First a disclaimer (where disclaimer = excuse). The votes have been tabulated in four different countries, on a laptop, a phone and a tablet. Sometimes the spreadsheet has been opened late at night and ample refreshments may well have been taken beforehand. Whilst I am certain that the major placings are correct (within the normal statistical deviance of plus or minus 50%) there may indeed be some minor mistakes towards the bottom edges of the leader board where a combination of very silly band names and even sillier album titles may have led to a confused nay befuddled Little Gary inadvertently making the tiniest of errors. So apologies to Swidt, a hip hop collective from Onehunga, New Zealand and oft we jolly well go.
That’s all Bri wants to say – “Pipkins”
After a few false starts the engine has finally coughed into life, there’s gas in the car and those people down the hall most certainly know who you are. So, hop on board and let’s see where we end up on this Highway of Hits, this Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Loosen those waistbands and if it’s your thing settle down with a bottle of Jack, a spliff the size of Gary’s salsiccia, a sharp pencil and several sheets of paper. If that’s not your thing then just make yourself a nice cup of herbal tea, make sure the curtains are tightly shut, forget about last night’s office party (nobody will remember, just keep saying nobody will remember) and try and remember what’s got you excited this year (Moose, remember your keyword is restraint) We already know the Top 3 Albums of The Year (Lana, Bruce and Michael, duh) but c’mon the whole point of this exercise is to discover new lands, to boldly go where nobody has boldly gone boldly before and to wonder if Duco1 actually exists or is he just Danny Baker havin’ a right laugh.
Right, some rules. You are allowed a maximum of 20 nominations. Be » Continue Reading.
Rather hesitantly I ask – shall I run our Album of 2019 poll again? Any objections, any other volunteers?
An awkward and confusing album when it came out, given the phenomenal success of its predecessor ‘The Lexicon of Love’.
‘Beauty Stab’ is almost a 180 degree turn. What were they thinking? They were thinking ‘Bowie’. Only the track ‘SOS’ seemed comfortingly reassuringly familiar. BUT, this album is chock full of riffs and great songs. Ladies and gentlemen I proffer for your judgement, ‘Beauty Stab’
If you look carefully you can see Twang, Foxy, Steve T, bit surprised to see Mini but, yep, she’s there too. Lots of other old geezers there but struggling to put names to their wizened faces
See you in the bar, G
…one or two old codgers on here
Just the time..
If a pub quiz question was how many singles did the Beatles release?
I like this young man..
It’s good to be alive…
Born To Be Banned
And by the way, did anybody else think for the first fifteen minutes “I know it’s The Long Night but can they turn the fu***ng lights on”?
Extracts from a recent email exchange with HP Saucecraft “Lodes, my old mucker. Where are all the artists and poets and all the interesting people what used to hang around on the AW blog?” “Yeah Saucy, we all know you flounced for the fortieth time” “But have you looked at some of the posts recently, god they’re so boring!” “As you know so well Burt my boy, the blog goes through a fallow period every so often” “Fallow, fallow? This ain’t fallow, this is a desert of mediocrity, a sea of sadness, a..” “Yes, yes but as someone famous once said things are bound to get better. And don’t forget Gary, he’s still here” “Ah, poor sweet Gary, so handsome, so witty. But even he must be thinking of joining me in purgatory. What can you do, Lodey, what can you do?” “Tell you what, have you looked at the Highland League table where the 2018-19 season has just ended?” “Tell me more, please tell me more”.
Cast your eyes to the very bottom of the page linked here and stare in awe and wonder at Fort William. Not a single win, not even a single draw the entire season. » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
“I don’t care Bargie Boy, publish the damn pictures – see if I care! Oh, you mean those pictures. Right then, Gang Of Four it is, always liked them, should be a breeze”. Finds ancient iPod in desk, scrolls through. Yes, I knew it – I have two albums. Hmm, I recall they were very loud and that Andy Gill played guitar and, I think, wrote most of the songs? But of these two records I only remember Damaged Goods. Let’s listen, wow that hasn’t aged well, has it? A punk pastiche? Right, scours the internet, “Critically adored”, “Kurt Cobain loved them” (reminds me, anyone seen HP Saucy recently?), “Ferocious but intelligent”. Hmm, If you had asked me at the time I would have said “Wanky posturing” and “Too intelligent for their own good” and finished off with “Give me Fulham Fallout any day”. Time for action so let’s start with Track 1. Hold on, this is not how I remember Gang Of Four, sure the thumping bass and the jangly, jumpy guitar are still there but this is, you know, rather good! Sounds like very early Talking Heads. Colour me surprised. Time for » Continue Reading.
On the bus from Aberdeen with my bandy-catcher and my bucket & spade and Mum said don’t get lost in them there dunes and Dad said hope there’s corned beef in them there sandwiches and Mike said I’m no playing with you and the sky was blue and the North Sea was as cold as the Arctic and the seagulls laughed as we climbed up and down sandhills as high as Everest and Dad lit the campfire and Auntie Jessie and Uncle Andy arrived with a a load of beer for the men and lemonade for the kids and the sun was shining, the sun was always shining on Balmedie
….who amongst us listens to a record all the way through whilst doing nothing else and nothing else includes walking, driving, half-watching the footie etc”?
Quite a while since I’ve been so excited about an upcoming album release and then this… https://amp.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/13/self.html
Sometimes, like tonight, I think my favourite band is Counting Crows
I guess you have to be pretty well-off and have tech-savvy people to set this all up but could this be the way forward for rock n’ roll?. For free you get access to high-res streaming through the archives with loads of unreleased stuff and far better quality than Spotify etc, a newspaper (!) and old movies featuring Neil. For around 20 dollars a year’s subscription gives more music in the archives, unreleased live concert movies, advanced ticket buying, free exclusive live streaming of current concerts, a veritable cornucopia of delight. I felt like gettin’ high…
Well, Bri thinks it is
From The Times’ Diary
“These are tough times for record shops, as the collapse of HMV showed, and any prospect of bulk sales is welcome. Graham Jones, a writer on the music industry, has a story in his latest book, The Vinyl Revival, about a record shop in Huddersfield that was visited by a group of men who studied the stock with interest. “You’ve got some cracking stuff here,” one told the manager. “Could you stay open late and I’ll go and get van?”
Rubbing his hands in expectation of a mega-sale, he readily agreed. Only it wasn’t a motor vehicle that the man came back with that evening but his boss, a Mr Morrison from Belfast. He made a few purchases but not the entire stock. “Never has a record shop staff been so disappointed to see a rock star walk through the doors,” Jones says”.
Any other record shop tales out there?
On Day 1 I decided I would listen to every record listed: you bastards – 642 different albums!! I’ve probably listened (some of these listens lasted for minutes and minutes) to around one hundred so far – my, what a strange bunch you are. To be serious for a moment, thanks to everyone who voted and thanks for opening up these ancient ears to stuff I really, really had never heard of before. 351 albums were selected only once. Earning but one measly point ie being placed in 20th place were the following poor wee lambs
Anna Ternheim – All The Way To Rio Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive & Well Cher – Dancing Queen Colin MacLeod – Bloodlines Curses – Romantic Fiction DJ Kush – Cosmic Yard Ed Bennett/Decibel – Togetherness Fly Vance – Live in London Gregory Alan Isakov – Evening Machines Hermit And The Recluse – Orpheus and The Sirens Larkin Poe – Venom & Faith Marcin Wasilewski Trio – Live Papa M – A Broke Moon Rises Protoje – A Matter of Time Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years Shame – Songs of Praise Soulwax – Essential The War And The Treaty – » Continue Reading.