Hi-de-ho! I have a new Android phone, and I’m looking at player apps, preferably compatible with flac files. MusicBee, BlackPlayer, Media Monkey….lots of ’em out there, many free – any personal recommendations?
Might also be an opportunity to upgrade the desk player from WinAmp (no longer supported, I believe) to something better/more seamless. At the moment, all the mp3s are in iTunes and the flac files (all cd and lp rips at the moment) just sit in a folder – nice to have something which consolidates and lets me play both.
All suggestion gratefully received….many thanks in advance.
Any Ellingtonians out there? I’m looking for a way in (hundreds of recordings, multiple eras, multiple band formats, etc) – the extent of my current knowledge is the Dan’s recording of East St. Louis Toodle-oo…..
I’m familiar with the usual suspects in 50s and 60s bebop and postbop (Monk, Miles’ quintets, Charlie Parker) but I’ve managed to bypass Duke Ellington completely.
Any help gratefully received…..
I love this – a cover of Evil-hearted You, in Spanish, by Pixies….gotta share….
The question when you set up your profile on the Afterword site. Those of you who might have answered neither: who would you choose instead? The mighty Who? The Kinks? Principal Edward’s Magic Theatre? I choose Yardbirds…
Only found out today that Theresa May is married to Phil….I’m now speculating on the rock ‘n’roll excesses currently going on at no.10…..
Say what you need to say, play what you need to play…..then stop. Perfection in two minutes….
Anyone else have any favourite short songs to share?
Any love out there for the Fruits de Mer label?
Great tune, fine version – great video….
I’ve been listening to this, this morning – while having my morning coffee & gazing out at the wind & rain – very soothing….
But it’s not a sound palette that I associate with Shostakovich in the 1950s – sounds more like Rachmaninov, soothing, romantic, mildly melancholic…
I know Shostakovich mostly through the quartets, and some of the symphonies – the slow movements have a tension to them. At the risk of cliché, there is sometimes a feeling of stillness, waiting for the knock at the door (not an accident that the eighth quartet was used to soundtrack Radio 4’s version of Smiley’s People).
Any love for this out there? Anyone care to share a favourite slow movement, to soundtrack being inside on a wild day?
…share some music that you listen to, when you need the fever in your head to cool down for a few minutes…..
That’s it….I’m selling my guitars….this is just glorious…and I have to share…..
Here’s a conundrum: what would the mighty Zeppelin have sounded like if Page had managed to obtain the services of – BJ Wilson on the drums; and Terry Reid on the singing?
Better? Worse? Jazzier? Funkier?
If anyone is going to have a view, I’m guessing it’s the Zep-heads on the Afterword…..
What does it sound like?:
Robert Fripp used to say that, with some of his bands, he could feel an indefinable presence hovering over them – and he knew that this band could be called King Crimson. Arguably something similar happens with Van der Graaf Generator (VdGG) – something which makes the band more than the sum of its parts; and also provides a clear delineation between solo Hammill material (much of which had Banton, Evans and Jackson playing on it, particularly in the 1970s) and the full-blown VdGG experience. Primus inter pares in a band…..or the total control of a solo artist? Something makes Peter Hammill return again to the VdGG fire, and forge something different from his solo material. The contributions of Hugh Banton & Guy Evans are clearly huge factors….but so is the mysterious ‘I’ which is Van der Graaf.
And so, to the album in hand – Do Not Disturb – VdGG’s thirteenth album, we are told….
I note that some of the published reviews so far have concentrated on the “looking back” aspect – I believe Banton commented that some of the songs reminded him of “Least we can do….” – and the press » Continue Reading.
Mention of Robert Quine in the guitar solos thread elsewhere reminded me of this track…..then it popped up randomly on my iPod….coincidence? I think not!
Post your favourite Quine-associated croons below….
“I can remember what it felt like at 17: I was a cat, a dog, a lizard, a mouse….”
No, I wasn’t….however, it was the last & final time when I went on a family holiday with my parents & younger sister. Piled into the family car and off to Scarborough for two weeks, summer of ’79. “Ye Punk” and “Ye Post-Punk” hadn’t quite made it to our house, although one chap at school called Tim* appeared to be cutting his own hair & wearing his blazer inside out. Mind you, he had a weekend job on a record stall at the Barras & took his pay in vinyl – a couple of years prior, he had been the first on the block to have a copy of the “Virgin God Save the Queen single in picture bag”, when I was raving & drooling over Animals…..but I digress.
Scarborough became a cat ‘n’ mouse game with the parents, trying to sneak off for a lager & spend as little time with them as possible. With nearly forty years of hindsight and a family of my own, I can see that I was an ungrateful little sod and as moody as » Continue Reading.
Mme. Stoke having gone out babysitting, I had control of the remote this evening – I’ve just spent the last hour & a half listening & watching Verdi’s Requiem performed at the Proms. This was the Last Night of the Proms as far as I’m concerned – no quantity of Union Jack hats & waistcoats is going to top that experience.
Verdi’s Requiem perhaps more of a concert piece – arguably more showy than something like Faure – but none the worse for that.
Any love for yer religious music here?
Yes, this is my new favourite T-shirt, combined with an old-fashioned vinyl face…..
Anyone out there got any more to share?
My only exposure to the post-Lowell Feat has been disc 3 of the “Hot Cakes & Out-Takes” comp. I know there’s some love for Little Feat on the site here ( hands up @Twang ) – but can anyone convince me that there’s any value in listening to any more than I’ve heard already?
…and here’s some Lowell era footage, to demonstrate the difference….
I’ve been a bit glum today – doesn’t matter why – but I wanted to share my absolute 100% guaranteed music for getting me out of the dumps & grinning widely again….
…and it’s Jethro Tull – almost any toon will do the trick, today it was the Warchild album…
I listen to a wide variety of music: progressive, jazz, classical….nothing cheers me up quicker than Jethro Tull!
Anyone else have a sure fire musical Prozac, guaranteed to work for you?
…with the mighty Jack Bruce on stand up bassss….this could have gone on for a whole LP side & I’d have been happy…..
….if you care to see….
This is my new favourite T-shirt. It’s not new; but it is my new favourite…. Post an image of your favourite – if you are feeling bold, model it like wot I have done (copyright E. Wise)…
….especially 335s, Epiphone Casinos, my beloved Gordon Smith semis….humbuckers & hollow bodies….but once in a while, you come across something that makes you question your allegiances, something that makes you think “Jeez, I need a Telecaster…..”
Chuck Prophet, ladies & gentlemen…..
These still make me laugh like a drain – when they originally appeared on Nickelodeon, I elbowed small children out of the way to see them……
I’ve been reading the Andy Powell / Colin H book lately – very interesting view of Wishbone Ash, if inevitably partisan. However, on the back cover, Wishbone Ash are described as progressive rock pioneers……
Progressive? As a Crimson/ Yes / VdGG follower, this seems rather odd….
Are ver Ash a progressive band?
Over to you…