I’d love any book recommendations the Massive might have, as I’m dithering over what to read next. My most recent reads have all been immensely enjoyable- ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ by Anthony Doerr, ‘An Instance Of The Fingerpost’ by Iain Pears & I’ve just finished the last part of Don Winslow’s gruesomely illuminating ‘Border’ trilogy, if that’s ant indicator of current tastes. I have the final part of the Wolf Hall trilogy & ‘To Paradise’ by Hanya Yanagitata on standby, but I’m not really feeling them right now. So, any meaty belters you’d recommend? I tend to prefer 400 pages plus, just to indulge in the immersion of a novel, but have no hard & fast preferences. Cheers!
Really basic stupid question time: off to Berlin tomorrow ( lucky me) & meeting the apartment key holder for the handover, & need to call him on arrival – the number he has given me begins with +49 172 … My question is, do I just put the whole number in & the network does the rest, or do I ‘drop’ the +49 & put a ‘0’ in front of the 172, similar to ‘dropping’ the +44 for a UK number? Apologies if this is so dumb it’s unbelievable but I can’t find an unambiguous answer online. Answers suitable for complete idiots would be much appreciated!
The leader singer of the band I saw last night was eating Salt & Vinegar crisps between songs. That’s a first for me after decades of gigs. In addition, the bar didn’t take cash, so I stayed annoyingly almost completely sober – that’s also a first (the bar, not the sobriety) Then there was the chap who looked like the spit of Gandalf at the front leaning on the crash barrier, playing Wordle on his phone before the band came on – never seen that before either – mind you, he was sorting a Dukla Prague away kit, so no prizes for guessing the band (they were particularly excellent, it must be said). So, have you seen anything unprecedented at a fairly recent outing? I think we should be told.
Having been blown away by a live version of ‘Hold Me til I Gain Control Again’ on Kershaw’s podcast, my shameful ignorance of his canon struck me. I know a handful of tunes but it’s largely blank. So, can I ask the Massive, not where should I start with Willy, but which single album of his would you save from your burning house? Cheers.
I was very lucky to catch this quartet this week in a very dinky upstairs room in Cardiff. Over 90 mins of top drawer classic Miles-esque music, as well as some cooking Be Bop for a measly £10! Had a brief chat with the charming & very effacing Hugh afterwards & was almost embarrassed that such beautiful & accomplished sounds was in front of an audience of 14 people tops (even crud open mic stand ups nites do better)- Hugh was very philosophical ‘that’s not bad for Jazz’. As they are on a UK tour & are so good, I thought it only right to give them a shout out. If it’s your bag & they’re coming near you, go check them out. The CD ‘Borderlands’ is also a very nice listen. BTW, I don’t know them or anything, but was taken aback about how good they are.
For me, new Mongo Shakers stuff is always a cause for celebration. Latest track is no exception- I love it! Big speakers or nice headphones definitely help. What does the Massive reckon?
Kermode & Mayo have announced they are ‘stepping away’ from the show after 1st April. A somewhat emotional listenership are speculating if this means podcast only i.e. no longer on the radio, or if it really is THE END? Any of the Massive know anything, one way or another?
Can’t find the previous OP about ‘greatest ever’ , but heard this this morning on Kershaw’s latest podcast episode & today at least, this is the most beautiful song I’ve heard.
Saw a suggestion on a Steely Dan Twitter feed for characters from their songs inhabiting a movie. Who would be the leads & how would the plot develop? Their songs definitely lend themselves to a cinematic vibe & I could easily envisage a movie in a David Lynch/ neo-Noir style, possibly featuring Willem Defoe or Christopher Walken, not to mention who might play Dr Wu or the Babylon Sisters. It got me thinking, which song characters could live outside of their domain? What if David Watts met Billy Hunt? Dave from acquisitions crossed paths with Jennifer ( of De La Soul fame)? or if one of Fountains of Wayne’s characters stepped into a plot with Sweet Jane or Johnny the Fox? Any ideas?
Stumbled across this clip yesterday & it blew my head off. Pretty much everything about it is perfect for me: small club, Lazy Lester & 3 killer guitarists (no bass). The real revelation was the late ( & obviously great) Nick Curran. To my shame, I was unaware of him previously, but am certainly a fan having checked him out. He’s good, as in ‘Jimmy Vaughan’ kind of good. Wow!
The goal machine surely deserves his own thread of appreciation. There will definitely be absolute respect as Spurs play Chelsea today. His stats are incredible & would be even greater if his headstrong ways & thirst hadn’t ticked off Sir Alf, who reportedly just blocked him after a certain point in the ‘66 World Cup. I saw him play for West Ham ( not my club) as a kid & was lucky to see him score, but to many he was the jolly , jokey bloke in the Pringle jumper cracking Dad jokes about ‘ The Accies’ & how Gordon Banks looked like a chimp. He surely had his demons & was courageously honest about them, but God, WHAT a player. RIP.
Really enjoyed this breakdown of the Motown sound 8 found on YouTube. I particularly enjoyed little details like deadening the bass strings with kitchen sponges & the drum kits being mongrelised from assorted makes – & the actual playing & singing isn’t too,shabby either.
Went on a fun ride yesterday with an exuberant bunch of folks – I think it shows off my adopted city in a great light, especially as weather that good can be a rarity! It’s on tour in the UK , so join in if they come your way! (for the sake of clarity, I’m NOT the bloke popping endless wheelies).
I stumbled across this yesterday. Fans of Andrew Bird will probably be aware of it & his hosting of other performers, but I was oblivious. I was charmed by the engagement in the conversation – Jonathan is a handful to attempt to keep on any kind of track & Andrew Bird does pretty well in his attempts pin him down. Essentially, there’s a nice mutual respect on display & a willingness to just try stuff, some of which is more successful than others. I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the Live from the Great Room stuff.
In tribute to the recently departed writer Iain Pattinson, this Lionel Blair related compilation from ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ has resurfaced on Twitter. Sit back & enjoy Humph at his straight faced best!
Eldest daughter making choices for foreign placements to Spanish speaking countries as part of University course. Has no interest in Spain itself, preferring Lain America-the Erasmus programme (while it still exists, has reciprocal arrangements in Lima, Guadalajara & Mexico City. She favours Mexico & to be frank, that gives me the willies (particularly Guadalajara). I’m not prone to being a protective worryguts, but sadly very little I read about modern Mexico is reassuring. Too much Don Winslow & current affairs reporting to be honest Anybody know first hand or know folks who do, who would strongly advise yay or nay about either of the Mexican Cities above? The stay would be for around 6 months , likely in 2022. Many thanks, peeps.
Stumbled across the ‘Live From Emmet’s Place’ postings this week. I think they are live streamed initially & then stay up on YouTube: the standard of playing is staggering at times as Emmet Cohen is joined by a selection of guests who sit in with his trio. Blimey! I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed watching YouTube this much. Vol 16 is probably my fave that I’ve checked out so far, but there is plenty to choose from. It features Patrick Bartley, who it turns out is rather good. Almost 2 hours worth, with a lot a variety. If this your thing, fill your boots!
Does anybody on the AW know? Ever since lockdown Patak’s Aubergine Pickle has just disappeared. Obviously, at first I assumd it was a supply chain thing, like bog roll & hand sanitiser in the early days of the pandemic – now of course, pretty much everything is as it was, but not my beloved jars of gorgeous goo. Lime pickle & Mango chutney are there in abundance. Does anyone know why? We need to be told! I’m asking mostly ‘cos it’s curry night & it just ain’t the same. .
I found this just now – it never gets old & is a terrific colourising job IMO. Just imagine being able to move like that!
When was the last time a concert film left you a blubbing quivering mess? In my case, last night. It’s been discussed on the AW previously (including Aretha’s ‘ complicated’ relationship with her father) but now it’s on Amazon Prime in the UK, & if music means *anything* to, I urge you to see it asap. I have the soundtrack, but to say the film has enhanced the listening experience is an understatement. Once in a while it does us good to be reminded of why performers became household names, transcending genres, marketing etc & boy is this an example of that. The film itself is full of tiny gems – plenty of extremely funky outfits in the congregation ( this was ’72 don’t forget!) – there are spare seats on night number one!, all the techies are longhairs & the mic covers are split & pretty grotty looking – something unimaninable today. Consider me blown away- fantastic!
Mongo Shakers are musical collaborators who’ve worked together for around 30 years in East London. The core members have been Matt & Chris, who have mostly tinkered away in various home built studios, drafting in pals to play on recordings, but also playing the odd gig. Over time I’ve seen the sophistication of their work increase to the point where I class myself as a fan who’d happily buy their stuff. Anyhow, very sadly Chris died in February 2017 & Matt has crafted a labour of love to complete their final work together as a full album & as a tribute to Chris. If you think soundscapes, Moby, Holger Czukay with a sprinkle of KLF, you won’t be far off. If that’s your bag, have a listen. Any and all feedback would be appreciated by the numerous musicians on the work.
You can now access it in many different ways: you can stream it for free on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/mongo-shakers/sets/this-is-four
you can pay to download it from Bandcamp: https://mongoshakers.bandcamp.com/releases
you can stream it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3APvCNA3seTZdL4eiFdRAX
you can buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-is-four/1324416989
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History nerds may enjoy this. A huge project in its’ early stages (we’re currently at early September 1939) that promises a live time line of all the developments pretty much as they happen(ed). I confess I’m gripped already
Just found this randomly. Thought it was superb ( sentimental boozy mood).
Simon Day summed him up pretty well on Twitter. Terrific writer, great actor and ridiculously good looking. Last seen onscreen as the father in ‘Bloodline’ on Netflx but probably best known for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager ( sp?) in the screen version of The Right Stuff ( an Oscar nomination). I knew several people of the lady persuasion who confessed to almost literally swooning watching him onscreen. If you ever get a chance to see a production of the play ‘Buried Child’ that he won the Pulitzer for, grab it., it’s powerful stuff. RIP etc.
Saddened to learn of the passing of the zombie meister bar none. Dawn Of The Dead did it for me as a 14/15 year old at the flicks. Terrifying & thrilling in equal measure, I didn’t realise there was a satrical or cultural significance to any of it for ages but it is so clear in retrospect. By all acounts a lovely, principled man regarded with huge affection by all who knew him or workrd with him. A great body of work & a massive influence on popular culture.