Road To Nowhere – Song Of The Day

Road To NowhereToday’s Song Of The Day is none other than the Talking Heads‘ classic “Road To Nowhere”, from their album Little Creatures. The song appeared on various compilations and has been covered many times, even by French band Indochine, who gave it a shot not too long ago. The video was a big success and was nominated by MTV for a Best Video award back in 1986:

Remember (Walking In The Sand) – Song Of The Day

Shangri-Las

Although I first heard this song performed by Aerosmith in their Night In The Ruts album, it was in fact first recorded back in 1964 by The Shangri-Las. It’s a beautiful little song and quite a few people have covered it over time. Few years ago, John Frusciante treated fans to a live rendition of the song at a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig, for example. I love Aerosmith’s cover but the original is still really good so listen to both I’d say:

Generation Feedback: Bad Trips – Podcast

Generation Feedback Ep 1

New podcast Generation Feedback sees Adam and his ex-punk rocker mother Lynda talk music and recall unbelievable true stories from their past.

In this first episode, we talk parasol deaths, frog radios, disastrous gig trips, The Gun Club and play a track by an up-and-coming London-based band.

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The podcast should be available on iTunes within the week so keep an eye out for it.

If you want us to play your song or your band’s song on the podcast, feel free to comment below or email us here: adam.ezagouri@gmail.com

Babsi – New Artist Spotlight

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To say that up-and-coming London-based German singer Babsi is ambitious would be an understatement.

The artist has not only one but two promising projects underway which both serve to bring out both sides of her personality to the world musically.

Pusca are a band from North London, with Babsi on vocals, Damian Clay on guitar (and vocals) and John D on drums. Taking the narrative cues from traditional English and Celtic folk music, their material touches on the social and the personal, placing the story as the song. Their set recalls numerous musical influences that fuse into a dynamic Alt/Indie/Americana sound with a West Coast feel.

Edith Sitwell described them as, ‘Pearl Jam meets The Smiths at a party Lou Reed threw for Blondie.’

Here’s one of their videos for their heartfelt 90’s-style ballad “Shoot For You”:

When the alt. rock band, Kodiak Moon, split up, and the members were left looking to start a new project with a fresh new vocalist. In March 2012 they put out feelers far and wide to try and find a singer with the talent required to fit the bill and it would turn out that the vocalist they saw at the first audition, Babsi, would be the one they would finally select. Rehearsals began straight away, working on a number of the tracks drawn from the Kodiak Moon repertoire. But it soon became clear that Babsi was a different kind of vocalist with a subtle and yet defined approach to heading the band. So work also began on a new set of songs that took the now titled band, Pusca, into a more folky, poppy and jazzy direction.
Pusca
The band played their first gig at the Trinity Bar, Harrow, in June of 2012 and spend the rest of the year performing on the London circuit at venues like Surya, The Underbelly of Hoxton, The Enterprise, Camden Rock, The Mother Bar, Nambuca, The Water Rats, The O2 Academy and many more besides.
Here’s a sample from one of their Camden Rock gigs performed last year:
They began working on their first album, Secrets Half-Revealed in May 2013. The album was officially released in November of last year. You can find some of their work on their website.
By December, they even got festive and offered their fans a Christmas song:
In August 2013, Pusca played live to over 10,000 listeners on the Jonjo radio show at Rag Radio. The Youtube video of this acoustic performance has since gained almost 15,000 hits:

Pusca continue to concentrate on the London scene and are currently embarking on a series of gigs. Look out for their stuff over on Facebook where you can “LIKE” their page entitled, simply, “Pusca”.

This year, Babsi unveiled her solo project which opened with debut single “We Are Everywhere”, inspired by Stephen Fry’s idea that all athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics make a simple gesture, crossing their arms over their chests to show solidarity and support for the LGBT community of Russia. A gay rights protest music video was released and illustrated the gesture in an upbeat, positive yet defiant manner:

“Russia needs to understand that there are millions of people worldwide who are offended by the Russian government’s treatment of the LGBT community,” said Babsi, “I thought Stephen Fry had a fantastic idea to enable those participating in the games to be able to make a subtle protest.”

Damian Clay, who wrote the song and directed the video said, “It’s just too late now to try and convince ours or any other government to boycott the games in protest; though I believe that, were this racial or religious prejudice on display, that some countries would have stopped their teams attending. With that in mind it’s more important than ever that we have some way of letting the Russian LGBT community know that they have some support from the countries who are participating.”

Babsi

Gay presenter, Jonjo, who appears in the video, said, “It’s vitally important that this issue be front and centre throughout the course of this Olympiad. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. We’re a natural division of humanity; we need our rights respected and our people supported.”

“We Are Everywhere” is Babsi’s first release as a solo artist and she will be launching a solo album later this year, which will include this track.

We-Are-Everywhere

This single is currently available to buy on iTunes, do make sure you show your support if you can.

Expect many more great things from both Babsi and Pusca very soon.

For further information please contact:

Babsi Tel: 07753386822

Email: puscababsi@gmail.com

Lithium – Song Of The Day

LithiumThe third single from Nirvana‘s iconic album Nevermind and one of my favourite songs of the bunch, “Lithium” is a partly quiet, partly loud track which really puts the band’s spirit on display. It’s just one of those songs that needs to be played with the volume way up. Head-banging is a must with this one, frankly.

 

Man Of Constant Sorrow – Song Of The Day

Man Of Constant SorrowAn old American folk song mostly known these days from the 2000 Coen Brothers movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?, “Man Of Constant Sorrow” was first recorded by Dick Burnett back in 1913 or thereabouts. Since then, it’s been covered by many including Bob Dylan, Emry Arthur, even Rod Stewart. It’s just a great song.

I leave you with The Soggy Bottom Boys‘ cinematic rendition:

Cloudbusting – Song Of The Day

Kate Bush

Here’s a classic Kate Bush song that’s easy to fall in love with: “Cloudbusting”, from the hit album Hounds Of Love, is an atmospheric, dream-like, upbeat, catchy tune with Bush’s typically gorgeous vocals, a likably repetitive beat and a great melody with a decidedly nostalgic feel to it. The song also boasts a brilliant video conceived by Bush and film director Terry Gilliam which also stars Donald Sutherland: