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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby sandman » Thu Dec 07, 2017 14:12

More like this.

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby shiadoa » Mon Dec 18, 2017 00:44

For the Oldies out there . Thunderbirds are go !
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Re: What Are You Listening To?

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby jimipresley » Sun Feb 11, 2018 03:10

I'm listening to this record by a dear friend of mine:

https://nbtmusicradio.bandcamp.com/album/brand-new-suit

I think it's bloody brilliant.

My review:

"Brand New Suit - Andrew Kay (A Review By Marc Presley)

I don't recall the first time I met Andrew, but I do remember the first time I saw him play. It was at the Rhodes University Great Hall in 1983.
I don't recall the main act that his band, New Releases, was supporting, but I think it may have been Via Afrika. The reason I don't recollect what the headline band was is that New Releases were so startlingly inspired and original, that they owned the event.
At the time (1983), Rhodes was heavily inhabited by "Rhodesian" expats: mostly bitter, racist frat boys, and Andrew spat "The Rugger Bugger Rap" at them while Mark Osborn ran around like a mental patient freed from his straitjacket, in pyjamas, bashing a steel tray with an Old Brown Sherry bottle.
I was in awe.
I grew up in Uitenhage, a small, conservative town. For me, South African music was dudes in pubs playing "Hotel California", and Juluka's hard-to- find first record. After seeing New Releases and Not Even the TV, I was utterly blown away. I would never have picked up a guitar, nor ever stood in front of a microphone (unless being questioned by the police) without those two bands.
We became really close when I failed Sociology 3 and had to repeat. Andy was doing the same course, and we had immense fun with a prissy new lecturer, Afrikaans, who was slathered in make-up, wearing high-heeled shoes straight out of a porn movie, fresh out of uni, teaching the course on, of all things, Marxist feminism. We would sit together in her class with our feet up on the desks, chain-smoking, snarling and flicking ash on the floor. She once asked us, incredulously, "are you ALLOWED to smoke in here?" Andrew's like, "we're lumpen proletarians!" I'm, "It's the means of production!". That kinda stumped her. The poor woman.

After moving to Johannesburg, I formed Live Jimi Presley, and Andrew and Mark Osborn formed a two-piece, Pulse. Later Mark went on to spawn Sparky's Magic Piano, and even later Mark and Andrew teamed up with Tilo von Brandis to create Tardishead. We were all very close. Hung out together, and shared rehearsal space.

Apologies for the rather long-winded introduction, but it is needed as a caveat for any perceived bias. Andrew's one of my dearest, most beloved friends, yet I shall, in all honesty, try my best to give an objective critique of the record.
Here goes, then.

Firstly, don't expect any information in or on the album's sleeve. There is none. There is a small ball on the front and back, and the colour of the ball varies, depending on which edition you got. Inside, there is a song listing. That's it. No production credits, no songwriting credits, no musician credits, no blurb; nada, zilch, just sweet fuck-all.
And I love that. It's only the songs. That's what Andrew's always been about: the songs. Nothing to see here. Just put it on and listen.

OK. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty: the songs. Because you know, songs are kinda the most important thing about a record. I hope nobody minds my comparisons to other bands, as Andrew's influences are abundant and clear.

#1: We'll Be Together

I have a special fondness for this one. I've always maintained that in another time and another place, it would have been a chart-topper. Most pop songs sound simple, but try playing Beatles and Abba songs.
I played rhythm guitar live on a couple of occasions as a guest for this song, and I had to practice for weeks. It's pretty complex. I think it's gorgeous. What I like is that Andrew has retained his original guide vocal; gritty and edgy. The slide guitar is magnificent. However, I have two problems with this production: 1:The brass is great, but I would have liked to hear the original guitar riff over it on occasion. 2: Remove the "baybeee"s. Try it. It sounds much better.

#2: Lucy in the Sky With Headphones

This is the best production on the record. Lush and gorgeous. It showcases how Andrew is one of the very few indie SA artists who can actually sing and harmonize. A marvelously constructed piece of psychedelia.
Produced by Tilo von Brandis. Respect

#3: God Refused to Hear

Excellent lyrics, but I just can't get Santana out of my head when I hear it. Lame ending. Marc refused to hear.

#4: Book of Love

I've said this before: the guitars sound like The Verve; the vocals Gabrielesque. It's nice.

#5: Friday Morning Month End

The most intensely personal song on the record. I have a great admiration for artists who can document the everyday with sincerity and honesty. A good little country song, reminiscent of Neil Young and Kris Kristofferson's more candid moments. I want to cry every time I hear the Max lyric.

#6: Superboy

David Bowie circa Aladdin Sane. I'm surprised Andrew hasn't been sued for this. Still, a solid pop song, though. Andrew writes good pop songs. Lovely piano.

#7: Ear of an Innocent

Hmm. Seagulls. That's original.
I find the verses a little Syd Barretty, but the chorus is sublime. Love the bongos or congas or whatever they are.

#8: Long Dark Road

My favourite. What Andrew has done here is miraculous: combined the sadness and melancholy of traditional Country with lilting, joyous instrumentation. The incongruity and contradiction is astounding. A very clever and virtuosic piece of music, with a bit of Rock 'n Roll thrown in for good measure. I'm always astonished to hear non-Americans play Country so well.

#9: Fat Elvis

Solid pop song. Great brass. A tight piece of Rock that may have been better as a ska song. Just my opinion.

#10: Easy

A nice Britpop Beatles thingie. Sounds too much like Oasis, though.

11: Revolution of Love

I like this one. It's one of Andrew's older songs. Lenny Kravitz guitar with Ministry vocals. One of the less retro songs on the record.

12: Baiting Mr Big

I'm torn here. Whilst I love this song and was involved with Sparky's Magic Piano, I cannot fathom why it's on the record. It's great that it's getting out to an audience that have never heard it, but it's a Mark Osborn song. Andrew doesn't even play on it.

13: Big Time Love Celebration

A great song. Andrew in celebratory mood. He tends to do that under the most dire stress. The most positive person I've ever met. But stop with the fucking "bayyybeees" already!

In conclusion, Andrew Kay is probably the most unrecognized, inspired and eclectic pop artist to come out of my generation. The fact that he is a consummate musician as well as a wonderful person, notwithstanding. The record is technically flawless. He just writes fucking beautiful music."

I'd be interested in what you, my friends, think of the record. :heart:
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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby Big Vern » Sun Feb 11, 2018 18:14

I enjoyed that, JP, many thanks for providing the link. It had a bit of an early 80s sound to me, but not in a bad way. The good early 80s bands from the North West, with possibly a dash of Bromley. I found it surprisingly uplifting - I've always had you down as more of an All Tomorrow's Overdoses kind of chap. I apologise for my assumptions.

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby Kal El » Tue Mar 06, 2018 18:12

Kenny Rogers - The Gambler



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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby Corns » Tue Mar 06, 2018 18:21

Kal El wrote:Kenny Rogers - The Gambler



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This one is great too!

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby cfimages » Mon Mar 26, 2018 17:46



Cold Chisel - One Long Day (live)
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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby Big Vern » Tue May 08, 2018 18:45



An amazing video by Childish Gambino.

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby jimipresley » Tue May 08, 2018 18:59

Big Vern wrote:An amazing video by Childish Gambino.

Wow! I'm going to teach that one to my uni students.
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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby Big Vern » Tue May 08, 2018 19:22

jimipresley wrote:
Big Vern wrote:An amazing video by Childish Gambino.

Wow! I'm going to teach that one to my uni students.

I showed it to a class today. I bottled it, though, and turned it off after the first shooting. I told them they could watch the rest of it themselves.

It is a really clever video with loads of stuff to talk about.

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby cfimages » Wed May 09, 2018 10:20

Big Vern wrote:

An amazing video by Childish Gambino.


Wow. That was great.

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Re: What Are You Listening To?

Postby Big Vern » Wed May 09, 2018 18:34

I've just watched it 3 more times and I am confidently going to state that it is the best video or all time.
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