Stephen Emmer – Interview

Friday, 17 March 2017, 20:21 | Category : Interview
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By Jason Barnard

Three years ago, Dutch composer/ arranger and musician, Stephen Emmer released his groundbreaking album International Blue. Celebrating the art of the pop crooner with artists as diverse as Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti and Midge Ure it achieved critical acclaim, and led to Glenn and Tony teaming up for Holy Holy.Stephen Emmer

For Stephen’s new long player, Home Ground, he is joined by soul singers such as Chaka Khan, Patti Austin and the late Leon Ware to combine classic soul with a cotemporary edge. Jason Barnard speaks to Stephen after hearing an early preview of this socially conscious album:

http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/stephen-emmer-interview/

Astralasia – Oceania

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 20:30 | Category : Reviews
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Three years on from Astralasia’s last double album ‘Wind On Water’, the band have topped that long sold out release with ‘Oceania’. Split across double vinyl, the band present 80 minutes of largely chilled out electronica.

It’s 11 tracks delve deep into the lost continent it is named after and, as the band describe it: “It’s about birth, life, love, death, afterlife and rebirth…the whole cycle. It’s either a meditative, shared with a loved one in embrace, or a remembrance of loved ones gone, or in that state in between.”

Describing the tracks won’t do it justice. A hugely ambitious release that will surely interest followers of Pink Floyd, The Orb and Angelo Badalamenti.

Pre-orders being taken now at Fruits de Mer Records: fruitsdemerrecords.com/oceania

Garland Jeffreys

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 20:29 | Category : Podcasts
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The music industry’s best kept secret Garland Jeffreys, gives a career spanning interview with Jason Barnard.

Garland Jeffreys

  1. Garland Jeffreys – Schoolyard Blues (14 Steps to Harlem, Luna Park, 2017)
  2. Garland Jeffreys – Wild In The Streets (Single A-side, Atlantic, 1973)
  3. Garland Jeffreys – Lon Chaney (Garland Jeffreys, Atlantic, 1973)
  4. Lou Reed – You Wear It Well (Rock and Roll Heart, 1976)
  5. Garland Jeffreys – Ghost Writer (Ghost Writer, A&M, 1977)
  6. Garland Jeffreys – Spanish Town (Ghost Writer, A&M, 1977)
  7. Garland Jeffreys – Matador (Single A-side, A&M, 1979)
  8. Garland Jeffreys – 96 Tears (Single A-side, Epic, 1981)
  9. Garland Jeffreys ‎– Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll (Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, RCA, 1991)
  10. Garland Jeffreys ‎– Don’t Call Me Buckwheat (Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, RCA, 1991)
  11. Garland Jeffreys – The Contortionist (The King of In Between, Big Lake Records, 2011)
  12. Garland Jeffreys – Collide The Generations (Truth Serum, Lunar Park, 2013)
  13. Garland Jeffreys – Spanish Heart (14 Steps to Harlem, Luna Park, 2017)
  14. Garland Jeffreys – 14 Steps to Harlem (14 Steps to Harlem, Luna Park, 2017)

Hear Garland’s story through a selection of fantastic tracks from across his career. For details of his new album and tour see garlandjeffreys.com

The Krew – Part 2

Monday, 6 March 2017, 20:04 | Category : Articles
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By Nick Warburton

In late August 1967, The Krew split with French singer Sylvie Vartan and landed a two-week residency at the Byblos Hotel in St. Tropez, which ran from 1-15 September.

The Krew, Geneva, late 1967. Back row, left to right: Eddie Sparrow, Howie Casey, a South African organ player standing in, Archie Legget. Middle row, left to right: Ted Tunnicliffe, Iwan Roth. Front row, left to right: Barry St John (first pic with band) and Ernie Garrett Junior. (Photo courtesy of Eddie Sparrow).

Not long after, American DJ Emperor Rosko approached the musicians and offered a recording deal with the Major Minor label. With Vartan out of the picture, Howie Casey recommended his girlfriend, Scottish singer Barry St John (real name: Elizabeth Thompson) to front the band alongside Ernie Garrett Junior.

Originally from Glasgow, St John had first come to prominence with Archie Legget’s former group, The Bobby Patrick Big Six but had dropped out during the early 1960s to embark on a solo career that saw her record a string of singles for Decca and Columbia, including the UK top 50 hit, “Come Away Melinda” in 1965.

Read more at: http://thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-krew-part-2/

Mark Nevin – My Unfashionable Opinion

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 14:57 | Category : Interview, Mark Nevin
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By Jason Barnard

Mark Nevin’s career will always be marked by his time as lead songwriter for Fairground Attraction and as Morrissey’s former songwriting partner. However, over the last twenty years his solo material has provided an outlet for his most personal songs such as ‘The One I Love’, ‘A Ghost Of Summer Past’, ‘The Right Place’ and ‘Beautiful Guitars’. 

Mark Nevin

His new album is no exception so Jason Barnard spoke to Mark again to uncover the stories behind My Unfashionable Opinion:

Mark Nevin – My Unfashionable Opinion

Mark and the Clouds – Cumulus

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 14:47 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard

‘Cumulus’ is London based Mark & the Clouds follow-up to debut long player ‘Blue Skies Opening’. Fronted by singer/guitarist and songwriter Marco Magnani, the group’s first release had a 60s psych/90s indie feel and this release does not break a successful formula.

Cumulus

Some bands that cite the 60s as their prime influence overpower their recordings with production that can mask songwriting failings. Thankfully this record’s excellent production is sympathetic to its strong set of songs.

Just as reference points – opener ‘On Her Bike’ has hints of Syd Barrett and lost 90s group Octopus and ‘Hit By Lightning’ is a heady hybrid of Hawkwind and Oasis. Other shades of sound are represented in gorgeous folk rockers ‘Another Grey Morning’ and ‘I’m Stopping Here (Bombs & Guns)’. ‘Baby, You’re Just A Liar’ has a great little Suede riff and ‘Take My Sky’ echoes George Harrison.

If you even have a passing interest in this scene I recommend you give this new excellent album a listen:

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*Update March 2017 – listen to Mark Waters’ latest Sounds Good show featuring Marco from Mark and the Clouds: soundsgoodmarco.mp3