Whenever I hear of Marilyn, my mind takes me back to the excruciating appearance with Mark Ellen (“Mr. Smash Hits”) on Jim’ll Fix it. There’s an episode of the Word podcast where Mark talks about the experience at length – hilarious!
20 years ago, Gregor lent some CDs to a musician friend. The CDs helped make him a famous rockstar. Now, Gregor would like some recognition. But mostly, he wants his CDs back.
Heavyweight is Jonathan Goldstein’s (This American Life, CBC’s Wiretap) new podcast from Gimlet Media. It’s about journeying back to the moment when everything went wrong. The first episode was featured on This American Life this week. Listened to the second episode on my walk this evening, and thought the Afterworders might like it.
Kraftwerk have just announced some UK dates next June on their “3D” tour, and I turn to the Massive to ask, did anyone see these shows when they were last here? Is it worth it? Does it matter that Ralf Hutter’s the only original member left, or are Kraftwerk beyond petty concerns such as who’s actually on stage?
What does it sound like?:
Robert Fripp used to say that, with some of his bands, he could feel an indefinable presence hovering over them – and he knew that this band could be called King Crimson. Arguably something similar happens with Van der Graaf Generator (VdGG) – something which makes the band more than the sum of its parts; and also provides a clear delineation between solo Hammill material (much of which had Banton, Evans and Jackson playing on it, particularly in the 1970s) and the full-blown VdGG experience. Primus inter pares in a band…..or the total control of a solo artist? Something makes Peter Hammill return again to the VdGG fire, and forge something different from his solo material. The contributions of Hugh Banton & Guy Evans are clearly huge factors….but so is the mysterious ‘I’ which is Van der Graaf.
And so, to the album in hand – Do Not Disturb – VdGG’s thirteenth album, we are told….
I note that some of the published reviews so far have concentrated on the “looking back” aspect – I believe Banton commented that some of the songs reminded him of “Least we can do….” – and the press » Continue Reading.
Not wishing to do down the Dylan box set frenzy but here’s an event that has me genuinely excited.
It’s Immaterial’s lost follow-up to their brilliant Song album – House for Sale – is set for release. It was recorded in 1992 and there’s some interesting back story on the website below.
They’re using the pledge music model, so production will depend on enough people signing up for it. I have. I know I’m not the only one here with some love for Itsy and for Song in particular. I’ll post one of the songs in the comments.
What does it sound like?:
The eagle eyed among you may recall that this album was reissued about a year or so back as a 2cd plus dvd set, including some surround sound mixes.
This is a slimmed down version, the dvd having been dispensed with. So you have the original album in remastered form, plus an alternate version of the album with a 2015 stereo mix prepared by Jakko Jakszyk of King Crimson fame, augmented by a couple of extra tracks.
Depending on your point of view, this is either the last great ELP album or the first one. Certainly the album is very impressive in terms of musical performance by the band, see Abaddon’s Bolero for example. It also has a live staple in Hoedown, and a nice ballad showing off Greg Lake’s vocal and compositional skills in From The Beginning.
The alternate album on the second cd has two interesting extras – a live take of Hoedown and an alternate version of From The Beginning.
I’m pleased to say there is a new booklet featuring interviews from this year with the band and eliminating the numerous typos from last year’s edition.
What does it all » Continue Reading.
What a berk
Standing in my kitchen, waiting for the microwave to ping, a couple of interesting words entered my rather numb skull.
I have no idea why these words should occur to me while contemplating a snack of Bombay Potato on unbuttered bread. I do like words, though. There are certain ones that just seem to resonate with me and give me pleasure.
From perusal of the OED, at loggerheads, as used in being in disagreement or dispute with someone, may have a connection to the various types of creature known as loggerheads due to them having large heads. Logger is an old dialect word meaning “a large wooden block used to hobble horses”. Thus adding the word head infers having a head like a large lump of wood, which fits both cases. OTOH the object a loggerhead (an iron instrument with a ball-shaped end, heated and used for melting pitch etc.) may be completely unconnected.
Recusant merely comes from the Latin Recusare: to refuse. No fancy etymology there.
I’m here all week. Have you tried the quinoa and kale salad?
I hope that this thread can retain the sense of humour I intend for it. I was wondering if as in “Fantasy Football” where you can choose your best 11 from any team what would your “Fantasy Cabinet” be if you could select from all political party’s? Maybe you would install Corbyn as PM with Farage as Foreign Secretary? IDS as Chancellor? Boris in Transport? Maybe pick your “Fantasy Cabinet” from ex politicians Blair working for Maggie on education? I’ve attached a link of the current cabinet for your perusal…….. Remember it’s just a bit of fun…….
“The 1966 Live Recordings” box set will contain 36 CDs presenting all of the available recordings from Bob Dylan’s momentous 1966 tour. You will have already read in ISIS magazine (issue 187) that all of the European shows (apart from the opening night in Copenhagen) were captured either whole or in part by Dylan’s soundman Richard Alderson on a Nagra reel-to-reel recorder. All of these ‘professionally recorded shows plus the available audience recordings from Down Under will be included in the upcoming box. Some of the audience recordings are said to be quite poor quality.”
I`d better get saving `cos my order is in! Am I mad? Maybe but I`ve been waiting for something like this forever. So jest at me, throw your insults, I don`t care `cos I`m certainly happier than you!
And a great price, click on the link.
I work with a guy who is massive – built like a brick shithouse. Gruff, no-nonsense and is, what you might call a man’s man. However, I found his Achilles heel today, which is an extremely low tolerance for anything scary or medical in a movie or TV. I found it quite hilarious. His threshold for this kind of thing is ridiculously, comically low.
I am not so bad – I have long convinced myself that the severed anus spilling out pus and blood over the rotting corpse on the screen in front of me is “only pretend” and given it’s not real, I tend to be able to cope.
However, I am not immune. I see there’s a new version of The Exorcist coming out and due to some hysterical publicity back in “the day” I am not going to ever watch the original. I’m too scared. I daren’t. A vestigial terror of Satan and that thanks to a religious upbringing is also responsible. Bit nervous even writing about it.
Do you have a grimly squeamish blind spot?
I used to be very impressed by how up to speed my teenage son was about the new movies (and games) that were going to be released. He and his pals would be talking about a new blockbuster months before it arrived on our screens.
Kids his age spent a great deal of time watching YouTube clips and so the big film studios, by means of teasers and trailers, target their advertising very effectively. I too, spend a fair bit of time on YT (now there’s a surprise!) but I never get shown trailers for Japanese anime films or low-key Danish tragi-comedies. I just get ads for booze and dating agencies that want to introduce me Russian ladies in search of romance.
How do you find out about new movies?
Friends of course are invaluable (not least on the AW). DuCool has tipped me off about lots of fine cinematic delights. But he is definitely the Godfather of Glum. Do you want black and white photography, an avant-garde, 60s Polish jazz soundtrack, a slow-moving plot full of despair, suicide and sporadic, angstful bonking? He’s the man.
Looking for a frothy, frenetic, foolish, French farce with mild peril and » Continue Reading.
Anyone else watching this? All Trump seems to be talking about is his money.
Great NPR fact checker in the link
From Time Out London, via the EIL.com blog.
Which one are you?
I am Jeff.
or the belief that one song must follow another. As a result of listening to the same tapes on a Walkman and in the car for several years, my ears are now pre-programmed to expect certain songs to start once the dying notes of another finish.
As The Damned’s Love Song finishes, there should be no more than a second before the opening burst of Eloise As a result of several months continually listening to The Jam’s Snap, Man In The Cornershop MUST follow the closing refrain of Start Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper can only be followed by Uriah Heep – Easy Livin’, or the world might implode (maybe not, but it feels like it) The Byrds – Eight Miles High must always follow Focus – Hocus Pocus, and from the same album (a compilation called Back On The Road), Nirvana – Rainbow Chaser will be followed by The Nice – America (although The Byrds and Nirvana are next to each other on the compilation, there is lughole expectation on my part) And then there is the 3 song run of Sham 69 – Angels With Dirty Faces, UK Subs – Stranglehold and Cockney Rejects – » Continue Reading.
There’s fine cheese (Brad, Miranda, Eric), bad cheese (Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts) plus scary cheese – the close-up it ends on….
Monday rolls around and the Chubby Checkers roll in again. Check in and keep us posted on your shaping up progress…
After last week’s excitement re Low playing (just for me!) at Christmas, this….was reading a long review of the latest reissue of the latest complete (this time) reissue/redux of Twin Peaks (ahead of …something next year, mmm?) and adding it to my wish list…..and now I see the other guy (Mr Frost) is doing a book tour and is appearing close enough for me to take him a hot cup of coffee…take me I’m yours…
What does it sound like?:
This album is effectively the soundtrack to Springsteen’s imminent autobiography Born To Run, an audio companion to the various sections of the book.
The main interest for fans is the inclusion of five previously unreleased songs – two by The Castilles, featuring a teenage Boss, one by Steel Mill and two solo pieces. The first three are interesting as historical curios, but are probably not something you would listen to more than a handful of times. The two early solo songs from 1972 are significantly better, showing the young Bruce beginning to discover the voice and style that would soon become familiar. The lyric heavy Henry Boy is the better of the two, and indeed the pick of the bunch of these unreleased songs.
The album then moves into more recognisable territory, beginning with the demo version of Growin Up (recorded around the same time as Henry Boy) that appeared on the Tracks boxset, before continuing with the big hitters from his subsequent albums. It’s hard to imagine anyone unfamiliar with songs such as Born To Run, Badlands, The River and Born In The USA, so the more interesting music is to be found » Continue Reading.
Colin H on Atomic Rooster
The image above is the inner gatefold of Rooster’s third and best album, ‘In Hearing Of…’, released in 1971. It was their only LP to feature singer Pete French. In the (very accurate) caricature are Vince Crane (organ), Johnn Cann (guitar), Paul Hammond (drums) and Pete French. But before the album came out, that would all change.
I wrote the text below as a note to an expanded CD reissue of the album in 2004. Now that Pete and guitarist Steve Bolton (who joined to tour the album and would record on the next one) have revived Rooster with Jean Crane’s blessing, I thought it might be of interest. If Pete get’s back to me, I’ll print a new interview on all things Rooster in 2016.
In Hearing Of… Atomic Rooster
Having set out their progressive rock stall in 1970 with an ambitious first album – doomy lyrics and pastoral vibes with virtuoso workouts from a singular trio of bass/flute, drums and keyboards – and having moved onwards and upwards in first half of 1971 with two British hit singles and the mercilessly focused hard rock of Death Walks Behind You, Atomic » Continue Reading.
I paid for this video with some of my inheritance. My god we were completely clueless.
We get the opportunity to review gigs, albums etc – any volunteers welcome! I have a few in Nottingham at the moment – PM me if you fancy a free night out and the opportunity to add some content to the site.
Year: 2015 Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Green Room is the third feature from Jeremy Saulnier who’s last movie was the fabulous revenge thriller Blue Ruin. This is a thriller/horror which grips from the off and doesn’t let go. It follows punk band The Ain’t Rights slepping around the bars and dives earning next to nothing when they get a gig in the backwoods playing to a load of Right wing skinheads. At this point we get a rather good cover of the Dead Kennedy’s Nazi Punks Fuck Off but after that a shocking discovery ups the ante. From then on the band are in a fight for survival with limited weapons and no way out.
We really enjoyed this in a gruesome watching through your fingers way. The violence is ultra realistic and shocking when it happens. But there is a dark wit running through the film which is very well played. The performances are excellent with the nervous bassist played by the late Anton Yelchin and the cold calculating club owner Patrick Stewart standing out
A great horror that has been pared to the bone and well worth the 90 odd minutes.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Last House » Continue Reading.
I found myself humming a tune I hadn’t thought about for decades today, but nothing I Google can tell me who the singer was, and if anyone will know it’s sure to be someone here.
In the mid 80s I was given a tape by a friend of mine. I don’t think I ever heard of the performer in any other context so it’s highly possible that they never made any national impact their only recordings were tapes sold at gigs. I’m pretty sure he was Northern English, and the songs were very much in the Jake Thackray mould. I remember bits of three of them:
1) The spirit of a soldier contemplates the pointlessness of the war memorial with his name on it (‘Now the kids use it to sit on, and the dogs use it to pee. / They should have saved their hard-earned brass and planted a tree / To be all in remembrance of me.’)
2) A sardonic take on love songs when romance vanishes if it is over-analysed (‘So I don’t think I’ll ever write another love song / Because love is just the interaction of personality defence mechanisms.’)
3) A bawdy seaside postcard of » Continue Reading.
I discovered a new (to me band) from reading a music paper! The cafe that me and the lad like to visit between comic shops has some free magazines on offer – one was the woeful NME which I read whilst the waitress was fixing the banana milkshakes. It’s taking me a lot longer to read The Skinny, which is ace. It’s a NW based free newspaper covering most aspects of the arts … anyway – they have an interview with Peaness. They are the new best band in the world. Seriously. Felt it was my duty to tell you.