John Peel – National Treasure

•March 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

It’s fair to say, for many people from the UK, the DJ John Peel shaped more than one generations musical thinking.

He introduced me anyway, to a plethora of sounds that it is doubtful I ever would have heard. He was a rite of passage if you will; but an immediately accessible, genial, humble, life-changing experience…the man was a national treasure, even he was a Liverpool FC diehard.

So when I came across this wonderful, touching tribute randomly at the weekend, I wept with joy as I grinned liked the proverbial cheshire cat.

John Peel’s Record Box…..enjoy.

Is there a more iconic motorcycle in the world?

•January 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Is there a more iconic motorcycle in the world?

After being used by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, this bike was used to herd sheep. It then found it’s way into the hands of a different kind of Shepherd….

https://www.influx.co.uk/features/mcqueens-triumph-military/

Remembering Fats Domino

•November 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Last week, we mourned the loss of Fats Domino, the rock ‘n’ roll innovator and New Orleans music deity. Cue an all-star group of New Orleans musicians — Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, and the Neville Brothers’ family band — teamed up with Elvis Costello, long a vocal admirer of New Orleans music, to pay the man credit.

Together, the assembled luminaries covered Domino’s immortal 1955 hit “Ain’t That A Shame” in Austin. Watch the performance below;

Late soul giant Charles Bradley reflects on spirituality, mortality.

•November 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Poignant and essential……let your soul be touched.

Late soul giant Charles Bradley reflects on spirituality, and mortality shot in Vienna, Austria.

 

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

•September 3, 2017 • 1 Comment

I’ve always thought Mick Ronson was one of the most underrated guitarist in rock music.

Mick is the focus of a new documentary called, Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story.

His main foil and fan, David Bowie, provided exclusive voiceovers for the film, which looks at the late Ronson’s under-appreciated career as a sideman for artists like Bob Dylan (as a member of the Rolling Thunder Revue), Lou Reed (on Transformer), John Mellencamp (on “Jack and Diane”) and main guitarist on five Bowie albums, including Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane.

Perhaps now Mick will get his due.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story will begin a nationwide run of cinemas starting September 1st, with a home video release to follow on October 27th.

 

War Machine – A Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Score

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds/Grinderman bandmate Warren Ellis composed the score for War Machine, an upcoming movie that’ll debut on Netflix this Friday (5/26) and stars Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, and more.

The soundtrack for the film will be released on the same day, and today you can hear a selection from the link below….can’t wait!

http://pitchfork.com/news/73658-listen-to-nick-cave-and-warren-ellis-new-song-for-brad-pitt-netflix-movie-war-machine/

Dave Hill and his dad, Bob Hill, 83, play Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

•May 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is really rather wonderful.

Comedian Dave Hill and his dad, Bob Hill, 83, play Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” together on piano and guitar to celebrate the release of Dave’s new book “Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

 
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