The Upper Shelves On Tour With the Mighty Peptones

Catch the Upper Shelves in support of the nation's greatest R&R act, the Peptones

Saturday 30th of January, Nederland 3, Wateringen
Saturday 13th of February, De Vinger, Den Haag
Saturday 20th of March, de Trucker, Pijnacker

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Jerry Byrne - Ligths Out

Jerry Byrne was born in the Irish quarters of New Orleans. He was only seventeen when he recorded this little rock and roll monster. It was written by his cousin Mac Rebennack, who was also seventeen years old. At that point Mac was yet to become Dr. John. For Both Jerry and Mac it was their first studio experience.

The tempo on Ligths Out is simply insane. Before you know it the lights are out. The piano solo (played by Art Neville) is wild and out of control. The lyrics are just naughty. First line: “Standin’ on the front porch grabbed her and kissed her, boy was I surprised when It was your little sister”. The year is 1958.

Jerry Byrne passed away april 7th of this year.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Irma Thomas - It's Raining

Spring. Is there a better season? I doubt it. Nights are getting longer, skirts are getting shorter. And because spring in Holland also means rain, I put on Irma Thomas to sing those clouds away with a stunningly simple, but gorgeous song about rain and missing someone. I miss Martin Bril. He was a Dutch writer who sadly passed away a year ago. His short stories made me feel as if it was spring every day. So, without Martin around to make rainy days feel like spring, I will put on Irma one more time.