Five more music things, another five? Already? Shall we do it again? Did you? Why? Poor what? who? Where’s did we put the plot? Dive more pieces of earfood? Shall we do it again? Back to back to back being back to the five musical things thing and the fractured music portal yet again (and again and again) and yeah, we did say all this last week and this is a test and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. It doesn’t really matter if it was a television fizzing and going off and things back then when we first heard of the Window going off and things. and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music, cut to the damn chase again…
This five musical things thing is mostly about just that, five musical things that have passed by in the last few days, five sound bites, five slices of musical information along with those oh so vital vital links and signposts staring back and making that hissing noise. You do read all this right? You did read that bit about Bandcamp Friday last time? I see Bandcamp Friday is coming up again. Enough of this, cut the crap you say, I know, on with the music, here comes whatever we have for you this time around, the low spark of high rise whatever… Let the music do the talking, here’s some Stuff and stuff
Five musical things then…. simple really.
1: Lou Barlow has shared a rather delightful version of Love Intervene, a second single and rather fine lyric video ahead of his new solo album Reason to Live, the album comes out on May 28th on Joyful Noise! Do like the awmost graceful way he’s doing his thing these days – “Lou Barlow wrote lead single “Love Intervene” in 2018, and set out to recreate the layered acoustics while adapting the lyrics to his new present. The resulting propulsive track rides on interlocking strumming patterns, Barlow’s voice as crisp as a New England breeze. “Tide after tide, change is the meaning of life/ It turns any wall into sand,” he exhales, before yet again calling for love to lead the way through”. Album details
Since this is a lyric video I don’t feel the need to explain the lyrics. I can say it’s an anthem and I’m not sure if I’ve ever really written a real anthem before. I shy away from declarations, life is too complicated. But, it’s hard to argue with the power of love. I wrote this song a few years ago and recorded it a few times. I tried it as solo acoustic song and sang it on a few short tours I did, playing backyards and living rooms in the U.S. It seemed to go over well, or, maybe I just like singing it. I tried it with a band too. I’d like to say that this “Reason To Live” version is the definitive recording of the song but, honestly, I’d like to hear someone else take it to new heights. The sentiment seems almost out of my range sometimes. Believing in love is like that, it can always be bigger but remain so elusive.
“After decades on the road and the never-ending hustle of life as an artist, Lou Barlow has tapped into a new confidence in the chaos. In 2021, the concept of balance feels particularly intimidating. Now more than ever, it’s clear life isn’t just leveling out a pair of responsibilities. Instead, we’re chasing after a flock of different ideals with a butterfly net.
A long-time indie legend as a member of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., and Folk Implosion, Barlow has now found a life akin to a middle-class musician. In recent years, he’s moved from Los Angeles back to Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and three kids. And yet rather than settle into a comfortable malaise or yearn for the open road, Barlow’s strengthened urgency finds a way to merge the two instincts”.
2: LA’s Tashaki Miyaki have a new single and video for”I Feel Fine”, a track from the upcoming album Castaway (out 2nd July). “LA trio, Tashaki Miyaki, explorers of dreamy, hazy, melodic guitar pop are releasing their latest album, Castaway, due out 2nd July on Metropolis Records. The new record sees the bandexpanding their musical palette with songs circling around the themes of love, memory and time which are haunting, catchy and soothing.” As always our prefered Bandcamp option will tell you more about the album and feed you a little bit bit more of their rather soothing music
3: Lucky Baby Daddy and a slice of the new Purple Bonnet Phase EP that was due out April 30th – You can find out more over on their Bandcamp page as always. They’re from Los Angeles, we care a lot about these things and the garbage pale kids and the gamblers and the pushers and the geeks
4: Polly Paulusma – more from that new album froim Polly Paulusma, this time a song called The Maid & the Palmer from the album Invisible Music – Folk Songs That Influenced Angela Carter. There’s more about the album here – A rather fine first taste of Polly Paulusma’s forthcoming collection of traditional folk songs gracefully recrafted…
5: Graham Costello – Now this is a tasty as well, well of course it is or it wouldn’t be lurking here on this page would it? Why dod we do all this, From the album ‘Second Lives’ by drummer and composer Graham Costello with Strata, out May 7th. – more here – just hit the links and hit the play button, you really don’t need us to tell you about it, in fact no one needs any of this anymore do they?
Here’s what the press release said, hey, I know, lazy of us but you’ve got the music there and we are rather busy here and well, what ya gonna do?
“Today, Glasgow-based drummer and composer Graham Costello has announced his new single “Legion”. The single is taken from Graham’s much-anticipated album “Second Lives”, which features his ensemble STRATA, and is due out 7th May via London analogue specialists Gearbox Records. The forthcoming album was co-produced by legendary 4-time Grammy Award-winning producer Hugh Padgham, who is renowned for his work with a wide-range of seminal artists such as Phil Collins, XTC, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and many, many more. Despite Hugh Padgham-produced records tallying stratospheric sales and streaming figures, “Second Lives” marks the first new material he has worked on in almost a decade.
A band leading the surge of new Scottish jazz artists into the UK scene, STRATA is made up of some of Scotland’s most exciting musical proponents. Led by Graham, the band features: pianist Fergus McCreadie, whose critically acclaimed new solo album just came out via Edition Records; guitarist Joe Williamson, who was named Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year in 2018 and leads hard-hitting 5-piece Animal Society; rising Trombonist Liam Shortall, who leads jazz collective corto.alto; saxophonist Harry Weir, who also leads self-proclaimed “doom-jazz” outfit AKU!; and renowned bassist Mark Hendry. The band’s latest single “Legion” sees them combining rambunctious, semi-free sax and piano riffing with a frenetic rhythm section that drives the track with an almost breathless intensity. The track channels elements of the UK jazz scene but is very much woven into Graham and his ensemble’s ability to flex and warp their instrumental dynamics to create something entirely unique” – more here –
5: Special Interest – More? Well why not? We did feature then last week – ORGAN THING: “I thought you might like to hear ‘Trust No Wave’, a reissue of the 2016 demo tape by incendiary New Orleans punks Special Interest…?” Too damn right we do – we make absolutely no apology for posting this here, we apologise for nothing, if we could do it al lagain we probably wouldn’t, do rather like this band though, we do care a lot….
“The first Disco of the trilogy. Uploading to our personal page for the algorithm so the world wont forget this masterpiece. Edited by our dear homie/ Comrade/ding dong Perry Hohlstein.”
And we’re on a mission now… “Second upload of this video. Censorship is a bitch but so are we.” watch it before they take it down….
More of this kind of thing tomorrow or in a few days time? Well maybe, is there any point? Or is that the point?
And while we’re here. This was released fifty years and one month ago. It’s by Dionysis Savvopoulos and it could be argued that its magnificent…