Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grant McLennan Live 1995, Brussels

I had promised myself to post more stuff about the go-betweens, so I kind of saw it as a sign when I found this one, a Grant McLennan's concert from his 1995 tour. It is an audience recording, but a very (very) good one. Plus, as you may know if you are a GoBes'fan: there are not many McLennan boots out there (from his solo career). Actually I think I own only another one, (the radio shows) and that's it.
About the actual bootleg: there are quite good songs in here, although I can't really say I love his band or its sound (it may be the recording but the second/electric guitar lacks room and character), mainly because it is some kind of semi-acoustic concert struggling sometimes to sound big. Let's say I find the more stripped down songs (and the ballads) more convincing than the rockers (I have always thought that McLennan's talent was a a natural match with ballads...). Anyway, good versions of Clouds, Horsebreaker star (one of my favourites among his) etc, and some weird stuff (the last I know why, an unreleased one I suppose...really weird, much like Tallulah's Cut it out).

PS The picture is from the "Bands of your town" event (a good way to celebrate this great songwriter). Photograph courtesy of The Go-Betweens Credit: Bleddyn Butcher.


01. When Word Gets Around
02. The Sign Of The Unicorn
03. All The Songs
04. Hold On To What You've Got
05. Lighting Fires
06. Coming Up For Air
07. I'll Call You Wild
08. Easy Come, Easy Go
09. Don't You Cry for Me No More
10. Horsebreaker Star
11. Right Here 

12. Dropping You
13. Bye Bye Pride 

14. Haven't I Been A Fool
15. I Don't Want The Days To Change
16. Was There Anything I Could Do 

17. Clouds
18. I Know Why

Grant McLennan Live 1995, Brussels

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Azra: Singl ploce 1979-1982

Here's another favourite band of mine from ex Yugoslavia: Azra were one of the most popular rock groups of the yugoslavian new wave (if not THE most popular), and even today, fiteen years after their break up, they are something more than a cult not only in Croatia (they came from Zagreb) but also in the rest of the Balkans. 
This album is a compilation with their first singles, spanning from 1979 to 1982 and it contains also music prior to their first eponymous album (1980). It's probably not their best release but it's a very good introduction.
And for those who don't know a thing about yugoslav new rock and about Branimir "Johnny" Štulić (the leader of Azra and now a kind of mysterious exiled artist, totally unwilling to come back to his former country, if you can call it so after the war in the nineties), I'd urge you to view this nice documentary, "Sretno djete", about the Zagreb scene in the eighties (with english subtitles).

This is one of the songs from the compilation. With english translation of the lyrics (from LyricsTranslate).

A šta da radim (And what should I do)

And what should i do
When my friends leave
When a girl leaves
On which I throw my gazes.
And so day by day
On public places with a guitar
Ofcourse someone always comes
to hear me at least furtively
Nothing is important to me anymore
I found a good band
I only want to play
To get my kicks and that's all.
And what should i do
When my friends leave
When a girl leaves
On which I throw my gazes.
People just talk
Why are you so nervous?
People just say
Don't be so horrible.
Human lips whisper
sneak through the city
Stay out of trouble
They will take your head off.
Nothing is important for to me anymore
I found a good band
I only want to play
To get my kicks and that's all.
And what should i do
When my friends leave
When a girl leaves
On which I throw my gazes.
Nothing is important to me anymore
I found a good band
I only want to play
To get my kicks and that's all
To get my kicks and that's all
To get my kicks and that's all

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Go-Betweens: Live 2005-10-28 Kaserne , Basel , Switzerland

At last another Go-Betweens' bootleg. After this one I'll have to start reposting some of the old ones (most of the old links had to be taken down). So don't worry: there will be many more to come.
Anyway: this is from the GoBes' last tour and it has a quite peculiar tracklist. First because of two song from McLennan's and Forster's solo career: Don't you cry for me no more and Justice (which I like a lot!). Plus there is a nice rendition of the then unreleased Did she overtake you (later recorded in Robert Forster's "The Evangelist").
About the sound quality: this is an audience recording, but don't get frightened by the not so good quality of the first (and part of the second) track: after that the sound does get better. 
By the way: the picture was shot by Martin Schori [Photographs (c) 2005 Martin Schori]. I have taken it from the Go-Betweens'website.


01. Boundary Rider
02. Head Full Of Steam
03. Caroline and I
04. Magic In Here
05. Streets Of Your Town
06. Justice
07. Bachelor Kisses
08. Did She Overtake You
09. German Farmhouse
10. Darlinghurst Nights
11. FindIng You
12. Don't You Cry For Me No More
13. Surfing Magazines
14. Poison In The Walls
15. Was There Anything I Could Do?
16. Here Comes A City
17. Clouds
18. Too Much Of One Thing
19. Spring Rain
20. The Clock

Live 2005-10-28 Kaserne(New Link)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ymusic: Beautiful Mechanical

I'm loving these guys.

From NPR
"The New York-based mini-orchestra yMusic champions music by young composers whose work combines the complexity of classical music and the tuneful, rhythmic energy of pop. The ensemble consists of six virtuosos: Hideaki Aomori, clarinet, bass clarinet; CJ Camerieri, trumpet, French horn; Clarice Jensen, cello; Rob Moose, violin; Nadia Sirota, viola; and Alex Sopp, flute, piccolo. Each of these players is often busy playing with orchestras, chamber groups, and cutting-edge pop acts such as Bon Iver, The National, Björk, David Byrne, Grizzly Bear, Antony and the Johnsons and Sufjan Stevens" [...]
These pieces of music were composed by people like Annie Clarke (St. Vincent), Son Lux and Shara Worden (My Brighted Diamond).

And nodata is back...

Yes, it is:

Zabranjeno Pušenje - Pozdrav iz zemlje Safari (1987)

I haven't posted anything in a very very very long time, I know. Trapped in the maze of annoying social networks... So, I decided to be back with something unusual, that is actually something I'm getting fond and that I'm starting to know only now: (ex) yugoslavian rock. I know: it sounds weird. And mostly so if you have never heard someone sing in that language (i.e. serbian, croatian, bosnian or slovene). And I never had...until some weeks ago. But now that I got used to it I have to say it is worth it.

But now let's cut the crap.
Zabranjeno Pušenje were a band from Sarajevo, Bosnia, active in the 80's. They were part of what was called "the new primitives" (kind of a garage rock with ironic lyrics). They were also part of a famous bosnian comedy tv show (Top lista nadrealista)...and in fact irony is a big part of this band just like lyrics meant a great deal among ex yugo bands. But I'll talk about that some other time.
"Pozdrav iz zemlje Safari" is their third album, from 1987. After the war the band split (it is a bit more complicated than that: the singer joined the No Smokng Orchestra -"no Smoking" is the english translation of Zabranjeno Pušenje- in Belgrad while other members stayed in Sarajevo and kept the old name).

The download link is taken from the blog jugorockforever.

Here's Balada o Pišonji i Žugi + the english translation of the lyrics (from lyricstranslate.com). And then one of my favourite songs off this album, "Kako je Velika Britanija postala probušeni dolar album" (long title indeed! I don't know what it means this time...).

The ballad of Pišonja and Žuga

Pišonja and Žuga remembered pretty well
What Lepi told them last night
"There is party at the seaside, there are chicks at the seaside
Seaside is the source of life, right, Moke?"

Moke also said that
Foreign girls fuck really good
And that he, when he was in a camp in Zaostrog
Had sex every other night
Pišonja and Žuga could listen to them
Through the whole night
Pišonja and Žuga had
Hot seventeen year old blood

Pišonja and Žuga

The same night Pišonja and Žuga
Stole a cassette recorder from The handicapped center
And right after it they stole a bus
Of a bus company from Hrid
Pišonja speeded up
That hot summer evening around 10 pm
"And now, to the seaside!"
Yelled Žuga as loud as he can

Pišonja was driving and smoking tobacco
Žuga loves brunettes, Pišonja loves blondes
"And after the seaside, to the wide world,
Only brave people become famous
And then, goodbye, Breka shacks!"
Yelled Žuga and turned up the recorder
"You're getting a postcard from safari in African countries
Bye, roaches!"
Pišonja and Žuga, two faithful comrades
Are taming dangerous curves
Please, watch after them, Queen of speed

Cops blocked the road
Somewhere around 11 pm
Boogie-woogie was playing in the bus
When he saw cops while he was driving
Around 50 miles per hour
Pišonja told Žuga: "Tie yourself, we're flying!"

A horrible crash cut the air
Even sparkles were flying
Next moring people were talking and swearing
That they found air exhauster and rearview mirror
Hundreed and fifty feet farther in a ditch

Pišonja and Žuga, two faithful comrades
Are taming dangerous curves
Please, watch after them, Queen of speed

While they were carrying Pišonja into an ambulance
He saw Moon above himself and said
"God, how can some people go there
And me and Žuga can't even go to the seaside!"
After that he swooned
And he couldn't hear
How, up in the sky
The yellow Moon laughed for a long time

Pišonja and Žuga