Sad news today that Richard Swift has died aged just 41. Lots of tributes from musicians he worked with over the years. I have a couple of his albums from many years back, (the song in the video ‘Songs of National Freedom‘ is a family favourite at Lemon Hope House) and his recent collaborations with Damien Jurado on his Maraqopa trilogy and with Dan Auerbach in The Arcs were excellent.
If you would be so kind, I’m compiling a playlist of songs for a friend and it’s turned into ‘Songs About Fishing’ I currently have two 1. Van Morrison – ‘And It Stoned Me’ & 2. Chas & Dave – ‘Wonder Where He Is Now’. If you could help me out with further suggestions that would be just super!
Or, if you prefer, come up with a clever pun on pop star names, for example, Johnny Marmite [gedditt?] Think you can do better? Go on then
Ryan Adams sounds, for the most part, like Ryan Adams. Ok, he has gone ‘off piste’ many times with his unofficial output, but on record you pretty much know what you’re gonna get and the same is true of most artists. But back in 2001 his band Whiskeytown released their album ‘Pneumonia’. Track nine was a song called ‘Paper Moon’. which is notable for sounding like nothing else in his catalogue, so much so that I would argue that you would be hard pressed to identify the artist if you heard it ‘blind’. Can you think of any other examples like this? Remember that Richard Thompson techno track that closed his last album, or the Manic’s foray into skiffle? Any more?
We’ve all got lots of artists in our collections of whom we have multiple albums. Unfortunately, the ‘Government’ are introducing a law to limit the number of albums one can own by any one artist to just two. Multiple artist detector vans will patrol the country on a 24/7 basis, seeking out lawbreakers who will be rounded up and held at a secret location near Hull. Here they will be subjected to a cruel and unusual punishment of a playlist, on rotation, consisting of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovich, Kevin Keegan and Nickleback, which will be blasted at them, Abu Ghraib style. Light relief will be provided by a local ginger ‘Funster’ who will ‘DJ’ the choons and provide ‘amusing’ quips [of a mostly sexual nature] until such time that the prisoner can take no more [average resistance of 11 minutes expected] No-one wants to have to suffer this punishment, so it’s time to decide – which two albums will you keep? Some artists are easy, having made only one or two albums – The La’s, for example. Others are easy because they only made two albums worth keeping, The Beatles, or Van Morrison, etc. But some are very difficult indeed, having » Continue Reading.
From the SDE website – The deal you’ve been waiting for has arrived!
Amazing price for last year’s Roxy Music super deluxe edition right now in the UK!
Yes, here’s the deal that many of you are waiting for and even predicted. The 3CD+DVD set, which includes the album, demos, outtakes, BBC sessions, Steven Wilson 5.1 mix and a superb 136-page hardcover book which has constantly stayed around the £130 mark, is now just £55 via Amazon UK, which is at least £50 cheaper than it has been anywhere in Britain. I don’t know how long this is going to last, so get in while you can!
Some of it is for dancing, some of it makes me laugh. Sometimes I’m awed by the beauty or the mind that created it. And some of it can crack me up emotionally, film and TV scenes, a story or just a passage in a book, but mostly it’s music what does it. ‘Stay’ by The Blue Nile is one such track. Whenever I try to sing along to it I can’t get through the line, ‘Stay, I will understand you’ without a massive lump in my throat choking up the words. It’s such an unusual line, and so desperate. I think it’s probably their best song.*
So if you care to, why not take an emotional journey and share the art that does you in, cracks you up & hits you in the feels – that is so good you can’t get the words out. [or, just enjoy the video]
This is what happens when artists at the top of their game collaborate. One of the best ‘videos’* you’ll see all year
*not really a video
From Friday the NME will no longer be available as a weekly magazine. The final edition will bring to an end 66 years as one of the UK’s most iconic music publications.
I didn’t even know it had been free for over two years, so it won’t make a whole lot of difference to the current me, but the 17 year old me will miss it – sort of.
David Byrne has issued an apology for not having any women play on his new album – ‘American Utopia’ Does anyone else feel uneasy about that? I see myself as someone who believes in equality for all [that’s a simplified version what I believe, in order to keep this post short] But I wonder can I actually say that when I read about this issue and don’t fully support the ‘solution’? I welcome your views, partly as I am interested in what a mainly white & male blog has to say about a problem that we seem to be right in the middle of [albeit not as much as David Byrne is right now] and also, of course, because it’s not just white males who post here, but also because I believe that this place isn’t just an echo chamber and that I might learn something by asking the question.
Listening as I write, very Afterword friendly I must say.
Might appeal to – anyone who contributed to the HJH top ten post
Maybe it’s just the telly I happen to be watching, but it has come to my attention that a lot of the actors are crying out of just one eye. How can this be? I don’t know. Any other ‘Strange’ things you’ve noticed recently?
Here’s an easy question for a slightly somber Sunday. I’ll give you three songs and you tell me what links or connects them and also if you can read my mind, what song comes next [basicaly, what am I thinking?] After that, if you feel like it, please post two or three songs and let us lot find the link. Here we go,
1. Small World by Roddy Frame
2. Run by Stephen Fretwell
3. Half The World Away by Oasis
Amazon Uk is currently selling both the CD/DVD + Vinyl boxsets of The Queen Is Dead for a bargain price. Add in the BIGTHANKS code to get £10 off and you can get two copies of the CD/DVD and a copy of the vinyl boxset for £52.97 with free next day delivery. I know this because that’s what I just did. [They’re coming to an auction site near you soon]
The Kate Bush ‘Before The Dawn’ Vinyl Boxset is currently available on Amazon for the tremendously low price of £24.99. Grab yourself a post Christmas pick-me-up at a bargain price.
The ‘Oh Happy Day’ hit maker has sadly passed away. I have loved that song since the first time I heard it, it never fails to lift my spirits when I hear it and it will probably be played at my funeral. So, as a tribute to Edwin, here is his best known song [which is one of the best recordings ever made]
Should you be inclined, please post a ‘happy’ or uplifting song that you love.
Collaborative Spotify playlist to follow, natch.
I know there are a few fans of Josh Ritter on here, if you haven’t got his most recent album, ‘Gathering’ you can get it free from Noisetrade. Also comes with a free new song.
Worth a look if you like melodic songs sung and played well, with strong lyrics and a slight Americana vibe.
Click on the link and his is one of the featured albums at the top of the page.
Two that jump out for me are ‘Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How And Whom’ [9pm Wednesday 27th, BBC2] ahead of a new series on the Beeb in 2018, a one hour special looking back on the phenomenon that is Partridge. And ‘Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out’ [9pm, Friday 29th, BBC2] a half hour, one off special which promises sketches shot on location, songs, skits and stunts. I can’t wait.
Have you spotted anything worthy of programming into the PVR? And what’s the worst thing you can imagine having to sit through?
Share your finds here, so that we may all wallow in some decent TV and deliver us from FOMO
Bono must be furious!
One of the great things about this time of year is that wonderful feeling of being snug, cocooned and safe from the elements. Is there anything better as we approach Mid-winter than curling up at home, or in a cozy public house and gazing at the chilly outside, glass or bong in hand, whilst listening to songs that match the mood?
So, inspired by this track which I heard today on RadMac, I am throwing myself at the mercy of the Massive to ask for your favourite Wintry/Autumnal songs.
Please join in with your own selection, if you would like to, and I shall compile them all into a Spotty playlist in due course.
The aformentioned track is this – ‘Mary’ by Big Thief. I think its beautiful.
What does it sound like?:
Netflix [and to a lesser extent] Amazon are keeping me entertained in a way that I never thought TV could. The recent Films of 2017 thread got me thinking about why I don’t go to the cinema very often. Part of it is to do with the fuckwits, but part is to do with wanting more than cars blowing up and robots and CGI. Now, I know that not all cinema is like that, and maybe I’m falling foul of a laziness that infects my friends who ‘like’ music, but don’t know where I find the stuff i listen to – like I’m going off grid some how, rather than just having an above average interest in the medium. I probably just need to make more of an effort.The reason for this post is that Netflix have done it again, ‘Mindhunter’ is great TV. No, Mindhunter is great film making. Or great story telling. Or, I don’t know, all three. It focuses on the F.B.I’s attempts to understand and profile serial killers. Based on agent John E Douglas’s 1995 book ‘Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit’, Holden Ford [Jonathan Groff] is the » Continue Reading.
Has died. Part of my youth will be forever Cheggered. He always came across as a likeable chap.
Two Afterword favourites for the price of one.