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Metal Hammer
    Wer sich schon immer gefragt hat, ob die Herren Abasi, Reyes und Garstka noch alle Latten am Zaun haben, bekommt mit dem Titel des vierten Albums quasi einen Wink mit dem Zaunpfahl.

    Der kollektive Wahnsinn, also – das kommt hin. Denn ganz abgesehen davon, dass man ein echter Meister seines Fachs sein muss, um solche Musik überhaupt spielen zu können – welche kranken Hirne denken sich diesen Kram auch noch aus? Diese Frage muss angesichts solch abge-fahrener Kompositionen wie dem Opener ‘Arithmophobia’ (ein menschen-verachtendes, polyrhythmisches Monstrum, das selbst Meshuggah-Freaks Anerkennung abringen wird) oder dem fast schon beklemmend tighten ‘Inner Assassins’ definitiv erlaubt sein.

    Und um dem Ganzen noch die Krone aufzusetzen, hatte sich das Trio diesmal dazu entschlossen, alles komplett in Eigenregie durchzuziehen – ohne einen Produzenten, der auch mal hinterfragt oder reflektiert. Dies bereitete als Ankündigung definitiv Angst, ist im Endresultat jedoch der musikalische Hirnfick des Jahres. Wer das einmal übersteht, wird direkt süchtig und ergötzt sich an kleinen Details wie dem Hupen-Sound in ‘Ectogenesis’ oder dem packend groovenden und im Gesamtkontext leichtgängigen ‘Backpfeifengesicht’.
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Black Country Communion - "Collide"

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Coming Soon: Erstes Album nach 9 Jahren: Randy Newman veröffentlicht am 04.08. "Dark Matter"

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Randy Newman

The 2017 Sgt. Pepper: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister - The same weird cocktail of doubt and panic

Planetarium is the forthcoming collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister. It’s made up of songs inspired by the solar system, which are based on an original composition that was originally performed at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music in 2013.

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Here We Are Again: Neue Alben von Ray Davies, Procol Harum, Deep Purple, Blondie und Corky Siegel

Dieser April ist ein großer Monat der Rockmusik!

Procol Harum – Novum (2017)
April 21, 2017

Fifty years after “Whiter Shade of Pale” introduced the concept of progressive rock, Procol Harum roll on, even with singer and pianist Gary Brooker as the only remaining original member.
Novum is their first new studio album in 14 years. Their last, 2003’s The Well’s on Fire, marked the end of the decades-long writing partnership between Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. Organist Matthew Fisher and drummer Mark Brzezicki left shortly thereafter. Brooker still had guitarist Geoff Whitehorn and bassist Matt Pegg. They recruited organist Josh Phillips and drummer Greg Dunn. This version has been together for a decade.
Novum is a worthy 50th anniversary offering (though it’s not, as Brooker claims, Procol’s finest). This is the sound of a working band, not a tired reunion project. Brooker enlisted lyricist Pete Brown — known for his work with Cream and Graham Bond — and in an unusual move, brought the entire band into the songwriting process. What’s on offer here is the most rocking sound Procol Harum have delivered since Broken Barricades. There is only one overtly “classical” moment here, and it’s a send up — there’s a direct quote from Pachelbel’s Canon as a brief intro to the wonderful “Sunday Morning.” Some truly perverse lyric moments are expertly crafted into well-composed songs (would we expect anything less?). Opener “I Told on You” is a forceful prog rocker about professional jealousy, bitterness, and retribution. Its bridge and chorus are classic Brooker (think Home and Grand Hotel). “Last Chance Motel” is a strange and ironic take on the murder ballad that recalls the musical structure of early Elton John and Bernie Taupin tunes. It’s among the many vehicles here for Brooker’s voice, which remains as resonant and expressive as ever — there’s the hint of graininess in it, but his power remains undiminished by time. There are also some atypical, straight-on political swipes at hyper-capitalism, too, as on the bluesy “Soldier” and the meld of mean rock and Baroque pop in “Businessman.” “Don’t Get Caught” commences as a ballad with Brooker’s trademark nearly sepulchral singing, but becomes an anthem offering sage advice for guilt-free living atop blazing guitars and swelling strings. One might hear traces of Queen’s extended sense of vocal harmony in the rowdy chorus of the loopy “Neighbor,” but Brian May himself would admit that Queen snagged it from Procol Harum in the first place. “Can’t Say That” is an angry number and it rocks hard: Brooker’s signature piano style runs up hard against Whitehorn’s electric blues guitar vamps (think the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues”) with a killer Pegg bassline. “The Only One” offers Brooker at his most confessional and melancholy, as he builds himself up and lets himself glide down the poignant lyric.

Novum is far better than anyone had any right to expect: It’s energetic, hungry, and swaggering. That said, it retains the trademark class and musical sophistication that makes Procol Harum iconic. (Quelle nicht wiedergefunden; vgl. auch Gary Brooker of Procol Harum Discusses First New Album in 14 Years - Billboard 4/20/2017)
+ Carl Wiser (SongFacts): Did you write the song "Sunday Morning" on Novum?
Pete Brown: Yes....

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Ray Davies - Americana (2017)
April 19, 2017

Americana was written, conceived, and arranged, by Davies, and co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson. The album is an autobiographical work, chronicling the inextricable role America has played in Davies’ life. From his earliest days touring the U.S. with the Kinks and subsequent blacklisting by the American Musicians Union, to his years playing stadiums and eventually settling in New York and New Orleans for a time, America has served as both muse and tempest to Davies.
No matter where he dwells, Davies remains an outsider, and that alienation unites Americana’s jumble of eras and places. On “Poetry,” he kneels in gratitude at the local KFC for the abundance that corporations bestow upon us. This is Davies in Dylan mode, hyperbolic but as dazzling with prosaic details as his student Jarvis Cocker. And unlike his previous post-Kinks cohorts, the Jayhawks steer clear of Nashville gloss while conjuring the appropriate C&W-tinged folk-rock fare. Keyboardist Karen Grotberg even duets with Davies on “Message from the Road,” evoking the tumbleweed kitsch of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood while still pulling heartstrings.

Preceded by a quote from the book about his New Orleans neighbor, the late Alex Chilton, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Cowboys” provides the other poignant highlight. It’s a eulogy for rock’s rebels as well the music itself that’s delivered as a bittersweet bluegrass waltz, and it extends a metaphor of the formerly outlaw genre as a vanquished frontier. “Your time’s passed, now everyone asks for your version of history,” he mournfully croons. “Do you live in a dream, or do you live in reality?” He poses the question without answering it himself; there’s no need. (Pitchfork April 18 2017)

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Deep Purple - inFinite (2017)
7. April 2017

Je öfter ich das höre (und ansehe: tolles Video!), desto besser wird es
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Blondie - Long Time
Official video for "Long Time" from the upcoming album "Pollinator" out 5/5/17

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The Interview: Debbie Harry on sex, exhibitionism and searching for her birth mother (The Sunday Times, April 23 2017)

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (2017)

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I was unaware of Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues projects until now, though I went to college near Chicago and we often played the discs and saw the Siegel-Schwall Band perform live. A brief history: In 1973 the Siegel-Schwall Band released Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra on the classical Deutsche Grammophon label. Two principals emerged from the project: jazz trombonist and composer William Russo and famed conductor Seiji Ozawa, who had been a long-time fan of the Siegel-Schwall Band. These two, mostly Ozawa, encouraged harmonicist Siegel to move in this direction, resulting in the first Chamber Blues ensemble recording on Alligator in 1994. Two other recordings followed and this is the fourth. So much for the history lesson—let’s get to the music. Google can take care of the rest.

First, you have to admire the concept that lends itself to cute little phrases like “Muddy meets Mozart” or “A bluesman and a classical string quartet walk into a bar.” Yet, this project goes beyond even the seemingly polar opposites of blues and classical, as Siegel invited blues legend Sam Lay, Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Ernie Watts, Indian table master Sandeep Das, and R&B Singer Marcy Levey (who sings her hit “Lay Down Sally” composed with Eric Clapton), indie singer-songwriter Matthew Santos, and Chicago’s folk trio, Song of the Never Wrong. Not only do we have blues and classical music but jazz, world, gospel, R&B, and smatterings of folk herein – hence the title. The breadth and layers of this project are so stunning that I can’t recall hearing anything like this.

The first cut, “Missing Persons Blues – Op.26” features Ernie Watts and is a mash-up of blues, classical and jazz. “Time Will Tell Overture –Op, 25” features the table of Sandeep Das. Siegel takes the lead vocal on several tracks but is more than willing to share the spotlight with his guests. Santos takes the lead vocal on “One” and again on his own composition “Shadows in a Shoe Box.” Sons of the Never Wrong deliver innovatively on “I’ll Fly Away” with Deb Lader adding sparking mandolin: and Sam Lay takes his turn as well on the next piece. Siegel describes it, “”Italian Shuffle’ is based on the Chicago Blues style shuffle but you would swear it comes from Tuscany, not Chicago. And you can tell we surprised the heck out of blues legend Sam Lay, who responds by singing the classic ‘Flip, Flop and Fly.’ If there is a theme that has followed me from my first gig at Pepper’s and through this project it is this joy of diversity and togetherness that has enriched and shaped my life. The culmination of all this is reflected in the song ‘One,’ where we look out at the world and see we are all intimately connected.”

The packaging and liner notes are exquisitely detailed with lyrics provided. One little capsule that caught my attention was Siegel’s nod to these four major influencers: Maestro Seiji Ozawa, William Russo, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. There are some select dates, mostly in the Great Lakes states, where you can hear this unit perform with some of the special guests. Unless you’ve heard Siegel and Chamber Blues before, you really do have to hear this to believe it.

Jim Hynes, 2017 Elmore Magazine.

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Road Movie Project (II): Headmaster's Delight goes Worpswede to meet John Mayall

Morgen Abend in der Music Hall Worpswede. Das Konzert ist ausverkauft, aber wir werden da sein!

Road Movie Project (I): Headmaster's Delight went to Cologne to join Jeff Beck
Der Meister : Jeff Beck in Köln - Scared for the children

Vgl. Archäologie (CDXXXV): John Mayall

'People fall in love with an illusion, something that’s never existed' (Jarvis Cocker)

For his first album in eight years, the former Pulp frontman was inspired by legendary LA hotel, Chateau Marmont. He discusses his fascination with Hollywood, his fears for France - and his desire to retreat (theguardian, 12.03.17)

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Room 29
von Jarvis Cocker und Chilly Gonzales
Vorgestellt von Juliane Reil (NDRkultur)

GBlog: Music Masterclass: Chilly Gonzales

'Perhaps everyone exists half in somebody else’s imagination. No one is totally human. We are all facets of someone else’s internalization. Visions of what they want us to be.' (Sir Raymond Douglas Davies)

Amazing Imelda is back: LIFE. LOVE. FLESH. BLOOD

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Wieder dabei: Der Meister!
Imelda May - Black Tears - ft. Jeff Beck

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Sinéad O'Connor & Imelda May - Every Night About This Time

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The Times They Are A-Changing Back - Diesseits und jenseits der Mauern

I wrote these lyrics within half an hour of seeing Donald Trump's inaugural speech last Friday evening and played it in Salisbury that night. With apologies to Bob Dylan ... Billy Bragg (23.01.2017)

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- Via the fevered imagination of exilestreet
+ Via Martin Sonneborn@facebook:

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+ Reagan at Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany. June 12, 1987.
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

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+ Jenseits der Mauern | Yanis Varoufakis |FREITAG 26.01.2017 |
    Der Westen ist heute vom Aufeinanderprallen zweier Aufstandsbewegungen geprägt. Die Linken dies und jenseits des Atlantiks stehen am Rand und verstehen nicht, was sich da vor ihren Augen abspielt und mit der Amtseinführung Donald Trumps seinen vorläufigen Höhepunkt erreicht hat.

    Eine dieser Revolten ist bereits bis zum Erbrechen analysiert worden. Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen und deren nationale Internationale hat schon genügend Aufmerksamkeit dafür erhalten, dass es ihr gelungen ist, den Menschen weiszumachen, es gehe um Nationalstaaten, Grenzen, Bürger und Bevölkerungsgruppen.

    Der andere Aufstand jedoch, der den Aufstieg dieser internationalen Nationalen überhaupt erst möglich machte, ist unterdessen im Verborgenen geblieben: der technokratische Aufstand der globalen Eliten, dessen Ziel es ist, um jeden Preis die Kontrolle zu behalten. „Project Fear“ in Großbritannien, die Troika in Kontinentaleuropa und die unselige Allianz von Wall Street, Silicon Valley und dem Überwachungsapparat in den USA sind seine Manifestationen...
= Lesenswerte Analyse.
+ Mehrheit sagt, das System funktioniert nicht mehr | Florian Rötzer | Telepolis 25. Januar 2017 |
    ... Nur 15 Prozent der Bevölkerung in den 28 Ländern würden noch sagen, dass das gegenwärtige System noch funktioniert. Für 53 Prozent ist das nicht mehr der Fall, 32 Prozent sind sich unsicher. Mehr als Zweidrittel der Befragten in Frankreich, Spanien, Italien, Mexiko und Südafrika stimmen der Aussage zu, dass das System nicht mehr funktioniert. Weit davon entfernt sind die Deutschen mit 62 Prozent nicht, in den USA sagen dies nur 57 Prozent. In Russland sagen dies nur 48 Prozent, in China 23 und in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten gar nur 19 Prozent, was natürlich auch mit dem Verhältnis zu Autoritäten zu tun haben wird. Auch fast die Hälfte der Menschen mit einer Universitätsausbildung im oberen Einkommensviertel würden dem System nicht mehr trauen. Und Dreiviertel aller Befragten sagen, dass das System den Reichen und Mächtigen zugutekommt....

--> Keine Panik, - aber Die Atomkriegsuhr wurde heute auf zweieinhalb Minuten vor 12 gestellt. Diese "doomsday clock" soll der Weltöffentlichkeit verdeutlichen, wie groß das derzeitige Risiko einer globalen Katastrophe, insbesondere eines Atomkrieges, ist.
Nur im Jahr 1953 haben Wissenschaftler die Welt noch näher am Abgrund gesehen.

Mehr dazu hier im 2017 Doomsday Clock Statement des Science and Security Board of the Atomic Scientists

Ray Davies Teams Up With The Jayhawks On 'Poetry'

For more than 50 years, the recently knighted Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE, has been fascinated with American music and American culture. In the early 1960s, he and his brother Dave formed The Kinks to play Little Richard songs and original tunes steeped in rock 'n' roll. All these years later, Ray Davies is still making music and still fascinated with our culture, although the new song that we're premiering for you today, recorded with The Jayhawks, looks at a sadder, less soul-filled America.
"Poetry" is the first glimpse of his next album, Americana, his first record in nearly a decade. (Hear The First Single From His New Album, 'Americana'; NPR January 23, 2017)

Wise Man Says

"Es gibt so viele Arschloch-Typen wie es menschliche Funktionen, Tätigkeiten und Interessengebiete gibt. Und auf jedem Gebiet kann das Verhältnis von AQ zu IQ ein anderes sein. Kein noch so kopfdenkerisches Verhalten bei einem Thema bietet Gewähr dafür, dass nicht schon beim nächsten der Arschdenk mit voller Wucht einsetzt." Charles Lewinsky, Der A-Quotient

Wise Man Says II

"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." Frank Zappa


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