Bad For You

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Add another pandemic song to your playlist with this offering from aka george.

L I S T E N

https://soundcloud.com/antifragile_music/bad-for-you-aka-george/s-lxAap

I’ll let his own words speak, there isn’t much I could add to it other than the fact that I like aka george’s music and approach to that music:

“i know you journalists and bloggers have short attention spans, so i’ll keep it brief.

 

i know you’re tired of every new artist’s bio extolling the virtues of their artistry – PRs banging on about how they’re the next <insert brit nominee here>.

 

thing is… i don’t think you know how famous i am.

 

in 2013, i was the GET LUCKY kid. my cover of Daft Punk’s “get lucky” broke the internet. i played all the instruments, filmed it at my mum’s house and uploaded it that night. it got 10 million views and pharrell DM’d me to say well done.

 

it put the name george barnett on the map. it also put george ezra on the map. back then his name was george barnett too. people mixed up the georges, he changed his name to ezra and the rest is history. (for anyone who’s interested, ezra’s song “did you hear the rain?” is about me. apparently he’s still bitter).

 

insanity ensued. within a year i had my own private jet and a chain of burger restaurants. just kidding, but major labels were in contact. i was flown to berlin to meet with universal music. warners were calling me up every other day. all my other songs were blowing up.

 

and then, that summer, in the middle of a tour, i deleted it.

 

after that, i also deleted:

 

  1. A SINGLE I WAS PROMOTING AT THE TIME.
  2. ALL OTHER COVER VERSIONS ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
  3. AN ENTIRE ALBUM I HAD MADE THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

 

… and i changed my name to AKA George.

 

i’ve been told i’m very self destructive. in my defence i hated the idea of being a youtuber. i didn’t want to be in the same category as conor maynard – i wanted to be an artist. i realised pretty quickly the attention i was getting was based entirely on numbers; specifically the number of views on the “get lucky” cover: a sure way to get dropped about 18 months later, which I didn’t want.

 

so instead, I wrote a load of songs that BBC introducing liked. i did gigs, played at Glastonbury, got a publishing deal and in the process found out what I did want. that kind of stuff takes time. now I know.

 

***CUT TO NOW***

 

i met tom sarig and signed to antifragile. i like him. and i like them.

 

at the risk of sounding like i reside up my own anus, i have an unwavering belief that music should be a PASSION. i love pop but i’m not interested in making cookie cutter music. whether i’m writing about sex, love, loneliness or revolution i want the songs to carry big emotions.

 

i write big, i sing big, i perform big. spirit is important…. and i always put my spirit into it – 100%.

 

so that’s where i’m at. if you want to know anything else about me, give me a call:

07802 414613

 

here’s my latest song “bad for you”. when asked for a quote, i said this about it:

 

“Bad for you is about being in a toxic relationship… but being unable to resist it. I was craving it like a drug. I knew it was bad for me but i was never going to stop. I’m one of those people who goes all in. I don’t like half measures, if I’m doing something I’m doing it 100%. That can cause problems sometimes – you can get in too deep and things become messy, especially in a relationship – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

 

it’s a pretty good song. and even if you don’t like it it’s still only 1 minute 54 seconds.

 

i would promise not to delete it this time… but i can’t be trusted to keep promises.”

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New EP on Anti Fragile Music coming in April 2020.

D I S C O V E R

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akageorgex/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akageorgex/?

YouTube: http://bit.ly/2kZSZ18

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/akageorge

Spotify:    https://open.spotify.com/artist/46ibooryHP4WiU2X6JRFrY?si=mDOAl-72Qb-So-xoYsdcMQ

 

The Holy – Mono Freedom

Two percussionists? Bring it on, the more the merrier.

Two offset six-string electric guitars? I love it and I want to hear more.

A keyboard player that doubles down on bass guitar? From the Rural Alberta Advantage to Helsinki’s alternative music scene, I can listen all day and not tire.

The Holy, photo / kuva: Tero Ahonen

This is The Holy, a tightly knit five-piece band from Finland that has built a reputation for themselves within the European live circuit. Starting in the live clubs in their home base of Helsinki, The Holy have stretched their sound out on the road with appearances at all the major Finnish festivals; Flow Festival, Ruisrock, Provinssirock, Ilosaarirock, as well as touring across Europe in Sweden, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Austria. They have also been showcased at Eurosonic 2019, Iceland Airwaves 2019, Reeperbahn Festival, Where Is The Music, JaJaJa London, Berlin & Vienna, as well as Finland’s own Lost In Music.

The German/French TV channel Arte filmed the band’s performance at Flow Festival 2019 in cooperation with Finland’s YLE, and Seattle based KEXP filmed their show at Iceland Airwaves, which on the station’s popular YouTube channel for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Apparently, a lot of people really like this band, The Holy. So what do I think? Do I like their music? Fasten your seatbelt, this is going to be a quick review of their sophomore album, Mono Free.

Yes, I like it. I could end the review right here with that statement but as far as music reviews go that would be pretty lame to I will expand a bit on why I like the music of The Holy.

Expansive. Yeah, their music is expansive. It covers a wide range, the music fills the empty spaces with an expansive sound, unrestrained and free. Their use of two percussionists and two electric guitars add to this feeling of expansiveness, they are able to fill the sound without making it feel crowded. It would be all too easy for the drummers to play over each other, and the guitars as well, but they don’t. The Holy use the extra sound to create an expansive and wide-open sound the moves easily from one space to another, from one song to another. Adding to the fullness of this album are some very talented people that The Holy collaborated with. Eetu Henrik Iivari: “Jarno Takkumäki (Lac Belot) did the mixing and some of the recording and he was also the spiritual guide for the whole band during the process. Our frequent collaborator Elias Riipinen wrote and played amazing string arrangements and Antti Hevosmaa (Virta) pulled off some great trumpets. Jazz pianist Eetu Palomäki contributed to a few songs with some lush tracks and Tero Ahonen brought the big visual side of the record to life.

Expansive and intelligent. The intelligence is not confined to the lyrical content, they are smart at creating intelligent music. The lyrics of this album were inspired by Eetu’s reading of the book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman and while this could have easily created a dark and dystopian album, it didn’t. Eatu again: “But even though the theme is not the lightest in the world, I wanted the album to mirror hope and to be empowering. A friend for people having similar thoughts. The new album Mono Freedom is a utopian theme album. A fictional story about Mother Nature taking over the earth and how the last humans on earth pack their stuff, build a rocket and head over to the nearest black hole. They know that there is probably nothing out there, but it’s one of humanity’s last ideas. All this is seen as a positive, not as a dark dystopian vision, as is usually the case. The record and the lyrical themes are inspired by Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us, a classic science book that explores a bunch of scenarios of what would happen to Mother Earth if humans were to disappear today. “

Expansive, intelligent, and listenable. I have listened to some music over the years that had intelligent lyrics but didn’t have the music to move it forward. I have also listened to expansive music that didn’t go anywhere because it wasn’t easy to listen to. Mono Freedom is listenable as well as being intelligent and expansive. It hits a lot of the right notes and that is alright in my books and on my listening device. Please excuse me while I go and listen to this album one more time.

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The singles No Trial In The Dark and Twilight Of The Idiots are available for streaming on your favourite platform, including iTunes, the album Mono Freedom will be released on April 17th.

The Holy are:

Eetu Henrik Iivari – Vocals, Guitar 

Pyry Peltonen – Guitar

Laura Kangasniemi – Bass

Mikko Maijala – Drums

Eero Jääskeläinen – Drums

Social links:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theholyband/?hl=fi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theholyhki/

Music video links:

The Holy – Land Before Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy8Xk-q9rcQ

The Holy – Ramses The Evil Brother https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et7ds0srgpA

Live video links:

KEXP Live @ Iceland Airwaves https://youtu.be/BZRgLhcargQ

ARTE Concert, Live @ Flow Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3futr2QC1E

Contacts:

Management:

Trinifold UK

Lydia Kirschstein lydia@trinifold.co.uk

Label/PR:

Playground Music Scandinavia

Nick Triani triani@playgroundmusic.com

HARDLY A DAY, HARDLY A NIGHT

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Cubicolor happened when Peter Kriek and Ariaan Ollieroock teamed up with UK vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tim Digby-Bell in 2017. Their debut album ‘Brainsugar’ received international acclaim with bragging rights to over 40 million streams. As a three-piece live band, Cubicolor is able to showcase their wizardry at manipulating and texturing sound. Cubicolor continues their climb up the charts with the bands sophomore album, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night and the new single Rituals.

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Amsterdam-based producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, and British singer-songwriter Tim Digby-Bell, Cubicolor are a band that smartly delivers conventional instruments alongside synth-driven melodies and thought-provoking songwriting. As I listened to them for about the dozenth time I struggled to compare them to any other band, they have a Cubicolor sound, but I eventually heard a bit of Low Roar in the mix, and that’s a good thing.

Their newest LP Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night comes four years after Brainsugar, their powerful debut that solidified Cubicolor as a formative force in underground electronica, accruing over 40 million streams, press from Mixmag, RA, and DJ Mag, and overwhelming support from the likes of Dixon, Ame, Tale Of Us, Joris Voorn, and Kölsch.

Thematically and visually inspired by impermanence and the cyclical nature of time, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night can be seen as a culmination of seminal moments in the bands’ past few years. One significant moment being the completion and subsequent scrapping of their proposed second album in early 2018, as Digby-Bell recalls: 

“We got home and listened to it, then got on the phone with each other and decided to drop the whole thing. The next week we went back into the studio and started again. We didn’t keep anything, we shut ourselves on the boat in Amsterdam where we work and didn’t stop until we made the record we wanted to make.”

This unwavering dedication to sincerity is reflected in the emotions and sound of Cubicolor’s final record. Poignant lead single ‘Points Beyond’ reflects on the loss of Digby-Bell’s close friend, whilst second single ‘Wake Me Up’ explores our transient sense of identity. Instrumentals such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘Pale Blue Dot’ are imbued with these powerful themes in their arrangements, particularly evoking the sense of uncertainty that the band felt during the album writing process:

“There were a lot of moments when we weren’t sure we’d ever find what it was we were looking for. On the way, we lost friends, lost loves, battled health issues, lost an album, lost each other and came back together again. Looking back now it was pretty crazy but the world keeps spinning and I guess we just didn’t want to put out anything that wasn’t true to ourselves as a band, and the very best we can do as musicians, no matter how long it took.”

Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night tells the story of Cubicolor, painting a provocative but relatable picture of their evolution as a band.

The band will celebrate the album release by taking their live show to festivals around the world in the summer of 2020, I do hope they appear in my home town, as well as your’s because I think hearing them live would cement my attachment to their music.

The album is available to pre-order now, digitally, on CD and on limited edition 2×12” mirror board gatefold vinyl: anjunadeep.lnk.to/CHADHANpr

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Review by Norman @ WeatheredMusic.ca

Christian Cohle

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Dubliner Christian Cohle’s debut video and song, Breathe, cue up heady ambient music that explores the disconnect between humanity and the world that we have created and live in right now. Synth’s weave in and out with bass and drum moving the songs forward. Christians sing slides in and out between the notes and everything comes together in an album that is a really good listening experience.

Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.” I was hooked at the mention of Blade Runner and the music fits nicely with the content of the movie.

 

Breathe opens with what sounds like a double kick drum beat and from there moves seamlessly into synth and vocals that build momentum. I am pleased with the way Christian built tension, almost imperceptible at times, but never the less it did build and then release. The video, from the creative mind of Tristan Heanue, alternates between the starkness of a windswept beach to Blade Runneresque shots of Christian in a room alone. Wanting life but being broken and alone are deftly portrayed in both song and video. Director Heanue comments on the video; “The character struggles as his sense of connectivity to his world declines, and he is forced to adjust. Gradually he moves between this captivity and liberation, sometimes only briefly until he finally crosses over the threshold, and is freed, accepting his reality.”

Discussing the inspiration behind his new record, Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.” 

Come on, an album that is influenced by Blade Runner hooks me right there, and then the music seals the deal. Christian Cohle is worth spending time listening to. And watch the video too, they are both darn good.

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https://soundcloud.com/christian-cohle-455363197

BREATHE – 21ST FEB 2020

https://sym.ffm.to/91ed2eb

https://youtu.be/JmZ1OWTows8

https://soundcloud.com/christian-cohle-455363197/breathe-2

D I S C O V E R

https://www.instagram.com/christiancohle/

https://www.facebook.com/christiancohlemusic/

https://twitter.com/christiancohle

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvifR0cfFecLol2URaZpYMw

Bad For You

In the spirit of some of the best that rock and roll have to offer, AKA George is dropping a new EP, ‘Bad For You’. George Barnett, AKA George, got some serious musical traction with his YouTube cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get lucky.’ It has garnered 30 million views, 30 million and 2, I listened to it twice today, and received attention from several labels and the BBC, which led to AKA George headlining the BBC Silverhayes stage at Glastonbury in 2016.

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The first official release from AKA George, “Stone Cold Classic”, written, produced and performed by George and mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Dan Lancaster (5SOS, Bring Me The Horizon, Lower Than Atlantic, Don Broco) has 13 million streams to date on Spotify alone. George’s remix, Stone Cold Classic 3000, mixed by ShaneShanahan (Kanye West) was featured in an advert for a major car company that rhymes with soda.

The new single, Up All Night, from the soon to be released EP Bad For You, is streaming now, the EP will be released this April on the NYC label Anti Fragile Music. AKA George had this to say about his music: “I always want to make something fresh and exciting and new. I want to make songs that aren’t written by a committee. It’s a lot to ask someone to listen to your music. So it’s important to me that they’re hearing something authentic and genuine that comes from a real place… from a person.” 

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That real person is George Barnett, AKA GEORGE, and it might get loud if you listen to his music. This is music that brings to mind The Raconteurs with the gritty guitar driving the beat, or even the good old driving classic Radar Love. Turn up the volume, roll down the highway and let the music take you away, Bad For You is good for me, and you.

AKA George’s first track “Up ALL Night” from the forthcoming EP “Bad For You” is out Feb 7, 2020, through AntiFragile.

https://soundcloud.com/akageorgex/up-all-night

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LIVE AGENT Jon Ollier CAA jon.ollier@caa.com 

Review by Norman Weatherly WeatheredMusic.ca

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Leva

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My first listen to Erki Pärnoja’s new album Leva was very, very good, it hooked me from the first song, Maa, to the last, Saudade, and in between, I alternated toe-tapping with contemplative listening.

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Erki Pärnoja is an Estonian musician who has won numerous awards for his work with the indie-pop band “Ewert and The Two Dragons” as well as solo awards from his previous albums, “Himmelbjerget” (2015), “Efterglow” (2017) and and “Saja Lugu” (2018) It is easy to hear why he has been a favourite of the music community, he creates extremely listenable music. His primary weapon is the guitar, however, he is also a wizard at creating interesting soundscapes that harness everything from the Mali band Tinariwen, which he first heard in Canada, my home base, to ethereal instrumentation that has the ability to evoke images of islands at dusk or the solitude of a desert. Erki states: “The whole album is about living and the different lives people lead and that we can’t really get a look into other people’s worlds.”

Leva is the first time that Erki used lyrics with his surrealistic Nordic instrumentals. The lyrics of his opening song MAA “starts off as a harmless dreamy waltz and moves with baby steps into this vast open field with all the space and possibilities in the world.” MAA

I chose this one as an opening for the record because the song is revealing its essence bit by bit. The whole album is about living and the different lives people lead and that we can’t really get a look into other people’s worlds. The song gradually reveals a view into one world. It starts off as a harmless dreamy waltz and moves with baby steps into this vast open field with all the space and possibilities in the world. In the middle of the album, Erki states that the song EHA “is a story about the search for inner peace and belonging. It is also like a wake-up call to one’s self calling out to take a breath and look around.” Closing out the album and the third song with lyrics is SAUDADE. Erki states that this song “sums it all up for me. If you search for materials about Saudade you will find that the word is basically untranslatable. The best way to describe it is the presence of absence. It is a longing for someone or something that you remember fondly but know you can never experience again.” Check out the new video now for Soledad, described by “The Line Of Best Fit” as 

“Layered, plucky guitars with angelic, harmony-driven vocals”.


Erki Pärnoja – Soledad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rubrhnHFvk&feature=youtu.be


Leva is a cohesive album that engages the listener from the opening chords to the closing string section. I highly recommend this recording, after three listens I could easily listen to it again.


Connect with Erki at:

https://www.facebook.com/erkiparnojamusic/

http://erkiparnoja.com/

https://www.instagram.com/erkiparnoja/?hl=en

https://open.spotify.com/artist/33HYZgdE7uEgBnA46ctcD7

https://soundcloud.com/erki-parnoja

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dranking songs of the midwest

Wikipedia has a whole category for songs about alcohol.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Songs_about_alcohol

Google search “albums about alcoholism” and there are pages and pages of songs about drinking, very few albums, however, and not many lists, songs or albums about recovery.

Being a reformed alcoholic myself, as well as being a former addictions counsellor, I have listened to lots of songs and albums that deal with alcoholism and recovery. I won’t bore you with the whole list but I want you to know that there is a plethora of good music, and lyrics, about addiction recovery. Here is a shortlist of a few favourites of mine:

“12 Stories” by Brandy Clark

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“III” by The Lumineers

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Lumineers co-founder Jeremiah Fraites said, “This collection of songs worked out in a beautiful way, and I feel with this album we’ve really hit our stride.” In an interview with NPR, Fraites and Schultz both explained how their lives have been impacted by addiction, and that this album was intended to chronicle the effects of addiction on family members and loved ones.

I will add that I was deeply moved by this recording and equally touched by the new album from Anothony Mills titled “dranking songs of the midwest”.final-coverart_RustyCadillac_800x800

Anthony Mills does not dodge the pain of addiction in his lyrics and that story is only reinforced by the sparse instrumentation, mostly jangly barrelhouse piano and cajon, that allows us to focus on the lyrics that are delivered in a style reminiscent of traditional plantation song storytelling as well as Anthony Mills hip hop and rap influences, which is where he started his musical journey. A journey that mingles the complex relationship of his deep south heritage as seen in the video “rusty Cadillac” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-J0ojv6tEY with his family’s migration to the industrial north of the USA and their lives in blue-collar towns. “Blue Collar Work Ethic” was Anthony’s most recent release before “drunking songs of the midwest”.blue collar work ethic

In the song “rusty cadillac” Anthony tackles the rawness of using booze to suppress emotions and he also sings of the loneliness that often comes with addiction in the song “drinkin by myself (again)”, self-loathing in “stink”, honesty in “snake oil” and it all comes together as a package deal called “drankin songs of the midwest”.

I have listened to this album over and over today, just like I did when I got the vinyl of “III” by The Lumineers. These albums grabbed me and held me transfixed. Anthony tells us in “dranking songs of the midwest”, ah heck, I’ll just let Anthony tell you:

“I wanted to teleport the listener to the whorehouse, the saloon, with me and a piano man. Every statement is weighted with a shot of life, sweat and sex.
The feeling of wanting to get hammered, and there was always more going on psychologically, but that takes a back seat to getting ‘wet’ walking zig-zag and still
getting home”

And taking us home he does, in “dranking songs of the midwest” a most splendid, luminous and admirable recording, even the parts that hurt. Thank you Anthony.

New single & video ‘rusty cadillac’ came out January 17th 2020 on all platforms.

New album ‘dranking songs of the midwest’ is coming in April 2020.

S T R E A M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-J0ojv6tEY

D I S C O V E R

https://www.facebook.com/countrystorytellin/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wICpmnI5DciBd1BIuun3X

http://icea.se

 

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Review by Norman Weatherly

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Cubicolor

Cubicolor is the band name of former Duologue frontman  Tim Digby-Bell and Amsterdam-based producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, and electronic music is what they make. Damn good music is what they make, using both synths and music concrete they are adept at blending it together in a nice album called Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night.

 

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It has been a long wait since their debut album, Brainsugar, was released in 2016, also on the electronica label Anjunadeep. The wait, however, has been worth it.

After shelving a complete album that would have been released in 2018 they replaced that albums 12 tracks with 12 tracks on their new album Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night, 12 luscious tracks that weave together the cycles of time and the planets along with feelings of loss, hope, and acceptance.

Blending the signature vocals of British singer-songwriter and former Duologue frontman Tim Digby-Bell with Amsterdam-based producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, Cubicolor is a band to watch for as they bring their one of a kind production and instrumentation to shows around the world in 2020. Cubicolor will kick start it with an album release event in London in February 2020, before taking their live show on the road in the summer. 

 ‘Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night’ is available to pre-order now, digitally, on CD and on limited edition 2×12” gatefold vinyl, due for release 21 February 2020. I can see this album becoming a listen that I can’t go hardly a day or hardly a night without listening to. Check it out: https://music.anjunabeats.com/

Follow Cubicolor:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cubicolor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cubicolormusic

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4nMIbZxtt1kWqUZ8VNKvjU

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cubicolor/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cubicolor

 

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Review by Norman Weatherly

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25 or 19 to 4

25 years on

Twenty-five years ago, 1994, Woodstock 94 celebrated the 25th anniversary of Woodstock, Justin Bieber was born, Nirvana played their final concert, Pink Floyd embark on the Division Bell which would be their last world tour, Johnny Cash released The American recordings and Captain Tractor release Land, their first album.

To commemorate 25 years of recordings Captain Tractor have treated us a gorgeous double album containing a sampling of songs that represent the non-stop party that they are. From Pitcairn Island to someplace East of Eden, Captain Tractor Bought The Farm North of the Yellowhead and managed to score a Hat Trick while negotiating a Celebrity Traffic Jam. 9 albums and countless happy fans later they are 25 Years On.

If you like Captain Tractor you will fall head over heels for this retrospective that covers material from the last 25 years into one impressively packaged two record pressing. Completely re-mastered with four new tracks recorded in February 2018 with Nik Kozub at The Audio Department in Edmonton, two unreleased tracks from the vaults, and seventeen past tracks spanning our first album Land, to 2015’s Live at the Roxy

This limited edition pressing in gray splattered vinyl comes in a spiffy double sleeve and sounds amazing, I score it a home run and we are all winners for listening to good music.

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19 years ago Lucy Pearl released their self-titled album to rave reviews. Lucy Pearl was a supergroup that released just this one album, so for those of us who have been crate-digging trying to find a nice clean pressing, your wait is over. Freshly pressed in jet black vinyl this repressing will be sure to please fans of R&B, soul, hip-hop (Snoop Dogg collaborated) and neo-soul. It is impossible to refrain from getting into the groove and grooving to the tunes on these records.

So there we have it 4 records between these to recordings that cover 25 years of Captain Tractor and 19 years of Lucy Pearl. That completes the 25 or 19 to 4, happy listening everyone.

Norman’s Summer Music

 I finished reading David Bowie’s biography by Marc Spitz. It was a good read with plenty of references to songs that I liked listening to while reading the book, which is tricky because I only read the book in my car and I don’t distract and drive. Anyhoo, that’s another story for another day, let’s just say for now that I listened to Bowie over the last couple of months which brings us to the topic of this posting. Namely, what have I been listening to lately?

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 Bowie, mostly his early to mid-career tunes. Space Oddity from his eponymous second album is still a great listen. Aladdin Sane is such a nice play on words, and The Jean Genie is as catchy today as it was in 1973, which is saying a lot because 1973 was the year I became a Drooling Fanatic (page 7 of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life by Steve Almond).

 I think I started into Bowie in July, just back from a jaunt to London where I scored Alladin Sane on vinyl.

 These lads are insane. black midi, with their album Schlagenheim. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc3LSW_XTwI

   I also scored Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is A Reptile. Fresh sounds from the London jazz scene, thanks to Rough Trade Records.

 What else have I been listening to? Lots of New Wave (ish) music. Nick Lowe, Soft Cell, The Psychedelic Furs, That Petrol Emotion, etc. The mid to late eighties new wave scene has been on my playlists since, well, the mid to late eighties.

 Another band that never leaves my playlists are The Pink Floyd. I saw David Gilmore Live at Pompei on the big screen and then Roger Waters Us and Them on tour, on the big screen again, and in between those two stellar movies I read Nick Mason’s book, Inside Out. Which was as good as the movies, just a slower format.

 Another perennial favourite of mine is King Crimson, who I was very fortunate to see live at The Royal Albert Hall in London. And of course, I came home with hard copies of their music so I can keep listening to them.

 The Barr Brothers, saw them live and bought their CD’s and would pay to see them again.

 Flash And The Pan, a group from Australia that I keep playing at least once a year. The song Hey St. Peter is a favourite of mine.

 Talking Heads, Tom Waits, Joy Division, Tonio K., Van Morrison, Decemberists, Lifesavers, Michael Knott, The Swirling Eddies, Frank Zappa, … and the list goes on. A good chunk of this music dates me but I am comfortable with that.

 We Are The City, I liked them live. Spiritualized, And Nothing Hurt, a great piece of music. Nuella Charles, some very good homegrown talent on our homegrown vinyl plant, https://moonshotphonographs.com/.

 Low Roar, one of the best live shows I have ever seen and a darn good recording to boot. 

 Syd Arthur, tough to find hard copies of anything they have recorded but I managed to score Apricity on CD this summer.

 Godspeed You! Black Emperor, an amazing show, simply amazing. Their records are good but live… I don’t have enough superlatives.

 Russian Circles, a really good show that satisfied my heavy metal craving for that month. Best crowd award goes to the metalheads that were there that night.

 The Needs, some good Scandinavian power pop. Völuspa, aka Kirsten Knick delivers some Scandinavian synth-driven pop music.

 Rhye. I don’t know where to start. The spelling, yes that is spelled correctly, Rhye. The show, it was mesmerizing. I love it when all the ingredients come together and make the two hours fly by so fast it seems like the show just started, please don’t stop now!

 Cody Jinks. His new album, After The Fire, got me hooked on him and I went on a binge listening to his back catalogue. I am hooked on him now and I hope he tours up here in the great white north much like another country rebel, Sturgill Simpson, who also dropped another great album.

 Last but not least, The Lumineers, III. This album struck a chord with me due to its subject matter of addiction and messy lives.

So, that’s my summer and early fall listening, a new blog will be coming out early next week. Snapshot reviews. Until then, happy listening my friends.