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The Cat came back

The Cat came back

So Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is touring Australia.  Well, I hope he has a lovely time.  Ticket prices are not atypical, but certainly pretty steep: For those sorts of prices, you could buy nearly all of Salman Rushdie’s novels. Or this many copies of The Satanic Verses:

Regina Spektor in Adelaide

Regina Spektor in Adelaide

I took my son to see Regina Spektor in concert, or I probably should say, he took me. He’s the fan. He’s the one who knows her work inside out and loves it. The fact that I recognised nearly every song she did is testament to his listening habits rather than mine, but I can […]

Goodbye, Babylon

Goodbye, Babylon

Got a spare hundred bucks (US)?  You could do much worse than invest in the CD set Goodbye, Babylon.  I’ll let them explain what it is: In February 1999 a college radio disc jockey named Lance Ledbetter set out on a mission to compile rare and essential recordings of vintage religious music. Four and a half […]

T-Bone Burnett: a mystery

T-Bone Burnett: a mystery

Just a passing observation.  I happened to be listening to T-Bone Burnett’s 2006 solo album, The True False Identity, and a thought occurred to me again, something I wondered about when I first heard the album. Burnett doesn’t put out a lot of solo albums and is better known — nay, revered — for his work as a […]

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JBT

JBT

CD Review John Butler Trio April Uprising (Jarrah) The John Butler Trio might be the perfect example of a successful, ambitious independent Australian artist. I know I talk about this a lot, the way so many independent artists fail to put their best foot forward, so it something of pleasure to make note of a […]

How much do musos earn?

How much do musos earn?

Ever wondered how much money a musician can make through the various traditional and “new media” outlets?  Information Is Beautiful have put together this revealing chart that shows how many units from a given source it takes for a musician to earn the average wage (US figures).  Makes for interesting comparison.

Worst. Cover. Ever.

Worst. Cover. Ever.

Nice little site collecting together some horror album covers from years past.  I remember a bunch of these very well from record retailing days, particularly the Heino.  Anyway, I’ve popped up a couple below, but click through to see the rest.  And feel free to contribute any others you know of.

Cash crossing over

Cash crossing over

CD Review Johnny Cash Ain’t No Grave (distrib Universal Music) I hope this really is the last of the Rick Rubin/Johnny Cash collaborations to get a posthumous release. Not that there is too much wrong with the album; just that it really does feel like the last roll of the dice and that maybe the […]

Getting right with God

Getting right with God

CD Review Patty Griffin Downtown Church (thru EMI) This is an album of gospelish songs performed by Patty Griffin and a stellar band that has one of my guitar heroes, Buddy Miller, at its head. It was recorded in a church in Nashville and it is pretty hard to find fault with. But I’ll do […]

The last rock star

The last rock star

Ever since rock music began, there have been those out to destroy it.  The history of rock n’ roll is littered with examples of so-called concerned parents, scared authorities, fire-breathing preachers and other self-appointed guardians of what the hell you can do with your life lining up to tell us that this is the devil’s […]