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Category: music

Friday Jukebox: Our Last Summer

Last week I looked at an old song and the experience of buying records twenty years ago. Pretty soon after I hit ‘publish’ I thought it might be fun to this week look at a new discovery. I expected it to be a new band, and to be through a new channel – a music blog, Spotify, something like that. I didn’t quite work out that way.  Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Jukebox: Underwhelmed

In my early teens there were still plenty of local record shops. There were the usual chains, and the shops that sold other stuff but had a record section, but there were independent stores too. Not independent in the sense of just selling indie music, but genuine small businesses making money out of selling all kinds of music. Remember those days? Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Jukebox: Never Too Much

I think you could make a pretty strong case for Never Too Much from Luther Vandross being the perfect pop song. The best pop music is rooted in soul, soul in the broadest sense of the word. Pop music should be catchy, make your day better, but it also needs to be underpinned by something more, something impossible to properly define, yet you know it when you hear it. There needs to be an otherness, a magic. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Jukebox: Something in 4/4 Time

Daryl Hall, one half of soft rock/yacht rock/generally smooth guys Hall and Oates, gets together with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp in 1977 and records a weird, sonically challenging album. RCA Records shelve the album, as while it is pretty catchy, it is also strange enough to potentially scare off the legions of Hall and Oates fans. The album, Sacred Songs, is finally released in 1980. And there’s your context. Read the rest of this entry »

Jenny Lewis trails The Voyager

I could do with more than 16 seconds of this – a very brief teaser of the new Jenny Lewis album The Voyager. Her first solo album Rabbit Fur Coat is up there as one of my favourite albums ever. It is rare to have such great lyrics, such a great voice and so many great songs all working so well together, yet time and again Lewis manages it. This new album sees her working with my all-time favourite Ryan Adams. So, I’m rather excited about this release. Probably too excited. Anyway, enjoy the 16 seconds.

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