Friday 28 January 2011
Thursday 27 January 2011
Review here: The Arts Desk: I’m Kiki Dee The Fontana Years 1963-1968
Tuesday 25 January 2011
Review of his new album here: rockfort Alexandre Desilets
I first came across him by accident at Francofolies de Montréal in 2009. he was great live. Saw him again at La Rochelle in 2010 and he was even better.
Catherine Major was at La Rochelle too, so here they are together on her Valser En Mi Bemol.
Monday 24 January 2011
Above: M.I.A. Just about visible through the white light at Trans Musicales 2010 (photo: Nicolas Joubard)
Here’s my MOJO review: MOJO Trans Musicales de Rennes 2010
What I wrote for The Arts Desk can be found via here: Review - Trans Musicales de Rennes 2010 / Bars en Trans Part 1
Thursday 20 January 2011
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Wednesday 12 January 2011
Monday 10 January 2011
Now, it’s the next release on RPM International, out on 21 February.
When, in his book Japrocksampler, Julian Cope said that “The Dynamites had been considered outrageous in 1967 for their Blue Cheer version of Summertime Blues”, he nailed the sonic frenzy The Dynamites’ guitars captured at their wildest. Sadly, they never recorded their take of Summertime Blues, but their classic single Tunnel To Heaven (Tonneru Tengoku) is one of the wildest, most fuzz-drenched, Japanese records from the ‘60s. It’s heard here in both its single and album versions.
Released originally in Japan in May 1968, The Dynamites’ Young Sound R&B was, typically for a Japanese album of the period, bulked out with covers of the hits of the day. But these were no straight covers. John Fred’s Judy In Disguise is suffused with over the top fuzz guitar and a compelling mangling of Mercy, Mercy, Mercy is irresistible.
The Dynamites shone on their own songs. Nobosecha Ikenai is a swinging Stones-a-like and Manatsuno Yoruno Dobutsuen is deranged fuzz-damaged garage punk where they sing about “crazy samba nights”. Their guitarist Fujio Yamaguchi was the future leading light of ‘70s freaks Murahachibu.
This first-ever official reissue of Young Sound R&B outside Japan has been licensed for release by JVC Records and follows RPM International’s reissue of The Mops’ Psychedelic Sounds In Japan, also originally issued by JVC in 1968. The essential Young Sound R&B is supplemented by all The Dynamites’ non-album JVC singles.
Here’s the tracklist:
1 Tonneru Tengoku (single version,Victor VP-2, 11/67)
2 Koiwa Mou Takusan (single version, Victor VP-2, 11/67)
YOUNG SOUND R&B (Victor SJV-357, 1968)
3 Tonneru Tengoku
5 Daydream Believer
6 Koiwa Mou Takusan
7 Walking The Dog
8 Last Train To Clarksville
9 My Girl
10 Yumega Hoshii (also single, Victor VP-6, 3/68)
11 Judy In Disguise
12 Mercy Mercy Mercy
13 Nobosecha Ikenai
14 Otonano Senso (also single, Victor VP-6, 3/68)
15 Manatsuno Yoruno Dobutsuen (single, Victor VP-9, 1968)
16 Kegawaninatta Shimauma (single, Victor VP-9, 1968)
17 Koiwa Kuesshon (single, Victor VP-14, 1968)
18 Sekaijuuni Hohoemio Wo (single, Victor VP-14, 1968)
19 Barato Akuma (single, Victor VP-17, 1969)
20 Yumedemo Iisa (single, Victor VP-17, 1969)
Friday 7 January 2011
Review here: theartsdesk: Ice Music Somerset House