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It is said that musical genius’ often get their recognition
some 50 to 100 years after their death… This won’t do for Bob Marley. I think
he got recognition during lifetime. And
then there is James Brown, godfather of Funk. He’s already appreciated and
loved by many but i think in time he will be even more appreciated in coming years. And then
there is the King Of Africa, Fela Anikulupo Ransome Kuti…. The man who married
23 woman in one day. His music is appreciated by a small group of collectors. I
am convinced that 50 years from now his music will be recognised as the best music
that ever came from Africa !
MusicPosted by schoth Thu, November 16, 2017 00:31:25 In the late sixties my niece Jet introduced to some of the strangest music i never heard before. The music of Melanie, Pink Floyd and Neil Young. Melanie was an instant sing-along, Pink Floyd needed some more time but became a life-time favorite too. Neil Young was another story. I was too young to be interested in the lyrics but i found the music awesome. ...just didn't know about his voice... It took some time to appreciate it. Now, more than four decades later, i have the same experience. The music and the words of her songs hit me instantly but it took some time to get familiar with her voice. Now not a day will pass without listening to one of her beautiful songs...! oh, were we lost together
you know we were sad
that silence in everything
from the beginning you're here
I would like to get some rest
so the kids no longer have to see us fighting
the world is a funny thing
well I thought that this was
for making love and making
my beautiful babies
I never thought that I'd look back and see
what I didn't have to give and just
what they did not get
those beautiful babies
oh were we lost together you know we were
side by side losing everything
we were just a pair of kids
oh, the stupid things we did
in the madness they were calling the revolution
and what a funny thing it is
whatI I thought that this was for making love and making more beautiful babies
I never thought that I'd look back and find how we left them at the door with their eyes so full of war wars are our family
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, October 08, 2017 23:20:16 When the leaves come falling down... That means my favorite season has begun; autumn. So many different colours, the wind shakes the leaves of the tree, the rain washes you clean, and the evenings become longer and longer again!
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, September 16, 2017 23:31:08 Actually, the title should read: "The Art of Directed Improvisation". It's band leader John Zorn who decides and directs this band like a modern day Frank Zappa... But he does a miraculous job! Listen to the guitar of Mark Ribot. He looks like an average teacher German Language but plays the guitar like Jimi Hendrix would have played if he was still alive. The pounding drums of Joey Baron adds to the intensity if the music. Strange but beautiful percussion sounds by Cyro Baptista. Never heard such inter-active and intens band playing since the high days of the Grateful Dead.
MusicPosted by schoth Mon, April 17, 2017 00:24:37 Please use the first 5 minutes of this song as an intro to prepare a good glass of whisky or a big glass of cold beer. Maybe even make yourself a big, long spliff... Then sit back, relax, pump up the volume and let the music take control. It's so strong it will take you from Darkness to Light !
MusicPosted by schoth Wed, March 01, 2017 23:08:40 (under construction)
Enschede, 25 feb. 2017. Shawn has left his Shapeshifters band in the US of A and has begun an extended European Tour. This concert was recorded in the NiXenMeer Blues Club. Despite severe throat problems which made him cancel the previous two shows this was a great concert. Here's a link to a review. The full 90+ min. concert (unedited) is now online. You can watch it by clicking the picture below. With a big thanks to Shawn & Michelle for another great night and Mercedes for the video-recording!
MusicPosted by schoth Mon, December 26, 2016 01:46:42 Today, on christmas day, the sad news of the passing of George Michael came through. I've never had that much with xmas, nor with xmas songs. But "Last Christmas" of Wham was an exception. I could listen to this record all year long. And there are so much other songs of George Michael... Here's a cover of a beautiful song by Rufus Wainwright. Only 53 years old, Rest in Peace mr. Georgius Kyriacos Panayiotou.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, December 24, 2016 01:48:09 Ok, let's start the song and see where it ends... It doesnt matter if you focus on the guitar, organ, bass or drums. They mix all together wonderful in this jam of Jerry Garcia's "Don't let go"
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, December 18, 2016 22:53:38 If you feel the music it doesn't matter what color you are... here's a cover of the powerful song 'Upside Down' (Fela Kuti) performed by Newen Afrobeat :
MusicPosted by schoth Mon, December 12, 2016 22:36:17 The first science fiction film ever made! Year of production: 1902. So it is a silent movie. I've taken the liberty to add the music of the german rock group CAN with the song "Future Days".
. A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) was directed by George Méliès and inspired by Jules Verne. It could very well be that Roger Dean was inspired by this movie... Wikipedia article >>>>
MusicPosted by schoth Thu, November 24, 2016 00:39:43 "Music makes my song" is a song from a solo album of one of hollands most influential Prog-Rock musicians: Robert Jan Stips. He made fame in the late sixties with the group Supersister, later joined Golden Earring, and is still active with the group "Nits". Excuses for the low-fi quality i made from my LP...
It’s a sad day for music lovers. Leonard Cohen has passed away. This
is the man that made me realize rock music isn’t about music alone. The words
also matter. Here’s a list of the three songs i love the most.
#3 First we take Manhattan
#2 So Long Marianne #1 Partisan Herman van Veen remembers Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen is vannacht overleden, vertelde Edith mij bij het ontbijt. Staarde een tijdje naar iets op de muur, beelden stroomden door mijn hoofd. Een vriendelijk ernstige man met grapjes in zijn ogen. Zigeuners, een borsalino, vrouwen, zakenmensen, rook van sigaretten, half gevulde glazen, kleedkamers, woorden, zinnen, gedichten. Dacht aan Georges Moustaki, zijn Franse broeder in het dichten. Bob Dylan, die de zwarte stad om Cohens verlichte etage bezong. Voelde zijn kleine hand in de mijne. Zag me zo dikwijls staan zingen van dat meisje dat je meeneemt naar de rand van het water waar je naar keek als herinnering voor later. Een lieve, wijze man is heengegaan. Moet verder met dat droevig weten.
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, October 02, 2016 23:49:44 When the leaves come falling down... That means my favorite season has begun; autumn. So many different colours, the wind shakes the leaves of the tree, the rain washes you clean, and the evenings become longer and longer again!
MusicPosted by schoth Tue, September 13, 2016 22:13:33 "A friend of the devil is a friend of me" There's no Deadhead who can't sing along with this song. I always think of it as Bobby's Weir ultimate cowboy song. But here he takes a step back and let's Grace Potter do her version of the song. It's a slowed down version, with a nice carpet..., great vocals, a driving double drum, and great grand piano, guitar and steel-guitar! And look at all those happy Deadheads sing along at 1.47 min. !
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 28, 2016 23:20:00 Sometimes i buy an album or single of an artist i've never heard of before. It's the album cover art that want's me to check out the artist. And sometimes its the other way around; the music get's to me and the cover art of the album/single is a bonus. My first album of the Quicksilver Messenger Sevice was "Happy Trails". It was dynamite: both the music and the cover of the album. Here's an album i bought this week on the local eBay (Marktplaats). I already have this album but this copy will be framed and get a nice place on the wall in our living room...
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 28, 2016 22:45:46 Gil Scott Heron, the founding father of rap, has a song about his drug addiction aptly titled "Home is where the hatred is". His music is a mix of poetry, jazz, soul and rock and i recommend to check out all the albums he has made.
James Chance, the founding father of the Punk, No Wave, New Wave music scene in New York. Also know as James White and the Blacks. He once did a perfect remake of James Brown's "King Heroin". Here's a cover he did of the classic Gil Scott Heron song.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, August 13, 2016 23:36:51 Robert Wyatt, est l'homme de plusieurs vies, batteur flamboyant de Soft Machine, il est tiraillé entre son amour du jazz et la violence du rock. Après une phase de dépression chronique et alcoolisme, un accident le cloue sur une chaise roulante et le contraint à se réinventer.
MusicPosted by schoth Thu, August 11, 2016 22:55:55 "It's too late" from Carole king's landmark album "Tapestry" has always been a favorite song of me. But when I played my brothers record "Isley Brothers Live" i was really impressed with the mix of funk, soul, great guitar and vocals. So here it is, a superlong version with tributes to Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix included. Play it loud !!!
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 07, 2016 00:11:42 ... voor ik vergeet dat hier een kerk heeft gestaan, en dat Bart achter het orgel ging zitten. voor ik vergeet dat Bert en ik de trappen van de oude gracht afdaalden, op zoek naar verlichting, voor ik vergeet met wie we naar de Breizh gingen, koninginnedag, Pleun op de paal met een Kandhar spliff in zijn hand, voor ik vergeet wie toen mijn vrienden zijn geweest en ik niets meer weet van straten en examens en vacanties en ruzie op een feest in de Kashbar…
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, August 06, 2016 23:48:58 Today it happened again... Driving around in the car and suddenly there is a beautiful song on the radio that you have never heard before. The rhythm gets to me, a haunting vocal and strange breaks, and I would really like to know the artists name but it's not sure if the DJ will mention it. So i took my phone and recorded the last half minute. At home i listened back and did a Google search for 'Truck dealer' and 'Wise blood'. Damn, no hits...! A further search brought me to the right video-clip. Nothing special really, in fact a little simple... Low budget, not perfectly syncd, no sharp and speedy cuts, but oh so beautiful. The music reminds me of the Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, but with a very up-to-date feel.
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, June 05, 2016 00:49:20 I was there with my buddy Bob Mayes. After years of collecting and trading live cassette tapes (TDK's , Chrome Maxell, Ferro Philips) this was my first ever live Dead concert... The floor of the famous RockPalast was shaking and Phil's bass was like thunder... We followed the band with many american Deadheads further up on the road to Berlin and London and had the time of our life ! Some obscure photo's and a signed book of Mickey Hart were all i had from this tour but thanks to YouTube all concerts are now on-line!
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, May 22, 2016 21:44:19 This is the second year Mr. Ryan McGarvey plays the annual Ribs & Blues Festival. He gave a beautiful concert at the main stage of the Raalter Festival. As always i had a hard time getting reasonable audio quality. The tent is very big, completely packed with happy people, talking, dancing and shouting. Hope you'll like it anyway... Please click on the image for the complete concert, filmed with a Kodak Playsport and audio-taped with a Zoom Audio recorder.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, May 07, 2016 21:55:40 Being a fan of the music of Nicolas jaar I searched the You Tube channel for some simular music and found a beautiful song of NU, titled "Man O To". Nine minutes of pure bliss.
I like the song so much that i decided to present you the 4 hour version !
Info from the YouTube reactions:
"this lyric is from an old persian poem by Rumi. Rumi was a well known poet in the twelve hundreds know for his romantic poems. Wanting to know more we found the following translation of the poem".
"Sitting here, you and I, the courtyard breeze is cool. Two images, two forms, one thought, you and I. The orchard-shades, the songs of birds give up the world’s secrets When we find ourselves here in this garden The stars of distant galaxies come to gaze on us You and I, together, we show them the moon You and I, without ‘you’ and ‘I’, we are absolute joy Happy, free from empty words, such are you and I All those birds of paradise, full of childish envy While in that same place, you and I, we cannot help but laugh What’s truly strange is you and I, here together, now At once here in the west and at once here in the east such we always were You and I"
MusicPosted by schoth Fri, March 25, 2016 22:55:08 Yesterday one of the best soccer players of the world died of lung cancer. Johan Cruijff was not only one of the best soccer players ever, he was also one of the best team-players... And the two combined made him legendary.
Here's a beautiful tribute by Viggo Waas, recorded from Dutch Radio, 16/4/2016 >>>>
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, March 12, 2016 23:10:53 John Martyn, aaah, he has written so many beautiful songs and has such a style of his own that you wouldn't want to do a cover of one of his songs. But Richie Havens is a master in making other people's songs his own and he does a beautiful job with this version of "I don't wanna know about evil"
MusicPosted by schoth Wed, January 13, 2016 01:34:08 It's a sad day, mid januari 2016, and the Thin White Duke passed away at 69 years old. My favourite Bowie song is "Helden", the german version. Here's a nice cover version of that song in a King Crimson way starring Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, January 02, 2016 22:54:37 Kevin Ayers was a founding member of the "Soft Machine" but left the band too soon to go solo. This song is a favorite of mine. He also did it in a french version called "Puis Je ?" The french lyrics are beneath the videoclip. Could very well be that Mike Oldfield is playing the bass in this clip.
perdu dans la rue
Fatigue et mal au cul
J'ai vu un petit cafe
Avec une fille dedans
Et je lui disais
'Puis-je m'asseoir aupres de toi
Pour te regarder?
J'aimerais la compagnie de ton soleil
Je ne veux pas plus que ca
Non, ca n'est pas une grande histoire
Encore un beau sourire
Et apres ca je peux partir
'Puis-je m'asseoir aupres de toi
Pour te regarder?
J'aimerais bien la compagnie de ton soleil
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, December 27, 2015 00:28:34 Karlheinz Stockhausen became very known for his 'minimal music' suits. For me it was a bit too abstract. But he influenced a lot of musicians and i like to present three long pieces of minimal, repititive, hypnotic music to you:
# 3 Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi A perfect match of images and music. The first in a series of three movies. # 2 Manuel Göttsching - E2 E4 From the founding member of Ashra Tempel, very hypnotic music from Germany.# 1 Simeon ten Holt - Canto ostinato This version is with four piano players and shows beautiful aerial photo's of Karel Tomeï. Over one-and-a-half-hour of beautiful music: turn off the TV, set your phone in 'silent mode', make yourself comfortable, and dream away...
MusicPosted by schoth Mon, December 14, 2015 22:52:05 It was about time i post a favorite top three Bruce Springsteen songs on my blog... But three just isn't enough. So here it is; my most played Bruce songs:
#5 Streets of Philadelphia #4 Secret Garden Ooh, where is this mysterious garden ? #3 Futher up on the road A song for all the good buddies i've lost along the way... Johnny Cash did a (even more) beautiful version too! #2 Meeting across the river A dark and moody song from a very young Bruce. Street language becomes poetry. #1 Hungry Heart This is such a 'feel good' song, a celebration of life and so much fun to watch !
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, December 13, 2015 00:26:41 It's almost mid-december and time for the 'years-end' lists. This time no best or worst albums of the year but a top three of the best watched YouTube video's i've posted. Almost half a million views and these video's took the most hits in 2015 .
1.) John Mayall - Room to move A real classic from an original UK bluesman. This is a clip i recorded in the big tent at the Raalte Rib's and Blues Festival. I had a hard time getting the sound right, and although i didn't get it to an acceptable level it's still one of the most watched video-clips. And that's only because of the old maestro is still getting it together, and because of a exceptional bass solo. (24.869 hits) 2.) James Booker with Jerry Garcia - Slowly But Surely Often the most viewed video-clips are not my personal favorite video-clips but in this case it is. The audio was taken from a Jerry Garcia bootleg LP and the photo's were sampled from the big internet. I didn't expect such a big responce to a non-video bootleg recording of a studio jam session but it is so good to see that this music is so appreciated. (14.258 hits)3.) Daniel Norgren - Whatever turns you on Recorded on the crowning day in the garden of the Orphanage House at Deventer. I first saw him on a record-release party at my home town in Hellendoorn, and later followed him up in to Sweden to hear his music. This video-clip shows Daniel still in his one-man band era, well, actually a two man band era... (9286 hits)
MusicPosted by schoth Thu, October 22, 2015 22:36:33 Here it is: 80 minutes of pure, raw, unedited, hard rocking Shawn James music ! This is the concert recording of the gig in ATAK, Enschede (NL) on 17 oct. 2015. Lots of songs from the new album "The Gospel according to Shawn James & The Shapeshiftes" and some older classics at the end of the concert. The images are a bit shaky from time to time. Sorry for that, we were taking away by the music... Thanks to Shawn and his band for a great gig, to Grolsch for the best beer, and to Mercedes (MFP) for helping me make this video.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, October 17, 2015 00:39:44 One of the first albums that blew me away was an album by the "Mr. Albert Show - Warm Motor". Dutch rock from a band of the southern part of the Netherlands. Front man Bertus Borgers gathered more fame later on with his band Sweet d' Buster and with recordings with Herman Brood and Golden Earring. Here's a clip in which he pays tribute to the jukebox. Unfortunately his story is in dutch but i'm sure most of you will recognize the message: "in the times before internet..."
MusicPosted by schoth Fri, October 09, 2015 22:31:10 It's autumn again, my favorite season; strong winds, rain showers, falling leaves and colors that play. And longer nights to listen to good music. Like this cover of the classic King Crimson "Starless" song performed by The unthanks...
Apart from these official cd's i have an USB stick with almost 4GB of collected music from SoundCloud, YouTube and many other sources. If you would like to hear Spiritual Jazz, Ambient Sounds, Avant Garde, Irish Folk, African Jazz, Kingston Reggae and many more, check out the first comment of this post...
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 09, 2015 12:49:49 One of the highlights of this years Ribs n Blues Festival was the concert of Daniel Romano and his band. All the way by boat, from the USA, to the country village of Raalte to perform some very nice modern country music. He played on the main stage and that was a pity because his music fits an intimate club or theater more. And with a rowdy public it was hard to get the sound right. Hope you'll like it anyway...
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, July 12, 2015 22:38:44 Every once in a while i can get a good deal on lp's or cd's offered on the dutch local Ebay market called "Marktplaats". Today i bought three beautiful Robert Wyatt albums for a real soft price. The real masterpiece of the three is the "Rockbottom" album . Robert Wyatt hit rock bottom after a fall which paralyzed him for life. The strange and introvert music of this album was written shortly before and after the fall. I can't wait to receive the cd's and copy the songs to my phone, listening to the music on my bike rides to and from work. This YouTube video is a raw live version of "Seasong", performed for french television.
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, July 12, 2015 00:37:38 Most of the time i'm going for the real thing. But sometimes the real thing doesn't happen anymore... This time there was a concert of the dutch Pink Floyd tribute band InFloyd. They played a three hour long concert at the 'Open Lucht Theater', performing the "Animals" and "Dark side of the moon" LP's live and they did a hell of a job! Click on the picture above for a chillin' 10+ minutes excerpt of the concert.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, May 09, 2015 23:51:37 It seldom happens that a cover is better than the original. But sometimes it happens... like this one. The original is Nirvana's "Smells like teen spirit". A real classic and one has to have a nerve to cover this song. Well, Patti Smith has the nerves and she does a hell of a job !
MusicPosted by schoth Tue, May 05, 2015 19:40:24 This time i didn't have to go to Sweden to see Daniel Norgren perform. He came to Zwolle, the city i work, for a concert in his "Alabursy" european tour. It was a beautiful concert. No more 'One man Band' thing... Instead he played a lot more piano, sometimes the accordian and very intense guitar. A lot of songs from his latest album but also some older songs of which "Moonshine got me" was a real thriller! And i'm so proud of the limited edition, home made by the big man himself, Alesbury album that i bought after the gig. Here's a beautiful song called "Like there was a door" and a very intense version of "Moonshine got me", recorded by Mercedes on a Kodak PlaySport handycam and audio was recorded by me on a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder at the Hedon Music Club, Zwolle (NL) on the fourth of may, 2015. Like there was a door