Saturday, March 7
Dagmar Krause - "The Ballad of Bougeois Welfare", "The Ballad of The Sackslingers", "Pavel's Prison Song", Etc.
"... Radical in both music and politics, the band relocated to London in the early '70s, eventually joining forces with progressives Henry Cow. After Cow's demise in 1980, Krause teamed up with former-bandmates guitarist Fred Frith and drummer Chris Cutler in the wonderfully anarchic Art Bears, who disbanded after three excellent records. ... As a vocalist, Krause is arguably something of an acquired taste. Her husky, vibrato-laden alto can suddenly swoop into a breathtaking upper register with a power that belies her small, frail physique. Her English singing retains a heavy German accent, but whether she sings in German or English (which she often does on the same record), she retains her impeccable phrasing and ability to inject the most oft-heard lyric with almost palpable emotion."
YouTube: "The Ballad of Bougeois Welfare", "The Ballad of The Sackslingers", "Pavel's Prison Song", "Genevieve", "Surabaya Johnny", "Song of a German Mother"
2010 January: Dagmar Krause, 2010 February: Art Bears, 2012 July: Supply and Demand: Songs by Brecht / Weill & Eisler, 2012 November: News from Babel, 2013 February: Tank Battles: The Songs of Hanns Eisler.