December 14, 2017

Carey Frank: Something to Remember Him By

Jazz organ and melodcia player Carey Frank pays tribute to his musical ancestry on his new album Something to Remember Him By. Working closely with guitarist Bruce Forman the record is reinvention of crooner classics and smooth jazz. Frabnk's grandfather Don Cornell was was a singer, and he saw him perform many times as a kid. He inherited his 1938 Gibson L5 and that is the guitar that still sounds great in the capable hands of Forman.

Many of these songs have been downgrade to muzak nowadays, but Frank and Forman play them with a deep understanding and finesse. Highlights are the melancholic September Song and the gently swinging I Remember You. The sole original is Iris Iris, named after hit grandmother. It is an elegant duet for organ and guitar, during which the players take turns at playing lead.

December 13, 2017

Hayseed Dixie: European tour dates

Rock grass quartet Hayseed Dixie taker their good times music to Europe again. Lots of irreverent covers plus not half bad originals.

Umphrey's McGee: Half Delayed

Jam band Umphrey's McGee have posted lyrics video for Half Delayed, a track from their 11th studio album It’s Not Us scheduled for release on January 12th. Prog guitars galore and am ad rather unexpected fade-out that suggests that there could have been an interesting coda.

December 12, 2017

Daniel Ruiz: A Cup Of Coffee With Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, And A Tiny Drop Of Whiskey

For his new slice of psychedelic pop Barcelona based musician Daniel Ruiz dropped his alias Weinf. A Cup Of Coffee With Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, And A Tiny Drop Of Whiskey hints a Tom Waits and Jacco Gardner.

The protagonist reminisces about a girl who used to know when he sets eyes on a woman who orders the exact same drink. He sits inside the cafe and she is on the terrace. They are separated by the window, close but miles apart. He knows it's not her, but he surely wishes it was.

The Wedding Present: George Best 30

Can you get away with re-recording a cherished debut album by recording it all over again? UK indie heroes The Wedding Present rose to the challenge and George Best 30, produced none other than Steve Albini sounds even more abrasive and in-your-face than the 1987 version. The masters for this release have sitting on the shelf for nearly a decade. The album was recorded in Chicago 2008, shortly after the band had been wrapped up the 20th anniversary tour during which they had been playing the album in full night after night. Why this delay happened, no one knows, but with another anniversary coming up main man David Gedge finally decided that the time was ripe to share these recordings with the outside world.

They tightened up their sound and the big plus are the live drums, making the songs even more manic than they were back then. Sure the players are older, but they know what will works and what doesn't. While the original sounded a bit tinny they now captured the intensity of a live band in full swing. As incurable mavericks, they didn't clean things up. Naming their first album after one of the greatest dribblers of all time was a bold move then (as well as getting the notoriously difficult Best to agree to appear in promo photos).