Can anyone recommend an iTunes alternative music management tool for mac that doesn’t require pretending to still use windows? Preferably free/cheap. After my iPod classic died last week I’ve followed the recommendation of others here and gone for a fiio x3. I think the sound is definitely miles better – assuming I have not brainwashed myself. Although I am still getting used to the different buttons and slightly slower response times the only big downside at the moment is that each time I add an album (as I have been in the habit of doing 3 or 4 times a week)it updates the whole library and with 110g that can take half an hour. May need to time my updates a bit better. This has encouraged me to look at managing the library better. Music monkey sounded the trick but running on mac looks unduly complicated. What do other mac users here use as an alternative to iTunes? Is it worth the effort?
Album arrived today and looking forward to seeing her live next week. More electric sunshine. (Records by old blokes also available.)
Don’t look like much but we have everything…Close run thing but so far, so good…
Coming home from shopping this morning there was a queue outside one of the (several) tattoo parlours we have in town. I assume tattooists are not early risers but I may be doing them a disservice, perhaps someone had lost the keys. Even so – half a dozen people. Upstairs they appear to have a tattoo removal parlour. I wonder who was queuing for what? There’s a whole world/economy/social phenomenon that is opaque to me – anyone think its worth investigating?
PS several of them seemed to be “vaping” too!
Beverly is a band. Bought this ticket on impulse – not heard of Beverly at the time but it looked interesting, it’s a great venue (normally get to stand about about10 ft from the band)so what the hell let’s splash out on £8 for 3 bands. In the meantime I’ve done my homework – got Beverly’s first album and delved (thanks discogs) into corners of yet another scene(s) that was previously unknown to me – Frankie Rose, Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts – what presence! Some interesting stuff there which I’m still digesting but Beverly are the pick of that crop for me and are currently filling a similar place in my pop heart as Alvvays – but a bit more noisy. Beverly is a band – did I mention that? Fronted by Drew Citron (love that name!) who sings and plays guitar alongside the other guitar guy, Scott Rosenthal (I think), the bass guy and the drum guy – didn’t get introduced to them. Love all this guitar action – some great songs with a touch of Wire/JAMC wall-of-noise in there somewhere. All played with energy and obvious enthusiasm. They played just under » Continue Reading.
I rather like this – not least as an attempt to reduce the average age of performers discussed here into double figures. Also makes a change from some of the gargoyles featuring recently (present company excepted). Some more good stuff on the album & looking forward to seeing them next week. What do you think Mr K?
Sunday night is always a bit problematic for going out and it had been a long hot day however this was one Mrs Anton wanted to see and she normally only goes out for the Monochrome Set and Wire* so off we go. Driving so no booze hence I am up early today 🙂
This was the last night of UK touring for all 3 bands and it felt like the Fleece was a good send-off.
Openers Leggy were the youngest/newest and played 30 minutes of enthusiastic garage-pop.
Next up Wussy who we had come to see. Although they have been going for years they were unknown to me until a couple of months ago when reviews of latest album “Forever Sounds” got me intrigued and quickly hooked. Damn they have some great songs – very country feedback. Although Cleaver and Lisa are the main singers/song-writers tonight the bass player was the most vocal and mobile – although the stage at the Fleece is not huge he seemed to be enjoying having some space. They finished with ” an 80’s favourite by Huey Lewis & the News” which was actually Joy Division/New Order’s Ceremony. » Continue Reading.
…but this really does if for me tonight
Because it is…and who’s that?
A stormy night after a grim few weeks/months and in need of some serious cheering up. Thank goodness for Meilyr Jones the man/band to do it. I’d never heard of him until stumbling across “2013” but its one of my most played albums of 2016 and this show was a great showcase for it. Starting with a stomping version of “How to Recognise a Work of Art” (great video too) – MJ and band grinning like they know what a brilliant song it is – gloriously brassy (maybe a touch of the Motors?)
“Aber Abba” someone shouted – several times in case we missed it first time. It’s not just the songs about Rome and the harpsichord keyboards that make you think Divine Comedy type chamber pop – some of the music is ethereal and atmospheric, and then you get a belter like “Strange Emotional” which nods to “Smoke on the Water”.
MJ has an engaging stage presence (invades the audience at one point)and was manning the merch table and chatting afterwards.
Support Edward Penfold looks interesting.
The Louisiana has had a refit since I last visited – new stage backdrop and ceiling. It’s » Continue Reading.
New name to me but looked interesting and worth a punt on a quiet Wednesday. Did some discogs research and got drawn in to a world- as you/I do. He’s been around a while (as I’m sure you knew) and sounds it. Looks a bit like a younger Elvis Costello (alright he’s got short hair, glasses & guitar) and sounds like a gnarled Western old-timer, but his songs are strangely sweet and golden at the same time. A life of pain and woe and nasty accidents and heartfelt songs to match. Gothic country anyone?
Usual Thekla – hipsters and hip replacements. No Jeff tonight.
It made me think..
God I need cheering up – today especially – so Meilyr Jones next week. Make me smile.
Well do we?
Product Description Kate Jackson is back. The former frontwoman of the Long Blondes is pleased to announce her debut solo album, British Road Movies. The record was written by Jackson alongside guitarist and producer Bernard Butler (Suede, The Tears) at West Heath Studios in London. These ten songs were conceived as cinematic starting points, movie titles with lyrical story-boards. With ‘British Road Movies’ Jackson paints scenes and tells stories, paying homage to the colour, weather and architecture seen from every car windscreen. ‘British Road Movies’ takes in eclectic musical styles, from synth driven glam rock to Blade Runner electronica, faded piano allure to sweeping strings alt-country. All these recordings have two things in common, Jackson’s unique vocal top line and Butler’s instantly recognisable guitar. These are big, melodic alternative pop songs, with the guitarist’s naturally cinematic production perfectly complementing the narrative of the record.
Never quite “got” the idea of tribute bands although there seem to be almost as many playing these days as actual “originals”….Whatever, the idea of a Morrissey tribute band from Mexico seemed too good to resist. They put on a great show – a big band for a small stage and they turned the boat into a party for an hour or so – dancing, singalong, clapping and all. A bit of a challenge to see who is first to “name that tune” in translation. The music speaks for itself.
Hot and sweaty, enthusiastic. Big Jeff obviously. Grins all round.
It made me think..
Say what you like about Morrissey(most people do) he’s produced some great songs.
The Duke Spirit @ Thekla
Good old(new) dirty rocknroll with some great songs andstage presence. Love this!
so hip it hurts, well mine does …big Jeff obviously.
It made me think..
After a month of resisting the temptation to buy any new music I finally fell. Leafing through Mojo and Uncut and Q in the Smiths, and even perusing recommendations on this site I resisted….but last Sunday I fell…. the sunday paper made reference to a band I’d never heard of (like so many) that was intriguing enough that even though I didn’t recognise half the references I went for it…and suddenly I’m after their (quite expensive) back catalogue and tracking down early 90’s cd’s by a band called Ass Pony’s. How does this happen? When I fall, I fall….Now I discover my latest flame are playing nearby in are months – so it was obviously meant to be….now about these Shonen Knife people…
Last year I bought too many books and CD’s..as I did the year before that and that…at least that’s what the wife – and the postman says (bless you Overstocks and Discogs.)
This year I resolved to be different. By EXCEL! Keep a list of all the CDs and books I buy and make sure I read/listen (I understand there’s a 6 listens rule for CD’s which sounds good).
So I tidied up the bookcases and make a list of the books I don’t think I’ve read (not counting the wife’s) so that’s 50+ and some of them are pretty big (The North, Young Orson anyone?) where did the biography of J D Salinger come from?
And as for CD’s well…one thing leads to another…with some Christmas presents I got the Low and E Friedberger latest (both new to me) and “had” to catch up on the back catalogue….and still catching up from seeing Mountain Goats in November. Then I was in a Fopp on the day Blackstar came out and the wife wanted that….then come the following week news there were a few gaps in DB back catalogue I wanted to catch up on….and suddenly I have 32 CDs » Continue Reading.
Saw these guys a few weeks ago….at some point someone called out “You saved my life!” Perfect response from singer; “You saved your life, I just provided the soundtrack.”
in all the fuss about some football bloke I missed that some bloke had gone into space?
..been listening to this all day.
A rare work trip to London today, and it went OK so maybe it was that, maybe the sun, maybe a coup[le of glasses of wine after…exiting Paddington the sight from carriage C was glorious…huge infrastructure development, the suddenly green fields…the glorious, sun-drenched concrete of Reading…whatever happened to the topless towers of Didcot?
“Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty:”
I quite liked the Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny album of a few years ago “Yours Truly, Cellophane Noise” which was as quirky as its name suggests. It seems BJH was less keen and she now appears before of us reinvented as Du Blonde (pun on double? double entendre?). The album “Welcome Back to Milk” has some slightly perturbing packaging(see my signed copy) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Shouldn’t have worried. The show was great. The Louisiana is a small, friendly venue (upstairs in a good looking pub) – don’t think it fits more than a 120 so quite intimate. Support Lionface put on a good show and look worth watching out for. DB was really good – less confrontational than the build up suggested. Perhaps it was the presence of family in the audience – or maybe the press have overdone the angry bit. DB may actually be a bit more musically conventional than BJ&HoD – a bit rockier (more drums and guitar) maybe angrier lyrics- still strong melodies and a good voice. Short set – less than an hour including encore (Auntie Lesley joined her on » Continue Reading.
Driving home out of Bristol this afternoon the other side of the M4 heading for Wales was starting to gridlock. Apparently all heading for One Direction and Manic Street Preachers (presumably not on the same bill?)….rather them than me. Hope you weren’t affected.
Keep the chatter down … surely not?