AP kicks off series 2 of The Voices Of…
11:30am tomorrow, repeated Sat 3:30pm
AP kicks off series 2 of The Voices Of…
11:30am tomorrow, repeated Sat 3:30pm
I’m doing an engineering project with a local school – we’re building a couple of solar-powered electric cars, which we are going to race (in the world’s slowest head-to-head race, I imagine).
The kids have chosen to decorate the outside with old CDs. If you have any unwanted CDs, please PM me and I’ll arrange for you to send them in. We need about 300 in total.
Thanks in advance.
As someone with Crohn’s disease, I’m being encouraged to “make some noise on World IDB day.”
I SAID, I HAVE CROHN’S DISEASE.
Will that do?
Anybody know any songs about intestines?
I’ve been binge-watching Later… on iPlayer – I had a big pile of school uniforms to iron.
As anybody who has ever blown across the top of a bottle knows, the largest vessels make the lowest notes. Then how come Beth Ditto sounds like Shirley Temple when she speaks? Before the interweb goes up in flames, this isn’t a critique on her body size, just an observation that she is larger than the average songstress.
I was just surprised when Jools asked her a question and Minnie Mouse answered.
Today I bought a Studiologic SL880 midi controller (keyboard with weighted keys and all that). It’s a lovely thing but makes no noise. I’m after an (ideally) rackmount midi-controlled synth module which can do a decent piano and ideally Hammond organ sounds, for live work. Anything else is a bonus – I don’t need helicopter or croaking frog sounds, for instance.
Any ideas, musos of the Massive?
In the music marquee this year we have: Helen & The Neighbourhood Dogs – East Angliacana featuring @Skirky and mystery special guest Oldskool – classic rock jam band featuring @Twang 3 teen acts from the local college Rock School Sing Papworth Choir & the Ermine Street brass band
We’re sharing a huge marquee with the Papworth Brewery this year, which sounds like a recipe for fun. There will be Cambridgeshire’s biggest bouncy castle, a huge red shiny – steady, Moose – fire engine, tug of war competition, gun dog agility displays, raptors, majorettes, archery, and lots more.
The fun starts at 12 noon, Twang’s on about 2:30, Skirky’s on about 4pm, ends at a family-friendly 5pm. Come and say hello to the soundman.
Today is international dawn chorus day. They split in 2012 and I still miss them. Singer Kyle is now making a name for himself as a singing maths teacher under the Born To Sum stagename.
Here’s my fave Dawn Chorus track from 2008, featuring some lovely trumpet from Paul Butler.
I know you won’t want to miss this.
Can it really be 30 years ago that Deacon Blue released Raintown?
I appear to have dust in my eye.
This might be an interesting listen. Punk on Radio 4 – whatever next?
“Sue MacGregor reunites five musicians who embraced the anarchy of punk music and created a unique style of their own.
Gaye Advert, bass player in The Adverts, was described as the first female punk star. But the industry focus on her looks caused animosity in the band. Toyah Willcox, an aggressive tomboy, found her emotional rebellion in punk and appeared in Derek Jarman’s cult punk film Jubilee. Gina Birch of The Raincoats played her first gig in November 1977 a few weeks after forming her all-female band. Tessa Pollitt abandoned her A levels to join all girl punk band, The Slits. Vivien Goldman was in the The Flying Lizards and Features Editor on the weekly music paper, Sounds. She is now a Professor of Punk in New York.
The guests discuss the impact and legacy of their movement.”
Just heard an interview with the author on Front Row whilst doing the washing up loading the dishwasher. Might appeal to a few round here.
‘Two men with a passion for vinyl create a society for the appreciation of records. Their aim is simple: to elevate the art of listening by doing so in forensic detail. The society enjoys moderate success in the back room of their local pub.
Within a few months we’d witnessed bickering, desertion, subterfuge and rivalry. I was rapidly coming to the conclusion that only a miracle could save us now.‘
Master singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine comes to the Beach Sessions in the fantastic Waterbeach Baptist Chapel as part of the Beyond the Cambridge Folk Festival season. Support from Manchester duo We Were Strangers.
Expect audio pefection in a venue with outstanding acoustics.
Don’t hang about – only 150 tickets and, after only 24 hours, 40% have sold.
Solution looking for a problem #1073 – “A turntable without a stylus”
Well, not quite – it has a linear tracking arm (with a crappy AT95E cartridge & stylus) which plays the bottom side of the record.
Eu364,000 raised on a target of Eu50,000 so far.
Madness, I tell you…
I announced my presence in our tiny works kitchenette to a Hungarian colleague with “Ehup!”. It’s more polite than silently squeezing past her bum, which could get me into all sorts of trouble.
Anyhow, she’s the curious type and asked “how do you spell that?”. Being raised in the home counties, I don’t really know.
Are there any natives of God’s Own County on here, ‘appen as like?
HD video on iPlayer of The Skinner Group playing live on BBC Radio Scotland. Crikey!
“Singer of Hipsway leads a Scottish supergroup, with a band including members of Aztec Camera and Del Amitri”
In case you missed it, the long-out-of-print Buckingham Nicks album was issued in expanded mini-LP-style CD form last week by Big Pink Music in Korea.
Few things make me proud to be a professional engineer. At parties, I find myself claiming to be an accountant to boost my cred. However, BBC2’s The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve has made me proud.
Born with no hands or feet, but want to ride a bike like your teenage mates? Ask an engineer to make one for you.
Had a stroke and can no longer speak to your wife? Have an engineer make you an iPad stylus and app to trigger snips of your voice taken from old home videos.
An artist with Parkinsons who can no longer hold a pen? Well, you get the idea.
Watch either episode and see if you have dry eyes at the end.
This could well be the kick up the arse I need to get out of Industrial Printing (where, my colleagues remind me, we design the printers to print the codes to stop people poisoning themselves with gone-off food or conterfeit drugs) and into something more life-affirming. Or, more likely, back into broadcast audio gear where I make radio listeners happy (and my family poorer).
Only 44. Jeez.
My Carpets-fan pal Emma will be very upset.
Doolittle in new 5.1 hi-res mix on BD, included on the disc is the MFSL stereo transfer (which I have and sounds amazing).
£15 (which is half what I paid for the MFSL SACD).
My lad is on a school trip* today. He had to be at school an hour early, so my internal insomniac woke me up extra early (at 4am) just to be sure.
Tomorrow there’s a BSI audit at work, so today I am correcting typos in the world’s longest and most boring document.
Please post me something to keep me awake this afternoon. Thankingyouverymuchly.
(*) Warwick Castle
Grade-4 flautist daughter has announced that she wants a uke for Christmas, I’d like to buy her a half-decent one. Any advice much appreciated.
Thankingyou very muchly in advance.
From Time Out London, via the EIL.com blog.
Which one are you?
I am Jeff.
Have a new album, Wild Pendulum, out. It had escaped my notice. I can’t be the only one.
Some John Barry-esque moments mixed in to the usual jangly pop.
No live dates (John Douglas recently had Ulcerative Colitis, which might be something to do with that).
That is all.
The boy has saved a couple of hundred quid in birthday and summer odd-job wages. He fancies a laptop, so I suggested a Chromebook. He’s off to big school next week, so I would like it if he could do his homework on the Chromebook (big sis gets first dibs on my Windows laptop).
I’ve never owned or used a Chromebook, so advice please – even if just what to avoid.
He already has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10″ Android tablet which is mainly used for playing Minecraft.
Thanks in advance
The much-loved-by-me-and-@Skirky electro-gospel-blues duo Vienna Ditto are having a summer sale on their Bandcamp merchandise.
There’s a 1/3 off package deal on the Circle LP, Ticks EP CD and a couple of remixed tracks as download for only £12. On top of that, enter ‘mailchimp’ in the paying window and get a further 15% off to just £10.20.
Vinly pressing sounds great – 180g, gatefold sleeve.
If this works, here’s the video for Liar Liar: