catchier than the flu and with a pop-up riff that sounds like it’s from the Lion King
[Ignore the first 30 odd seconds]
I just tried to add Downtown by Neil Young and Downtown by Crazy Horse to my smartphone, from iTunes library, and it tells me for the second one I can skip, or replace. Cos it has the same title (and cos both are track 6 on their respective CDs) it thinks it’s the same track – so I can’t have both. Short of renaming tracks, does anyone know of a way to get round the ” skip or replace” ultimatum?
This month I have a significant birthday. Over the last few weeks I have been creating a playlist of 60 tracks for my 60 years – songs which in one way or another have been important for me. Some have particular memories; some are simply tracks I love. I’d got to 60 although it’s a work in progress – there are plenty on there I’m not sure about and many I am sure I have missed. But last night I added this as a 61st. Marie Courtney Andrews’ ‘Honest Life’ is the most recent record I’ve bought and I’ve been playing it a lot these last few weeks. She’s 26, my daughters’ generation. It must be hard to be original at that age, certainly if you’re ploughing a country singer-songwriter furrow. Listening to the album I can hear echoes of plenty of older artists who are either on my playlist or could be – Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Nanci Griffith. So there’s nothing especially new here.
Except that nobody has written these exact words before, and set them to this particular melody, and sung them in this particular way, and set them to these particular » Continue Reading.
and the video is a simple idea done really well.
So I’m visiting Crete next week. Booked completely on a whim, I’m spending seven days in Heraklion in a couple of simple hotels. I’ve been so busy working and trying to buy a house that I have done virtually zero research! Was just wondering if anybody here had visited? And if so, any recommendations on where to visit? I’m planning on hiring either a moped or a car, so I’m more than happy to travel about – but I’m assuming it’s a small island anyway… Thanks in advance.
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?
The 3CD deluxe edition of UB40’s ‘Present Arms’ has finally been released. Also of ‘Labour of Love’, but I won’t be buying that.
Does this mean the Campbell brothers have stopped squabbling?
It almost had to happen. But what shades could they make for other popular songsmiths? ‘Cracklin Rose’ for Neil Diamond? ‘All Yellow’ for Coldplay, ‘Back In Black’ for AC/DC? They’re pretty obvious ones, shirley you can do better?
Can anyone recommend a good compilation re Eric Clapton that tends to concentrate more on his bluesyness than his more commercial solo stuff which is let’s face it, rather dull for the most part. Some Mayall/Cream in there doesn’t matter (great stuff) but otherwise more groove and less unisex hairdresserzac?
My hell having duly frozen over I found myself back, after a 15 year gap for my current final visit. 50 years of Fairport seemed a logical opportunity to catch those not already on the ledge, whilst they still can. And I wasn’t disappointed. True, a lot of the time I felt like Charlie Watts, years of, it seemed, hanging around as the flyover acts played, waiting for the next incarnation or variation of the theme to appear. As will become apparent. Arriving at midday on the thursday and there were still plots on field 5, handy both for the field and the Village: Cropredy has an all-encompassing fringe, whereby the 2pubs have their own roster of bands playing over the 3 days, there are stalls filling all available spaces selling festival clothes and records and every available outlet sets up selling breakfast: the school, the cricket club and the canoe club. And the church, which also had a coup, when Ashley Hutchings’s History of Fairport show played to a small throng on friday afternoon. So to the music. Thursday kicked off with a brief set from the acoustic incarnation of Fairport, the current 5 » Continue Reading.
I have an aol.com account and when I view it on my iPhone the account name that appears in the recipient name is not mine yet when I send an email it is still correct and checking the aol account details show is it is fine.
Everything seems normal on my MacBook Pro.
Any tech guys on here have an idea what has happened?
My auric field took a real torpedo from the rude queue jumping gobshite cloud of Lynx in the post office, the cocky Audi jockey incomer scrote weasel in the supermarket ( I had 3 items, but no matter, you’ve seen that and still go first with your heaving trolley) and the chromosome challenged bastard blowing fag smoke everywhere by the cash point. I’d fucking put them up against the proverbial wall, or at the very least a damn good keel hauling to learn the bastards.
aaaaaaAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMM – Out With Anger, In With Love etc
First instalment of a massive, two-part biog of Sir G is out at the start of September. The chaps at the “Something About The Beatles” podcast have a chat with author Kenneth Womack in this week’s edition.
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Curious to see what others think about streaming movies – I have never been satisfied with the picture quality when I’ve tried it. And Amazon Prime’s streaming library was pretty shoddy last time I looked.
*Goes off to Google Cinema Paradiso*
I remember driving this little beauty. The link is to a fascinating blog, if you find weird cars n’ shit fascinating.
“Ray Lusse understood that not only did people want to bang into one another, they wanted to choose who it was they collided with. Given the youth and inexperience of many of the operators, the car had to be able to be backed out of a crash by simply continuing to turn the steering wheel. Ray Lusse prospered for the rest of his life.” – what a great story!
From the people who bought you the first 3 episodes here is Show 4 of GLK London musical experiment.
I beg to differ with Etta James, expose Aretha Franklin shilling for Coke and have some actors singing that isn’t complete pony.
All the golden hits of the Yewtree generation
Can anyone recommend me a good compilation that more or less covers it? I don’t want to fork out too much re. individual albums.
‘Twas the golden age. (Sigh)
My wife has started using an App (recommended by my sister) which gives her 24 free photo prints per month. All she pays is postage (£2:50 for first order and £3:99 thereafter). She has received her first photobook, thus so far so good. My sister has been using it for some months. However it is a business model that seems to me to be unsustainable. They may make money from extra prints, but I suspect most people will be using the free print option. Something that costs them. I’m very sceptical. Can anyone reassure me that sometime in the future my wife won’t find the credit card account empty?
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.
I was looking forward to this gig, and wasn’t disappointed. Moved from outside “The Custard Factory” (?selective appeal issue?), we were faced with a packed and hot O2 and a stage with several 10-foot high inflatable mushrooms dotted around the stage and venue. It was that kind of gig. Public Service Broadcasting (the other PSB?) delivered a lively and enjoyable set, and are sort of where Kraftwerk, Hawkwind, and Neu! meet with an old style Human League presentation of wry and evocative films and PSB clips of mining, factories, and the Soviet space programme, performed by a bunch of post graduates and a hip Jason Rees-Mogg. I liked them, and venture we will hear more of them. The Flaming Lips are a kind of modern psychedelic/ non-symphonic progressive band with some ravey elements. The visuals were tremendous, and confirm my view that a few bits of kit and imagination produce something better than Roger Waters in an enormodome. Lots of inflatables, confetti, smoke cannons, psychedelic lighting,etc. Theyn did bits from “Yoshi…”, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, a cover of “Space Oddity” from inside a zorb-ball… Some nice synth work and a sense of humour and ridiculousness » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
I recently saw this band live supporting Chuck Prophet and they were quite superb not just as a warm up act but in their own right. A five piece led by Felix Bechtolsheimer who was once the leader of Hey Negrita. They offer a pleasing gumbo of Americana leaning towards Psychedelia.Flashes of slide guitar and occasional accordion adding to a melancholic sound in places but there are four singers in the band and the harmonies make these songs stand out. One particular highlight is London Rain which recalls Doors – elsewhere there are Byrds influences and closer to home The The and even James. For a first album this is very impressive and bodes well for a strong future. During the live gig they prefaced one song with a comment that it had been chosen as the opening music for a US tv series and as a consequence had kept them in diesel and hotel costs. If it worked for Alabama 3 with Woke up this Morning then maybe it is their lucky break. Another song All I got is an absolute belter – brilliant plaintive vocals over an electric piano. Superb stuff that » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Noise Reduction System is Cherry Red’s follow up to last year’s excellent Close To The Noise Floor, the subject of a very thorough Nights In by Metalmickey. That compilation focussed on the formative years of electronica in the UK. This one spreads its wings to travel across the whole of Europe, as its subtitle, Formative European Electronica 1974-1984, states. Artists from Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway are included, 64 tracks over four CDs. It as comprehensive a collection of early techno, electro, synth-pop, industrial, ambient and noise experiments as you could wish to find, from obscurities to bigger names, such as Cluster, DAF, Yello and Vangelis.
As microchips were improved and increasingly mass produced, the synthesiser became within the financial reach of many a budding musician. The promise of ‘an orchestra at your fingertips’ was extremely attractive and when the cost was set against the price of a drum kit, bass and guitars, with the added bonus of easy portability, its popularity quickly rose. Of course, the noise it made was nothing like as sumptuous as a whole orchestra but was interesting and varied enough » Continue Reading.