Music Notes July 2019

July 31, 2019 at 11:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Here are some things then…

1 Peter Hammill – Nadir’s Big Chance 

The great thing about music is there’es always something new to discover. Like this. Back in the day, I would never have listened to ex-Van der Graaf Generator stuff, but I was wrong. This is a great punk anticipation with elements of prog and glam. And I’m only forty years late!

2. The Fleshtones

The band played the Horseshoe Tavern a couple of nights back. I’ve seem them three or four times now, and it’s always pretty much the same – SUPER ROCK! The band played a seventy minute set, along with copious encores, ran through the audience several times, and played one of my favourite songs by the band, “Let’s See the Sun.” Did I mention that Peter Zaremba was wearing a cape? And the cover of Teenage Head’s “You’re Tearing me Apart” was not unappreciated.

3. This is Spinal Tap

A close friend hadn’t seen this, so the only thing to do was stage an intervention. Every time I see this, I noticed new touches of sheer brilliance. Apparently when Ozzy Osborne saw this he thought it was a documentary.

4. Beak> – Life Goes On

Nice little project with Geoff Barrow of Portishead. Trippy (but not trip-hoppy) beats with a drone-like sound. Have to check out the back catalogue now.

5. The Violent Femmes and Tom Verlaine – “Hotel Last Resort”

I saw the Violent Femmes on their first Canadian show in a church basement in Hamilton in 1983. Saw them a couple of times after that, but lost interest after the second album. This song isn’t much like their previous stuff, but it is very tasty.


6. The Undertones – The Undertones

Perfect pop music. Then after this, More songs about Chocolate and Girls.

7. The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us 

I’m spending a lot of time listening to the Cramp these days. Truly one of the great bands of my youth. Saw them live three times. This album, their first full length is still my favourite. “Produced” by Alex Chilton.

8. Songhoy Blues 

They were supposed to play Toronto last year (maybe?), but the show was cancelled. They’re heading back on October 22. Going to be good.

9. The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole 

Listened to this on the way to my dad’s place last week. Great car record. Play loud.

10. Roky Erickson

Truly unforgivable to have missed noting his passing in last month’s post. Roky Erickson was one of the greats, a true original. It’s not a stretch to note that dozens of bands would not have existed if Erickson’s Thirteenth Floor Elevators had not appeared (oh and Janis Joplin, we know where your vocal style comes from) . If you love the band and the man, you already know this, but if you don’t: The documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me is quite amazing, then the 2 CD set I Have Always Been Here Before (and of course, you’ll want to get all the Elevators records). I saw him once at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. It was a short set, but still amazing. We do miss you.

Till next time.

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