Archive for April, 2011

Spotify Sunday

Shuffle…

Shuffle…

Like many music fans, I could spend months pondering a playlist and coming up with dozens of variations. Since I assume I was invited to participate in Spotify Sunday as co-founder of Africa Express, I wondered whether to do an all-African list, but in the end decided to do a [...]

by × April 17, 2011 × 0 comments

Spotify Sunday

The Stones in the Sixties

The Stones in the Sixties

The Rolling Stones have a credibility problem. It’s nothing to do with their longevity or their wealth. It’s to do with their lead singer. Granted, he is a great frontman witha distinctive voice — but his strutting persona and his dancing-by-numbers gives the impression of a politician going through the gears in [...]

by × April 10, 2011 × 0 comments

Music

The Radiophonic Rediscovery of Daphne Oram

The Radiophonic Rediscovery of Daphne Oram

Electronic music can seem a strange and distant world, populated by equally strange and distant individuals, including the man-machine (Kraftwerk), the teenage prodigy (Aphex Twin), the defiant non-musician(Brian Eno), the nutty professor (Iannis Xenakis) and all manner of sociallyawkward nerds and fruit loops. Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was one such eccentric, [...]

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Music

They Got The Blues

They Got The Blues

Whenever I tell friends and family here in the United States that a large percentage of the customers for my blues record label  are fromEurope, they always seem surprised. They shouldn’t be. Europe’s love affair with the blues stretches back more than a half century, and nowhere has it been [...]

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Music

50 Years of The Rolling Stones

50 Years of The Rolling Stones

When I first heard the Rolling Stones, I hated them. The album was Let It Bleed. It belonged to my sister’sboyfriend. He had paid one pound-nineteen-and-eleven for it at a record shop in Kirkcaldy. It came with a poster, and the sleeve was interesting.  I’d no idea who Delia Smith [...]

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Auntie’s April Fools

Auntie’s April Fools

Some children are raised Jewish or Catholic, Muslim or Hindu. Others, though they are seldom identified as such, are raised Labour or Conservative, Democrat or Republican. I was raised BBC. Thefirst television set I remember my family having – a obelisk-esque object, with an enormous casing and a miniscule screen, [...]

by × April 1, 2011 × 0 comments