Friday, June 08, 2012

Fado, funk and talented women...

Playlist
Gene Ammons - Blue Gene
Gene Ammons - Funky
Joni Mitchell - Hejira
Various - Last 9 Months on Shuffleplay
Madredeus - Essencia
Various - A Beginner's Guide to African Funk
Various - A Beginner's Guide to Fado


Dentist first thing - late due to tramworks...
 
When will it end?
 
At lunchtime, to HMV for a browse and, in the "foreign" section, a brand new LP from my Portuguese favourites Madredeus - their first since the Exec Producer and I saw them from the second row in a sold out Edinburgh Usher Hall in May 2005...
 
As you know, it's not often your correspondent shells out fifteen of your English pounds on a CD...
 
To be accurate, there have been three other albums between their 2005 "Faluas do Tejo" and now but those were collaborative works with A Banda Cosmica (I have one and have tonight ordered another)...
 
They now have a new singer Beatriz Nunez (who ably replaces the superb Teresa Salgueiro) and the current LP is reworkings of Madredeus classics, along with one new song (at least it's one I can't find on any of their albums I have - now up to 18 in total, including three - count 'em - 2CD live sets)...
 
Anyway, this discovery led me to take a chance on two 3Cd boxes, one of Fado (in keeping with the Madredeus theme) and one of African Funk...
 
Back home and having listened to these boxes, I can advise they are well worth the 10 squids laid out upon them - the African stuff is great - kind of like reggae but not reggae - I need to do a podcast sometime to let you hear what I'm hearing...
 
To make the day even better, a box had been delivered today with some CBQ goodies - a couple of T Shirts and mugs - very limited!




 
Late on, the Graham Norton Show was good, with Cheryl Cole performing her storming new single - I couldn't care less if she was miming (that's not the title by the way) - the dancing was tip top and the tune (Call My Name - produced by Queen of the South fan Calvin Harris) was too...
 
 

And, for balance, here she is with Gary Barlow murdering "Need You Now" on Monday...



Not that bad, really I suppose...

Also on board were fellow Geordie, comedian Ross Noble - very funny - his story of handing out flyers at the Metro Centre whilst on stilts and not being able to understand why mothers were pulling their children away from him - he was unaware his trousers' crotch had burst and his "bollocks" were hanging out - had me in stiches...
 
And then Katy Perry - another excellent pop artist (in a music not Roy Lichtenstein sense) - God knows how she ever got involved with the talentless Russell Brand - who's on next week - I won't be watching...
 
To bed with funk and fado...
 
Highlight of the day : New Madredeus...

2 comments:

impossible songs said...

The mugs look fab (not meaning your actual mug but no offence intended), well done.

Where did you get them done?

CBQ said...

Have PM'd you