Apropos of nothing I started singing ‘what shall we do with the drunken sailor?’ yesterday. Then I started asking my colleagues if they could remember what they sang at school – by which I mean primary school not High School by which time I had learned lewd Rugby songs. Another one I recalled was ‘The big ship sails on the Ally Ally ho’. Apparently on the last day of September.
Robin 2, Bilston
Ordinarily I am not a fan of tribute bands. However I am not a fan of not being able to see one of my favourite bands who haven’t been in the UK for ages and who don’t seem to have any intention of being in the UK anytime soon. So it was, I decided to get tickets to see Nearly Dan who I had heard good reports about. The good reports were entirely justified as they were excellent from start to finish. They covered all eras of the Dan and even managed a fine version of I.G.Y from Donald Fagen;s The Nightly. The band obviously have a great affinity for the music and have been together for 20 years. Personally I would have done with less emphasis on Aja which is my least favourite Dan album however it was that albums 40th Anniversary and they did do a mighty fine version of Deacon Blues. They played for nearly 2 and half hours and the set climaxed with fantastic versions of Show Biz Kids and My Old School along with a great Reelin in the Years.
Dan aficionados – males outnumbering ladies » Continue Reading.
Unbelievably thick or just nervous? I can’t imagine being that nervous that you would lose all rational thinking but my wife was much more sympathetic:-
Tonight we went shopping in the Bullring. Returning to the car park we needed to take the lift. My wife pressed the lift button. It seemed to be taking a long time so she pressed it again. Why? It doesn’t make the lift speed up. I have done it too as I expect many others on here but it is illogical.
Another one – I know drivers averse to putting their headlights on in dim light in the day time because it could wear their batteries out. What,more than at night time?
There must be countless other examples of daft things done for no reason.
I suspect this one might be suited to @duc01 but I could be wrong. Heard a rather splendid track from a recently released live album of this trumpeter. Don’t know anything about him other than what I have read since hearing that track. Amazon shows a fair number of albums, some of which are apparently hard to find. Can anyone make any recommendations?
This week I made a startling new discovery. Over the years I have tried and discarded most chocolate bars and for many a year my favourites have been Topic or Galaxy. I even tried a Yorkie bar on a couple of occasions but it was nothing special. However this week I discovered Yorkie bar Biscuit and Raisin. It is divine. Clearly not the Rolls Royce of chocolate bars, maybe more like the Austin Allegro but when you have a craving for chocolate and it was the only chocolate available my God did it do the trick. That combination of milk chocolate, biscuit and juicy raisins is a real temptress and I fell for her charms hook line and sinker. Now to get some stocks in for Christmas – forget the Celebrations or Quality Street this is the one for me this year.
Was watching No Direction Home last night and was particularly interested in the segment about the organ intro to Like a Rolling Stone. Arguably it makes a huge contribution to the song. Driving to the butchers this am the below song came on. It also has a simple Organ intro that makes it such an enduring record.There must be countless other examples:-
There are a couple of bands who have never officially split up yet have not released any albums for quite a while.
If I had a wish list for 2017 I would like to see new albums from: Guillemots – their last album Hello Land was their best and now complete silence and a moribund website. Was not was – Okay so Don Was is an in-demand producer but they never split up. New album please or better still some live shows? Fountains of Wayne – some new activity more than welcome guys.
Friday was a significant birthday for yours truly. My beloved Ness treated me with a long weekend in Moscow accompanied by our daughter and her boyfriend. As it was my special weekend I was determined to visit at least one record store in Moscow so on Sunday morning armed with Google maps we trundled from our hotel the mere 800 metres to where the store was located. Firstly let me say Google maps was as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike and my knowledge of the cyrillic alphabet was not any better. We reached the general vicinity but ended up going round in circles. Finally we found a very kind Russian young man who looked on his phone and spoke enough English to deliver us to the store with pinpoint accuracy.No wonder we couldn’t find it – it was tucked away in a courtyard off a main road and it was not near to any other stores. There was no visible signage other than a bat which was the sign for Transylvania Records. I walked inside and it was a labyrinth with the most amazing and extensive selection of vinyl and cd’s I have ever seen. Two things » Continue Reading.
The Venue announced before the show that the gig started at 8pm sharp and finished at 9.30pm. £65 for a one and half hour show left me questioning value for money. However from the off it was clear this show was going to be of the highest quality. The band were excellent throughout and there were great new arrangements of many songs. Highlights for me were Carrying a torch, In the Garden and a wonderfully jazzy Moondance. Throughout the interplay between Van’s sax and the trumpet player were a delight. Obviously the between song chatter was not existent but we counted 3 thank yous and several smiles so the old curmudgeon was clearly in a good mood and enjoying the sounds the band were making. As well he should astray were first class. A rousing Gloria ended a fabulous night, the band whining out after Van had left the stage. We even got 10 extra minutes after announced finish!!
Very respectful – there was even a couple slow dancing at the front when they played Have I told you. On their feet at the end amid rousing applause.
It made me think..
Making a separate post to the Disciplne one because I have a genuine question that I didn’t want to get buried in that post- where do I start with King crimson? I am familiar with In then court of the Crimson King from way back and briefly familiar with Starless and Bible Black but that’s about it. Some help needed from you guys.
In a brief visit to that there London yesterday I paid a brief visit to their Broadwick Street store. I was in there for around 15 minutes and they took over £300 from 3 punters so I was quite surprised that their eclectic model seems to be thriving. Have been a fan of their compilations for a long time and yesterday IK took a punt on ‘Venezuela 70 – Cosmic visions of a Latin American Earth. Venezuelan experimental rock in the 1970’s’.
I have to say it is excellent and well worth the gamble. Now to the Nigerian one I bought at the same time. Long live the niche sellers I say.
One of my favourite current bands Thee Oh Sees are releasing their third album this year. The other two are very good and from what I have heard of the new one it is also on the money. What is too many and what is not enough?
A few years ago The Guillemots released their best album Hello land with the accompanying announcement that it was the first of 4 albums that year – one for each season. We are still waiting for the other 3 and it seems the band have split up.
According to Johnny C there are 102 Frank Zappa albums and Grateful Dead must be many times more.
On the other hand Blue Nile were hardly prolific yet always released quality and The Avalanches released a great album this year after a significant gap.
Does prolific always affect quality and conversely is a long wait always worth it?
So said Gail Platt to David in last nights Coronation Street. Aside from the fact that the chipmunk like features of Gail Platt irritate me and she should be written out of the series it made me think what a ridiculous saying that is. Regardless of whether you have one day left to live or 50 years it is all ahead of you – it cannot be in the past. Any other examples of sayings that make no sense whatsoever.
The Paramount, Huntington, Long Island
Following a fine support slot by The Beat, Squeeze breezed on stage with Tilbrook playing the guitar intro to Hourglass before the rest of the band had even taken their places. It was a barnstorming start to a frenetic gig that took in most of their hits and quite a few tracks from their most recent Cradle to the Grave release. Throughout the highlights were the great solos by Tilbrook – he really is a very underrated guitarist but also a great leader. One of my favourite Squeeze songs Electric Trains was slightly rushed and they didn’t do Some fantastic place or Labelled with Love but all other hits were covered including a fabulous Goodbye Girl and Is that Love. The keyboard player also featured heavily and was mightily impressive.
Enthusiastic from the off and knew the words to all the songs – I had no idea Squeeze were so big on the other side of the pond.
It made me think..
Remember well when Squeeze came on the scene as cheeky chappies. These days it is very much the Glen Tilbrook band with Difford mainly taking on rhythm » Continue Reading.
Yesterday I was in Waterstones browsing as you do. There was a book in the buy one get one half price section that really piqued my interest. As per normal there wasn’t else that I wanted that would go with it. I left the store thinking I would order the book on Amazon but like an idiot I didn’t make a note of the title or the author. All I can say is that it was a collection of novellas. The title of the book I think had ‘thirteen’ in it and the authors name I thought was something like Connal Corman but that is probably nowhere near the correct spelling. Can someone put me out of my misery. Will be away for 2 weeks and no doubt if I came back and went into Waterstones it would be gone.
What does it sound like?:
John Prine is a superlative singer/songwriter – of that there is no doubt. Why then is his album of duets/covers In Spite of Ourselves my favourite album of his? It might be the friendly exuberance that permeates the album from start to finish even though the songs are about divorce or lost love. In his liner notes John says he hadn’t intended to do a second album in the same vein but they were releasing a vinyl version of In Spite of Ourselves and needed another 3 or 4 songs to make it a double vinyl release. One thing lead to another, they had a blast in the studio and now we have part two with 15 songs of pure class. There was apprehension when it arrived on friday that it wouldn’t meet my expectations. Those reservations disappeared immediately. It is a beautiful album with some newcomers as duet partners in the shape of Kacey Musgraves, Allison Krausss, Amanda Shires and Susan tedeschi. Even the familiar such as Falling in Love again, Cold Cold Heart and Dreaming my Dreams sound wonderful. I am listening for the third time today as I type this and » Continue Reading.
Last night I attempted to watch Inglorious Basterds for the second time. For the second time I got as far as the preparations for the Cinema show and the assassination of Hitler. Regrettably I was too tired and had to turn off and tune out. I have no idea how it ends – can someone please put me out of my misery so that I don’t have to try for a third time.
The lunchtime sports bulletin on 5Live reported on the spat between YaYa Toure and Man City. The reporter said it was likely that Toure may never play for the club again and that it was looking like a parting of the waves. Shouldn’t that be Parting of the ways? Shouldn’t a reporter for the BBC know better?
Over at the superdeluxeedition.com site they have announced a 17 cd box set for the 80’s band Dead or Alive. Since Dead or Alive only ever released 7 studio albums how on earth do they arrive at a 17 box set? More importantly who on earth will buy it? It seems the world has gone bonkers.
What does it sound like?:
This enjoyable compilation covers the period from 1968-1972 when I was 13 to 17 years old and very much in my formative record buying years. I am familiar with about a third of the artists, have heard of but not heard another third and the final third I have never heard of – Sweet Slag, Wicked Lady, Fusin Farm, Dark? No, me neither. There are some classics here – I was a big fan of Stary’s first three albums and they open proceedings. Then we get other familiar to me tracks like Pink Fairies Do it, Groundhogs best ever song Cherry Red and Deep Purples Fireball – all sounding remarkably good today. I was pleased to hear Gun’s Race with the Devil which I had the album of at the time – it was perhaps the only good track on that album but what a corker. Surprisingly I heard it on the radio about a month ago. We also get Fleetwood Mac, The Yardbirds and the Move although never classed the Move as part of this genre believing them to be more of psychedelic leaning pop band – Brontosaurus kind of sticks out like » Continue Reading.
I think there are a few fans on here of his country cover duets album ‘In Spite of ourselves’. Great news is that part 2 For Better or worse is out in September. In addition to the likes of Iris DeMent and Kathy Mattea who appeared on the first one this new release adds Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves and Susan Tedeschi amongst others. Looking forward to it.
The Plug, Sheffield.
I have delayed reviewing this gig for a couple of days because I needed the euphoria to dissipate before I could ably do it justice. I have seen Lucinda probably about 6 times and this was far and away the best performance I have seen her give. From a relatively slow start this developed into a kick ass gig with some astounding playing from her backing band Buick 6 who were nothing short of sensational. I contacted Lucinda or rather her management the night before duly requesting Those three days and Side of the Road. We got both – her setlist changes every night and no other gig had both songs in it so either someone was watching over me or her management pass on the messages either way I was chuffed to buggery. Aside from that we got other favourites such as Lake Charles, Drunken Angel and two newer highlights in Foolishness (with its haranguing of Donald Trump and Walls) and a sublime Steal your love. By the end of the main set she had the audience eating out of her hand and then to the encores which gave us Should I » Continue Reading.
I thought I knew Hendrix music reasonably well. I had Axis Bold as love, Are you experienced and Cry of love albums. Didn’t have Electric Ladyland and hadn’t heard it only a couple of odd tracks. I bought it recently and had no idea that there was another Voodoo Chile track that sounds nothing like its more famous cousin. So all the time I was wondering what the ‘Slight return’ reference was and it was there all the time. What a prat.
After the lacklustre and frankly underwhelming performance by The Who last year I vowed I wouldn’t go to another Hyde Park event. However Niallb of this parish couldn’t attend and had tickets up for grabs. It was Carole King – first time live in this country since 1989 and not likely to be back again anytime soon. How could I refuse given also that my wife is a huge fan and had offered the chance of Brownie points to bank. Well, it was a revelation and easily the best of the 4 Hyde Park days I have been too. Maybe it was because we got there early and managed to get into the wrist banded enclosure nearer to the stage but the sound was definitely better. Beef I get on to Carole have to say I was hugely impressed by Michael Kiwanuka – knew of him as the recommendation of the bbc a couple of years back but that was about it. I had wrongly thought he was soul lite. Imaginer my surprise when opening song had a 4 or 5 minute slide guitar into by Michael that was as close to Dave Gilmour » Continue Reading.