Amazon Uk is currently selling both the CD/DVD + Vinyl boxsets of The Queen Is Dead for a bargain price. Add in the BIGTHANKS code to get £10 off and you can get two copies of the CD/DVD and a copy of the vinyl boxset for £52.97 with free next day delivery. I know this because that’s what I just did. [They’re coming to an auction site near you soon]
The Kate Bush ‘Before The Dawn’ Vinyl Boxset is currently available on Amazon for the tremendously low price of £24.99. Grab yourself a post Christmas pick-me-up at a bargain price.
The ‘Oh Happy Day’ hit maker has sadly passed away. I have loved that song since the first time I heard it, it never fails to lift my spirits when I hear it and it will probably be played at my funeral. So, as a tribute to Edwin, here is his best known song [which is one of the best recordings ever made]
Should you be inclined, please post a ‘happy’ or uplifting song that you love.
Collaborative Spotify playlist to follow, natch.
I know there are a few fans of Josh Ritter on here, if you haven’t got his most recent album, ‘Gathering’ you can get it free from Noisetrade. Also comes with a free new song.
Worth a look if you like melodic songs sung and played well, with strong lyrics and a slight Americana vibe.
Click on the link and his is one of the featured albums at the top of the page.
Two that jump out for me are ‘Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How And Whom’ [9pm Wednesday 27th, BBC2] ahead of a new series on the Beeb in 2018, a one hour special looking back on the phenomenon that is Partridge. And ‘Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out’ [9pm, Friday 29th, BBC2] a half hour, one off special which promises sketches shot on location, songs, skits and stunts. I can’t wait.
Have you spotted anything worthy of programming into the PVR? And what’s the worst thing you can imagine having to sit through?
Share your finds here, so that we may all wallow in some decent TV and deliver us from FOMO
Bono must be furious!
One of the great things about this time of year is that wonderful feeling of being snug, cocooned and safe from the elements. Is there anything better as we approach Mid-winter than curling up at home, or in a cozy public house and gazing at the chilly outside, glass or bong in hand, whilst listening to songs that match the mood?
So, inspired by this track which I heard today on RadMac, I am throwing myself at the mercy of the Massive to ask for your favourite Wintry/Autumnal songs.
Please join in with your own selection, if you would like to, and I shall compile them all into a Spotty playlist in due course.
The aformentioned track is this – ‘Mary’ by Big Thief. I think its beautiful.
What does it sound like?:
Netflix [and to a lesser extent] Amazon are keeping me entertained in a way that I never thought TV could. The recent Films of 2017 thread got me thinking about why I don’t go to the cinema very often. Part of it is to do with the fuckwits, but part is to do with wanting more than cars blowing up and robots and CGI. Now, I know that not all cinema is like that, and maybe I’m falling foul of a laziness that infects my friends who ‘like’ music, but don’t know where I find the stuff i listen to – like I’m going off grid some how, rather than just having an above average interest in the medium. I probably just need to make more of an effort.The reason for this post is that Netflix have done it again, ‘Mindhunter’ is great TV. No, Mindhunter is great film making. Or great story telling. Or, I don’t know, all three. It focuses on the F.B.I’s attempts to understand and profile serial killers. Based on agent John E Douglas’s 1995 book ‘Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit’, Holden Ford [Jonathan Groff] is the » Continue Reading.
Has died. Part of my youth will be forever Cheggered. He always came across as a likeable chap.
Two Afterword favourites for the price of one.
Benevento are rooted to the bottom of Serie A with zero points after fourteen straight defeats. They were heading for defeat 15 in their latest game against the mighty AC Milan, when in the 95th minute they won a free kick…
I was tapping out a rhythm on my wine glass this evening (specifically the stem and base – try it and see) when it occurred to me that the riff resembled the opening sequencer bit on Roxy Music’s Same Old Scene. That naturally led me to ponder their place in this old scene that I like to call music. Are they given their props for their melding of rock, pop, roll, space and eyeliner. And saxophone? Or have they been tarnished by Ferry’s slide into crooner-ism? I have many fond memories of playing their albums, but can’t remember the last time I chose to listen to them. So tell me if there is something in what I’m saying, or am I just bogus, man.
Just when I thought musicians couldn’t get any more ridiculous along comes Josh Ritter to prove me wrong. For his new album ‘Gathering’, music just wasn’t enough. [Read the bizarre press release in the comments.] This from a musician I thought seemed almost normal. Ah well. Is this the beginning of a new trend? And if so, what would other albums ‘smell’ like? The new U2 for instance? Maybe I’m being too cynical, smell is after all one of the most evocative of senses and can transport one to a different time and place, so perhaps this will catch on. What say you, good people?
Hey there all you Afterword cats – I am revving up to purchase a Soundbar to augment my Tellybox sound. I currently have the telly sound coming through an amplifier and speakers, but due to events which I won’t bore you with I find myself having to consider changing that set up. So, who owns or has used or experienced a Soundbar? And would you recommend the use of one which isn’t going to cost the earth? * Thank you in advance for your time and effort.
*for reference purposes, if I were to replace the speakers and stick with the current set-up I would not want to spend more than £200, so that is my budget
Following the sublime [single of the year] ‘New York’ comes ‘Los Ageless’, the newest teaser track from St. Vincent’s forthcoming album [out tomorrow]. The video is marvellous, the song is a corker, and on Tuesday evening she cranked things up a notch with her remarkable performance on Later… [more on Saturday night]. If you haven’t seen it, you really should.
Should be an interesting ramble chat.
In his latest Podcast, Adam Buxton talks to the Canadian stand-up Mae Martin. During their lovely ramble chat she recalls that her friend was in rehab with Billy Idol’s daughter and during their time together the daughter received an Easter card from Billy that was a headshot of himself that he had autographed – and it said ‘Happy Easter, Love, Billy Idol’ Can you top that?
What does it sound like?:
Sometimes you just root for a band, one that you feel just needs to up their game by 10% to become what they are capable of. Hiss Golden Messenger have been making fine records for a while now, [Their previous album ‘Heart Like A Levee’ was a great record] but on this new album it all comes together in a way they haven’t quite managed before. Previous efforts have showed quality in abundance, M.C. Taylor is a terrific songwriter, his songs infused with imagery, much of it religious, his words are not exactly uplifting, yet somehow manage to make you sing along [and I’m not a believer in God]. This new collection has many mentions of darkness, [7 out of 10 tracks by my count] but it’s the light that triumphs here – just. Opener ‘Jenny of The Roses’ swaggers along, it’s everything you want from a first track, familiar yet somehow different, catchy and full of confidence, hinting at great things, raising expectations. This and ’Lost Out In The Darkness’ are a great 1-2 starter to the album – You know how somedays you wake up and just feel like the best version » Continue Reading.
Strong start from the National, followed by Morrissey with a surprisingly good track (imo) Cracking new song from Jessie Ware with a terrific ‘Bennie & the Jets’ chorus. A stripped down Queens of the Stone Age showcased a side not usually associated with them – strings, piano and a strong vocal performance from Josh Homme. Stirring stuff. Next was Khalid with his ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ single, which sounds like the kind of song that if it’s aimed at you, you still sing it with your mates in twenty years. Marty Stuart, orange skin and preposterous mullet hair was next up, despite all the elements for disaster being present it was a rousing performance and all the better for the short tribute to Tom Petty. The National then returned with the most uptempo track from the new album ‘The Day I Die’ to round off a great edition. Later…I’m glad it’s still around.
Vinyl by the Band, Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, R.E.M. and more, CDs from Kate Bush, Cream, Dylan
Er, no they don’t. But why? Why are the Eagles despised, or at best dismissed? By the beard of Zeus they have some great songs – so can anyone help me understand why they are so poorly regarded, or maybe you, like me, think they’re just super! Share your bile, or your love for one of rock’s great Marmite bands – Eagles!
I have a long standing love of Country music, there was country music – some good, some less so played at home as I grew up. My Dad like the gentler end of country, there was no Hank Williams but Snow and Locklin took regular spins on his old music centre. Consequently I have a soft spot for the mellower end of country music, but I lean toward the other end of the genre as I have aged – [let’s call it Alt. or Americana for ease – Ryan Adams, Wilco, Jayhawks etc] – but still love the old mellow country too. What I would like to do is create a playlist – an Ultimate Country-ish Playlist, but I can’t do it alone. To this end I have started a collaborative playlist on Spotify. So please help a feller out – What is your favourite Country-ish song? Who should I most definitely have on my playlist? Maybe I’ve already added an artist but you prefer a different track – get it on there! It can be straight-ahead-Yeeha-Honky-Tonk-Country, It can be Americana, Folky, Rocky, Old or New, if you think it’s Country-ish it’s welcome. Please add to my Spotify playlist, post » Continue Reading.