Month: April 2016

Album Review: Water or Gold – Hollie Smith (Warner Music)

Originally appeared in: With her new, aptly titled third solo effort, Smith really has struck it – big time!  For years she’d resisted taking the easy route and cashing in on the success of her performance on Bathe in the River.  She shunned making commercial music at every turn.

Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)

Originally appeared on: Based in Jacksonville, Florida, hubby and wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi formed the band back in 2010 and ever since have been making a sweet gumbo of blues, rock, blues and soul.  On stage they’re part Memphis soul and part show band, with their

Album Review: Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A Higher Note (Anti-)

Originally appears on: I heard that America is considering replacing one of their White Male Presidents with a suitably famous female figure on one of their bank notes.  The most likely candidate, if it does ever happen, would be Rosa Parks.  But I’d suggest a second candidate: Mavis Staples. 

Review: Hollie Smith – San Francisco Bath Houth, Wellington. 8 April

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100 Favourite Songs – 96 Get Back – Laibach

Probably the band’s most famous release, at least in the English-speaking world, Laibach’s  Let It Be didn’t just name itself after the Beatles’ swan song, it fully covered the whole shebang! The only notable exception is “Maggie Mae” which is oddly substituted for a Slovenian folk tune substituted for it.  As a late night