British Rock and Roll

There’s something really appealing to me about Rock and Roll as interpreted in Britain. The often slightly more ‘showbiz’ and big band aspects to the arrangements add a campy and delirious sense of fun that is quite different to the US originators. That said- Britain could and did rock with the best of them, despite […]

Free Joy

Here’s a rip of a record I found. I think it’s from Hong Kong, it’s a ten inch, and the only words on it in English are ‘Happy Birthday’. 3 of the 4 tracks are trad sounding- not really my bag, but the last is what I imagine is also a folk melody, but played […]

Paul Linklater- Virginia C

This track is from Paul Linklater’s ‘Smooth Sailing and How’, probably my favourite ‘underground’ release that deserves to go overground (well, at least as far overground as the BLOGOSPORE) of the last couple of years. Lo Fi tones and attitude are great and all, but when there’s a killer song poking through the murk, that’s […]

Banana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM62hpSopsM

I wanted to write a post about music I had particularly got into over the last year, and I couldn’t really remember what I’d listened to when. I turned to the expert, my last.fm page.The stats there revealed the totally unsurprising truth that The Beach Boys are still my god and that The Association are my financial system (no, I’m not sure where I’m going with this metaphor either) but also helped show things which sprang from nowhere to the top of my chart.So I turn my attention to number 3 in my stats for 2010, the wonderful eccentric genius that is mr Kevin Ayers.