Music Notes August 2015

August 31, 2015 at 10:36 pm (Uncategorized)

1 Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Oh La La: An Island Harvest

Ronnie Lane, founder of the Small Faces, the Faces and a solo artist is one of those guys whose name might not be immediately familiar to many, but ask any musician and he’s right at the top. This¬† collection of demos, alternative versions, and live tracks is absolutely amazing.

2 Metz – II

The formula has varied on Metz’s second release – loud, very loud guitar heavy punk rock. Very cool.

3 Various artists – Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton

a great collection of “unheard”songs by Dalton as recorded by the likes of Lucinda Williams and Sharon Von Etten. Now go and get Dalton’s records.

4 The Strypes – Little Victories

I was so looking forward to this, but it’s a bit of a let down. The first album Snapshot was a furious punk rock R&B driven record with nods to the Stones, Dr. Feelgood and Eddie and the Hot Rods. On the second release, the lads have slowed down a little to produce a solid rock album, but one that seems slight in comparison. It’s growing on me, but so far it pales in comparisson.

The Libertines –Anthem for the Doomed Youth

Not actually released until mid-September, there are a couple of tracks floating around. They sound as great at the first two records. Very excited for this one.

Various artists – Sticky Soul Fingers

Free with Mojo a few years back (sorry forget the date). Soul interpretations of Sticky Fingers. Very tasty.

Pixies – Doolittle

Sure, every Pixies fan has Doolittle and the B-sides and BBC tracks (although there are a couple of unreleased versions), it’s the demos that will attract the hardcore. Doolittle is arguably the band’s finest hour (I go back and forth between it and the first album). As with any reissue, there’s a bit of fan-exlpoitation, but this doesn’t feel so bad. Unlike…

The Velvet Underground – Loaded

Oh come on. I used to think Elvis Costello was bad, but the Velvets (or whoever is managing what’s left) is worse. Every couplw of years, they re-release a new version of the four with a few extras in it. (Mono mixes seem to be the new thing). This version of Loaded which will replace the two-CD “Fully” Loaded comes as a six CD set with remastered stereo and mono mixes, outtakes, and the Live 1969 set which apparently also has extra songs.¬† How many more times are people supposed to believe, “Oh, we found another box of demos…” ? I love this band, but still.

Jessica Hopper – The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

wasn’t familiar with hopper’s work, but this collection is a great introduction to her writing.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Vampire Films

What is it about vampires and rock and roll? The bad boy image, the after dark vibe, the live fast die young and leave a good looking corpse ethos? Who knows. But check out Only Lovers Left Alive, WhT we Do in the Shadows and the marvellous A girl Walks Home Alone at Night.



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