Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday At The Village Vanguard (1961)


Bill Evans Trio - 'Porgy (I Loves You Porgy)' (1961)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Yeah Baby

I like Twitter.

And I wish some of you who aren't on it, were - we'd have such fun. I look there before I look here most days now - says something, right?

After a few vins blancs on Saturday I blethered on a bit there about playing Mrs H's LP of Intuition by early 80s Brit pop-funkers Linx - had a chat about it with some peops, in fact.

I wrote that Side 1 struck me all these years on as almost synthy proggy - oh my; Side 2, more soully pop like you'd expect if you knew the singles, and bought the album because.

I dropped the stylus on it again last night, and enjoyment once more ensued.

Thought I'd post this.

For Rupert and James.

Linx - 'You're Lying' (1980)

[With thanks to Anthony @735songs]

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Reggae # 33

Nickel In The Machine Rob tweeted this week that he was working on a Marley comp for his 14 year old nephew - I hope this is on it.

Late early Wailers: old time vocal group harmonies and Lee Perry producing, irie.

Shall I go t'bar?

Bob Marley & The Wailers - 'Put It On' (1971)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Love Her So

I first heard an Arthur Alexander record thanks to John Peel - it was the original of  'Anna (Go To Him)' which The Beatles covered on Please Please Me. 

Yesterday I was playing Peel's (birthday) Party 40 shows whilst roasting potatoes, and this one just leapt out at me - what a song. Recorded in 1961 and a big US soul/R&B hit, it pretty much kickstarted things at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

There's a re-recording on the LP of the same name which is all slowed-up and icky strings, but this is the cracking single version.

Arthur Alexander - 'You Better Move On' (1961)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Reggae # 32

A week off...

Queuing crazy early on a blustery Bank Holiday Monday to get in to the last day of Hockney at the RA.

Sating the curiosity of Mrs H and the girlies re. auctions in West London - a house clearance; diamonds and tut, a little bird singing on a gold music box.

A pub lunch by the squally river.

IKEA (!)

Finding the house in West Ealing where Mrs H was born.

Charity shop noodling (no purchase).

Driving about and listening to Robert Elms - thinking today, as listeners nominated favourite Gregory Isaacs tunes, why is there no reggae on mainstream radio, still?

Posting some from halcyon days - Top Ten singles and the cover of the NME.

Dennis Brown - 'Money In My Pocket' (1979)

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Get The Funk 'n' Easter Weekend In Here

Thursday is the new Friday!

Enjoy the "break" - geddit??

Oh, please yourselves.

Mine's a large one, if you're going.

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - 'Superman Lover' (1976)

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


I hate to play the clichéd Brit and blether on about the weather but really - our climate is bonkers. Last week it was 23C in Aberdeen and today most of the North is being scythed by sleet and snow - spare a thought for a brave fellow blogger who even now is holed up in a caravan somewhere on an inclement coast and down to his last beefy Bovril, probably.  Eee.

Meanwhile, I have been distressingly busy with work - in the run up to Easter! It's an outrage!

It'll be rosados all the way come tomorrow night though, and blow winds, I dinnae care.

Jim Noir - 'Turbulent Weather' (2005)