Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Goldray

Goldray are a psychedelic blues/rock band featuring Reef's Kenwyn House, Geoff Laurens and vocalist Leah Rasmussen. They released a mini album in 2014 and are set to release their full debut album next year.

A taster of their forthcoming album is their new single 'Soulchild' which is released on 28th October:

Further details can be found on their website here.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sight Of Day

Mostly Autumn have announced details of a new album via their official website. It is entitled 'Sight Of Day' and is scheduled for release around January 2017.

As usual a limited edition version of the album can be pre ordered which comes with a bonus disc of original material, not found on the general release single edition. Trust me when I say that Mostly Autumn bonus discs are well worth getting and sometimes features material comparable to (or even better than) the main album itself. 'Go Well Diamond Heart' anyone?

Anyway if you want to bag yourself one of the 2000 copies up for grabs then take a look on the band's website here   

Monday, October 10, 2016

Before The Dawn Live Album

The astonishing series of shows by Kate Bush that she performed at Hammersmith Apollo in London in the Autumn of 2014 are set for release on 25th November. 'Before The Dawn' is released as a 3CD set (pictured below) and as a 4 disc vinyl edition, both of which come with a 24 page booklet. For further details visit Kate's Official site here.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Who You Selling For

The Pretty Reckless return with a new album 'Who You Selling For' on 21st October. The songs were written by Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips and produced by long time collaborator Kato Khandwala. The full track listing is as follows:

The Walls Are Closing In (Hangman)
Oh My God
Take Me Down
Wild City
Back To The River
Who You Selling For
Bedroom Window
Living The Storm
Already Dead
The Devil's Back
Mad Love

Lead track 'Take Me Down' has a bit of 'Sympathy For The Devil' vibe but is still a moody, dark, wasted storming rock track that bodes well for the band's third album.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Got The World On My TV...'

My blog celebrated its tenth birthday earlier this year. That's quite an achievement when I stop to think about it: to create a website on my laptop in 2006 and then to post something at least once a month, every month for over ten years.

In the early days of this blog I used to post links to You Tube videos and in more recent years I've created a 'Videos of the Week' list for Midlands Rocks. I'd thought I'd go back to posting a few videos up here from time to time, partly to return to the roots of this blog, partly to share them with whoever might be interested and still reads this blog and partly because 'Tea & Symphony' is my site and I can post whatever I like: old or new, regardless of genre.

Def Leppard - Man Enough (Video)

For me this was the stand out track from Leppard's last album. A bit of  a rock/dance feel to this one.

Spice Girls - Stop (Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2007)

The Spice Girls looking spectacular at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2007. Fab!


Curve - Fait Accompli (Video)

The dark, magnificent and criminally underrated Curve...

Jay Aston - Suffocating Cindy (Video)

Not the best quality video copy but one of my favourite tracks from Jay's 'Lamb or Lizard' album. Rather dark but some of Jay's solo tracks are...   

Madonna - Ghosttown (Video)

When the guns are loaded I have certain 'go to' artists: Madonna is one of mine...

Kylie Minogue - White Diamond (Ballad Version)

Anyone who knows me well knows that I absolutely adore Kylie. I think she is an extraordinary, beautiful, inspirational, enlightened, courageous, delightful and amazing woman. But it's more than just that really. On a personal level she has given me moments of sheer joy through her music, her live shows and simply by being her. In dark or difficult times she has been my muse and inspiration - and her songs have been a light and consolation in that darkness. Her lyrics to 'No More Rain' are written on the first pages of my self help journal for a reason. 

This track was an up-tempo dance song that  Kylie wrote with the Scissor Sisters, but it is this gorgeous ballad version that speaks volumes to me right now... 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Carpenter Brut

I'm loving the work of French Synthwave artist Carpenter Brut at the moment. His style reminds me a little of Justice but much darker and far heavier.

The videos are a bit special too - such as this superb one for 'Turbo Killer' directed by Seth Ickerman - which combines a distinct seventies and eighties retro feel with elements of science fiction and horror.

And this sexy and very cool teaser for the second EP...

For further information and to hear more go the Soundcloud page here.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Be Here Now

You could write a book about 'Be Here Now'. Released on 21st August 1997 it sold over 400,000 copies on the day of release, making it the fastest selling album in UK chart history.

It had the near impossible task of following two era-defining albums in 'Definitely Maybe' and 'What's The Story Morning Glory'. The sessions were marred by arguments and drug use and retrospectively it's been seen by some critics, fans and even members of the band as overblown and over-long: the moment where Brit-pop, and Oasis themselves, came unstuck.

It's undoubtedly a flawed album - it should have been more concise and despite it's huge sound the mix wasn't great - but amongst it all there's some great stuff and it's an album I still like - 19 years after buying it.  

On 7th October 'Be Here Now' gets a reissue as standard CD or a 3 CD special edition featuring B-sides, rare and unreleased tracks. Full details can be found on the Creation Records website here.


And Noel's 2016 remix of the lead track as a glimpse of what the album could have been...