It’s the Afterword School Disco 2016. And like all school discos only top 40 hits released this year are allowed. This is probably my favourite bit of chart pop this year. Anymore genuine 2016 chart hits to add? I have two after the jump.
Year: 2016 Director: Gareth Edwards
Christmas Eve, the BJB clan are staying at my mum’s. Usually we go to the theatre, but since Mary Poppins was booked up months ago we decided on a visit to The Pictures.
None of us are real Star Wars nuts. My daughters were more into Harry Potter. I was a little too old to surf the first Star Wars wave. In fact, Mrs BJB is the biggest fan in the family as she took her youngest brother to see Episode IV on its original release. Anyway after a bit of to-and-froing, the family decided to see Rogue One while it was still on a big screen.
I had caught up with Gareth Edward’s first film Monsters a year or two after its release. I enjoyed its noirish atmosphere but wasn’t entirely bowled over. So I wasn’t expecting too much from another chip off the old franchise. Hence, being bowled over by R1 was a real surprise to me.
First off, the cast are all proper quality actors and although most of the characters are off the shelf action stereotypes – the seemingly cynical soldier who hides his principles, amoral hustlers who » Continue Reading.
Elvis? Pah, let’s get to the man that really matters. To kick off here is a Three Kingfishers cover by jazz guitarist Gábor Szabó
There seems to be a lot of despondency about the fate of the USA at the moment. I wanna send the people of that fair country some love. Who knows? It may all work out really well. I mean Bricameron seems to think like that.
So, here is a young Donald Trump with a blonde wig, rehearsing his future inaugural speech. Anymore positive American mental vibes? Maybe the emphasis shouldn’t be on the mental eh?
Here is a interesting game: albums with similar art.
I don’t often flick through my albums arranged in alphabetical order. But today I was doing just that on iTunes and noticed for the first time that two albums from completely different eras and genres had very similar cover images. One is the Caravn image shown here. The second one is in the next post.
I am amazed it hasn’t come up here yet. How brilliant is this?
When I was a youngster in Cardiff there was Bitter, Dark, and SA, and that was it. Unless you were a discoor footie boy; they drank Carling. Nowadays? Well, I blame the Americans for everything, because I am a stinking liberal.
But to get back to beers: although there are some silly names, my local Thornbridge Brewery not only does great beer (check out their IPA, Jaipur), but has an American pale ale called Otter’s Tears. My mate liked the name so much he drank about 6 pints last time we were out to see a band. A bit of a bad move as it is 6%.
Any other memorable beer names? They can be imaginary – I will try to work out the real ones.
You’ll end up in tears listening to this. If you are hardhearted it may be tears of laughter.
Is there a better song about a dog than this?
What does it sound like?:
The latest release from multi-hyphenate (and much derided herein) Tempest is a state-of-the-nation concept album. In the spoken word prelude to the main event, Picture a Vacuum, a planet emerges from the darkness of space:
“There is our Earth, Our Earth, its blueness soothes the sharp burn in your eyes, Its contours remind you of love “
Swooping down like GoogleEarth onto one street in London at 4.18AM the stream of consciousness of seven residents float over the beats. In a city split between have-nots and oligarchs, Tempest focuses on the generation renters: a sound engineer, a PR, a carer, chancers; as they think about nights out, nights in, drinking beers, gigging, smoking fags, taking drugs, but mostly worrying.
Yes it takes in the personal, but it’s angry, ambitious, and political: the attraction of religious fundamentalism, War in Syria, zero-hour contracts, and the housing crisis, all get a call-in. But, it isn’t all the usual suspects, Tempest picks at the scab of her own self-obsessed generation and finds it wanting:
t’s the BoredOfItAll generation The product of product placement and manipulation, Shoot em up, brutal, duty of care, Come » Continue Reading.
You have to post something NEW that is good. Example: this came out yesterday and already I <3 it with all my heart.
Earth is being hit by a lot of solar wind at the moment and the night is fairly clear. If you are away from the city lights, the next couple of days offer a good chance to glimpse the Aurora Borealis
— Met Office (@metoffice) September 29, 2016
….the 21st night of September?
The Greystones, Sheffield
The last time I saw Robin in a small venue was about 20 years ago. Twenty five seemingly indifferent people turned up, poignantly he introduced The first Girl I Loved by saying “we played this at Woodstock.”
This time he all but sold out the -admittedly small – venue. First thing I noticed is that he’s lost a lot of weight and is now back to a skinny Wee Tam era profile. With his thinning, still long, white hair and thick glasses on the end of his nose, he now more than ever looks the part of a bard. His voice though, is better than ever. It was always reedy aural Marmite, but the years have put timbre into it, and his efforts at raga style melisma are more restrained,
He kicked off with a couple of unaccompanied harp tunes which included the traditional Pretty Girl Milking a Cow. The set that followed was peppered with distinctive covers that included the expected (Bob Dylan) and the less expected (Foghat and Jerry Lee Lewis). His own songs were all from his more recent solo efforts, including touching versions of Wheel of Fortune and I Always » Continue Reading.
I have gone all Tony Hancock, post holiday. Any more momento mori tunes?
Still Christmas is around the corner 🙁
GeoffBS7’s “Just because… ” C and W question, reminded me to dig out this Tex Ritter piece of Grand Guignol. It is the first (and maybe only?) track on my forthcoming Best of C&W Gothic compilation album. Anymore tracks to add?
I have just been acquainted with Protoje. This is off his last album released at the end of last year:
Blinking heck it is good. Any more stuff like this?
Three from me:
“It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.”
“People tell me it’s a sin to know and feel too much within. I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring.”
“I think when it’s all over, It just comes back in flashes, you know? It’s like a kaleidoscope of memories. it just all comes back. But he never does.”
Any other suggestion?
This does not look good for Tony Blair in my opinion (especially given the “I will be with you, whatever” quote). But I don’t think it ever would be.
i think not. Although Mr Saucecraft’s comments on Douglas’s “Who Cares Saucecraft?” thread in response to HP Saucecraft’s comments in Jonny Concheroo’s thread entitled “The Beatles Did It First” smacks, perhaps, a little too much of PoMo intertextuality.
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In these troubling times it is always nice to see something unchanging and reliable. Like two very familiar old blokes chatting about things rockula.
Genuinely sad about this vote. But the polls after a democratic vote are what they are and it was nice to see people so obviously engaged. Obviously DC is now a dead man walking. I want to be positive, it could be a genuine invigoration of politics, but in the longer run I fear balkanization of the UK. What do you think the repercussions will be?
Well, this had me laughing out loud at 7.30 am. Better than “Your boys took hell of a beating”
What does it sound like?:
Let’s get the an obvious comparison out of the way, Is this a female CSN pour nos jour? Well, the facts point that way; all three are great singer songwriters and their harmonies do have that goosebumps-inducing closeness. However, on comparing first albums, CLV have a wider stylistic focus. After kicking off with Atomic Number, a catchy bit of shuffling indie rock, the album ranges from Honey and Smoke a typical bit of kd low-key lust complete with Bacharach style backing vocals, Veirs reverb-rich homage to Judee Sill, and the soaring pop of Neko’s 1980s inflected Delirium. And that is just in the first five tracks. Taking in torch songs, C&W and Americana, this is an album chockablock with hooks and actual real tunes. Oh and the harmonies aren’t too bad either.
I’m already saying this is my Album of the Year.
What does it all *mean*?
Old fashioned songwriting is still alive and kicking.
Goes well with…
A proper grown up drink like a single malt, a dark room, and a broken heart.
Might suit people who like…
All the individuals involved. Oh alright then CSN(and Y) fans. If you are curious, » Continue Reading.
Tied into The Manics quite good official Welsh Euro anthem, Nicky Wire was interviewed by Nick Robinson on Radio 4. He reminded Robinson that the Echo and the Bunnyman had recorded a song for the 1998 football World Cup with the Spice Girls. Until Wire reminded me, this song had been expunged from my head space. What was everyone involved thinking about?
Any more unlikely, unusual, or just plain crap sporting tribute songs you want to share?