There aren’t too many bands these days writing thoughtful, original blues songs. But then, not too many blues bands are blessed with a charismatic singer / harmonicist like Raoul Bhaneja, an accomplished actor who’s held down a regular role in a television series, appeared in several feature films, and has toured the world in support of his one-man production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Shakespeare and the blues may seem odd bedfellows, but Bhaneja’s abilities as both writer and performer give You My People, the third outing by Raoul And The Big Time, a uniquely hip vibe.Bhaneja wrote most of the material (some with help), following conventional blues forms but adding a personal stamp through rhythmic twists and a unique approach to harmonica. He deftly avoids cliché, even when dealing with time-honored topics…..
The Fall's New Facts Emerge opens with a track that sounds a bit like a mean-spirited parody of the Fall, as an incomprehensible Mark E. Smith spouts gibberish over some random noise hovering in the background. Then "Fol de Rol," the first proper song, kicks in, and as the band lays into a minimalistic but ferocious slab of garage-centric punk rock, Mark E. Smith…well, he spouts gibberish, or at least it's pretty hard to tell what he's on about most of the time. The difference is, this time Smith sounds fully energized and ready to tear a hole in your sound system with the tension and power of his vocals.
On December 3, 1963, at age 62, when most folks are thinking about retirement, Louis Armstrong recorded the sprightly "Hello, Dolly!," the title song for a Broadway show. Thus began a six year-long series of recordings that brought arguably most important 20th Century musician back into the limelight and, in fact, gave him his greatest recording successes ever.