I need a whole new audio makeover. What’s the consensus on Sonos or is there something else? Better?
Year: 2016 Director: F. Gary Gray
And so to FF8, FOTF, or as it’s described on our ticket the intriguing Fate of the Fur. Sadly it turns out not to be a PETA documentary but Vin, The Rock, Michelle and the others in cars again. The franchise is rapidly mutating into a US car-heavy version of James Bond, with the US government seemingly happy to entrust (with plausible deniability from Kurt Russell) the fate of the free world to Ludacris in a Lambo. He may in fact be in a Bentley but I need this for the alliteration.
This was a family movie choice, keeping teenagers and adults just about enthralled and excited. There’s a pre-credits sequence which focuses on actual racing, set in Cuba, which is pretty straightforward, then it’s onto a Mendes-style incomprehensible plot set-up involving Charlize Theron as hot hacker Cipher. She’s got one over on F & F mainman Dom, who as ever in these films is just trying to settle down when people step to him. She invites him into her private stealth plane (stolen from Agents of Shield), and blackmails him into stealing nasty stuff for her so she can….well do something vaguely wiki » Continue Reading.
I have been without a turntable for some time and work and childcare duties have severely dented my time to shop around for one.
So I am putting the question out here. Can anyone recommend a good, not too dear, turntable which won’t fuck up my old vinyl? It needs to be quite small. Our living room is somewhat cluttered.
I’d like to be able to link it to our old stereo but if I could hook it up to some internet enabled speakers in the future that would be good to.
Thanks folks. All advice and recommendations appreciated.
My Sunday started in such a strange way that I wonder if I’m still asleep and dreaming all this.
Over on the Afterworders on Facebook page, someone had posted a piece about a small army of Scottish saxophonists playing the saxophone riff from Baker Street as part of the town of Paisley’s bid to become a European City of Culture. (see comments). How can they fail?
The performance had the blessing of Gerry Rafferty’s daughter (he was born in Paisley) and it looks as though they were all having a grand old, saxatastic time.
And if you think that sounds far-fetched, I then chanced upon a clip of sound sculptor and inventor of musical instruments, Henry Dagg, playing Somewhere over the Rainbow on his “catastrophony”: a keyboard consisting of squeaky toy cats.
The idea sounds so far-fetched. However that Gallic polymath, @Pizon_Bros pointed out to me that the idea of an instrument where the sound is created by the squeals of tormented cats is a very old one. The myth of the cat piano (Katezenklavier in German, piano a chats in French) has existed for hundreds of years.
It inspired this rather darkly, entertaining cartoon narrated by none other » Continue Reading.
One of the more depressing aspects of political debate and the recent race to populism has been the attack on the foreign aid budget. You know the sort of thing I mean, not the usual and understandable debate about the effects timeless of individual projects, but the morality of spending any money abroad when we should be ‘ looking after our own’.
In certain sections of the media it seems to be the nexterm target followingredients Brexit and certainly has a lot of traction on social media amongst conservative current and former Labour voters where I live. I sense that the more it dawns on them that Brexit won’t actually materially improve the lives anytime soon, if at all, the more the focus shifts to the billions that might be freed from the aid budget and how that might solve everything at a stroke.
I have you say I find this all terribly depressing. Not least because if anything it makes me less inclined to want to contribute more towards helping ‘ our own ‘ people. It also frustrates me that whilst I am berated for supporting the foreign aid budget, I equally harangued if I question the point » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Way back when, this was the first Elton John album I owned, and it’s one I’ve returned to regularly over the years.
Now it’s been reissued for Record Store Day in expanded form on double vinyl, at long last giving us the full concert. The original release back in 1971 contained only six tracks, although a further one – Amoreena – was added to the cd reissue in the mid nineties. Now though the remaining six songs have been dug out of the archives for this release.
The set showcases Elton accompanied only by Dee Murray on bass and Nigel Olsson on drums in these stripped back performances of some super Bernie Taupin collaborations from his first few albums. Look at the songs here – Take Me To The Pilot, Burn Down The Mission and Sixty Years On from the original album, supplemented by previously unreleased versions of, among others, Your Song,, I need You To Turn To, Border Song and My Father’s Gun.
This really is a fantastic live album, showcasing Elton as he was breaking through in America with his great run of early albums.
A minor gripe that the tracks for » Continue Reading.
I have waited a long time to see John Prine live. The gig at the Palladium was well worth that wait and was perfect in almost every way. Firstly we were treated to a warm opening set from Amanda Shires. Strangely she didn’t use her fiddle for any of her songs. Highlights were the autobiographical Mineral Wells and a lovely cover of Leonard Cohen’s I’m your man. After a short intermission on came John Prince and his 4 piece band and the launched into a jaunty opening salvo of Love Love Love, The glory of love, Monday morning and taking a walk. This was the warming up period quipped John but for the audience it was clear they didn’t need a warm up period as they were red hot. The sound was crystal clear and full marks to the sound engineer. Highlights for me were a very poignant Hello in there, a wonderful Speed of the sound of loneliness and of course Sam Stone. Amanda returned to the stage for a few numbers starting with the duet In Spite of Ourselves. This time she bought the fiddle with her and it soared – especially » Continue Reading.
Bernie Marsden has achieved many things of which others could only dream. Seven albums with a band that filled stadiums around the world and the co-writer of a multi-million selling song that reached Number 1 in the US and Canada. But regrets, there are a few.
Between 1978 and 1982 Bernie was in Whitesnake, the band that picked up (sort of) where Deep Purple left off, and in most respects, it’s this that will draw people to Bernie’s book. Aside from his natural regret at seeing his time in the band come to an end before he wanted there’s added poignancy surrounding writing and recording of “Here I Go Again”. A joint composition with Dave Coverdale. It’s a standout track on Whitesnake’s 1982 album “Saints and Sinners”, and today represents three of the top five ‘Snake tracks played on Spotify.
Bernie acknowledges that this song has given him financial freedom but there’s a sense of the bittersweet in that he never played the song live with the band as he was fired almost immediately after making the album. Barely troubling the UK charts at the time,“Here I Go Again” really took off five years later when the » Continue Reading.
Dee Boyle, the drummer with the Longpigs has died. Loved their first album.
This is the first year since RSDs inception that I have lived somewhere with a record shop. It only opened last year and is run by a couple of lovely people, so despite my misgivings about the event, I turned up this morning to show my support. There were half a dozen things I would have willingly bought, including the Bowie, Springsteen and DBT live sets, the Turtles box and the Randy Newman box, Kate Tempest and so on. The whole lot would potentially have cost me hundreds of poundstores, , which I would have paid willingly, and then wondered how I was going to afford them. In the event, they didn’t have any of them, or they were bought by the handful of people ahead of me.
So, I went away empty handed and whether I end up spending all or any of money that stayed in my pocket on records remains to be seen. Now, I am fully aware that RSD is a lifesaver for many shops and there are loads of people that enjoy the experience. But for someone like myself who wants to but some music to listen to rather than collect it is frustrating to » Continue Reading.
Are Star Trek and The Beatles.
The Basement, Sydney
Frontman from Jet previews his upcoming solo album with his Italian backing band, to an audience of what looked to be predominantly music industry types. Strangely enough it was a pretty good night anyway. We went on a gamble and it was worth it.
Support was Olympia, a solo singer/muso backing herself with pedals and loops, alternating between guitar and keyboards. This was pretty interesting and effective, building up walls of sound and stacked vocal harmonies. I’d listen to that again. Damned if I could remember what the lyrical content was about though, even as the songs finished. I may have been toasted by this point.
Then the main act came on. The songs came across really well. I have little or no knowledge of Jet, let alone this album which hasn’t been released yet, but it was a really good blend of hard rock and a fair chunk of soul. My only quibble was a couple of tracks that were basically wall-to-wall cliches musically and lyrically. But that said, the album will be worth checking out, and hopefully the recording will do the band justice.
The all-Italian backing was 2 drummers, keyboards, » Continue Reading.
Inspired by an exchange about Bragg on one of @markg ‘s threads recently and the even more recent “bad entry points” thread, what about some great songs that are magnificently atypical?
While the Billster’s vocal is unmistakable, the overall style and production of this track is unique in his canon as far as I can tell.
What does it sound like?:
Back in 2006, Keith Emerson put together this two cd collection of material from his archives. Long since deleted, it has now been resurrected in newly remastered form.
I think diverse is the word to describe the music on here, ranging from ELP type material, through to jazz, big band and film soundtracks with even a few cover versions thrown in for good measure.
All of these pieces were originally left ‘on the shelf’ for one reason or another – some work, some don’t. They span a whole range of years, going back as far as 1968 with The Nice’s rather lo-fi take on Frank Zappa’s Lumpy Gravy, and moving on into a much truncated solo attempt at an extract from Pictures At An Exhibition and a full blown orchestral version of Abaddon’s Bolero. There’s even one not entirely successful song featuring Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band, but the best material here occurs where he collaborates with jazz and big band musicians, where his enthusiasm seems to really get fired up.
This is quite a patchy release – the theme to Jim Davidson’s sit com Up The Elephant and Round » Continue Reading.
Someone, anyone, PLEASE make a Little Feat biopic, and make sure you cast Matt Berry as Lowell.
Any more suggestions for music inspired films that are crying out to be made?
Graham’s living room
My first experience of a “living room” gig, fortunately one of my favourite front men, on his own, with a great new album to plug, only about ¾ of a mile down the road, near where we used to live. Enough to call a halt this week on my usual Thursday evening “world to rights” session with Smudger of this parish. Craig was tuning up when I arrived, but the natives appeared friendly so I repaired onto the back yard/lawn, where a succession of very friendly, interesting and likeable people (from reasonably far and wide (and West Bridgford)) came, mingled and went. Showtime, and everyone siphoned in through the French doors, to exhortations to “come closer”, so, cushion in hand, I did. Immediate stage left, leaning on (while sat down) some kind of flight case, a sofa and a CD rack. I got comfy about 3 songs in… Craig called us to order and began a guitar only (as he was all night) “God In Chicago”, during which you could’ve heard mice farting next door. Wonderful in all respects. Preludes, Jester and June, Tangletown and Be Honest followed from the new album, with » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
I saw this lot Supporting Be Bop DeLuxe back in 1976. They looked like the future, and sometimes sounded like it, but listening 40 years on, their influences are very apparent; Dylan, iggy, Velvets, Cockney Rebel and artier glam (in some ways the DoM WERE artier glam, just 3 years too late), Van Der Graaf Generator), frenzied hoedowns, and a hefty bolus of 20th century theatre. At points, some good healthy rows and frenzies, at others, the earnest Dylan thing and the drearier dirges indicate why they may not have done as well as they could have amongst those seeking something new.
What does it all *mean*?
Lots of people sought something new by the mid-70s, and this was typically based on the darker and nosier bits of what had happened in the past 10 years. In the Doctors of Madness you can hear where The Damned and The Adverts got some of their riffs (“Bulletin” is a kick in the arse off “Too Young to be 21”, and “For Me and You” shares genes with a subsequent “New Rose”). They are touring again, and it might be fun to revisit if the knees » Continue Reading.
Colin won’t blow his own (titanium) trumpet, so I’ll do it for him.
The marvellous Titanium Flag album, in re-issued, expanded and altogether splendiferated form, is available today from Market Square, it says here in the reminder I set on my email app some while ago. Thanks to modern technology, I have just invested in my own copy of the enhanced package without leaving the comfort of my whale-skin bivouac.
Can I suggest that you will not spend a better tenner this side of Brexablivion if you invest.
LOUDspeaker on Books
Kindle Unlimited is a £8/$10 monthly subscription on Amazon that allows you to borrow books to read. The catalogue is extensive but it’s mostly self-published. I have dipped in twice many months apart (it’s easy to cancel). Going over the archived list of my borrowed books I picked out these as the better ones I’ve read. They might interest you.
Tiger Tracks – The Classic Panzer Memoir by Wolfgang Faust (author), Sprech Media (translator) Fascinating first-hand account of the hell of the Eastern front from a German’s point of view. I highly recommend this.
The Last Panther – Slaughter of the Reich – The Halbe Kessel 1945 by Wolfgang Faust (author), Sprech Media (translator) Fascinating first-hand account of the hell of the Eastern front from a German’s point of view. I highly recommend this.
D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 by Holger Eckhertz (author, editor), Sprech Media (translator) Collected verbal recollections from the German point of view transcribed from interviews conducted in the 60s.
D DAY Through German Eyes – Book 2 – More hidden stories from June 6th 1944 by Holger Eckhertz (author, editor), Sprech Media (translator) Collected verbal » Continue Reading.
The lonely souls DFB and RubyBlue meet to discuss mental health again and specifically if – like the late great Bob Hoskins claimed – it’s good to talk
Whether it’s you, your friends, loved ones etc it’s hard to know what’s best to do. We perhaps don’t have any answers but perhaps our own experiences can help others empathise and give a couple of pointers. But – like many things – this podcast is mainly for our own benefit and anything else is a happy side effect.
I’m sure it must have been mentioned on here before but visited John and Paul’s childhood homes recently and found the experience quite moving. It helped (no pun intended) that I was on a group of genuinely interested and engaged Beatles fans – one of the guides remarked that the previous group had seemed bored.
I found it to be very tastefully done, and with a nice bit of social / historical context added by the husband (John’s home) and wife (Paul’s home) guides.
Fantastic Mike McCartney photos of ‘our kid’ on display at 20 Forthlin Road.
Only thing I would maybe change is in incorporating a brief (non-disembarking) tour of prominent landmarks on the way. For example, we went along Penny Lane but I only realised this when overhearing the driver. But I guess there are countless other tours which cater for this.
I’d done the Beatles Story museum on the Dock before and we went again. It was fine, but was stuff I was overly familiar with. The house visits though were superb and will stay with me.
What does it sound like?:
The Old Crow Medicine Show were originally discovered busking outside a pharmacist in 2000. It must have been a good spot with plenty of footfall. They are described as an old-time string band fuelled by punk rock energy and have been credited with reviving the banjo. Nine albums later, they are officially Nashville nobility, having been inducted to the Grand Old Oprey in 2013 and awarded a Grammy in 2014 for their last album, Remedy. They are all Dylan fans, Ketch Secor being especially obsessive.
Dylan recorded almost all of Blonde On Blonde in Nashville and used mostly local musicians. To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, The Old Crow Medicine Show performed the whole album, in the correct sequence, at the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum. That concert is now released as their first for Columbia, the label that issued Blonde On Blonde in the first place.
These are fine musicians, perfectly in tune with each other. The lead voice, Critter Fuqua, is a warm tenor, very easy on the ear. The fiddle, the harmonica and banjo are pretty lively. The love and joy on this recording leaps from the speakers » Continue Reading.
Harping their way through Black Sabbath’s Iron Man
I appear to have dust in my eye.
The ‘best’ entry level thread is interesting. What about the reverse: those tracks that scare people off who might otherwise like the artist in question? I could have introduced them by “Can We Still be Friends?” or “I Saw the Light, but my Todd Rundgren enthusiasm led me to scare off potential converts by introducing them via “Dogfight Giggle” (2 minutes of annoying pissing abut that was probably fun when they were stoned in the studio), and the attached “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire” (as above, but 35 minutes). I don’t suppose “Singring and the Glass Guitar” impressed many outside of here, either.