I didn’t know this. I’m not a fan, but I like his old stuff. Perhaps he was hard up, but who cares? Sounds like he’s properly happy to be taking tea with the tillerman again.
Was a time when Harry Dean Stanton seemed to be in every film I saw. I’m coming to the end of Twin Peaks at the mo and he’s in that too. A fine actor. RIP.
I own an Aussie pressing and always was underwhelmed by cover. Are uk or American pressings just the same single sleeve ?
I was listening to an episode of Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan the other day and I don’t think we’ve done that here yet.
So let’s do one now. I have decided let’s start with Gardens. Mainly because this tune came up on my Spotify Discovery and I have been playing it to death ever since. And I did not think that Einstürzende Neubauten would ever be my cup of tea.
Any other gardening tunes I should know about?
Unbelievably brilliant work from unbelievably brilliant people over decades. If politicians could be like scientists maybe the world would be a much better place.
Way to go team Cassini, you represent the best of us.
C’mon – help out a bewildered, out of touch old man.
Why are people saying this? I
Perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me, but I seem to recall that in the not so distant past there would be a post-mortem after the Mercury Awards ceremony. Now, not a mention thus far, unless I have missed it. What, if anything does th it tell us ?
…should you happen to have a couple of long spoons with which to sup.
The Telegraph are offering a year’s membership of Amazon Prime, worth £79, if you take out a year’s sub for £100.
If only it was the Grauniad. But I’m putting this out there as a public service anyway.
As I shuffle towards the start of my seventh decade, it becomes ever more apparent to me that I’m often late to the party, if indeed I ever arrive. It may be that the more happening among the Massive are already familiar with Lowkey’s work, but until I heard on the radio news at lunchtime the linked interview – topical with today’s opening of the Grenfell Inquiry – I was totally unaware of his existence.
The interview included snippets from his memorial track, and intrigued I sought it out. The video will be the first comment. See whether you can listen to the list at the end without crying. I couldn’t.
What have other AWers come to discover only belatedly?
What with @bricameron having an idea for a ‘deep cuts’ band and everything, I found myself thinking about both this and the ‘death of the list thread’ comments that have been swirling around. So, without further ado let’s see how a Deep Cuts list thread gets on. I’ve actually been thinking about this since coming across this terrific Nick Cave track a week or so ago. Not only have I never really clocked how awesome this track is, I’ve played this album a couple of times without this track standing out. Boy how wrong I was.
But what actually is a ‘deep cut’ I hear you say? Well, please post away according to the literally quite arbitrary rules I have made up:
Not a single obvs. A or B. B-sides is a different beast to Deep Cuts. Not on a greatest hits. Not from the debut, most critically acclaimed, or latest albums – so to have a deep cut a minimum of three albums is required. Not otherwise picked out as a fan favourite/critical hit – so no, Stairway to Heaven is not a deep cut. Some bands have no deep cuts. Zep, HJH’s, Nirvana. The Stones » Continue Reading.
The Invisible Shivers thread reminded me that I’ve been meaning to post this for a week or two.
I’m a big fan of Mick Green’s guitar heroics in The Pirates, with Johnny Kidd, and in The Dakotas, so when I found a solo LP in a bargain bucket for the princely sum of 99p I wasn’t going to be put off by the truly hideous cover, one that judging by the signature was painted by a relative.
But my word, the real fun was to be found on the back cover notes. The quote from a man very much out of his time is a charming mixture of prejudice, resentment, defensive machismo, and just plain confusion at the state of the world and his chosen industry.
The LP was issued in 1986, so it’s easy to guess at the bands he’s referring to.
Fret not, his time did come round again and he played with Van and Macca before shuffling off for good in 2010.
So, the question is – what’s your favourite sleeve note or dedication?
I’ve just finished the book Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin. It’s an interesting book about the creation of the twentieth novel (Make Me). It’s worth a read if you’re interested in behind the scenes stories.
I’ve not read any of the Reacher novels as I’m not into airport genre fiction. They just don’t do anything for me. Someone said they’d get their hands on a book for me so I can give it a try but I doubt it will hold my attention.
I feel there’s a blog post to be made about the books despite my own lack of useful input. So, any opinions on the books you want to share? Favourites or hated books.
I watched the first movie for the second time. My review:
Jack Reacher (2013) Nomadic ex-military policeman Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) becomes involved in investigating a mass killing by a sniper.
I don’t know if it’s the original book by Lee Child or if it’s this film’s writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, but there’s a strong sense of an intelligent person overseeing what is a rather nuts and bolts pulpy story. It has an authority to it that elevates it a notch or two » Continue Reading.
This is my favourite one off of Depeche Mode’s album and now it has a Corbijn video. Not for the last time, I feel an emotional connection to a song and reflect on the lyric – but as it turns out, the words are not straightforward:
Way up here in the northern lights, Beyond this broken glass, I pictured us in another life, Where we’re all superstars
I put it to you, Mr Gahan, that these are words without real meaning but – dammit – the minor chords (I think) and the sad tone of voice tugs at the heartstrings anyway. He could be singing about his washing up and it’d still get me.
So I’m interested in poignant-sounding songs that have lyrics oblique but they still make your peepers leak.
Day off, bit bored but alphabetized the recent arrivals / just played stack. I’ll show you mine…
Following my previous `Holy Trinity` blog I wondered who are the AWer`s `Holy Trinity` of music? These can be whoever you you like (obviously!), favourite acts, most influential, recorded your favourite song…
It’s been (at least) twenty years since Neil Young released a wholly satisfactory album. I like Neil a lot, not in the same way I once loved Dylan but , you know, he’s like a friend, a really good friend, who messes around with you but he’s still a really good friend. And now we have “Hitchhiker”. One night in 1976 armed only with “booze, weed and cocaine” Young, producer David Briggs and friend Dean Stockwell sat down in a Malibu studio. The next morning they had an album brimming over with absolute gems, nary a false step except maybe a stoned stumble, a missed chord here and there, a few misshapen, forgotten lyrics. Most of the songs (only two “new” on here) appear on later albums (like Powderfinger without the raging guitar but amazingly all the better for it) but here we have testament to what one guy and one guitar can do: stripped-down songs, fragile yet powerful singing and most startling of all – in one take, in one night a perfect album. One day soon when my initial euphoria has calmed down somewhat I will try and post a proper review. In the meantime my question is » Continue Reading.
I know I’m not the only Hüsker Dü fan on this board.
I was sad to read to day that drummer/songwriter/vocalist Grant Hart has died of cancer aged only 56. Grim news indeed.
The Beach Boys, The Beatles & Bob Dylan were referred to as the AW`s `The Holy Trinity` by Tahir recently.
This causes me to ask some questions, just two really.
1) Has anyone, prior to Tahir ever referred to The Beach Boys, The Beatles & Bob Dylan as the `Holy Trinity`?
2) Why do people resent acts who are obviously talented and have achieved their deserved fame and fortune? There are also many acts who once again are obviously talented but have not received their deserved fame and fortune. I can name many and so can you fellow AWers but this is not the fault of the so-called `Holy Trinity`. So why the resentment?
…that CSNY came to play.
14th September 1974,CSNY played Wembley Stadium to bring their world tour to a close.
Supporting acts included Joni Mitchell and The Band.
Their full set was pro-shot and is available on dvd of you know where to look.
Did any Afterworders attend this event?
Not a particular fan of the four circles myself, though I would quite like to be in the position of choosing between it and its Teutonic rivals, but found this ad very appealing. Surely one of the best theme tunes of the ‘golden age of telly’ (quotation marks very much intended) Are you free?
Farewell then, Billy Batts. Now go home and get your shine box
Unsurprised that the 40 Watt Club makes up part of the set, nice if it is unedited and complete. No idea what a Dolby Atmos system is or whatever but that demos set is intriguing. As I championed it as their best on a podcast way back when this is a no brainer for Xmas
CD1 1 Drive 2 Try Not To Breathe 3 The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite 4 Everybody Hurts 5 New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 6 Sweetness Follows 7 Monty Got A Raw Deal 8 Ignoreland 9 Star Me Kitten 10 Man On The Moon 11 Nightswimming 12 Find The River
CD2 1 Drive (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 2 Monty Got A Raw Deal (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 3 Everybody Hurts (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 4 Man On The Moon (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 5 Losing My Religion (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 6 Country Feedback (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 7 Begin The Begin (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) 8 Fall On Me (Live At The 40 Watt Club / 11/19/92) » Continue Reading.