The Modern Lovers’ The Modern Lovers (33 1/3) Sean L. Maloney Bloomsbury Academic The 33 1/3 series is always worth checking out and Sean L. Maloney’s discussion around the debut Modern Lovers album is a worthwhile read, more than that even – it’s one of the highlights of the series. He does a fine line […]
Welcome to episode 73 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. This conversation is me chatting with model, actor and author Janna Lapidus Leblanc. She was the former fiancée of Stevie Ray Vaughan and has recently written and released a book of photos from their time together.
Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) Here’s the thing – I had never heard this album. I am a Simon & Garfunkel fan and not to get too defensive, but not only did I already know about 85% of this album I’ve heard the songs performed live by both Paul Simon and Art […]
The Beach Boys 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow Capitol As a Beach Boys fanatic this is gold to me – and that’s what these sort of reissues are about, catering to the existing fans, fleshing out the story, giving added depth. Yes, there’s a cynical cash-grab (always) attached too. But this one fulfils its promise of […]
i hear your soul when you speak. you are the world to me. mostly it’s a world i want to hide inside; keeping that other one at bay.
Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan Andrew McCarron OUP USA What’s that theory? The more books written about a particular subject suggests how little is really known? You’d easily apply that to Dylan – each year turning out more and more books with dubious angles; his 5th grade friend interviewed, exes, journalists who […]
Bill Direen: A Memory of Others Director: Simon Ogston Bellbird Pictures Simon Ogston is making the New Zealand music/arts docos where you can’t believe your luck – your favourite cult act, finally, is being correctly, lovingly examined. At a previous film festival it was his take on The Skeptics – and his work returns to […]
Earlier in the year I threw together a bit of a last-minute idea and it was a ripper – we had a good old time, lots of cool music so we’re doing it again. Only songs from women lead singers – solo artists, bands – we’re talking Fleetwood Mac and Blondie and B-52s, but also […]
Art Tatum, God Is In The House (1973) I used to have this mega 10-CD box-set of Art Tatum recordings – it was nice, and I played it a bit, but it never really explained him to me, and I never really approached it properly; it was too hard – it just became background music. […]
John Coltrane’s been dead for 50 years. A Love Supreme still means more to me, most times I play it, than any other record. John Coltrane was 40. And then dead. I’m older than him now. I’ve beaten him. On one level – and that feels weird. Should it feel weird? Does it seem weird […]
Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’ TajMo Concord Records Taj might take top billing – but make no mistake (seriously – don’t make the mistake!) this is a Keb Mo’ album with one or two moments where Taj Mahal’s gravelly voice adds something slightly less manicured.
Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Fat Possum It’s forever a case of break out the comparisons when writing about female singer/songwriters – I’m guilty of it, as well as being critical of it – but sometimes those comparisons stand up and usually they’re meant as a compliment; to that end it’s impossible not to hear […]