Every morning ‘fore the sun come up… she bring me coffee in my favourite cup.
Sammy Hagar sees red at the oil crisis speed limit.
Has anyone lived anywhere around Leominster? We are looking at relocating to hope fully enjoy a bit of the Good Life.
New York University Arts Centre, Abu Dhabi
Nufonia Must Fall started life as a graphic novel by Canadian DJ Kid Koala and he has now taken it on the road. Nufonia we are told (after an opening game of picture bingo) ‘stems from a latin word, Nufon… which is No Fun spelt backwards’. The aforementioned marsupial turntablist takes centre stage providing all words (such as they are), sound effects and recorded music. The Afiara Quartet provide strings and percussion and around the main stage are some ten tiny sets each manned by puppeteers which are then filmed and thrown up onto a large back drop in monochrome. The story is as old as time… robot meets girl, robot falls in love, robot makes shocking discovery. It’s funny, touching and clever and features the best robot since Wall-e. The puppets and scenes are wonderfully naive and reminded me of Lost In Space which as a point of reference acts as a great leveller for the multi generation audience. My eleven year old absolutely loved it and (in an all too rare moment of concise profundity) declared it to be ‘a very interesting and clever romantic comedy’.
I thought perceived wisdom was that Reading had the bands and Glasto had the vibes? Not the case judging by this line up.
There isn’t much comes to the UAE other than Justin Bieber but this is on at the weekend and I’m taking the littlun. Really looking forward to it.
New album of old folk tunes with Olivia Chaney on (most) vocal duties out July 7.
The Queen of Hearts Blackleg Miner The Gardener The First time Ever I saw Your Face Flash Company Old Churchyard Constant Billy/I’ll Go Enlist Willie n Winsbury Bonny May Sheepcrook and Black Dog To Make You Stay
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?