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Women in Music

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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


Abaco (April 2010)

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Video/Food Matching in Marseille

This months show is a tribute to my favourite neighbourhood restaurant in Marseille, Abaco. Abaco was recommended to me by the proprietor of the Hotel Richelieu, just around the corner, which has wonderful views of the Chateau d’If. It is in the area known as Catalans, the inlet where Catalans landed their goods in Marseille. What makes Abaco so distinctive is the combination of the friendly easy-going character of the place “le Patron trés professionnel offre un accueil charmant.”, and the fact that they play great music. I complimented them on it and promised I would do a mix. So lets kick off with that FIP-like opener from Le Fil by Camille, official video here but this is live. Ta Douleur;

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