Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bill Cutler - crossing the line

It took 30 years apparently to make this solo album by songwriter/producer and member of the Grateful Dead extended family Bill Cutler, with the first tracks laid down in the 1970s (though most of the time the tracks have lain dormant). Once the album was finally finished in 2008 the results were very very fine indeed. An excellent album drawing on a rich heritage of American rock and roots and backed by musicians from the likes of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and beyond.

Highlight is the Jerry Garcia tribute "Starlight jamboree" which uses some guitar work by Garcia wrapped up in a beautiful reflective but also joyous rock track. No tracks are fillers though, the album is a distillation of the joy of Californian rock.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Slumbook - day dream on a sunny day

Available as a free download is this lovely delicate, light but with a nice shuffly beat pop track. A classic indiepop track with warmth buried in every chord. A song with a smile and one that will put a smile on your face.

Monday, March 23, 2015

MV : "Yellow butterfly" by Michael Nesmith

Post (and during of course) The Monkees Michael Nesmith released some wonderful music, but this is one of the best.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Glass Arcade (Sarah)

Sometimes a rummage in bargain bins can totally change your life. Lets go back to late 1992, in my favourite indie record shop i was rummaging through the "bargain" CDs and came across Glass Arcade and Air Balloon Road, two compilations from Sarah Records. Well of course i knew of Sarah bands, the Melody Maker said they were shit. But i hadn't actually ever heard any Sarah songs... so i bought both and decided to see if the respected weekly music paper was right. It was wrong as usual...

My life changed. My tastes in music changed. Whereas before i pretended to like "cool" bands now i discovered bands like The Field Mice and The Orchids who i really liked. So this compilation, one of a regular series collecting together songs previously released on 7" singles, is so chock full of great songs. Including Eternal of course, this is the only place you can get their songs off their unmatched sole single on CD.  One of the best shoegaze noise singles ever released, pop glory bursting through glorious noise. Oddly enough though their best song "Take me down" isn't on Glass Arcade which is a shame, so here it is instead.
What is on here? Several superb Field Mice songs such as "Quicksilver" which i think is one of their finest. The Sea Urchins' "a morning odyssey" has one of the most heart felt choruses you'll ever here. The Orchids are of course a highlight with their "Something for the longing". There are indeed very few bad songs on here. Heavenly's song perhaps but then again i never could get into them...