I came across this recent (and excellent) interview with Woody Allen that might interest any fans among the Massive. I particularly enjoyed reading what he says about the work he’s accepted to do for Amazon.
Very pleased to see that there’s a new album out by one of my favourite live acts: Eilen Jewell. It’s already on Spotify so that’s my weekend listening sorted. Here’s a live version of one of the songs.
She’s now a mum so I suspect she won’t be touring quite as intensely as she used to. She’s also moved back to her home town of Boise. Here’s a song that she wrote for a compilation album celebrating her hood.
Many people from Game Of Thrones have appeared in a sketch about Coldplay’s musical version of the series but to save GOT fans but Coldplay haters here is a (Chris) Martinless clip. So much coolness in one so small.
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Not a day goes by that I don’t hear further cause to despair from the behaviours of the morons who call themselves ISIS, or another of its variants. Assuming that no-one is content to leave them to get on with it, whatever it is supposed to be, until four or five centuries hence their adherent’s descendants undergo some sort of enlightenment and think to themselves, “Oh dear, what *have* we been doing all these years?”, what options are open to the rest of the world, if any?
Does anyone have any really practical ideas? “Hearts & Minds” is a non-starter, as far as I can tell, so is it time to hand out the guns and ammo yet? How long do we wait? How much cultural capital do we allow them to destroy before we fight back? Where are the hawks when you think you might usefully call them to action? Why does it seem there’s no concerted and seriously robust international response? Does anyone in the west, outside academia, even give a shit?
Come on Ireland. Vote Yes. Make me proud.
I just wanted to get that title out.
The year moves on, and it’s time for another letter. Anything and everything you hold dear that starts with ‘K’, please!
Kicking off with the KLF – let’s build a fire!
I found myself listening to Camembert Electrique in the car, on the way to work this morning. For some reason, the drum part of Mr Longshanks leapt out at me…..
I don’t whether it’s the altered frequencies in the car, but….my word, Pip Pyle was a remarkable drummer…
Mentioned before (Jam Archive on show at Somerset House on 26th June). In conjunction, Universal will be releasing a 22 Track Jam Best Of. More trawling and repackaging of the back catalogue. As far as I can see, this is basically Snap with a few more B-Sides and album tracks added. Call me cynical, but I reckon that the vast majority of visitors will already own Snap (and probably the rest of the catalogue too), so what particular “gap in the market” is this filling?
(Except of course for my mum to get confused when trying to find me a birthday present, stumbling across it on Amazon, and thinking “I’m sure he likes that band?”. She has already bought me The Blues Brothers Soundtrack – twice!)
from Amazon summary of Classic Quadrophenia:
“As legendary British rock band The Who celebrate their 50th anniversary, their landmark record ‘Quadrophenia’ is released in a new orchestral version orchestrated by Pete Townshend’s wife, Rachel Fuller. The rock opera is performed by The Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, with Alfie Boe filling the shoes ofJeff Daniels.”
and their spelling of Philharmonic is a bit phonetic too.
Maybe he was in Quadrophenia and I just missed him – maybe he was in the Beach Fight sequence with Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves
The Stones opened their US tour last night with a “secret” gig at the 1300-capacity Fonda Theater in LA, at which they played “Sticky Fingers” in its entirety. If you wanted proof that Keith has turned into the world’s laziest guitarist, look no further than the attached clip, in which he appears to be aimlessly strumming the neck of his guitar…
PS – how fortunate that a large number of celebrities were able to secure tickets at such short notice…
Currently suffering from a pulled muscle which I gained whilst training for a half marathon which I had to pull out of two weeks ago. Not wishing for sympathy, but it’s still quite hard walking for long stretches with pain in lower back, how long can I expect the road to recovery to be? Been to the Doctor and he advised that my back is okay but some sciatica as well as the pulled muscle. Any other fantasy ailment bands welcome, or real bands with a medical theme to them.
One for @RubyBlue
Found in a classroom at work, this shaky (in every sense) approximation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The quality of the handwriting, the red ink, the priorities…. what a feast for a psychologist this is.
Pucho and the boys are hardly likely to calm things down, but here they are anyway.
I thought Joan Armatrading on this weeks Later Live was superb. Other opinions are wrong…..
Rudimental were pretty good also.
The band chosen to play over the final montage, the surprising (but fitting) choice of the Foo’s Everlong
(Apologies can’t embed the video)
This week we’ve been enjoying a boxset of the Ancient Roman sitcom, Plebs.
Witty scripts. Fine acting by a cast led by Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson. But the real stroke of genius for me is the use of a reggae soundtrack.
A simple, unexpected idea that really is the icing on the cake.
Any other examples of one small, imaginative touch that has transformed a TV show, film, book, album etc? into another league?
The use of a Police Call Box for the Tardis springs to mind.
This is just fabulous. For a start it’s really well recorded, but the vocals and the harmonies and the band are excellent. I loved this when it came out in 1967, one of those one-off hits that seemed to come along all the time in those days (think “Macarthur Park”, “Ode To Billy Joe”).
Anyway I can’t think of another band that has actually improved over nearly 50 years, and if asked I would never have imagined it would be The Cowsills
Things get more diluted for one of the great British bands. Billy Sherwood is taking over bass duties whilst Chris is treated. For me this is the end, the very end. It’s the Howe White Band playing Yes tunes. I take no joy in any of their illness or fall outs it’s just a very sad end to a beautiful band, pioneers, great music technicians who made music that enhanced my life. https://prog.teamrock.com/news/2015-05-19/yes-chris-squire-has-cancer
Dylan sings “The Night We Called It A Day” on Letterman’s penultimate show last night. I’m not entirely sure he knew where he was…
After a little bit of advice from the massive on this.
Just purchased a nifty little HP laptop for work on the move – dirt cheap so comes with bugger all internal memory (32GB – most of which has been swallowed to run Windows).
Trying at the moment to install a copy of my desktop’s iTunes onto an external drive which the laptop will automatically “see” when connected via the USB. It’s not having it.
Being a complete technophobe – this is causing me to wail and gnash teeth extensively. Any ideas?
The iTunes and Apple forums are worse than useless.
Well, how about visiting http://www.celebvm.com/ and getting a personalised video greeting from Owen Paul, the My Favourite Waste Of Time hitmaker? It’s only £25 and will be delivered within two weeks of placing your order. Make him insert your name into his only hit and be the envy of your friends.
How about one from Nikki Graham from off of Big Brother? £25 but a four week wait for her to tell you that she’d never vote for you to be evicted.
Terry from East 17? £20 and two weeks to hear Tel inform you that you’re a well sorted geezah.
Zammo from Grange Hill is a snip at £15.
Some bloke you’ve never heard of that was inside the Gamorrean Guard costume in Return of the Jedi? Yours for $30. ($30??!!)
Honestly, this entire website is like a cavalcade of desperation, Y-listers desperate not to be forgotten or downgraded, the stench of obsolescence omnipresent…
There are, I fear, some notable omissions. Any help in collecting their details for the website greatly received.
that David McAlmont & Bernard Butler released a song that stands as the I Will Survive of the 1990’s. It stares down the spectre of loneliness, rejection and heartbreak with a strength of spirit that warms the soul. It is jubilant, arrogant, triumphant and glorious as all great pop music should be. Those Spector-ish drums, those soaring strings reaching the heady heights of David’s extraordinary voice as Bernard’s guitar wails underneath. Turning something bad into something life affirming is what melds it to people’s hearts.
“I feel well enough to tell you what you can do with what you got to offer ” is a mantra to everyone who lied, did you down, broke your heart, made you cry, wanted you to crawl away. It gives you strength and a way to articulate your pain. Most importantly it puts a smile on your face where there were tears and sadness.
They did it again with the space love song ‘Falling’ but no -one noticed – the idiots!
So this came up on my phone today and became quite the ear-worm (in a good way). Attached is Odds, “Come To LA”, and it seems to alternate between 3/4 and 5/4 on consecutive bars. That might be a) wrong, and b) technically 8/8, but I don’t think so. Unfortunately the track has been blocked on Youtube (along with the rest of the Cheerleader album unfortunately), hence resorting to Spotify.
The wacky time signature made me wonder – what are the great songs outside the bog standard 4/4 area ? Have we done this ?
Dave Brubeck didn’t do songs, and we can leave Sting out of it (I hope). There’s a few 3/4s I could mention. Cue Colin and The Mahavishnus…
gotta worry when even the Queensland police are sticking it up ya