Get your harmonicas ready because it seems this weekend will be a big Van celebration. All the albums hit Spotify & Co on Friday, and Legacy CD editions are to follow after that. Sky black with hats, etc.
Hello. Having done a minimal amount of camping in my life, I’m now in the market for a family tent. There are models we’ve viewed online called the Vango Stanford 800 or the Coleman Coastline Deluxe which seem to be what we’re looking for. Do these names mean anything to anyone? I don’t know who are the good tent brands. Any knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks.
2nd July 2005. I had been living in London for almost a year, and my girlfriend was coming over from Dublin to join me. That year has been one of transition and although I was a Londonophile, I learnt quickly that working there was different to visiting there. I hadn’t taken the time, nor had the time, to get to be comfortable with the place. I had also failed to get tickets for Live 8, but that didn’t matter – we already had tickets for Elvis Costello that night in Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.
For fun the two of us went down to Marble Arch that morning and watched the crowds drifting in. Listened outside to Macca & U2 and some Coldplay before wandering off into central London.
Discovered Marylebone High Street for the first time and ended up in Regents Park watching the show on the big screen. My wonky geography meant we ended up over near Swiss Cottage thinking it would be close enough for the Costello gig (pre-smart phone days, no Google maps in the pocket). A taxi got us there.
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As a child of the mid 70s, the image and brand of James Last is seared into my consciousness, aided by having been brought to one of his gigs at a wildly young age. It’s nice to know that his talents for arrangements and choosing top players has had some recognition in recent years.
This October, The Emotional Toothpaste himself releases his (first) memoir/autobiography. Can’t wait. Make sure it’ll fit your stocking, pop-pickers and brace yourself for “Everyday He Writes The Book”-style headlines.
Yesterday I found out that Mumford & Sons have a third album coming out. I read a small bit of blurb about new instrumentation & experiments and so, in the name of science, I went onto Spotify to listen to the first single. It’s awful, forgettable dullness, and I should have expected little else.
You see, I think the third album is where you show whether or not your in it for the long run. First album you have novelty, youth and years of life behind you to deliver. Second album, you can get away with doing whatever you did first time round. Third album, you have to step up and plant your flag, and the first single you choose is important.
So let’s hear it for Bohemian Rhapsody! Oliver’s Army! Papa Don’t Preach! And of course, The Beatles showing how Third Album; First Single should be done… Any other TA;FS suggestions?
I’ve recently listened to the new 3CD version of the Monkees maligned debut. The disc of session performances has some lovely stuff which should be of interest to anyone curious about The Wrecking Crew musicians. Here’s an alternate mix of Papa Gene’s Blues from the summer of 1966, where Nesmith is fully in control and the lead guitar picker is Glen Campbell. Enjoy!
Will Butler from The Arcade Fires has released a solo album which is more enjoyable and fun then the last AF record. It’s also 27 minutes long, which makes it 70% shorter than the last Arcade Fire record.
Any other examples of spinoff projects being better than the parent act?
Finally, the Franz Ferdinand-Sparks supergroup has a name. It’s both obvious and appropriate: FFS. We also have the first indication of what it will sound like in this YouTube teaser and gigs have been announced in Europe, expect more festivals to be added to the list. Excellent!
…apparently. It will be called Magic Whip. Good news if true.