Friday, November 29, 2013

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins Pokes Fun at Jazz

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins has a well known skit called "Jazz", where he makes fun of the genre and it's listeners (known as the common stupid people).

It's worth listening to some fun humor; got to have a sense of humor!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

'Stool Pigeon Blues' - Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins  is one of the blues' greatest heroes. His low down and gritty blues style has sent the story of the blues across the USA and the world.

This solitary lonesome blues hits the soul so hard you can feel the pain of Hopkins. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

'Old Vets Blues' - Poor Boy Burke

I discovered a new blues artist today called Poor Boy Burke. I could not find a bio and just a tiny photo of his only (?) hit song, Old Vets Blues, which might not even be one of the gents in the picture.

How bluer can you get? The song in itself is a simple piano blues, where Burke discusses how old he's become and he changed his young and wild days.

I used to be jealous back in my younger days;
Women don't excite me;
and I have changed my ways. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

For A Rainy Day: 'Tupelo Blues' - John Lee Hooker

A severe thunderstorm has hit Kuwait and the Gulf States, with Saudi Arabia experiencing great floods.

I recommend spending the day at home, while having John Lee Hooker's song, 'Tupelo Blues' playing non-stop.

Tupelo, Mississippi, was hit by a severe tornado in 1936 and caused hundreds of deaths, and John Lee's song is a homage to the hard-hit town.

This blues is very befitting of the current scenario.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Steven Seagal Sings the Blues (I Shit You Not)

Yes, THAT Steven Seagal.

The C (or D?) list action movie star has expanded into music, much like other actors, but he went to the blues.

He released his first album 'Songs from the Crystal Cave' in 2005, and somehow it was successful enough that he released another album called 'Mojo Priest' in 2006.

Is it good? You be the judge!

Here's the Muddy Waters classic performed by Lord Steven:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

'Standin' in My Door' - Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King

Smokin' Joe Kubek is a modern Texas blues guitarist, and Bnois King is an old school Lousiana blues guitarist. Put them both together and you get some smokin' grooves going on, one hot like Dallas, one cool like New Orleans.

They released an album in 2003 called "Roadhouse Research" on Blind Pig Records, which is one of the biggest blues labels, to much acclaim.

Here's one of the tracks off the album, called 'Standin' In My Door"

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

'I'm a King Bee' - Slim Harpo

Slim Harpo, real name James Moore, was an influential blues harmonica player. In 1957, 'I'm a King Bee' was released to much acclaim, becoming Slim's most famous song. In 2006, the song received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for it's legacy.

The Rolling Stones covered this song on their debut album in 1964, and dozens of artists from Led Zeppelin to The Grateful Dead to Muddy Waters (his final album was named after this song) covered it.

The call and response tune with the sexual innuendo makes it raunchy and fun. Take a listen and get pumped!

Monday, November 11, 2013

'Come On In' - R.L. Burnside's Blues Meets Electronica

R.L. Burnside was one of the blues greatest heroes, who had his career noticed only in the early 90's. Before that, he was living by blues... he killed a man in Mississippi, did some jail time, had some family members killed in Chicago, was distant relatives with Muddy Waters, and lived a county away from 'Mississippi' Fred McDowell.

He's a big family man too... he has 13 children, 35 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

In 1998, 'Come On In' was released, which featured Burnside's blues remixed with electronica by Tom Rothrock, to a great deal of success. There have been many attempts trying to fuse blues with other genres (see the Putamayo example), but this one largely stays true to the sound of the blues while giving us a different perspective.

I actually liked the idea; for those of you who like blues or electronic music, you might wanna check this album out.

Here's the blues standard 'Rollin' & Tumblin" from the album with a twist:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

More Dubai Jazz Fest Fail: Stone Temple Pilots & Colbie Caillat

I don't know how many articles I have to write about this issue. But yes, I'm still pissed off.

Two new acts have been announced to this 'jazz' concert:

And then of course, there's the obligatory PR crap:

‘By popular demand, the alternative classic rock band Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will headline the opening night. Just like the Dubai Jazz Festival, the band is upholding their legacy while keeping up with the new age,’ said the co-founder and CEO of Chillout Productions, the promoters behind the festival.

Unless they haven't been following the online rants and hate, I don't see where by' popular demand' that these were the bands the fans wanted to see. I mean, AT FUCKING LEAST if you're gonna get Stone Temple Pilots, bring Scott Weiland on board!

So far, NO JAZZ FUCKING ARTIST has been announced. 

Maybe it's just better to let this matter go and just move on. RIP Dubai Jazz Fest 2014.