Last FM weekly playlist

Does anyone use Last FM much now? I know it has a relaunch in the past year and until I took up the Spotify 99p Premium offer last week I had not ‘scrobbled’ on Last FM since 2008! I like to build up a music bank and then shuffle away – one of the greatest musical inventions shuffle on a CD player and now on a streaming service.

Enjoyed rediscovering albums by Julian Lennon and the Cross (who featured Queen’s Roger Taylor), which I have on cassette only and have not heard in ages. Some newer discoveries as well like Empire Circus, Josh Taerk and Eureka Machines.

TRAVELLING WILBURYS on streaming and vinyl in June

On June 3 all the Travelling Wilburys music will be available on streaming services for the first time. Plus ‘The Traveling Wilburys Collection’, a box set originally released in 2007 by Rhino, is released on the same day by Concord Bicycle Music.

The set includes the band’s two studio albums, ‘Vol. 1’ and ‘Vol. 3’, both with bonus songs, and a DVD of the band’s promo videos and a documentary on the band.

Formats: a limited edition numbered 2-CD/DVD box set; a standard 2-CD/DVD set; deluxe 180-gram vinyl box and as high-resolution downloads.

The Travelling Wilburys Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbsion, George Harrison, Bob Dylan – only existed between 1988 and 1990. The released two studio albums, ‘Vol. 1’ which topped the Australian charts and made number 3 in the US, three times platinum. the band were dealt a massive blow when Roy Orbison passed away at the end of 1988. Del Shannon was rumoured to be his replacement, although nothing ever came of that.

The follow-up ‘Vol. 3′ (which I have never really liked as much as the excellent debut), fared less well sales wise. It was called ‘Vol. 3’ as there was a bootleg supposedly around at the time, which was referred to as ‘Vol. 2’ by the band. The collection set topped the UK charts back in 2007 and earned a platinum disc. Sadly they never did get to tour.

A great supergroup and they left a legacy of music that still sounds good today.

The Rockin’ Chair Spotify playlist

Taking full advantage of Spotify’s current 3 months for 99p offer I have created a playlist featuring bands and artists featured on this blog. You can access it here

It will be updated and added to as more bands/artists are featured on here.

Only rule is two songs maximum by an artist from any of their albums. It is a mixed bag already featuring Many Things, Left With Pictures, the Darker My Horizon, the Dowling Poole, the Wildhearts, Five Grand Stereo, Demon, Tax The Heat, Inglorious and more!

New music…VIDA and the STANDARD LAMPS

On Twitter you get quite a few bands following you and if you follow back (well it’s rude not to!) they often direct message you. A lot are okay, then occasionally you hear a song you really like. One such song is ‘Fade Away’ by Vida:

Inspired by the melodies of The Beatles, The Verve and ’90s Britpop, Vida formed in Alloa, Clackmannanshire back in January 2013. Their line-up is Jamie Pollock (lead vocals/guitar), Nathan Evans (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jamie Piggott (drums/backing vocals), Ross McShane (bass) and Greg Ballantyne (keyboards).

The Standard Lamps released their second album ‘Long Lost Love’ on April 22. They have supported the Who and the Bluetones in the past year, gaining some good live reviews. Really liking this new album a mix of storytelling songs a la Squeeze and the Bluetones, along with some cracking rock ‘n’ roll numbers. Recommended.

One for your collection…THE SUPERNATURALS It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

This was the Supernaturals debut album released in 1997 and it made number 9 in the UK album charts. It is full of catchy pop rock tunes, with lyrics that are more often than not on the gloomy side in sharp contrast to the jolly and jaunty music. The single ‘Smile’ most will remember as it was used in a TV advert for the online bank of the same name.

‘Lazy Lover’ is a great tune about the protagonist who can’t be arsed to get out of bed to attend to his lover, preferring to do said deeds in his head instead! The melodies throughout the album are spot on and not a duff song in sight.

Looking them up on Wikipedia I was surprised to see they were in fact still going and had an album, ‘360′, released last year.


INTENSE working on a new album

It has been a long time – Intense’s  last album was 2011’s ‘The Shape Of Rage’ – but finally the band are currently in pre-production on their new album. Keep up to date via their Facebook page

Highly recommended metal band this is a good example of their music…

ROBB JOHNSON Kickstarter campaign

Do lend you support to Robb Johnson and his new album due on September 30. He kindly appeared at my 40th birthday charity gig Bearstock 3. Blimey, that was back in 2008 soon be time to think about a 50th one 😉

You can pledge for his upcoming album, ‘My Best Regards’, on his Kickstarter page.