Saturday, 23 October 2021

Amuri - Masa

The pop poem of the Finish baroque pop band AMURI from Amuri, Tampere. The band was founded by young and talented songwriters Mikko "Rock" Siltanen (EXPLOSIVES, TALMUD BEACH) and Kalevi Suopursu (GUGGENHEIM PROJECT). Later, keyboardist Anna Pesonen (SAMANNA) and drummer Sebastian Krühn (TAMPO, LAURA MOISIO) joined.

In the native language they tell the story of thier dreams. Like on today's tune "Masa" where Mikko goes to the tavern every day with his three friends to taste the number one beer. One day he examines the instruments of the dance orchestra KALEVA and ponders aloud: what would it be like to play in a band? The video is dedicated to the 51-year-old Salhojankatu Pub.

Today's tune "Masa" is taken from the self titled debut album, which was released by Helmi Levyt on August 28, 2020. The Video was directed by: Kalevi Suopursu & Sami Sänpäkkilä. Description and color definition: Sami Sänpäkkilä. Editing: Kalevi Suopursu.



More info @

Official Amuri Facebook

Listen to ”Amuri - Masa" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Friday, 22 October 2021

Kadabra - Settle Me

"Ultra" is the debut album by the American psychedelic rockers KADABRA.

The band hails from Spokane, Washington U.S., delivers the eerie psyche crawl of acts like DEAD MEADOW and the heavy fuzzed riff grime of BLACK SABBATH. In the fall of 2020, they tracked their debut album "Ultra" with Dawson Scholz, and it did see the light on September 17th via Heavy Psych Sounds.

In 2020, a year wracked with cultural dissent and a global pandemic, fellow musicians and long-time friends Garrett Zanol and Ian Nelson decided to create a band that would pull influence from a few of their favorite musical acts. After retaining the talents of their favorite local drummer Chase Howard, the group got to work on writing an album that illustrates their current climate.

KADABRA is: 
Garrett Zanol (Vocals/Guitar) 
Ian Nelson (Bass) 
Chase Howard (Drums)

Today's tune "Settle Me" is the second single taken from the KADABRA debut album "Ultra". KADABRA comments the tune: "Settle Me" is the last song we wrote for the album "Ultra". The song rides the steady swampy flow of psychedelia while racing into a heavy, fuzzed turbulence."



More info @

Official Kadabra Bandcamp

Listen to ”Kadabra - Settle Me" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Shinedown - Simple Man

Thursday, time for a cover.

"Simple Man" is the last track on side one of LYNYRD SKYNYRD's debut album, "(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)".

The song is one of LYNYRD SKYNYRD's most popular songs. Since the song became available for digital download, it has become LYNYRD SKYNYRD's third best-selling digital song after "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird." It has sold 1,333,000 copies in the U.S. as of November 2013.

"Simple Man" is written in the key of A minor/C major, though all guitars were tuned down a half step, effectively making it G# minor/B. The song begins with an acoustic arpeggiated chord sequence made up of the chords C major, G major and A minor (though with the tuned-down guitars, effective progression of B major, F# major and G# minor). This intro is accompanied by a bass line and cymbals before the drums and vocals come in for the verse. Lyrically the song is about a mother talking to her child about life, inspired by the passing of Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother.[2] The chorus of the song includes electric guitars imitating sections of the arpeggiated intro progression. The guitar solo is performed by Gary Rossington.

Today's version is made by SHINEDOWN, "Leave A Whisper" paved the way for Shinedown's successful second album, "Us And Them", and was re-released on June 15, 2004, to incorporate a cover version of LYNYRD SKYNYRD's "Simple Man".

Today's tune "Simple Man" by Shinedown from the album "Leave A Whisper", enjoy!



More info @

Official Shinedown Web

Listen to ”Shinedown - Simple Man" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Goat – Queen Of The Underground

"Headsoup" is a new compilation that deepens the legend of mysterious Swedish psych collective GOAT even further. Collecting rarities from across band's celebrated career, including standalone singles, B-sides, digital edits and two enormous brand new tracks, it's a globetrotting acid trip of a record that's even bigger in its scope than their acclaimed studio LPs.

From the incendiary heavy psych of their earliest work, like debut B-side 'The Sun And Moon', to the serene 'Requiem'-era alternate take 'Union Of Mind And Soul', to the simmering menace of their latest material, it's a record as multifaceted as Goat themselves, packed with detours in every conceivable direction. Taking in jazz-flute solos, pounding Afrobeat rhythms, ferocious desert blues, drifting Ethio-jazz, this is, as the name of GOAT's first album made clear, 'World Music' in its most complete form, a sound unrestrained by genre boundaries. Yet the band are anything but lazy appropriators. They approach their forebears with upmost reverence, articulating a celebratory cultural cross-pollination. And what about these two new tracks? 'Fill My Mouth' is a scuzzy psychedelic funk knockout, the sleaziest thing the band have ever recorded. 'Queen Of The Underground', meanwhile, is truly herculean, a swaggering psychedelic powerhouse of the very highest order. Sometimes dark and heavy, at others joyous and beautiful, like Goat themselves 'Headsoup' is mysterious, and constantly shapeshifting, difficult to properly pin down but constantly enthralling. Almost a decade since they first emerged from the depths of Scandinavia, there is still no other band on earth that sounds quite like them.

Today's tune "Queen Of The Underground" is taken from "Headsoup", enjoy!



More info @

Official Goat Bandcamp

Listen to ”Goat - Queen Of The Underground" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

The Drippers - Time for Some Action

Swedish action-rock trio THE DRIPPERS, hailing from Gothenburg have released their new single ”Time For Some Action”. THE DRIPPERS is influenced by the shitty Rock N Roll of classic bands like THE NEW BOMB TURKS, GLUECIFER, THE HELLACOPTERS, TURBONEGRO and THE STOOGES.

THE DRIPPERS brings you the dirty high octane garage punk ’n’ rock where the new single ”Time For Some Action” is the first taste of THE DRIPPERS’ upcoming sophomore album, which follows their acclaimed 2019 debut "Action Rock".

THE DRIPPERS did a lot of rehearsing, pre-producing and writing prior to entering Sunlight Studio to record thier second album. "Time For Some Action" was just an idea we had started jamming on a couple of times, but in the car going to the studio William said "we're gonna record it for the album". So when they rehearsed and arranged it in the studio with Tomas Skogsberg (aka the Overlord of distortion) and recorded it while still learning the song. It always gives an extra edge to do it that way, you just let your instinct take over. It had a good groove and a commanding title, so it felt appropriate to choose it as the first single. Last in, first out! Boogie!

Today's tune ”Time For Some Action” taken from the upcoming new album and the single is out now on all streaming platforms via The Sign Records. Music video by Max Ljungberg, maxljungberg.com, enjoy!



More info @

Official The Drippers Web

Listen to ”The Drippers - Time for Some Action" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Monday, 18 October 2021

Doctor Smoke - Dreamers And The Dead

Monday, a new week and it's time for us to present "Record Of The Week".

The Ohio rockers DOCTOR SMOKE is a new discovery for me, but after a spin of the new album "Dreamers And The Dead", I just screamed hell yeah, finally something really good in the stream of thousands of releases! This is high fueled classic heavy metal in the best possible way, a real slap in the face!

"Dreamers And The Dead" is the second album release by the band, seven years after their debut "The Witching Hour". DOCTOR SMOKE plays an eclectic mix of styles, where classic heavy metal is the base, mixed up with some Occultish hard rock, NWOBHM, dark heavy rock and melodic metal that the band mixes between during this ride over 10 marvelous tunes that clocks in at almost forty three minutes. The album was Mixed by Mike Ofca at Innovation Studios, Steubenville, Ohio. Mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden. Cover art by Adam Burke.

DOCTOR SMOKE is:
Matt Tluchowski - Vocals/Guitar
Steve Lehocky - Lead Guitar
Jeff Young - Bass
Cody Cooke - Drums

"Dreamers And The Dead" is a really nice ride where the four-piece Ohio rockers servers us some infectious songcraft. The vocalist and guitarist Matt Tluchowski has a great voice with a good range and vibe. The lead guitarist Steve Lehocky adds some excellent riffing and hooks. The bass licks are mixed well and are nice executed by Jeff Young that works well with the drummer Cody Cooke’s fills and well played drums.

The album opens up with "Reborn Into Darkness", and gives us a mix of 70's hard rock with a modern feeling. The following tune "These Horrid Things" is a lovely piece with some fuzzy guitars and some marvelous solos. Somehow Alice Cooper comes to mind, dunno why but the end result is really good. The tempo slows down a notch when "Waking Dreams" takes on. Feels at the start more to a standard filler until halfway true where the magic happens and the guitars are let loose free on the highway. Excellent playing by the lads. "Out Of Time" is back on track again with some more classic metal where the time zone could be somewhere in the eights. "Been Here Forever" is a really catchy and groovy piece, love it. "What Lies Beyond" follows up in a softer way, heavy bass, light guitar riffs, powerful vocals, and a really cool mid-part with some old-school progressive vibe. "Dreamers And The Dead", time for the title tune to make its entrance, high fueled metal, catchy and doomy. "Vexed" is a groovy rocker, where MASTODON echos in the atmosphere. "The Rope" follows the same path, feels modern but catchy, light progressive guitar playing with an Eddie Van Halen wailing. The album closes up with "This Hallowed Ground", a great rocker that summons up all the turns we have got served during this ride with DOCTOR SMOKE. The tune has some really nice guitar work, cool tempo changes, great vocals, and a marvelous rhythm section that ends this album really well. DOCTOR SMOKE really shows some great musical craftmanship and songwriting skills. There is not a bad thing about the album at all, the only downside is the band name, hey DOCTOR SMOKE, you guys could at least come up with something more clever. Anyway, this is an album that I highly recommend giving a listen to.

Sum: "Dreamers And The Dead" is a great Dark Heavy Metal album.

Today's tune "This Hallowed Ground", taken from "Dreamers And The Dead", released September 3, 2021, through Ripple Music.



More info @

Official Doctor Smoke Web

Listen to ”Doctor Smoke - This Hallowed Ground" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Sunday, 17 October 2021

The Pretenders - Private Life

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Private Life" is a 1980 song written by Chrissie Hynde, and released by both English band THE PRETENDERS, and Jamaican singer Grace Jones in 1980.

The tune is taken from the debut studio album by British-American band THE PRETENDERS, released on 27 December 1979 on Sire Records in the US and on 7 January 1980 under Real Records in the UK. A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles "Stop Your Sobbing", "Kid" and "Brass in Pocket".

Enjoy today's classic where THE PRETENDERS performs the "Private Life" at Rockpalast 17/07/1981. Here you see a bit pissed off Chrissie about the cameras in the audience.



More info @

Official The Pretenders Web

Listen to ”The Pretenders - Private Life" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Dirty Pagans - The Family

DIRTY PAGANS are a stoner doom metal band, formed in early 2016 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Conjuring up the face-melting sounds from the 1970s doom scene with vocals that reach the unholiest of altitudes, hypnotizing guitar riffs, heavy basslines and explosive drumbeats. They deliver a high energy performance with an electric groove so hot – Dirty Pagans are guaranteed to cause a nosebleed.

Today's tune "The Family" is the title track from the debut album, released January 17, 2021. Recorded at Against the Grain Studio. Enjoy!



More info @

Official Dirty Pagans Bandcamp

Listen to ”Dirty Pagans - The Family" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Friday, 15 October 2021

Tētēma - Wait Till Mornin

"Wait Till Mornin" is single taken from the album "Necroscape" from Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE) and the Australian electro-acoustic composer, Anthony Pateras, modernist electro-acoustic rock proposition Tētēma. Joined by violinist Erkki Veltheim and drummer WIll Guthrie in quartet formation.

Anthony Pateras describes the song as sounding “Peter Gunn on methampetamine with RD Burman as co-pilot, being pursued by Madlib through an early 80s London industrial estate. This was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album, and probably played a big part in convincing us doing another would be a good idea. It is the only song on the record with a drumless chorus; like a lot of our music, the drama is upside down."

"Necroscape" is the second album from the modernist electro-acoustic rock proposition, seeing the outfit continuing to employ the wayward orchestrations and arresting physicality of their 2014 debut "Geocidal" with a renewed melodic language which grounds its multi-colored twists and turns in hallucinatory lyricism.

Today's tune "Wait Till Mornin" is the second single from "Necroscape", released April 3, 2020, enjoy! Video directed by Sabina Maselli (http://sabinamaselli.com​)



More info @

Official Tētēma Bandcamp

Listen to ”Tētēma - Wait Till Mornin" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Deaf Rat - Like A Prayer

Thursday, time for a cover.

"Like a Prayer" is a song by American singer Madonna from her 1989 fourth studio album of the same name. Sire Records released it as the album's lead single on March 3, 1989. Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, the song heralded an artistic and personal approach to songwriting for Madonna, who believed that she needed to cater more to her adult audience. Thematically, "Like a Prayer" speaks about a passionate young girl in love with God, who becomes the only male figure in her life.

"Like a Prayer" is a pop rock song and incorporates gospel music. It features background vocals from a choir and also a rock guitar. The lyrics contain liturgical words, but they have been interpreted by some people to have dual meanings of sexual innuendo and religion. "Like a Prayer" was acclaimed by music critics and was a commercial success worldwide. In the United States, it was Madonna's seventh number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for three consecutive weeks and topped the record charts in many other countries, including Australia, Canada, Spain, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Rolling Stone listed "Like a Prayer" among "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Today's tune is by the Swedish Hardrockers DEAF RAT, and have created a great hard rock cover of MADONNA "Like A Prayer" where they serves us with some massive guitar riffs and strong melodies combined with a mega hit. The band did release the tune on the 24th of September 2021 and are getting prepared as supporting act of JUDAS PRIEST 2022!



More info @

Official Deaf Rat Web

Listen to ”Deaf Rat - Like A Prayer" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!



#Madonna #LikeAPrayer #DeafRat #Cover #SwedishRock #SwedishMetal

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point

Some 40 years into one of music’s most impactful partnerships, TEARS FOR FEARS have arrived together at "The Tipping Point" – the group’s ambitious, accomplished & surprising first new studio album in nearly 2 decades.

TEARS FOR FEARS are an English pop rock band formed in Bath, England, in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced GRADUATE, TEARS FOR FEARS were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s. Later, the band branched out into more mainstream pop and attained international chart success. TEARS FOR FEARS were part of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US.

"The Tipping Point" is an upcoming album by TEARS FOR FEARS, set to be released on 25 February 2022. It is the seventh studio album by the band.

Tracks on the album include "The Tipping Point", which was released with a music video in October 2021, see it below, as well as "My Demons", "Please Be Happy", and "Stay". "Stay" was previously released on the group's 2017 compilation "Rule The World: The Greatest Hits". Track lyrics were inspired by the death of Roland Orzabal’s wife in 2017.

Pre-order the new album "The Tipping Point" at: https://found.ee/TearsForFears_TheTippingPoint

Today's tune "The Tipping Point" is the title tune from the upcoming album, where the new single cycle that vividly recalls the depth & emotional force of the group’s earliest triumphs. The music video for the tune was directed by Matt Mahurin. Enjoy!



More info @

Official Tears For Fears Web

Listen to ”Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Redscale - It's A Death Cult, Baby

Berlin Based REDSCALE's third album "The Old Colossus" will be released October 15th. The album is an impressively tight and powerful contemporary stoner rock/metal milieu that everyone should own in their collection.

REDSCALE are melodically massive and as meticulously well-produced as it is played, “The Old Colossus” gives us a riveting account of fight or flight to a destination unknown, through a crumbling world to a place of new beginnings and shelter from the storm. An emotive maelstrom of whaling riffs and huge cordage chug along with massive hooks and a beastly rhythm section driving compelling vocals which communicate a gripping urgency and chorus that’s chant worthy to the max.

“The Old Colossus” was recorded by Jan Oberg at Hidden Planet Studio and Roland "Role" Wiegner at Die Tonmeisterei. Mixed and mastered by Roland "Role" Wiegner at Die Tonmeisterei. Artwork by Sepsyz Art.

REDSCALE is: 
Christian Reuter (Guitars), 
Henning Claussen (Vocals/Guitars), 
Martin Stabler (Drums), 
Grant Price (Bass).

Today's tune "It's A Death Cult, Baby" is the third singel taken from the new album "The Old Colossus" that will be released through Majestic Mountain Records on digital/CD/vinyl on October 15th. Enjoy!



More info @

Official Redscale Web

Listen to ”Redscale - It's A Death Cult, Baby" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Monday, 11 October 2021

Häxmästaren - Sol I Exil

Monday, new week, time for us to hail a album with "Record Of he Week".

HÄXMÄSTAREN, the Gothenburg’s stoner/doom/sludge behemoths serves us with a release of their explosive sophomore album "Sol I Exil"!

HÄXMÄSTAREN is from Gothenburg, Sweden formed in early 2017. Debut album "Haexprocess" was released in 2018, and the band self released the follow up, "Sol I Exil" in March 12, 2021 and then they signed a deal with the Swedish Majestic Mountain Records for a proper release, the Vinyl got shipped in the end of August, where the wax came in a wicked, transparent gren and yellow haze. Almost looks like an eye of a "HÄXMÄSTARE", lol.

"Sol I Exil" is a flaming sledgehammer of stoner doom and blackened sludge, walking the thin line between blackened sludge and traditional heavy metal. Already from the opening tune "Blood Moon" they serve us with banging hard with breakneck riffage, whiskey soaked vocals that at times gets terribly angry, spits and hisses, the end result is brilliant. "Millennium Phenomenon" is a fablous piece with rumbling bass line and thundering drums along with some ferocious guitar playing, and serves us with a hypnotic guitar riff and searing solos that makes me cringe. "Wavelurker" and "Growing Horns" shows the blackened side of the band, here the musical influence palette gotten some more choices, where the mix of selected ingredients are very wise. The metal is still thick as syrup and wonderfully crunchy on the blackened parts. Where in "Children Of The Mountain" they set fire on the blackened side, the guttural growls haunts out it's own extremities with a surging energy. Some sludgy doom roots in "Dödskult Ritual" and the title tune "Sol I Exil", where the lyrics are sung in their Swedish mother tongue. The later one closes the album with a swinging groove, with some doomy vocals that burst out to the hallowed howls of the damned, cleavery musican ship between the members serves us marvelous drumming, clear and distorted bass and a bautiful guitar handeling. "Sol I Exil" is a marvelous album, highly recomended.

Sum: "Sol I Exil" is a top notch doomy piece that you can't miss!

Today's tune "Sol I Exil", the title tune from the new album, enjoy!



More info @

Official Häxmästaren Web

Listen to ”Häxmästaren - Sol I Exil" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Jonathan Richman - I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar

Sunday, time for a classic!

"I Was Dancing In The Lesbian BarI Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar", is a tune taken from the fourth solo album "I, Jonathan" by the American singer, songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Richman, released by the Rounder Records label in 1992.

As the founder of influential protopunk band THE MODERN LOVERS, Richman had strived to convey authentic emotions and storytelling with his music. "I, Jonathan" continued this aesthetic with simple and sparse rock and roll arrangements, and straightforward lyrics about mundane topics.

Songs on the album addressed topics such as backyard parties ("Parties in the U.S.A"), memories of neighborhoods in which Richman had lived ("Rooming House on Venice Beach" and "Twilight in Boston") and his admiration of his primary musical inspiration, the VELVET UNDERGROUND ("Velvet Underground"). The latter song includes a brief interlude of the VELVET UNDERGROUND song, "Sister Ray".

The album helped increase Richman's cultural profile, which would include a 1993 appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien during which Richman performed one of the album's songs, "I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar".

Enjoy today's classic "I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar"





More info @

Official Jonathan Richman Bandcamp

Listen to ”Jonathan Richman - I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

v

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Songhoy Blues - Worry

Dust-dry desert blues, savvy stoner rock and African polyrhythms come together rousingly on the multilingual new SONGHOY BLUES album "Optimisme".

The quartet was formed in 2012 as an act of rebellion in Mali and has since been regarded as one of the most exciting African band projects. On the new album "Optimisme" songs, the band presents themself significantly rockier, harder and punchier than on the previous two albums "Music In Exile" (2015) and "Résistance" (2017). The band consist of Aliou Touré, Garba Touré, Oumar Touré, and Drissa Kone

Today's tune "Worry" is taken from "Optimisme", released 23rd October 2020.

“The harshness of life still weighs on our societies and sinks many young people into a dead end,” says the band in a unified statement. “’Worry’ is a positive energy that Songhoy Blues want to be a ray of hope for humanity. ‘Worry’ is about not stopping fighting because at the very end you will find the light.”



More info @

Official Songhoy Blues Web

Listen to ”Songhoy Blues - Worry" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Friday, 8 October 2021

Arab Strap - The Turning Of Our Bones

"The Turning Of Our Bones" is the comback tune with the Scottish duo ARAB STRAP, their first new song in 15 years.

ARAB STRAP are a Scottish indie rock band whose core members are Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton. The band were signed to independent record label Chemikal Underground, split in 2006 and reformed in 2016. The band signed to Rock Action Records in 2020.

The Scottish duo, Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton, are “back from the grave and ready to rave”. And tell us that the new song is about “Inspired by the Famadihana ritual of the Malagasy people of Madagascar, in which they dance with the corpses of loved ones; it’s all about resurrection and shagging.”

"It's about hopelessness and darkness,” says Aidan Moffat. “But in a fun way.” The ARAB STRAP frontman is speaking about the band’s 7th studio album and their first since 2005’s "The Last Romance". The band's exciting return saw the much lauded "The Turning Of Our Bones" single achieve Record of the Week on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show and hit the B-list at BB6Music. The new album will appeal to longtime fans and pick up new ones who weren't ready for ARAB STRAP first time round!

“‘The Turning Of Our Bones’ is an incantation, a voodoo spell to raise the dead,” Moffat said of the new song in a statement.

ARAB STRAP last performed as part of the Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavík in November 2017, with Moffat telling a fan after the show that the performance was likely to have been their last ever gig.

Enjoy today's tune "The Turning Of Our Bones" taken from the new album "As Days Get Dark", released 5 March 2021 via the label Rock Action.



More info @

Official Arab Strap Web

Listen to ”Arab Strap - The Turning Of Our Bones" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Talking Heads - Take Me To The River

Thursday, time for a classic.

"Take Me to the River" is a 1974 song written by singer Al Green and guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges.

Al Green originally recorded the song for his 1974 album, "Al Green Explores Your Mind", produced by Willie Mitchell and featuring musicians Charles, Leroy and Mabon Hodges (THE HODGES BROTHERS), drummer Howard Grimes, and the MEMPHIS HORNS. Green and Mabon Hodges wrote the song while staying in a rented house at Lake Hamilton, Arkansas, for three days in 1973 in order to come up with new material. According to Mitchell, Green wrote the words and Green and Hodges wrote the tune together. Green dedicated his performance on the record to "...Little Junior Parker, a cousin of mine, he's gone on but we'd like to kinda carry on in his name." According to one writer, "Green's song squares the singer's early religious convictions with more earthly interests", but when the singer became a pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in 1976, he dropped the song from his repertoire.

Writing in The Independent in 1994, Tim de Lisle wrote: "Musically, it was much like any other track sung by Green and produced by Willie Mitchell, the Southern-soul maestro who ran Hi Records, the Memphis Horns and the Memphis Strings: R'n'B with lashings of subtlety, a light, easy, late-night sound, in which the strings, the horns, the organ, the guitars and that wild-honey voice blend into a single swinging, winning thing. It doesn't sound like a band playing: it sounds like a lot of instruments humming".

Hit versions were recorded by both Syl Johnson and TALKING HEADS. In 2004, Al Green's original version was ranked number 117 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Today's version is made by TALKING HEADS.

The band recorded the song for their second album "More Songs About Buildings And Food" (1978). Their version, recorded with co-producer Brian Eno in Nassau, Bahamas, was edited and released as a single, and reached #26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, as well as hitting the singles charts in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thomas Ryan wrote of TALKING HEADS' version that it "broadsided the status quo by combining the best ingredients of conventional pop music and classic soul music, stirring them together, and then presenting the mix in the guise of punk rock."

In the liner notes for "Once In A Lifetime: The Best Of TALKING HEADS", singer David Byrne writes: "Coincidence or conspiracy? There were at least four cover versions of this song out at the same time: FOGHAT, Bryan Ferry, Levon Helm, and us. More money for Mr Green's full gospel tabernacle church, I suppose. A song that combines teenage lust with baptism. Not equates, you understand, but throws them in the same stew, at least. A potent blend. All praise the mighty spurtin' Jesus." Live versions were included on TALKING HEADS' albums "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads" and "Stop Making Sense". A live version was played at the end credits of the 1998 film "A Civil Action".

The track was remastered when Warner Music Group re-released and remastered the album in 2005, on its Warner Bros., Sire and Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format. The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with TALKING HEADS.

Enjoy today's tune.



More info @

Official Talking Heads Web

Listen to ”Talking Heads - Take Me To The River" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Mogwai - Ritchie Sacramento

"As The Love Continues" is the tenth studio album by Scottish post-rock band MOGWAI, released on 19 February 2021 on Rock Action Records in the UK and Europe, and on Temporary Residence Limited in the US.

The album contains eleven tracks, which consists of mostly instrumental music. Only one track, "Ritchie Sacramento" (see and hear it below) contains clean vocals, sung by Braithwaite and referencing lost friends including David Berman of SILVER JEWS and Scott Hutchison of FRIGHTENED RABBIT. In a statement, Braithwaite said of the song: “‘Ritchie Sacramento”s title came from a misunderstanding a friend of ours had about how to say Ryuchi Sakamoto. The lyrics were inspired by a story Bob Nastanovich shared about his friend and bandmate David Berman who proclaimed ‘Rise Crystal Spear’ as he threw a shovel at a sports car. The song is dedicated to all the musician friends we’ve lost over the years.”

MOGWAI, formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The band consists of Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Barry Burns (guitar, piano, synthesizer, vocals), Dominic Aitchison (bass guitar), and Martin Bulloch (drums).

Today's tune "Ritchie Sacramento" arrives with a music video directed by Sam Wiehl, which he made with the Unreal Games Engine. Enjoy!



More info @

Official Mogwai Web

Listen to ”Mogwai - Ritchie Sacramento" on Spotify!



Follow tuneoftheday.blogspot.com on Spotify!