Tuesday, April 29, 2014
What a curious record. Inflatable Boy Clams was an all-female quasi-no wave band from San Francisco. Had they actually been in the scene at the time they would have fit in perfectly. It's a weird little EP, imagine a cuter and all-female version of the early Sun City Girls stuff, then you kinda get an idea for this album. It's really minimal, basically just spoken word for some of the tracks. The album has a real kind of distinctive candid and grim feeling to it. Really a fantastic album, definitely worth checking out.
See my grotesque grin
I smile for youuuUUUU
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Archie Fisher's The Man With A Rhyme has been a personal favorite record for about the course of a year now. Having grown up with the music of Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, I was first introduced to Fisher's contributions to some of their albums as a guitarist and producer. As a Makem/Clancy faithful and a sucker for anything on the Folk-Legacy label, I was not disappointed when I decided to pick this one up.
Archie Fisher is a renowned Scottish musician, with his catalog dating back to the early 1960s on some absolutely classic releases by Topic Records. Some of these including the monumental Far Over The Forth EP, recorded with his sister, Ray, and The Fisher Family: Traditional & New Songs from Scotland, a recording of a family get-together at the Fisher home. Fisher is a very inventive guitarist, perfectly accompanying his arrangements of traditional songs with beautiful counter-melodies and a certain dexterity that never becomes masturbatory in the slightest, unlike some of his contemporaries. Fisher is a very soft, tender and reserved vocalist, though he sings with a very strong sense of confidence. Fiddle, banjo, concertina, flute, dulcimer and cello compliment Fisher's relaxed performance.
In addition to accomplished musicianship, Fisher has a distinct knack for creating very vivid imagery in his own lyrics and is a truly awesome storyteller. A prime example of classic Fisher storytelling is The Witch of the West-Mer-Lands, an epic tale of witches and centaurs that draws heavily on traditional narrative and could very well be easily mistaken for something taken out of the Child Ballads. A personal favorite on this record is Jock Stewart, commonly known as I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day, because it makes me believe that Fisher is this larger than life character he sings about, all with his soft, welcoming delivery.
The Archie Fisher experience should leave you with a very warm and comforting feeling. In my opinion, this is one of the coziest records I have ever heard.
Be easy and free.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Wonderful English post-punk band born from the ashes of Wire. When the group went on hiatus in 1980 Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis formed Dome. I kind of prefer Dome to Wire, Dome aren't really as lively but they have such a great texture and atmosphere. The whole album is very mellow for the most part, pretty minimal in fact. It's a great listen
All I could do was whistle
All I could do was whistle
Thursday, April 3, 2014
First Post, Hope You Like It