Why does the price of a book, even newly published bestsellers, vary seemingly on an almost daily basis – is it just a case of supply and demand ?
I thought I would start posting my new musical discoveries on here and hope to see plenty of yours posted too.
I first heard Rebecca Downes on last night Paul Jones’ Blues Show on Radio 2 and have just listened to her 2014 album Back To The Start.
Below is bio info from her website:
Rebecca Downes is fast establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK, with her unique and powerful voice, drawing influences ranging from Blues and Soul to Jazz and Rock.
Rebecca’s voice and performances have been, quite rightly, likened to such legendary artists as the full on Tina Turner, the bluesy feel of Etta James, and the raw power of Janis Joplin.
Her passion for music comes from a deep belief in the power and authenticity of live music and a love for what she does.
Quote from Brewery Blues Club show organiser John Drummond; ” 5ft 2 in her high heels, but a pocket powerhouse with a voice which makes Janis Joplin sound like a choir girl”
Now she has taken this one stage further and produced an albums worth of original material, largely with » Continue Reading.
They’re cutting up my video screen just now. English Guitar based music at its best. A few duff albums but still a great live band.
SkyArts2, it’ll be around again, Dinna fret.
YES: LIVE FROM SEVENTY-TWO
Two Live Collections Debut Newly Discovered Recordings From The Prog-Rock Pioneer’s Acclaimed 1972 World Tour
Double-Disc, Triple-LP, And 14-Disc Boxed Set Available May 18 From Rhino
Yes was firing on all cylinders in the fall of 1972. The prog-rock pioneers’ fifth studio album Close To The Edge was a smash success as audiences around the world packed arenas to see the legendary group perform. The band captured the magic of that tour on its first live album, Yessongs. Released in 1973, the triple-LP sold over a million copies and blew minds with Roger Dean’s iconic artwork.
The band recently discovered recordings of seven complete concerts from the weeks leading up to the shows heard on Yessongs. The latest audio technology was used to restore the reel-to-reel recordings and bring out incredible sonic detail, creating an open, immediate sound that drops listeners right into the front row.
Rhino has assembled three new releases featuring previously unreleased music included on these newly discovered tapes. HIGHLIGHTS FROM SEVENTY-TWO includes 90 minutes of live recordings selected from various shows. Available on two CDs or three LPs, the music flows like a typical setlist from the tour as it spotlights » Continue Reading.
There’s a man in my downstairs on his knees. (“Not for the first time!”, etc). He’s a carpet fitter, doing my bathroom flooring, and I’ve been treated to some appalling music. I was handing him a cuppa just as the whining dross of Bros (“When Will I Be Famous?”) echoed out, so I said: “They play some terrible old shite on the radio, don’t they?” just a split second before I saw his iPod dock.
I mean, each to his own, and everything, but Bros? By choice? This is the auditory danger you face by inviting workmen into your home when you work from home. Quite apart from the drilling and sawing and whistling. We had builders in a couple of years ago, and we ended up in a battle of the bands, with me cranking up the volume on my Atlantic Soul Legends box set, while Slow-Mo Glen turned the dial on his paint-splattered indestructible Makita radio to raise the burblings and chortlings of Chris Evans (introducing Scouting For Girls again) to health-and-safety-flaunting levels.
Anyone else been tortured by tradesmen’s tunes? Or are any of you lot chippies, plumbers or plasterers who » Continue Reading.
I thought it was great from the start, but last Thursday’s episode left me absolutely stunned. Here is an article which articulates what I feel about it. Spoiler alert!
The article posits the coining of a neologism* “To do a Cucumber” – which is the opposite of “Jumping the shark”. In other words, the moment at which something goes from being good to being magnificent. Can you think of any more examples of this?
(For the record, I’m aware that a Guardian article on a Channel 4 drama about gay people written by Russell T Davies may well be the most bourgeois thing ever to have existed.)
*hur hur, I said gism
Older readers will recall I have occasionally touted for new blood for www.sixsongs.blogspot.co.uk (aka Star maker Machine), a blog I contribute the odd bit and bob to, and who are still looking. Likewise, www.covermesongs.com (aka, unsurprisingly, Cover Me Songs) is also looking, and were kind enough to let me in their ranks during the “gap”. i know there are loads of scribblers way better than I on here, so if you want to have a go, I am sure you would be made welcome. Say Seuras sent you, that being my Cover Me (and Twitter) nom de guerre.
I have 3 tickets for the above film. As usual with the Feedback family of late, other events have overtaken our best laid plans so we cant make it.
If you’ve never been to the Rex it is a beautiful art deco cinema and makes for a lovely evening out (even if the film is crap – which I’m assured this one isn’t !)
PM me if interested . If I hear nothing by 5 ish Ill call the cinema to put them back up for re-sale
This enormous box arrived today, with two records hidden under yards of brown paper. One of them was also inside a cardboard LP mailer. (Yes, I know, serves me right for using amazon/buying an Ed Sheeran record.) Once the postie and I had finished rolling our eyes he told me that he’d just delivered a box about half this size to a neighbour which contained… a dongle.
Do you have any similar examples of stupid overpackaging?
On the old Afterword, one of the first posts I made was to ask where you all are, geographically. Well now I have found that we could do this cartographically – by putting little flags on a map. Afterworders across the world Follow the link and add your flag if you want, together with your username. There is also a separate layer for culturally-significant locations Other layers could be added as requested. The map is fairly open to editing – I think only the layers have to be added by myself – the flags and labelling can be edited by anyone (so watch out you don’t move other people about). You also have to be logged into Google to do this, so – if you want a flag, but don’t want to sign up – let me know and I can add you. Let me know what you think – it might all drop like a lead zeppelin, of course…
I sent a message to another member of the massive (I won’t say who), to ask why he had chosen his particular picture. I thought it was a splendid pun on his username. I received an email back confirming my suspicion. So why did you choose your particular profile pic? Is it someone you admire? does it show your secret side? Mine? All mine show have shown a fez, (the best headgear ever).
My chum that did the Led Zeppelin poll some of you saw and participated in from the Facebook life raft has just launched a new poll to determine the best of the early years of Danny Baker’s favourite band, Queen.
Choose your ten best here, and see if you can stop the tedious inevitability of Bo-Rhap being voted top:
…is on his inexorable way back, brushing aside the bland yes men currently under-performing to ascend to the throne.
He needs a County? Come back to Hampshire Kev…
And here are the original liner notes. http://sfjazz.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/kind-of-blue-bill-evans-liner-notes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+SFJAZZBlog+(SFJAZZ+Blog)
Seeing him soon. Finally touring with a band. Here is an interview he did in support of the tour . In another interview he commented that his CD sales are still holding up. Obviously his fans are old and old school.
Michael Sheen gives it some welly on behalf of the NHS – great to hear a Welsh voice at full throttle again.
Miles Davis – his entire discography visualised. http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/browse-miles-davis-entire-discography-in-a-stylish-interactive-visualization.html
Yep, the legendary tub thumper of Fife’s finest beat combo, The Skids visited my shop again last week. What, I hear you say, was he in for? A bottle of Moet and some Bulgarian caviare? Nah, he is now a driver’s mate for a retail supply company that operates out of Dunfermline. Sadly not for him the trappings of retired rock royalty with a mock tudor and a regular gig on the nostalgia circuit and endless royalties, but a steady though low paid job… “need to pay the rent Geach”…… but he has no regrets. Toured with the Clash, TOTP, groupies, substances on tap, he was a bona fide rock star if only for a couple of years. Which is a couple of years more than me. Who next? KD Lang delivering the mail? Bill Nelson dropping off the milk of a morning? Mick Abrahams coming to read my electricity meter? Have any of the you guys met any *rock stars* after the thrill had gone and after they ditched the glitter/stack heel boots/safety pins/tiedye tshirt for more mundane attire? Over to you.
Just received an e-mail from Universal Music about Big Star – has anyone seen the film?
Contents of e-mail posted below:
Big Star, founded in Memphis by Chris Bell and fronted by rock legend Alex Chilton, was together less than four years and flirted with mainstream success but never quite made it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like REM, The Replacements, Elliot Smith, The Flaming Lips and countless others.
The award winning film on Big Star, ‘Nothing Can Hurt Me’, initially shown in UK cinemas in the summer of 2014 is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and as a deluxe package featuring the band’s first two albums, ‘No.1 Record’ & ‘Radio City’.
“A fine documentary on the classic-rock era’s greatest cult band” – Will Hermes, Rolling Stone
This is a show not to be missed, featuring the marvelous, stunning, brilliant ( I quite like him!) Richard Dawson.
The official vid for The Vile Stuff is below.
After their triumphant charity shows last year, Bernard & David are returning for a few more dates, reissuing their debut and perhaps even releasing that written but never released third album.
Tickets onsale Friday
As US country has increasingly become dominated by ‘Bro’ Country’ dudes singing about girls with cut-off and partying, an alternative has been growing in commercial as opposed to just critical support.
Last year, Sturgull Simpson was leading the rear-guard – this year we have Blackberry Smoke (good album btw) and now Aaron Watson. No Sturgill Simpson, but a traditional sound with no hip-hop or AOR guitars.
The Guardian notes here http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/feb/26/aaron-watson-country-radio-gary-overton
See also blogs like this one http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/
Not all bro Country is terrible though, see the much reviled Florida Georgia Line’s great tune Dirt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42uphHWxmFU
I’m moving office which has lead to me moving some CDs, which has obviously lead to a lot of listening to things I’d forgotten. One I’d not quite forgotten is Brutal Youth by Elvis Costello. I still have not got round to listening to it though. I bought it because I saw them play 13 steps lead down on TV and thought it sounded good, but obviously not good enough for me to listen to the thing. As I load it into Itunes I realise I have had it for 20 years (since 1994) without playing it. Is this a record? (no, a record is the black vinyl thing, boom tish).
Estrons. It means ‘Aliens’ in Welsh.
Spooky therefore that the song is called ‘Aliens’ in English.
Or have I just got lazier? Was it always like this or has music and the way it’s consumed these days affected things? It’s no big deal compared to all the serious shit happening in the world of course but I thought I’d just check because I’ve just skimmed over the Green Man festival line-up and realized I’ve only heard of one band on the bill (The Fall).