sábado, 30 de julho de 2016

Chis Laterzo - West Coast Sound

Chis Laterzo - West Coast Sound - 2015

from hyperbolium.com
There’s always been a note of Neil Young’s high, keening tone in Chris Laterzo’s voice, but on his fifth album, backed by twanging alt-country, the notes are more plentiful and apparent. That’s not a criticism, it’s a compliment, as Laterzo doesn’t copy Young so much as sing original songs in a style that echoes Young’s work from the ‘60s and ‘70s. You can also hear flavors of Shannon Hoon in his high notes and Chris Robinson in his tremelo, and the loping rhythms of Laterzo’s American “cowboy rock” also connect him to the cosmos of Gram Parsons. The album’s title track finds Laterzo surrendering not just to the natural elements of his adopted California, but also to the the country-tinged rock that once flowed freely from Laurel Canyon.

Laterzo sings lovingly of his former neighborhood, “Echo Park,” memorializing the people, places and lifestyle of an important point in his life. Dan Wistrom’s pedal steel is particularly potent on this track. Laterzo is settled in Los Angeles, but having grown up in Denver, Boston and Brussels, he harbors a wanderlust that’s satiated as a touring musician and as the rambler of “Tumbleweed.” The road beckons more darkly as an avenue of escape for “Someday Blue,” with a tempo and acoustic guitar that suggest the despair of the Rolling Stones’ “Angie.” Despair turns to resignation in “Drag,” as Laterzo concludes you can’t negotiate with a closed book, and resignation turns to spite in “Subaru,” despite the lyric’s claim to the contrary.

There’s a wistfulness to Laterzo’s singing that merges memories with realizations. The backward glances of “The Bradbury” and “Chaperone” aren’t nostalgia, they’re the slightly stoned, or in the case of “Chaperone,” fantastically dreamed, building blocks of experience. The latter is stripped down to acoustic guitar and snare drum, and played at a tempo that perfectly paces the sleepwalking vocal. Laterzo often sounds lost in thought, as if his thoughts are extemporaneous and still forming as they’re being related; it’s a powerful way to draw listeners into songs. The album is low-key, but Laterzo’s reflections are bright and engrossing, and will entice fans of Young, Jackson Browne, the Byrds and other canyon dwellers.

01. West Coast Sound
02. Tumbleweed
03. Drag
04. Someday Blue
05. Echo Park
06. Subaru
07. The Ray Bradbury
08. Chaperone


terça-feira, 26 de julho de 2016

William Souffreau - Time

William Souffreau - Time - 2004

William was born on the 14th of April 1946, in Erembodegem, under a Belgian moon. He jumped into the music scene in the early sixties with the rock 'n' roll band The Blue Jets. At that time William wrote his first song, 'Feel so Lonely', which was later recorded on the album ‘Shake It’ (2002) by Blink It. Around 1963 William played with The Mings. His first recordings date from 1966, with The Four Rockets. Near the end of the 60s The Four Rockets became the more psychedelic rockband Dementia Praecox.

In 1970 William was elected number one rock singer of Belgium. Earlier that year he had founded the band The Voodoo, which soon became Irish Coffee. This rock band was a large success in many countries. Irish Coffee recorded one album and four singles (including the hit single 'Masterpiece'), all collector's items now. The band played many concerts and did numerous TV and radio shows. Irish Coffee was a support act for Uriah Heep, Chicken Shack and Golden Earring, among others. In 1974 the Irish Coffee story came to an end.

01. Think Again
02. One of These Days
03. Guitarman
04. There Ain't no Road Too Long
05. Let me Tell You Something
06. Gardenman
07. Made up my Mind
08. Mean Woman
09. Hope There's Time Left
10. I Had a Friend

William Souffreau - Vocals, Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Organ
Frankie Cooreman, Geert Maerschalck - Bass
Gert Meert - Bongos, Djembe, Percusion, Drums
Jo Mathieu - Acoustic Guitar (lead guitar on 'Think Again')
Nils De Caster - Violin
Tony Boast - Ashray, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
Hans Quaghebuer - Hurdy Gurdy
Karel De Backer - Organ


quinta-feira, 21 de julho de 2016

Joey Molland - Return to Memphis

Joey Molland - Return to Memphis - 2014

from therocktologist.com
Badfinger legend Joey Molland takes a trip to Royal Studios in Memphis and emerges showing of a handful of original numbers that cross moments of beauty with unexpected insipidness.

One great thing about this album is that it’s been put together with a feel for what makes a quality record, which means it’s not necessarily a collection of strong features, but also has a true flow. And yes as the title suggests, Molland’s musical roots are pretty much evidently planted. Never afraid to leap from the blue eyed soulfulness of “Walk Out in the Rain” to the toughened up roughness of “Still I Love You”, Molland delivers with panache and style. He lover the tone on “All I Ever Dreamed”, calls on the tears with “Hero” in and even indulges in some seriously inspiring guitar work here and there. That’s for the best moments. The trouble with Joey’s return is that for the most part the album is okay, and nothing more. Molland’s voice even sounds tired here and there, but then again similar material would no doubt squeeze the guts out of a singer 20 years younger too. On other hand, “Return to Memphis” isn’t short of hummable melodies, married with skilfully controlled energy and zip that tell of an album of colourful proportions which means no worries for Joey Molland. 

01. Walk Out In The Rain
02. build a Ship to Mars
03. Only When it Rains
04. Got a feeling
05. Yesterday
06. All I ever Dreamed
07. Hero
08. All I Need Is Love
09. Is it Any Wonder
10.Still I Love You


quinta-feira, 14 de julho de 2016

Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey

Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey - 2015

Nicholas "Nik" Turner (born 26 August 1940, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England) is an English musician, best known as a former member of space rock pioneers Hawkwind. Turner plays saxophones, flute, sings and is a composer. While with Hawkwind, Turner was known for his experimental free jazz stylisations and outrageous stage presence, often donning full makeup and Ancient Egypt-inspired costumes.

Space Odyssey is a very cosmic concept that’s perfectly in tune with the Hawkwind modus operandi whose perfect dose of artful craziness is still being carried by Nik Turner. The reedsman’s latest "Space Gypsy" from 2013 was a great record which Nik is resolved to surpass now with the forthcoming – scheduled for a July release – “Space Fusion Odyssey.” Featuring a host of star guests, including the guitarists from THE DOORS and MEGADETH, this album, as Turner says, still doesn’t have a confirmed covert artwork and finalized tracklist, yet there’s a psychedelic video as a harbinger of things to come.

01. Adjust The Future
02. Hypernova
03. Spiritual Machines
04. Pulsar
05. An Elliptical Galaxy
06. A Beautiful Vision In Science Forgotten
07. We Came In Peace (Bonus track CD only)
08. Interstellar Clouds (Bonus track CD only)
09. Spiritual Machines Chapter 2 (Bonus track CD only)
10. Random Acts (Bonus track CD only)

- Nik Turner / flute, saxophone, vocals
- David Eagle / drums (1,2,5,7,8)
- Chris Poland / guitar (1,2,5,7,8)
- Robert Pagliari / bass (1,2,5,7,8)
- Billy Cobham / drums (4,6,9)
- Steve Hillage / guitar (1,5,6,7)
- Jürgen Engler / moog, bass (3), rhythm guitar (3)
- Gilli Smyth / space whisper
- Robby Krieger / guitar (2)
- Nicky Garratt / guitar (4)
- John Etheridge / guitar (4)
- John Weinzierl / guitar (3,9)
- Kephera Moon / keyboards (4,9)
- Chris Lietz / mellotron (2)
- Kai Eckhardt / bass (4,6)


domingo, 10 de julho de 2016

Buzzcocks - Love Bites (Special Edition)

Buzzcocks - Love Bites (Special Edition) -  2008

Love Bites is the second studio album by English punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was released on 22 September 1978, through United Artists Records.

 Love Bites was recorded and mixed by Buzzcocks with producer Martin Rushent over a two and a half week period, less than six months after the release of début album Another Music in a Different Kitchen. "Late for the Train" was first played and recorded on John Peel's Radio One show, along with bass player Steve Garvey's instrumental "Walking Distance".

CD 1

01. Real World
02. Ever Fallen In Love
03. Operators Manual
04. Nostalgia
05. Just Lust
06. Sixteen Again
07. Walking Distance
08. Love is Lies
09. Nothing Left
10. Esp
11. Late For the Train


12. Love You More
13. Noise Annoys
14. Promises
15. Lipstick

JOHN PEEL SHOWS: 10.04.1978 , BROADCAST 17.4.1978
16. Noise Annoys - (live)
17. Walking Distance - (live)
18. Late For the Train - (live)

JOHN PEEL SHOWS: 18.10.1978 , BROADCAST 23.10.1978
19. Promises - (live)
20. Lipstick - (live)
21. Sixteen Again - (live)

JOHN PEEL SHOWS: 21.05.1979 , BROADCAST 28.05.1979
22. Esp - (live)

CD 2:
01. Love is Lies [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
02. Just Lust [Demo]
03. Operators Manual [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
04. Ever Fallen In Love [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
05. Nothing Left [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
06. Sixteen Again [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
07. Raison D'etre [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
08. Real World [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
09. Nostalgia [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
10. Esp [Demo]
11. Lipstick [Demo]
12. Children (Promises) [Demo]
13. Mother of Turds [Demo]


14. Breakdown - (previously unreleased)
15. What Do I Get? - (previously unreleased)
16. I Don't Mind - (previously unreleased)
17. Ever Fallen In Love - (previously unreleased)
18. Noise Annoys - (previously unreleased)
19. Nothing Left - (previously unreleased)
20. Get On Our Own - (previously unreleased)
21. Love You More - (previously unreleased)
22. Fiction Romance - (previously unreleased)
23. Autonomy - (previously unreleased)

Pete Shelley - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
Steve Diggle - Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars, Lead Vocals (8)
Steve Garvey - Bass
John Maher - Drums


quinta-feira, 7 de julho de 2016

SIMO - Love - Volume 1

SIMO - Love - Volume 1 - 2015

SIMO is an American rock band formed in 2010. The group is notable for having virtuoso guitarist JD Simo as the centerpiece and namesake. A blues-based band that also incorporates extended improvisation into its live sets, they have released one album, with another for release on January/2016.

01. Rather Die In Vain
02. What’s on Your Mind
03. Off at 11
04. Shake It

* Recorded Live at The High Watt at Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN, 28 feb 2015


sábado, 2 de julho de 2016

Dexys - Nowhere Is Home

Dexys - Nowhere Is Home (Live at Duke of York's Theatre) - 2014

Not only did 2012’s outsider opera of an album, One Day I’m Going To Soar, completely revive the reputation of Kevin Rowland and Dexys, it also provided the focus for one of the more ambitious series of concerts of recent times. The release of Nowhere Is Home sees that theatrical presentation given the cinematic treatment it deserves, while acting as a victory lap for this most stylish of comebacks.

Dexys are not a revival band. They are going forward not backward. They changed their name from Dexys Midnight Runners to Dexys in 2012 to say “we’re the same people, but we’re different now!” Dexys is not just Kevin Rowland. It is an eight-person ensemble with a nucleus consisting of Kevin Rowland, Lucy Morgan and Sean Read.

CD 1
01. Now (Live 24th April 2013)
02. Lost (Live 24th April 2013)
03. Me (Live 24th April 2013)
04. She Got A Wiggle (Live 24th April 2013)
05. You (Live 24th April 2013)
06. I'm Thinking Of You (Live 24th April 2013)
07. I'm Always Going To Love You (Live 24th April 2013)
08. Incapable of Love (Live 27th April 2013)
09. Nowhere Is Home (Live 24th April 2013)
10. Free (Live 27th April 2013)
11. It's Ok John Joe (Live 27th April 2013)

CD 2
01. The Waltz (Live 27th April 2013)
02. Geno (Live 24th April 2013)
03. Listen To This (Live 27th April 2013)
04. Until I Believe In My Soul (Live 27th and 24th Edit April 2013)
05. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green (Live 27th and 24th Edit April 2013)
06. Until I Believe In My Soul Part 2 (Live 27th and 24th Edit April 2013)
07. Liars A to E (Live 27th April 2013)
08. Old (Live 24th April 2013)
09. This Is What She's Like (Live 27th and 24th Edit April 2013)

CD 3
01. Nowhere Is Home (Live 19th April 2013)
02. The Waltz (Live 20th April 2013)
03. She Got A Wiggle (Radio Edit)
04. Incapable Of Love (Radio Edit)