This should be easy for folks on here….
I got 225 which should be easily beatable – fell over on the hippity-hoppity tracks.
This should be easy for folks on here….
I got 225 which should be easily beatable – fell over on the hippity-hoppity tracks.
Just come across this e-book (paperback coming soon apparently) on Peter Green that may be of interest to a few on here (paging Johnny C……).
Seems to be in 3 volumes at $10 each or $25 for the complete set.
Can’t vouch for whether its any good – not yet downloaded myself. Will probably do so later this week.
As you probably know, there’s a new elbow album out later this week. They’ve posted a couple of videos from the album, including this one which brings back memories for those of us of a certain age…..
Directed by Kevin Godley, who even appears in it.
Following up from the Elvis Costello below on the lack of a new album, I was thinking of who else that is missing in action – still officially active, but we have not seen any new albums for a while….
Couple (that were both highly regarded on here) that come to mind…
i) Silver Seas – last album was “Alaska” back in 2013. I think there were a couple of new tracks posted a year a so ago, but no sign of a new album.
ii) Midlake – last album, “Antiphon”, again back in 2013. No sign of anything new…..
Wherefore art thou ? And who else is missing in action ?
Article in the Times today on a place in that there London that plays vinyl – Jarvis Cocker, Nick Hornby have played their collections. All sounds very AW friendly….. anyone been ?
Sssh! I know it’s date night, but I’m listening to Miles There is a new breed of specialist bar where audiophiles can hear classic vinyl played through hi-tech kit
Will Hodgkinson January 25 2017, 12:01am, The Times
When did you last go to a public space for the sole purpose of listening to a DJ play records? Unless you are a fan of dancing to punishingly loud music in a warehouse at three in the morning, the answer will probably be decades ago, if ever.
Now Spiritland, a restaurant and bar in King’s Cross equipped with the kind of high-end audio system hitherto experienced only by people who count a yacht, a football club and possibly Ukraine among their possessions, wants to make the simple act of listening to records in company a part of the capital’s cultural fabric.
“The idea came because I’m a music lover and there wasn’t anywhere for me to go in London that had the diversity of music, the quality of experience, the » Continue Reading.
If you like a bit of opera and have a Qobuz UK account, then it looks like there’s a bargain (probably a driving error ??) on Maria Callas / Completed Studio Recordings in Hi-Res audio.
Thats 1100 tracks for the sum of £7.34…….
Whilst it is obviously listed at that price in the enclosed link, I cannot guarantee that not will work – my Qobuz account is with the French site and so defaults to that, where the price is still 142 Euros.
Amazon Uk have just won some customer satisfaction ranking thing and so to celebrate they are offering £10 discount with any order over £50 (single use only). enter code BIGTHANKS at checkout.
So spend £50.01 and that’s a 20% discount.
Seeing mention of Steve Winwood in the “Choose Life” thread below reminded me of one of my all time favourite YouTube clips….. a solo acoustic version of John Barleycorn.
So for no other reason than it’s fantastic, here’s some Steve Winwood on acoustic guitar to start your year.
There’s also a version of Can’t Find My Way Home from the same session.
Couple of questions – have these acoustic recordings ever been made available apart from on YouTube (I would love a Winwood acoustic album) – it’s been 8 years since his last offering (Nine Lives). Will we get any more new material from Steve Winwood ???
What does it sound like?:
Stumbled across a couple of live Lloyd Cole recordings from this year on Pledge Music (see RT post yesterday) and promptly ordered the download version. Two albums available – a full band concert with the Leopards from Brooklyn Bowel and the solo Union Chapel concert from Oct / Nov.
Union Chapel album covers mostly Lloyd Cole & Commotions songs plus a smattering of early solo stuff (and a Prince Song – Sometimes It Snows In April). All done with solo acoustic (and later joined by, I believe, his son), All the classics are there – Rattlesnakes, Perfect Skin, Forest Fire, Lost Weekend etc etc. All very nicely reworked and sounding fantastic acoustically. The recording is great and Lloyd’s voice sounds great. All that is missing is his stage banter.
Available only on Pledge Music (or via his website which links back to Pledge Music) as 2 CD sets, download or Vinyl. Bundles of the two are also available. The download bundle of both at £15 in full FLAC quality is a bargain. Only a 100 or so CD’s left so don’t procrastinate – you know you want this.
What does it all *mean*?
I know there are many RT fans on here. Just seen this on Pledge Music for his Vol 2 Acoustic album…..
You can have a home concert for $40,000, a one on one lesson (in LA only) for $2500 or simply your name on the album liner notes for $100.
Me – I’m just getting the download 😉
Paging JC, paging JC.
After the recent discussions on the demise of Team Rock, interestingly there is a new magazine just appeared that I came across. Blues and Guitar Porn with an article about an apparently famous Clapton album that I’ve never heard of……
Not sure own its availability worldwide etc etc
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Not exactly a night out but more an afternoon / early evening out, the MC Escher exhibition at the ArtScience museum showcases more than 150 pieces of his works. It runs fairly chronologically from his early landscapes from Italy, through his exploration of tessellation and metamorphosis to the mathematical / optical illusion works that we all know and love. Almost all of the famous pieces are present along with album covers, videos and film clips inspired by him. A couple of ‘hands on” areas for the youngsters.
I guess I better not include an image – definitely in copyright !
Mixture of young and old, locals and tourists. All seemed to be taking their time to enjoy the works.
It made me think..
I’ve always loved Escher from being a teenager and so seeing all the works in one place was amazing, What I did not know about were his early landscape stuff (none optical illusion). The other thing that struck me was that these are incredibly detailed pictures, yet they were even woodcuts or lithographs – how the hell does he get that level of detail » Continue Reading.
First new album in 8 years from the Pretenders due out in October.
Whilst production by The Black Keys Dan Auerbach looks interesting, the line up of musicians doesn’t seem to include Martin Chambers – so is this a Pretenders album or a Chrissie Hynde solo album. Begs the general question as to what defines a solo vs a band album……
Anyway, still looking forward to it and definitely on the buy list (even before hearing !!)
Rain Tree Crow by Rain Tree Crow.
Every now and then I dig out something from the deep dark recesses of my album collection that I have not heard in a long long time. Today was the self title Rain Tree Crow album – basically a reformation of Japan at the end of the 80s / early 90s.
Sounds very much as you would expect – a mix of late period Japan and David Sylvian solo stuff. Laid back ambient keyboards courtesy of Richard Barberi (who went on to Porcupine Tree), Mick Karn’s fantastic bass playing, Steve Janson’s ver percussive background and of course David Sylvians distinctive voice. Also featuring on guitar a certain Mr Bill Nelson – Mr Be Bop Deluxe himself.
Here’s “every Colour You Are” from it.
What long lost gem have you listened to recently……. ?
I mentioned this album of Led Zep covers by Vanessa Fernandez in my Blogger Takeover post. Basically a female singer with a shit hot session band (including Jim Keltner on drums) doing an album on mainly acoustic LZ covers. It appears to be getting rave reviews in the audiophile community as being a great recording (it does sound good).
Been listening to it a bit over the past week or two and its definitely growing on me and better than I expected, At first it sounded a little “sterile” (as is oft the case with audiophile recordings !) but there’s something there that keeps bringing me back. Here’s the second track – a very much acoustic version of Black Dog.
I don’t recall there being much in that way of LZ covers out there – is it that its a band that’s difficult to cover or is a rights issue ?
So, your favourite LZ covers please………
Nee Steven Wilson remix of XTC / Skylarking will be released on 10th Oct and available for order on his website….
Looks a good un…..
National Gallery, Singapore
Organised as an Alumni event by Manchester University in conjunction with the British Council we had Prof Brian Cox in conversation, moderated by his R4 Infinite Monkey show partner, Robin Ince.
Basically talked on all matters cosmological, the nature of what is science, updates on some of the latest discoveries (e.g gravitational waves), how they continue to prove Einsteins theories. Talked a lot about how science is all about getting the “least wrong” answer and that theories continue to be tweaked and that its great to discover you are wrong.
It was supposed to be a 45 min conversation with 15 min for Q&A, but he spoke for about 90 minutes. Highly engaging and entertaining. I took my 15 year old as my guest and he was blown away – he said he could have listened to him for 4 hrs ! Beat that for engaging the kids in Science.
There was even a buffet afterwards and he happily mingled with the audience. My son even asked him a question and he talked to him about it for about 10 minutes. I asked if he was going to do a 30 year anniversary » Continue Reading.
Over on Superdeluxeedition.com they have details of a new Floyd box coming in Nov…..
Looks pretty comprehensive – but £380 !!!!!
This may have come up before, but I have only just found out that Chas & Dave appear on the Eminem track “May Name Is…”
Said track samples Labi Sifre’s “I Got The” on which that were session musicians (Guitar and Bass). Both tracks in the comments. So next time you listen to Rabbit Rabbit, think on…..
Any more obscure rock trivia ?
List just published to celebrate 60 years of the charts….
Unsurprisingly, Queen Greatest Hits is number 1, with the usual suspects of Abba, DSOM, Thriller, Brothers In Arms etc all gracing the Top 10.
What does surprise me is that there are two entries from Dido (remember this is all albums from the last sixty years !) and there is nothing by Bowie, Elton John or the Rolling Stones (not even there greatest hits).
The current Kscope newsletter features the debut album from Old Fire, “Songs From the Haunted South”, which is apparently the album of the month at FOPP.
From it is this track “Bloodchild” which is absolutely beautiful…..
The album is apparently inspired by ambient, psychedelic rock, traditional country and early 4AD.
I’m off to purchase to explore more.
After the new Portishead song yesterday, how about some new Sigur Ros……
Also on at Glastonbury tonight at 10.30 and being streamed live on iPlayer for those of you in the UK
Well who would have expected that the first Portishead recording in god knows how many years would be a cover of ABBA’s “SOS” ?
I like it.
We have Sigur Ros coming back to Singapore in November as part of the Neon Lights festival. Playing at a fairly small outdoor venue (same as they played back in 2012), it’s a must see for me. The other nights headliners are Foals. No other acts announced yet.
Early bird tickets have just gone on sale at $120 for Sunday night (Sigur Ros) and $195 for both nights. So the question is do I just go Sigur Ros or both nights ? I know little of Foals – are they any good live ? Worth seeing ?
I’ve always had a soft spot for Ocean Colour Scene and here they are appearing on the BBC’s Quay sessions on iPlayer. A simple 30 minute acoustic set which is rather good – Riverboat Song, Day We Caught The Train, Fleeting Mind, It’s My Shadow, Profit In Peace & Travellers Tune.
Can’t find yet on YouTube, so for those outside the UK (or VPNs) apologies (I have it downloaded and so could dropbox if anyone wants – drop me a message)
These Quay Sessions on BBC are pretty good – also currently on iPlayer is one by Eddi Reader and the one last year with Public Service Broadcasting was ace.