This a beautifully observed, concise jewel of a song with a disturbing twist. This description would be true of many, if not most, of the Handsome Family’s songs, but I find this one especially moving. I’ve considered singing it during a solo set, but was afraid I would choke up – it still gets to … Read more Songworks #4: Passenger Pigeons by the Handsome Family
Not moody, not blue, not cool After their heyday in the early 1970s the Moody Blues never seemed to be a ‘cool’ band. The 1977 punk attack on progressive and hippy music of course put them in the firing line. But even as retrospect has showed artists from the Sex Pistols to Nick Cave and … Read more The Moody Blues – a Lost Chord rediscovered
I just came across this recording of Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat from a music night at the Roxy Art House way back in 2005. I remember it being a spontaneous decision on stage to finish my set with this and not one of my own songs. The Roxy Art House was a huge former … Read more Famous Blue Raincoat – a Cohen cover
I can’t say Robbie Basho was ever really an influence or inspiration to me, but he’s an intriguing artist from the same period as many of the ones I write about, and hardly known at all, so I’m happy if this introduces some people to his music. I don’t try to follow the masters; I … Read more Robbie Basho – a mystery within a mystery
I recently put out an email to my music friends referencing my post about multitrack recording. In it I talked about how I dreamed of copying my musical heroes and multitracking. I’d never set foot in a recording studio, so I tried to approximate it by using two ghettoblaster cassette machines, one recording the output … Read more Multifarious multitracking – your stories
A quick post before I go on holiday. I’m always blethering on about bands from the early 1970s – that’s what I do – but here are a couple of current bands I’ve discovered this week that I really like. First Tiger A Glasgow trio. I believe they’re playing Leith Depot soon. Articulate, funny, eclectic. … Read more Shock! Lamont lists music made after 1975!