Kendrick Lamar was featured in Profile on the home of west-coast rap, BBC Radio 4, on Saturday evening. Well worth 15 mins of your listening time.
Is there any problem the Proclaimers can’t fix?
On BBC Radio 4, it seems. I haven’t listened to it yet, but here’s the blurb:
BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins listens to new music every day – and he’s noticing a trend. More and more of the bands he plays on the station are writing about politics. Acts like Nadine Shah, Cabbage, Idles and Life are covering topics as diverse as The NHS, the refugee crisis of 2016, austerity and rail privatisation. Chris visits the performers to ask them what is fuelling their music, considering whether supposedly radical bands are operating in a form of musical filter bubble – singing radical songs to an audience who already agree with their point of view. From the blues to grime, music and politics have always been intertwined, but Chris Hawkins provides a snapshot of the topics which are driving a generation of rock bands right now.
A colleague has just asked me what my superpower is.
We’ve all heard the old trope that blind people can hear better. Sickle cell anaemia makes you immune to malaria. Cystic fibrosis gives you immune to tuberculosis.
I have Crohn’s and can clear a room by talking about music. Mrs F is a shortarse and can swear fluently in five languages, including Japanese. I’m not sure that’s what he was after.
I have a ticket for tonight’s Field Music gig at Norwich Waterfront. I also have man-flu and I’m not up to going. If anyone wants it, just shout.
Note: doors are 6:30pm, curfew 10pm – there’s a club night at the venue after the gig (ticket includes entry to that as well).
The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith repeats on BBC4 at 10:30pm tomorrow-ah!
What does it sound like?:
Sixth album proper from Sunderland’s (whisper it) prog/poppers.
They seem to be settling nicely into their niche. Album opener ‘Time In Joy’ rattles with polyrhythms and flutes and stretches out to over 6 minutes. ‘Count It Up’ riffs on a synth over a steady 4/4 beat and decries first-world whingers. ‘Front Of House’ sounds like a cousin of Prince’s ‘Christopher Tracey’s Parade’. ‘Share A Pillow’ is almost glam-rock. ‘Open Here’ is string-heavy ‘Eleanor Rigby’ alike. ‘Goodbye To The Country’ pokes a stick at little-Englanders over a Prince-style funk workout. ‘Checking on a Message’ goes full-on pastoral XTC. The final four tracks spread out, closer ‘Find A Way To Keep Me’ almost whispered over a simple piano refrain before wigging out into string & flute-driven mini-ELO symphony.
At under 40 minutes, the perfect length for a pop album.
What does it all *mean*?
On their last album, Commontime, Field Music let a chink of light into their private lives with lead track ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’ (about having kids). ‘Open Here’ nails their colours to the anti-Brexit mast but doesn’t batter you over the head with it.
Goes well with…
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I’m stuck at home with bronchitis this week and don’t feel like listening to music (or watching daytime telly). A kind soul sent me the recent Sky Arts documentary on Hansa studios, which was great. I have the XTC doc to watch today. All education is good education, after all.
I ask the massive to suggest a good music documentary to pass the time between coughing fits.
My telly does YouTube and iPlayer, 4OD etc but I don’t do Prime, Sky or Netflix or any of those subs jobbies.
Did someone mention one on Billy Mackenzie?
I’ve just posted this in another thread and I’ll post it here for those who missed. The tape dropout during the English version of “Heroes” in the most recent Bowie box has been addressed and replacement discs are available free of charge from Warners.
I won’t link to the SDE site as it breaks the AW, so here’s the text.
The record label have issued the following statement:
We can now confirm that the “Heroes” audio has been updated via all digital download and streaming partners. CD and LP discs (in a plain sleeve) will be ready to ship week commencing 11th December.
Those who have bought the ANCIANT box set and would like an updated disc of “Heroes” should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email should contain the following info:
• NAME • SHIPPING ADDRESS (and any delivery instructions) • EMAIL ADDRESS • PHONE NUMBER (required by some delivery providers) • FORMAT PURCHASED (CD or LP) • PROOF OF PURCHASE (email attachment / photo / scan / screen grab / etc.)
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fentonsteve on Vinyl cleaning
Full review in comments
We like, as a family – me, Mrs F, Offspirng the Elder (14), Offspring the Younger (12) – to sit down on a Saturday night and watch a fillum together.
We’ve watched all the DVDs we can agree on from the cupboard next to the telly.
The GLW/my better half/’er indoors has suggested Netflix. I refuse to get Sky because Murdoch. I’d quite like Dodgers Prime if it means free next-day deliveries. Yes, I am a hypocrite.
We are connected to the outside world by BT Infinity 2 at “up to 76Mbps” (usually 30) which is (just about) enough to stream iPlayer in HD.
We like family films – we’re off to see Paddington 2 at the flicks. I like music documentaries and concert films. None of us watches any sport, except Olympics on the BBC.
Any advice appreciated. Ta.
Many puns hidden amongst this article on Sainsbury’s launching their own vinyl label with two compilations curated by Bob Stanley.
Any guesses on who will curate the M&S and Waitrose equivalents?
A couple of the Miles Showell half-speed mastered LPs (cut at Abbey Road) are discounted to £15 at the moment.
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (sounds amazing, probably my joint-favourite in the series, along with Solid Air). Paging Moosey.
James Brown – Live at the Apollo volume II (triple vinyl) less so, given the limiations of the source material. Still, 3 LPs for 15 quid.
Both come with download cards (for 128kbps mp3, which is a bit tight-arsed)
Highly recommended. Needless to say, I paid a lot more for my copies…
I’ve been asked by my local community cafe to curate regular vinyl playback events. I have been promised the loan of a turntable by a local hifi shop, which is nice – my Linn deck is not the portable kind. I can use the more mobile elements of my PA system for the rest of the playback system.
The idea is for people to experience listening to records without the distractions of telly/phones/etc, with a glass of something nice in their hands.
I thought I’d go for two albums (or one double) per evening, a headline platter plus an outsider; for instance, Parallel Lines + Marquee Moon.
I’m no expert when it comes to ‘classics’ – I made it to 47 before I listened to Dark Side of the Moon.
Headline of event #1 will be Sgt Pepper.
What pairings do you suggest?
I’m no longer the target market for ‘Sounds Like Friday Night’, but I’m pleased it will exist – if only for six episodes.
Start practicising those handy parental catchphrases:
“I can’t hear the words” “Where’s the tune? It just goes ‘Boom Boom Boom’” “Is that a boy or a girl?” “She’ll catch her death dressed like that”
November’s Cherry Red box is the 7CD deluxe complete Fall single A-sides & all their B-sides. 3CD set featuring just the A-sides is also available. All remastered by Andy Pearce.
“Dear Cherry Red, please stop releasing these lovely boxes. Regards, Steve’s bank manager.”
This started as I pulled up in the car park this morning. Most interesting – the ‘scream’ chord this week.
First episode was July 26th, so get listening/get_iPlayering quick!
I could have sworn I’d seen this on here before, but a search returns nothing. So, in case you missed it in April, here’s the 55-minute BBC Radio Scotland documentary on the least-prolific of Edinburgh acts.
What does it sound like?:
Manchester, North of England: A story of independent music, Greater Manchester 1977-1993 is a 7-CD box set from Cherry Red records, compiled by John Reed with a foreword by Mark Radcliffe and sleeve notes (half a page per track) by Mick Middles. Each CD is a themed, roughly chronological, chapter in the story from early punk to the post-Hacienda beginnings of Britpop. Everyone you might initially think of features here although, in common with these Cherry Red boxes, it’s quite often not the obvious track. Everyone, that is, except The Smiths. Mastering quality is good, given the wide variety of sources (and ages). Each of the seven CDs is packed with 79 minutes of music (one is ‘only’ 77 minutes). Disc 1 (‘Cranked Up Really High’) covers the years of DIY punk. Buzzcocks kick things off, as you would expect, with most of the rest of the disc featuring minimal production. Only Joy Division, Magazine and John Cooper Clarke really break out of the murky sonics. The most notable thing about the remainder being what happened next to the performers – amongst them Vini Reilly, Billy Duffy, Graham Fellows, Mick Hucknall, Chris Sievey and » Continue Reading.
The 3CD deluxe edition of UB40’s ‘Present Arms’ has finally been released. Also of ‘Labour of Love’, but I won’t be buying that.
Does this mean the Campbell brothers have stopped squabbling?
Your starter for ten – paging Moose – is…
Remastered album, demos, live gig, Derek Jarman DVD. Or 5LP set.
New sleeve but no solo-Moz-style tracklist changes.
Another 25 quid bites the dust.
11CD box of the Berlin trilogy, Scary Monsters, Stage, new mix of Lodger, Baal EP.
Low, Heroes, Stage and Scary Monsters are 4 of my 5 fave Bowie LPs. Intersted to hear if the Lodger remix makes that one more enjoyable.