Picking up on something Johnny C said in another thread, over the last 6 months Photobucket seems to have become all but unusable – endless ads, click bait and pop ups, so I wonder if there is a better alternative? I don’t even mind paying (YES!) if it works, doesn’t run like a dog and doesn’t require 45 minutes to upload a pic and post the link to it. Sometimes PB is OK but more and more it drives me nuts. What do you use?
OK, after being a beardyfaced long haired late period hippy I’ve been clean shaven for decades other than the odd Movember showing. Just had a week away and have returned with a goatee….not sure yet, but I quite like it. I remember someone on here saying once you lose your hair you need to grow something to stop looking like a thumb in a suit. Harsh, but possibly fair. Any other hairy faces out there?
I quite like the idea and think I could do decent dialogue, but barring just starting typing I wondered if anyone here has written one? Any tips? I did co write a musical at college but mainly did the music/lyrics with another bloke, bar the odd line.
OK rounding off the year end festivities let’s do the Afterword year end survey…
1.Best thing in 2016?
2. Worst thing in 2016?
3. Thing that made you laugh?
4. Thing that made you cry?
5. Hopes for the year ahead?
6. Fears for the year ahead?
7. One prediction for 2017?
These will be reviewed at the end of 2017 and prizes awarded.
@DogFacedBoy and I will be hosting an end of year/year ahead podcast on New Year’s Day at 7.00 pm – all welcome – just pop in to say hello, or stay a while. The more the merrier. No particular topic – just shooting the breeze on the year gone, and the one to come. Just post below and I’ll be in touch.
Picking up something@vulpes-vulpes posted elsewhere… that’s it for this year. Work finished, glass of grog to hand, fire lit. What a relief. It’s been a grim year but at least it’s now the hols, here at least. The tension hasn’t gone from the shoulders yet but hopefully a few nights now not waking at 4am thinking about work. TFFT.
A great enhancement to the site goes live tonight! A much requested change is that the “New” indictor is based on when you last looked at a thread regardless of the device (as opposed to now, where it is based on the specific device). From tonight, posts will only be flagged as New once, and won’t appear as New again if you move from one device to another. A superb bit of work by Rich especially as we negotiate the numerous (and long) year end threads. Also there’s a new “New” indicator which now in red on the post which itself is presented in a fetching blue box. A huge round of applause is due for the mod/dev team I think.
Of course a band is only as good as its rhythm section. Few are better than Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, here showing how it’s done – note how Mick adds tension in the otherwise pretty simple verse by playing that weird off beat, so when he hits the back beat in the chorus the whole thing takes off. And McVie (J) effortlessly bounces around the beat with long melodic lines before perfectly locking in.
Who are the other great rhythm sections, and why?
2016 continues its grim toll with the passing of AA Gill on Saturday. A marmite figure for sure, but I never read anything he wrote which I didn’t enjoy. His books of travel writing always throw up interesting perspectives and views, showing he was far from a right wing Clarkson lite figure. And his “Sap Rising” – famously reviewed by the Guardian with a “Do not buy this book” (they immediately put the quote on the cover) is a hilarious and quite outrageous romp. I didn’t keep up with his newspaper columns but I’ll dig out the travel book later and re-read his piece on the visit to Dachau. Stunning stuff.
People who enjoyed the “Serial” podcast may like “Crimetown” which I just picked up via the Lefsetz Letter – it takes particular towns and explores the local history of crime. The first series is Providence Rhode Island. Great tales and particularly splendid (and genuine) wise guy accents.
Twang, Bartleby, Attackdog and El Hombre Malo polish their plectrums, clip on their capos and gather in the pod to discuss guitars. No, wait, come back! Inevitably there is some nerdery (it’s four guitarists talking to each other after all) but much humour, wry reflections on ability or otherwise, gig injuries, rubbish instruments endured and favourite players appreciated. As it’s Christmas our pickers have picked a few bonus tracks showing off their, ahem, chops for your pleasure.
OK the tree’s up so it’s officially upon us. What are your favourite Christmas films, as in, you watch them as part of the ritual. For me (I hesitate to say us as I am probably more locked into the ritual than the rest of the household….anyway, for me they are “It’s a wonderful life” (weeping by the Doc/wrong pills scene), “White Christmas” (good till the General’s inspection) and late comer “Arthur Christmas”(generally solid other then when the elf says “not on my watch” but that might be an “Apollo 13” hangover). Yours?
Happened to catch Mick Jagger on “Breakfast” this morning. He was charisma and charm itself and the bits they played from the new album sound great. Everything a 71 year old rock star should be!
At last Twang, Morrison, JazzJet, Pencilsqueezer, Mike_H and Tiggerlion don berets, dark round sun glasses and co-respondent shoes to discuss the wonderful world of jazz. Chins are stroked, names dropped and Skype does its best to remove Tigger from the proceedings all together. A splendid time is had by all and Sting gets a shoeing along the way. Doo be doo be doo.
Hi all. There is much love for Gretchen Peters here in some quarters…on her excellent website she posts a free (usually) live monthly download which is always fab. As an early Christmas present she is making all 100 previously issued tracks available for those on the mailing list. If you are a fan you’ll probably already be on the list…if not, and are curious, you can find out why we are such devotees. Really she is one of the finest writers currently working, regularly issuing new material which is always excellent and touring. Sign up sign up!
I’m just listening to my reissued 180g etc copy of “If only i could remember my name ” by the Cros and wallowing in that 60s hippy vibe where a crackle here and there is perfect for the whole experience . I have the urge to grab something else of similar mood. Suggestions?
It’s all very surreal, this Brexit business. The people who don’t want Parliament to be sovereign and instead be part of the EU and therefore subordinate to their Parliament are now delighted because the (unelected) courts have said Parliament is sovereign and MPs should now have a say over Article 50, assuming, despite the fact that pretty much everywhere in the country other than Scotland, London and North Herts voted to leave, that their elected representatives will overturn the referendum result and we can remain in the EU. Which is more democratic. Or something. As a reluctant reminder I’m not sure where this leaves me.
Twang, Johnny Concheroo, Blue Boy, Junior Wells and Fortune 8 abandon the pod to meet at the crossroads at midnight to discuss the blues…they make a deal with the Devil that they will be done in an hour but Old Nick, as well as having the best tunes, curses the producer with a discussion as fine as a vintage shot of Jack over ice on a hot summer night, meaning Twang abandons the edit and delivers the full skinny. A topic so broad was never going to be adequately addressed in one session…even now the team are dusting their brooms in preparation for part 2…
You can waste an enjoyable 13 minutes with this mini programme on YouTube on the top 10 coolest instruments and also rans. Number 1 is predictable but there are some great clips along the way.
The guitar playing in “Hotel California” regularly, and quite justifiably, turns up in “Greatest solo” lists. However it’s not a solo at all, of course – it’s a duet if anything. In olden times it might have been called a guitar duel….so who won? Don Felder has an immediate advantage as he is playing a cool double neck so he gets to do the tinkly bits, and his extremo string bending is unbeatable. But…but…Joe is upstaged by no man and seems to be plugged into some extra force, coming up with stuff no one else does. So the questions, who won?
P.S. This is what you ponder when driving to Ikea in Milton Keynes in the holidays…
The quite superb AW podcast on the new Beatles film has me of a mind to read a book on Les Fabs. The last one I read was “You never give me your money” (which I enjoyed enormously) and before that “Recolution in the head” yonks ago. What’s a good general purpose balanced perspective? Obviously this is the place to ask.
“Aqualung” by The Mighty Tull is available in limited edition on green vinly only at Sainsbury’s as of this morning. This is a public service announcement.
A fair few hippies here I’d guess, and a few old punks and New Romantics no doubt. Any ex-skins or greabos? Teds? Or were you unaffiliated? I was a late hippy/hairy, only 9 in ’67 but fully long haired and waist coated by 75 though in no danger of going to a commune. My Mum wouldn’t have let me. You?
What does it sound like?:
It’s rock, as in raaaaaawwwwk. Massive crashing chords topped with stirring choruses with stacked vocal harmonies. Very much a modern rock album, both rock radio friendly and big enough for festivals and those ready to shake a head (preferably with lengths of hair not generally found in these parts). I first came across guitarist Oli Brown on a few freebie compilation CDs where he revealed himself as a terrific new talent to the UK blues scene, combining notes you don’t generally hear in that genre with youthful flash. Here he is on steroids, wailing and widdling furiously. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s heavy.
What does it all *mean*?
There’s always a market for FM (is it still called that?) rock. UK bands don’t generally rock like this these days. Get across the pond quick lads, where they have more red meat in the diet. In truth it’s not my bag, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad album. I played bits to Twang Jr who pronounced it “awesome”, and in fairness he is much closer to the age of the band or their audience than your reviewer. Approach with confidence if this is your » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
There are many Vans – there’s acoustic visionary Van, soul Van, pop Van, blues/jazz Van, R&B Van…..this is tuneful, slightly wistful Van, a la “Beautiful Vision”. The production is clean and tastefully arranged, and there’s no grumbling away about Irish stuff without thought to a tune (OK, there’s a Caledonia at one point…). There are melodies aplenty and the band play like a dream. The trouble with streaming rather than having the thing is you don’t always have track details so I don’t know who is playing, but it should be said they do a fine job. There’s the perfectly judged rhythm section, the odd nippy guitar solo which doesn’t overstay its welcome and some splendid Hammond organ and piano. As ever the backing vocals and harmonies are excellent. The Van harmonica gets a good outing (no sniggering at the back, children). This is Van you can play anywhere, any time and it will be appreciated. The overall mood is blue tinged, sometimes in the lyrics, sometimes in out and out blues numbers such as “The pen is mightier than the sword”, the bouncy “Going down to Bangor” or the sole cover version, “Share » Continue Reading.