Wednesday, December 21, 2005
The Muel: Rough in the Bedroom
Joe Meek famously recorded The Tornados’ “Telstar” in his bedroom. In 1962 this was a sensationally novel concept, but nowadays with the advancement of miniaturisation and digital technology it is a possibility for us all given the will to do so.
The Muel, aka SaMUEL Walker, has the will, the way and the talent to do it and has done it successfully.
This is a well produced album of highly original songs and tunes in the style of… well – in the style of no-one else at all – they’re pretty well totally new concepts in pop/rock music. To help you imagine what the CD might sound like, I’d have to point you in the general direction of Robert Wyatt (Moon in June, The End of an Ear), early Mothers of Invention (Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Uncle Meat), Tiny Tim or any of Mike Oldfield’s noodly stuff, but it doesn’t really sound like any of these. It’s just in that leftfield area. Tell you what – go to the website and listen to the tracks which are available there – but know that the sound quality of the disc is way beyond that of most computer /internet sound capabilities.
To be honest, Sam is no choirboy so don’t expect purity – but his intriguing off-key vocal meanderings fit the moods of his often downbeat teen-and-twenty bedroom lyrics perfectly. All the instruments, with the exception of saxophone , are played by The Muel – quirkily but expertly exploring areas of jazz-funk previously left blank on the musical map. ‘Rough in the Bedroom’ has all those qualities the inquisitive music fan, tired of the run-of-the-mill would hope or expect to find in a new departure – except roughness. I very much hope this is just the first of many such productions.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Had a great night out at the Komedia on Monday
As I told you last week I was going to see my friend Sam Walker aka The Muel performing both on his todd and as the backing band for John Watts - ex-Fischer-Z
It was a storming night out
They played a zonking set of the first order and confirmed that the fashion in recent years for duos (White Stripes) etc is fully justified in economic terms
There's just no need for the full orchestra when you've got a good singer and a totally empathetic multi-instrumentalist sidesperson
John is an absolute hoot - his sense of humour is right off the scale and his songs are funny, pithy, pathetic and everything else you could wish them to be
His style varies from Neil Young heavy grungy Country Rock (particularly good on the Rust Never Sleeps and Freedom type sounds) to 70s punk and all stops in between
He jumps about like a slow-motion Pete Townshend - someone once said every teenager's fantasy is to be in the Who - John is living this fantasy at 50!
Sam's drumming and melodica playing (!) was shit hot - very funky but tight to the extent of anal retention and was able to follow John's every wayward twist and turn
The photo is a bit out of date - they didn't look 1/4 as studious as that but I forgot to take my camera - sorry!
About 100 were in the audience and although many were clearly existing fans of one or the other musician it was clear that those who'd just come along for the ride had a stonking good time too
REALLIFEISGOODENOUGH is the title of the current CD album release
www.johnwatts.co.uk is Watt's website - visit it to try the sample track and then buy it!
The outfit deserves much wider recognition & appreciation than it currently has in the UK - they're huge in Germany apparently - but it's nice to feel part of a very well kept secret
Monday, December 12, 2005
Turning Green's Christmas Massage
Two dates - one mission:
To dance, drink have a stonking great time with as many of you as possible before Christmas. Our present to you is our new show which we like to call 'The Wind Free Opera Show'. It contains the cream of our old favourites mixed up with our freshest new tunes - all naturally stuffed full with dirty grooves for your pleasure.
First off we'll be at the Landsdown on Station Street in Lewes (near Brighton) this Saturday the 17th.
Then it's to the Lion on Church Street in Stoke Newington (London N16) on Thursday the 22nd.
We hope you can join us on one of these dates - if not we'll take this opportunity to wish you a very fine Christmas!
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Great Spin Doctors Gig
The people in the bar were great - they loved me playing hard rock, punk, new metal and reggae. At most gigs all that people seem to want is R'n'B - not that I dislike it - it's just not my favourite music.
Anyway they really seemed to like what I did and the landlord & landlady say they'll get me in again - I'll be happy to oblige.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Another Point of View
Doin' anything Monday evening?
I'm going down to the Komedia in Sydney Street.
A great friend of mine is appearing Live from 7pm
The Show stars John Watts - poet/musician who made his name back in the 70s as Fisher Z - better known in Germany than here in Blighty
He is supported by Sam Walker aka The Muel, who will also be performing music from his home grown album 'Rough in the Bedroom'
Go to the website
Rough in the Bedroom to find out more about this. I will be reviewing the album here very soon - so watch out for that
Anyway back to the gig .... entrance is a mere £7, concessions (whatever they are) £5
Hope to see you there