Filed under: Related | Tags: Blog, Music, Rainmates Forever, Trashcan Sinatras
Does anyone remember the Rainmate?
You know, that strange contraption which appeared on yer Granny’s heid when it started raining. As a wee boy, I always remember her whipping this weird looking thing out of her shopping trolley as soon as it started raining – a clear, plastic hood she’d tie around her chin before going down the town for her messages.
Something like this (not my Gran of course)…
‘…Soaked to the skin…’ of course, has a connection to the rainmate in Trashcan world. It is, as you well know, a part of the opening couplet to the very wonderful ‘The Genius I Was’ from third album, ‘A Happy Pocket’, …
you and me
soaked to the skin
dead waist down, on the evidence
we’re guilty as sin”
Fantastic don’t you think? What’s also fantastic though is another Trashcan fan site and it’s called Rainmates Forever – clever eh? I’m not 100% sure who runs it, but it could be Randy from the old forum/message board as I recognise a few of the pieces on it.
It’s good there’s another blog like this, keeps the Trashcan name out there. Anyway, go and have a wee look – there’s things on there that’s not on here and things on here that’s not on there – so between the two, you’re covered.Follow @fivehungryjoes
Filed under: Related | Tags: Jan Burnett, John Douglas, Music, Spoken Word, The Grand Gestures, Trashcan Sinatras
‘Happy Holidays’ is the fourth and final album from The Grand Gestures – Jan Burnett’s collaborative project with various vocalists, both known and unknown that adds their lyrics and melody to his music. The music is mostly written around taped loops, synthesisers and various noises.
It’s a poignant album, taking an alternative but somewhat bleak look at the holiday season and features some previous collaborators like Hipsway’s Grahame Skinner, Sanjeev Kholi, Andrew Mitchell, Jill O’Sullivan and Celie Byrne alongside some new collaborators including the Trashcans’ John Douglas.
John’s contribution is the closing song on the album. I won’t give too much away, but ‘Sergeant Claus’ is a wonderful and humorous story of the characters he met and the trouble they got into during the arse-end of his teenage days living in London.
Almost the entire album is spoken word, but don’t let that put you off. In the words of Jan himself…
“It’s the record you put on at the end of a Christmas night, on your own, drink in hand.
Try not to cry.
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Filed under: Related | Tags: Compass Records, Heidi Talbot, Music, Sandy Denny
Say hello to Irish folk singer Heidi Talbot. Originally from County Kildare she spent several years in New York as a member of the Irish-American supergroup Cherish The Ladies. Since then she has pursued her own solo career and is now on her fourth album.
To be honest, I’d never heard of her before. It was only when I found out that John Douglas appeared on her third album that I decided further exploration was needed.
The album, ‘The Last Star’, is a who’s who of the Scottish and Irish modern folk scene. There’s an amazing array of talent on show including John McCusker (Heidi’s husband), Donald Shaw, Roy Dodds, Boo Hewerdine, Phil Cunningham, Karine Polwart, Kris Drever, Eddi Reader and of course John – who gets his ukelele oot on the sublime ‘Cherokee Rose’.
The songs create an intimate atmosphere and engage you immediately. Songs about love, infidelity, dirty tricks and even murder, all sit comfortably together. There’s also a revival of Sandy Denny’s, ‘At the End of the Day’, and if you fling in a wee sea shanty and a country lament you have yourself a truly magical album.
Filed under: Related | Tags: Celtic Connections, Concert, Laurel Canyon, Rock Poster, Roddy Hart, Trashcan Sinatras
…to Laurel Canyon via Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
That’s exactly what Scottish musician Roddy Hart did recently for a night of collaboration at Celtic Connections.
In the late 1960s, Laurel Canyon, a neighbourhood high above Los Angeles, was home to the counterculture hippy scene with influential artists like Jodi Mitchell, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Frank Zappa and James Taylor, all living and making music in and around the area.
Hart inaugurated Roaming Roots in 2013 as a celebration of the late Levon Helm and its success gave him the thumbs up to repeat the recipe. Billed as a tribute to the legends of Laurel Canyon, this year’s Revue followed in a similar vein, taking advantage of the presence of so many musicians in town for the Celtic Connections festival. Artists on the bill included Lau, Lindi Ortega, Dawes, Siobhan Wilson, Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble and Frank and John from the Trashcan Sinatras – each offering their own take on a canyon related song and also allowed the opportunity to unveil some of their own work.
By the end of the show there were over 30 musicians on stage for a rousing finale of The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ and The Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreaming’.
Frank and John took to the stage earlier in the first half of the show for a sublime take on Judee Sill’s, ‘The Kiss’.
Here’s the promo poster for the event – a copy of which was presented to each artist who played.
The poster was designed and produced by Douglas Walker at Handcooked Posters in Stirling – there’s a link on the left there if you want to explore more of his work.
Filed under: Related | Tags: La Cigale, Le Bataclan, Ticket Stub, Trashcan Sinatras
…or is it?
Here’s a ticket stub from 1996 for the 10th Anniversary of French publication Les Inrockuptibles, with a fine line-up including Placebo, Eels and of course, the Trashcan Sinatras.
Going by the date on the ticket, I’m assuming the venue was changed from La Cigale theatre to Le Bataclan, which as you know, was the venue for the live ‘Weightlifting E.P.’ release, which you can read about here.
Au revoir for now.
10 November 1996Follow @fivehungryjoes