Going For A Song: ‘Cyprus Avenue’ (live)

Van Morrison – Cyprus Avenue (live)

On Friday night I was thinking about how much I like the album Astral Weeks. (My introduction to this album was through an excellent Lester Bangs article in his book Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung; a book I wholly recommend to you.) Browsing the web for songs off the album to listen to I stumbled upon this live version of ‘Cyprus Avenue’ recorded at the Fillmore East in 1970 – Van and his band channelling the spirit of Otis Redding.

 

Shellac of North America Tonight

I’m off to see Shellac of North America tonight at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. I saw them ages ago at an All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in a year I can’t at the moment quite recall. I can’t quite recall the gig either so I’m looking forward to this one. That I’m going also gives me the excuse to draw your attention to Douglas Cowie’s summation of Shellac’s greatness that has stayed with me since I read it a few years ago because it is, I feel, spot on.