Sunday, 18 February 2018

Double Desert Delight

From Menaka in Mali, on the edge of the Sahara Desert, comes the almost appropriately named Leila Gobi. The first track comes from her 2015 album, "Leila", and the second from "2017" - no idea when that came out, I'm afraid. Judging by all the squelchy noises it sounds like she started hanging out with the cool kids in Bamako between the two records, but there is no harm in that.

"Hari Nafa" - Leila Gobi

"Tibo Gadeina" - Leila Gobi

Here's some more distaff desert music.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Frontline Politics

I was thinking of doing a Valentine's Day Special today. I changed my mind when I remembered that my readers are all debonair, delightful and deeply desirable, and will therefore have much better things to be doing tonight than reading this old blog. So I decided just to do what I like.

Both of today's selections are taken from "Frontline presents Reggae Discomixes", a double CD compilation of 12" singles from the long lost Frontline label. For those of you younger than ancient, Frontline was a short-lived subsidiary of Virgin Records which was around for only a couple of years in the late 1970s but put out a lot of great stuff in that time.

These are two of the many highlights, with the first track from Poet & The Roots (a.k.a. Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dennis Bovell and chums) shining even more brightly than the others.

"Five Nights Of Bleeding/ Defence Dub" - Poet & The Roots

"Isaiah - First Prophet Of Old" - Big Youth

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Whole Lotta Holes

Mouths? Souls? Buckets? You can't rely on anything these days.

"Your Mouth's Got A Hole In It" - Piano Red

"My Soul's Got A Hole In It" - Howard Tate

"My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" - Hank Williams

I was unable to find an original clip of Bernard Cribbins' "Hole In The Ground", and "Hole In My Shoe" is ruled out on the grounds of good taste, so you're getting this instead.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Radie & Anne

One of my favourite recent albums is 'Between The Earth And Sky' by Dublin folkies Lankum. It's consistently good all the way through, but even so the tracks where Radie Peat takes the lead stand out. There is a sort of gnarly tone to her voice that reminds me for some reason of the great Anne Briggs, even though they don't really sound similar at all.

"What Will We Do When We Have No Money?" - Lankum

"Summer's In" - Anne Briggs

I had been tempted to pair Radie Peat with Dock Boggs purely so I could combine them in the title of this post, but a recent veiled criticism of my punning ability from one of our Scottish readers put me off the idea. However, old Dock does actually fit in quite well with the two women, so here he is in a supporting role.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Big On The Bosphorus

Some top quality Turkish pop from the 1970s for you today, courtesy of Kamuran Akkor (and some bloke going "Chiggily bom bom bom").

Who is Kamuran Akkor, you ask? Well, according to Google Translate's rendition of her Turkish Wikipedia page: "The classical  Turkish music commentator is Gonul Akkor's sister. He was born in Istanbul in 1947. Beginning in 1968, Sezen had a reputation around the country with his 45-year-old record, An Old Lie of Love, Kime Niver Kime Kismet, Kill You Waiting and Reyhan songs. In the following years, he started pop music classical Turkish music interpretation". I hope that helps clear things up.
"Dilo Dilo Yaylalar" - Kamuran Akkor

"Şimdi Şimdi" - Kamuran Akkor

To round things off today, here is Little Eva with her tribute to the traditional music of the region.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Four Songs About Bananas

Because we can.

"Lorna Banana" - Junior Byles

"Castro Eating Banana" - Mighty Sparrow

"Banana" - Joe Shirimani (featuring Rose Chabala)

"Please No Squeeza Da Banana" - Louis Prima

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Crazy Crazy Nights

I got my first gig of the year under my belt last night. I enjoyed it greatly, but I think it is safe to say that I'm unlikely to see anything quite like it again this year.

The venue was St. Pancras Old Church, and the headliner was Johnny Dowd. Support came from the Dutch duo of Melle de Boer and Suzanne Ypma (formerly of Smutfish and Woof Woof Ridicule respectively - no, that's really true).

They were promoting Melle's new album "Temporary Bandage", from which the first track below comes. They reminded me quite a bit of our old pal from over the German border, Dad Horse Experience. Like Dad, there were a couple of songs about matricide, alongside more surreal ones about - for example - an abandoned smile that wrote a letter to its mother who drove over in a Lincoln Continental to rescue it.

Then we had Johnny himself, ably accompanied by Mike Edmondson on guitar. The first half of the set was what we had come for - mostly discordant blues riffs with Johnny hollering things like "Hotpants! I wanna get spanked!" over the top.

That part of the evening came to a close with an Oi! version of Judy Garland's "Smile", which one might charitably call a brave experiment that doesn't merit repeating. Johnny then brought Melle and Suzanne back on stage to join him and, for the rest of the evening, we were treated to a set of American folk and country standards. Think Bruce Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions" but with Bruce replaced by the crazy old man who stands at bus stops shouting at cars. "Tom Dooley" will never quite be the same again.

You had to be there really. And I'm very glad I was.

"Demons" - Melle De Boer

"Betty" - Johnny Dowd

"A World Without Me" - Johnny Dowd