Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements February 13, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in Culture, Music.
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If you’ve an hour or two to spare well worth a watch.
Over the The Replacements’ 12-year existence, the band’s live sets were magical. Gorman Bechard’s remarkable history of the ‘Mats takes us from their first show and everywhere in between. He relies solely on the fans; memories of their albums and antics. Material from Husker Dü, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls is included.
“You can experience a download but you can’t download an experience.” November 12, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Culture, Music.
Had the pleasure earlier this evening of watching Billy Bragg give the Annual John Peel Lecture on BBC 6. The post title comes from his lecture which covered Braggs early days pre record deal and the role Peel played in Bragg making the breakthrough.
Bragg also talks about class and musical opportunities as well as the way music is going with more and more of it being online.
Well worth a listen.
You can listen to it here as well as see a few clips from the lecture.
Jools Holland – London Calling (Full Documentary) October 28, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music.
On this cold night… well worth a watch
via the ‘Come Here To Me’ Facebook
Jools Holland embarks on a personal journey through the streets, historical landmarks, pubs, music halls and rock ‘n’ roll venues of London to uncover a history of the city through its songs, the people who wrote them and the Londoners who joined in the chorus.
Unlike Chicago blues or Memphis soul, London has no one definitive sound. Its noisy history is full of grime, clamour, industry and countless different voices demanding to be heard. But there is a strain of street-wise realism that is forever present, from its world-famous nursery rhymes to its music hall traditions, and from the Broadside Ballad through to punk and beyond.
Jools’s investigation – at once probing and humorous – identifies the many ingredients of a salty tone that could be called ‘the London sound’ as he tracks through the centuries from the ballads of Tyburn Gallows to Broadside publishing in Seven Dials in the 18th century, to Wilton’s Music Hall in the late 19th century, to the Caribbean sounds and styles that first docked at Tilbury with the Windrush in 1948, to his own conception to the strains of Humphrey Lyttelton at the 100 Club in 1957.
Along the way, he meets musicians such as Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Suggs, Roy Hudd, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Brown and Eliza Carthy who perform and talk about such classic songs as London Bridge is Falling Down, While London Sleeps, Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road, St James Infirmary Blues and Oranges and Lemons.
The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer -BBC4 Documentary October 25, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in 1970s), Music.
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Some of the blurb about the Documentary from the BBC site
In 1978 the Undertones released Teenage Kicks, one of the most perfect and enduring pop records of all time – an adolescent anthem that spoke to teenagers all over the globe. It was the first in a string of hits that created a timeless soundtrack to growing up, making the Undertones one of punk rock’s most prolific and popular bands.
Unlike the anarchic ragings of the Sex Pistols or the overt politics of the Clash, the Undertones sang of mummy’s boys, girls – or the lack of them – and their irritating cousin Kevin. But their gems of pop music were revolutionary nonetheless – startlingly positive protest songs that demanded a life more ordinary. Because The Undertones came from Derry, epicentre of the violent troubles that tore Northern Ireland apart during the 1970s.
458 John Peel Shows now online…. September 11, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Culture, Music.
Should you be interested four hundred and fifty eight John Peel shows, spanning from 1967 to 2004 were uploaded to Soundcloud.
Feminism *and* country music July 17, 2012Posted by Tomboktu in Culture, Feminism, Music.
The death has been announced of the American Queen of Country, Kitty Wells.
The hit that brought her to the big time in the 1950s was It Wasn’t God Who Made Hony Tonk Angels, which is just one hell of a song title. The song itself was a reply a song by Hank Thompson, Wild Side of Life, and in her rebuke she attacked the view that it was women who are t blame for affairs and marriage breakdowns. Her song was banned, but hit a chord.
Factory Records …From Joy Division To The Happy Mondays April 6, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music.
On this Good Friday ….. A BBC 4 documentary about the legendary record label Factory Records. Footage and interviews with members of Joy Division, New Order, Section 25, Happy Mondays and more..
Luke Haines @ Whelans February 17, 2012Posted by smiffy in Music.
It was hard to know what to expect from the Luke Haines gig in Whelan’s a few weeks ago. I had never seen him perform live, either solo or as part of The Auteurs or Black Box Recorder, and much to my annoyance I’d missed his North Sea Scrolls with Cathal Coughlan late last year. As well as that, I was very underwhelmed by his latest album 9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early ’80s.
Much as I’ve enjoyed his work to date, including the two volumes of memoirs, the Psychedelic Meditations album sounded like he was treading water, turned in on himself, parodying what can be seen in his previous work as an obsession with the 1970s as a secret history of England, in songs like ’21st Century Man’ and ‘Leeds United’ (not to mention the Baader Meinhof album). Musically the album is unremarkable, differing little from everything he’s turned out over the past ten years. As amusing, clever and well constructed as the songs are, they don’t sound like the work of someone interested in pushing themselves creatively. At times, in fact, it sounds like an album for people who prefer books to music.
However, his performance to a less than capacity crowd (around 50 or so) came as a welcome surprise. A mix of readings from the books, and acoustic renditions of songs from Psychedelic Meditations, and back catalogue highlights, it presented a different side to Haines to the image he cultivates, a side that was funny, engaging and self-effacing.
Stripped of the album’s production, the songs of Psychedelic Meditations are more distinct, and more emotionally resonant. The nostalgia for childhood is more sincere and moving than arch (although it would be the height of pretension to equate Saturday afternoon wrestling on ITV with Proust’s madeleine cake), and the performance lacked the irritating ‘Haines by numbers’ feeling of the album.
The same themes recur again and again in his work, particularly and recently in the recurring themes of the 1970s. But Haines foregoes the lazy evocation of Space Hoppers, retro fashion or the TV show ‘Life on Mar’s. His themes are closer to the novels of David Peace, aiming an uncovering a hidden side of a particularly dark decade. It’s interesting to consider why so many artists and writers (including, in particular, contemporary crime writers) are so drawn to that particular era. It’s often agreed that the mid-1970s represented the death of 1960s optimism, that the hopes of the soixante-huitards collapsed in the violent adventurism of the RAF, Red Brigades and others. Further, one might look to Alain Badiou’s argument that the 1970s (specifically the end of the Cultural Revolution in China) represented the end of the second sequence of the communist hypothesis which began with the Bolshevik revolution (the first sequence, this argument goes, lasted from the storming of the Bastille to the liquidation of the Paris Commune; the third sequence may be upon us soon).
However, even if one does not take as programmatic a view of history as Badiou, it is clear that there can only be a limited value in this kind of nostalgia, artistically as well as culturally. While there is certainly some value, clawing over the bones of past glories, and past optimisms, even exploring why those hopes ended in failure, will only get you so far, and one hopes that Haines will be able to move beyond this in whatever he comes up with next.
Having said that, he can be forgiven pretty much anything, by me at least, giving his history of kicking against prevailing trends while at the same time being immersed within them. This is, let us not forget, someone who happily jumped off the Britpop bandwagon and, at a time when Blur were topping the charts with faux-cockney novelty pop, and Oasis were playing to hundreds of thousands with warmed-up Beatles covers, put out a concept album about the Baader Meinhof, and sang about leaving children in PFLP camps.
And it’s hard not to feel at least somewhat moved by the expression of lost hope and unrealized potential, and to give credit to a self-consciousness undiminished by self-pity when, during the gig, the rendition of ’21st Century Man’ segues into The Auteurs’ ‘Junk Shop Clothes’ just after the lines ‘I was all over the 90s/I was all over in the 90s’.
The second line, at least, is a sentiment that could be shared by many of us, unfortunately.
“Joe Strummer – The Future Is Unwritten” January 19, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music.
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Thought this might be of interest.
As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people’s lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before. In “The Future Is Unwritten”, from British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe’s life, Julien Temple’s film is a celebration of Joe Strummer – before, during and after the Clash
Cocteau Twins – Frosty The Snowman / Winter Wonderland December 20, 2011Posted by irishelectionliterature in Music.
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Was looking to find unlikely Christmas music and found these wonderful tracks from The Cocteau Twins.
The Cocteau Twins do Christmas in two achingly beautiful tracks on the now very rare 2-track cd single “Snow”. Both songs also feature on the singles collection “Lullabies To Violaine Vol. 2″.
Any more unlikely Christmas covers out there?