I caught this on the radio this morning. US pop-rockers Train have taken Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Heart and Soul’ and re-booted it for the Magic FM generation. I wonder if this is likely to become fashionable? If so, can we expect, say, an adaptation of ‘Blue Moon’ by Little Mix? Or perhaps an autotune-heavy ‘Easter Parade’ from The Weeknd? How about a nice rendition of ‘Umpa Umpa’ from A$AP Rocky?
The BBC claim that the production company Unique and Brian “agreed” that it was the right time for him to step down, after a period of ill health (see link), but Brian refutes this, calling it “balderdash” (link in comments). At 88 years old it seems he’s still raring to go.
A damn shame to lose him from the programme, and rather a shoddy way to ditch him, in my opinion.
How would you characterise the majority of your music listening? Are you:
1. A box set/catalogue binger?
2. A butterfly?
3. A shuffler?
I’m definitely a butterfly, flitting between albums (artist to artist, genre to genre), but also have a tendency to binge from time to time. I NEVER shuffle. What about you?
Further to the “childhood music-playing devices” thread a few months ago, at the weekend I found the exact same model of radio-cassette player I had as a kid. My bid was successful and it arrived today. Here it is!
…in 2019, when it moves to a temporary location. That could be shortened to The V Festival, eh?
Today: Peter Sarstedt. Aged 75.
This Saturday on BBC2 at 9pm. The link below is for a 20 second trailer, featuring a snippet of isolated Blackstar vocals. Phew. Programme link in comments.
I don’t know who’s buying all this new vinly, but it ain’t me. Is you?
And yes, yes, the figure is a drop in the ocean compared to streaming, CDs, etc.
This is the Afterword, so of course we all must have hoped Santa would bring us some music this year. I was lucky enough to be given the following from various loved ones and a big bearded fella*:
Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome The Mokess – Good Times Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue (on the vinly) Miles Davis – The Original Mono Recordings (from Dottie – clever cat) The Isley Brothers – The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters megabox
What music-related stuff did you receive? (Or indeed anything else you’d care to mention.)
*Mr Breakfast of course
I got zero out of ten. You?
Boot sale season has now drawn to close round here, and my attention has turned to the local chazzas for seeking musical (and other) bargains. I’ve found that dropping in regularly, when I happen to be passing, has yielded good results; it means that I can have a rifle through the newly put out records before other cheapskates have got their filthy paws on the loot.
Standout finds over the last week are a lovely clean copy of the Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry LP last Saturday, and late yesterday afternoon on the way to get a haircut Bob and the Wailers’ Exodus on LP and two great jazz CD sets from Proper: Art Blakey https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prime-Source-4CD-Art-Blakey/dp/B000TIQCH8 and Tubby Hayes https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Giant-Steps-Tubby-Hayes/dp/B00B1679JW. The Tubby set is missing one out of the 4 discs, but the extensive booklet is still there and all finds were just £2 each, so I’m not complaining.
How about you? Found any good bargains lately, musical or otherwise?
Actually they are; they’re right there in the centre of the pic. But how many other bands are cunningly represented? Let’s catch ’em all!
This year’s Car Boot Christmas cloudcast has finally landed. Whether you’re walking the dog, putting up the tree or listening surreptitiously on your ‘phone at work, there’s all sorts of festive music for you to ‘enjoy’, all on vinyl and all rescued from the boot sales and chazzas of deepest Suffolk (plus a Beany surprise). There’s jazz. There are carols. There’s soul, pop and surf. There are, er, Wombles. Use the player below and the tracklist will be revealed to you one joyous piece of music at a time. Sorry about the silly voice.
Ozzie Bob fans might like to know that a vinyl version of the Sydney date from the big 1966 set is chalked in for December the 2nd. I think it’s to be released worldwide too, as there are placeholder listings on various amazon sites, but I’ve included the link for JB HiFi. There may be one or two of you who find this of interest, hopefully!
This 2LP set is to hit supermarkets (and online stores) later this month, no doubt aimed at the “What-can-I-get-Dad-for-Christmas?” market. It’s full of the usual suspects that fill Fathers Day CDs and will apparently retail at around £15-20 (or perhaps a fiver come Boxing Day). I don’t know whether this ad is to appear on TV, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I thought we’d reached Peak Vinyl with classic albums being sold at Sainsburys, but it appears there’s some way to go yet. What next?
The new John Lewis Christmas ad.
I saw this and thought of you, @moose-the-mooche
Jeez, will anyone here be getting this? And in which format? Pono? Or maybe a lovely cassette?
I’ve a £10 amazon voucher burning a hole in my virtual pocket. I’m leaning toward the new Leonard Cohen, so a) should I get that? and b) if not Len, what other new releases do you reckon would float my boat?
Ta chums xx
Wahey! And other good news later in the Rolling Stone article.
The 4-disc Bowie Radio Sessions vinyl box set is currently at the bargain price of just £29.99 on Amazon UK. I snagged one a couple of hours ago with a gift voucher, and have just checked and it’s still the same price, so probably not a mistake, just a good bargain. It’s £75 on HMV!
You can totally play records with them. Sounds terrible, and I need a bit of practise, but still… pretty cool, eh?
I heard this on the radio today and it’s marvellous. I honestly though it was an old school eighties post-disco electro track at first, but a bit of generic phasing and the use of the word “hashtag” in the lyrics gave it away as new. It’s by Bruno Mars, it’s called 24K Magic, and I can’t wait for the album.