Tag Archives: 199X

rock history in 100 riffs

Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take – on a 1958 Fender Stratocaster – giving you a chronological history of rock n’ roll. And Ace have recently released a Fender – The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Inspirational Guitar Music That Defined The Sound Of Rock ‘n Roll)v/a cd. For the full detailed list of all the artists, keys, and year of each song played in the 100 riffs: http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/100riffs/#.T_GFBpGYnTo

neuer weller

Nice, no more, no less. And no links, by way of warning: don’t get hooked, let Mr Weller’s marketing machine seek its own way to the money, via remixes and limited editions and the insiduous game of supply & demand and other permutations on that oh so nineties rhyme of exploiting yer stronghold of fans. 1991-2011: I’ve had it. Shame on you Weller.

nick drake pink moon files

What a dull book, Nick Drake – the pink moon files(Omnibus 2011-03-01, ISBN 9781849386586)! It’s quite expensive, yet we don’t even get a single illustration – not even a picture of any of the 19 original “Pink moon” fanzines which Jason Creed published between 1994 and 2000 … and which are recompiled here without any layout effort whatsoever. Shame on you, Omnibus! And why is it publishers are so lazy they never put the contents pages of their publications online? More interesting re: Nick Drake:
A skin too few – the days of Nick Drake(Jeroen Berkvens, 2002): 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Nick Drake – a stranger among us(Tim Clements, BBC 1999): 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

clark e. smith

Michael Clark‘s company didn’t just work to Bruce Gilbert‘s music obviously! Bolan, Bowie & Branca have been danced to, as well as Laibach, Pop & Reed, or the compositions of Jeffrey Hinton and Igor Stravinsky – see also here & there … But the most striking collaboration has probably been that between Michael Clark and the Fall

hail the new puritan shivering man gilbert clark

Oh Mister Noisegate, bring me a dance … After Mego’s reissue of Bruce Gilbert’s solo debut This Way“, I’m hoping for a full reissue (no tracks missing, e.g. There are“) of The Shivering Man“, BC Gilbert‘s second solo album, on cd, deluxe and all … Both albums include work used by Michael Clark, as you can witness from the Hail the new puritan(Charles Atlas 1986) footage here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5. (More on Clark in the next post.) Note, too, that ‘debut’ does not mean ‘earliest recordings‘ … Update: it’s happened, on cd ànd 2lp.

ecm’s peacock art


Windfall light – the visual language of ECM(Lars Müller 2009-11, ISBN 9783037781579 in English, 9783037781975 auf Deutsch) features approx. 1300 illustrations from the archives of the Edition of Contemporary Music (ECM) record label (not just sleeve art). The book supersedes their Sleeves of desire(Lars Müller 1996-04, ISBN 9783906700854, also Princeton Architectural Press 1996-07, ISBN 9781568980645). The publisher’s site is not at all handy (one of the most impractical ever, actually), so do use the More / Order drop down menu to have a look inside the book. Fans may also appreciate a gentle reminder re: Horizons touched – the music of ECMby Steve Lake & Paul Griffiths (Granta 2007-04-02, ISBN 9781862078802). Discovered via http://historyofourworld.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/windfall-light-the-visual-language-of-ecm/ ! And re: the music do read the background info … or the next post

+ “Safe” by Annette Peacock (2000, off “An Acrobat’s Heart” on ECM)

sleeve pastiches covered


Covers recovered eh sleeves parodied eh … “Covered – classic sleeves and their imitators” (sic, not imitations) is a new book by Jan Bellekens to be published by Easy on the Eye (delayed from 2010-12 to Autumn 2011, ISBN 9780956143921). And re: the image above