seemed to be about time to put this one up. There’s still a bit to go on the deadline, but enough discs have been out in the wild now that some of us may be ready to publish our reviews. Hopefully everybody enjoyed what they received, but if you didn’t, please be entertainingly disappointed! I’ll put the groups in as they were in the original thread, and please post beneath the relevant set of people.
Here we go. I have tried to avoid repetiton, but it is becoming increasing difficult…anyway, have at it!
For the sake of having it all in one place, here are the rules again, courtesy of MM
THOSE RULES IN FULL… 1 Sign up by the closing date by just letting us know in the comments to this post. Sign up for CDswap New closes next Friday (20th May), then the Kid will get grouping. 2 We will then pair everyone up with two or three other people – you compile a CD (more later) and post it to two others. So post two out, get two back. You swap your IRL addresses via DMs so no-one except your pairs need know you live at 221 Faker Street. 3.Your CD: one CD only. 12 tracks only. Theme: New. Please rip your files without track or artist names so your partners can listen without prejudice. Artwork is up to you. MP3 tag is a free PC programme that allows you to strip all the artwork and info from your MP3 file. 5 CDs to get to your partners in the mail by the end of June (we will give you a » Continue Reading.
The sound out of my TV works, but is nothing great, so I’ve started toying with buying a sound bar. I’m torn between not wanting to spend a decentish chunk of change on something that’s going to be a marginal gain at best, and then thinking that if I’m excited about films and games in 4K I should be paying attention to the sound as well. I had a quick look online and instantly fell down an audiophile black hole that I backed nervously out of. Are they worth it? Any advice / recommendations? (fwiw I have a 40″ TV in a smallish lounge)
Sourdough Brother Where Art Thou?
A Zoom With A View
Kind Hearts And Coronas
on the usual streaming services
What does it sound like?:
Cassandra Jenkins is a New York songwriter. My introduction to her was the third song here, released in the early days of the year as what passes for a single these days. “Hard Drive” is a tour de force, a spoken word account of meetings with various people – a security guard, a bookmaker, a driving instructor – that builds and builds on waves of glittering guitar, piano and drum loops. It’s a stunning song, one that will have you playing it again as soon as it finishes. And the good news is the rest of the album is pretty special too.
The sound takes in traditional singer songwriter, folk, jazz, even some ambient. The palette throughout is restrained with hushed saxophone, gently rolling drums, keys for melody and atmosphere, and some lovely fluid, occasionally fuzzy, guitar, alongside strings and woodwind where they are needed. Across the record they coalesce into terrific arrangements, ornate yet direct, intimate but outward looking. The whole thing sounds luminous and honeyed, a triumph of production.
The lyrics are snapshots and stories from everyday lives, part narrative, part poetry. It makes sense that Jenkins has supported Craig Finn from » Continue Reading.
A video of a parish council Zoom meeting might not sound like terrific entertainment, but you’d be wrong. The first twenty minutes or so of this are absolute gold. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a scripted comedy mock-documentary. As one of the YT comments says, “Vicar of Dibley meets Host meets Question Time. Magnificent”
like it says on the tin
please post your reviews under the relevant group. Be nice, but if you can’t be nice at least be entertainingly disappointed!
I will c&p MM’s excellent instructions, so this is what you need to do now
2 We will then pair everyone up with two other people – you compile a CD (more later) and post it to two others. So post two out, get two back. You swap your addresses via DMs so no-one except your pairs need know you live at Platform 8 1/2. 3 Your CD: one CD only. 12 tracks only. Theme: The Future. Please rip your files without track or artist names so your partners can listen without prejudice. Artwork is up to you. MP3 tag is a free PC programme that allows you to strip all the artwork and info from your MP3 file. 4 DM us your track listing. DON’T POST IT ON THE SITE. 5 CDs to get to your partners in the mail by the (we will give you a gentle reminder on the blog). 6 You can then let the world know what you thought of the CDs you received in a megapost. Posting of reviews by 18 November. 7 We will post track listings around December 6th and watch the recriminations/accolades fly.
Somebody may have let a cat out of a bag, or it might all be nonsense. BV is normally a decent site, but they’re not exactly committing here
not really, but premiered on the YouTubes about the time they would have been playing it
So this surprise new album of hers (out tomorrow!) is largely co-written and produced by Aaron Dessner out of The National, and features Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devandorf from that band, as well as Mr Bon Iver. I am intrigue.
We’ve seen seven owls and fifteen jays
New album with David Rawlings out today. Looks like a lockdown covers thing, but new Gillian Welch is new Gillian Welch, right?
TO OUR FRIENDS AND FANS,
For reasons better discussed in the history books, in the Spring of 2020 Gillian and I dusted off an old tape machine and did some home recording. Sometimes we bumped the microphone, sometimes the tape ran out, but in the end we captured performances of some songs we love. Five are first takes and five took a little more doing, but they all helped pass the time and held our interest in playback enough that we wanted to share them with you. We sincerely hope that you enjoy
ALL THE GOOD TIMES
– David & Gillian
What does it sound like?:
2010 was a key year for The National. Their fanbase had been steadily increasing and their previous album, Boxer, had seen their profile rise considerably, helped along of course by the Obama campaign’s use of Fake Empire. This next album was crucial. It could consolidate their success and launch them onwards to the next level and the next and the next after that, the big font at the top of a festival listing and high profile album launch events, or it could misfire and see them consigned to the almost but not quite made it ranks of a thousand other indie bands.
You get the sense the band knew that. This feels like an album that has been laboured over. I don’t mean it’s tired and weary, more that it’s been pored over and crafted by people who have done their apprenticeship and are ready to show what they can do. The songs feel polished and strong, but it’s an album that lives on its arrangements. There are so many touches like the woodwind playing off the riff on Afraid Of Everyone, the strings on Little Faith, or the brass on Runaway that » Continue Reading.
Is it the name of an extreme metal band, or a product from Ikea?
What does it sound like?:
bow church is a one man affair, courtesy of one David Whiting. It started out as a London based witch house (remember that?) project, but since Whiting’s move to Berlin has been absorbing influences from the experimental electronic and goth scenes there. Following 2018’s Canon, this new album is one of my favourites of the year so far, and definitely my favourite title.
Musically, it’s dark but melodic gothy electronica that takes in techno, ambient, and industrial, with a few hints of 80s synthpop as well. Thematically it seems to hearken back to pre-agricultural civilisations, with track titles like “Thaw”, “Hunt” and “Gather”. It’s tremendously atmospheric stuff that sounds superb played loud. I’m throwing around words like ‘dark’ and ‘goth’, but there’s also melody and beauty here, with the rush of transcendence the best electronic music offers. Imagine if the Chemical Brothers decided to skip headlining Glastonbury one year and instead did a gig wearing hoods and cowls in an ancient stone circle, with no audience and the mist pooling around their feet in the moonlight. Yeah, that good.
What does it all *mean*?
never know what to write here
Goes well with…
late » Continue Reading.
on the off chance that any of you are finding yourselves at home with more time on your hands than normal…
It’s an overused term, but he was a genuine legend. I can’t think of anyone else (maybe Peter Saville?0 whose work so clearly defined a label, a sound, even an approach to life. In my student house and post uni shared digs life, you always knew if you went into someone’s room and they had some of his work on display, poster or record sleeve, they were probably pretty cool.
A little dog tells me that HMV’s B***k F****y offering is 20% off all vinyl today and tomorrow (and Blu-ray as well). I’m probably going to go a bit silly.
Like it says on the tin, here are the matches for the next CD swap. I’ve tried to avoid repeat pairings, but it’s getting tougher as the pool of people is broadly the same. Never mind, have at it!
A reminder of the instructions, cut and pasted from MM’s excellent rulebook:
1 Sign up by the closing date by just letting us know in the comments to this post. Sign up for CD swap Change closes at the end of October. 2 We will then pair everyone up with two other people – you compile a CD (more later) and post it to two others. So post two out, get two back. You swap your addresses via DMs so no-one except your pairs need know you live at 10 Downing Street @couldbeanyonebytheendoftheyearbot 3 Your CD: one CD only. 12 tracks only. We are going to be severe on this as mixspread is definitely happening. Theme: change.. Please rip your files without track or artist names so your partners can listen without prejudice. Artwork is up to you. MP3 tag is a free PC programme that allows you to strip all the artwork and info from your MP3 file. 4 DM » Continue Reading.
From the Red Right Hand files this morning:
When can we expect a new album?
JOE, BEXHILL-ON-SEA, UK
You can expect a new album next week.
It is called Ghosteen.
It is a double album.
Part 1 comprises of eight songs.
The Spinning Song Bright Horses Waiting For You Night Raid Sun Forest Galleon Ship Ghosteen Speaks Leviathan
Part 2 consists of two long songs, linked by a spoken word piece.
Ghosteen Fireflies Hollywood
The songs on the first album are the children.
The songs on the second album are their parents.
Ghosteen is a migrating spirit.
First track from the new album Colorado is up. Neil’s always best with Crazy Horse, so I hope this is going to be the one that breaks a pretty lamentable string of recent albums….
Escot Park, Devon
My third visit to this do in Devon. Spoiler: I seem to have watched lots of folk music.
Friday was dismally wet, probably the worst conditions I’ve ever had at a festival. We had the traditional Levellers acoustic set to raise the curtain, which was, let’s be honest, broadly similar to last year’s traditional Levellers acoustic set. l The only act I saw on the main stage all day was Seth Lakeman. My joke walking over was that the weather would suit his music, ie grey, wet and tuneless but he was actually really good. Seen him before and been bored stiff but I enjoyed him here, probably down to his new band – the new electric guitar added some classic Fairport kind of vibes. Give the weather, I spent most of the time in the tent, where the highlights were This Is The Kit – Kate’s a really engaging frontwoman, and the music was great – and the amazing Songhoy Blues. So energetic and upbeat, uplifting and danceable on a miserable day. The perfect closing act.
The rest of the weekend was mostly hot and sunny, meaning that after Bristol hero Gaz » Continue Reading.