Grant Hart, RIP

hart2-master768

initially from: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/arts/music/grant-hart-husker-du-drummer-dies.html?mcubz=3

Grant Hart, a drummer, vocalist and songwriter for the influential Minnesota rock band Hüsker Dü, died on Wednesday. He was 56.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine (EMI)

Paul-Kelly-Life-Is-FineNot drowning but waving.  The cover of Aussie singer-songwriter Paul Kelly’s new album indicates that he’s back in safer waters with a revisit his 1990s pop repertoire.   These are the waters that vividly recall his surging pop-rock fortunes of the Nineties.  

Literally, that’s true.  With longtime backing vocalist Linda Bull taking own his own song Don’t Explain(from Live, 1992) with a full band behind her to add more ‘oomph’ to her powerful delivery.  Not that she needed it.  And just to show there’s no favouritism Vika Bull, Linda’s vocal partner in rhyme gets to complain her ears out with a thumping rendition of My Man’s Got a Cold, the eternal classic whinge in many a classic Aussie household concept.  But then Kelly’s always been a keen observer of the domestic, ready to sweat the small stuff.

Continue reading

The Black Seeds: The 13th Floor interview

black-seeds2

Originally published:  https://www.13thfloor.co.nz/the-black-seeds-the-13th-floor-interview/

The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar talks to The Black Seeds’ Barnaby Weir in anticipation of the release of the band’s new album, Fabric, due out this Friday.

Having just arrived back from a 10-date US and Canadian tour, Barnaby Weir, founding member and one of the main songwriting forces behind Wellington’s enigmatic reggae outfit The Black Seeds is happy to be back home.

The tour was intense and busy. “It was exhausting but fulfilling,” Barnaby tells me, over the phone from his home in the Capital.  “12 Dates in 15 days!  But, the usual… low budget, all in the van, all out, set up, sound check, play the gig and off again.  Plenty of fan time, though.  2 days off in the entire tour!”

The band has had a strong following Stateside for a number of years and continues to nurture that with regular visits.  That works both ways.  Kiwi fans will remember a memorable local a few back here with US dub crew John Brown’s Body.  Barnaby reckons the Reggae dub scene in the US is still strong.  “Smaller than mainstream but very dedicated.”

Continue reading

Ane Brun – Leave Me Breathless (Balloon Ranger Records)

Ane-BrunLeave Me Breathless is the seventh studio release from Norwegian born, Stockholm based musician Ane Brun.  Brun is usually known for dark, introspective brooding work that challenges us and changes our perception.  So what possessed her to take on a collection of covers, half of which are the some of the most appalling songs ever conceived? 

Touted as her most personal album yet, it’s a collection of 14 tracks that “deal with those overwhelming themes of love and romance”.  But so what?  I mean why choose an abomination like Foreigner’s I want to Know What Love Is?  Admittedly Brun’s version is way more intimate, slowed down on guitar with some more brooding synths in the background, as is her custom.

Continue reading