This will probably resonate with a lot of the AW’s crate-digging fraternity, especially the bit at the end about CDs!
Finders Keepers Records have a sale on at the moment, with lots of weird and wonderful LPs up for grabs at a tenner, including the Moomins one. CD versions are just £3.
Er, that’s it.
The website Whosampled has a fun new feature. Enter the names of two musical acts and it’ll tell you how many degrees of separation there are between them, and more interestingly, exactly what those links are. It’s quite addictive as you challenge it by trying to find a pair with four or more degrees; it turns out that only two separate James Last and Five Star, for instance. The only glitch is when you suggest an artist not in the database, but you can get pretty obscure for the most part. Tip: avoid artists that did a lot of covers, or stuff that’s been heavily sampled.
Disclaimer: This feature may take up a lot of your time. Bring snacks.
Fellow Suffolk car booter and chazza enthusiast Doc Cox is about to take over Charity Shop Classics for an hour on https://allfm.org , spinning some of his favourite finds on a original BBC deck . Tune in!
Starts at 11am, will post mixcloud link later when it’s on there too.
Every day in the tub I like to listen to music, usually a CD via the player on the landing, and less often from a USB stick plugged into the front of it. With some albums I can be in and out in a few minutes, but there are some that I can’t bear to cut short, so will wallow for the entire duration. The big fave this year has been Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer; flawless from the opening strains of the title track to the closing “Please sign your name on the dotted line” of Americans, it’s an album I have to listen to in full, no skipping, editing or rearranging required.
What album do you just *have* to listen to in full, soup to nuts? What’s the record that currently leaves you prune-like from the tub? Do tell.
Kate fans, prepare to open your wallets/drain your bank accounts. Prices and pre-orders will be up at 2pm today.
The official announcement is imminent, the SH Forum is alive with excitement, tracklistings of the formats have been posted, and there’s a song up on Spotify, YouTube etc.
If an alien were to land on planet Earth, knock on my door and ask me, “PUNY HUMAN, WHAT IS JAZZ?”, first I would temporarily pass out, then once recovered I’d play him Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins, and more specifically the opening track St. Thomas. For me it’s the very definition of jazz; a recognisable standard with just the right amount of improvisation, nothing too abstract, and with faultless interplay between the four musicians (which of course is the perfect amount). Finger-clickingly cool and swinging as heck too, it does something to me that no other music seems to.
Speaking as a relative jazz newb, I reckon that the average Joe would also want to suggest something similar. I believe that hard bop is the sound that a lot of folks would most associate with the word ‘jazz’, even if they’d never heard the term and thought that hard bop is something you might do at the disco.
So, what piece of music to you is the very definition, the epitome, of jazz? And why?
Some thigh-rubbing detail in this enjoyable read, for those of a technical bent.
Guess what LP I bought at the car boots yesterday? Go on, guess.
(If you follow me on Twitter and already know, don’t spoil this please.)
I got bored and made this to amuse myself.
*rubs thighs vigorously*
“The full track-listing for Television Themes is:
Are You Being Served? (1972-1985)
The Good Life (1975-1978)
LWT (1968 – 1972)
Blankety Blank (1979 – 1990)
Top Of The Pops (1963 – 20050
Picture Box (1966-1990)
The Liver Birds (1969 – 1979)
Thames Television (1968 – 1992)
Doctor Who (1963- present)
World In Action (1963-1998)
Sorry (1981 – 1988)
She’s back – and bringing the FUNK.
It’s nearly 43 hours since release and we still haven’t had a Tiggerlion review of the new Janelle Monáe album.
U ok hun?
I invite you all to share with us your last three online purchases. It may give us a tantalising glimpse into your glamorous lifestyle, or, you know… not.
Here are mine:
1) Saline nasal spray. 2) 3V lithium button batteries for in-ear thermometer. 3) Headphones extension cable (3.5mm female to 6.5mm male).
The cover image has come on for a bit* of stick since it was first announced (and rightly so – the utter state of them), but the Martin Freeman/Eddie Piller-compilled Jazz On The Corner comp looks very good, and the double vinyl version is currently up for pre-order for £9.99 on you know where, as opposed to the CD version at over £15, which only boasts an additional three tracks.
As you were.
A brand new mix of secondhand tunes, including some charity shop lovers rock, some sparkling electronica, an horrific Novelty Island pick, and possibly the longest Boot Of Loot to date. Thanks to @gcu-grey-area for the smashing pic xxx
Behind an old shoe rack, hidden underneath a rail of clothing, and at the very back of a box of the usual Bygraves et al, yesterday in a charity shop I found three modern records on vinyl; something by a guy going under the name Sohn (sparse indie electronica I believe, although I haven’t heard it yet), the debut album by Glasvegas (destined for eBay, ker-ching!), and lastly The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow.
Maybe it’s my new system, perhaps it’s because the Elbow album is spread over two 45rpm LPs, maybe I’m just coming down with something, but I’m really, really enjoying it, despite being very Elbow-averse until now. I always had them down as bland pap at best, annoying anthem writers at best. Too bad I’ve promised it to my brother in law.
Has anyone here experienced such an instant turnabout in their opinion of an artist by y’know, actually listening to them? I’m sure we’d all love to hear about it.
I’m seeing from various Twitter posts that the Derek Griffiths account – complete with Blue Tick verification – has now been closed due to it being not the great man himself, but an imposter, a fake, a scammer. It looks like many people might have been conned out of money via bidding for charity lunches, plus celebs and artists have been persuaded to hand over goods and services for ‘charitable causes’. Fake Facebook and Insta accounts have also been suspended, it seems.
It’s not yet clear how far the damage goes, but possibly worst of all for AWers is the fact that the real Derek may not be the D. Griffiths credited with backing vocals on I Am The Walrus, something that was ‘confirmed’ by the Twitter account holder in July.
As a companion to the Top 20 Albums Of 2017 thread, please share here the older music you’ve discovered this year. Whether second hand or new reissues, what are your musical highlights of the last twelve months?
Mine follow in the comments.
Although if you can get it over the counter, you probably don’t need any help.
…used to make that squeaky sound heard in a lot of easy listening and Latin music? I love it, but not knowing what it is is doing my head in. You can hear it throughout much of Santana’s Stone Flower, off of their lovely album about caravanning.
Featuring Kris Kristofferson as a dog.
A monster called Moz, and Elbow covering Golden Slumbers. Verdict?
New one of standards, called Versatile. Just in time for Christmas.