Nitin Sawhney and Steve Abbott on Jeff at 4:30pm today. School run more interesting than usual. Podcast available shortly.
This just in from Red Grape. I know the “Wonderful Life” Hit Maker and his manager Kerry (she married a MacColl) through Boo Hewerdine and he’s a lovely chap. I once drove Colin and Boo back from a London gig to Cambridge at 3am and they kept me awake by singing folk songs and cracking terrible jokes.
My thoughts are with him and his. There appears to be something in my eye. Here’s hoping for a swift and thorough recovery.
“Red Grape Records Press Release
BLACK (Aka Colin Vearncombe). We’re very sorry to have to tell you that Colin Vearncombe been involved in a serious car accident and is currently in a stable but critical condition in Cork University hospital. We will keep you updated as soon as we have any significant news but in the meantime would ask you to respect his and his family’s privacy. We know they will appreciate any messages of support you’d like to post on https://www.facebook.com/blackakacolinvearncombe/ and we will of course pass them on.”
Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense has been restored with “more than 60,000 instances of dirt and scratches removed” (it says here). An 85 minute film will have 122,000 frames, so that’s roughly every other frame enhanced.
DVD and 1080p Blu-Ray with 5.1 and 2.0 audio channels of both “Feature Film mix” and “Studio mix”, whatever that means.
Apparently released last Nov 16th, but nobody told me.
The previous (non-restored) print looked pretty good in my local cinema.
My personal paradise is Ballater in the Cairngorms. Mrs F was born and raised in nearby Tarland and we visit every year. We always stay in Ballater, which has become like a second home to us and where we are made to feel most welcome. The surroundings are beautiful beyond words. If there was an electronics industry in the Highlands, I’ve relocate there in a heartbeat.
Yesterday, storm Frank did his worst and the town has suffered terribly. This makes me genuinely sad. We stay in the white house in the left of the frame as the caravan washes under the bridge.
If anyone on Deeside is reading this, keep your chin up and we’ll see you next summer.
11.25pm – Tuesday 15th December
“Join Film4 for the network premiere of this extraordinary documentary about Edwyn Collins and his battle to regain normality after suffering a major stroke. Narrated by Collins, this is an incredible story of struggle and redemption.”
I’m looking forward to seeing that.
Still In a Dream: a story of Shoegaze 1988-1995
5CDs of your finest swirly pop for £33.99. Not out ’til the end of Jan, so too late for Crimbo, but that’s my birthday sorted.
This Saturday’s gig in my local village hall might be the last. The miseryguts parish council chairman has got the hump with us pesky kids and our tuneless music going thump thump thump. He can’t make out any of the words. Is that a boy or a girl? He can’t tell. You know the sort.
I thought I might do a themed compilation CD to play during the intervals between live acts, to let the audience know our plight.
Any suggestions? I’m starting the Stone Rolling (sorry!) with The Last Time
Bad news for those of us who like to download lossless.
They’re hopeful they can recover. I do hope so.
These things are to be celebrated… there’s a new vinyl shop open just off the A1 at Buckden, near St. Neots. It’s been open for a week in the owner’s barn/shed at the back of his house.
It’s only about 20 mins from me, so I went on a quick fact-finding mission today and I can report (a) Ian’s a lovely bloke (b) there’s a surprising amount of stock. I arrived 5 mins before closing time but Ian stayed open while I quickly did the bargain bins (which took 40 mins).
He also sells new Rega turntables, various vintage vinyl-playing kit and vinyl flight cases.
Headline set from Oxford’s primary Chicago-blues-gospel-electro-pop duo, Vienna Ditto. “East Anglicana” from Ipswich’s Helen & The Neighbourhood Dogs. “Care in the community” slot by Cambridgeshire Rock School teens The Komodo Project. Papworth Everard Village Hall, 7-11pm
Top-flight HK Audio PA. Licensed bar including selection of local microbrewey ales.
Early-bird tickets only £5 from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-papworth-presents-vienna-ditto-helen-and-the-neighbourhood-dogs-plus-swavesey-rock-school-tickets-18503992941?aff=efbevent
So, big Jezza wants us to email him the questions we want the Prime Minister to answer.
Your starter for ten: “Prime Minister, who played to sax solo on Baker Street?”
Volume, the long-awaited Three Johns boxset, was released last Friday. A compilation of single A+B sides, expanded versions of Atom Drum Bop and The World By Storm. A bargain at £16.99 from the tax-dodgers (I bought the German twofer CD for the price of a small house).
First gig in a newly-renovated venue in Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire.
Straw Bear are utterly unique, utterly brilliant, and big on 6Music. A three-guitar lineup with songs about Van The Man, land witches, dogs and randy urban foxes. Launching their new Electric Guitar EP. Sam Inglis is the features editor of Sound On Sound magazine, singing trad songs in a modern funk-pop style with the help of guitar virtuoso David Youngs. Frenzy are five young things from the local secondary college playing their own strand of original power pop.
There will be a full bar including a selection of locally-brewed microbrewery ales at below pub prices.
Doors at 7:30pm
Play Papworth is a not-for-profit group run by music-loving volunteers. Any profits will be donated to local community projects.
Tickets £7 from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-papworth-presents-straw-bear-sam-inglis-and-david-youngs-guest-act-frenzy-tickets-17980154125?aff=eandmyevshre&ref=eandmyevshre
We’re off relly-visiting to Scotlandshire next week. I’ve just checked the village What’s On and it turns out that Dry The River frontman Peter Liddle is playing the pub round the corner. He/they have passed me by. Worth 8 quid?
I didn’t realise Whigfield had done more than two songs, and I couldn’t name the one which wasn’t Saturday Night. Luckily, she’s just released a 4CD + DVD best of, so we can all catch up.
Daughter’s friend is learning grade 2 trombone and is a bit bored with playing along with classical & big-band stuff. I can think of Dexys and Specials (or anything else with Rico on). Can you suggest any more? I know you can…
How’s this for niche? Cactus World News are releasing an album of rarities and out-takes. I doubt HMV will be opening at midnight for that.
* See what I did there?
The Suedes are on BBC4 tonight from Glasters. All Shook Up, presented by Marc Riley, is on the iPlayer. I enjoyed the pilot episode. There are now three more. Wire rather good on ep 2.
I’m just had a very serious email from our local Neighbourhood Watch man. Is this ironic?
Crimestoppers have been hijacked by scammers.
Don’t have nightmares…
How about Frank Turner socks?
This pic is from the latest Q. I’m no expert on men’s tongues, but I reckon MES needs medical attention.
Sgt. Pepper to be in GCSE syallabus.
My local village hall used to be the cinema for the residential TB hospital next door. It’s recently had £1.25M spent on renovations and is now “proper lush”. I’ve agreed to run gigs in there every 4-6 Saturday evenings, to entertain the village residents and hospital patients next door – let’s face it, with a 3kW PA system they’re going to hear it. I’ve enlisted a group of volunteers and created a not-for-profit organisation to distribute to local community projects any profits we do somehow make.
As a booking policy we’re more interested in original material than covers, unless it’s really unusual covers. Dexys tributes might well be considered.
In a bid to out-bore Twang’s USB drive thread, this morning the door hinges on my Indesit dishwasher snapped off. Time for a replacement. Integrated (we have a cupboard door to put on the front) and not silly money. Suggestions, please.
Being recently diagnosed with Crohn’s has led me to read lots but most of it has been so gloomy I decided to stop. And then I remembered Ben Watt’s intestinal illness. I’m no EBTG fan but I enjoyed ‘Romany and Tom’, his recent memoir of his parents. It might be 19 years since publication, but ‘Patient – the true story of a rare illness’ is still well worth a read. There’s always someone worse off than you, in this case that someone is Ben Watt, but he comes across as stoical, pragmatic and full of humour. At less than 180 pages, a quick read and well worth a few quid. There’s definitely light at the end of my tunnel. I might go and give his album another listen.