Thursday, April 14, 2011


It's this special time of the year again! It's Record Store Day!

On the 16th of April 2011 the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. On Record Store Day there are special releases on vinyl & CD and exclusive promotional products. It's more than 700 stores in the US and hundreds more worldwide.

There are two releases I especially like to mention:

Plasticsoul & Brandon Schott
Celebrating Big Star's Third (ltd edition vinyl) there will be a Plasticsoul & Brandon Schott collaboration - a cover of Thank You Friends. You can have it here - but it's limited to 200 (digital) copies!
Featuring Steven Wilson (of Plasticsoul) on lead vocals and acoustic guitar & Brandon Schott on background vocals, ukulale and toy piano. Recorded completely live to 4-track cassette in the living room of Brandon's then empty new house on May 10, 2010. So get it - fast!

Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters release Medium Rare, a collection of cover songs, including very impressive versions of Band On The Run (Wings), Have A Cigar (Pink Floyd) and Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty). It's their second release within one week! Their "proper" new album Wasting Light is already available. And it's fab! (just listen to the first two songs Burning Bridges and Rope!)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ron Sexsmith - Retriever

Ron Sexsmith has a kind of magic in his voice: I was introduced to him by his seventh record "Retriever". At first listen I thought "well, it's okay". I gave it a second listen and thought "not bad!", then there was a third turn ... To sum it up: now it's one of my top 10 records of all time.

Ron Sexsmith - Retriever
1. Hard Bargain
2. Imaginary Friends
3. Not About To Lose
4. Tomorrow In Her Eyes
5. From Now On
6. For The Driver
7. Wishing Wells
8. Whatever It Takes
9. Dandelion Wine
10. Happiness
11. How On Earth
12. I Know It Well

Highlights are Imaginary Friends, Whatever It Takes, Not About To Lose, How On Earth and Happiness (a perfect pop song for a sunny day)

Listen here:


Jim Boggia - Collection

So here's a new thing: I made mix tapes (one for each artist). Not very innovative, no. But a good start to listen to them. Starting with...

The Jim Boggia Collection

01 - So Full
02 - Listening TO NRBQ
03 - Several Thousand
04 - Live The Proof
05 - 8track
06 - Annie Also Ran (live)
07 - Show My Face Around
08 - To And Fro
09 - Johnnies Going Down
10 - Shine
11 - (That's Not Why) I Hate New York (live)
12 - No Way Out
13 - Made Me So Happy
14 - Underground
15 - Once
16 - On Your Birthday
17 - Three Weeks Shy
18 - Somebody To love
19 - Penny Lane
20 - Annie Also Ran (4 Way Street Edit)
21 - Several Thousand (4 Way Street Edit)

Listen to the songs here (except the songs that only exist as live version):