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Ear Ear

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:26 pm
by alister prince
Recently Rob posted that he was listening to more jazz these days, this set me thinking about what I was turning to more often. Listening to Lopa last night I was struck by how virtually none of the more recent stuff she played grabbed me. Her guest Sam Smith was not bad atall, also a track by a Malian hip hop guy caught my attention (didn't catch his name and not looked at the playlist yet). Anyway as well as catching up with a lot of music I own already and have neglected, I'm turning more to Americana, English and Scottish folk (OK Charlie I know), etc. I love Chris Wood,Eliza in all her guises, and really enjoy a lot of it. So what are other forumistas listening to and/or buying? Obviously I've not given up on the SOTW stuff, I'm just frustrated by the lack of it (or a place where I can find out).
PS the Italian adventure continues, if slowly.


Re: Ear Ear

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:53 pm
by will vine
I'm not sure that I've ever really tried to listen to and love everything. Dear departed radio shows from the sixties onward provided my listening pleasure and gave me clues as to where to go to get my kicks. I feel, as I've said before, that any time I spend looking for "new" stuff is spent scavenging on familiar junkyards. That said, I spend less time looking now. I feel somewhat sated. Odd things come to me through recommendations on this website (and the Youtube sidebars they send me to) and through compilations people like Aly and Rob sometimes send me, (my neice sends me new indie stuff and some sort of grunge for a laugh once a year), and that is enough.....though I do miss No Reason. I feel sort of guilty that I don't regularly listen to Ritu and Mark Coles. I can't find the time for it all.

I do listen to World music still but mainly from a large stash of old favourites. And yes, I guess if the question you're asking Aly, is What are you listening to now? I'd have to say "Old Favourites." I'm set in my ways, a terrible confession, but still enjoying it all immensely.

Re: Ear Ear

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:33 pm
by Adam Blake
Today, "Shoppin' For Clothes" by The Coasters and The Faces version of "I Wish It Would Rain" made life worth living. Also, for no discernable reason, "There Is A Mountain" by Donovan came into my head and I sang out loud: "Oh Juanita! Oh Juanita! Oh Juanita, I call your name", whilst falling gently to the relative minor...

Re: Ear Ear

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:26 pm
by alister prince
Love it Adam - The Coasters 'Shopping For Clothes', my favourite record, and it's a cover! Today's ear benders include Eliza and her dad, Bonnie Dobson (the only track I don't like is the single),some pretty old Froots CDs (10 24), R2's latest covemount, MIS, ... It's been an inside sort of day.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:25 am
by john poole
Since Garth posted the sad news of her passing I've been listening throughout last week to Charlotte Greig - lovely atmospheric albums that deserved a wider audience than they received. Also of late, Hank Williams' Garden Spot Programs from 1950; "Doo Wop from Dolphin's of Hollywood" (Ace Records' compilations); Denise LaSalle; The Beach Boys... Mainly music at least thirty years old as usual, although I did buy Candi Staton's new CD "Life Happens" which was worth it, although it might have been better without a few of the 15 tracks...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:04 pm
by Garth Cartwright
I've also been listening to Charlotte. And Bobby Womack. I tend to listen to people who are at the forefront of my consciousness - either through them being in the news or playing gigs or some such - so Charlotte, Bobby, Aerosmith, Sabbath (yes, I went to their Hyde Park gig), The Adverts, dolly, Sandal Ensemble - have all had lots of spins recently. I get sent new releases but few make any impact - I think Chastity Brown might be my best new discovery. I recall playing that for the first time and thinking "interesting. Let's listen again." By the end of the second play I was a huge fan!

Ali, I think there are far fewer world music releases these days as the labels have no funds - even Taraf de Haidouks have been reduced to trying to crowdfund their next album! If Charlie was still alive and DJing I think he would have had to go back towards Honky Tonk days as there is more interesting music coming out of the US (and strong reissues via Ace, Fat Possum, Charly etc). Sturgill Simpson is a gifted country singer on Loose - I like his new album. I like the new Yaaba Funk album but as they are mates of mine I may be biased. A jazz band I saw in Belgrade last year - lead by a guitarist so kind of like Marc Ribot but better - called Fish In Oil gave me there album and its strong. Been listening to that of recent.Mose Allison cos I love pianists - never heard his last album on Anti. Is it worth purchasing? Not on Spotify. I discovered Abner Jay in New Orleans via Benjamin Booker (young black punk rocker - album dropping on Rough Trade in August. You will hear of him, I'm sure, but perhaps a bit too abrasive for forumista tastes).

I typically listen to lots of music from New Orleans and Louisiana, Willy Deville, classic soul, blues from all eras, some jazz, old school country (Merle Haggard and Randy Travis both on heavy rotation), some classical, some rock (Stooges, Stones, Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Ramones etc - I'm pretty predictable in my rock choices) and i dip into my world music collection - Danyel Waro from Reunion is a treat, Mexican and flamenco both suit this weather. As does reggae and ska. I would like to hear Candi Staton's new album so must put it on the list.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:36 pm
by Ted
I have listened to almost nothing but Sun Ra, Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald for the last week.
Oh and Betty Wright 45s.

Oh and a couple of Backbeats 80s House compilations. I recommend those backbeats comps, I bought a load of them a few months back and they have been making me happy ever since.-

Re: Ear Ear

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:10 pm
by Jamie Renton
I too have been getting a bit jaded when it comes to worldy releases. I still listen to some of what little new stuff there is, but much of it is bland in a variety of different ways (bland pop that happens to be sung in a language other than English, bland singer-songwriter stuff that happens to be sung in a language other than English...). There are a few exceptions (I've been enjoying an album of retro Latin guitar twang from the Cumbia All Stars, for example), but mostly it's safe and stale and designed for background listening.

Recently though I've been getting out to hear more live music, often made by people I hadn't previously heard of and as a result, my passion has been rekindled.

There's powerhouse Somali singer Yaar Maanta and his funky band, Southern Italian tarantella group Amaraterra, an amazing Turkish/Kurdish singer called Olcay Bayir, loads of fine Greek singers and players at the Green Note's month long Rebetiko Carnival. All based in London, all making music far more vital and exciting than anything to be found on the latest coffee table world music albums.

This coming week I'll have the chance to hear a Balkan/Klezmer band called Tantz, an Anglo-Indian group called Ground Coffee and various acoustic solo artists from different parts of Africa. I've no idea what any of them will be like, but look forward to finding out.

Will, I hope to see you at the Rhythms of the World festival. Based on the names I already know, the line-up looks good. But I bet it's someone we've never heard of that will blow us away.

Aly, I suggest that your Italian adventure continues in Limehouse (Amaraterra are starting a monthly residency at Jamboree)

Garth, knowing your liking for Turkish music, I'd be interested to know what you make of Olcay Bahir. She's playing Rich Mix in September.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Re: Ear Ear

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:42 pm
by will vine
Ah! Where would we be without Jamie's inexhaustible enthusiasm and energy ?

Re: Ear Ear

PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:33 am
by Jamie Renton
Ian Anderson's editorial in the latest issue of fRoots perfectly expresses what I was struggling to say: