Cripes, LAISH! In a generous early act of Christmas spirit, Danny Green has made all of the Laish musical product available FREE/NAME-YOUR-PRICE to download. That includes the brilliant self-titled first album and gorgeous second album ‘Obituaries’, and the joyful live in the studio ‘Well’ business too (from whence this track is taken). Too good to miss. Highly recommended.
You can tell how much we love this band by reading the interview we did for Brighton Music Blog earlier this year - just click on here.
Via Giulla on Flickr.
Caricaturists on Flickr.
Cover the eyes on Flickr.
Cover the eyes from the horror of the tourists and pigeons. As a statue, I am better than this.
(Pretty sure there’s a different metaphor at work here)
Today 2nd December 2013 is the 5th Anniversary of Odetta’s death. This collection of covers by modern female artists is a very good reminder of how great she was. Well worth acquiring.
George Orwell, the best kind of journalist. This piece was written in 1931 but not published until 1968. I can see why, but unedited it’s raw, insightful and revealing #planereading #Orwell #GeorgeOrwell #journalism #literature #writing
Echoes and reflections in human form on Flickr.
Echoes and reflections in human form AKA Rape is a daily part of human life
Bobbie Gentry - Touches you with love (mp3 compilation)
I’ve spent the last week listening to nothing but Bobbie Gentry, the brilliant southern singer who recorded the classic folk mystery song ‘Ode to Billy Joe’ and six and a half great albums, before deciding to finish with music and disappeared off the face of the earth. Her last public performance was apparently on the Johnny Carson show in 1978, but she hadn’t recorded for at least 2 years prior to that.
Born Roberta Streeter, she grew up on a Mississippi farm, wrote her first song at the age of seven (to a pet dog), and moved to California in her teens. She took Philosophy at UCLA and then switched to music and her first recordings were two rockabilly duets with Jody Reynolds in 1964. Then in 1967 she recorded Mississippi Delta, backed by this strange little song called Ode to Billy Joe and that was that.
She was a great songwriter as well as an interpreter of other people’s songs. She was also a multi-instrumentalist who wrote her own songs, great songs. Of her own song Fancy she said:
"Fancy" is my strongest statement for women’s lib, if you really listen to it. I agree wholeheartedly with that movement and all the serious issues that they stand for — equality, equal pay, day care centers, and abortion rights.
And when she covers Bacharach and David’s I’ll Never Fall In love Again, I’m convinced she sings “What do you get when you kiss a guy? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia. After that he’ll never bone ya…”
Apparently there was a BBC Radio 2 documentary in 2012 entitled 'Whatever Happened to Bobbie Gentry?' If anyone can track a recording down, I’d love to hear it. You can read more about her here (via Bob Stanley’s blog).
To relieve me of my infatuation I’ve compiled this compilation - an hour of the best of BG (excluding Ode, which everyone surely knows). Download it via this link. Enjoy.
- Sweet Peony
- Touch ‘em with love (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins)
- Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon, Al Smith)
- I saw an Angel Die
- Find ‘em, Fool ‘em and Forget ‘em (George Jackson, Rick Hall)
- Glory Hallelujah, how they’ll sing
- Niki Hoeky (Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas)
- He made a woman out of me (Fred Burch, Don Hill)
- I wouldn’t be surprised
- Where’s the playground, Johnny (Jimmy Webb)
- I’ll never fall in love again (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
- Rainmaker (Harry Nilsson)
- Somebody like me
- Chickasaw County Child
- Skip along Sam
All songs by Bobbie Gentry except where noted.
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And here’s Ode to Billie Joe, just in case you’d forgotten…
Captain Badass by william schaff on Flickr.
No second chances in life
On the platform at Arts et Loi #passengers #people #platform #metro #underground #Brussels #Bruxelles