Monthly Archives: December 2011

Week Commencing 25/12/2011 – A Festive Album for the Festive Season

Pulling an album out of the archives of “Christmas Swing”, a little known genre indeed. The album of the week is Christmas Caravan by Squirrel Nut Zippers.

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Sho Nuff – This is a classic blues album!

The teaming of Elam McKnight and Keith Carter works a treat. The re-ignite the delta blues styles that were so distinctive of the Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, Leadbelly and John Lee Hooker, all masters. These artists don’t try to beat those masters at their own game, they give it their own contemporary flavour and the listener anticipates each track, savouring it like a nice cold Peroni. The exquisite malty bouquet an analogy for the flavour of this album of blues songs.

If you listen to this one cannot help but be reminded of the magnificent Rory Gallagher and the acoustic sessions like at Rockpalast in Germany. Picking a favourite off The Last Country Store took some effort and even then it was only because of the likeness in the vocal to Rory that pinned it down for me.

I really enjoyed this album and as a blues afficianado, this is a keeper.

Tuff Enuff is fun Texan boogie rock

The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been around in several incarnations, probably their most successful period has featured Kim Wilson and for a couple of albums Jimmy Vaughan, the brother of guitar maestro Stevie Ray.

This is easy to listen to music, not soft, and not heavy, but a little rambunctious and a little bit of piss taking as Texans do. Probably the Tex Mex genre has had several artists like Los Lobos, the boogie rock genre spills out of that and The Fabulous Thunderbirds have a great name and a consistent album of songs. They keep punching them out and every now and then they get some radio play here in Australia, but mainly they are masters of their Texan turf.

The music has a hint of blues, a hint of latin rythym but sits on a fence. Not in the cerebral, brain food category, but easy to listen and enjoy at any time of the day.

Week Commencing 11/12/2011: Some Intrigue!

This week, Steve has dug up Sho Nuff:The Last Country Store by Elam McKnight and Keith Carter.

So erudite it hurts!

Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weil is an eclectic mixture of his music from film and album guested by a variety of artists, some known, some we’ll never know. The only name that stands out is Lou Reed who also wins the prize for the most accessible song on the album, just pipping the classic “Mac the Knife”. (Yes…that’s one of Kurt Weil’s!!) (I know, I know, what a surprise right?)

This was for me like The Pooh Sticks could have been for someone else. The only difference maybe in that there were some pleasing aspects in Multiple Orgasm, least of all the title of the album. Kurt for mine, will be relegated to ‘esoteric collecters corner’ of my list of albums.

It didn’t do it, before and still doesn’t however the challenge is all about trying something new or reintroducing something from the past and freshening it up. Even after three listens it could just scrape into the “acquired taste” list, however even then, its probably on a par with eating European Carp!

Week Commencing 4th December 2011: An album that serves as a reminder.

It serves a timely reminder as to why we have albums we use to listen too and need reminding of how much fun they can be! What the challenge is about, not only the new, but the old. Getting into some Tex Mex, Rock-Blues with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and one of their earlier sets, Tuff Enuff!