Whether you`re building a shed, cycling around the Lake District, searching for lost treasure in a field in Dorset or listening to Abbey Road, how`s it going? Me? I`ve just finished work for 3 days so if it rains I can`t cut the grass so I suppose I`ll have to listen to the backlog of music I`ve acquired over the last month. So what`ve you got planned? Here`s The Beatles for your delectation.
Not for sharing the oxygen of publicity with this middle-aged, millionaire media whore, but for failing to punch him in the throat when he had the chance.
Where’s John Prescott when you need him?
Anyway. How’s your election going?
Despite being impressed with the new Blur album it is the return of another great 90s band that has me more excited. Next week I’ve got tickets to see The Super Furry Animals in Manchester and I can’t wait. Rather embarrassingly I kind of missed them in the 90s when they burst on the scene. I knew the songs in the charts but in all honesty guitar music wasn’t large on my radar at the time (Ibiza has a lot to answer for!). By the time I had shaken off the need for over 140Bpm in my music, Rings Around The World had come out which whilst good is probably not their best album. The next few albums came and went. I caught them a few times at festivals and whilst enjoying their sets I wasn’t familiar with enough of the tracks to fully appreciate what I was seeing. However gradually over the last three years largely thanks to the beauty of Spotify I have started listening to much more of them and begun to form the opinion that they might just be the best band that formed on these shores during the 90s. They have certainly been the one » Continue Reading.
Are they a 2 trick pony?
So I put this on my facebook and it went down quite well, so for anyone who hasn’t seen it, this will make your day. Woman performs Uptown Funk using sign language. It’s, and I don’t say this lightly, cool as fuck.
Time for an election topical comedy round up as the real thing is as boring as a focus group watching paint drying in a light industrial unit in the W Mids.
The moles are loving Ballot Monkeys – entirely set on the Labour, Tory, Lib and UKIP battle buses – the Labour one with her, and her, from Episodes is particularly good, as is the barminess of the UKIP one. A couple of zingers per episode def. and Ben Miller reeks authentic desparation on the void that is the Lib Dem bus. The Jack Dee election panel show however is completely inessential, just about passing muster as an 11pm R4 show but not prime time telly in any way. Not even a snappy chairs intro for Jack this time around. Newzoids – spitting image for the iphone 6 generation – is hit and miss, but they have a great handle on Ed as he looks like a Sesame Street puppet.
My 6 year old is showing an interest in pop music (One Direction and peer interest I think).
passed away this day in 1993 – your favourite memories of his playing ?
‘First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is’.** Make your mind up Mr Leitch.
I am sure you guys will have lots of alternative suggestions.
** Yes I know there is a Buddhist meaning to these words, but come on.
The speakers in the picture claim to be Wharfedale Coleridge but are they? There are very few details given bar the dimensions – 19″ high x 10″ x 10″ and a claim that they originally cost more than £800 two years ago. Oh, and nothing about whether they actually work.
A Google image search reveals nothing similar.
Is my scepticism well placed?
The Louis Theroux show on Thai brides featured a seemingly desperately lonely, possibly undermedicated looker for love called Lake Palmer. If you’ve seen the programme you’ll no doubt be appalled, fascinated and mystified by Lake all at the same time. My favourite awful moment is when he offers a candle to his new found love (he’d only just met her and it didn’t end well) and declares it to be ‘the flame of our love’. Given that he has a tab on the go at the time I’m pretty sure he used ‘the flame’ to light it. The thing is, is Lake for real? I’ve seen some stuff online that suggests it’s all the work of a comedian and if so he’s a genius but something tells me Lake’s genuine. Anyone have an opinion? And what about his name. Lake Palmer? Could anyone really be called that?
From the Twitterfeed of Mr David Hepworth:
-Classic call at 7:45 this morning from radio station wanting me to talk about dead rock star. I’d never heard of him. Nor had the caller. -There’s no recently deceased rock name too obscure for a radio producer who wants to play a pop record in the middle of a news show. -I am going to invent a little-known 60s rock star, kill him off and see if I can get him on the news.
Allright Massive, do the work for him. Invent and kill a rockstar.
Neville Hernandez was the singer of Mr Bloe, who quit the band after Groovin’ With Mr Bloe, because he had nothing to do. He spent the rest of his life in the basecamp of Mt Everest, working as a sherpa. You know the rest, I’m afraid.
I saw the wonderful Calexico last night and they covered Alone Again Or & Love Will Tear Us Apart. I don’t have time to do a Nights Out but in addition to a great set of their own songs, these two really stood out. https://youtu.be/SEhFUm5qy1w
got a mate going over in 3 weeks I think for a week. Staying uptown in Manhattan. Bass player .likes his music,books .Goes for quirky stuff, more obscure things. I suggested Blue Note, Rockefeller Museum, Lincoln centre but all a bit obvious. Any suggestions? Thanks.
http://www.boston.com/entertainment/celebrity/2015/04/28/louie-louie-singer-jack-ely-dies/P96pTtPT2aiMOGVS8VmSKO/story.html?p1=menu_entertainment_latest The Kingsmen’s was the fourth version, apparently, but the one that hit and unleashed 1700 cover versions. Here, for a change, are the previous 3 versions, all packaged up in one handy vid.
Sadly it seems that Joni is in a coma and unresponsive to treatment.
Let’s hope she does pull through.
Yet another pleasing example of how maleable Mahavishnu music is…
Think of a favourite band or artiste. Think of their “best” work…..is it also your “favourite” in every case, or can you separate objective best work from subjective favourite work? For example, if anyone asks what the best Roxy Music album is, I will always answer “For Your Pleasure” – but my favourite is “Country Life” (sorry, Tiggerlion).
Anyone got anything similar? Here’s a treat while you consider…
I was just watching something that included a trailer for American Hustle, when this came on. Oh good i thought, it’s “The Changing Man”. Wrong.
Anyone going? I’ll probably go to Birmingham and/or London.
The tour is to promote his new album “Still”, produced by Jeff Tweedy.
Nils Frahm has released an 8 track album Solo free, to celebrate National Piano Day, which was March 29th (am a bit late to the party, I know). I downloaded it today. It’s been one of those afternoons where lots of little things have gone wrong. Just heard the first two tracks and I feel much calmer now. Go and get it if you are already a fan, or want to hear some lovely piano music. Link below.
Aside from Lonesome Street and Ong Ong, it sounds like another Albarn solo album. Same sounds, some slightly downbeat introspection. Not necessarily “a bad thing” but not quite what was expected. Can’t hear much Coxon input there at all.
Anyone else given this a spin yet?
Just popped out of the Yurt/Cave/Interdimensional Love Vortex to try and find my beard trimmer thread. No luck. Someone kindly recommended one – a Philips ? Well, I’m about to purchase so a reminder as to that advice would be most timely and appreciated.
Hari Ramsden x
( Jesus On Board – I Break For Flashbacks)
If war is the locomotive of history, then surely pop music is the bullet train of language?
Over on the “moronic interrogative” thread, we grammar-loving curmudgeons are fighting a rear-guard action against the progressive forces of the Awesome Army.
They argue that the English language is a vital living entity where new words and expressions are constantly coming into use. You can’t stop progress.
And where does this happen more than in pop music?
Since the 1920s jazz cats had been “getting into the groove”. But when Paul Simon wrote The 59th Street Bridge Song, the Gates of Grooviness burst open and we all became globally groovy.
How many new words and phrases have entered the language through a song? How many new inventions, social trends etc have first come to the public’s attention through song lyrics?
I would be particularly interested to hear about non-American examples. Or is this just a tidal wave of Americanisms?
Your examples please!
See you later, alligators!