I’m not sure there actually is a printer not designed to drive you insane, but any advice welcome. The little HP I had a few years ago went the way of all flesh when I had printer rage and repeatedly bashed it with my fist…the Epson I have now cannot be resurrected and smudges and smears everything whilst seemingly needing new ink cartridges every other day ( whilst telling me to ONLY use Epson in when I do…I do..). So, breath….anyone have a printer they care to recommend?
At least a few of us here admire the man who fused country with a boogie beat – there’s a petition to get him elected to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame led by his son Forrest on Facebook who does an admirable job posting rare pics and trivia about his Dad. Here’s the link to the petition…
Ignore the nag screen asking for donations – your vote has been recorded by then.
Let’s enjoy this stripped down version of “Heartache” with pal Linda Ronstadt sitting on on a radio session.
Like Mick Jagger, there are many Miles Davises, and I wouldn’t profess to know all of them that well. I really like the Coltrane era, and this album, not often mentioned as it’s overshadowed by its kind of blue brother (but a real gem nonetheless), is one of my favourites.
So what’s your favourite Miles? Chasing Bird, with cool elan? Rewriting the rules of jazz with Trane? Getting free with the second quartet? Going all weird with rock dudes? Put on your shades and be cool.
Channeling a fine post from @Vincent. Not everyday listening, but in the right mood I love it. I will be playing Hater Bingo – “souless technique”, “I prefer the one note guitar solo on the first Buzzcocks single” “no tune”, “you can’t dance to it” etc.
Here’s Aldy, as the cognoscenti know him.
I’ve had rather a job lot of stress lately and one thing I need to do is calm the flip down a bit, and someone suggested meditation to me. Any exponents here?
I’ve developed a bit of a thing for alternative / hard boiled movies from the 60s and 70s – I’m talking “Bullet”, “Point Blank”, “Dirty Dozen”, Dirty Harry of course, early De Niro, “Two Lane Blacktop”…can’t wait for my fresh print of “Bonnie and Clyde” and a twofer of the French Connections to arrive tomorrow. Your faves in this genre? What should I seek out? And why (avoiding list thread complaints…)?
It’s been a grim morning for various reasons so Twang Jr cheered me up with a video of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers played with red hot chilli peppers. And why not!
PS This bloke has lots of fun bass related clips…
I’ve been a bit quiet here for a while for a number of reasons, though I have been lurking! One reason was due to my annual “album in a month” RPM challenge, and due to pressures of work (another reason for absence, plus attendant stress levels) I decided to go back to basics and make a blues album, the great love of my teenage years which were spent poring over the works of Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Ry Cooder etc al. So here it is, in all its Spotify glory (or there’s a free down load on Bandcamp). It spans all the stuff I like, and like playing, from acoustic through the early and later years and a spot of blues rock too for good measure. This one takes a wry look at how R&B used to have a quite different meaning to its modern definition!
I have a ticket for the Steven Wilson gig at the Albert Hall next Tuesday but can’t go. Apart from the talented Mr. Wilson you also get to sit next to the convivial JohnA_Online of this parish. If anyone wants it at face value, let me know here or PM me. While you are enjoying “To the bone” I will be hundreds of miles away in a Travel Lodge on business. Living the dream, obvs.
Some of you successfully use Imgur, so my initial theory that it just doesn’t work must be wrong. But of the various links available, none of them result in an image on the site. What’s the secret – using it without an account, just as an uploader?
Marking the passing of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, Twang, Tiggerlion, Nick Duvet and Feedback File convene in the pod to reflect on topics such as what did Walter bring to the Dan, was he his own man or simply one half of a greater whole, how did the boys work together and a quick skim over Walter’s many finest moments (a grammatical absurdity our hero would have appreciated).
Just came across this clip of Bert I’ve never seen before. Fab stuff and reminds you how magical and unique his playing was. Serious moustache action at the beginning too. @colin-h – doubtless you’ve seen this?
I’ve converted a few VHS tapes to MP4/DVD with reasonable success but I fancy getting my Dad’s old Super 8 stuff of family holidays on the beach in Skegness in 1968 (and similar) done. Anyone been down this road? I know you can add menus, music etc – I’m imagining the chart hits of the time might be fun, maybe some newsreel from YouTube etc – presumably you just get the raw data files and create yourself, though there are people who will do it for you. Any tips?
Anyone done it, or similar? I’m not exactly couch as I like mountain biking and go regularly, but I have to work away quite a bit and going for a run seems a good way of keeping the stress down and burning a few calories, not least avoiding slumping in the hotel bar at least for a while.
Looking for a few Spotify download ideas for the hols.
The “What does your milkman do” thread prompted me to think about local heroes – people you might see playing down the pub who are really good. Here’s Ben Smith, a local lad who is a smoking guitar player and more importantly, looks like he’s having a ton of fun whilst playing.
I came back to the the Apes quite recently, having seen the original film back in the day, the TV series, the cartoon..I mean, how many apes do you need? The one with Helena Bonham Carter was OK but nothing spesh…so the reboot series caught me by surprise. Bought in a 6 for a fiver second hand DVD clear out, Twang Jr negotiated that the twofer set of the first two films counted as one, so they cost a fraction of a quid – and they are brilliant. Telling the story of how the original ape dominance of the planet happened, “War for the Planet of the apes” picks up the story as groups of renegade and lawless humans fight back against the simian hoards and also against each other.
Studiously avoiding spoilers, the film is thoughtful and quite deep, with some glaring nudges to the ribs moments too (who, exactly, is the animal in this scenario…?) with plenty of action to keep the 13 year old in the group happy too. The ending neatly links to the start of the original film, and in google land you can find nerdy analyses plotting all » Continue Reading.
I’ve been meaning to post about Tarantino for a while and today’s news that he is going to make a movie about the Manson murders prompts me. Surely a topic he can do well, though the opportunities for black humour currently escape me.
He’s a bit of a marmite figure, old Quentin. The first of his films that I saw was “Reservoir Dogs” though at the time I just thought it was just a pretty good, violent, caper movie. Then “Pulp Fiction” made me realise he’s a bit special. I think I saw “Four rooms” but can’t remember a thing about it. “Jackie Brown” was a real switch but again I was impressed, not least by the soundtrack. This is a guy who knows his music in a film context. The hoopla around the Kill Bills (sword noises sourced from 70s kung foo movies etc etc) raised a few alarm bells….was he un peu up himself? Mind you, the films were good. On to “Sin City” – amazing visually, though I have a vague feeling it dragged a bit….need to watch it again. Never saw “Dance me to the end of love”.
Then I lost interest…not anti, just not excited » Continue Reading.
I might have nicked this idea from Planet Rock – or maybe I misheard….songs with epic endings anyone?
I wonder if this is more a so called “classic rock” thing? Does it still happen? Show us!
Last Sunday I got around to investigating Mrs. T’s contention that she could hear dripping from behind the washing machine. Obviously I put it off for ages but finally pulled the thing out (taking 3 seconds) to discover the bit which screws onto the water supply was indeed dripping. It took 1 second to tighten it and the dripping stopped. It seems to have been at it for, oooh, probably ages. The wall it was mounted on was soaked, as was the other side of it which has book shelves – removing the contents (all of which were wet/mouldy where they had been touching the wall) and the wall itself was wet. The adjoining side wall was also wet, up to about 2 feet. The floor is soaked, out to about 6 feet.
A week on, with the doors open, fans on and a dehumidifier running which has removed .75 litres so far, it all seems to be drying out quite well. But oddly, damp patches are reappearing on the floor screed though, so I wonder if there is more to this drying out business than meets the eye. Obviously before commencing refurbishment I want to be sure the » Continue Reading.
Oooh good news Tracey Thorn is making a new album. As I’d happily listen to her singing a phone book that fact that she sounds like she’s on a roll with new songs and really enjoying the creative process this is excellent news.
Shazam has NFI so I thought I’d try a proper knowledge base.
Over to you.
Royal Albert Hall
Jackson takes the stage thankfully shorn of the huge beard he sported on the cover of 2008’s “Time the conquerer” from which album comes the opener, “Just say yeah”. This is followed by “The long way around” from 2014’s “Standing in the breach”. He’s clearly starting by doing new and doing political. The first set is dotted with political messages and references – a Cuban protest song here, a reference to Brexit or comparison between England (he means the UK) and Trump’s America there. But the band is glorious and the JB voice is in fine shape, if adopting the “two semitones down” technique entirely justifiable for a singer / songwriter legend in his 60s. From the first number Greg Leitz gives JB deity alumnus David Lindley a run for his money on lap steel, pedal steel and exquisitely phrased lead guitar. Other guitar duties are handled by Val McCallum who does the fast tricky stuff which would have been played by Danny Korchmar back in the day, swapping guitars like a juggler, until I could spot a pending country number as he grabbed his Telecaster or a rocker as he reached for » Continue Reading.
A friend of mine asked me for a Dan playlist. I’ve favoured the bluesier / guitar heavy end. …what did I miss?
I saw having an enjoyable joshing session yesterday with @bartleby in which he expressed the view that no modern band isn’t influenced by the Beatles in some way. Obviously I argued manfully but he pretty much got the better of me. Help me out. Led Zeppelin? Gryphon?