Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Marillion - Kayleigh


Marillion, the British rock band are out on tour and visited Sweden for a gig at Debaser here in Stockholm on Sunday. Have actually been able to see them play live that few times and this was a very high class performance, a band made ​​up of amazing musicians who even get a really good balance live.

The sound was excellent, the light was cruel and joy of playing was at its peak with lots of humor, a great evening in other words, the fans were totally blessed. Lots of nice tunes got played, see set list below.


Marillion formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. Their recorded studio output since 1982 is composed of sixteen albums generally regarded in two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original frontman Fish in late 1988, and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth in early 1989. All four albums released with Fish were commercial successes, and the band released a string of top ten singles including their best-known worldwide hit, 1985's "Kayleigh".

While major hit singles proved elusive under Hogarth's new leadership, his first album with the band, Seasons End, was a hit, and albums continued to chart high until the dissipation of their mainstream popularity in the late 1990s. The band made a comeback from the mid- to late-2000s, achieving their first top ten singles with Hogarth, including the international 2004 hit, "You're Gone", and enjoying increased album sales.

Todays tune "Kayleigh" was the group's most successful single in terms of chart position. The single was kept from the UK Number 1 spot by charity single "You'll Never Walk Alone" by supergroup The Crowd in the summer of 1985.

Kayleigh the official video, with Fish on vocal.



A never version of the song, recorded over 3 nights at the Marillion Weekend 2009. And here you get three songs in a row. "Kayleigh - Lavender - Heart of Lothian"



Fish has said that his writing the song was 'his way of apologizing to some of the women he had dated in the past.'Although the lead singer and lyricist of the band, Fish, had at one point dated a woman whose forenames were Kay Lee, the song was more a composite of several different women with whom he had had relationships.

The guitar hook line through the verse came about, according to Steve Rothery, from him demonstrating to his then girlfriend what effects a chorus and a delay pedal could add to a guitar's sound. Rothery recorded the song on a chorused Stratocaster guitar, using the pick and his second and third fingers to play it. The album version features an extended guitar solo by Rothery, 27 seconds of which is edited for the single version.

Here are some pictures from the evening!






Setlist from the gig at Deabser!

Splintering Heart
Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
Slàinte Mhath
Fantastic Place
You're Gone
King
Estonia
Power
Afraid of Sunlight
The Great Escape
Neverland

Encore:

Ocean Cloud
Easter
Kayleigh
Three Minute Boy

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Metsatöll - Vaid Vaprust

Today we take the ferry to Estonia and check out what this country can offer.

Metsatöll is an Estonian folk metal band. The name "Metsatöll" is an ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf, which is reflected in the harshness of their lyrics. Much of their material, featuring flutes and other traditional instruments, is based on the wars for independence of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Like the album "Äio" were we pick todays tune from, features heavy use of traditional instruments such as the lokulaud, torupill (Estonian bagpipes), kannel & angipill, in addition to the typical metal band instrumentation (electric guitars, bass, drums, etc.) Kinda intressting mix of instruments.

Metsatöll's titling and lyrics make heavy use of archaic Estonian language and imagery, which often do not have clear English translations. For example, the word Hiiekoda refers to a type of (usually wooden) sacral building constructed near or in a forest considered holy in the pre-Christianisation customs of Estonians. While the word Sutekskäija does mean Werewolf, the Estonian werewolf legends are considerably different from those known in Anglophone countries, and this particular word has an emphasis on the human aspect of the person involved, so a better (although not as catchy) translation might be One who regularly engages in werewolf business.



Members:

Markus "Rabapagan" Teeäär – Vocals & Guitar
Lauri "Varulven" Õunapuu – Vocals, Guitar, Flutes, Torupill & Other Traditional Instruments
KuriRaivo – Bass & Vocals
Atso – Drums & Vocals


Todays tune "Vaid Vaprust (Only Bravery)", taken from the album "Äio". It was issued in 2010 on Spinefarm Records all over the world. Sequences from the animation, Suur Tõll (Tallinfilm 1980, based on an Estonian heroic folk tale).





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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man


Today's classic is a true classic in big letters. The band in question is no less than Lynyrd Skynyrd, the rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1964 as the "Noble Five" in Jacksonville, Florida, the band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its driving live performances and signature tunes "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Free Bird." At the peak of their success, three members died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the band's most popular incarnation.

Surviving members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother Johnny as frontman. A version of the band continues to tour and record, with only Gary Rossington of its original members remaining as of 2012. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.



Todays tune "Simple Man" is taken from the debut album "(Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)" released in 1973. Featured songs include "I Ain't the One", "Gimme Three Steps", "Simple Man", "Tuesday's Gone" and "Free Bird", the rock anthem that first brought the band national attention.


Shortly after Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother died, the band got together in Van Zant's apartment and shared stories about their mothers. Rossington came up with a chord progression, and Van Zant wrote the lyrics based on advice the women had given them over the years. They wrote it in approximately an hour. Though the lyrics state, "Sit beside me, my only son," Ronnie was not the only son. He had two younger brothers along with one older sister and one younger sister. However, the song says "when I was young" so his younger brothers may not have been born yet, making him the only son at the time.

The clip is from 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute tour.



If you got some time over, check this one out...complete concert from Winterland 1975 (High quality).



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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lady Antebellum - I Run To You


Yesterday visited the band Lady Antebellum Sweden for the first time for a gig at Circus here in Stockholm. It was a really busy day, first working the grown up job and then get to the circus to work. Still it was an interesting day, basically all that went on The tour visited Stockholm for the first time so a lot of questions came, and with an effervescent expression, little fun actually, had a very fruitful conversation with Dave about Nashville and music in general, a very nice bloke indeed. Modern Country in general is not really my thing, I prefer in such case the classical style. So this was a first meeting with the band and their music.

Lady Antebellum is an American country pop music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin).



The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone", before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing "Love Don't Live Here". The song peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, and served as the first single to the group's self-titled debut album, the album also includes the singles "Lookin' for a Good Time" and "I Run to You", the latter of which became the group's first Number One in July 2009. Their third album Own the Night was released in September 2011.

Lady Antebellum was awarded Top New Duo or Group by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2008. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 51st Grammy Awards; and two more at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for "I Run to You". More recently on April 18, 2010, the group was awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year ("Need You Now"), and Single of the Year ("Need You Now") at the 44th ACM Awards. The group won five awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now". Lady Antebellum was also awarded the "Best Country Album" award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Todays tune "I Run to You" is the third and final single released from the group's self-titled debut album. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood, who comprise Lady Antebellum, co-wrote the song with Tom Douglas. "I Run to You" is the group's first Number One single, reaching that peak in July 2009.



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Friday, July 27, 2012

Fatoumata Diawara - Bissa


Sometimes it's actually really nice to take out the curves a bit, leave the comfort zone a bit, feeling a bit snowed in on rock music right now ... but to find music that still has some references to that you have closest to your heart's very positive. You have probably noticed by now that I have broad musical taste. and you do not really know what's coming next day, a bit like a Kinderegg. Today we are flying over to Mali, a country that is just is bursting with music.




Fatoumata Diawara (born 1982) is a Malian musician currently living in France. Born in the Ivory Coast. She plays guitar and composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. Noted for her distinct "sensuous voice," she has performed and recorded with Oumou Sangaré, AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.

She will visit Sweden on 5 th August for a gig at the Stockholm Music & Arts



Todays tune "Bissa", taken from the debut album "Fatou", was released in September 2011. The album was recorded following a successful acting career and tours as a backing singer with Diawara's mentor Oumou Sangaré, who brought her to the attention of World Circuit Records and to whom the song, "Makoun Oumou" is dedicated. Sung in the Malian language Wassoulou and backing herself on guitar, Diawara explores themes of war, abandonment of children and female circumcision (Boloko) supported by contributions from West African virtuosi Tony Allen (drums) and Toumani Diabaté (kora) as well as Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.



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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Toots and the Maytals - Pressure Drop


Yesterday I had it really nice. Dinner with Thetania on a classic Indian restaurant here in Stockholm, place is a bit shabby but the food is heavenly. A place that I now and then visit during lunch and usually goes away full and satisfied. Just like yesterday, though this was probably just a bit better. After dinner we met a couple of friends who had decided to dance at a place called Trädgården. A place that is below Skanstulls bridge, yes under the bridge. A really cool place and this evening did the club "Club Killers" hold the strings, which means back beat, reggae, ska and live music. Nice, so I thought trying to bring back some life of that feeling and run a classic from that era.

Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and reggae vocal groups. According to Sandra Brennan at Allmusic, "The Maytals were key figures in reggae music. Formed in the early 1960s when ska was hot, the Maytals had a reputation for having strong, well-blended voices and a seldom-rivaled passion for their music. Frontman Hibbert's soulful style led him to be compared to Otis Redding".




Todays tune "Pressure Drop" is a song recorded in 1969 by The Maytals for producer Leslie Kong. The song appears on their 1970 album Monkey Man (released in Jamaica by Beverley's Records) and From the Roots (released in the UK by Trojan Records). "Pressure Drop" helped launch the band's career outside Jamaica when the song was featured in the soundtrack to the 1973 film The Harder They Come, which introduced reggae to much of the world.

The song has appeared on the soundtracks to the films 50 First Dates and This Is England and features on the K-Jah West radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man

The British indie folk quartet Mumford & Sons takes over the rudder today and brings some lovely folk tunes here at Tune Of The Day. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), Country Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar). Mumford & Sons formed in December 2007, emerging out of what some in the media labelled the "West London folk scene" with other artists such as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Noah and the Whale.



Todays tune "Little Lion Man" is taken from their debut studio album "Sigh No More",released on 2 October 2009. The band received two Grammy Award nominations, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rock Song ("Little Lion Man").



The album's title is taken from a line in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and several other lines from the play appear in the title track's lyrics.

Frontman Marcus Mumford has said about the song:

"It’s a very personal story, so I won’t elaborate upon too much. Suffice to say, it was a situation in my life I wasn’t very happy with or proud of… and sometimes when you can’t describe a feeling with your own words, it’s almost easier to express in a song. And then, when you get asked about the songs, it’s quite difficult to explain. It’s a conundrum — you don’t want to seem self-indulgent explaining yourself; it’s always awkward. Which is weird again, because it’s never awkward actually singing them. I suppose the song should stand on its own and people draw their own interpretation from the words. But for me, personally, it’s the lyrics that I listen to again and again in a song. I place specific importance on them. I can’t write lyrics unless I really feel them and mean them, which can sometimes be quite frustrating — because if you’re not feeling much at the time, you’re stuck. I guess the sound of it grabs you a little bit by the balls — it’s quite an aggressive song, a bit more of a punch in the face. Or at least, for our stuff, anyway — a lot of our stuff isn’t quite as hard-hitting as that. It felt like the right song to be the single because it represented the harder, darker side of what we do, and at the same time, the more folksy and punchy side.”

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Baroness - Take My Bones Away


This weeks album will be another new record with a band that I really look up to, both music creation and the artistic thought of the band, the singer in the band possesses an amazing artist quality's a nice plus, his work is quite stunning. Today as we dig a little light us into the Savannah, Georgia’s own sludge metal titans Baroness's latest work Yellow & Green.




Apparently it was no longer sufficient to have one color to cover the volume of ideas for the band's third album release in 2012, as follow-up to up to 2007's Red Album and the 2009's Blue Record has become a 18-track double-record named Yellow & Green. The double album was released on July 17, 2012 through Relapse Records

The record is divided in two slices, ie two colors. The first (Yellow) is little bit of a Baroness as we know, a with the chugging, dirtier sound, but contains a lot of new creativity of softer tunes with many beautiful melodies. The second record (Green), is more reserved, quieter, more fine tuned. Vocal part is softer, the harmonies are down to earth. You could sum this up and say that they swimming in classic roots/americana, early 90s indie/alternative, pop/punk, emo/post-hardcore, radio pop, folk, hard rock and so forth. It takes a while for me to acquainting myself with the accustomed sound and above all the softer song, but Yellow & Green is a record to bury itself in.

With this record, chances are that Baroness fanbase will be two shared. It will possibly opening the band to a whole new audience, which feels a bit more easily accessible and probably lose the old as it has become too commercialized and poppy. But I like this and I love bands that truly developed and step out of their comfort zone. I feel that I will spend much time with this record.




Todays tune "Take My Bones Away" is picked from "Yellow" record of the latest release "Yellow & Green"



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Monday, July 23, 2012

Paul Simon - Graceland


Album "Graceland" is considered one of the highlights of Paul Simon's (age 70) career. In the middle of South Africa Boycott, he went to Johannesburg to record it, but despite all this was the record became a critically acclaimed success. Yesterday he visited the Globe and played the album in almost its entirety.

The concert is a journey through Paul Simon's rich career, which in turn drawn influences from many countries and genres. He had also the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo beside him, who attended at the Graceland section, and also performed the few songs with Paul Simon and the other musicians. South African trumpet player Hugh Masekela makes a guest appears on the tour, he plays on among other things the excellent "Mandela (bring him back home)". He is still a genius as a songwriter. He is worth seeing on stage.

Here are a few pictures that i took last night.




Todays tune "Graceland" is the title song of the album Graceland, released in 1986 by Paul Simon. The song features vocals by The Everly Brothers.

The lyrics deal with the singer's thoughts during a road trip to Graceland after the failure of his marriage to actress and author Carrie Fisher.

It was the lowest-charting song on any of the world music charts that has won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year until the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss US non-charting song "Please Read the Letter" won the same award in 2009. "Graceland" has been covered by artists such as Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Willie Nelson, El Vez, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and The Tallest Man on Earth.

 Graceland 1992



Paul Simon's singing Graceland in The Central Park (91)



Paul Simon: The Story of Graceland



Bouns Graceland, with Wille Nelson



Setlist from Stockholm:

Kodachrome/Gone at Last
Dazzling Blue
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Vietnam/Mother and Child Reunion
Zydeco
Hearts and Bones / Mystery Train / Wheels
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Slip Slidin' Away
The Obvious Child
Hello My Baby (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Nomathemba (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
I Know What I Know
The Boy in the Bubble
Crazy Love, Vol. II
Mandela (Bring Him Back Home)-(with Hugh Masekela)
African Sunset (with Thandiswa Mazwai)
Stimela (with Hugh Masekela)
Gumboots
Under African Skies (with Thandiswa Mazwai)
Graceland
You Can Call Me Al

Encore:

The Sound of Silence
The Boxer
Late in the Evening
Encore 2:

Still Crazy After All These Years

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Judas Priest - Steeler


Sunday and time for a classic, today we say hi to the British leather guys Judas Priest.

Todays tune "Steeler" is taken from the sixth album British Steel, released on 14 April 1980. It saw the band reprise the commercial sound they had established on Killing Machine however; this time, they abandoned many of the dark lyrical themes which had been prominent on their previous releases. British Steel was recorded at Tittenhurst Park, home of former Beatle Ringo Starr, after a false start at Startling Studios, a recording studio located on Tittenhurst's grounds. Digital sampling was not yet widely available at the time of recording, so the band used analog recording of smashing milk bottles to be included in "Breaking the Law", as well as various sounds in "Metal Gods" produced by billiard cues and trays of cutlery. Songs "Breaking the Law", "United", and "Living After Midnight" were released as singles, while the track "Metal Gods" earned the band members their moniker.


British Steel is also Judas Priest's first album to feature songwriting for all songs by only current members of the band at the time: Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings of Destiny featured songwriting by Al Atkins; Sin After Sin inclues a cover of Joan Baez's Diamonds & Rust; Stained Class has a cover of Spooky Tooth's Better By You, Better Than Me; Killing Machine features a cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Green Manalishi.

Judas Priest performing Steeler Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood , Florida 8/17/09 this is taken from the 30th anniversary British Steel Dvd.



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