I’ve been living with this brilliant, stunning track for about a fortnight now and it just gets better and better. I love songs that have had everything and the kitchen sink thrown at them and this definitely fits into that category. It’s a shame he doesn’t do more stuff but this is the song of year, so far.
A great musical start to the year. These two albums I’m sure will be high in the world famous Afterword end of year poll, If there’s any justice.
Keeley Forsyth is a real revelation, the Guardian isn’t wrong, Scott Walker & Nico are in there but it is a lot more to the record than that.
Bill Fay should need no introduction, some fantastic 60s albums, a brilliant and real favourite of mine the unreleased (until 2005) Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and then nothing until 2012. This is his third album in his revival and is another fantastic release. Salt of the Earth in next comment.
Part 3 of my post redundancy life.
I finally started my new job as a Postie last Monday with a days induction in beautiful Croydon. Lots of health and safety (mainly dealing with dogs) then onto a walk on Tuesday with another Postman. It’s a very rural walk or should I say drive out into the wilds of the South Downs. Lots of driving down tiny country lanes, lots of massive country houses.
Had a two hour driving test on Friday and passed (76/80) so after one more day of supervision I was let out on my own yesterday. It was slightly terrifying but I managed to find nearly everywhere first time with only a little bit of driving up and down searching! Today was another level, Wednesday is always the busiest day and I thought I would never finish but I finally managed it. The amount of walking is impressive, 26500 steps today.
It has been lovely being back in work again, the other Posties have been incredibly kind and welcoming. It is hard and fairly complicated work but really enjoyable.
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Just a short post to say thank you. Some of you may remember had I was made redundant at the beginning of August after 30 years of bookbinding.
Well, today I got home to a message from Royal Mail to say I’ve passed the interview I had last Friday and they have offered me a position as a Postman!
I’d just like to say thank you because you all were very positive and offered some very useful advice which really helped.
I’m really looking forward to being a wage slave again and being a postie will be a lovely new challenge.
Again thank you very much.
PS I’ve ordered the Abbey Road special edition to celebrate!
I’m being made redundant next week after nearly 30 years working for the same company. As you can imagine I’m slightly concerned about the future, so any tips for reintroducing myself into the workplace bearing in mind the last time I had a job interview was 1989.
Thanks in advance.
I’m very much enjoying the new and third in ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ series. ‘Third Noise Principal’ focusses on American Electronica 75-84. Some really great stuff on here, and good value for 4CDs worth. And has usual a really informative book in a nice package. Enjoy Craig Leon.
What does it sound like?:
1.These are two more reissues in Cherry Red series of Residents albums 2.They are released on 25th January 2019. 3.The Commerical Album consists of 40 tracks of one minute each 4.And in a way they are commericals, and were used as such on US radio. 5.Paid for by The Residents 6.According to the Residents you should play each one three times to make a ‘proper’ pop song. 7.But they are still disturbing and brilliant enough if you only play them once. 8.Lots of great guests on this. 9.Definitely Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Lene Lovich and Andy (Sandy Sandwich) Partridge. 10.And perhaps Eno? 11.They call it Pop Satire. 12.It’s Barbra Streisand and John Travolta on the cover. 13.My favourite tracks are The Simple Song and Margaret Freeman (the Andy P one) 14.Some interesting extras but really only for Residents fans (like these things often are) 15.Should this be your first Residents album? 16.Probably 17.Or perhaps Meet the Residents? That was my first 18.Eskimo shouldn’t be your first Residents album. 19.You’ve been warned. 20.Perhaps the Residents masterpiece? 21.But their most non-musical. 22.It tells the story of the Eskimo perhaps more correctly the Inuit. 23.But actually it » Continue Reading.
The third installment of Baker’s autobiography is only slightly less than a pound at the mo.
That is all, thank you.
A follow up to the illuminating Trump thread below, a rather good 90 minute doc to wallow in. Back to a simpler time when Presidents were just lying paranoid crooks.
Especially recommended if you love All the Presidents Men. Watched it this morning and enjoyed every moment.
New Documentary coming from the Beeb about the first five years in Bowie’s artistic journey.
I love this period in his career, in fact I may have been the only one to choose his first album in the great Afterword vote of a while back.
The Dome, Brighton
We are both avid gig goers, sorry I thought I was writing this in the eighties. Truth is we don’t really do gigs, early shifts, elderly mothers, laziness and being a bit tight are the reasons probably why we don’t usually bother. But this was a Saturday night and we both love PSB and Jane Weaver so we got off our arses and made the 20 mile trip and we were so glad we did. After a lovely drink in the bar next to the Theatre Royal (much nicer the the Dome) we took our seats in a prime spot with a perfect view of the stage. Jane Weaver came on at about 7.30 with her band (Guitar, Keyboards & Drums) and was very good. Playing a lot from the last album ( Modern Kosmology) I thought she was a strong and engaging performer only handicapped by the lack of space on stage for her because of PSBs equipment. I felt she wanted to let go a bit more than she was able to. But she has an incredible voice and would work well with a larger and more versatile band. PSB came » Continue Reading.
Forgive me if this has been flagged (unintended pun) up already but these must be unmissable purchases. Three of the greatest albums ever being reissued.
I hate to do this but it’s being reported Jóhann Jóhannsson has passed away at the far too young age of 48, He was a stunning artist and was one of my favourite composers of modern classical and soundtracks.
The end of 2017 is coming fast and end of year lists are starting to appear. Resident in Brighton is my favourite shop and here’s their list, which always interesting and expensive!
Sums up modern America more than The Residents? Disturbing, frightening, discordant but sometimes beautiful.
The new box set on Cherry Red has only reconfirmed my admiration for this band.
Have the best? version of Satisfaction on me.
We finished a new mag at work today. The name did ring a bell. Who said there are no new ideas?
A load of biographies are cheap on the Kindle today including Hooky’s Joy Division one.
Clearing out ‘My’ room today (DVDs in plastic storage boxes, piles of CDs semi filed, Amp, CD player and Record Deck wired up and now with Chromecast Audio) I found 3 iPods, an 80 and two 160GB which may be on sale near you soon and this motley collection. A prize* for anybody that can name them.
And yes I like Sony stuff
*There isn’t a prize.
The Dome, Brighton
Well, another year another Stewart Lee show to sate the Middle Class Metropolitan Elite which make up all his audience (probably). The writing for this new show was starting before Brexit and Trump and was going to based on the 1818 romantic painting by Casper David Friedrich ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ and was an attempt to produce a tour that could run until next year. But the crazy events of last year derailed him to a certain extant.
Brexit and Trump are referenced in a very clever way at the beginning of both halves but is only part of the show as Lee mostly gets back on track railing against other comics and how he buys his own DVDs and Books second-hand just to make a few extra pennies. The second half is a bit more structured with most taken up with a smutty section on our Grand Parents S&M practices but is a broadside on how everything is so easy to obtain these days in a consumerist society. Ending on a wonderful call back to ‘Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog’
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What does it sound like?:
English Weather is another in a long line of compliations put out by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of St Etienne fame. Set in the hinterland of the late 60s/early 70s,when Psych hadn’t mutated into Prog and Glam wasn’t even a thing EW is a thing of great beauty.
These artists have accepted that the promise of the sixties has fizzled out and the new decade doesn’t hold nearly as much hope as the outgoing one did. So with heads down and mellotrons turned up they set about making melancholy beautiful sounds.
Some of the people on here are very well known (Caravan, Van Der Graff Generator, John Cale, Camel.) But as usual the least known are perhaps the most interesting.
Orange Bicycle are riding the ‘Last Cloud Home’ a sad wistful goodbye to a new start for the world. Bella Gonzalez has ‘Bottles’ for everyday and even counts them in her sleep, with dramatic strings and a rare female voice on the album it is a fantastic track. Aardvark are lonely but think it’s ‘Very Nice for You to Call’, this is the Jazziest track and best on the album.
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If you didn’t see Sir Rodney on Sky today pulling the balls out for the Scottish Cup draw you missed a comedy masterclass which will be hard to beat in 2017. Does anyone know, does Rod like a drink?!
All right thinking people should read Diamond Geezer’s blog and today’s post is particularly interesting. The new Nobel Laureate perhaps hasn’t been entirely straight and there is a rumour that he isn’t that familiar with the easel and brushes has we think.
This is a very enjoyable romp through the history of Quiz. Alan Connor is the question editor for the marvellous Only Connection and writes in a very fun but in-depth way starting with the beginning of Quiz just before the WW2, evolving from the American ‘bees’ up to today’s Pointless and Only Connect.
Tracing the origin of the word quiz (no one really knows) The first exams (probably the ancient Chinese) The troubled beginning and end of Trivial Pursuits and everything in between. Focusing mainly on the TV quizes but with plenty about Radio, Pub, and board games as well. The dark side of Quiz is also covered with the $64000 question and the Millionaire ‘coughing Major’ scandals.
Also what makes a ‘good’ question, why they don’t give away speedboats anymore and what techniques will help you win.
And included in the narrative are 300 quiz questions so you play along as the history unfolds which adds greatly to the enjoyment of the book.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Any historys of TV, quiz books.
One thing you’ve learned
That the first question ever asked on Mastermind was wrong
What does it sound like?:
Strobes are a new trio comprising keyboardist Dan Nicholls ( Squarepusher and Matthew Herbert), drummer Joshua Blackmore (Troyka) and guitar and synth man Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) and could in my ears be described as Prog (perhaps!). First track Winder sets the scene, noisy, arhymic, afrocentric beats but full of hooks. But not easy to dance to!
The rest is much of the same, harder edged in places but with the same exciting feel. A really stunning debut recommended to prog lovers with an adventurous bent.
What does it all *mean*?
Who knows? Music can still be moving forward in an exciting way?
Goes well with…
A long day cutting reams of paper and saddle stitching.
Might suit people who like…
Three Trapped Tigers, Battles, The Comet is Coming, the harder side of Gentle Giant. Math Rock. Any ‘out there’ Prog
What does it sound like?:
There is plenty of music out there that has a poor reputation, perhaps none more so than New Age. Hippy Dippy rubbish sold in those shops that sell crystals, incense and books on witchcraft and healing. And the music? Aimless, tuneless and mainly whale song. This of course is crap, New Age probably has no more percentage of trash than any other genre. Light in the Attic has picked some of the best for this new compliation which is the follow up to last year’s ‘I Am The Centre’ which focused on the American side of New Age.
(The Microcosm) is shows the European side of the genre with some well known artists like Popul Vuh, Ash Ra Temple and most famous of all Vangelis, who after reading the copious sleeve notes I learnt that he thought that the rest of Aphrodite’s Child weren’t sophisticated enough for him and a bit ‘boring’.
There’s plenty of new/old on this comp as well the best is probably Untitled by Francesco Messina with some of the most beautiful piano I’ve ever heard. But it is all stunning and a pleasure from start to finish.
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