Ren Gill is a Welsh musician / performance artist who tells heavy (and often dark) stories in his songs and videos.
I was about to categorize him as merely a talented multi-media character actor until I read his horrific story in the Daily Mail. In 2009 he woke up severely ill with what he described as the worst hangover he’d ever had, but it didn’t go away. After years of misdiagnoses that included physical and psychological treatments, specialists eventually identified the culprit as chronic Lyme Disease in 2016.
That’s some class clowning. While street performing in Paris, Avner Eisenberg (aka Avner the Eccentric) was once arrested for buffoonery in public.
Space surf funk jazz mixed with world music = Khruangbin.
The name is Thai for “aeroplane,” and they make their recordings in a barn in Burton, Texas (pop. 300). There’s more about them here than on their cool website.
Formed in 2004, L.A.’s Raskahuele Estridente is sort of a latino version of Fishbone, and I like their style. Their song topics include socio-political / immigration issues mixed in with fun stuff.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, fight for the leftovers, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.
No More Doggin’, Roscoe Gordon (1952)One of the original Memphis “Beale Streeters,” Roscoe Gordan‘s breakout hit Booted made No. 1 on the R&B singles charts in 1952; No More Doggin‘ made No. 2 the same year. Gordon (and Fats Domino) influenced Jamaican pianist Theophilus Beckford, and Gordon’s back-beat style is credited as the foundation of Jamaican ska, bluebeat (Jamaican R&B) and reggae.
Marty Robbins goes to Russia? Бра́во [Bravo] was founded in 1983 in Moscow, was one of the most popular underground acts. Ветер знает[The Wind Knows] sounds just like the real deal. (There’s an English version here.)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ song intro has been stuck in my head for months and now that I’ve rediscovered it I can finally sleep at night. This live version is from 2011.
Cam Cole, busker, bluesman, rocker, recording artist, and “the most impressive one-man band you will ever see” nails the blues to your forehead and plugs it into your ears. This guy is definitely one to watch for.
Have a great weekend, something else will show up here tomorrow.
The Specials in 1979, with A Message To You Rudy.
From the Utoobage comments:
“For those who do not know the story already, the “rudy” of this song is not a person. In fact, it refers to the slang term “rude boy” (rude boy-rudie-rudy) that originated in Jamaica in the early ’60s to define a specific sub-culture that used to listen to ska and rocksteady. As you can imagine, the term “rude” refers to the not exactly in-line-with-the-law lifestyle they had. [..] This particular subculture heavily influenced the mods and the skinheads, particularly in the look. And in in regards of music too , obviously, since the genre Oi! is heavily influenced by ska.”
Rude Pride is/was a band from Madrid (2013-2020) that played 1970s style Oi! Although the sub-genre is often misconstrued as music by racist pro-fascist bands, this is not one of them. I just like the song. (BTW, that’s the Flag of Jamaica on the wall in the background.)
Keeping with the accidental theme, let’s go with some nasty ska. The Interrupters cover Billie Eilish’ Bad Guy, and their version is better. Duh.
I think that’ll do for now. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
The Big Lie (1951). Yeah, it was propaganda, but it was also true. I went to school with a guy whose family escaped from communist Hungary in a hot air balloon. You can laugh, say that “It can’t happen here,” but it IS happening here.
2]Man In The Street
3]Guns Of Navarone
5]James Bond Theme
8]Simmer Down / Turn Your Lamp Down Low
9]Rockfort Rock (El Cumbanchero)
10]Latin Goes Ska
12]Freedom Sound – Reprise
Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.