It’s almost insulting to call Hawkwind the Grateful Dead of the United Kingdom. There’s simply no comparison. The playing was heavier, the lyrics wittier, and the solo projects also bore much fruit.
No knock on the Dead, who I love in a live setting. But I find Hawkwind to be a much better band.
Slow, smoky and funky. A nice pairing with P. J. Harvey (smoking hot as always) with Josh Homme setting the stage on fire on the Jools Holland Show during its Desert Sessions.
Uzbek-Ukrainian guitarist Enver İzmaylov, known for his amazing tapping technique on the guitar, does justice to a piece penned by Spanish maestro Joaquín Rodrigo.
As good as The Stooges‘ version was, this cover by Australia’s Radio Birdman, legends themselves, blows the original out of the water. Rob Younger just had the voice and the howl to make this into a vicious slab of vinyl.
A soft, smooth piece of music after a rough day of sickness. ECM Records has a magic ability to calm the nerves.
The lineup for this piece is as follows:
Mathias Eick – trumpet, guitar, vibraphone
Jon Balke – piano, Fender Rhodes
Audun Erlien – electric bass, guitar
Audun Kleive – drums, percussion
Stian Carstensen – pedal steel guitar
A lot of press covering Nigerian music rightfully goes to Fela Kuti, yet he’s not the only innovative figure to gain international fame. His percussionist, Tony Allen, has spent a good part of five decades making music which was influenced by funk and jazz as well as Highlife. The Afrobeat sound he was instrumental in creating continues to inspire musicians like Brian Eno and Blur’s Damon Albarn.
Z’ev was one of the kings of the early post-Industrial/experimental music scene. Starting off as a normal drummer in the 1960s, he began experimenting with all sorts of found objects, studying their percussive qualities. In a rather bizarre experiment, here he is covering Wipeout by The Surfaris.
Before I developed a love for Rock-In-Opposition bands like Art Zoyd and Univers Zero, I had a deep interest in the schlock-laden works of Antonio Bartoccetti, composer of the band Jacula. It was cheesy, silly, doom-laden music of the best sort. I wonder whatever happened to him?
Gwenno are a band from Wales who just popped onto my radar. File under neo-Krautrock-influenced bliss.
Michèle Bokanowski composed this piece for Metamkine Records in France. It was featured in a series called Cinéma pour l’oreille, which were released as 3-inch CDs.