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Friday, 31 January 2014

Tidy Tune #31: Lived A Lie - You Me At Six.


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: High Hopes Tour Night 3 29/01/14

Third night in Cape Town at the Bellville Velodrome saw major changes to the previous nights setlists. World Premiere of 'This Is Your Sword'.

Over the three nights Bruce has played 84 songs (57 different) and has played over 9 hours of music! Now that's quality!

When links become available I'll add them.

Setlist
1. WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN
2. NIGHT
3. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
4. High Hopes
5. ADAM RAISED A CAIN
6. SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT
7. WRECKING BALL
8. Death To My Hometown
9. Hungry Heart
10. TOUGHER THAN THE REST
11. JACK OF ALL TRADES
12. Heaven's Wall
13. THIS IS YOUR SWORD
14. Because The Night
15. SHE'S THE ONE
16. WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY
17. Shackled and Drawn
18. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
19. The Rising
20. The Ghost of Tom Joad
21. Badlands
 
ENCORES
22. SUN CITY
23. ROCKY GROUND
24. Born To Run
25. GLORY DAYS
26. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK
27. Dancing In The Dark
28. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
29. Twist and Shout

Tidy Tune #29: Bigger Brighter Better - Roddy Frame.


Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes Tour Cape Town Night 2 28/01/14


I will add more links when they become available. Still not too many around even for the first night but I'll keep searching.

1. Free Nelson Mandela
2. NO SURRENDER
3. TWO HEARTS
4. THE TIES THAT BIND
5. High Hopes
6. TRAPPED
7. Prove it all Night ('78 Intro)
8. Darkness at the Edge of Town
9. Spirit in the Night
10. Heaven's Wall
11. JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD
12. American Skin (41 Shots)
13. THE PROMISED LAND
14. OPEN ALL NIGHT
15. Shackled and Drawn
16. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
17. LONESOME DAY
18. The Rising
19. Badlands


ENCORES
20. WE SHALL OVERCOME (dedicated to the legendary Pete Seeger)
21. Born in the U.S.A.
22. Born to Run
23. Bobby Jean
24. Dancing in the Dark
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
26. This Little Light of Mine
27. This Hard Land (Acoustic)


Full show Here

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Pete Seeger Rest in Peace


Pete Seeger passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

There's a great piece in the NY Times about his life and impact upon the music scene that says much more than I could ever say, I encourage you to check it out. Also worth checking out is the 2007 PBS Documentary about Pete Seeger's life and music entitled 'The Power of Song'. There's a great tribute that Bruce Springsteen gave on Seeger's 90th Birthday that's worth watching as well. Click on the links to enjoy the music.

THE MUSIC
 
 
 
 


Tidy Tune #28: Ragga Muffin Stylee - King Tubby


 Born Osbourne Ruddock, (January 28, 1941 – February 6, 1989) he is better known as King Tubby.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band - High Hopes Tour: Night 1 Cape Town 26/01/2014



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Any links for the songs in the setlist will be added when they become available.

Soundcheck
Heaven's Wall.

NIGHT 1
Setlist
 
1. FREE NELSON MANDELA (The Special A.K.A. cover)
2. Badlands
3. Death to My Hometown (Quality is a bit rough but it will do for the moment) - incomplete

4. Out in the Street
5. HIGH HOPES
6. Spirit in the Night
7. Hungry Heart
8. The River
9. HEAVEN'S WALL
10. Atlantic City
11. Johnny 99
12. Pay Me My Money Down
13. American Skin (41 Shots)
14. Because the Night
15. Darlington County
16. Shackled and Drawn
17. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
18. The Rising
19. The Ghost of Tom Joad (w/ Tom Morello on Shared Lead Vocals)
20. Land of Hope and Dreams
Encores
21. We Are Alive (Dedicated to Nelson Mandela)
22. Born in the USA
23. Born to Run
24. Dancing in the Dark
26. Shout
27. Thunder Road 

Tidy Tune #26: Railroad Spikes and Shotgun Shells - The Believers.


Railroad Spikes and Shotgun Shells - The Believers (with Tara Nevins).

Saturday, 25 January 2014

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts


I'm always fascinated by musical performances that are done in small spaces and none can be smaller than at NPR with their Tiny Desk Concerts which have been on the go since 2008. Some of the artists I have to admit I haven't heard of before but I thought it would be cool to bring together in one place a mix of those concerts covering a wide spectrum of musical genres. Click on the links to enjoy the music.

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. 

Girl in a Coma. - (Especially for my mate Tim L from NYC)


 
 

Tidy Tune #25: Jump - Aztec Camera

Originally recorded as a b-side for the single 'All I Need Is Everything' and a few months later they went in and recorded an extended version featuring a rip roaring guitar solo! (Roddy goes Heavy Metal!)


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Danny Federici - The Phantom


Today would have been the birthday of Danny Federici. Born Daniel Paul Federici in Flemington New Jersey, he began playing with Bruce back in the 1960's and did so up until 2007 when it was annouced that he would have to take a leave of absence due to illness and to have treatment for Melanoma. His final performance with The E Street Band was on March 20th 2008 in Indianapolis. On the 17th April 2008 Danny 'The Phantom' Federici passed away after suffering for three years with Melanoma.





Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes and Live Recordings of Tour


'High Hopes' album debuted at  the #1 spot in 10 Countries in the week of its release: US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Holland, Canada, and Spain.

There's been a lot of interesting debate about the decision by Springsteen's management to begin releasing concert recordings via the sale of USB Wristbands at $40 (or 30 Euros)

30.00

30.00

a pop!


This news sparked a whole heap of fury from Bruce fans across the board as it seems that if you wanted more than one show you would have to fork out $40 per show and you'd end up with a whole pile of USB wrist bands.

One fan was so fed up with this news that he recorded a parody of 'Born to Run' entitled 'Bruce Springsteen Downloadable USB Scam'.

It seems that 'fan power' has helped change some things with regard to getting hold of recordings of the shows from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand because it has also been announced that these shows in addition to the USB wristband sales model, Springsteen will also be offering direct audio downloads through his official Live Nation online store following each show on the upcoming leg, with no physical purchase required (meaning you don't have to purchase the USB wristband). There will be two options for audio formats: MP3 (320 kbps) or FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec). Pricing will match Pearl Jam's, at $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for FLAC.
This news I'm sure will be greeted more favourably. 

This is how Rolling Stone Magazine reported on the change.

It will be interesting to see how this new course of action takes off and whether it will be the death knell for Bruceleggers!

Bruce Springsteen - Just Like Fire World (Promo 2014)

New promo video from Bruce Springsteen. This time it's his cover of The Saints 'Just Like Fire Would'

'High Hopes Tour' kicks off this weekend (26th) in South Africa with the first of a three night stand in Cape Town. For more tour dates CLICK HERE.


Tidy Tune #23: Far Far Away - The Wonder Stuff

 From the brilliant album 'Oh No It's...The Wonder Stuff' and part of their collection entitled 'From The Midlands With Love'. The Stuffies have also covered Slade's 'Coz I Luv You'.


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tidy Tune #22: Fox on the Run - Girlschool

Having done cover versions of Motorhead, Kiss, T-Rex and erm...Gary Glitter...this one is probably my favourites by Girlschool . A cover of The Sweet's 1975 Single 'Fox on the Run' (a record that was surprisingly written by The Sweet themselves rather than Chinn and Chapman).

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Bruce Springsteen - Light of Day 18th January 2014

Setlist:

Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio? (with Jesse Malin) (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3)
One Guitar (with Willie Nile) (Video #1)

With Joe Grushecky And The Houserockers:
Adam Raised A Cain (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3)
Never Be Enough Time (Video #1) (Video #2 + Darkness)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4) (Video #5)
Hearts Of Stone (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3)
Pumping Iron (Video #1)
Atlantic City (Video #1) (Video #2)
Talking To The King (Video #1)
Frankie Fell In Love (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4)
Save My Love (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4) (Video #5) (Video #6)
I’m Not Sleeping (Video #1) (Video #2)
Because The Night (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3)
The Promised Land (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3 + Light Of Day)
Light Of Day (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4 + Thunder Road)
Thunder Road (Solo Acoustic) (Video #1) (Video #2) (Video #3) (Video #4) (Video #5)

Tidy Tunes #21: I'll Keep Holding On - The Chords


Monday, 20 January 2014

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags (2014)


I feel a little under-qualified to be posting about Stephen Malkmus as I actually know very little of his work since he left Pavement and so below are links for tracks from the new album in order for you to decide for yourself.

One of my mates, Rue, was talking this album up a lot and since I bow to his superior knowledge on these matters I decided to buy the album totally off the cuff without even hearing a track (I have adopted a similar course of action for other purchases in the past and have rarely - if ever - been disappointed). 

Obviously Rue must have some inside track to finding good tunes because he hasn't failed me with this recommendation. On the first two listens there are a number of tracks that I have really enjoyed: 'The Janitor Revealed', 'Houston Hades', 'Rumble at the Rainbo', 'Chartjunk', and 'Surreal Teenagers'.




Tidy Tune #20: Take the Skinheads Bowling - Manic Street Preachers


Sunday, 19 January 2014

Tidy Tunes #19: Hurt - of Verona

It's not often when you hear a cover version that blows you away but Johnny Cash doing Nine Inch Nail's 'Hurt' is one of those moments. Cash made the song his own. So hearing another version of the same song has a lot to stand up to but of Verona manage to pull it off in their own way.
Tidy Tunes this week will focus on Cover Versions




Thursday, 16 January 2014

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Bruce Springsteen on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show 15/01/14


The links will all take you to the Late Night With  Jimmy Fallon Website.

Tidy Tune #15: I Can't Explain - The Who

 On this day in 1965, The Who released their first single 'I Can't Explain'. With Jimmy Page on guitar (though some question if his contribution to the song actually made the final cut!)  and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart.


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Rockpalast Concerts


Rockpalast (Rock Palace) is a German music TV show broadcasting on WDR. It began in 1974 and continues to this day. So many great bands have appeared on it and seeing that You Tube these days has a loads of the shows I thought I'd post a few links here to some of the best ones.

All the shows are full sets. Just click on the links.

 
 

Tidy Tunes #14: Beethoven's Symphony #6

Beethoven's Symphony #6


Christine McVie Returns to The Mac!


The news that Christine McVie is returning to Fleetwood Mac 15 years after her departure. There's a nice piece in The Guardian about it.

She had joined them on stage in London last year. She has been open to the possibility of rejoining the band but hadn't been asked. Mick Fleetwood recently announced that she would return to the band: "This is the worst kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac."

John McVie continues to recover after receiving treatment to deal with his cancer issues.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Happy Birthday Suggs


Happy Birthday to Graham "Suggs" MacPherson. He was born on 13th January 1961. He's a singer, actor, tv star, radio DJ, writer and is best known as the frontman for the legendary Madness.

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