As I was waiting to be served in a Cafe Nero coffee shop earlier the woman in front of me took a photo of the store’s selection of packaged wafers (vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut). I was on the verge of saying to her, ‘That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen’. But it was none of my business. So I’m saying it here instead. Can anyone beat that?
Earlier in the week, there was an excellent article in the Guardian by musicologist, Laurie Stras, about a new album that she has just released: Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter: Princess, Nun, Musician (Obsidian) (see comments) . The music is now believed to have been composed by Lucrezia Borgia’s daughter, Leonora D’Este (1515- 75), who was the abbess at a convent in Ferrara. Stras quotes Virginia Woolf: ”Anonymous was a woman”. If Stras’s findings are accurate, in this case, Anon was a nun.
It makes a lot of sense. At that time It was not considered very genteel to be a composer, so aristocrats would write anonymously. Oddly enough, entering a convent offered great possibilities for a young woman of noble birth. Instead of being a potential bride who could be used to seal a political alliance for her family, she could retreat to a life of tranquillity and concentrate on music. And we all know what a conniving, Game-of-Thronesy bunch the Borgias were. Leonara was well off out of it.
The polyphonic compositions on the album are magnificent but not everybody was so keen. Some bishops banned polyphonic performances by nuns. Such was the beauty of the music, they felt performing » Continue Reading.
No I haven’t. Is there a glitch?
This report on Scotland’s fathomlessly futile friendly against Canada on Wednesday is just brilliant gallows humour. A sample:
34.41 Scotland score in the most fittingly shambolic way possible. The collection of buffoonery has to be broken down piece by piece to truly be appreciated. • Lee Wallace’s cross is deflected by Manjrekar James • Goalkeeper Thomas goes to push the ball clear but doesn’t get it past the sliding Steven Naismith in front of him • Ball hits thigh of Naismith and rolls over the buttocks of left-back Maxim Tissot • Tissot, on the deck, whirls round in a panic and goes to clear • Instead of clearing, he whacks the ball off Scott Arfield who, due to actually being on his feet, was in a much better position to remove the danger • The ball spins out a further eight yards to Tom Cairney who mishits his first-time volley • Ever the instinctive hitman, Naismith sticks out a leg and cushions the ball back across goal, as it slowly bounces over the line. As an aside, if you watch the footage of this goal on YouTube, provided by ESPN’s Spanish language channel, the commentator decides to do the » Continue Reading.
Was there from the start, Lennon’s oldest mate and saw it all happen. His memoir which has been out of print for years now, deserves a reissue.
…… are by Ed Sheeran. How is this possible? Surely the system has croaked. Are all these songs released as singles or are they from an album(s) that people are streaming/ downloading on mass? Haven’t looked at the top 20 for some years. (Adopts suitable Geoff Boycott voice) This would never have happened in my day when Simon Bates presented it. Apparently he’s all over comic relief tonight too which might mean he gets the full top ten before the weekend is out.
Doing a canal barge trip between Glasgow and Edinburgh and was wanting to BLAST OUT heavy metal along the way to disturb the locals and Muckle Coos.
Not really- smooth jazz of course.
There isn’t a lot of space and virtually no power so I need something that is easy to carry, is waterproof, battery powered and can be heard outside and hoped that some of the ladies and gentlemen on here might be able to help.
Thank you and Good Morning
Gorillaz have announced a new album Humanz to be released on April the 28th. They put out four tracks today on Tidal and their YouTube channel. Am particularly looking forward to the track featuring Grace Jones.
In a continuing thread, my Discover Weekly playlist, on Spotify, has revealed another gem. -Never heard of them (Canadian brothers, plus others, nothing to do with Sonny) -Not wholly representative of the album (the rest is a bit more gentle, but, jeez, his voice…) -The album is 2 years old (how the feck did that pass me by? Where were you lot to tip me off?) -Just when you think you know what’s going to happen (those harmonies at the end floor me) -Could anything be more up my strasse? (No)
How ignorant can you get?
Anyone waiting for the 999 live album on Record Store Day?
London Can Take It, from Public Service Broadcasting.
As so often, music expresses the things I cannot find the words to say myself.
Just a thought but do the sales of the lp/magazine combo actually count as sales towards the album chart? If the first issue sold a few thousand surely that would push it into the lower reaches of the charts.
or if you just want the CD version, that is available with a FREE Coaster Set
Go to this link http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/deal/deal-alert-crowded-house-deluxe-sets/
I’m having a clear out and have 5 Otway CDs from the Abbey Road Bunsen Burner recording session. 3 are various mixes of Bunsen Burner, have crystal cases and are signed, 2 in cardboard sleeves with a mix of tracks.
If you would like them PM me and I will send on.
If no-one here wants them they’re off to Oxfam next week.
Just for a change there’s some good news in the world of magazines. The excellent Classic Pop is to move from 6 issues per year to one every month. Must be all those ex Smash Hits readers in their 40s and 50s still wanting a shiny colourful mag in their hands to go with the shiny colourful music.
I’ve no real problem with Record Store Day – I can’t say I’ll be camping out overnight with the eBay scalpers for any of this year’s offerings but ultimately it’s a bit of harmless fun. Nevertheless let’s have a but of harmless fun at RSD’s expense as we once again play…Record Store Day Bingo. Eyes Down..see how many you can spot:
1. Re-issue of album that is coming out later this year but in a different colour
2. ‘Bonkers’, ‘nutty’ and ‘totally loony’ collectors picture disc of a tune you can pick up in a charity shop for 5p. “What will they think of next ” etc…
3. More scrapings from the bottomless pit of shite bootlegs from Ozit / Dandelion (See pic)
4. ‘Exclusive’ debut release by a band literally nobody has ever heard of
5. Multiple ‘exclusive’ releases on different labels by same (dead) artist
6. Mega limited edition of 500 copies of something that would be lucky to sell 5 any other week
7. Dr Who
8. er…Nine Live albums by the same artist
9. “Official” reissues that the band have no knowledge of
10. Another Various Artists Mod/R&B/Soul comp
The songs about real people thread reminded me of something I’ve mulled over for a while: Who is rock and pop’s top love song inspiration? I’m discounting religious figures from this, and ideally the writers should have known the recipient personally (so no Candle In The Wind). I remember a review of one of The Cure’s albums which asked if there was anybody more celebrated in song than Mad Bob’s wife Mary, and of course Patti Boyd has had two world straddling standards written about her, by different songwriters. Any other contenders? (As you can all play hear Something in it’s entirety in your head, here’s an ‘alternative’ version)
Due to stupidity on my part in arranging my life I can’t now go to this gig on Sunday April 2nd.
Rather than let it go to waste, anyone who is interested, please PM me and I’ll arrange to get it to you.
If you really enjoy it the gig and want to give me something towards the ticket, that’s up to you.
A wonderful night should be in store.
and generally not very good
I didn’t laugh but it reminded me of the 1990s humour of The Day Today as a guide to what you will see.
new album incoming
Our third album is called Every Valley and is a story of industrial decline. It’s centred around coal mining in the UK, and in South Wales in particular, but it’s a story that’s been repeated across the western world and which has particular resonance in today’s political climate.
I have no personal ties to mining, be it coal or otherwise, and I have no family links to the area, but something about the story drew me in. This is an album about community as much as it is about mining; it’s the story of an entire region reliant on one industry, and what happens when that industry dies. What’s certain in my mind is that this album isn’t just about mining, and isn’t just about Wales. It’s a story reflected in abandoned and neglected communities across the western world, and one which has led to the resurgence of a particularly malignant, cynical and calculating brand of politics.
We recorded Every Valley in Ebbw Vale, historically a steelworkers’ town but one surrounded by coal mines, in the former lecture hall of their former workers’ institute. It seemed important to record in the valleys, as I » Continue Reading.