Volume, the long-awaited Three Johns boxset, was released last Friday. A compilation of single A+B sides, expanded versions of Atom Drum Bop and The World By Storm. A bargain at £16.99 from the tax-dodgers (I bought the German twofer CD for the price of a small house).
First gig in a newly-renovated venue in Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire.
Straw Bear are utterly unique, utterly brilliant, and big on 6Music. A three-guitar lineup with songs about Van The Man, land witches, dogs and randy urban foxes. Launching their new Electric Guitar EP. Sam Inglis is the features editor of Sound On Sound magazine, singing trad songs in a modern funk-pop style with the help of guitar virtuoso David Youngs. Frenzy are five young things from the local secondary college playing their own strand of original power pop.
There will be a full bar including a selection of locally-brewed microbrewery ales at below pub prices.
Doors at 7:30pm
Play Papworth is a not-for-profit group run by music-loving volunteers. Any profits will be donated to local community projects.
Tickets £7 from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-papworth-presents-straw-bear-sam-inglis-and-david-youngs-guest-act-frenzy-tickets-17980154125?aff=eandmyevshre&ref=eandmyevshre
We’re off relly-visiting to Scotlandshire next week. I’ve just checked the village What’s On and it turns out that Dry The River frontman Peter Liddle is playing the pub round the corner. He/they have passed me by. Worth 8 quid?
I didn’t realise Whigfield had done more than two songs, and I couldn’t name the one which wasn’t Saturday Night. Luckily, she’s just released a 4CD + DVD best of, so we can all catch up.
Daughter’s friend is learning grade 2 trombone and is a bit bored with playing along with classical & big-band stuff. I can think of Dexys and Specials (or anything else with Rico on). Can you suggest any more? I know you can…
How’s this for niche? Cactus World News are releasing an album of rarities and out-takes. I doubt HMV will be opening at midnight for that.
* See what I did there?
The Suedes are on BBC4 tonight from Glasters. All Shook Up, presented by Marc Riley, is on the iPlayer. I enjoyed the pilot episode. There are now three more. Wire rather good on ep 2.
I’m just had a very serious email from our local Neighbourhood Watch man. Is this ironic?
Crimestoppers have been hijacked by scammers.
Don’t have nightmares…
How about Frank Turner socks?
This pic is from the latest Q. I’m no expert on men’s tongues, but I reckon MES needs medical attention.
Sgt. Pepper to be in GCSE syallabus.
My local village hall used to be the cinema for the residential TB hospital next door. It’s recently had £1.25M spent on renovations and is now “proper lush”. I’ve agreed to run gigs in there every 4-6 Saturday evenings, to entertain the village residents and hospital patients next door – let’s face it, with a 3kW PA system they’re going to hear it. I’ve enlisted a group of volunteers and created a not-for-profit organisation to distribute to local community projects any profits we do somehow make.
As a booking policy we’re more interested in original material than covers, unless it’s really unusual covers. Dexys tributes might well be considered.
In a bid to out-bore Twang’s USB drive thread, this morning the door hinges on my Indesit dishwasher snapped off. Time for a replacement. Integrated (we have a cupboard door to put on the front) and not silly money. Suggestions, please.
Being recently diagnosed with Crohn’s has led me to read lots but most of it has been so gloomy I decided to stop. And then I remembered Ben Watt’s intestinal illness. I’m no EBTG fan but I enjoyed ‘Romany and Tom’, his recent memoir of his parents. It might be 19 years since publication, but ‘Patient – the true story of a rare illness’ is still well worth a read. There’s always someone worse off than you, in this case that someone is Ben Watt, but he comes across as stoical, pragmatic and full of humour. At less than 180 pages, a quick read and well worth a few quid. There’s definitely light at the end of my tunnel. I might go and give his album another listen.
This is pretty significant for those of us who enjoy a disc and a sleeve. CDs coming through the letterbox will be like buying vinyl was in the early 90’s CD age. Mind you, I did that, too.
The Slow Show’s debut album arrived on vinyl this afternoon. The kids are in bed. Cans are on. Consider me a pig in shit. I do hope it’s good, I’ve been waiting two and a half years for it…
There is no more.
If this works, here’s a screen grab of last week’s Midsomer Murders*. It’s from a folk gig in Lower Crosby village hall, a venue with an audience capacity of about 50. Just out of shot are a pair of 18″ subs, below the stacked pair of Marshall 4×12 cabs pictured. And that’s per side, on a stage about 15 feet wide. Don’t these TV people know anything?
* My wife watches it. And I was on sedatives following a surgical procedure. Otherwise I’d have left the room, obviously.
The release of White Water by The Slow Show has been put back by a week. I’m considering postponing my birthday by 7 days in response. I’ve been waiting for this album since I first did the sound for them in Sep 2012. I’m going to be disappointed, aren’t I?