What does it sound like?:
What does it all *mean*?
that parallel universes do indeed exist !
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
I’ve just bought a battered old copy of this album simply because I love the sleeve so much. An iconic image of a man on the cusp off becoming the biggest thing in the music industry and much more. It’s the ordinariness of it that strikes me- it looks like what it is ie a picture of two young things caught up in each other and blissfully unaware of what is coming
Any other suggestions for great sleeves ?
This site is worth checking out. You may remember Richard Williams as the first face of the OGWT and also as contributor to Melody Maker back in the early 70s or maybe, in a later guise, as a sports writer for the Guardian. This blog is mainly focussed on music and within that very much jazz and left field artists oriented. But he’s a really good writer so the articles are always worth checking out and contain lots of ‘anorak’ detail. Current feature is about the keyboard player Larry Young who of course played with Johnny Mac in Lifetime (wake up @Colin H !).
What does it sound like?:
see comments below
What does it all *mean*?
Not a clue
Goes well with…
This is a very utilitarian album and I can speak from experience that it works in any of the following scenarios – walking the dogs, painting the kitchen, background whilst working from home, up close and personal late at night listening with a cold glass of Sauvignon
Might suit people who like…
Bert Jansch, Irish folk, ECM style jazz, John Martyn, Ryley Walker, acoustic guitar and all places in-between
Due to other commitments I now cannot make the Steven Wilson gig I was going to with @Twang. So a ticket going spare – £40 (ono). Been looking forward to this for last 6 months – my album of the year so I want this to go a deserving home.
Anybody fancy going – knock once for Yes
I had really no idea about the complexity of the situation within Syria until I saw this brief video. How on earth anyone can feel that more bombing is going to help bring about any improvement or stability must be a far wiser man than me. I am very conflicted about what the UK should do but have a deep unease about the likely outcome.
Happy Monday everybody !
St Giles- In-The-Fields, London
I missed him when he last came round with a full band so was determined to get along to this one. Also intrigued by the venue which worked really well other than having to sit on wooden pews – not good for ageing bones so I ended up standing. For those that don’t know him – he’s Norwegian and released to date about 5 albums, all good and a few outstanding. Whilst I’m loathe to give comparisons if you can think a less intense Jeff Buckley with a smattering of John Martyn/Nick Drake in the way he uses open tunings and unusual guitar voicings. Very affable and relaxed , asked for and played requests and covered songs from most albums. I was worried that the elegiac and ambient arrangements that appear on record would lessen the songs but not at all. He’s a great singer with impeccable guitar technique and took great care with how he presented the songs even insisting on mimicking the fade in intro to ‘Grace’ by starting away from the mike and moving in. If you want to sample his stuff try his latest ‘What’s Left is Forever’ » Continue Reading.
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to choose what the play and end up with stack of favourites/recent purchases next to cd player which rarely changes and just grows. Meanwhile in the living room I have a stack of cds stacked in 6 storage towers.
So the new game is throw a dice several times to pick a cd (bear with me – its sad life but someone has to live it)
1st throw is which column to choose 2nd throw is which section to pick going down the column. Now it gets tricky as there are more than 6 sections so…. 3rd throw if even is start from top or odd start from bottom then repeat 2 and 3 to count across the cds to find the actual disc
The first cd I got was Vetiver’s ‘Things of the Past’. Guess I hadn’t played it for about 4 years and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Go on give it a go you know you want to.
PS of course when it lands on Trout Mask Replica and I’m not in the house on my own problems could ensue – what would Luke Rhinehart suggest I wonder ??
The following are first lines or part of the first line from 20 Prog acts. The only clue is that in the main they are from the classic era but there a couple of new ones in there.
1 point for the name of the artist and 1 for the song title. Usual rules apply ie no cheating (as if) ! Ill close the quiz either when its run out of steam or at latest end of Saturday.
The winner will receive a vinyl to cd transfer of an obscure prog album (to be revealed later – when I’ve done it !) + of course a copy of the latest Feedback File album (which most definitely isn’t prog) – unless you are Lando Cakes in which case a copy of the previous one.
I’m expecting nothing less than 20 points to win this given the love of the genre on the AW. Good luck !
1. Happy and I’m smiling walking miles to drink your water
2. There might have been things I missed but don’t be unkind
3. She comes up with the morning sun
4. As I reach for a peach
5. At the top » Continue Reading.
This thread started out as review of the Sandy Denny biography ‘Ive Always Kept A Unicorn’ – which is great by the way and well worth checking out if you have any interest of either the subject matter or just as a great insight into the British music scene of the late 60s and early 70s.
However what came out strongly (for me) in Mick Houghton’s book is a bit of a re-alignment of both Trevor Lucas and the ill-fated Fotheringay. Lucas has often been portrayed negatively – overly controlling Sandy’s artistic direction and being in part responsible for her eventual breakdown and tragic death. Actually Joe Boyd comes across as being the more manipulative and has over the years continued to heavily criticize both Lucas and Fotheringay suggesting it was nothing more than a poor man’s Fairport. Because of that (and Boyd has always been a bit of a god of good taste for me over the years) Ive never bothered with the album – or indeed the 2nd one which came out about 40 years later. Anyway this drove me to go back and listen again to their music whilst reading the book and I’m amazed how good » Continue Reading.
Following on from the post about the nadir of British sport I had write this.
As a Rotherham United fan I had to laugh this morning when I heard that Steve Evans (our manager as of about 2 weeks ago) had been appointed. This is the man who not many months ago turned up at the last match of the season at Elland Rd in sombrero and flip flops and said he would never work for someone like Cellino. Well it looks like he wont have to as literally minutes later it was announced that the Football League had banned Cellino. Have Leeds United finally blown a gasket – what is going on? Much as it pains me to say this but Yorkshire should have a premiership club but at this rate it wont be Leeds.
I did like Cellino’s comment on why ne appointed Evans – “I wanted them to play heavy rock football, but instead it was like Country music” – so no point Willie Nelson applying for job then after Evans leaves (in about 3 weeks time).
Any Leeds fans out there – what do you make of this ?
This is fun (if you have any interest in footie that is)
I will lay down my marker now – 285.74 miles – this will only make sense when you click on the link.
… and no googling
Thank you all for your efforts and to paraphrase young Mr Grace – “You’ve all done awfully well”. Note to self to make the next one a tad easier.
The winner is Lando Cakes with an awesome 9 correct answers ( I will be in touch). Anyway here are the answers
1. He tilts their tired faces Gently to the spoon Joni Mitchell – Edith and the Kingpin
2. Lonesome Sue, she’s in love with ol’ Sam Takes him from the fire into the frying pan Stephen Bishop – On and On
3. Statues made of matchsticks Crumble into one another Bob Dylan – Love Minus Zero / No Limit
4. I was raised on the good book Jesus Till I read between the lines Laura Nyro – Stoney End
5. Turn your heartache right into joy She’s a girl and you’re a boy Steve Stills – Love The One You’re With
6. Maybe we’ll make something Me myself I got nothing to prove Tracey Chapman – Fast Car
7. So I turned myself to face me But I’ve never caught a glimpse David Bowie – Changes
8. I saw cotton and I saw black Tall white mansions and little » Continue Reading.
So with the nights drawing in here’s something to mull over of an evening. The only clue is that they are all ‘singer songwriters’. First fully correct answer ie song title and artist wins (1 point for each) – else best score submitted by end of Wednesday and Ill reveal winner on Thursday.
The lucky winner will receive a copy of the brand new Feedback File album – and the runner up will get…. yes you’ve guessed it, cue comedy drum roll and cymbal crash.
Of course usage of the interweb is not allowed and I will trust in the renowned integrity of the Afterword community to respect that
1. He tilts their tired faces Gently to the spoon
2. Lonesome Sue, she’s in love with ol’ Sam Takes him from the fire into the frying pan
3. Statues made of matchsticks Crumble into one another
4. I was raised on the good book Jesus Till I read between the lines
5. Turn your heartache right into joy She’s a girl and you’re a boy
6. Maybe we’ll make something Me myself I got nothing to prove
7. So I turned myself to face me But I’ve never caught » Continue Reading.
At the risk of over-egging the current Van Morrison cavalcade, I’ve just spent a pleasurable hour putting together my own best of VTM playlist on Spotify. Got to 75 tracks without even blinking. What struck me was that I chose the entire first side of Veedon Fleece which to my mind is the best side of music he has made to date (which I guess means the best he will ever make) – from Fair Play to You Don’t Pull No Punches its just a wonderful listen and featuring some of the best piano playing on any rock album (Jeff Labes ?)
So made me wonder what else would you put up there as the best complete side of an album – cd only collectors can switch off at this point.
I have 2 tickets for Ron at RFH on Tuesday. Unfortunately I can no longer make the gig. Tickets cost £38.50 each and are Stalls row F seats 11 and 12.
Would be a shame to see them go to waster so any offers would be welcomed. Just PM me if interested
Just spotted that there is new updated vs of the Talk Talk biog ‘Spirit of Talk Talk’. I didn’t buy the original but this looks lovely so Ive splashed out my £30.
If there’s anyone out there that doesn’t know the TT story (unlikely given the discerning nature of Afterworders) it is pretty compelling stuff. New wave popsters from the early 80s move seemingly overnight from solid (but unremarkable) synth based pop to experimental and genuinely ground breaking music pioneers. Stories abound of hours of improvised music recorded in blacked out studios; abandoning any use of synths and incorporating instead wind quartets alongside the pianos, organs, guitars and wailing harmonicas. Mark Hollis their enigmatic leader then quietly disappears (excepting one solo album) and has hardly even spoken in public since.
Of course this is just an excuse for posting ‘I Believe in You’ which genuinely moves me tears every time it reaches the ghostly choir and Hollis’ anguished ‘Spirit’ section. I found this video which has the lyrics (notoriously hard to decipher on record).
If you haven’t heard ‘Eden’ or ‘Laughing Stock’ I urge you to check them out especially if you have any interest in any of » Continue Reading.
New talent show on Sky 1 starting tonight. Kind of intrigued by how this will work out – but got to be worth a look. I’m sure the contestants will manage to get some melismatics in there somehow.
Harpenden Public Halls
This was an unusual gig simply because it was in Harpenden – not exactly a mecca for seeing good music. I had no great expectations but eft with a big smile on my face – probably one of the most enjoyable gigs Ive been to in long while. If you get the chance to see her on the current tour I urge you to take it. Protest songs , love songs, funny songs, sing-a-long songs and 17th century madrigals it’s all here. Also a big shout out for her new album ‘Everything Changes’. Backed by her sons Neil and Callum Maccoll – the standard of musicianship on stage was just fabulous – Peggy is a monster banjo player and the three of them together produce that wonderful intuitive sound that family members seem to be able create when singing and playing together. Of course she did some Pete Seeger songs and a version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (written about her by Ewan Maccoll). The Maccoll brothers did an old Liberty Horses song (remember that band – an offshoot of the Bible ?) and Neil did a lovely finger » Continue Reading.
So Jim O’Rourke has slipped a brand new album in under the radar. It’s called ‘Simple Songs’ and I haven’t heard it yet but the blurb sounds promising.
If you don’t know Jimbo he’s an interesting chap – came out of the intriguing Chicago post rock scene along with people like The Sea and the Cake and Tortoise. I discovered this music genre about 15 years ago and as a lover of the Canterbury sound (see my previous blog) I think there is a bit of that DNA in there (although Im probably on my own with that theory) – but there’s something about the gentle vocals, obvious jazz stylings and occasionally songs with varied and complex sections but with melody to the fore.
Back to Jim – he is, to use that currently in vogue expression, a true polymath. He’s made acres of stuff that is pretty much unlistenable noodly avant-garde soundscapes; he’s made solo acoustic guitar instrumental records a la John Fahey and he was, for a fair number of years, a member of Sonic Youth. But he has also made a number of wonderful eclectic pop records which generally have titles taken from Nicholas Roeg movies » Continue Reading.
In this month’s Prog there is a great feature on the bands, old and new, from Canterbury (alongside a lovely double feature on Camel – so worth checking out).
It has always struck me that of all the various musical styles that we’ve seen over the decades the Canterbury Scene is probably the most overlooked and dismissed by the knowing cognoscenti. It never really has been in vogue even back in it’s heyday, and whenever mentioned the focus tends to be on either Caravan or Soft Machine (both mighty fine bands). Whilst there is a magic ingredient that links the artists together it still encompasses a broad sweep of music. Over there the Softs – serious boffins – Mike Ratledge surely the coolest musician to wear shades on this side of the Atlantic with that strange crablike scuttling style on the organ. And then there’s Kevin Ayers, the dapper gent with a voice like wild honey – if he’d been a footballer he’d have been Dimitar Berbatov – full of talent but never going to chase the long pass, much preferring to be cosying up to a blonde and long drink in Monte Carlo. Let’s not forget Mike Oldfield the » Continue Reading.
If I can beg a moment’s indulgence folks. I’ve just released a new album which has been about 4 years in the making. A truly global effort with contributions from friends as far and wide as Australia, New Zealand and Hitchin !
It available on to stream on Spotify and also to download at my site on Bandcamp
Thanks for listening
New Radio 2 4 parter starting next Monday at 10:00pm. He’s been good value on previous shows over the years so this is promising. Bizarrely the write up on the R2 website says :
Expect to hear tracks by the likes of Pink Floyd; Emerson, Lake And Palmer; Jethro Tull, The Toys, B Bumble And The Stingers; and Perry Como…… so that’s a direction I never realised he went down.
in the meantime here’s the magnificent Caravan to set the ball rolling