Very close to exhaustion, having trodden water in the Ocean Of The Lost And The Damned for three months, I spotted the Salvage Vessel and hauled myself aboard, only to lie on the foredeck waiting for someone to rub me down. Has anybody got a towel? In the meantime, I’ll be popping over to Rafferty’s cabin to have a fruit tea, so you know where to find me. I think I can hear a few voices I recognise…
Stepping out of my Time Machine this morning, having popped into the latter half of the century to get some REALLY fresh milk for breakfast from the village GrubOmatic, I chanced upon a copy of the day’s newskindle. Scanning the main story, I was reminded that the UK as a political entity will cease to exist in just a few years time, to languish under military rule for many years:
Back in good old 2015, tucking into buttered crumpets and real coffee over a printed copy of the Grauniad, I pondered that we could take all sorts of liberties with our politics in the coming election, reasoning that it won’t really matter anyway, given the approaching coup.
Then I thought that perhaps it’s this very sense of hopelessness to come that has somehow already seeped back from the future, colliding with today’s own political torpor and disgust to create a brew that will likely deliver an ineffective cobble of a government, unable to prevent any slide towards totalitarianism.
As my preferred tactic of rounding up the current Westminster establishment, dumping them all in the desert somewhere in the north of Syria with one shared bottle » Continue Reading.
Sorry if already raised. But on my iPad the text entered in search appears in whopping caps. Is this intended or an anomaly?
Anticipating return of work productivity to its lower long term trend.
If you search for Gobshite on Google Maps it takes you to Edge Hill University. I was told at the weekend it directed you to Anfield.
Hundreds* of you demanded another track from Father Francis that I decided to let you have this one. It’s the way I groove.
*Nobody at all
The release of White Water by The Slow Show has been put back by a week. I’m considering postponing my birthday by 7 days in response. I’ve been waiting for this album since I first did the sound for them in Sep 2012. I’m going to be disappointed, aren’t I?
The Afterword is back! Time for a party!
At this moment, on the other side of the Atlantic, some of the best parties on the planet are happening.
Yesterday, it being Pancake Day, Mardi Gras and Carnival, we had a thread on the music from those amazing celebrations over on The Lifeboat. I was particularly chuffed at finding this wonderful clip of soca star Super Blue performing in front of an ecstatic Caribbean crowd. It captures the atmosphere perfectly. I love the strongmen in their swimming trunks and the guy on stilts.
But can you imagine a crowd of 10,000 Afterworders all jumping up and down waving their hankies like madmen? Or can you imagine yourself wearing a bejewelled thong, pasties and a large feather head dress?
Some things just don’t travel very well however hard you try. There is a samba troupe here in Stockholm. The girls are gorgeous, they have beautiful outfits and the music is great. But somehow, when you are freezing and covered in goosebumps, it’s a little difficult to let Bacchanalian abandon take over.
Any other examples of cultural events which do not travel well?
Anybody here been to Mardi Gras or Carnival?
What does it sound like?:
By now most of us will have formed their own view on this final ‘new’ offering, intended as a tribute to the late Rick Wright and compiled in the main from leftovers from the Division Bell sessions. A little disappointing on first listen, this is an album that improves with repeated listening as some familiar themes begin to emerge – a keyboard motif a la Shine On, guitar work reminiscent of Dogs, a hint of One of These Days. The closing Louder Than Words works better when heard as the concluding part of the album rather than as a stand alone piece.
What does it all *mean*?
The Dvd disc features a number of other bits and pieces, of which the rockier sound of Nervana fares best, the rest being fairly disposable – which is maybe why they were left unused.
Goes well with…
Is this up there with the classic Floyd albums of the 70’s – no, but it’s not a bad way to bid farewell.
Might suit people who like…
Probably not an album you’ll keep returning to as you would with DSOTM or WYWH, but still worth adding to the collection » Continue Reading.
I have spotted one – “Who’s in here?”
I bet there’s more. Or is there?
I’m not complaining or anything as the place looks great, even though it still smells of fresh paint and there’s little piles of sawdust all over the place………………
BUT, has anyone else noticed that the date in a Blog post is in the 17.2.2015 order but in any replies is shown as 02.17.2015?
It’s not a big thing but I can’t handle these funny continental ways.
Hello all, I have been asked to post the results of the Afterword Top Album of 2014 list on here. As the site was down at the time we had to do this on Facebook so the number of entries was drastically down on last year but here are the highest entries:
Lost In The Dream War On Drugs 14 Down Where the Spirit Meets The Bone Lucinda Williams 7 Hendra Ben Watt 5 Morning Phase Beck 5 Everyday Robots Damon Albarn 5 Going Back Home Wilko Johnson / Roger Daltrey 4 Atlas Real Estate 4 The Silver Globe Jane Weaver 4 Rave Tapes Mogwai 4 Benji Sun Kill Moon 4 The River And The Thread Rosanne Cash 4 Ryan Adams Ryan Adams 3 Indian Ocean Frazey Ford 3 Endless River Pink Floyd 3 Colfax The Delines 3 Hypnotic Eye Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 3 Sukirae Tweedy 3 Basement Tapes Bob Dylan 3 Singles Future Islands 3 Manipulator Ty Segall 3 It’s Album Time Todd Terje 3 LP1 FKA Twigs 3
Lovely to see this set back up. Huge respect to those amongst us who made that possible
Well, I’m back, with a new streamlined “handle” so anonymity resumes. Kind of a shame really as it’s been nice to see that Afterwordies are human and not just cartoon characters.
Right, could someone direct me to the toilets please. They need christening…..
I know Wire have a few fans here, they’ve just announced a new (eponymous) LP and this is the teaser track for it. Typical Wire track in that it’s very short, has no chorus or immediate hook, but oddly catchy. It’s a grower.
I wanted to use my / our return to this lovely place to pay tribute to Gavin Clark, who died on Monday.
A beautiful singer and writer, who gave so much joy as part of Sunhouse, Clayhill, UNKLE and the soundtracks to Shane Meadows’ films.
This short film was made by Shane for his best mate back in 2009.
If you’ve not heard his gorgeous voice, get hold of last year’s kind-of-best-of “Beautiful Skeletons”.
I’ll miss him very much.
What does it sound like?:
Natalie Prass possesses a fragile, feminine voice. On this, her debut, it is swept along by Schmilsson strings and topped by ripe, cherry horns. Over nine songs, she delicately and gracefully picks the bones of a failed relationship. It is a delicious, featherlight confection, cleverly disguising the splintering in her heart. Matthew E. White, her old school chum, provides the label, Spacebomb, the orchestra, the brass and the producer. I doubt it is entirely altruism as the retro smokey-soul sound suits the house style precisely. The quality of the writing and performance should easily repay his investment. It’s a pity the album was shelved for two years whilst White promoted his own Big Inner, yet poor Natalie is left with a window of only a few months until he releases his follow up. In the meantime, please don’t overlook this little gem. It takes a confident, precise performer to pitch such emotional vulnerability against a swelling thirty-six piece orchestra. I am sure by the year end, there will be few albums so coherent, so luscious and so effective in impact.
What does it all *mean*?
If proof were needed, here it is; well constructed » Continue Reading.
…going to see Rumer at The Epstein Theatre this Friday, as the GLW and I will be.
Been getting on for ten years since I visited the city. Any suggestions most welcome for a Fri eve / Sat morn visit. Have already tentatively pencilled in breakfast at:
which sounds rather fine, although not perhaps very Liverpudlian. Then again, Liverpool, like Glasgow, has long been Atlantic in its outlook…
So has anyone seen this damned 50 shades film yet? Thoughts.
Enjoy a bit of this
That I for one will not consider this place to truly be home until….
FauxGeordie has posted a political rant that ends “they hate you and want to destroy you”.
Moose has dropped a double entendre.
Someone has TMFTLd.
I have personally crammed an unwarranted Limp Bizkit reference into a perfectly innocuous thread.
There has been at least one naval gazing thread about where it’s all going and whether it’s as good as it used to be.
Please feel free to add your own….
Love and peace to all of ya!
So, Steven Wilson is apparently the best thing in modern British Prog. For whatever reason his previous work has totally passed me by. Anyone have any thoughts or recommendactions regarding Mr W?
Just wanted to share this, and see if I can post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/17/ukip-trumpton-video_n_6698858.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
About 6-8 weeks ago I read news of a new Joe Henry produced Bill Fay album to be released in February. All of a sudden all brews of it has disappeared which is a little disappointing. I have googled about it and about Bill but can’t see anything at all. Odd. Anyone shine any light?
In an interesting sojourn to that Zuckerberg’s place, we all got a little bit more exposure than we might have planned.
I learned that Moose’s real life name *is* Moose the Mooch, but Minibreakfast is really called Mini Dinner.
What did you learn?