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June 5, 2019

Dave Thompson Very belatedly… remembering Danny Kustow (10 May 1955 – 11 March 2019)

Has it really been almost three months? I knew it would be hard to write about the death of Danny Kustow, but I had no idea it would take this long.  I didn’t even know him that well; I was …

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Discogs Staff Steve Earle Biggest Albums

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When Steve Earle made a splash beyond country audiences with Copperhead Road in 1988, he combined Bruce Springsteen’s working man populism, Dwight Yoakam’s twangy neo-classicism, and Gun N’ Roses’ ass-kicking verve into a tight, combustible package. Unsurprisingly, Earle didn’t play nice with the Nashville establishment. That’s why he followed in the footsteps of Yoakam, releasing Copperhead Road outside the Nashville system. This blueprint treated Earle well, as he eventually became an elder statesman of Americana, respected by songwriters and stars alike.

The roots of his hard rocking late-’80s rebellion can be traced back to the previous decade. As a youngster, Earle tooled around with a group of folky songwriters who blazed the trails of outlaw country, before being overshadowed by poppier “outlaw” counterparts that learned to play nice with Nashville.

The charming music doc Heartworn Highways chronicles this period. Not released theatrically until 1981, the cult classic provides a snapshot of outlaw country life in the mid-’70s. It showcases several luminaries of the time — including a young Steve Earle — but one of the unquestioned stars is Guy Clark. Not only did he gather future heavy hitters around his dinner table in the documentary, but Clark served as their mentor.

Superstardom eluded Clark in the ensuing decades, but not his songs. Artists like Jerry Jeff Walker, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, Asleep At The Wheel, and Rodney Crowell experienced chart success with Clark-penned numbers. He was even considered the fifth Highwayman by some.

Watching this songwriting success had a lasting effect on Earle. “He left a great body of work, because he worked almost until the very end,” Earle told The Boot. “That’s one of the things I learned from him and [his wife, fellow singer-songwriter] Susanna [Clark], is that these things that artists call ‘disciplines’ are called that for a reason. You have to work at it, and Guy worked. He worked really hard.”

The relationship Earle forged with Clark in those early years was lifelong — and beyond. Three years after Clark’s lost his battle with lymphoma in 2016, Earle decided to keep his hardworking hitmaking legacy alive. This spring, Steve Earle released Guy, which contains 16 covers primarily from Guy Clark’s early work.

The record won praise from all over, with American Songwriter saying Earle’s Americana gravitas gives “each of these songs the weighty interpretations they deserve” and Q Magazine calling it “touching and thoughtful.” While giving Clark his due on tracks like L.A. Freeway and Desperados Waiting For A Train, Earle creates an album that stands up against the rest of his catalog.

And in case you’re wondering what Guy is up against, here are the most popular Steve Earle albums according to the Discogs community. So take a look at this list while blasting New Cut Road and The Randall Knife, then let us know how you’d rank them.

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Unknown The Road to the Finals: The Leopold Mozart Competition

Leopold Mozart Competition, Round 2 (Semi Finals)
Accompanists Hyun-Jung-Berger and Jose_Gallard are being poked in the ribs by jury-member Ulf Hölscher. Maybe

The first cut from 24 participants at the Leopold Mozart Competition down to twelve semi-finalists was severe but a reasonably harmonious and self-evident matter. The second cut that determined the three finalists out of those twelve

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Emeli Sandé to perform ‘Sofar x Signia in aid of Help Musicians’

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Unknown Dip Your Ears, No. 239 / Ionarts CD of the Month (Pathétique Heroin)


P.I.Tchaikovsky,
Symphony No.6 – Pathétique
MusicAeterna
Sony

So over-the-top, so permanently electric, so much current running through it… so doubling down on anything Tchaikovsky may have even just insinuated… so extreme in going to the full logical extent (and perhaps further—who knows, who cares) on color, effect, emotion, that Tchaikovsky’s lumbering-romantic grand Pathétique

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Images from my exhibition at the Bonnier Gallery, 3408 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127.

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First Aural Diversity concert happening in Bath

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The first thing to notice were the queues, over 200 yards long and four abreast, at both ticket outlets. For a jazz festival? Fantastic. Apparently 30,000 people attended Elb Jazz 2019, spread between an open-air harbour site, a decommissioned cargo ship and Hamburg’s stunning new Elbphilharmonie Hall. (Think the Albert Hall, reimagined by Gaudi, with perfect acoustics and balanced on top of a disused warehouse…). The programme’s strands reflected those venues, too, with the ship’s Stygian cargo hold hosting club-friendly acts including Belgium’s Glass Museum – tightly constructed dance-informed music, like Michael Nyman with ‘drops’ – and the uproariously funky Butcher Brown

ELBJAZZ 19 Michael WollnyTrio Christoph Eisenmenger copy

Across the harbour the three stages’ eclectic mix ranged from Randy Brecker with the NDR Bigband to vintage funk-soul legends Tower of Power via headliner Jamie Cullum. Clearly a festival favourite, pianist Michael Wollny (pictured top and above) stole the opening night show, blasting in with the Nirvana-esque ‘Wasted & Wanted’ before a bluesy reading of Scott Walker’s ‘Big Louise’ unleashed a phenomenal burst of improvised playing. His trio kept the balance between jazz and rock values, not least in Erik Schaefer’s remorseless drumming, and the climactically over-indulgent ‘When The Sleeper Wakes’ was perfectly judged for a roaring outdoor audience.

The British contingent did well, with Kamaal Williams and Jamie garnering big crowds, and it was gratifying to see Kokoroko packing out the enormous Schiffbauhalle to close the festival. Their accomplished Afro-beat brought fine solo playing to a highly danceable sound. In particular, Oscar Jerome’s guitar and Sheila Maurice-Grey’s trumpet caught the ear of the crowd inside the hall and outside, thanks to audio-video relays.

ELBJAZZ 19 Jason Moran photo Claudia Hoehne

Given Hamburg’s association with Steinway it was unsurprising that pianos loomed large, but surely Messrs Wollny and Cullum would both concede any accolades to Jason Moran (above). Playing solo on the wide empty stage of a sold-out Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall he began with economy, underscoring the spiritual melody of ‘Wind’ with rich harmony. It was a beguiling precursor to the intense ‘Reanimation’, its Bach-echoing counterpoint and phrasing a marvel of technical skill that culminated in an intricate right-hand motif repeated beyond the physically possible. More technique (and even more swing) drove stride classic ‘Carolina Shout’ through its ragtime structure to an exploration that included audacious Fats Waller-style variations. But the most impressive piece began with an extended 10-fingered battering of the lower octave. The lights dimmed and he continued in darkness, the roaring growl of the music throwing up unexpected harmonics and elusive bass phrases, swelling like a dangerously close jet engine. It was an intense and meditative piece that, absurdly, suddenly threw up a filigree of chirpy high-register blues and a rolling bassline that could have come from St Louis. Confounding expectations is another of his many skills.

ELBJAZZ 19 Kit Downes photo 2 Claudia Hoehne

To his own surprise Kit Downes (above) also pulled off a triumphant performance in the same hall, admitting: “This is the first time I’ve had to worry about an encore for a solo organ concert”. The instrument in question was the phenomenal beast with 4,000-plus pipes woven into the organic architecture of the hall and played by Downes sitting in a mid-stage pool of light. From the bubbling Terry Riley-influenced ‘Obsidian’ to the stately hymn tune of ‘The Last Leviathan’ it felt as though he was exploring the full potential of the instrument as much as the music, wafting from reedy solo clarity to massive orchestral sweeps. It was captivating stuff, ancient and modern, that fully merited the ovation.

If Swiss vocal gymnast Andreas Schaerer (below) felt disappointing it was only because his improvisational duel with Soweto Kinch at Cheltenham Jazz had been so phenomenal. Singing with regular band Novel of Anomoly diminished his chances for spontaneity, restraining his remarkable combination of scat, beatbox and vocalisation. Fast Finnish tango ‘Aritmia’ showed off accordionist Luciano Biondini’s quick-thinking skills, ‘Stagione’ gained a plausible faux-trumpet solo, and the set finished with a virtuoso solo display from the capering Schaerer that clearly disappointed no-one.

ELBJAZZ 19 Andreas Schaerer and A Novel Of Anomaly photo 2 Claudia Hoehne

For the seasoned jazz festival goer it would hard be to fault Elb Jazz. A satisfying programme blessed by brilliant weather, with shuttle buses and boats efficiently criss-crossing between venues that included one of Europe’s most spectacular concert halls. What’s not to like?

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loquearde Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For April 2019

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What’s going on?! No, we’re not singing Marvin Gaye’s classic tune out oud at the Discogs office. We’re just scratching our heads as we realize that every one of April’s Top 30 entries sold for over $1,000. Well, to be more accurate, over $1,347. Ain’t that wild? We already talked to you about the this ongoing trend, and April proves it to be very real.

We’re going to step aside from the obvious “rare soul/funk singles are crazy expensive” narrative and try to focus on whatever feels most surprising this month. It was hard to ignore the record in first place this month: an extremely rare Japanese progressive rock record released in 1971. Only one copy was sold previously for €600 (about $675), so this is the first time we’ve seen this item in our Top 30. We don’t want to spoil the surprise of seeing the price of the second copy ever sold in the Discogs Marketplace, so scroll down to the bottom to find out by yourself.

It took a little research to find out about the release in general, but we can tell you this was the first and last album ever recorded by People (which might also be the least Google-able band name ever, right after Yes). The short-lived band was led by Buddhist poet/songwriter Naoki Tachikawa and released by Teichiku Records. No research needed to tell you that the mysterious and unique atmosphere of the album has reached cult status and, therefore, Discogs Top 30 fame.

A misprint takes the silver medal in this month’s chart. Not a huge surprise though, as we already told you in 2017 that misprints can be very good news. And if you pay close attention to number nine, you’ll probably be as mesmerized as we are right now. An absolutely insane box set with the works by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu was sold for $1,999. We don’t blame the buyer one bit, since this edition is a thing of beauty.

Since beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, you might find something more gorgeous in the rest of the list. Time to scroll down and discover the hidden gems throughout our latest chart:

  1. Quella Vecchia Locanda - Il Tempo Della Gioia

    Quella Vecchia Locanda – Il Tempo Della Gioia

    Sold for $1348.00 Label: RCA Italiana
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1974
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  2. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

    Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger

    Sold for $1348.00 Label: Peaceville
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1994
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  3. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman

    Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman

    Sold for $1383.00 Label: Epic, Legacy
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu
    Country: UK
    Released: 2019
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Heavy Metal

  4. Curtis Fuller - The Opener

    Curtis Fuller – The Opener

    Sold for $1397.00 Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1957
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  5. Modern Soul Trio - That's Where It's At / You're No Good

    Modern Soul Trio – That’s Where It’s At / You’re No Good

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Youngstown Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  6. The Checkerboard Squares* - A Day In Sausalito / Double Cookin'

    The Checkerboard Squares* – A Day In Sausalito / Double Cookin’

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Villa Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  7. Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away

    Led Zeppelin – Over The Hills And Far Away

    Sold for $1494.00 Label: Atlantic
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Angola
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  8. Residents, Uninc.* - Santa Dog

    Residents, Uninc.* – Santa Dog

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Ralph Records
    Format: 2×7″, Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Electronic, Rock
    Styles: Leftfield, Avantgarde, Experimental

  9. Eminem - Infinite

    Eminem – Infinite

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Web Entertainment
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1996
    Genres: Hip Hop
    Styles: Hardcore Hip-Hop, Conscious

  10. Mor Thiam - Dini Safarrar (Drums Of Fire)

    Mor Thiam – Dini Safarrar (Drums Of Fire)

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Rite Record Productions
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: African, Free Jazz

  11. Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra

    Museo Rosenbach – Zarathustra

    Sold for $1599.00 Label: Ricordi
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  12. Larry & The Blue Notes* - In And Out

    Larry & The Blue Notes* – In And Out

    Sold for $1666.00 Label: Charay Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Garage Rock

  13. Paul McCartney And Wings* - Wings 1971-73

    Paul McCartney And Wings* – Wings 1971-73

    Sold for $1776.00 Label: MPL (2), Capitol Records, UMe
    Format: 7xCD, Comp, RE, RM + 3xDVD-V + Blu-ray + Box, Dlx,
    Country: N/A
    Released: 2018
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll

  14. Nosferatu (3) - Nosferatu

    Nosferatu (3) – Nosferatu

    Sold for $1797.00 Label: Vogue Schallplatten
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Krautrock, Prog Rock

  15. The British North-American Act - In The Beginning...

    The British North-American Act – In The Beginning…

    Sold for $1800.00 Label: Now Records (3)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Canada
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock

  16. The Capitals - Oh, What You're Doing To Me / I Can't Deny That I Love You

    The Capitals – Oh, What You’re Doing To Me / I Can’t Deny That I Love You

    Sold for $1800.00 Label: Omen Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  17. The Reasons Why (2) - Melinda

    The Reasons Why (2) – Melinda

    Sold for $1833.00 Label: Sound Track (3)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

  18. Joy Division - Licht Und Blindheit

    Joy Division – Licht Und Blindheit

    Sold for $1906.00 Label: Sordide Sentimental
    Format: 7″, Ltd
    Country: France
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: New Wave, Post-Punk

  19. U2 - All I Want Is You

    U2 – All I Want Is You

    Sold for $1936.00 Label: Festival Records
    Format: 7″, Ltd, Pur
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1989
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Pop Rock

  20. The Mystiques - So Good To Have You Home Again / Put Out The Fire

    The Mystiques – So Good To Have You Home Again / Put Out The Fire

    Sold for $1977.00 Label: Twinight Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  21. The Misfits* - Bullet

    The Misfits* – Bullet

    Sold for $1999.00 Label: Plan 9
    Format: 7″, EP, RP, Red
    Country: US
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  22. Toru Takemitsu - Complete Takemitsu Edition

    Toru Takemitsu – Complete Takemitsu Edition

    Sold for $1999.00 Label: Shogakukan
    Format: 58xCD, Comp + 5xBox
    Country: Japan
    Released: 2002
    Genres: Classical, Folk, World, & Country, Stage & Screen
    Styles: Soundtrack, Modern

  23. The Misfits* - Bullet

    The Misfits* – Bullet

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Plan 9
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: US
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  24. N.O.W. (Neoterics Of Wisdom) - Special / Let It Go

    N.O.W. (Neoterics Of Wisdom) – Special / Let It Go

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Southern Jam Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Boogie, Funk

  25. Bob Ohiri & His Uhuru Sounds - Uhuru Aiye

    Bob Ohiri & His Uhuru Sounds – Uhuru Aiye

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Ashiko
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock, Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: African, Afrobeat, Psychedelic Rock

  26. Elvis Presley - The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Elvis Presley – The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Legacy, RCA
    Format: 30xCD, Comp, Mono, Ltd, Num, RM, Col
    Country: US
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Country, Gospel, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly

  27. Fun Things - Fun Things

    Fun Things – Fun Things

    Sold for $2048.00 Label: EMI Custom Records
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  28. Roy Panton - Endless Memory

    Roy Panton – Endless Memory

    Sold for $2700.00 Label: Bronco (2)
    Format: 7″, W/Lbl
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Rocksteady

  29. Gene Toones* - What More Do You Want

    Gene Toones* – What More Do You Want

    Sold for $2777.00 Label: Simco Records (2)
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  30. People (6) - Ceremony ~ Buddha Meet Rock

    People (6) – Ceremony ~ Buddha Meet Rock

    Sold for $5000.00 Label: Teichiku Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Jazz, Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

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