Thursday, December 30, 2010

Centenars De Petites Coses....


Hundreds of small little things...

Another great Catalan band... this time Mine!

Coming from the post-rock and indie scene.. they finally decided to switch from English to Catalan ..

They self released a few records before getting the attention of labels, which allowed them to record professionally.

This tune reminds me of a nice children song, with a great arrange on the backing vocals and a loving Beatles bass line..

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

tattoo'd lady, pretty baby...



When I was in Dublin this summertime I was surprised by Rory's guitar hanging from a wall in Temple Bar..

I got to know him specially because Fender made a replica of this guitar.. And I think this is the greatest guitar ever.. It's shred and wormed out .. as an instrument should be

Quite expensive, unluckily... but anyway that's just a memorabilia thing...

Though I wish I would have it..

How he made it ?? Ireland back in the 70's was not an easy place to live in.. not even for making it into rock music.. but there he is..

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn ..




Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.



Spent my days with a woman unkind,
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start,
Going To California with an aching in my heart.
Someone told me there's a girl out there
with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.
Took my chances on a big jet plane, never let them
tell you that they're all the same.
The sea was red and the sky was grey,
wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.

Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow;
I think I might be sinking.
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high.

To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings... la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Everybody loves somebody sometime..




Great radio show today dedicated to Dean Martin..

They just played this old song which my mother use to sing us..

Another good memory I gather ..

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

There is one question I'd really love to ask ...




This pic of Marley and George is just incredible..
How great would have been a jam between the two...



Thursday, December 16, 2010

these are the things I can do without...

without what ??
..isn't this sentence left undisclosed ?

With these epic drumbeats, synthesizers all over the place, big hall reverb, massive backing vocals.. OK, that was the 80's..

Can't decide whether this lyrics are the ... you-are-wrong-I-am-right type or else the classical auto criticism.. I'm-actually-talking-to-myself thing

And Tears for Fears, where this band who got a number 1 on the Billboard, back in the day.. which is no trivial thing..

Their name comes from a chapter in Arthur Janov's Primal Scream therapy book.. never read it, even I really wanted to sometime ago..

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Alive in the superunknown !!!



I always write suspension points... but I really need exclamations to shout out that I am alive in the superunknown... !

SoundGarden was one of those bands that I would really would have loved seeing back in the day when they release their first albums..

Unfortunately they didn't come to Spain until their 1996 album which I actually never heard.. as I was into other stuff in that days..

Anyway as they appear in Guitar World cover I wanted to remember one of their most kicking ass tunes..

Basically what Sabbath or Zeppelin could have done in the 90's...


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

I guess that we'll meet... we'll meet in the end


Today 6th December, is Randy Rhoads birthday..

An incredible musician who unluckily died when was only 25 years old..

Probably the most gifted guitar player of his generation, a classical trained and charismatic guy who Ozzy hired just after he tuned up his guitar in the audition..

So for guitar players.. to play with feeling, with a feeling that comes from love, the solo in Goodbye to Romance is the perfect example... like a swan song..


Saturday, December 4, 2010

I sit around with my head hanging down...

And I wonder who's loving you !!!

I was recording my 6 years old nephew singing a song for my sister..

Even he was singing fine .. He didn't had the attitude...

So I played him this video.. asking to sing with his eyes closed.. moving his hands and feeling the music in all his body..

it was amazing how he sang it then..

Friday, December 3, 2010

this must be true love...

Checking Don Kenn's blog .. I found this little gem.. tiny masterpiece of the animation..

When the video ended.. I had to watch it again as I was so absorbed by it that couldn't properly judge it.. that's the point no judging..

The song is strange and evocative..

They are called Said the Shark from Denmark, with two records released so far ..

Always Prattling On About Wolves & Silly Killings .. the song True Love is from the second release..

Thursday, December 2, 2010

is the time of the season ....



I guess I'll never be able to listen to Time of the Season without remembering Homer Simpson becoming a hippie wearing his filthy old poncho in Springfield and getting everybody high with the hallucinogen crops plantation..

that's a milestone of 20th century culture's clash


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm a capricorn and she's a cancer...

Quite silly lyrics.. but it's for the sake of good times Rock n Roll !!

I use to sing this with my sister when Skid Row made the cover.. we loved the song..

I'll always love 70's Kiss.. they were the superheros of rock.. and when you are a kid they were the only rock band that were making some fun of themselves..

Sunday, November 28, 2010

with two cats in the yard...

This song came once in the radio when I was working in a night shift...

And it caught me by surprise..

Knew Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for Helplessly Hoping and Suite:Jody Blue Eyes..

But Our House became my favorite song of them...

The thing here is that I have my own two cats in the yard ..



Saturday, November 27, 2010

why do you come here ?

more uncomfortable questions

Why do you come here?
And why, why do you hang around?
I'm so sorry, oh, I'm so sorry

Why do you come here
When you know it makes things hard for me?
When you know, oh, why do you come?

Why do you telephone?
And why send me silly notes?
I'm so sorry, oh, I'm so sorry


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Love spreads her arms, waits there for the nails




The Stone Roses had a great success with their first album...

Then they got into legal issues with their record company and didn't release their second until 5 years ..

The 1st single of that 2nd album was this loose-bad-ass-zeppelinesque tune... called Love Spreads...

Everybody was expecting them to come again with the dance oriented shoe-gazing rock they were known for..

But instead John Squire decided to show the world how a Les Paul should be played ...

This is one of the songs that will push you to buy a guitar..

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

They say I got a lot of water in my brain ....


Mojo mag this month.. .Freddie !!

As i am going to England with my mates.. I know I'll get it at the airport..


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Then she slipped into my pocket with my car keys..

Loved this song from day one..

The tribal singing is amazing

the rich girl poor boy classic history ...

This time with the world rhythms and sounds that Paul Simon explored since the 60's with Garfunkel..

The horns and the fret less bass are superb



DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES

He's a poor boy

Empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing Ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

People say she's crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well that's one way to lose these
Walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She was physically forgotten
Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds

And I could say Oo oo oo
As if everybody knows
What I'm talking about
As if everybody would know
Exactly what I was talking about
Talking about diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She makes the sign of a teaspoon
He makes the sign of a wave
The poor boy changes clothes
And puts on after-shave
To compensate for his ordinary shoes

And she said honey take me dancing
But they ended up by sleeping
In a doorway
By the bodegas and the lights on
Upper Broadway
Wearing diamonds on the soles of their shoes

And I could say Oo oo oo
As if everybody here would know
What I was talking about
I mean everybody here would know exactly
What I was talking about
Talking about diamonds

People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of your shoes

Friday, November 19, 2010

Her neon mouth with the blinking soft smile ..

Psychedelia at its prime.

1967 ...

San Francisco...

How great if one could go back there for a few weeks...

If I could I would seriously consider staying..

And I would form a band called... the XXIst Century Travelers..



Plastic Fantastic Lover

Her neon mouth with the blinking soft smile
Is nothing but an electric sign
You could say she has an individual style
She's part of a colorful time

Super-sealed lady, chrome-color clothes
You wear 'cause you have no other
But I suppose no one knows
You're my plastic fantastic lover

Your rattlin' cough never shuts off
Is nothin' but a used machine
Your aluminum finish, slightly diminished
Is the best I ever have seen

Cosmetic baby plugged into me
And never ever find another
And I realize no one's wise
To my plastic fantastic lover

The electrical dust is starting to rust
Her trapezoid thermometer taste
All the red tape is mechanical rape
Of the TV program waste

Data control and IBM
Science is mankind's brother
But all I see is drainin' me
On my plastic fantastic lover

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

let's rock till we drop...

The first(and last) vinyl record LP I ever stole was The Stray Cats first album..

Which I still have ...

I just did it for the sake of being a rebel and a rocker ..

This weekend we were at my friend's birthday party and we were playing only old Rock & roll and skiffle tunes.... like I Saw Her Standing There or Man in constant sorrow...

Me I was playing bass at that moment and.. was crazy to play Rock This Town..

even Brian Setzer's guitar parts are the real rocker licks.... playing rockabilly walking bass is great.

is

Monday, November 15, 2010

In dreams you're mine all of the time ...




"He was now singing his compositions in three or four octaves that made you want to drive your car over a cliff. He sang like a professional criminal... His voice could jar a corpse, always leave you muttering to yourself something like, 'Man, I don't believe it'"

Bob Dylan

When I read this line in Dylan's Chronicles I underlined it with my pencil...

I remembered Roy's voice ..

I could drive my car over a cliff while this song is playing in the radio...

Roy said this song came to him while sleeping, he dreamed that the radio was announcing a new Elvis song .. then he woke up and wrote it..

The images in the video are from David Lynch's movie Blue Velvet, which I hadn't seen yet..

The producer was Dino de Laurentiis who passed away last week..

Little homage here to all of them..



In Dreams

A candy-colored clown they call the Sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
"Go to sleep, everything is all right"

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night, I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you
In dreams you're mine all of the time
We're together in dreams, in dreams

But just before the dawn
I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye

It's too bad that all these things
Can only happen in my dreams
Only in dreams
In beautiful dreams

Friday, November 12, 2010

Seems that my pockets were filled up with gold...

I really believe there's nothing one can comment about this song...

Just give yourself a present today..

listen to this song as many times as you want..

then you'll feel a whole lot better..



My head is spinning round, my heart is in my shoes, yeah
I went and set the thames on fire, oh, now I must
come back down
She’s laughing in her sleeve boys, I can feel it
in my bones
Oh, but anywhere I’m gonna lay my head, I’m gonna
call my home

Well I see that the world is upside-down
Seems that my pockets were filled up with gold
And now the clouds, well they’ve covered over
And the wind is blowing cold
Well I don’t need anybody, because I learned, I
learned to be alone
Well I said anywhere, anywhere, anywhere I lay my
head, boys
Well I gonna call my home

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How the hell did you get here...

....semi-naked in somebody else's room.
I'd give my whole life to see it.
Just you,
stood there,
only in your underwear.
Hard to find more cynical or sweet lyrics than those written by Jarvis Cocker...



UNDERWEAR

Why don't you shut the door,
and close the curtains,
cos you're not going anywhere.
He's coming up the stairs,
and in a moment he'll want to see your underwear.

You couldn't stop it now.
There's no way to get out.
He's standing far too near.
How the hell did you get here.
Semi-naked in somebody else's room.
I'd give my whole life to see it.
Just you,
stood there,
only in your underwear.

If fashion is your trade,
then when you're naked,
I guess you must be unemployed yeah.
Cos once it's underway,
there's no escaping,
the fact that you're a girl and he's a boy.

You couldn't stop it now.
There's no way to get out.
He's standing far too near.
How the hell did you get here.
Semi-naked in somebody else's room.
I'd give my whole life to see it.
Just you,
stood there,
only in your underwear.

If you close your eyes and just remember,
that this is what you wanted last night.
So why is it so hard for you to touch him.
For you to go and give yourself to him?

I couldn't stop it now.
There's no way to get out.
He's standing far too near.
How the hell did you get here,
semi-naked in somebody else's room.
I'd give my whole life to see it.
Just you,
stood there,
only in your underwear.

Do, do do do do. Do, do. Do, do. Do, do, do, do, do. Do, do. Do, do.
Oh yeh,
I want to see you.
Want to see you only in your underwear.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I woke up this morning ... worried in my mind


the voice of a worried guy ...

Almost 90 years ago...




I woke up this morning ... worried in my mind
Thinking about ... that girl I left behind
I'm worried now ... I won't be worried long


The brownie I love ... makes me sing this song

If the blues don't kill me ... they will drill me through and through
Woman I love ... don't know what to do


There's one thing in this world ... I cannot understand

That's a bow‑legged woman ... crazy about a cross‑eyed man

...I'm gonna tell Aunt Mary 'bout Uncle John

My and my good mate Luis.. went to see Lemmy's Documentary..

was OK.. but what I'd like was when he and Dave Grohl started talking about Little Richard.. and I remember a rock'n roll oldies record my parents had..

My favorite song was "Long Tall Sally" because it's like a lightning bolt..

The Beatles and Led Zeppelin covered the song later on...
and his style was copied from Bowie to Hendrix to Prince..

But nobody could sing like Little Richard.. not even today..

Friday, November 5, 2010

How go forward into something we're not sure of? ...



Sometimes when we look for answers we only find more questions...



How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing?
How can I go forward when I don't know which way to turn?
How can I go forward into something that I'm not sure of?
Oh no,
Oh no,

How can I have feeling if I don't know if it's a feeling?
How can I feel something if I just don't know how to feel,
How can I have feelings when my feelings have always been denied?
Oh no,
Oh no,

How can I give love when I don't know what it is I'm giving?
How can I give love when I just don't know how to give?
How can I give love when love is something I aint never had?
Oh no,
Oh no,

You know life can be long,
And you have got to be so strong,
And the world is so tough sometimes I feel I have had enough,
Oh no,
Oh no,

How can we go forward when we don't know which way we're facing?
How can we go forward when we don't know which way to turn?
How go forward into something we're not sure of?
Oh no,
Oh no

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What do you think they would say...



...
if I stood up and I walked away
Nobody here really understands me,
and so I'll wave goodbye I'm fine
and I'm fine



Well that was Shannon Hoon did more or less 15 years ago..

Though this is quite a feel-good song.. that could have been the long lost B side from Led Zeppelin III

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Linger on, your pale blue eyes...

sometimes I feel so happy
sometimes I feel so sad,
sometimes I feel so happy
but mostly you just make me mad..
Warhol Factory was in the 60's something that hasn't been surpassed artistically

Edie Sedgwick is the girl in the pic..

Aslo Warhol himself, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale ..

Edie attracted Andy Warhol because of her strange sense of fashion, style and "whatever" attitude...

Anyway here the Velvet Underground..

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

And so she woke up...

I didn't choose this song today..

It was more than an election..

I was watching the open field in front of me..

... A resonator and the slide on my hands of a lonely wooden house in the prairie...



Running To Stand Still

And so she woke up
Woke up from where she was lyin’ still.
Said I gotta do something
About where we’re goin’.
Step on a steam train
Step out of the driving rain, maybe
Run from the darkness in the night.
Singing ah, ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day.

Sweet the sin, bitter the taste in my mouth.
I see seven towers, but I only see one way out.
You gotta cry without weeping, talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice.
You know I took the poison, from the poison stream
Then I floated out of here, singing
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day.

She walks through the streets
With her eyes painted red
Under black belly of cloud in the rain.
In through a doorway
She brings me white golden pearls
Stolen from the sea.
She is ragin’
She is ragin’

And the storm blows up in her eyes.
She will suffer the needle chill
She’s running to stand still.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Valhalla, I Am Coming ...

Led Zeppelin III is known as their acoustic album..

but the first song is Immigrant Song ...

About Scandinavian mythology and warfare

Maybe the most heavy tune they ever recorded..

(from wikipedia.org)
Valhalla is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the God Odin. Chosen by him, half of those that die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by Valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr.

This is the one where they evoke the Hammer Of The Gods..

That's the title of the infamous biography that they'd always dismiss..

The film Almost Famous is somehow based on the groupie phenomenon that happened in the first part of the 70's to Led Zeppelin back then..

Director Cameron Crowe himself wrote liner notes for Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same live record, when he was just 17 years old.. He was already working for Rolling Stone since 1972.. enough said..

Who wouldn't want to be part of those days ?



Immigrant Song

A-ah-ahh-ah, ah-ah-ahh-ah
We come from the land of the ice and snow
from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow

The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde and sing and cry, Valhalla, I am coming

On we sweep with, with threshing oar
Our only goal will be the western shore

Ah-ah-ahh-ah, ah-ah-ahh-ah
We come from the land of the ice and snow
from the midnight sun where the hot springs FLOW
How soft your fields, so green
can whisper tales of gore, of how we calmed the tides of war
We are your overlords

On we sweep with, with threshing oar
Our only goal will be the western shore

S-so now you better stop and rebuild all your ruins
for peace and trust can winthe day despite of all you're losin'
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ahh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

Friday, October 22, 2010

You're happy when I'm on my knees...


Oh my oh my...

Who can resist grabbing a White Les Paul Custom though a Marshall and just strum this riff..?


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yo ho yo ho ho ...


I discovered this great song from Alela Diane in the album
Folk & Proud by the record label Naïve.

She's from California and tagged as part of the psych folk and New Weird America.

This song it really sounds like a pirate song.. with the low backing vocals, the hand-claps and the rare banjo arrangement ..

Her album bears the same name and was released in 2006.

Had a time with it and must say it's a good folk thing..


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Come closer and see ...

Does the Cure write songs or make movies ?

This songs are full of passages and always spark my imagination...

A Forest is quite dark and obscure... it's the most goth they have ever been..

And is one of the best songs ever from the last century..

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I mean no trouble, please don't put me down, don’t get upset...

So I never knew this song existed... !!
It was on the bootleg series from Dylan... and then on the Legacy Edition of Jeff Buckley's Grace...

How come this song is not on any official release being as good as it is.. ?

this little hidden gem...

Dylan
once again is undressing our feelings.. with such plain words and simple pictures.. the soul of a man trapped in the cell of love-sickness..

I really prefer Jeff Buckley's demos than his official recordings.. because it's like when he was playing in Sin-E and nobody knew who he was..







Mama, you been on my mind.

Perhaps it is the color of the sun cut flat
An' cov'rin' the crossroads I'm standing at,
Or maybe it's the weather or something like that,
But mama, you been on my mind.

I mean no trouble, please don't put me down, don’t get upset,
I am not pleading or saying that "I can't forget you."
I do not pace the floor bowed down and bent, but yet,
Mama, you been on my mind.

Even though my eyes are hazy and my thoughts they might be narrow,
Where you been don't bother me or bring me down in sorrow.
I don't even mind who you'll be waking with tomorrow,
But mama, you're just on my mind.

I am not askin' you to say words like "yes" or "no,"
Please understand me, I have no place I’m callin’ you to go.
I'm just whispering to myself so I can't pretend that I don't know,
But mama, you're just on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin' and look inside your mirror,
You know I won't be next to you, you know I won't be near.
I'd just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I guess I'm doing fine...


What kind of answer is that ...

Well lately I feel like saying that when they ask me how am I ...




Funny How Time Slips Away (by Willie Nelson)

Well hello there my it's been a long long time
How am I doin' oh I guess that I'm doin' fine
It's been so long now but it seems now it was only yesterday
Gee ain't it funny how time slips away

How's your new love I hope that he's doing fine
Heard you told him that you'd love him till the end of time
Now that's the same thing that you told me seems like just the other day
Gee ain't it funny how time slips away

I gotta go now I guess I'll see you around
Don't know when though never know when I'll be back in town
But remember what I tell you that in time you're gonna pay
And it's surprising how time slips away


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

...then you’d know why I feel blue

back to the 50's !! with Buddy Holly, what a legend ..

..the look he had with that glasses, the suit and the Stratocaster...

A guitar that was released in 1954 just three years before this song ...

Don McLean sang in America Pie that the day he died at 22.. the music died as well...

This last weekend we went to the mountain's country house of my mate...

We had a the best time..

Then after lunch we took the guitars out and played some tunes...

We were playing some early Beatles songs.. and I remembered Peggy Sue and asked Marc to play that repetitive drum rhythm...

And so.. with the 12 bar blues structure.. we played Peggy Sue ...

and it was magic..



Peggy Sue

If you knew Peggy Sue - then you’d know why I feel blue
without Peggy - my Peggy Sue
oh well, I love you gal - yes, I love you Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue - oh how my heart yearns for you
oh Peggy - my Peggy Sue
oh well, I love you gal - yes, I love you Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue - pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue
oh Peggy - my Peggy Sue
oh well, I love you gal and I need you Peggy Sue

I love you Peggy Sue - with a love so rare and true
oh Peggy - my Peggy Sue
well I love you gal - I want you Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue
pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue
oh Peggy - my Peggy Sue
oh well, I love you gal and I need you Peggy Sue

I love you Peggy Sue - with a love so rare and true
oh Peggy - my Peggy Sue
well I love you gal - I want you Peggy Sue

oh well, I love you gal and I want you Peggy Sue

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