Bear Music #179

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite

This week has seen the release of Bob Dylan’s 39th album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, which has shot straight in the albums chart at #1. This makes him the oldest artist to reach number one in the UK charts with an album of new material. The album is Dylan’s first batch of new songs in eight years. It was met with rave reviews, with Rolling Stone calling it “one of his most timely albums ever” and The Guardian describing it as “a testament to his eternal greatness”.

In fact, most reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, earning a 95/100 rating from Metacritic based. Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph awarded the album five stars out of five. Anne Margaret Daniel, reviewing for Hot Press, said “Rough and Rowdy Ways is a record we need right now, and it will endure.” Mikael Wood, in the Los Angeles Times, said the album “rolls out one marvel after another.” Writing for Slate, Carl Wilson called the release Dylan’s best in “many years, maybe even decades” for the breadth of its cultural references and the depth of Dylan’s lyrics and songwriting. Jon Pareles, chief music critic for The New York Times, labelled the album a “Critic’s Pick,” describing its songs as “equal parts death-haunted and cantankerous,” rivalling the “the grim, gallows-humoured conviction of his albums Time Out of Mind (1997) and Love and Theft (2001).” Writing for The Telegraph India, Jaimin Rajani said this release brings respite and diversity.

The songs “Murder Most Foul”, “I Contain Multitudes” and “False Prophet” have been released as singles but our favourite track is “Key West (Philosopher Pirate)” which sort of bubbles along. It’s as deep as a grave and as light as a feather and it feels like the climax of everything Bob has been trying to do produce for the last twenty years. Yet it is a simple song that simply describes a place and describes what happens there, then just lets the thematic content rise to the surface all on its own. No analysis. No hand-holding. Just Key West.

The song of the century.


Bob Dylan – Key West (Philosopher Pirate)

Bob Dylan – Key West (Philosopher Pirate).

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63 Comments on “Bear Music #179”

  1. No Wham then? I am so disappointed. Bahahahahah :roflao:

    In other news, last-night I learnt my father is indeed the reason I have a sex addiction. That is all people.

    1. I thought the same when I saw him. I think we have this idea that all our heroes are 6’6″ and he is 5’6″. In fact, a woman climbed on the stage and hugged him before security managed to grab her and she made him appear even smaller.

  2. I fucking hate people, so the chance to avoid them during lockdown has been lovely. Now that it’s coming to an end, I might just stay indoors and pretend I didn’t know it had been lifted, a bit like those Japanese soldiers found hiding in the jungle years after the end of WW2. And claiming that I hadn’t seen anything on TV or the internet will be entirely plausible, as I’m with Virgin Media.

    Terry Towelling, Luton.

  3. A storm rolled in about an hour or so ago. Torrential rain, hail, wind, flooding, thunder and lightning. It is still raging. I’ll be in my crate with a blanket over my head if you need me.

  4. The world’s fucking ending, anyhow. Go ahead and smoke that crack, shoot that smack, chase a handful of pills with a fifth of bourbon, or even … tell a woman to calm down!

  5. Our good friend Pip made this fantastic sign for us. I love how she’s painted me and my friends on it. She’s even got all our colours right! And just look at the tails – ET’s is lovely and fluffy and mine and Dorothy’s are making a special shape. Big thank you to Pip!

  6. “Of all trees, I most love the oak in early summer. The leaves change colour as they open, so that the colour of the tree changes from day to day. Some produce a green that is very close to being luminous yellow, almost dazzling.”


  7. Rolf report 29 June

    I’m happy to be back on campus patrol but I don’t understand where all my friends have gone. I sit patiently outside my favourite buildings but there is no one to let me in. Here’s to the time beyond the worst of the pandemic & campus has people again.

    Rolf x

  8. Left my van with a pallet of bricks on the back. Over the weekend some bastards have taken the pallet off my van and filled the cab up with the bricks!

  9. I thought launching a £1bn school building project was the best way to mark the tenth anniversary of Michael Gove scrapping Labour’s £1bn school building project.

  10. My human entered us in a virtual cat show on Facebook and ET won her class! It was for cats with a disability and ET is well qualified as she was born with Wobbly Cat Syndrome and also had her ear flaps removed two years ago because of cancer. My human is so proud of her.

  11. When we are let into restaurants again. Can we all just agree that yes everyone is getting a starter and a dessert. I’ll fork the first person who tries to play that debate game.

  12. I’m gonna watch Ace Ventrura 2 tonight bc it’s one of the fucking funniest films ever and this app depresses the life out of me so I’m ignoring you and singing pretty chitty bang bang with Jim. K bye x

  13. Can you pop to my mums on the way home? She’s got a bees nest in the roof and Knobhead keeps eating them. Let him crack on the loon.

    Not a bee to be seen. Just a Jack Russell with a fat tongue. Knobhead!

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