March 24: Happy Birthday Nick Lowe

The world is full of musicians who can play great, and you wouldn’t cross the road to see them. It’s people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones.
~Nick Lowe

As long as my body holds out, I’ll be grooving when I’m 70, and not some sort of horrible spectacle.
~Nick Lowe

As the leader of the seminal pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz, a producer, and a solo artist, Nick Lowe held considerable influence over the development of punk rock. With the Brinsleys, Lowe began a back-to-basics movement that flowered into punk rock in the late ’70s. As the house producer for Stiff, he recorded many seminal records by the likes of the Damned, Elvis Costello, and the Pretenders. His rough, ragged production style earned him the nickname “Basher” and also established the amateurish, D.I.Y. aesthetics of punk. Despite his massive influence on punk rock, Lowe was never really a punk rocker. ..
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)

Live BBC 4 Sessions 2007 concert (59min)

00:19 Heart
03:45 What’s Skakin’ On The Hill
07:16 Without Love
09:55 Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
13:16 Has She Got A Friend?
16:05 I Trained Her To Love Me
20:23 Indian Queens
24:21 Cruel To Be Kind
27:47 You Inspire Me
31:15 Introducing The Horns
31:52 Long Limbed Girl
34:55 Hope For Us All
38:56 The Other Side Of The Coin
42:15 Shting-Shtang
45:08 The Man In Love
47:22 (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
51:40 I Knew The Bride
56:00 The Beast In Me

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Great Song: Elvis Costello – Veronica

A great songwriter can take even an uncomfortable or difficult subject and turn it into an enjoyable and inviting song. When two of the best songwriters in the world come together, they can take that same subject and not only create a hit but also illuminate the subject in ways both surprising and moving.
-Jim Beviglia (Pump It Up: Elvis Costello’s 100 Best Songs)

Here are some facts, original version, lyrics & live versions.

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Great concert: Van Morrison @ Ahoy, Rotterdam 1981 (video)

Great concert featuring a brilliant “Summertime in England” (starting at 33:20).

Appropriately, “Summertime in England” is a highlight of a Dutch TV concert recorded in Rotterdam in 1981… and Pee Wee Ellis joins in on backing vocal as Van in dark shades ad libs about when “Auden and Isherwood split” (in Berlin) and summons up Ginsberg in Saint Louis, and Ferlinghetti´s City Lights books publishing Colin Wilson. A Beat manifesto?
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Ahoy, Rotterdam – May 23, 1981

  • Van Morrison: Lead Vocals
  • Mark Isham: Trumpet
  • Pee Wee Ellis: Sax – Backing vocals on “Summertime In England”
  • John Allair: Keyboards
  • Peter Van Hooke: Drums
  • David Hayes: Bass
  • Herbie Armstrong: Guitar
  • Mick Cox: Guitar

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July 20: The Band Live At Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ 1976

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A little faded and soft picture but great sound and music to cry for!

Robbie Robertson – Lead Guitar
Rick Danko – Bass & Vocals
Levon Helm – Drums & Vocals
Richard Manuel – Piano & Vocals
Garth Hudson – Organ & Keyboards

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9 good videos March 2016

We’ve collected some of the best new videos out at the end of March 2016, enjoy!

We had so much fun hunting down these gems, it will be a returning series of posts.

Here are the first collections: Feb 2016 Part1, Feb 2016 Part 2

Loretta Lynn – Lay Me Down (Duet with Willie Nelson):

Hege Brynildsen – If You Have To Cry from her album, When My Man Comes To Town, released jan 29 2016. She sounds a bit like Dolly Parton, wonderful song:

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Dec 7: Happy Birthday Tom Waits – Top 10 videos

Wikipedia:
music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes.Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. Although the origins of music videos date back much further, they came into prominence in the 1980s, when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including “illustrated song”, “filmed insert”, “promotional (promo) film”, “promotional clip” or “film clip”.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of film making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation and live action. Many music videos do not interpret images from the song’s lyrics, making it less literal than expected. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song’s live performance.

My favourite music video artist is without a doubt, Tom Waits! Since I saw the video for In the Neighbourhood in 1983, I’ve eagerly waited for his promotional videos for his albums. They are valid works of art in their own right, and combined with Tom Waits’ songs they’re taken to a higher level.

Here are my ten favourites:

1. In the Neighbourhood from Swordfishtrombones:

His first and in my opinion it is his best video.

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