Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Nat Birchall!

We're celebrating the birthday of mighty Mancunian jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall today with the track Dance of the Mystic from his dazzling new album Sacred Dimension (Gondwana) which features stellar support from Rachel Gladwin (harp), Adam Fairhall (piano),

Dance of the Mystic by Nat Birchall


This year Nat Birchall celebrates 30 years of playing the saxophone. During that time he has been quietly working on his craft, slowly but surely progressing towards a style and concept that best communicates his view of the universe. Initially inspired by the great horn men of Jamaica, people like Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook and Cedric "Im" Brooks, Nat found his way into the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and the whole world of Jazz, before finding his own voice on his instrument. Along the way he has played in many different musical situations, playing Turkish Folk/Jazz with percussionist Okay Temiz, forming the ground-breaking “Corner Crew” which experimented with elements of jazz and hip hop, and the heavy Roots Reggae of Dubdadda. Nat’s quintet, The Sixth Sense made his debut CD of the same name in 1999. The album was well received and was one of Jazzwise magazine’s editor’s CDs of the year, earning a 4 star review. Unusually amongst UK musicians, Nat’s sound and concept has been favourably compared to John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd. Nat currently plays in Matthew Halsall’s adventurous groups, appearing on his Sending My Love album, as well as performing with Arun Ghosh’s Indo-jazz ensemble, Jon Thorne’s Oedipus Mingus and guitarist Gary Boyle’s quartet.

Sacred Dimension
01. Ancient World 9:52
02. Sacred Dimension 7:48
03. Dance of The Mystic 8:03
04. Peace In Nineveh 8:51
05. Radiant Will 6:46



Monday, November 28, 2011

Don't miss JC Brooks @ The Horseshoe Tuesday

To Love Someone (That Don't Love You) by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

The Devastator by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Robert Scott!

Too Early by Robert Scott

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Jean Grae!

download Jean Grae's Cookies or Comas mixtape right here

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Red Fang wreaks havoc @ Kool Haus Friday

Prehistoric Dog by Red Fang

Wires by Red Fang

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One For The Thanksgiving Weekend

No Spare Parts by The Rolling Stones

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rick Ross vs. Brian Bennett

Discovery by Brian Bennett

Magnificent by Rick Ross feat. John Legend

Happy Birthday Tina Weymouth!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Video Clip Of The Day: Besque

Not Enough Love by Besque

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

An early Christmas gift from Caitlin Rose

Snow or not, it's that time of year when holiday-themed collections start to appear. Although most of them won't be terribly exciting, the wonderful people at had the very good sense to invite Caitlin Rose to contribute a waltz-time corker which automatically makes their 12-track For Folk's Sake It's Christmas 2011 CD way above the seasonal expectations. And the rest of the stuff by Howard Carter, Leisure Society, Paper Aeroplanes, Fiona Bevan, The Hollows, Laura Boyle and others is nearly as swell. Have a listen for yourself right here. It should also be noted that proceeds from the sale of the limited run digipak disc (400 copies) – which comes with a snazzy sleeve designed by Amber Cassidy  – are being donated to the UK's Integrated Cancer Centre ( Check out You Never Come Home For Christmas by Caitlin Rose with Keegan DeWitt below:

The Lyres on fire @ the Horseshoe Saturday

Help You Ann by The Lyres

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RIP jazz pianist Michael Garrick, 1933-2011

Discussion with Michael Garrick and Don Rendell, Part 1

Part 2

Black Marigolds by Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet

Dusk Fire by Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet

Ursula by Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet Live 1966

Guadian obituary

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scratch Acid assault Lee's Palace Friday

Crazy Dan by Scratch Acid

Video Of The Day: Tom Waits

Satisfied by Tom Waits from Bad As Me

Monday, November 7, 2011

Check out Wooden Shjips @ The Horseshoe tonight

Motobike by Wooden Shjips Live at KXLU


Black Smoke Rise

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Happy 70th Birthday Guy Clark!

On this day back in 1941,  Guy Clark was born in Monahans, Texas and to celebrate the archetypal Americana song craftsman's 70th birthday, Austin’s Music Road Records is releasing the celeb stacked tribute This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark – on December 6. Hey, better a month late than never, right? 

Produced by Tamara Saviano and Clark co-writer of choice Shawn Camp, the double-disc set includes 30 tracks by 33 accomplished artists who are either longtime Clark pals (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Terry Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Gary Nicholson) or those who wish they were, after having grown up on his unforgettable tunes. 

Volume 1
1.    That Old Time Feeling – Rodney Crowell
2.    Anyhow I Love You – Lyle Lovett
3.    All He Wants Is You – Shawn Colvin
4.    Homeless – Shawn Camp
5.    Broken Hearted People – Ron Sexsmith
6.    Better Days – Rosanne Cash
7.    Desperadoes Waiting For A Train – Willie Nelson
8.    Baby Took A Limo To Memphis – Rosie Flores
9.    Magdalene – Kevin Welch
10.   Instant Coffee Blues – Suzy Bogguss
11.   Homegrown Tomatoes – Ray Wylie Hubbard
12.   Let Him Roll – John Townes Van Zandt II
13.   The Guitar – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
14.   Cold Dog Soup – James McMurtry
15.   Worry B Gone – Hayes Carll

Volume 2
1.    Dublin Blues – Joe Ely
2.    Magnolia Wind – Emmylou Harris & John Prine
3.    The Last Gunfighter Ballad – Steve Earle
4.    All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad – Verlon Thompson
5.    The Dark – Terri Hendrix
6.    LA Freeway – Radney Foster
7.    The Cape – Patty Griffin
8.    Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kris Kristofferson
9.    Texas Cookin’ – Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien
10.   Stuff That Works – Jack Ingram
11.   Randall Knife – Vince Gill
12.   Texas 1947 – Robert Earl Keen
13.   Old Friends – Terry Allen
14.   She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Trishas
15.   My Favorite Picture of You – Jerry Jeff Walker

Worry B Gone by Hayes Carll

Stuff That Works by Jack Ingram

Desperados Waiting For A Train by Willie Nelson

Dublin Blues by Joe Ely

Magnolia Wind by John Prine & Emmylou Harris

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Song Of The Day: Hanni El Khatib

Fuck It, You Win by Hanni El Khatib

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Birthday John Barry!

Rather than post clips of well-known John Barry tunes, I thought I'd go with a couple of recordings which sound like they were favourites of the late great British film scoring legend. James Bond fans should listen closely to Django Reinhardt's rendition of the Ary Barroso standard Aquarela do Brasil at the 0:42 mark and Celia Cruz's spellbinding incantation Plegaria a Laroye accompanied by Sonora Matancera at 1:01.

Brazil by Django Reinhardt

Plegaria a Laroye by Celia Cruz

William Shatner: From Rocket Man to Iron Man

To get you in the proper frame of mind for William Shatner's appearance at Massey Hall tonight, here are his unique interpretations of two rock classics, Elton John's Rocket Man at the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards followed by a recent vocal tracking session for Black Sabbath's Iron Man which appears on his entertaining new Seeking Major Tom (Cleopatra Records) album.   

Rocket Man

Iron Man

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011