The Jam – Trans Global March 21, 1982, Bingley Hall

More from thirty years ago……….

The Jam – Trans Global
March 21, 1982, Bingley Hall

The Jam – Trans Global
March 21, 1982, Bingley Hall, Birmingham, UK

01. Strange Town
02. Carnation
03. Town Called Malice
04. Happy Together
05. Boy About Town
06. Ghosts
07. 5`o Clock Hero
08. That’s Entertainment
09. Tales From The Riverbank
10. Precious
11. Running On The Spot
12. Move On Up
13. In The Crowd
14. Private Hell
15. Pretty Green
16. Trans Global Express
17. The Gift
18. Circus
19. Pity Poor Alfie
20. Fever
21. Funeral Pyre
22. Butterfly Collector
23. When You’re Young

Trans Global

Lucero – Women & Work

Lucero’s wonderful Women & Work we be available soon in the UK from Beat Surrender favourites Loose Music and the band are over this side of the pond on their  ‘Tennessee Takeover’ European tour from November 19th, the dates are below but selling out already so get in there if you want to see one of the best live bands around.

Women & Work is a love letter from Lucero to their hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. “Having a band in Memphis puts you in a tradition”, says Lucero frontman Ben Nichols. “We started at punk rock shows, not necessarily playing punk rock, but coming from the outside, from a bohemian place.”

The bohemian tradition is just as strong in Memphis as the city’s series of international hits. The popularity of Sun, Stax, Elvis, and Al Green doesn’t diminish the influence of the blues, Jim Dickinson, and Alex Chilton. The bridge between the shadows and the spotlight has become the heart of Lucero. Unafraid to mix pop with their anti-pop, they always charge into new territory. As punks, Lucero were masters of restraint, with country music beer stains dribbled down the front of their shirts. As whiskey-soaked bohemians, they didn’t shy from sweeping Americana tableaus. And then they added an accordion. “When we started, we were building on a foundation we weren’t aware of”, says guitarist Brian Venable. “Listening back to our early stuff, we hear ourselves reference the old Sun Records. We didn’t hear it or feel it then, but we hear it and feel it now.”

Women & Work, their 8th album, is such an exciting presentation of the band’s eclectic explorations that it makes their 14-year meandering path appear to be a straight line to this very record. “We’re more comfortable in our own skin as a band, more comfortable acknowledging regional influences”, says bassist John Stubblefield. “We wound up making a Memphis country soul record.” Integrating horns, pedal steel guitar, all manner of keyboards, and even a full-on gospel chorus, Women & Work is a fully realized musical extravaganza. Drawing inspiration from Delaney & Bonnie’s obscure first album, Home, on the Stax label, Lucero’s ambivalence about tradition has been replaced by an exuberant embrace.

“On My Way Downtown”, the album’s lead song, tells the story – a reserved guitar riff sets the mood, a couple of instruments quietly fall in and Ben adds the first contemplative vocals. The song seems headed firmly into the punk-rock-made-pretty territory of their roots, until the organ sustains a chord, the tempo ratchets up, and Lucero becomes a band that doesn’t ask but rather insists that you move your feet.  “Go Easy” is something new for the band: gospel music. A sing-along with a large female chorus, it’s more likely to close the bar than open the church, but when returning producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem) pushed the band toward a sacred sound, they realized it could significantly add to the album’s country soul feel.

The band remains a solid unit, even as it changes. Lucero began broadening its sound in 2005 when they brought in Rick Steff—man of the keys (piano, organ, and accordion). in 2007, they expanded again with the addition of pedal steel whiz Todd Beene, and then again more recently with Memphis’s funkiest horn section—Jim Spake and Scott Thompson (Al Green, Cat Power).

Lucero keeps on pushing. For most of the past decade, the band has averaged almost two out of every three nights on the road, steady-building their fan base. As different as Lucero may sound from their early days, this record also takes them full circle. “When we began,” says drummer Roy Berry, “we were known for how restrained we played. Our sound got bigger over the years, but the larger ensemble is making the core band sparse like we used to be—the songs just have more layers.”

 

Lucero – Sometimes

19/11 – COLOGNE, Underground
20/11 – BERLIN, Comet Club
21/11 – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
22/11 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Forum
23/11 – MANCHESTER, Night & Day
24/11 – EDINBURGH, Bannermans
26/11 – NEWCASTLE, Cluny 2
27/11 – BRISTOL, Fleece
28/11 – LONDON, Windmill
29/11 – LONDON, Windmill
30/11 – LONDON, Windmill
01/12 – LONDON, Windmill (SOLD OUT)

Paper Aeroplanes – Time to Be EP – Tour Info

Paper Aeroplanes have announced news of a new EP for an Autumn release that coincides with their tour in Germany and around the UK and will be available first direct from at the shows – for those not fortunate to get along to a gig then the title track, Time To Be, will be available to download for free in the next few weeks with the 6 track EP geting a general release later this year.

October 2012
German Tour w/ Tina Dico:

Weds 3rd Oct – Deutsches Haus, Flensburg
Thurs 4th Oct – Kulturetage Oldenburg, Oldenburg
Fri 5th Oct – Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Hamburg
Sat 6th Oct – Huxley’s Neue Welt, Berlin
Sun 7th Oct – Capitol Mannheim, Mannheim
Tues 9th Oct – Theater Wechselbad, Dresden
Weds 10th Oct – Lichtburg Essen, Essen
Thurs 11th Oct – Jovel , Münster
Fri 12th Oct – Kölner Philharmonie, Köln

UK Headline Tour

Sat 20th Oct – Swn Festival, The Gate, Cardiff
Sun 21st Oct – Empire, Leeds
Fri 26th Oct – Glee Club, Birmingham
Fri 2nd Nov – Gwyn Hall, Neath
Sat 3rd Nov – TBC
Sun 4th Nov – The Lexington, London
Mon 5th Nov – The Winchester, Bournemouth
Wed 7th Nov – Komedia, Brighton
Thu 8th Nov – Cellars, Portsmouth
Fri 9th Nov – Studio Lounge, Totnes
Sat 10th Nov – Louisiana, Bristol
Sun 11th Nov – Maidstone Housegigs, Maidstone
Mon 12th Nov – Gaslight Sessions, Leeds
Tue 13th Nov -The Basement, York
Wed 14th Nov – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Thu 15th Nov – Glee Club, Nottingham
Fri 16th Nov – Grand Hotel, Hartlepool
Sat 17th Nov – The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Thu 22nd Nov – Norwich Arts Centre , Norwich
Sat 8th Dec – Pennar Community Hall, Pembroke Dock
Tues 11th Dec – Cracking Vinyl @ Telford’s Warehouse, Chester

Ticket info and updates

Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance – Live

How about a live version of Patterson Hood’s new solo album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, along with some commentary and insight into the songs from the man himself – with the exception of track 7 the recordings have being culled and condensed from this recording all credit and thanks to original tapers and uploaders.

Download the full album.

1 – 12-01
2 – Leaving Time
3 – Disappear
4 – Better Off Without
5 – (untold pretties)
6 – After the Damage
7 – Better Than The Truth
8 – Betty Ford
9 – Depression Era
10 – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
11 – Come Back Little Star
12 – 15 Days

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