The incomparable Tom Waits

Here’s a great profile, courtesy of the BBC: Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox. I’m never sure if the BBC iPlayer works internationally, or if there are licensing restrictions, so: here is the iPlayer page (as above) here is the “programme web page” (no, I’m not sure of its value either) and, here’s “More about […]

Imelda May, Black Tears @ImeldaOfficial

I’ve been a fan since I heard her on some of Jeff Beck’s work, but Imelda May’s new single is simply superb. Beck plays guitar on studio version, but not on this live video…

Missing music – @HardenKurt

Mr Cultural Offering has lost his library. I feel his pain.

Blue Mountain – Bob Weir

Rob at the Hammock Papers (again!) points us to Bob Weir’s new album Blue Mountain. I’ve been enjoying this since Christmas. It’s rich and mellow and atmospheric. The overall sound reminds me of Daniel Lanois’s production work. It’s a beautiful album.

A trick of the tail – Hammock Papers

The Hammock Papers remembers the release, on this day in 1976, of A Trick of the Tail, one of my favourite Genesis albums. And, he has a great bonus video of the band playing Squonk live. The Hammock Papers is fast becoming one of my favourites sources of music online.

Rock and roll rhetoric: Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

“Come up and see me, make me smile Or do what you want, run on wild. … There’s nothing left, all gone and run away” Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (Steve Harley), Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Steve Harley is hugely under-rated as a songwriter. Also as a performer: his sneering snarl […]

Greg Lake, I believe in Father Christmas

I believe in Father Christmas

This via the excellent Hammock Papers … Greg Lake, of course, passed away this December. I remember watching the video – all deserty and not at all like real Christmas – when I was a kid.

The stories I’m told

I love my work. A large part of what I do is story-telling, and when those stories are customer case studies, I get to talk to my clients’ customers about their businesses, their challenges and their passions. Some of those are not my tales to tell here. They involve the use of clients’ products or […]

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Rainbow rising … #RitchieBlackmore

Here’s the reconstituted, 2016, Rainbow in one of their three live concerts. I’ve been listening to the live album that’s just been released (Memories in Rock – Live in Germany) and it’s excellent.  

Page Plant, When the Levee Breaks

Page and Plant, via The Hammock Papers. I love this! If, in a parallel world, the Blues had been born in England, rock’n’roll would look and sound like this. Not necessarily a  bad thing. Performed in what looks like a Welsh slate quarry, owned by a beautifully bemused dog… It reminds me of a similarly bucolic Roy Harper […]

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