Posts Tagged ‘Nick Lowe’

This blog has really taken off since I moved it over to the new platform. It show the photos much better, the whole layout is a bit more slick without me having to do much about it. So thanks to those people at WordPress for hosting this service. They even threw in a spell checker, bless them! Somehow I feel these factors have contributed to a bit more inspired writing, too.

The traffic was huge yesterday thanks to Stonch plugging my posts about Italy. Stonch is the BrewDog of the beer bloggers, please try him out if you haven’t done so already. His blog combines informed and very entertaining writing. For those of his readers who like Italian beer porn, here is a picture from Parma today. No bald men, I’m afraid, but then I actually prefer long-legged ladies.

It is interesting to see how the beer blog universe is developing. Some are almost pure photo blogs, some are personal or group diaries, some focus on travel and some are very analytical and academic. Click your way through the blog roll here on my pages, there is a lot of fine stuff there. Are there any decent German or Austrian beer blogs that you know of?

Alan, I will look out for the traditional English pub games. The only problem is that I have serious problems comprehending the rules of old-fashioned English games and sports. But I’ll see what I can do and will bring glass beads Norwegian beers to buy information from the natives.

As for Nick Lowe, I have seen him live several times, with and without a band. The most memorable time was about five years ago, when he played in a park in Malmö, Sweden, about 400 km from Oslo. Nick had not played in Scandinavia for about a decade, so we decided to go. There were three of us going down there, having booked tickets for the show, hotel rooms, we even rented a car. So we started off early in the morning, (nor so early, come to think of it, one of us overslept!) and arrived in Malmö at around two in the afternoon. We had all the time in the world, we checked into the hotel, popped into a record shop and then we sat down for a pizza and a few beers in the June sun. At about six we decided to head for the park where the concert was held.

As we approached the arena, we heard a familiar voice in the distance, and, as we reached the gate, Nick Lowe finished what turned out to be the encore, bowed deeply and left the stage.

We learned a lesson about timing that day. Luckily, Willie Nelson was playing in the evening, and he had an incredible two-and-a-half hour show. But we had to wait three years to see Nick live again!

A word of warning: Stonch – I had planned to bring a bottle of the finest Christmas beer available in Norway for you in December. But any more snide remarks about Paul McCartney, I will give it so someone else!

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I usually don’t post about music, though there will be a post about beer and music some time soon. The last time I wrote about Nick Lowe, over at the motime blog, I made that rather thin excuse that he once played in a “pub rock” band. But it’s my soap box, isn’t it?

Anyway, Nick played at Gamle Logen in Oslo last night, and it was a wonderful experience. He just walked on stage, picked up his acoustic guitar and began to sing. One man on the gallery mixing sound and light, that was all.

But this veteran rocker has a song catalogue that is enough to keep an audience under his spell for an hour and a half. And the beautiful venue, usually used for classical music, was perfect, with none of the chatter you get in the more standard rock clubs in Oslo.

The songs were partly from his current album, At My Age, as well as chestnuts from his long career. We got Cruel to Be KindI Knew The Bride and Peace Love and Understanding, sure, but for me the highlight was probably Seven Nights to Rock from the often overlooked Cowboy Outfit album.

Nick Lowe can carry a show like this on his own, and his voice is probably in better form than ever. But I’d love to see him back again with a band soon – some of the songs are begging for the rock ‘n’ roll treatment.

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