Donnerstag, 23. November 2017

Viva La Quinta Brigada

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Last weekend I saw a documentary about the rise of Francisco Franco in Spain almost 100 years ago and I remembered to my youngest days. We all learned about the fascist regimes before the days of world war two in school and had a great restistance against the Nazis in the early 80's. It was in this days Nazism tried to be compatible to many people in Germany. We had many fights with those backwards minded ultra right wings. I spent my first holidays in Spain in the year Franco died and I didn't made much thoughts about the political system in this country - just spending a few weeks off in a different country. During the years I read more and more about the history of Spain and the days of anarchy in the early 20's of the last century. The more I learned about the history and the way European communists stood aside the Spanish people against fascism the more I was impressed and ask myself if it could be possible in this way today. I have to admit that the answer is no. There was no solidarity to foreign people like it was in these days in Spain.


Mittwoch, 22. November 2017

Reduce The Speed On A Minimum

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Yet another band I explored during the last days. In days of noisy chaos, heated rhetoric, and voracious content consumption in which we find ourselves present I am glad about artists who express themselves with restraint and nuance. A few days ago Adam posted some great dreamy ambient by Jan van den Broeke which I really enjoyed. Balmorhea sounds like a band from Ireland but these guys are from over across the Atlantic ocean and the make songs you also can dream or relax by. Their new album Clear Language is a lucid and intimate gem of an album that gently but resolutely repudiates bombast and fractiousness in favor of simplicity, warmth and personal connetion. Their compositions are mostly under four minutes each, and they gently unfold and introducing guitars, strings and light synthesizers as well as the occasional presence of humming insects and other natural sounds. Sometimes these songs remind a little bit to Durutti Column and if you are ready for a bit of dreamy sounds, give them a chance.


Dienstag, 21. November 2017

Steelism

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Steelism are a Nashville-based instrumental band Not like many others from this place they can't be called a country band. Their new album ism is composed of guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal-steel player Spencer Cullum. They once said about their music: "Hey, let's start a predominantly instrumental Americana band driven by trading licks with guitar and pedal steel and incorporating elemens of spaghetti Western soundtracks, surf, R&B, rock and jazz". And that's exactly what they did. On The Henchmen / The Buffalo they combine Spanish flamenco percussion with acoustic guitars; Shake Your Heel features Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen over spacey retro dance beat and Let it brew is another example how to combine country and space-rock and shows how boundaries could get expand in Nashville these days.







Montag, 20. November 2017

Kaiser Franz Josef

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Over the weekend I listened to a few old AC/DC-records in tribute and they brought me back to my very youngest days and I grabbed out some other records by rock dinosaurs. While listening to Led Zeppelin once again I remembered Kaiser Franz  Josef, a band a friend recommended to me a few weeks ago. KFJ is an Austrian band playing classic hard rock and supported AC/DC a couple of years ago. Their music is a pure combination of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple transporting into now. Not the next big thing but worth to listen (not every day but sure sometimes, when you are in  the mood for music like this).


Sonntag, 19. November 2017

This One's For The Humans

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Once again I listened to a new song and can't get him out of my mind. It's the new one by Alien Stadium, a collaboration project by Steve Mason and Primal Scream's Martin Duffy. Starting as a acoustic dominated song it turns into a acid-house rhythm influenced journey into space and back. Not the worst to start into Sunday.


Samstag, 18. November 2017

Malcolm Young RIP

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There are less guitarists you recognise by listening to the first accord and the first and second riff. One of them died yesterday at the age of 64. Born in Glasgow he formed the blues-rock band that was world-wide known and made great commercial success. I am not the fan of this kind of music but the first two records by AC/DC were amazing. Different to other bands and full of power. I really liked their glam-inspired sound from the early days. Sadly he wasn't named when they discuss about great guitar players.

Rest easy Malcolm


Freitag, 17. November 2017

Happy Birthday Gordon

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On this day in 1938 Gordon Lightfoot was born. For those who don't know him, he is probably the greatest Canadian singer-songwriter and treasure of folk-music. He started his career in the early 60's and his songs became classics during the years. His songs were often covered by other artists and climbed high in the charts. The first time I came in touch with his music was way back in 1972 on the Olympic games in Munich. When German television made a summary of the days highlights they lay If Yo Could Read My Mind underneath the footage. Listening to his baritone and the way he played his 12-string guitar made me a fan of him. I have to admit that I didn't listen often to his songs during the last years but they didn't lost it's attraction to me.

Gordon Lightfoot - I'm not saying
Gordon Lightfoot - Wherefore and why
Gordon Lightfoot - If you could read my mind
Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning rain