Jim Shorkey

Alan Sillitoe (4 March 1928 – 25 April 2010)

I have to admit that I am actually familiar with Sillitoe‘s screenplay adaptions of “The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner” And “Saturday Night And Sunday Morning” than the actual books. These “Kitchen Sink” dramas were bleak but also celebrated the humour and perserverance of  working class Britain.


April 25, 2010, 12:04 pm
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This was actually released here last year but is finally becoming available in North America.

The classic:

Fucked Up – “Crooked Head”
April 23, 2010, 9:59 am
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As their name suggests, Fucked Up is aggressive music, but it can be fairly progressive as well (they have been known to use a flute).

A good low budget video:

Jeff Beck – A Day In The Life
April 23, 2010, 9:46 am
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Jeff Beck has a new album out utilizing an orchestra and vocalists. The orchestra is more successful. This track is from his last album recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club. With his guitar he proves he doesn’t need any stinkin’ orchestras to create a full sound.

Not that there’s anything wrong with an orchestra:

And from the same orchestra accompanied concert, a track from the new album:

Keith (Guru) Elam (July 17, 1962–April 19, 2010)
April 21, 2010, 10:42 am
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Keith Elam and Gang Starr’s “Moment Of Truth” hit different than most rap songs. A fave of our kid, when he first played it to me, it put me in mind of West coast jazz.

Comet Gain – Ballad of the Band
April 20, 2010, 10:38 am
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New fave band does fave song from old fave band.

And the original:

The Girls meet Lawrence
April 20, 2010, 10:29 am
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This is a nifty little clip from French TV. Indie darlings The Girls meet up with Felt’s Lawrence.


Here’s the full Girl’s video excerpted in the interview:

And a vintage piece from Lawrence (including Felt’s first overdub):