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The War on Drugs – Holding On (2017)

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Two War on Drugs tracks in less than a month. Well they’ve only gone and released a new single, ‘Holding On’, so what am I meant to do? Like someone has said before me, I knew I would like this track before I heard it. Before Adam Granduciel does his Bob Dylan thang, the single starts apace with a tight drum beat, synthesizers, a xylophone and never lets up. “He never gonna change; he never gonna learn…” Yeah baby. The new album A Deeper Understanding is released on 25 August.

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Ezra Furman And The Harpoons – Take Off Your Sunglasses (2008)

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Ezra Furman and the Harpoons

There’s been a bit of an unwelcome turn in the weather this weekend. You’ll have to excuse the meteorological theme this week, while I wish in the sun for the R&R I have planned on these shores. Ezra Furman and his Harpoons released their album Inside The Human Body in 2008. Part Bob Dylan, part Violent Femmes, the sound of ‘Take Off Your Sunglasses’ also has a punk aesthetic. Have a good week.

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Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower (1968)

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Jimi Hendrix again

‘All Along the Watchtower’ had been released by Bob Dylan on his John Wesley Harding album just six months earlier, when the Hendrix hurricane hit. Released on Electric Ladyland, Hendrix transformed the song into something phenomenal. The energy and dynamics of the solo guitar work beggars belief. Beggars, jokers, thieves. Have a great weekend.

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Bob Dylan – Man In Me (1970)

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I watched the Big Lebowski recently. It had been too long. I was reminded that several scenes play out to the sound of Dylan singing the line “Take a woman like you to get through/To the man in me”. One of his lesser known long players, New Morning featured this treat in 1970. Recently covered by My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne, the sentiment is evidently shared by others.

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