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Bohren & der Club of Gore
Beileid EP

posted [20.08.2018]
released [2011]
[sub]genre: progressive pop



Imagine a late October evening. Trees shed their leaves. It's dark. It has just stopped raining. Lanterns reflect their light in puddles. You walk towards the station, last train home. Home, where no one awaits you. Bohren on your headphones. You feel as alone as lonely will ever get.

It's 1988 when Benning, Gass, Rodenberg and Henseleit start playing together in hardcore bands such as 7 Inch Boots and Chronical Diarrhoea. A common love for anything extreme like grindcore, hardcore, death and doom metal lays the foundation under what Bohren in 1992 would eventually invent as doom ridden jazz or more precise an unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, Black Sabbath doom and down-tuned Autopsy sounds. In 1993 the band added & der Club of Gore to their name as a reference to the Dutch band Gore, who inspired the men to play instrumental music. As Reiner Henseleit left Bohren in 1996 and Christoph Clöser joined in 1997, saxophone, piano and vibraphone replaced guitar. Beileid is as typical a Bohren & der Club of Gore recording as it isn't. First of all it's spooky, it's gloomy, it's a film noir soundtrack; it makes me crave for autumn; it makes me want to smoke elegantly. And most of Bohren & der Club of Gore releases have some sort of morbid humour to them. In this instance the artwork and the title of the opening track. So you think Queen's Who Wants To Live Forever was a tragic song... On the other hand it also features their first non-instrumental track. A bizarre make-over of Warlocks 1985 metal anthem Catch My Heart. The band recruited Faith No More's Mike Patton - who is also known for his experimental, improvisational, avant-garde, mathcore side projects - to lay down the vocals. Bohren & der Club of Gore ft Mike Patton's version of the song doesn't resemble the original in any way. Judge for yourself.

Although the band tours regularly and has been visiting the Netherlands lately I never attended a show. Mainly because there's no one who wants to join me. Everyone's sort of afraid. I guess it'll happen, one day, late October.
  1. Zombies Never Die (Blues)
  2. Catch My Heart
  3. Beileid

Blue Rodeo
Diamond Mine

posted [31.07.2018]
released [1989]
[sub]genre: Canadiana



If The Band and Neil Young were refused competing, Blue Rodeo may only be tailgazing Cowboy Junkies at the biggest name in Canadian country rock election. In business for over 30 years, having recorded 15 full-length albums, sold over 4 million records and won 11 Juno awards, Blue Rodeo earned that 2012 spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Strangely enough their Wikipedia page hasn't that much to tell. Formed in 1984 by highschool friends Cuddy and Keelor, the band soon gained a following in the Toronto area. Not just fans but also friends. As a result Keelor's then girlfriend appeared in the music video Try that rocketed to no 1. Thus expectations were high on Blue Rodeo's second release Diamond Mine. Remember it's late 80s. Oversized selfpity ("can't stand the sight of myself, lying in bed all day with the curtains drawn") in the piano ballads House of Dreams and Girl of Mine affirm the timeframe. Bob Wiseman's intentions on adding jazzy interludes (track 1, 4, 9) are unclear. But apart from that Cuddy and Keelor show great songwriting craftmanship. Socially engaged and politically enraged ("I hope that I never find what you call good conscience or peace of mind; as another man dies for God and country"), the boys aren't dodging a fucked up romance ("well I thought she was mine, but she was just passing time"). A great psychedelic live feel on the title track, a set of sing-a-longs with anthemic ambitions and a song that could've been Steve Earle writing (One Day) complete the disc. With the ballads and interludes in the bin an 11 or 12 track wrap up would've nailed it just right.
  1. Swells
  2. God and Country
  3. How Long
  4. Blues Piano
  5. Love and Understanding
  6. Girl of Mine
  7. Diamond Mine
  8. Now and Forever
  9. Percussive Piano
  10. House of Dreams
  11. Nice Try
  12. Fall in Line
  13. One Day
  14. Florida
  15. Fuse
  16. The Ballad of the Dime Store Greaser and the Blonde Mona Lisa

Scrapper Blackwell
Hard Time Blues

posted [08.04.2018]
released [2002]
[sub]genre: chicago and piedmont blues



Though I had my share of blues, I'm still pretty new to the genre. In the nineties BB King, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and Gary Moore took a popularized form to mainstream radio. But it wasn't until Robert Johnson's myth crossed my road that I learned about the pre-war blues founding fathers and mothers: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Son House, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy and Bessie Smith, but Scrapper Blackwell isn't on any of these lists. Blackwell recorded his main body of work between 1928 en 1935 as a solo artist, but also as part of a duo with pianist Leroy Carr. Their love for music and moonshine brought Blackwell and Carr together. One liquor producing bootlegger during the prohibition and the other liquor lover in search of a guitar player. Their first joint effort How Long, How Long Blues, re-recorded as How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone? became the biggest nationwide blues hit in 1928. And from there Blackwel was on top of the charts for merely seven years. With Carr Blackwell set the standard for every piano/guitar blues combination throughout the 30s. Blackwell, a contemporary of Robert Johnson, witnessed his Kokomo Blues being reworked by Kokomo Arnold into Original Old Kokomo Blues that subsequently got reworked by Johnson into Sweet Home Chicago. And in modern times Eric Clapton covered his version of Bessie Smith's Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out almost note for note. Blackwell was known for being withdrawn and hard to work with. A dispute over songwriting credits caused the end of Carr and Blackwell's recording carreer. Both musicians left the studio early 1935 and Carr died 2 months later due to heavy drinking. Blackwell recorded an ode to his accomplice titled My Old Pal Blues, to disappear from the music scene not much after. Scrapper Blackwell played electric guitar way before it was invented. Just listen to the punchy playing on Barrelhouse Woman. Isn't it strange nobody really remembers him these days?
  1. Trouble Blues
  2. Blue Day Blues
  3. Penal Farm Blues
  4. Hard Time Blues
  5. Back Door Blues
  6. Kokomo Blues
  7. Down South Blues
  8. Trouble Blues
  9. How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone?
  10. I Believe I'll Make A Change
  11. Big Four Blues
  12. It's Too Short
  13. Midnight Hour Blues
  14. Mean Mistreater Mama
  15. Blues Night Blues
  16. Barrelhouse Woman
  17. Rocks In My Bed
  18. Tight Time Blues