We find ourselves in Estonia for this years festival (purely by chance I would add)… anyone worth seeing among the 200 bands? I will admit to never having heard of any of them.
Fake news seems all the rage at the moment so here’s one…
Ray Clemence’s Liverpool career came to an abrupt end when he was sold to Spurs because he had been sleeping with John Moores’ 16 year old daughter.
Any other utterly untrue and fabricated stories?
In about 1990 I heard a song I really liked on TV, it was used on a Compaq advert. Now having run a record store I know how I used to both love and hate being asked these types of questions (mainly based on whether I liked the song in question or not). So I trotted off to HMV in Swindon and asked the girl behind the counter…
‘Do you know the song used on the latest Compaq advert?’ ‘No’ she said ‘But if you ring this number…’ She wrote a number on a post it note and handed it over.
When I got home I called the number…
Ring ring… ring ring… ‘Hello?’ (a male voice answered). ‘Hi, can you tell me the name of the song used in the latest Compaq advert?’. ‘Yeah, it’s Bang On by Propellerheads’ ‘Thanks bye’. ‘Bye’.
It is a poorer world in which services like that no longer exist.
Trouble in The Gambia… war in The Yemen… what makes a country become a definitive article? The Sudan wasn’t called such (originally) to separate it from any of the other Sudans. The Oman? Not sure The USA falls into this category though (but I’m no lexicographer). Any ideas?
Anything new and worthwhile available?
I listen to… Richard Herrings RHLSP Guardian football weekly Radcliffe and Maconie From our own correspondent Compleatly Beatles Great Lives In our time Pappys Bangers and Mash Stuff you should know
Danny Baker has tweeted that he hopes the members of Lewisham council get the same cancer he has if they enforce a move for Millwall FC. What a nasty man.
Do it in your own time, don’t post the answers here, and in January we shall see who is top of the form.
Any new discoveries while trawling through the picks?
That Quantic album really is very good. I put it on for a listen last night… first few bars, hmmm, am I in the mood for this? Ten minutes later the housework had become a submlime skankathon. Love it. Ska and dancehall meets 80s student union reggae. Wonderful suff and looking forward to a few more discoveries.
November and a young Afterworder’s thoughts turn to top 10’s… and there’s a lot of female singers working their way into my affections. Weyes Blood, Julia Jacklin, Haley Bonar, any others giving them a run for their money? Most of the bands I have liked this year largely showcase women too, Polly Harvey, Tegan and Sara, Bat For Lashes, Sunflower Bean. Definitely a good year for the ladies.
Phil Collins is coming…
I’m completely new to streaming, I’ve just started using Deezer* with my ipad through a Bose speaker, but I want to buy a streamer to use with my hi-fi (average Denon amp and very nice Kef LS50 anniversary speakers). Budget £500-1,000.
What should I look out for? What whistles and bells do I need? Will a streamer just work out of the box with my amp and speakers? I have a reasonably fast wi-fi connection.
*I’m open to other suggestions for providers but Deezer is one of the few services not blocked here in Dubai (Spotify is banned).
Given their current trajectory which artist do you think is on course for a decade defining album before too long? I’ll go for Public Service Broadcasting. Shaping up to be the Floyd of their generation I think there’s a Dark Side somewhere in the making.
So who do you think’s already banked their Pablo Honey? Dawes? Chvrches? Yak?
Omnium Emaar Grimshaw The Bjarke Ingels Group Cracknell Atelier Dreiseitl Cerami The Friday Group Orca RWDI
Actually it’s the Consultants list from the project I’m working on. Some cool names though 🙂
Slade appointed Charlton manager
Paul Gascoigne is being charged with racially aggravated abuse over a comment he allegedly made during his stage show. He commented (regarding a black security guard who was standing in the shadows), ‘I can’t tell if he’s smiling or not’.
Is it right he should be taken to court for this? Or would it be better handled by the man asking for an apology?
I’m thinking of buying a drone to take ariel photos in the desert. I can deal with the camera spec side of things but does anyone have a drone? Anything I need to be aware of technically?
Prompted by a comment elsewhere that generally things that are free are shite… what’s free but not shite?
I’ll start a couple of podcasts… The Guardian Football Weekly and How Stuff Works.
I write the letter S starting at the top. A few people have pointed this out as being very odd indeed.
I’ve just finished the rather splendid Waging Heavy Peace. Now I always thought Sweet Home Alabama was a response to Southern Man (it must be true coz wiki says it is too). But in WHP Neil says it was a fairly light hearted retort to Alabama. And weren’t the Freebird hit makers all from Florida anyway?
34 Years ago today. This one’s for the sixteen that lost their lives that day and everyone who crews the lifeboats including my cousin who’s cox on the Filey boat. Brave men and women all.
Randy Owen of Alabama… 66 today and I can honestly say that although they had sold 80 million albums I have never heard of him or his band. Funny old genre C and W eh?
But Tom was born the same day though!
We’ve just booked a trip to Cuba. Havana first then heading to the beach.
Don Fagen’s Nightfly broadcast on WJAZ from here but there doesn’t seem to be such a place… there is however a Belzoni town in Mississippi and if Wikipedia is to be believed this town of 2,663 souls is the birthplace of…
Lawrence Gordon (produced Die Hard, Warriors etc) Elmore James Pinetop Perkins Jean Terrell Sonny Boy Williamson Denise Lasalle
And not forgetting Ethel Wright Mohamed (AKA the Grandma Moses of Stitchery)
Quite a list eh?