Do we really want them back?
I’ve just finished watching “Keeping Faith” (the English version downloaded from iPlayer a couple of months ago before it was shown on BBC).
Very enjoyable drama and I can see the comparisons with Broadchurch. I know that its currently halfway through and so don’t want to discuss the plot too much for fear of spoilers…..
One thing that has really stood out though are the songs by Amy Wadge that run through the series – they really get under the skin. Best being the track “We Fall Down”, but I can’t find a Youtube of that so you’ll have to make do with the main theme…..
Gosh, it’s been eight years already? That’s crazy. New track Missing U dropped tonight, was it worth the wait? For me; not an instant classic, but gets better with each listen. And nice to have her back!
Boz Scaggs new album Out Of The Blues is very good I think. Mind you I’ve only listened to it once.
Theres a fellow in the Netherlands, Vincent Lyons, who has a great ability to take film clips of performers that are well-constructed and help their music come alive. I daresay he has something better than a mobile telephone. Here’s his latest clip, which is a rare chance to see and hear Jan Akkerman jamming, three days ago, on a Southern rock groove – not dissimilar to the three chords of George Michael’s ‘Freedom’ – with the band of one Ralph de Jongh. Jan solos from 2:05 – and Vincent’s camera skills allow us to see how he spontaneously constructs a solo brimming with singular dialect of Akkerman despite the music/groove being a language he doesn’t normally speak. Brilliant…
featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman. And it’s rather good.
Here’s podcaster Walter Kolosky on Jan Hammer’s first interview on the subject of his first new album in decades:
We are very excited to have the great Jan Hammer as our guest on the Jazz Rocks Podcast # 13! We are proud that Jan chose the JRP to conduct his first interview about this momentous event. Jan discusses gigging in his early days, Jimi Hendrix, Mahavishnu, keyboard technology, the new album and much more. You can listen on iTunes, Podomatic, Soundcloud and many more Podcast sites.
I’ve been having a bit of a Spielberg-fest recently. Re-watching some of his old films. It got me wondering how his films are rated by the internet. A search of “Spielberg ranked” gave loads of sites. Rolling Stone, Time Out, Esquire, The Independent, etc. Most I disagreed strongly with. Outraged, I was! But what really struck me was the large variation in lists. Films that made top ten in some lists were near bottom in others. So I thought, I’ll ask the AW what the correct order is.
No, this is?
Thanks for your time!
The good old days post brought to mind those practical jokes that you could buy from the classified adverts at the back of the comics. X Ray Specs, black face soap etc. This brought to mind (nostalgia being what it is) the article from the NME of the Viv Stanshall guide to Practical Jokes. See enclosed. Did you buy any more importantly did they work? I once rung a friend up when I knew he was away and taped his answer machine message. I then rang back and played his message back onto his answer machine. I always imagined he’d got home, played his messages back and started hitting the machine thinking something was wrong with it. I never found out if he did.
… for the irrepressible Afterword lyric / pun instinct to do its stuff.
Jarvis and Candida from Pulp go head to head with Bez and Rowetta from the Happy Mondays on Bargain Hunt. (Story picked up from the Accidental Partridge Twitter feed.)
Even older than Mick Jagger and much, much more entertaining – Britain’s favourite childrens comic becomes an octogenarian.
I collected every copy from 1972ish to 1979ish. Oddly, it isn’t/wasn’t packed with LOLs (like Viz, whose very existence is because of it and other DC Thomson comics). But it had frequent moments of genius which mostly came through the artwork of Leo Baxendale and others who were reliably there for years and years. Dads and teachers frequently thrashed the living daylights of children with canes and slippers – Dennis the Menace’s dad had a particularly fearsome set of labelled slippers in a special room.
The special compilation books that have come out in the last decade or so are wonderfull and well worth your time. The focus in post-war Britain for most of the characters was food – with a slap-up meal being the ultimate reward for endeavour. This was usually a big pile of mashed potato with sausages sticking out. Sloo!
In the Bash Street Kids when all 10 pupils in the class are attentive and facing forward – it means they’re up to something and this frightens the teacher. Apart from Smiffy, who is facing the » Continue Reading.
I’ve only just found out that one of my favourite films, Unbreakable, had a sequel and I didn’t even know about it. Apparently a film called Split starring James McAvoy came out a couple of years ago (it passed me by completely) and in a surprise ending revealed itself to be a sequel to Unbreakable.
I’m not spoiling anything here. The cat is out of the bag now and there is a third film, Glass, being advertised now which reunites the entire cast of both previous films, including Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson.
I’m slightly concerned… Unbreakable was such a perfect standalone film that I’m wary of sequels. In hindsight it did something that NONE of the subsequent mainstream superhero films have done, which is to treat the superhero genre with the subtlety and maturity it deserves. It’s so low-key it can hardly be called a superhero film at all.
Unbreakable also crystallised Shyamalan’s unique approach. At his peak (Signs, The Village) he was a master at recontextualising hokey, pulpy plots into quite emotional and spiritual experiences. Like Tarantino, he was a master of merging high and low art approaches. I’m a staunch defender of his peak films.
Crucially, » Continue Reading.
So this came up on shuffle on the commute this morning – The Shamen’s “Ebeneezer Goode”. I can’t remember the last time I heard it, and hadn’t even remembered it was on the compilation that smuggled it onto my iPod, but (eek) 25 years later it just sounds monumentally misjudged, a studio joke that went too far, a drug song for kids… and of course, despite its number 1 success, it effectively reduced the formerly supercool alternative dance act to the status of novelty-hitmakers, to be named & shamed alongside Benny Hill, Joe Dolce and Black Lace. Yes, they eked out a few more years of ever-less popular hit singles, but their career trajectory was instantly blown…
So, are there any other career-killing records (singles or albums) we can think of? Deservedly or otherwise? And should any be rehabilitated…?
The absolute joy of the internet
I went to see Kelly Willis at the Maze last Wednesday, part of her UK Tour. I will try and post a review. Did anyone else catch her at all or is this a very minority taste?
He has a hit a new high with this show.
Not suitable for under 40s!
ECM have reported the death of the great Polish trumpeter.
Saw him twice, both times with a crack band of young tyros. Often reminded me of 70s dense funky Miles with his playing.
We celebrated the 75th Birthday of Sir Mick of Jagger last week, so now it’s the turn of the incomparable Kate Bush, who turns 60 today…..
Your favourite Kate Bush track please…….
Thanks to a thread on this site I succumbed to a pair of Ruark MR1s. I accept that I might have got better value with another product but that’s water under the bridge now.
At times the sound quality is up to my expectations. But quite a lot of the time it is not – the sound breaks up.
My hunch is that my very-much-NOT-top-of-the range HP laptop (circa 2014) running Windows 10 is struggling with the FLAC to aptX conversion. (The laptop is approximately 60cm from the Bluetooth receiving speaker.)
Is this a plausible explanation? If not, what else might be causing it?
If I am on the right track, would a USB Bluetooth aptX transmitter help? In other words would it offload the “to-aptX” part of the conversion workload?
Or am I in for a new lap top?
Their first album together was very good. They just released their new one No Mercy in this Land and it is rather lovely. A lot of driving blues and some stupendous Harmonica playing from Musselwhite but I am rather taken by this ballad which is the closing track on the album:-
Coming back on the ferry from the Indonesian island of Batam this afternoon, I was listening to “Schoolyard Ghosts” by No-Man – the joint project of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness.
It struck me that with his work in Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Blackfield, solo, etc etc, he must be one of the most prolific artists out there.
So, question…… which artist has released the most albums in history (excluding various artist compilations) ? Not sure if we should limit this to just the artists work either solo or in band / project or include “significant guest appearances” – I’ll leave that to consensus…….
My folks often used to say ‘it wasn’t like that in our day’ or such like. I can look back on my childhood with fond memories but the reality is that in my lifetime we have taken massive strides to achieve a better standard of living. Putting aside our propensity for war which unfortunately has never diminished I can think of these things that I certainly do not mourn the passing of:
Linoleum – dreadful stuff. Outside toilets Mangles – I remember putting my fingers in one, it was fucking painful. Electric bar fires instead of central heating Black and white TV’s with 3 channels that closed down every night around 10pm. ‘Snow’ on the tv just when you got to the critical part of a programme resulting in having to stand next to the tv tapping the side or moving the aerial around. Blancmange – what were we thinking? Evaporated milk – again what were we thinking? Black and White Minstrel show Cod Liver oil The stick at school Short trousers at school Bastard teachers who took pleasure in giving you the slipper and had apparent homo erotic inclinations. Belisha Beacons – did anyone take any notice of them? » Continue Reading.
Due to a serendipitous (yeeesss) mistype while attempting to download “Rain on The Roof,” as portrayed by Hugh Grant in the end-credits of the wonderful “Paddington 2” I came up with a spiffing idea*: the movie mash-up.
I am now imagining the Peruvian-bear-cum merchandising-colossus injected into a virtual reality survival game, with added Eighties hair. Give “it” up for PaddingTron!
Yes! Simply amend the title of a movie to include another movie title!
* I know, it’s probably been seen as Twitter and Facebook memes for years already. Well, now it’s here! Lighten up you big grump 🙂
The hard ‘T’. Televisual Presenters are the main culprits. HospiTal, LiTTle being obvious screaming offenders, and don’t even get me started on ‘Joolery’, ‘Mumfs’ etc and etc. What in Krishna’s name is going on ?!…. and that is not a rheTorical question. (See what I did there? Exactly).