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Women in Music

Posted in Specials with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by fred6368

If I can’t dance I dont want to be part of your revolution

As the late great Emma Goldman once put it, and read her book Living My Life if you can; dance. So on the 100th International Women’s Day lets dance to some of the great Women in music; continuous playlist on YouTube here.  At the moment it is PJ Harvey who most neatly captures that dance/revolution, but recently albums by Rumer, sumptuously, and Laura Marling, challengingly (you have to sit up straight to listen to it) sit on the dance/revolution boundary. But it is Polly Harvey’s ironically sly chorus, “Gonna take my problem to the United Nations“, that gives me the laughing dance by proxy The Words That Maketh Murder;

But if you’d ask me to name, off the top of my head, who my favourite female musician is then I’d usually say Cassandra Wilson, who grew out of the remarkable M-Base Collective in New York, along with Meshell N’degecello, to become the best jazz singer of the past thirty years. I could just listen to her voice alone, but the way she interplays with her musicians always seems fresh. She has a remarkable way of interpreting songs, I particularly like the way she takes Last Train to Clarksville and returns it to its anti-Vietnam roots and Strange Fruit sinks deep into its raw emotions. She has just released a staggeringly alive album Silver Pony, which is her best since Belly of the Sun for me. But demonstrating her massive intimacy here is Redemption Song  Continue reading

2010 in review

Posted in Specials, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by fred6368

Radio YouTube Attractions in 2010

These are the most popular posts and my favourite albums in 2010.

Rumer Post November 2010; Live on Jools Dec 31st 2010 Aretha
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Tango 3.0

Posted in New Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by fred6368

May 2010

I started this blog because 2009 seemed to be the best year for music since 1969. A really wide range of albums topped various polls, all of exceptional quality, many of which I loved. Then at the start of the year Vampire Weekend trumped their 2009 debut with Contra (one of the 250 best albums of all time according to FNAC) and I thought blimey 2010 could be just as great as well! Perhaps not quite yet, but there have been some staggeringly good albums already, if a few disappointments. One group whose blood hasn’t failed me yet is last months poll-winners Gotan Project and they have a new album Tango 3.0 (playlist here) which sounds club-heavy and ready to take on the road. Lunatico is their meisterwerk for me, but I have the rest of the year to learn the 3.0 semantics of La Gloria; Continue reading

Run (March 2010)

Posted in New Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by fred6368

We mostly work to live until

…the music breaks our smiles wide open. This is my current favourite track, Run, from my current favourite album, Contra, from the tardy, cold but smartly photo-snapping Vampire Weekend. I reckon Contra easily out performs the first album. This is live in the studio and not quite as dynamic as the album version but it looks better. Ok, let it Run; Continue reading