I’ve caught up on Hinterland. I was a bit late on series 3 of this so binged on it the other night. The usual, really, but none the worse. An interesting underlying thread, sure to develop, beneath a couple of good story lines. West Wales gloom and plenty of death. As a former resident of the area there were some things that irked, among them being the tendency of poilce officers attending investigations and incidents at the hotel in Devils Bridge seeming to always arrive by the Cwmystwyth road which goes in the complete opposite direction to the police station in Aberystwyth. Actually, everywhere they go when they leave Aberystwyth police station appears to involve a long drive along a single-track road with passing places. You’d think every road in the area is single-track across rolling hills. I watched all of Clique, which I found very entertaining despite numerous areas of complete preposterousness. The very idea of 1st year female students being recruited to a dodgy bank by a professor whose brother happened to be the CEO of said bank was ludicrous. Getting past that the fact that all of the said students appeared to be able to dress in » Continue Reading.
On the 88th day of every year, there’s a celebration of the piano and of music played on it. An idea started by Nils Frahm and adopted with enthusiasm, it seems.
There’s a big list of events if you look on the Piano Day website. Quite possibly one near you.
Alex and his Small Faces Boys compadres are shortly to go on tour in “All Or Nothing – The Musical”, celebrating the Small Faces and their music and times. They’re playing a celebratory gig in this very small venue prior to hitting the theatres in the show proper.
I grabbed a ticket, for the princely sum of £3 plus 75p booking fee, and then remembered half an hour later that I already had a ticket for “Manuel Gottsching & The Ash Ra Tempel Experience” at The Barbican on the same night. If you want my ticket for an evening of Small Faces music at The Islington, send me a PM and I’ll email you the PDF of the ticket at no charge whatsoever. Sha-La-La-La-Lee.
The current TV adaptation of Len Deighton’s “SS-GB” has prompted me to embark on a Len Deighton reading binge. I’ve always had a liking for quality spy fiction a la Deighton or Le Carre. I’ve read and watched adaptations of quite a few of Deighton’s books but there are loads of gaps that I’m now filling. As part of my recent birthday present to myself, I now have on my Kindle “The Harry Palmer Quartet”, the set of four early espionage novels featuring Deighton’s un-named spy who was turned into Harry Palmer in subsequent film adaptations.
Now I could have sworn I’d read “The Ipcress File” long ago but, having started it a couple of days ago, obviously I was mistaken as I’m sure I’d have remembered the depiction of such a deeply conservative-yet-rebellious, wisecracking, chip-shouldered, food-and-drink-loving character. Michael Caine’s film depiction barely brushes the surface of him, good though it is. I’m completely certain I’ve read “Funeral In Berlin” before, as I had an old 2nd edition hardback copy until fairly recently when it was inexplicably lost. The movie version of that differs very much from the novel, but at least has the wonderful Oskar Homolka (sp?) playing the » Continue Reading.
A friend’s YouTube video which he shot himself, of his baby daughter singing and dancing along to a well-known song, has been blocked and a copyright claim filed by WMG. Quite apart from the pettiness of making such a claim in the first place, they assert that the content was copied in 2011 from something that they copyrighted in 2014. So how does that work?
Time travel is real, folks and here’s the proof.
Clyde Stubblefield has died. He was 73.
Hip-hop’s most sampled drummer, he played in James Brown’s band most notably on “Cold Sweat” and “Funky Drummer”.
Plenty to squabble about here, I should think.
Ones that are included but seem pretty tame to you? Disgraceful omissions? Albums given ridiculously higher/lower placings than you think they merit? The merits (or otherwise) of the descriptions in the article?
Those listed that you have in your collection, or have had in the past, or have heard at some time?
Full list in comments.
I missed most of the first series and thus had to catch up on the iPlayer after I discovered I was hooked. It’s got better and better over series 2 & 3. A fair bit of darkness in there, which appeals to me. I like Andy’s songs, even though they’re pretty crap. I suppose they’re meant to be.
I may find myself using this description of him until an even better one crops up.
The new season of Saturday lunchtime gigs gets under way this Saturday with The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment’s Experience Ensemble plus 12-voice vocal ensemble Shards and London vocal/electronics duo Strange Boy. There will be cake, quiche and coffee from The Margins Café if you’re hungry/thirsty. All proceeds from the café go to helping local homeless people. And it’s free entry (but they’d like you to put a fiver in the bucket to cover artist and running expenses).
Why fester in bed when you could be going to a free gig?
Mr KFD suggested that I start a thread on Front-Loaded albums. He’s a jolly nice chap so I thought “Right-O” and here it is. I contend it was a common practice in the days of vinyl pop and was continued into CD times. Even now in days of download it continues to an extent.
What do youse lot think?
Mr KFD said I should start a thread on Front-Loaded albums. He’s a nice chap and so, not wishing to disappoint him, here it is. I think there are loads of them, if we take a look in our vast collections. In the days of vinyl, companies had 2 opportunities to front load on each album, assuming there was enough material good enough to be showcased. The advent of the CD reduced it to just one. Now that individual tracks can be, and frequently are, downloaded, it’s entirely unnecessary in a lot of cases.
What does it sound like?:
Linn Records are a label associated with a high-end audio manufacturer, who use their recordings to encourage people to buy their audio hardware, so if they decide to release a recording by an artist, it’s going to be someone they regard very highly and it’s going to be impeccably well-recorded. Liane Carroll is a Hastings-born jazz vocalist and keyboardist of stunning ability who happened to work with Hip-Hoppers “London Elektricity” from 1999 to 2005 before striking out for serious on her own.
What a voice! She has a husky sound more akin to the better class of soul divas plus an ability to burrow deep into the song and transfer itself directly to the listener. There is deep sorrow in sad ballads and playfulness in uptempo material. Meanwhile her piano playing is inventive and fits like a glove throughout. A wonderful artiste I wish I’d discovered much earlier.
What does it all *mean*?
If you like jazz and quality singing with heart and soul aplenty, this deserves at least one listen. If your aversion to “jazz” and all that that entails is strong, then just move along.
Goes well with…
Nights in. Moderate » Continue Reading.
Anybody eat or drink anything out of the ordinaire this season of gluttony?
I’ve just finished my little (50cl) bottle of VSOP Calvados Pays d’Auge and I had a polish smoked sausage with horseradish sauce earlier. Xmas day itself was intensely normal; with turkey, sprouts, roasties etc. and prosecco. Buffet later with more turkey, beef, ham, cheeses, salad, dips, cheesecake and so on. Not a lot of beer, some red wine and coffee and tea alternating throughout the evening.
The only TV I particularly enjoyed was “The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn” on Boxing day. Missed “Dr Who” on the day (caught up a few hours ago) because I was a guest with rellies who seem to prefer to watch crap. Only got to see Tintin because I was up and in front of the telly before anyone else.
A former flight attendant who was the sole survivor of a Yugoslav Airlines flight which exploded at 33,333 feet over Czechoslovakia in 1972, earning her a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the highest fall without a parachute. She continued working for the airline after making a full recovery from her extensive injuries, though not as a flight attendant, but was sacked in 1990 after expressing views critical of president Slobodan Miloseviç and Serbian nationalism. Her status as a national heroine prevented her being arrested for her continuing open defiance of the government and participation in anti-Miloseviç demonstrations. She remained active in Serbian politics after the ousting of Miloseviç. Died on 23rd December in her apartment in Belgrade at the age of 68.
“When I travel on a plane, people always want to sit next to me.” – Vesna
Keith Jarrett is well-known as an excellent jazz pianist but his second album “Restoration Ruin”, released in 1968, is a different beast entirely. For one thing he plays guitar on all 10 tracks and piano on only two of them. And he sings. He plays all the instruments throughout the album in fact, apart from the string quartet which appears on half of them. He plays harmonica, recorder, soprano sax, guitar, bass guitar, bongos, tambourine, drums, piano, organ and sistra (shakers). It’s not exactly his finest hour on record, though it’s all well-played, and he was probably wise to knock the singing on the head, but it’s an interesting artifact at least.
Any other artists you know who have gone so thoroughly off-piste?
An American composer and accordionist and a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. Oliveros authored books, formulated new music theories, and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”, exploring the difference between hearing and listening.
Previously unseen/heard footage, anecdotes and audio plus interviews with his widow Lin.
Some extremely NSFW (or for playing within earshot of sensitive flowers) Derek & Clive material included.
We’ve had Mojo’s list of the best of 2016. Frowns have been frowned and scorn has been poured.
Now we can do it all over again to Uncut.
I’ve only just got in from the supermarket with my copy, so I haven’t looked at their lists (75 best albums, 30 best reissues plus ratings for books and films.
On the cover CD, which I’ll be playing right after I hit Submit, we have: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee Eleanor Friedberger – Cathy With the Curly Hair Drive-By Truckers – Filthy and Fried Ryley Walker – A Choir Apart Sturgill Simpson – Call to Arms Margo Price – Hands of Time Bon Iver – 33 “God” Teenage Fanclub – Hold On Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me Wilco – We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl) Shirley Collins – Pretty Polly Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant Cate Le Bon – I Was Born on the Wrong Day 75 Dollar Bill – Beni Said
I’ve just been listening to an old “Word” podcast where Hepworth, Mossman and Lewry discuss fandom and mere appreciation of musical acts. Kate M. said she was resisting buying The Smiths full catalogue because, although she liked them and was sure she’d enjoy hearing the stuff she wasn’t familiar with, at the end of that she’d only be coming to the same conclusion as their avid fans and what was the point if she already knew she liked them.
I instantly formed a much more simplistic theory of my own while listening. If I’ve got this far in my life without needing the full catalogue of certain artists I like, why should I be bothered now?
Got my subscriber copy and, as I always do at some point, had a go at the crossword. Usually, by stored-in-brain trivia and shameless cheating on That Interweb, I manage to complete it every month. This time I’m stuck on just one final question: 57-Across, “Cliff, UK folkie prominent in the ’60s scene” (7). I have “A_N_I_R” but have not a clue who it is and cannot find anything in Wikipedia etc. The answers for the letters I have there are correct, I’m absolutely sure.
A (very pleasant) bottle of Australian Shiraz, followed by a super-size gin and tonic and a similarly-large vodka & Red-Bull-substitute has left me, frankly, a bit squiffy. I’m sure I’ll be fine eventually, but right now I’m not bothered about that. Coffee and bed, probably. Carry on with whatever you were carrying on with before I interrupted..
Intended for teens mostly, apparently, but of course I’ve (recently-retired male, 65) been watching it anyway.
Ronnie Scott’s proudly presents the EFG London Jazz Festival 2016 web live stream from Fri 11th – Sun 20th Nov. Free access in full HD live from ronniescotts.co.uk. Catch some of the best jazz artists on the scene; Featuring: Kurt Elling on Friday 11th Nov, Dean Brown on Sunday 13th Nov, Bettye LaVette on Tuesday 15th, Thursday 17th Nov Charlie Hunter Saturday 19th and Oz Noy Sunday 20th November. For full details, please visit www.ronniescotts.co.uk Line ups confirmed: KURT ELLING: Kurt Elling – Voice, Stu Mindeman – Piano/Organ, Ulysses Owens Jr. – Drums, Clark Sommers – Bass & John Mclean – Guitar. DEAN BROWN BAND: Dean Brown – guitar, Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums, Linley Marthe – bass, Bernard Maseli – el. vibraphone & Mateusz Pliniewicz – violin. BETTYE LAVETTE: Bettye LaVette – vocals, Brett Lucas – guitar, Darryl Pierce – drums, Alan Hill – keys & James Simonson – bass MARCUS STRICKLAND TWI-LIFE: Marcus Strickland – saxophones, Mitch Henry – keys, Kyle Miles – electric bass, Charles Haynes – drums. CHARLIE HUNTER: Charlie Hunter – Guitar, Bobby Previte – Drums, Yelfris Valdes – Trumpet, Kieran McLeod – Trombone OZ NOY: Oz Noy – guitar, Jimmy Haslip – bass & » Continue Reading.