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Scrapper Blackwell
Hard Time Blues

posted [08.04.2018]
released [2002]
[sub]genre: chicago and piedmont blues



Though I had my share of blues, I'm still pretty new to the genre. In the nineties BB King, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and Gary Moore took a popularized form to mainstream radio. But it wasn't until Robert Johnson's myth crossed my road that I learned about the pre-war blues founding fathers and mothers: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Son House, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy and Bessie Smith, but Scrapper Blackwell isn't on any of these lists. Blackwell recorded his main body of work between 1928 en 1935 as a solo artist, but also as part of a duo with pianist Leroy Carr. Their love for music and moonshine brought Blackwell and Carr together. One liquor producing bootlegger during the prohibition and the other liquor lover in search of a guitar player. Their first joint effort How Long, How Long Blues, re-recorded as How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone? became the biggest nationwide blues hit in 1928. And from there Blackwel was on top of the charts for merely seven years. With Carr Blackwell set the standard for every piano/guitar blues combination throughout the 30s. Blackwell, a contemporary of Robert Johnson, witnessed his Kokomo Blues being reworked by Kokomo Arnold into Original Old Kokomo Blues that subsequently got reworked by Johnson into Sweet Home Chicago. And in modern times Eric Clapton covered his version of Bessie Smith's Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out almost note for note. Blackwell was known for being withdrawn and hard to work with. A dispute over songwriting credits caused the end of Carr and Blackwell's recording carreer. Both musicians left the studio early 1935 and Carr died 2 months later due to heavy drinking. Blackwell recorded an ode to his accomplice titled My Old Pal Blues, to disappear from the music scene not much after. Scrapper Blackwell played electric guitar way before it was invented. Just listen to the punchy playing on Barrelhouse Woman. Isn't it strange nobody really remembers him these days?
  1. Trouble Blues
  2. Blue Day Blues
  3. Penal Farm Blues
  4. Hard Time Blues
  5. Back Door Blues
  6. Kokomo Blues
  7. Down South Blues
  8. Trouble Blues
  9. How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone?
  10. I Believe I'll Make A Change
  11. Big Four Blues
  12. It's Too Short
  13. Midnight Hour Blues
  14. Mean Mistreater Mama
  15. Blues Night Blues
  16. Barrelhouse Woman
  17. Rocks In My Bed
  18. Tight Time Blues


posted [08.02.2018]
released [2004]
[sub]genre: progressive pop



It was my good friend Peter who introduced me to progressive rock music. We visited shows of bands like IQ, Spock's Beard, Riverside, Flower Kings and Porcupine Tree amongst others. These bands are part of the so called retro-prog movement and though rooted in predecessors (not really progressive in that way), they blend in other genres - preferable metal - without hesitation. The result may be lengthy and may contain complex structures and obscure lyrics, but is often far more accessible than symphonic, psychedelic and classic progressive rock. Porcupine Tree appealed to me most and I saw quite a few shows between 2000 and 2007. Frontman Steven Wilson suffers from excessive musical ideas, encouraged by like minded musicians he meets along his journey. Aviv Geffen, Isrealic musician, protest singer and political activist is one of them. Geffen who admired the work of Porcupine Tree invited the band to come over and play Israel in 2000. In pursue of an international carreer Geffen suggests a collaboration, which Wilson agreed to. The project was named Blackfield and the two probably never expected it to last for more than one release. By now 5 albums have seen the light of day. The band toured to promote them, but Wilson took the backseat on albums 3 and 4 due to a busy schedule. As Steven Wilson was declared prog-god by certain media and since Aviv Geffen is a rather unknown fellar (to me) and modest appearance, I always thought of Wilson to be the center of the Blackfield universe. Aviv Geffen however is really quite somebody in Israel. Already in 1993 at the age of 17 he resonates the burden of a generation lost with the song Achshav Meunan, a Hebrew original, translated into It's Cloudy Now with the epic lyric "We're the Fucked Up Generation" on Blackfield's debut. It was in 1995 that Geffen played a rally to support the peace process, where he performed Livkot Lekha (Cry for You), a song that prophesied the tragic assassination of Yitzak Rabin later that night. Songs of Geffen became anthems of Imagine-like status. It's Cloudy Now and The Hole in Me make me connect with Geffen. Though we grew up in different contexts it's Generation X pulling my strings and I only allow misery, loneliness and emptiness in on rare occasions. And this is one.
  1. Open Mind
  2. Blackfield
  3. Glow
  4. Scars
  5. Lullaby
  6. Pain
  7. Summer
  8. Cloudy Now
  9. The Hole in Me
  10. Hello

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

posted [23.01.2018]
released [2001]
[sub]genre: shoegaze



Quite a few shoegaze pioneers are still around or recently made a come back (The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Dinosaur Jr). Unlike a lot of 90s bands that squeeze a pension out of their handfull of hits, most early-hour shoegazers release new and positively reviewed material. A rather small underground following - older now but still very loyal - plus the current downloading generation, no possible way will pay for a posh afterlife. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, named after Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in the 1953 movie The Wild One, is not part of the old guard, but represents the first shoegaze revival. Uneasily claimed part of the garage rock revival (amongst The White Stripes) BRMC draws from a wider range of influences including punk, psychedelic rock and hard rock. I read an interesting observation in The Guardian's review on BRMC's debut. Namely that a lot of American musical ideas were popularised by British bands: the Animals popularised the blues, the Sex Pistols New York's punk, the Beegees Manhattan's disco and Norman Cook Chicago born acid house. US' Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on the contrary re-popularised this British invention after britpop had taken over the UK. It must have been their stretching the genre that appealed the British. Influences of The Verve, The Catherine Wheel and Kula Shaker can be heard in between distorted bass guitars, repeating structures and obscured vocals. Anyhow, my girlfriend grew up with everything noise, shoegaze and thus Creation Records. I tend to love all thing dark. I guess this is the middle where our worlds meet.
  1. Love Burns
  2. Red Eyes and Tears
  3. Whatever Happened To My Rock 'n Roll
    (Punk Song)
  4. Awake
  5. White Palms
  6. As Sure as the Sun
  7. Rifles
  8. Too Real
  9. Spread Your Love
  10. Head Up High
  11. Salvation