Thanks to the damage sustained by one of my readers when listening to the irresistibly catchy toe tappy-ness of The Cat Empire as described in my last rant about Aussie music, this edition of what’s on my ipod comes with a warning not to follow the links unless you are prepared for some uncontrolled foot tapping.
Todays music post is about the amazing Ash Grunwald. While I was looking for videos to share with you I played this one, Walking, which was used in the movie Limitless http://youtu.be/dovf9HCgYAs. The ears of the Man of the House, whose musical tastes stalled about 20 years ago, perked up and he said ‘ooh, I like this one, turn it up’. There is hope for him yet. When you watch the clip look at the black instrument the drummer on the left is playing. Yes, he is using a hammer, yes, it is a car door.
I first encountered the blues/roots playing Ash Grunwald when he performed on the very funny Australian comedy/news TV show, Good News Week. He wandered up on stage with his guitar and just let loose. He was totally amazing and judging by the reaction of the crowd I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Here is the link to it http://youtu.be/YvcgMFg1RHQ. The best part starts at 3:00, and the bit where he sings ‘maybe we could do that speedy-up thing that makes me sound good’ and then really speeds it up, ad-libbing the end of the song is priceless 🙂
I also found him doing an amazing live version of Robert Johnson’s Crossroads in 2004
At this point I am going to tell you one of the methods I use to check if I am correct in thinking a particular song is good.
I will sit in the loungeroom while the boys (aged 9 and 11) are on the Wii and play it. If I can put it on loud enough for them to not be able to hear the game they are playing and there are no complaints it is obviously good. If they start unconciously singing along while they are playing their game I know I am onto a winner.
While I am typing this they are choosing to sing along with the chorus of Ash Grunwald’s Breakout instead of listening to Sonic the Hedgehog. High praise indeed.