I guess I heard about Ramblin’ Jack Elliott before I ever heard him – and though this album wasn’t known to me before reading this book and starting this challenge I did know a lot of the songs here, either these versions or some of them coming from the sources Ramblin’ Jack mentions (such as Cocaine by Rev. Gary Davis). Elliott’s “Ramblin’” nickname comes from the way he works his way into a song, giving a spoken-word intro that seemingly seamlessly morphs into the actual song. Suddenly he’s picking at the guitar and the song is happening, while he’s still introducing it. Read More
It was John’s idea initially. He’s an old friend and drinking buddy and an excellent sound engineer and musician in his own right. He came to a Spines practice with his laptop and some good mics and tried to record us rehearsing. It was like a dry run.
Our time in the practice space is limited to a couple of hours a week so we relocated to a building on Dixon Street that my other friend Neil had recently bought that had a vacant top floor and good acoustics. Read More »
Last year we were in America – it was the best holiday, and I saw some great gigs. I turned 40 when we were over there – the trip, all of it, everything – was my present. A gift to and from all of us, really. A family vacation – an amazing one. Disneyland, a few different cities, great fun, catching up with friends and family…but my “official” 40th present was a last-minute ticket to see Peter Gabriel and Sting. I was mostly interested in seeing Gabriel – nothing wrong with Sting (I’ve seen him solo and with The Police) but Gabriel: He’s not coming to New Zealand in my lifetime. Seems unlikely now. So it was a joy to see and hear those amazing songs. Read More »
What a great night to be part of – the release of the excellent new Spines album, Epidural with music from the band and Tyson Smith. And you can check out that brand new album right here. I was there as a fan – and I enjoyed the show – but I also got to play some records before and after and in-between the sets. And here’s all the tunes I played… Read More »
It’s been a big week of podcast-edits for me, and as well as layering in loads of music (often instrumentals) I’ve been listening to lots of instrumental music even when not editing. There are some new and old favourites here.
Something for everyone, hopefully.
Five things that I dig at any rate. Read More »
The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork, 95bFM and Under The Radar with support from Jim Beam, are proud to announce the lineup for the Southern Fork Americana Fest 2017 as it returns full steam for its fourth year. Taking place at The Tuning Fork from the 7th-15th of October, this year’s festival is jam packed with some of the very best names in alt-country and Americana music.
It’s a great line-up of local and international talent with highlights including shows from Justin Townes Earle, Robbie Fulks, Son Volt and the band Traveller (featuring Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel and Jonny Fritz). See the full line-up below:
Saturday October 7th // Eb & Sparrow with The Miltones
Sunday October 8th // The Warratahs with The Bads
Tuesday October 10th // Robbie Fulks
Wednesday October 11th // Justin Townes Earle with The Sadies
Friday October 13th // Son Volt
Saturday October 14th // The Shape I’m In: Hootenanny & BBQ
Sunday 15th October // Traveller with Joshua Hedley
This year also sees festival passes available for the first time since its debut in 2014. Passes will be in limited supply, so snap one up quickly before they sell out.
There are more act announcements to come…
All tickets from Ticktemaster – www.ticketmaster.co.nz – 0800 111 999
This November will herald the return of true punk rock royalty to our shores, Marky Ramone.
Marky is one of the last remaining members of The Ramones, and the one with the longest lineage, having handled skins duties for the formative punk outfit between 1978 to 1983 and again from 1987 until 1996. An original denizen of the NYC punk scene centered on Max’s Kansas City (Marky also played with Wayne County and Richard Hell’s Voidoids with whom he appeared on the classic Blank Generation LP), Marky is keeping The Ramones’ spirit burning bright and will be bringing a huge haul of Ramones classics with him.
“The setlist is 38 Ramones songs. Every song that we play, people are gonna know. It extends from the first album all the way to Pleasant Dreams and the Brain Drain album.”
Thursday 30th November – Wellington, San Fran
Friday 1st December – Auckland, The Studio
Saturday 2nd December – Christchurch, The Foundry
Glen Campbell has died. He was 81. It’s sad news – of course – he’s a towering giant, one of the greatest guitarists, a sweet, sweet voice, and a hell of a repertoire – as session player and solo star. But Glen Campbell is at peace now, at rest, finally. He had battled that terrible disease, Alzheimer’s, since a 2011 diagnosis.
I love so much of the music he made.
But I didn’t grow up with Campbell’s music – I had to find my way to it. I read about Big Bluegrass Special, his 1962 debut with the Green River Boys. That was added to the collection. And what they said was true. This guy could play! Included on the soundtrack of the Australian film, Love Serenade, was one of his most famous songs – Witchita Lineman. A piece of magic. Pure and simple. Suddenly I really liked Glen Campbell. Read More »
This challenge could get expensive – here I am now, three for three, that’s three great albums in a row, that I had not previously heard; all three of them I want for my collection.
I love Tito Puente and have some albums featuring him, a terrific, 50-track double-disc compilation being my go-to, and I’ve known about him since I was a teen, obsessed with buying and reading Modern Drummer. So Puente was a guy I knew about before I really heard him – and then of course there was Oye Como Va, which I knew from the Santana version first off, but it was listening to Santana and Puente (and Sheila E.) that made me want to get some timbales. I integrated them with my standard drum-kit, had them angled over like auxiliary toms. It was fun for a while, and I would get excited about the possibilities – reading about how Porno For Pyros’ Stephen Perkins (also the drummer for Jane’s Addiction) was using timbales in his Porno kit; just a variance – a change. (I think he used one as a snare?) Anyway, I’d read all this stuff – and watch clips of Sheila E. and Santana and Tito Puente – and all of them together at one point, even. And I’d think about how cool it would be… Read More »