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World Cup of Music July 3rd

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2010 by fred6368

Quarter Finals

Preview of Matches July 3rd; Well as predicted Uruguay won on penalties but Brasil threw away a winning position against a relentless Holland. Will this lead to a repeat of  the 1974 Final between Holland and Germany? I thought the final would be between Brasil & Argentina so I will stay with Argentina, which might mean that we get a repeat of the 1978 Final between Holland and Argentina if Argentina win in normal time; Germany could nick it on penalties. So the predictions that Latin America might rule the world might prove a little premature. Paraguay and Spain doesnt seem too hard to predict, but I think Spain need to get ahead early and not let Paraguay either shut them down or start to believe they can nick it; Spain to win in normal time else Paraguay on penalties. Musically we’ve just lost two wonderful musical nations in Brasil and Ghana, and today I much prefer the music from Argentina and Spain, which doesn’t bode well. So with Brasil going out to a high Sneijder cross todays Theme Tune is by CSS, from Sao Paulo, and Listen to Death from Above;  

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Let There Be Drums

Posted in Specials with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2010 by fred6368

I’m In A Rock N Roll Band; The Drummer

The BBC have been running a series on terrestrial TV channel BBC2 celebrating the Rock Band and tonight, Saturday 15 May 2010 they are celebrating the drummer. With drummer jokes. Having been a drummer myself (that’s a fact not a recommendation) I thought I’d put together a list of the drummers who influenced me, or who I copied or, later on, whom I realised I had no chance of emulating. You can vote on your favourite drummer at the BBC here. I ended up briefly managing a Venezuelan Salsa band, Spiteri, because I recognised the Brasilian drum solo by Airto Moreira they were copying (it’s included below), so I know I have got the ears if not the chops. Here we go;

Sandy Nelson; And in the beginning was the solo drum artist. The first bit of drumming I can actually recall identifying was the little tom-tom riff in my Mum’s copy of the Everly Brothers Til I Kissed You. So when Sandy Nelson made his bid to be the Duane Eddy of the Drums I was hooked right away. Let There Be Drums; Continue reading

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

Abaco (April 2010)

Posted in Specials with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by fred6368

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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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