Thursday, 18 March 2010

first Charlie Gillett died, then Alex Chilton

Joe writes: sad day

Big Star - Holocaust (buy from Amazon)

Big Star - Thirteen (buy from Amazon)

and two artists Charlie championed:

Dire Straits - Romeo & Juliet (buy from Amazon)

Gurrumul - Bapa (buy from Amazon)

The last time I saw Charlie was at a Gurrumul showcase, having previously run into him at a Manu Chao gig in Paris and Joss Stone's debut performance. He was a man of taste and passion and he was very nice with it.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

I love Rumer

Joe writes: Once in a while, an artist comes along with echoes of acts from the classic rock era like Joni Mitchell or Fleetwood Mac or Roberta Flack or The Carpenters. The problem comes when you listen to their music back to back with an album like Blue or Rumours; they invariably fall far short.

Not so with Rumer. She is an achingly great lyricist; an intuitive, unaffected soul singer; a wonderful songwriter.

Her music is so good it makes me wince. She is up there with the best of them.

And to cap it all, she has the great taste to cover Long Long Day from Paul Simon's One Tricky Pony.

(updated post)

no. 1 all round Europe - Alors On Dance by Stromae

(posted by Joe)