In honour of Mr. Zimmerman's 78th birthday you get not one but two playlists this Friday. For the first one, we have compiled a few tunes from artists who have acknowledged their debt to the enigmatic Nobel Prize laureate, some of which even explicitly reference him in the song.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Classic soul outfit Tower of Power is out touring behind their new album Soul Side of Town and celebrating their five decades at the same time. Founding member Emilio Castillo is still steering the ship alongside a cast comprised of musicians that also include long-time contributors Stephen Kupka and Sal Cracchiolo as well as new lead vocalist Marcus Scott. Original bass player Rocco Prestia has unfortunately been sidelined and is competently replaced by Marc Van Wageningen. His presence is still missed, but the band moves forward, as it should, because personalities don't matter. What matters is the groove, relentless and tight.
Over twenty years ago, after the success of Little Village, Nick Lowe dropped his proto-punk pub-rock power-pop guises and reinvented himself into an understated singer/songwriter. Power chords and frantic beats gave way to low-key acoustic guitars and delicate arrangements.
It's been ten years since the last studio record by everyone's favourite Teutonic pyromaniacs. Not that they've been absent: they've embarked on several tours and have released a few live documents but fans have had to wait a whole decade for a follow up to LIEBE IS FÜR ALLE DA.
If there was any doubt as to the vibrance of the Blues in 2019, Jimmie Vaughan's new album should lay them all to rest. The sepia-toned photo adorning the cover of this new LP is a perfect indication of the music inside: a familiar swing, old school sounds, and and an reverent approach to the material make the erstwhile blues revivalist one of the best, most authentic connection to the original source.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
These are a few of my favourite concert shots. If you click on the name of the artist it'll take you to the concert review/gallery the picture is taken from. Don't hesitate to comment and share!
Friday, May 17, 2019
On the day of their headlining slot on the French date of the Gods of Rap package tour, Wu-Tang Clan released a new EP entitled Of Mics and Men, the soundtrack to their new documentary series. But obviously the crowd was mostly here to hear old classics from Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers), which turned twenty five last year. All photogs were asked to leave after three songs, so I am unable to write a proper review of their set (as opposed to De La Soul and Public Enemy which I still managed to hear from the backstage area where I was). But from what I saw, the band was firing on all cylinders.
This act is being billed as Public Enemy Radio, which is basically the version of PE that's been touring for the past few years minus Flava Flav. If his absence (and replacement by longtime collaborator MC Jahi) caused some disappointment, it was quickly dissipated by a typically ferocious set from one of the most legendary acts in Hip Hop and beyond.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll start by admitting that Hip Hop isn't my favorite music genre, as you can probably tell by the content of this site. However, there were certain rap artists I did enjoy growing up and three of them are touring aspart of the Gods Of Rap package:De La Soul, Public Enemy (albeit in a somewhat truncated format) and the Wu-Tang Clan.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Unpopular opinion: Sammy Hagar's career is a monument of underachievement and mediocrity. The guy has a fantastic voice, and he's only used it to cater to undiscerning masses by churning out generic hard rock. It's often rather pleasant (Montrose's first album, a cheap American Led Zeppelin knock-off offered a few classic rock anthems), sometimes very commercially successful (I Can't Drive 55 or his tenure in Van Halen were blockbusters that still sell today) and always absolutely unremarkable.