genius is to make decay tangible. He is a craftsman who makes audible the ticking of memory's clock as it winds down to a vanishing point.

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 09, 2012

4. Smiling Men With Bad Reputations - Mike Heron [1971]

Good people to hang out with...

mountain  men
smiling eccentrics
men who build their own homes


parents who learn from their children
amateur  musicians
serene  psychotics
men who look at sunsets
men who walk in the woods
beautiful  women
men who sit by the fire
men who make bread
couples who have been in love for years
unemployed  men
smiling men with bad reputations

 - Timothy Leary, Psychedelic Prayers 

Heron takes flight (yes) with spirited assistance from Townshend, Moon, Lane, Cale, Winwood, Page, Thompson and Dr Strangely Strange. Mike rocks out, blowing away the whimsy, sitars and patchouli clouds without trampling the legacy underfoot. Intriguingly, his wayward voice is more at ease with folk rock belters than the slower acoustic ISB fare. 

A good bunch of songs to hang out with for a while, and one to cherish.

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 08, 2012

5. Rejuvenation - The Meters [1974]

Earthy down-home New Orleans syncopated breaks 'n gritty guitar 'n bass grooves. Funked to max avec un soupçon de la soul.

On the one and quite simply one of the best funk outs you are likely to hear. 

What'cha say?

Oddi wrth y brawd

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June 07, 2012

6. The Psychedelic Furs - The Psychedelic Furs [1980]

They went on to enjoy commercial elevation and much bigger hair, but let’s remember The Psychedelic Furs as lean, hungry and thrilling. European sisters and brothers swooned to Richard Butler’s rakish rasp and the collective pulsing, throbbing post-punk drone. By the time US college radio got to it, the game was sadly up.

  Oddi wrth y brawd

June 06, 2012

7. A New World Record - Electric Light Orchestra [1976]

The perennial bone of contention being, of course, is Jeff's patented production technique.

To many, a one trick load of old pony:
Close microphone to snare,
Far microphone  to snare,
Compress far  microphone  2:1 and fold into close snare track,
Insert 1/10 second tape delay in-between,

Yes, there is something approaching a global on taking Lynne out to the street and shooting him like a mangy English sheep dog...and yet, and yet...

A New World Record.
Tightrope. A Spector-Lennon glitter stomp dust up.
Telephone Line. Thumbs aloft melody trumps 70s Macca.
So Fine. Whoo Whoo.
Living Thing. A little bit George. A little bit bloody brilliant,
Do Ya. The sound of 80s rock being invented. A good thing. Believe.
Rockaria. Profoundly, irredeemably shit 

Higher and higher baby.

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 05, 2012

8. The Devil's Music - Keith Richards' Personal Compilation of Blues, Soul, and R&B Classics

Top drawer compilation from man of wealth and not inconsiderable taste.

Yr hen diawl.

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 04, 2012

9. Early Recordings of the Copper Family of Rottingdean


All writ down rough 'n raw by the Copper old guard venerables. 

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 03, 2012

10. Can The Circle Be Unbroken - The Carter Family

Antediluvian weird.
Voice-Guitar-Autoharp alchymical. 
Facile, immediate and ancient. 

Mind how you go, and keep on the sunny side.

Oddi wrth y brawd

June 02, 2012

11. The Spring of Sixty-Five - Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family

Ghosts of Carter devotional and Nassau docks inspirational. No hokum ramshackle.

Geneva and Edith Pinder keening to creaky, percussive guitar.

Growling Joseph. Grinning Lord of Misrule and the devil-may-care picaresque strings. Serenading, serenaded, testifying 'n righteous. 

Y brawd bids you goodnight.


Oddi wrth y brawd

June 01, 2012

12. War War War - Country Joe McDonald [1971]

Thinking of Woody GuthrieTonight I'm Singing Just For YouHold On It's ComingParis Sessions. Early 70s Country Joe is good Country Joe, and partial to a concept.

From this period comes War War War based on poems of Robert W. Service, "bard of the Yukon" (1874 - 1958). Service served with an ambulance crew in World War I and his poetry deals with duty and sacrifice as much as waste and futility. 

Yet may it not be, crime and war
But efforts misdirected are.
And if there's good in war and crime
There may be in my bits of rhyme,
My songs from out the slaughter mill:
So take or leave them as you will.

Room for ambiguity gives egress to Country Joe whose commitment to supporting Vietnam veterans is unwavering. Blaming soldiers for war is like blaming firefighters for fire.

So you'll live, you'll live, Young Fellow My Lad,
In the gleam of the evening star,
In the wood-note wild and the laugh of the child,
In all sweet things that are.
And you'll never die, my wonderful boy
While life is noble and true:
For all our beauty and hope and joy
We will owe to our lads like you.

All lyric poetry and more at Country Joe's Place.

Oddi wrth y brawd

May 31, 2012

13. Akhnaten - Philip Glass [1983]


Akhenaten. 18th dynasty Pharaoh. Rules seventeen years, causing religious kerfuffle by introducing monotheistic worship of Aten, the sun god. The priesthood gets mardy and it doesn't take.

Akhnaten is the last installment of Glass's portrait trilogy, bringing warmth and depth to the cold precision of Einstein on the Beach and a grittier texture than Satyagraha

Open are the double doors of the horizon,
Unlocked are its bolts.
The constellations stagger,
Clouds darken the sky,
The stars rain down,
The bones of the hell hounds tremble,
The porters are silent when they see this king dawning as a soul.
Open are the double doors of the horizon,
Unlocked are its bolts
- Libretto, Act 1 Prelude, Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2

Oddi wrth y brawd