I updated itunes at the end of last week, and perhaps co-incidentally playcount has stopped working completely. Nothing being recorded in the playcount column. Any thoughts on how to solve this? Yes have done a basic google and nothing recent that provides a how-to would appear to be on the apple help forums or similar.
What with @bricameron having an idea for a ‘deep cuts’ band and everything, I found myself thinking about both this and the ‘death of the list thread’ comments that have been swirling around. So, without further ado let’s see how a Deep Cuts list thread gets on. I’ve actually been thinking about this since coming across this terrific Nick Cave track a week or so ago. Not only have I never really clocked how awesome this track is, I’ve played this album a couple of times without this track standing out. Boy how wrong I was.
But what actually is a ‘deep cut’ I hear you say? Well, please post away according to the literally quite arbitrary rules I have made up:
Not a single obvs. A or B. B-sides is a different beast to Deep Cuts. Not on a greatest hits. Not from the debut, most critically acclaimed, or latest albums – so to have a deep cut a minimum of three albums is required. Not otherwise picked out as a fan favourite/critical hit – so no, Stairway to Heaven is not a deep cut. Some bands have no deep cuts. Zep, HJH’s, Nirvana. The Stones » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
I posted in the “late to’ thread that I’d managed to escape the charms of Nine Inch Nails. But as both their new EPs are on emusic I’m now in.
Add Violence has five tracks – four of which perhaps are what I might expect from the combination of ‘industrial’ and ‘recent soundtracks to Gone Girl’ might lead everyone to expect. A basic palette of clattering drums, dirty guitar and growling vocals is set out in track one Less Than, which features an epic chorus My Corrosion-era Eldritch would have snapped up. A similar setup is in place for track four, minus the chorus. On the second track this get mixed up a bit. Take away the somewhat windswept vocal about going ‘into the arms of a woman’ and what’s happening is some kind of stuttery Four Tet groove. Track three deconstructs things still further, as a georgeous wobbly keyboard riff is set against wordless vocal sounds until the song decides to evolve as a doomy ballad.
All of this, enjoyable enough, is as an overture to the remarkable final track The Background World. It starts with bubbling synths and a gentle propulsiveness » Continue Reading.
Swoppers – it’s your last chance to post your blind reviews. Convinced that bleeptronica track must be Elton John’s alter-ego? It’s oooh the missing link between Whitesnake and The White Stripes – yes must be White Lines. Get posting as @kid-dynamite is going to drop all the track listings at the end of the month. Those where all reviews are in he’s been doing as we go, but the gate comes down on 31 Aug! Been fun eh.
‘Hi Christopher it’s the studio here…yeah just stoked about the Dunkirk numbers. You crushed it buddy. So, we’re thinking here about what’s next. I mean not Dunkirk 2 – that would be crazy. But where you might want to go next. We’re thinking maybe The Dambusters here. Everyone loved the planes – so let’s have more of those. And there’s even a dog. What do you think?
So, there’s a stiff upper lip B and W film ripe for re-imagining. Check. Only really need to see the Germans in long shot. Check. So no tricky subtitles or ‘For you Tommy zee war iz over’ moments. Check. We’re so over all that cheap stereotyping. Planes. Check. Can we get some Spitfires in again? The Lancaster’s a bit more…utilitarian. Cross-cutting narratives building to a climactic moment. Ok maybe we need to think a bit more here. So far I’ve got – Guy Gibson in a plane obvs but also: Barnes Wallis suddenly realises there’s a fatal flaw in the bomb design…but they’ve already left. So can we get him in a Spitfire doing some mid-air crucial repairs while they’re being shot at. The dog story needs fleshing out – maybe he’s got » Continue Reading.
It’s that time of year. Harkive is an annual survey of listening habits – how you are listening not what you are listening to necessarily. Let them explain it:
Harkive 2017 – The 60-second guide
Harkive is an annual online research project that gathers stories about How, Where and Why people listen to music across a single day. The project this year takes place on Tuesday 25th July – We’d love to hear your story.
The project is interested in how music plays its part in your day on 25th July. We’re interested in the technologies, formats and services you use, the places you find yourselves in and how music accompanies you as you move through your day, and – of course – how music makes you feel.
Joining in with the project is easy. You can do so simply by adding the #harkive hashtag to your music-related posts on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Alternatively, if you want to write something a little longer, you can email it to us, or send it via this online form. Stories are also accepted as posts on the Harkive Facebook wall.
Here’s a gentle reminder that the deadline for posting your CDs is fast approaching. So if you have been umming and ahhing between Start or Start Me Up then make your mind up and get burning!
What happens next? We’ll post a series of blog posts – one per group next week with you tagged in them. Then it’s over to the three/four of you to post your blind reviews and exchange pleasantries. End of August we’ll post the tracklistings to the same group posts and you can go dohh or get in!
A quick reminder your CD is a single CD, standard audio rip, 12 tracks without titles and artists. Theme of Beginnings. We have had a discussion on a previous blog post about how to anonymise your tracks, mp3tag appears to do a stand-up job on this, including artwork.
Any questions here or to me or @kid-dynamite.
We’ve commented on how the emusic relaunch has led to the disappearance of several labels, so it’s only fair to note (for UK accounts at least) a fairly big coup – a treasure trove of 80s Chrysalis. Specials, Selecter, Fun Boy 3, The Waterboys, The Bible, Blue Aeroplanes, Carter USM, Catherine Wheel (ok 90s there) are top of my list. There’s plenty for the rock fan – UFO, Robin Trower, Michael Schenker. Ultravox, Sinead O’Connor, Steeleye Span, Debbie Harry solo stuff – lots to dig into. er and there’s Living In a Box and Go West too.
So some upsides to the relaunch.
Time for our annual Wimbledon roundup surely. So how was yours? I through domestic events ended up watching quite a bit more than usual. Overall, a very entertaining fortnight while slightly short on classic matches between the favourites. The fact that injuries were the big tournament story tells you something. We had the early round spectacle of patently-unfit players turning up and withdrawing after a set in order to get their match fee – understandable in the case of someone ranked 200 in the world, less so in the case of Stan The Man who went out meekly. Later on those who crossed their fingers and hoped it would get better – Djokovic and Murray – also had to face up to the fact that their bodies were just not up to it. The women’s championship was dominated by the further rise of Johanna Konta, an exemplar of the ultra-coached player. The Jobot has an extraordinarily impassive presence, all part of her ‘process’ that makes her very hard to beat, but difficult to warm to whatever nationality she is. I’m fine with cheering her as a Brit, but feel that to win a slam she’s going to have to add » Continue Reading.
Ok it looks like from various postings that the swaps are starting. Please do send yours out by the end of July, to give everyone plenty of time to listen to your mastermix and formulate their thoughts before the listings go up at the end of August.
The admins are working on a sensible way to group all the tracklistings.
Please DM us your tracklistings – I have one already. By all means add a few comments either per track or about the CD as a whole, but remember to keep it relatively brief for the OP. You can expand in the comments to your hearts desire.
Finally a request: I have a fairly standard windows 10 machine, with itunes and Mediaplayer. Can someone post an easy guide to making your mp3’s anonymous (ie with no info) bar Track 1, Artist 1. I have a lot from emusic and though I rename the file and can drag it into Windows mediaplayer the cover art that will not disappear. Would it reappear if someone listened to the CD through itunes?
Ok been listening to The Blue Nile’s High. It’s OK – but is that enough for a Blue Nile album. Some atmospherics, a lot of Americana in the lyrics, but not much in the way of Blue Nile epic moody tunes….until the final track which brings everything the album has been about over 7 and a half minutes of epic Nileness, all geared around a simple but georgeous melodic line. In retrospect I can see the first 8 tracks as mere prologue to this mighty closer. So what other albums are saved by an epic final track (and I’ve got another I’ll post in the comments)
Daughter moles has risen to the top of volunteering at her local Oxfam shop, and is now responsible for pricing up all vinyl. She came home today with the staggering fact that Rod Stewarts’ Greatest Hits (the pink satin jacket one, you know the photo of Rodders) was now averagely priced on ebay at £12.00. A little cross-googling largely corroborated her story, that you could pick up a copy for £4.00, but others thought that a good copy might be worth north of a tenner. So, what gives? In my mind this is near the top of the chazza shop least wanted. (Yes she’s seen more than one copy of No Parlez). Is the vinly lifestyle madness now inflating even the last likely artists. And, pity her, any copy which might be above £8.00 they have to listen all the way through to check for pops and scratches.
Your hosts @moseleymoles and @kid-dynamite here, announcing the big red countdown clock is go. We’re going to shut sign-ups for the first edition of the Afterword CD Swap midnight tomorrow GMT as sign-up has gone so well this time out. You can find a description here.
The Kid is handling match-up duties – you’ll be in a three apart from one four if we stick at our 37 current list of sign-ups. Two more would be great so then everyone is in a three. We will post the groups on here next week and then DM your two partners to get their real world addresses, start compiling that 12-track CD and post them off.
The Admins are thinking how we can sensibly post 30 odd CD track listings in a couple of months so you can easily find your » Continue Reading.
Even though they should have been in closed betas for months to iron everything out, inevitably big web platform redesigns take some time to bed in. So I didn’t rush to judgement on the latest (the most radical in over a decade) redesign of venerable mp3 download site emusic. But its been up a couple of months now, and surely time to share some thoughts.
THE GOOD You can search by record label My music is an improvement on previous versions of databases that tracked what you’d downloaded. Wish list and my emusic sync – ie downloaded takes it off one and adds it to the other Removal of emusic downloader, the new ‘in-browser’ downloading is more reliable. Does look a bit fresher visually
THE BAD The removal of almost every functionality from the site bar searching and downloading. No reliable list of new releases recommended for you – as the global new release list always includes mucho dross this is essential. No syncing of downloads with itunes Can’t comment on albums in your lists
NOT YET TRIED any of the apps (tend to use the site just to download from) Daily download
So anyway they debuted a bunch of new songs, played Knocking on Heavens Door as an encore, and Ralf smashed his keyboard up. No sorry it’s a Kraftwerk 3D review. Possibly the band who have elevated quality control and process engineering to the nth degree, no-one goes to a Kraftwerk show expecting anything other than a machine-tooled performance, which is exactly we got at Symphony Hall. All delivered with their signature degree of ironic distance that leaves us guessing exactly how seriously they take themselves. The band’s status as the most important band since The Beatles (OOAA) rests on a comparatively small back catalogue. Over two hours they played Spacelab, Neon Lights, Man Machine, The Robots and The Model off Man Machine (now clearly the ultimate Kraftwerk lp); Computer World, Computer Love and Numbers off Computer World; Boom Tschick and Musique Non Stop off Electric Cafe; Tour De France and Aerodynamique off Tour De France; Trans Europe Express, Radioactivity and Autobahn. All were subtly retooled and retouched, most noticeably on Computer Love which was a lot beefier, and a techno’d-up Musique Non Stop to finish which could have been a Leftfield track. Stagecraft was » Continue Reading.
You may remember some time ago we mused on the demise of various CD swap clubs and so after much delay and DM’ing we present:
The cunningly-titled Afterword CD Swap.
In posts past we have lamented the demise of the Velvet CD swap and the like, so we’ve decided there was enough love across the massive to give our very own version a go. We’ve tried to keep the rules to a minimum to make taking part as easy as possible. For those who’ve never done one before, a CD swap involves you making a compilation, posting it to a couple of other people, who post you theirs. All tracks are anonymous, so you can’t apply your rockist prejudices, you review those you get, others review yours and then the tracks are revealed.
1 Sign up by the closing date by just letting us know in the comments to this post. Sign up for CD swap one: the Beginning, closes at the end of June.
2 We will then pair everyone up with two other people – you compile a CD (more later) and post it to » Continue Reading.
Year: 2017 Director: Ridley Scott
The whole notion of the ‘film franchise’ applies remorseless commercial logic to an artform. Just as wherever you are in the world a Big Mac is a Big Mac – except of course in France where it’s Le Big Mac. So it is now, six movies in, in the world of facehuggers and ‘it’s in the ship’. Ridley Scott’s efforts to reboot the whole thing and provide an origin story for the acid-dripping nightmare in Prometheus showed how tight the franchise expectations now are. Too much sense of wonder, confusing plot (Engineers, prehistoric star charts, WMDs, black goo, Guy Pearce hiding in the attic) and not enough of the woman-in-vest running down dark corridors with a big gun chased by the dark two-mouth drippy acid nightmare thing. Even Ridley can’t fight the feedback cards it would seem, and so Covenant attempts to do two things: to move the backstory started in Prometheus on while giving the fans what they want in terms of Alien action. Actually three things as everyone loved Fassbender’s bad robot, so let’s have more of that. Double Fassbender to go! We set our scene on the colony ship Covenant, en route » Continue Reading.
The recent post on mixtapes got me thinking about these, and how I got to Velvet CD swap just as they decided to wind it up.
So my questions are two:
Is there another similar one to join – the discipline of one CD, hearing other people’s tracks without names and titles, and a host of arcane rules, was great fun.
If not is there another afterworder who would set one up, and if they did would anyone else be interested?
I gave Beck’s Midnite Vultures a spin recently. Much maligned, it’s at least half an album’s worth of killer, concluding with the pretty amazing Debra sung by Beck in a rather magnificent falsetto. No studio available on youtube, so here’s him doing it on Later live. There’s an excellent wikipedia page that left me utterly baffled as to its physiological characteristics – phonation? Ligamentous edges? On this subject. I think we all know a falsetto when we hear one, though again I am unsure as to what a female falsetto is, so examples would be very welcome.
Let’s take it higher ladies and gentlemen, your trouser-tightening falsetto entries please.
What does it sound like?:
Tricky things comebacks. The Stone Roses appear to have no more juice left than for the odd track that merely nods to old glories. Many acts are back with no new material at all, just opting for the shows and the classic albums trail. The promise of new material often appears to defeat bands second time around. So how extra-ordinary that after 22 years Slowdive can return with an album that is the equal of their dreamy nineties heyday. This is really a very very good album: the guitars chime, the bass thrums, vocals dip in and out of the mix as just another texture, and the drums pitter-patter. The pace is stately (from medium-fast to medium to medium-slow), the chords shift slowly and everything unfolds with absolute control and attention to detail. The vocals are a bit deeper than 22 years ago, and the production perhaps wisely opts for space and clarity rather than the gauzy haze deemed essential first time around. There are no standout tracks, as the first six are just great, only Go Get It appearing to trade on their reputation rather than being strong enough to make a whole » Continue Reading.
Year: 1974 Director: Sam Peckinpah
A film where vastly more people have heard of it than actually seen it is always interesting. While it didn’t exactly finish his career: he’d go on to Cross of Iron and, er, Convoy and The Osterman Weekend and (thanks Wikipedia) end up directing Julian Lennon videos, Alfredo Garcia certainly marked the end of his A-list status as a director. Its a film that’s become famous for the vitriol of the reviews at the time: most famously ‘Bring Me The Head of Sam Peckinpah’ and for the way its title has seeped into usage by people who’ve never seen the film, unless Graeme Garden is in fact an aficionado. The last few decades have seen its slow ascent from ignomy to cult status. Now its viewed as Peckinpah’s most autobiographical film – not least for the titanic amounts of alcohol consumed by its protagonist.
The plot is indeed as described: a Mexican gangster boss offers a huge reward for the head of the man who impregnated his daughter, prompting hitmen to scour Mexico. Warren Oates plays a hard-at-heel pianist and bar manager Bennie who picks up the conversation in a bar, and smells a big » Continue Reading.
Has anyone come across a label called Compulsion / Believe – they pop up on both emusic and amazon digital with albums like Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch and Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil. They have generic cover art – always a bad sign – but the albums appear to be identical in terms of tracks, timings and running orders to the . Are these the original albums or some strange re-recording? A quick google reveals Believe may be a French digital music distribution platform but that’s all.
Year: 2016 Director: F. Gary Gray
And so to FF8, FOTF, or as it’s described on our ticket the intriguing Fate of the Fur. Sadly it turns out not to be a PETA documentary but Vin, The Rock, Michelle and the others in cars again. The franchise is rapidly mutating into a US car-heavy version of James Bond, with the US government seemingly happy to entrust (with plausible deniability from Kurt Russell) the fate of the free world to Ludacris in a Lambo. He may in fact be in a Bentley but I need this for the alliteration.
This was a family movie choice, keeping teenagers and adults just about enthralled and excited. There’s a pre-credits sequence which focuses on actual racing, set in Cuba, which is pretty straightforward, then it’s onto a Mendes-style incomprehensible plot set-up involving Charlize Theron as hot hacker Cipher. She’s got one over on F & F mainman Dom, who as ever in these films is just trying to settle down when people step to him. She invites him into her private stealth plane (stolen from Agents of Shield), and blackmails him into stealing nasty stuff for her so she can….well do something vaguely wiki » Continue Reading.
After the musical version, let’s do the literary version. I have just started Beyond The Wub, the Collected Short Stories vol 1 of Philip K Dick. I finished reading all 40-odd science fiction and non-SF novels about a year ago, which I read at about 3 a year. So give me another couple of years to do the short stories (5 chunky vols) and it’ll be back to The Cosmic Puppets. I’ve just read The Wind from Nowhere (completists qualifier – out of print and later disowned by JG) and am set sail on my first (sadly) complete read-through of JG Ballard’s novels, after finishing the Complete Short Stories. I have every novel by Douglas Coupland, WG Sebald, Bret Easton Ellis, Iain Banks (sf only), Michael Faber and Don Delillo. Which authors do you collect/read through systematically.
This came up in the car today and I’d forgotten how it’s built around one monster sample. As is the first one in the comments. So let’s do a ‘songs from samples’ list please. Only two rules: One sample per song, the more looped the better – no MARRS or Bomb the Bass sample blizzards please. Mashups is a different thing (we can do those too – pretend its still 2010 – this is the sampladelic list).