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Couldn't possibly be as poor as S2.

Gotta admit I loved S2 (and not just because of Kelly Reilly), even though most people seemed to hate it.  :o
It was a more "conventional" story compared to S1 (which of course was very excellent and a difficult one to follow), but I enjoyed it.

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:05:19 PM »
New Dirtmusic (due out in January 2018)

Dirtmusic return for their fifth album, a full-scale collaboration with Turkish-psych visionary Murat Ertel from Baba Zula. Recorded in Istanbul, the album navigates hypnotic rhythms, cinematic atmospheres and dark political realities.

‘We need music like this to stay sane’ – Murat Ertel

Thanx for yer review! 8)
Worse, Charlie couldn't find the word sheets for some and it proved a bit embarrassing at times.
The break between the two mini-sets just served to let the atmosphere sag and they would have been far better blasting straight through, after all, 26 UK Subs songs only last about an hour live...

They were largely back on familiar ground for the encores as they rounded off an event I was glad to have attended, but it could have been much more special. ... It was also interesting that they didn't keep the repeat of the live stream up for very long afterwards either.

Sounds like it could've been (a lot) better...  ::)

I was surrounded by Germans and Scots

Sounds horrible!  ;D

World Chat / Re: The Velvet Underground
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:13:24 PM »

In the program notes to his scruffy, roaring Velvet Underground tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, John Cale, 75, noted he's "reluctant to spend too much time on things past." Fair enough. But as foundational member and key sonic architect of a band that ranks with rock's greatest, he's earned a victory lap. And 50 years – the time passed since the game-changing 1967 LP The Velvet Underground & Nico – is a long time.

That said, the concert – which was similar to one staged last spring as part of a major Velvet Underground exhibit at the Philharmonie de Paris – was no museum display, but a living thing, writhing and howling. And its best moments found a balance between replication and reinvention.

... then the nearest space was a 10-minute walk away.

Same here. When looking for a parking space near the venue "Eden" in Ulm last night, I had to give up and walk for a little while too.  ::)
When I arrived, support band had probably just started, called "I saw Daylight", some kinda local hardcore band... not bad. Said hi to my mate who also was the birthday boy yesterday. Later I bought him a cola (he didn't want beer for the reason of getting up early today). Then Jumbo Jet were on, they do the "ironic bit" with a lot of moshing and screaming on stage (the guitarist had a Bon Jovi t-shirt on - I'm sure he doesn't even like 'em), telling stupid jokes between songs etc. This is the "reunion" of an old band, which existed 10 years ago, nowadays the members have different projects, which are taking a break now, thus the reunion... Hard to believe that Eleni, who sings in a heavenly voice in "Sea&Air", can scream like this.  :o
Their songs are "complicated", sometimes quite melodic at first, with a lot of breaks and then sudden eruptions with grinding/screaming and so on.
It was interesting and a nice evening, but I hope Sea & Air will do something new again next year (or so).  8)

A good evening, but could have been better...

Sounds a bit like the night I had when Louise supported The King Blues in Stuttgart, I was late and missed most of her set...

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:05:57 AM »
I got talking to Stuart Braithwaite in a pub in Spittalfields last year after going along to a book launch that he was speaking at.

Oh, that's nice!  8)
I first heard them back in 2002 (& saw them @ Hyde Park), since then I went to a few shows, always very loud, but also intense.

Bugs & Tips / Re: Welcome back Spam...
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:02:51 AM »
Yup, welcome back.  ::)
I'd almost forgotten how to ban a user/spammer, but I got it together...

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:08:22 PM »
Their new album sounds surprisingly (to me) good...

That's because it is good.  ;)
You like Mogwai? Cool.
I hadn't bought their releases for a few years, this new album however is good indeed.
"Don't believe the fife" is one of my fave tracks.  8)

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:01:13 AM »
Been playing some garage rock stuff circa '65-'68 (from "Nuggets" 1+2 cd boxes).
Plus I've listened to The Walkabouts and Neil Young.

Of course I have newer albums I want to play (again), like Duncan Reid, Mogwai, Bash & Pop, Alejandro Escovedo, Don Antonio etc.

That's the good thing about music (and the bad thing at the same time!), you're never finished!!  :D

Thanks for your reviews folks (from places as different as the 100 Club vs. Leeds Arena)!  8)

OK, but there's still a big difference between a band splitting and it's members being replaced and it keeping going - think "Glenn Miller Orchestra" (going since the 1930's) and "The Platters" (since the 50's).

Strangely, I've listened to The Platters' "My Prayer" quite often, as it is on the "Twin Peaks songtrack" (apparently a David Lynch was one of their singers - at least he could sing better than his name cousin, the director/artist...)!

Many bands nowadays deliver "note-for-note" renditions of their old faves (same as cover bands do - or try to do), however I'm not sure that "rock music" was supposed to be like that...  :-\
Of course, if you have an orchestra playing the works of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart ... you expect them to be "note for note" like the "masters" wrote them down.
Rock'n'roll however, was once supposed to be more spontaneous, rebellious, free(-form). Nowadays you got people complaining if a punk rock drummer isn't keeping time like a rhythm machine...  ::)
But I guess I digress...  ;D

World Chat / Re: Viv Albertine
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:25:58 PM »
A "follow-up" book by Viv will be published next year.

World Chat / Re: California Punk?
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:50:29 AM »

In the annals of L.A. rock music, it's The Gun Club, perhaps, that truly gets buried in the footnotes of history. Maybe it's due to the band's sound, which is a little hard to box in. The term "cowpunk"—meant to denote a hybrid of punk and country—gets tossed around a lot. But mostly, The Gun Club was just loud and messy; their tracks make you want to fiddle with the EQ on your car stereo.

The recently released In My Room, the band's first album in nearly 25 years (and 21 years after the death of their frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce), takes a different path, however. The tracks here reveal a different side of the erratic Pierce. The guitars are cleaner, and even a bit more elaborate. "L.A. Is Always Real" and "Shame and Pain," for instance, are built on irresistibly catchy riffs. And Pierce's vocals, while still gruff and pain-streaked, have settled into a more contemplative tone. The album is slower, more introspective...

It should also be noted that In My Room is not a gratuitous, cribbed-together, posthumous release built on a collection of unreleased demos. Rather, it's a real album that was recorded in Holland and Belgium between 1991 and 1993. It just never got a proper release until now.

World Chat / Re: Neil Young
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:15:43 AM »
Uncle Neil via FB:
Hi there,
December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.
Lots of Love,

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