C&M's (Sunday 16th February 2020)
Standing in defiance of Storm Dennis, these hellebores are in C&M's back garden next door, as spied from my study window in between downpours, with a long lens.
I may have missed the opportunity to blip the plum tree's blossom this year as Dennis has re-arranged a mass of petals all over the woodland garden and the front yard. Otherwise, we have got off lightly here.
17.2.2020 (1205 hr)
Blip #3146 (#2896 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #000
Blips/Extras In 2020 #028/265 + #013/100 Extras
Day #3614 (821 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2275 (#2116 + 159 in archived blips)
Taken with Pentax K-5 and Pentax HD P-DA 55-300 mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens
Curzon St series
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Mdou Moctar - Tarhatazed (recorded 2019, High Bias Recordings, Detroit MI)
This was the track that stood out for me on the cover disc of the new Mojo magazine, Heavy Soul Vol. 2, and features the blistering guitar work of Saharan guitarist Mahamadou Souleymane aka Mdou Moctar.
"Born in a nomad camp in Niger and now a leading figure of desert rock, Mdou Moctar stands out as the most innovative artist in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. In contrast to polished “world music” fare, Mdou trades in unrelenting grit and has no qualms about going full shred.
"A long time coming, “Ilana” is Mdou's first true studio album. Recorded in Detroit at the tail end of a US tour by engineer Chris Koltay (who met after bonding over ZZ Top's “Tres Hombres”), Mdou lived in studio for a week, playing into the early hours and accompanied by an all-star band: Ahmoudou Madassane's (Les Filles de Illighadad) lighting fast rhythm guitar, Aboubacar Mazawadje's machine gun drums, and Michael Coltun's structured low-end bass.
"The result is Mdou's most ambitious record to date, taking tradition into into an ever louder and blistering direction. From the rock anthem “Tarhatazed,” to the Van Halen tapping of “Kamane Tarhanin,” “Ilana” stands amongst the greats of classic rock, albeit accidentally. "I don't know what rock is, I have no idea,” he says, “I only know how to play my style." Mdou Moctar
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