Wild Snippets : Kashmir / The last thing on my mind

john_wetton-no_mans_land_aI’m not sure that “Kashmir” is really the last thing on my mind, but it definitely is a mind-blowing piece by the ultimate super-group Led Zeppelin, of “Stairway to Heaven” fame.

Yesterday I came upon a nice little surprise while listening to John Wetton‘s Nomansland: a live recording of his 1998 performances in Poland. Surely well-known for his fame in King Crimson Mk III (the “classic line-up”), Mr. Wetton has released some very fine pieces himself as a solo perfomer.

Listen to this marvellous piece called “The Last Thing On My Mind”, in search of the Led Zep link …

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The Six String Siren – Diana Rein

albumcovercdbaby-1024x1024The multi-talented Diana Rein has struck again!

Born in Romania and raised in Chicago, Diana is best known to her fans as the six-string siren.

She started a career as an actress (“Home Alone” series) and, being an unstoppable creative person, has already released her first short  movie”Gypsy Gift” in 2014.

But she is also a very gifted songwriter, singer and guitar player. Although it is mentioned that Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of her biggest inspirations and the reason she took upon the blues, it is even more clear that she rises to stand next to Bonnie Raitt.

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Lost Treasures: Peter Evrard returns with 10Rogue

1200x630bf-as-Smart-Object-1Peter may be mostly known for his appearance in the first Belgian edition of Idols, winning the competition with his unique style, defying the rules so far. He represented Belgium at the International World Idol contest, winning bronze medal! But before these achievements he already fronted several local bands like Disobedient, Soultaker, Uncle Meat/Toner.Unfortunately the world is not always waiting for something new and refreshing, so he got into oblivion after leaving us two gems: “Rhubarb” and “Radio Honolulu”.

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Black Box Revelation

blackboxrevelation-as-Smart-Object-1This super group was the opening act at Werchter on 16th May 2016, warming up the audience for the Mighty AC/DC.

Take a few minutes of your time to listen to these two (yes, only 2!) rockers, start with “Never alone / Always together” and dig deeper.

Superb, innit?

Right, because this is Belgium!

A name to remember: “B-l-a-c-k-B-o-x-R-e-v-e-l-a-t-i-o-n“.

Rock On!

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Stairway to Court

Strange times are happening.

Spirits rise again.

Belated guitarist Randy “California” Wolfe never seemed to have had an issue with the intro of Taurus from his band Spirit first self-titled album and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to heaven” having the same chord progression. But blood is thicker than water (true meaning). 35 years later thanks to a trustee (reads like parasite) of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust and a stone deaf (stoned and/or deaf) U.S. District Court judge the hunt for free money has opened on Jimmy Page (guitar) and Robert Plant (vocals) who co-wrote Stairway in 1970, to be released on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, accordingly titled “IV” (aka the “Runes Album”).

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AC/DC : another Game of Thrones?

Date and Venue

Rock or Bust World Tour

Werchter Festival, May 16th 2016

Supporting Acts: BLACK BOX REVELATION >> TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN

AC/DC or The Rock of Ages … or Aging of Rock?

After 35 years of service, Brian Johnson quits the band. Ear damage and the fear of becoming deaf was the official statement. According to Zakk Wylde this is a bit of a misconception, meaning that it’s not about loud music (warning: still use hearing protection whenever It Might Get Loud!) but a direct blast from deafening noise in race cars. Some rumours boldly state the fact that Brian was not eager on extensive touring as Brian did, made the band release his beloved singer.

 

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The Fish/Jones Experience

Ruf Records organizes regular tours with their artists (the ‘Blues Caravans’). Currently there is the Double Trouble Tour with American Samantha Fish and Briton Laurence Jones, two promising young artists who are currently very (yes, very) hot. Samantha just turned twenty-six this summer and made an impression on many festivals around the globe. Her new album ‘Wild Heart’ is doing extremely well. Laurence Jones is twenty-three and last year won the Young Artist of the Year Award at the British Blues Awards. Everywhere he goes he knows how to impress the audience, with his friendly smile and amazing guitar firework. Both artists joined forces on this Double Trouble tour to promote their albums over Europe. The caravan stops in seven countries:  Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, England and fortunately also Belgium. The Belgian music lover had only one chance to see the spectacle and that was on Monday, November 9th in the Spirit Of 66 Verviers. Continue reading »

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Ibeyi : Diaz sisters

Ibeyi is pronounced ee-bey-ee, which translates as “twins”. French-Cuban musical twin Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz sing in English and ancestral Nigerian language Yoruba, honoring the slave traditionals and folk songs of their ancestors. The Yoruba tribe they descend from presents the highest twinning rate in the world.

Daughters of famous Cuban percussionist and Grammy award winner Anga Diaz (who was a member of the Buena Vista Social Club), Naomi learned to play his signature instrument the cajón while Lisa plays piano. Both are gifted with a wonderful voice, alike their mother the French-Venezuelan singer Maya Dagnino, who encouraged Lisa-Kaindé’s song writing.

Ibeyi

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Patti Smith : touched by the Hand of the High Priestess of Punk

A pioneer of New York City’s vibrant punk scene, Patti Smith is arguably the most influential woman in rock. Despite virtually nonexistent airplay since her debut, the 1975 classic “Horses,” she has never slowed, never softened.

Poet, shaman, high priestess of punk rock and new wave… In just a couple of weeks Patti Smith turns 69. But her music was and still is high on rebellion. She had a strong religious upbringing (her mother was a Jehovah’s Witness) but felt trapped in this “Bible Institute”; later, she wrote the famous line “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine”, which kicks of her version of Them’s Gloria, first song of her 1975 debut album “Horses”, fusing rebellious punk with poetic art.

The album drew on genres as diverse as rock and roll, jazz, reggae., partly improvised in Electric Lady Studios, where Smith felt the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison guiding her.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this previously critically dismissed album, the Patti Smith Band performed the music in its entirety in Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.

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TyLean : My Halloween Sonic Event

 

I survived Hallows’ Eve, once again

Although something crept upon me Between 10 and 2

Spiders … Caught in their web

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