Last week I mentioned the band Pearl Jam as a band I've always wanted to
like. Every time I put one of their albums on I get bored though. It
isn't that they don't have great songs, it's the level of "sameness"
that gets me every time. What I hadn't realised last time is that the
band is about to release a new album. "Lightning Bolt" will be out on
October 15th but the first single was uploaded to the internets by the
band this week. "Mind Your Manners" is very reminiscent of how the band
sounded on the album "Vitalogy" which is a good thing. Pre-release
commentary would have us believe that the LP will be more punk than
rock. I'm certainly keen to hear it but October is a looooooong wait.
Here's the single which I have road tested on DJ FatRollins and it got
his seal of approval. He's always a good judge of a tune and a great
Pearl Jam - Mind Your Manners - http://youtu.be/DhODYyZVL6Y
During the week ABC TV aired a piece about M. Yunupingu**. Mr Yunipingu
was the singer for Yothu Yindi. He was also a school principal, father,
husband, role model and the 1992 Australian of the Year. Mr Yunupingu died
from renal failure not long ago. I wrote on Facebook that I watched the
show in "abject misery" and I'm still aghast at what happened to him.
You can watch the piece on ABC Australian Story via the internet -
hopefully our politicians watch it too. DJ Al-ee-sun and I were
fortunate enough to see Yothu Yindi play twice here in Canberra. The
first show was an intimate affair at the ANU Refectory where one of the
support act was a group of kids from Arnhem Land. Mr Yunupingu asked the
entire crowd to sit while they did their thing - and we all did. The
second show was a larger affair at the Royal Theatre with bigger
production. Both were fantastic shows. For those of you from overseas or
unaware of the impact that Yothu Yindi had then consider this; at the
first "Big Day Out" concert they headlined the show above a little band
Yothu Yindi - Djapana - http://youtu.be/L7luUI7nnmE
** note that there is debate about whether Mr Yunupingu's first name can or cannot be used as a result of cultural reasons. I'm erring on the side of caution and respect).
Recently I was surprised to see Shirley Manson from the band Garbage
with a lead role on a TV sci-fi show. However, after the initial shock
it was pleasing to see her act well as a robot! It was also very cool
that, unlike as happens to actors on many shows, she was left to use her
own accent. She's from Edinburgh.
Garbage - Stupid Girl - http://youtu.be/1N29vkIT3eo
Shirley starred in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles which,
although it only lasted for two seasons, was pretty good viewing.
For me, one of the cool things about MP3 players/phones is that you can
carry a heap of tracks around in your pocket and therefore listen to
songs that you might not throw on the CD player. I tend to load up a
different range of stuff every few weeks and just set it to shuffle. As
a result, this one which featured on a CD sampler years ago was thrown
up. See what you think...if Sir Paul is grooving in the control room
then it's worth a listen...
Smokin' Mojo Filters - Come Together - http://youtu.be/IK0sMC5ntpc
Johnny Marr is most famous for his work as the guitarist in The Smiths.
For me, it's his work on four Billy Bragg albums that piqued my
interest. He has a great, and varied guitar style that always adds to a
song rather than overpowering it and that's cool. Here's the title track
from his latest album.
Johnny Marr - The Messenger - http://youtu.be/d2W8aVDxeBY
I listened to a lot of Gary Moore's music this week. Whether it be his
work with Thin Lizzy, hard rock solo outings or his later efforts
immersed in the Blues he has a great guitar tone and feel. Watching his
live work reminded me that the neck pickup on most electric guitars is
where to go for a smooth sound rather than always trying to punch
through the mix! I'll play three tracks featuring Gary because I like
them but also to highlight his range of playing.
Thin Lizzy - The Rocker - http://youtu.be/JZ7UJom4asE
Gary Moore - Over The Hills And Far Away - http://youtu.be/DkL7niHy1-4
Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues - http://youtu.be/0qouQRmWzqc
This next tune is for my Dad. He's somewhere in Central America at the
moment having been to quite a range of countries. The tune is from one
of my favourite movies...
Theme from The Motorcycle Diaries - http://youtu.be/JQdZFWV_TE0
If you're following me on Facebook or Twitter then be advised that I'll
be very quiet next week. I'm taking a holiday from being online. And
while it may be akin to cutting the umbilical cord, I'll still be
listening to heaps of new music. Song of the Week #255 will be out next
To finish this week here's something a little different but cool
The Dead Weather - I Cut Like A Buffalo - http://youtu.be/ImbW-p4c4gQ
Be awesome to each other...
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