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I WISH TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT

Wikipedia has this to say about the Pythons … Broadcast by the BBC between 1969 and 1974, Monty Python’s Flying Circus was conceived, written and performed by its members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Loosely structured as a sketch show, but with an innovative stream-of-consciousness approach aided […]

HOLLYWOOD BLUESEVARD

The 60s bands of UK born John Mayall are legendary for being the workshop where some of the eras most revered guitarists honed their chops. Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Eric Clapton (Cream) and Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) all served under the benign yet exacting blues baton of Mr Mayall. Yet by the end of the […]

IDLE A WHILE

It’s quite reasonable to consider The Allman Brothers Band one of the key American groups of the 70s. Their blues drenched southern rock defined a style that is eternally linked to long hair and even longer jams. So it is something of a surprise to recall that Gregg and Duane Allman actually formed their eponymous […]

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD – INTRO/USA

One of the delights of blogging is the sense of sharing interests and passions with people around the globe. This is especially true of music with its capacity to cross boundaries, cultures and even language. Now and then I’ll bring up the map of the world showing number of views (by country) depicted in varying […]

ENJOY EVERY SANDWICH

You’ve lived the rock and roll lifestyle and it’s taken a toll.  Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given three months to live, you decide to make an album, to soundtrack your own wake.  A last musical hurrah. Comrades heed the call. The last call.  August 2002 For Warren Zevon it is The Wind. Jorge […]

SOUTH OF REALITY

Fun! Eccentricity! Experimentation! Swooshy noises! Unapologetic eclecticism! We could be talking about the wonder years of UK psychedelic pop, but we are not. Those descriptors, and more, belong to twenty-first century outfit The Claypool Lennon Delirium whose second album—South of Reality—was released in February 2019. And let it be known that this record is a […]

EMBRYO—STEIG AUS

More a collective than a formal band, Embryo were formed in Munich in 1970 by keyboard player Christian Burchard. It is as impossible to define their music as it would be to list all of the hundreds of musicians who have contributed to the Embryo story over the decades. However it is the early albums […]

I NEED DIRECTION

A Catholic Education Bandwagonesque Thirteen Grand Prix Songs From Northern Britain Howdy! The millennial year was a challenging one. Having formed a strong and passionate connection with a new partner, I was dismayed to hear that she was decamping to her English homeland for an indeterminate period. This was not my fantasy of how the […]

IMMUNOLOGY REPORT

Is a world of hardening national borders an expression of a global hardening of hearts? UK based multi-national group Vanishing Twin hope not, and on their 2019 album The Age of Immunology invite us to open our ears and minds to a vision of music sans frontières. Formed in Britain in 2015 around the talents […]

LAB REPORT

There are only so many times you can say g’day to a workplace acquaintance before you find yourself talking about music. This well known fact was supported by extensive laboratory research at the second-last university I worked for.  One morning, queuing at the best caffeine source on campus, I struck up a conversation with a […]