I'm in Austin this week teaching a class on theology and pop music and leading a group of students into the wild party that is SXSW. Probably won't get any blogging done, so look for me on instagram-@ukbloke.
I've made no secret of my love of Jospeh Arthur, surely one of the best song-writers around, and vastly underrated in my opinion. I heard him at Mccabe's in Santa Monica recently and he covered Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side as a homage to his friend Lou. It was a beautiful re-interpretation of a classic song, stripped of the familiar bass line and other familiar musical elements. He has recorded a tribute album called, Lou, featuring 13 versions of Reed's music, here's a taste of Wild Side.
Blue Film is the title of Lo-Fang's debut release, which came out today. Lo-Fang is the moniker of classically trained violinist, Matthew Hemerlein, it is an attempt to capture the masculine and feminine elements in his music.
For him the word “lo” relates to the feminine energy, usually found in the string compositions that he incorporates into his songs. “Fang,” meanwhile, represents the more masculine, industrialized beats he tends to use. Hemerlein aims to strike a counterbalance between the two, so much so that “lo” and “fang” have become helpful keywords in the recording studio with him requesting “more fang” or “more lo.” “The meeting points of really disparate sounds is interesting to me,” he explains.
I've been laid low with some back issues this week and have found it difficult to spend time in front of my computer, but today is the birthday of Nina Simone and I wanted to mark it by posting one of my favourite songs by her, My Father. Written by Judy Collins I believe, but owned by Simone no question, like most of the songs she covered. Simone was born this day in 1933.