Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Heavy Pecking

I'm loving Yonder is the Clock, and worth a further mention is the fact that it contains not one, but two chicken songs. Any readers of Hang the DJ will know it contains a great list by RTEs John Kelly (The Pecking Order) about classic country and R&B tunes of that flavour. Well of the two new ones by The Felice Brothers - 'Chicken Wire' and 'Run, Chicken, Run' - it's the latter that already sounds like a classic, a stomping sing-a-long that will, i imagine, become something of a live favourite.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Current listening...

You' ll be relieved to hear i tracked down the Felice Brothers new album (i'm sure!), and very fine it sounds too, particularly the lovely Waits-like 'Sailor Song'. The beauty of anything by the Felice Brothers, on the previous two records at least, is their slow-burn appeal, so looking forward to delving deeper into this one.

I also tracked down a second hand copy of James Iha's (ex Smashing Pumpkins) only solo album, Let it come Down, on CD. I first bought this on cassette before travelling to the West Coast of America in 1998, and so maybe my judgement is skewed, but for me this is an amazing lost record, a surprising and lovely country-soul gem.


Sunday, 19 April 2009

Yonder is the Clock... somewhere

i still haven't managed to get a copy of the new Felice Brothers album - not sure if they've had distribution problems or if it's just that the shops are so bad at ordering things thes days. In the meantime though, here's a fine impromptu performance by one of my favourite bands (as written about by Rick Moody in the book!)

Thursday, 16 April 2009



Twenty-two years after first falling for them, I saw AC/DC on Tuesday night, and they didn’t disappoint. Brilliant and funny, they put on an amazing show, and while they did play a few songs off the new album, Black Ice, it was mainly an impeccable greatest hits set (although I would have included ‘What’s next to the Moon’, and ‘Rock and Roll ain’t noise pollution’). The surprisingly camp Brian Johnson worked the crowd, Malcolm, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd kept it tight, not missing a beat or note all night, and Angus was just pure sweaty genius, a genuinely amazing thing to see in the flesh – a cross between Chuck Berry and James Brown!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Looking forward to...

the new Booker T. Jones album, out here on April 20th. Backed by the ever great Drive-By Truckers, and featuring a certain Neil Young playing lead guitar on one track, it includes covers of Tom Waits' 'Get Behind the Mule', the Truckers' 'Space City' and Outkast's 'Hey Ya'.

Booker T. Jones

(nice retro artwork too!)