October 3, 2008

like a warm drink it seeps into my soul

Today I’ve been listening a lot to this ace version of “All At Sea” by British skateboarder-punk-turned-pianist Jamie Cullum. I forgot how much I enjoy this marvelous song; I just stumbled across a live version of it from the KFOG studios there in San Francisco. It’s the kind of song that’s always made me feel like the fog and the sea, SF or Seattle.

Cullum is talented, and extremely fun to watch live; I saw him once at the KFOG Concert for Kids, there at Davies Symphony Hall in SF. Between the flying kicks and jumps off the piano bench, he looked like the hyperactive kid in music class 6th period that can’t wait to get out on his skateboard in the empty halls of school after class is over for the day. You wouldn’t really know it from this melancholy tune, though.

All At Sea (live on KFOG) – Jamie Cullum


In music news, I’m out the door to the listening party/Twist & Shout in-store with Everything Absent Or Distorted tonight. Their new record is pretty incredible.

And wait, for my San Fran friends — did I read right that MC Hammer is playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend? I knew he blogged, but bluegrass? Um . . . wow.

Amazing.

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  • This is by far my favorite JC song. It is one of those rare songs that truly evokes the feeling that’s being sung about; being away from it all, physically, mentally. I’ve always loved the lyrics “I gave away my phone”…so appropos for the phone-dependent people we’ve all become in this fast paced world, which is the complete polar opposite of being at sea. If you can find it and have the equipment, search out the Super Audio CD (SACD) version of this album, it sounds absolutely fantastic.

    Rage

    Anonymous — October 3, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  • ah! the title of your post caught my attention. I adoreeeeeeeeeeeee this song, my favourite by Jamie ever ever ever. Jamie Cullum is ridiculously underrated. thanks for posting about him.

    Hanan — October 4, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  • Nice song indeed though not my favorite.The first time i heard of JC (after his song ofcourse) i heard that his a skateboard pianist and that`s when i started to listen to his music…
    GG JC

    Pamela Pressley

    Pamela Pressley, Atlanta, Georgia 30349 – SSN, Credit Records, Arrest Records, Court Records, Criminal Records ..

    equillium — October 4, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

  • Completely agree that he’s FANTASTIC live. I was shocked with the energy of his concert when I saw him in Royal Oak, MI. Great old theater with all the seats taken out, so the crowd was free to MOVE, and move they/we did. SO much fun. Wonder when we get some new stuff from him?

    Keith — October 6, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

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