I had heard all the horror stories about what a nightmare he could be, so needless to say I was very nervous before my one and only meeting with Lou a few years ago. However, he couldn't have been nicer, kinder or more of a sweetheart. I was proud to run his widely eclectic radio program on The Loft and am so very sad that he has passed. But Lou's art will certainly outlast us all and in memoriam tonight I will post a few from his solo work that will be with me forever. RIP Lou... you will be missed but never forgotten.
Apparently the rumors have been true and there is a brand new album from Paddy McAloon and Prefab Sprout. Mostly it harkens back to the classic "Steve McQueen" era and I find it difficult to believe these are new recordings, as Paddy's voice and the musical palette sound little like the last batch of material released by the band. Great stuff.
My old buddies The Bongos have re-joined forces and are ready to release an album that's been sitting in the vault for far too long. Recorded for Island Records in the 90's and never released, this has been remastered and shows where the band was headed when they called it quits, yet doesn't sound a bit dated! Their first recording with final Bongo in place, Steve Scales, Talking Heads' percussionist extraordinaire!
He's been making great records for quite some time. An amazing guitar player who has lived what he writes and sings about and as real as you can find. The new album shipped with a bunch of "radio edits" which further proves how completely irrelevant Terrestrial Radio really is these days. Either play the music as the artist initially intended it or don't play it all.
As I've mentioned once or twice, one of the things I love to do when going for a long drive is dial into my basement and put my full digital library on "random." When you place a half million songs on random some very interesting and sometimes forgotten nuggets emerge. I totally forgot about this alternate mix of one of Marvin's best.
When deciding what to post today I knew this new Mark Lanegan album covers record would start it but all bets came off as soon as his new version of the classic Brecht/Weill song "Mack The Knife" was placed. A timeless classic that has been recorded by so many that I simply had to post a few others. Enjoy!