Very interesting article on Spotify’s recent changes to volume levelling. Could this mark the end of sound brickwalling?
I invite you all to share any snippets of info, fascinating facts or anything else that’s entered your brain this week. I have two. The first is that it seems that the Singing Postman briefly went electric! Oh yes, a small number of his later tunes not only boasted a small brass section, but also electric guitar and bass, as you can see here in the pic from a book wot I read.
The second, even more mind blowing revelation is in the comments…
It’s getting to that time of year again where news of the now-familiar vinyl promotions from HMV, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are starting to appear, presumably partly with Fathers Day in mind. As well as the predictable Quo, Clash and Iggy Pop offerings, one of HMV’s titles this year is Bill Wyman’s 1982 self titled LP – on purple wax, naturally. An odd choice, or is it just me?
Also, will anyone here be grabbing any of these “exclusive” records from either HMV or the canny bandwagonning supermarkets?
Hi chums, my upstairs stereo (3-disc CD drawer, double cassette, radio), bought from the Co-op circa 1905, is getting rather creaky now, and I need something to replace it. These are my demands:
1. Ability to play CDs and if possible cassettes too. My old stereo is now struggling with CDRs, so it either needs to be able to play those with no problems, or failing that maybe an SD slot or USB port would be kinda groovy, then I could could rip and chuck all the CDRs. Not bothered about radio, bluetooth or any kind of streaming capability.
2. Small size. It’ll be sitting on the landing just outside the bathroom, so needs to be fairly compact.
3. Sub £200 price. As sub as possible please.
4. Available via mail order. I live in the sticks.
5. It mustn’t sound shit or fall to pieces.
6. The moon on a stick, please!
Thanks in advance xx
After a chance find in a charity shop earlier this year of a five-disc Fred Astaire DVD box set, I’ve been on quite the Astaire jag, picking up a few other films, mainly chosen because they cost pennies or were in a cheap multi-disc set. So far I’ve watched (or in some cases revisited):
Top Hat (a firm fave) Swing Time Broadway Melody of 1940 You’ll Never Get Rich You Were Never Lovelier Easter Parade (another long time fave, I could watch this every other week) The Barkleys of Broadway The Band Wagon Funny Face Finian’s Rainbow (a bit ropey, but ooh look, it’s Pet Clark!)
I also have Holiday Inn, which I’m saving for December.
So chums, what others should I watch? Some are mega cheap on DVD, but others not so much, so streaming via amazon would be the other option. Ta in advance.
Gorillaz have announced a new album Humanz to be released on April the 28th. They put out four tracks today on Tidal and their YouTube channel. Am particularly looking forward to the track featuring Grace Jones.
Just for a change there’s some good news in the world of magazines. The excellent Classic Pop is to move from 6 issues per year to one every month. Must be all those ex Smash Hits readers in their 40s and 50s still wanting a shiny colourful mag in their hands to go with the shiny colourful music.
“…just as Lennon and McCartney had intended”. So where would the two songs slot in? Or will they just be tacked on to the end as bonus tracks? Will anyone want to buy it yet again?
Full text from behind the paywall:
“50 years on: the real Sgt Pepper
It is one of popular music’s seminal albums, has sold more than 32m copies around the world and marked the Beatles’ first embrace of psychedelic culture.
The 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this June will be marked with a worldwide re-release — and for fans it will mean at last hearing the album as the band had intended it to sound.
In 1967 the record label EMI poached what John Lennon and Paul McCartney believed to be two of their best songs from the album and released them as a double A-side single, something George Martin, their producer, later described as “a truly terrible mistake”.
The Beatles had wanted Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane as showcase tracks on Sgt Pepper, their eighth album.
Now, according to sources, Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, has scored a victory: the anniversary relaunch on June 1 will » Continue Reading.
How would you characterise the majority of your music listening? Are you:
1. A box set/catalogue binger?
2. A butterfly?
3. A shuffler?
I’m definitely a butterfly, flitting between albums (artist to artist, genre to genre), but also have a tendency to binge from time to time. I NEVER shuffle. What about you?
…in 2019, when it moves to a temporary location. That could be shortened to The V Festival, eh?
I don’t know who’s buying all this new vinly, but it ain’t me. Is you?
And yes, yes, the figure is a drop in the ocean compared to streaming, CDs, etc.
This is the Afterword, so of course we all must have hoped Santa would bring us some music this year. I was lucky enough to be given the following from various loved ones and a big bearded fella*:
Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome The Mokess – Good Times Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue (on the vinly) Miles Davis – The Original Mono Recordings (from Dottie – clever cat) The Isley Brothers – The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters megabox
What music-related stuff did you receive? (Or indeed anything else you’d care to mention.)
*Mr Breakfast of course
I got zero out of ten. You?
Boot sale season has now drawn to close round here, and my attention has turned to the local chazzas for seeking musical (and other) bargains. I’ve found that dropping in regularly, when I happen to be passing, has yielded good results; it means that I can have a rifle through the newly put out records before other cheapskates have got their filthy paws on the loot.
Standout finds over the last week are a lovely clean copy of the Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry LP last Saturday, and late yesterday afternoon on the way to get a haircut Bob and the Wailers’ Exodus on LP and two great jazz CD sets from Proper: Art Blakey https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prime-Source-4CD-Art-Blakey/dp/B000TIQCH8 and Tubby Hayes https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Giant-Steps-Tubby-Hayes/dp/B00B1679JW. The Tubby set is missing one out of the 4 discs, but the extensive booklet is still there and all finds were just £2 each, so I’m not complaining.
How about you? Found any good bargains lately, musical or otherwise?
This 2LP set is to hit supermarkets (and online stores) later this month, no doubt aimed at the “What-can-I-get-Dad-for-Christmas?” market. It’s full of the usual suspects that fill Fathers Day CDs and will apparently retail at around £15-20 (or perhaps a fiver come Boxing Day). I don’t know whether this ad is to appear on TV, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I thought we’d reached Peak Vinyl with classic albums being sold at Sainsburys, but it appears there’s some way to go yet. What next?
I’ve a £10 amazon voucher burning a hole in my virtual pocket. I’m leaning toward the new Leonard Cohen, so a) should I get that? and b) if not Len, what other new releases do you reckon would float my boat?
Ta chums xx
On a wave of nostalgia last night I searched for and found a photo of the radio cassette player I received for Christmas in 1984. I was ten, and was also given a cassette of Shakin’ Stevens’ Greatest Hits, plus a blank one for taping the charts. What was your first music-playing device? And what other ones were in your family home? Photo if you can find one.
Do read this hilarious Craigslist ad for a cat in need of a home. Sounds like my kind of kitty.
Earlier on this afternoon I found a packet of adhesive googly eyes in a drawer, which resulted in a very silly half-hour on Twitter posting images of customised album covers (don’t worry, I didn’t actually stick them down). Anyway, it occurred to me that this type of modification might be the answer to our copyright infringement worries. Got a photo of a pop star you want to post? Place some googly eyes on it, and violà! Your own, homemade collage! Would this cover it? Example in comments, feel free to delete, Mods.
Good, ain’t they? I’ve a few of these, including the rebooted “deluxe” Brooce issue. Anyway, the newest one, out this week, is on Van Morrison! I thought some of you lot might want to know, particularly with the It’s Too Late To Stop Now bonanza about to come out.
Earlier this month a new species of spider discovered near Folsom Prison was officially named Aphonopelma johnnycashi. Are there any other examples of newly discovered species being named after musicians?
Don’t worry, it’s not one of the usual “Old people being bemused by young people’s music” kind of videos, as they’re mostly all around Bowie’s age. I just thought it was really nice and wanted to share.