There is much in the news about how the High Street will struggle to recover from the pandemic and that shopping will switch to online. That may or may not be true and much will depend on location. Oxford street for example will likely continue to flourish. I have had two recent examples that suggest that neither model is beyond reproach and some high street experiences have nothing to do with the pandemic and more to do owners taking the public for granted. I have long been less than enamoured with WH Smith but had a recent experience that surpassed all others in terms of how bad it was. Their branch in Lichfield is quite a large one. I went in their 3 weeks ago to get the latest edition of Record Collector magazine. As is usual with this store there was no-none on the counter and the gentleman in front of me had to use the only one of three electronic checkout tills that was working. It asked him to wait for assistance but there was no-one to be seen. He remarked to me that ‘he could just walk out with this stuff” I called out ‘hello, anyone here?’. » Continue Reading.
For some reason yesterday I recalled Vesta Curry. I have to say it was an abomination and I have no idea how I have progressed to being a lover of Indian food using that as a starting point. An then other brands that have disappeared – Apparently England’s Glory matches made by Bryant and May and long since defunct in this country are manufactured in some outpost of rural Sweden. Wrigley’s Beech Nut – what happened to them? A Chocolate bar called Cabana that was an upgrade on a Bounty as it included Cherries. This list is endless.
What brands do you mourn the demise of and which brands are you glad have disappeared.
First off I am not a Techie.
I have created playlists on Amazon Music that I want to burn to discs and send to friends. I have a Mac. Before it was easy to burn a playlist from iTunes but I don’t know how to transfer from Amazon to iTunes. Its doing my head in so any assistance here is greatly appreciated.
I was watching a fair bit of the Bowie weekend on bbc4 and they showed clips of The Next day which marked his surprise comeback after a few years out of the news. The bonus cd contained Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich mix by James Murphy) which is perhaps my favourite remix ever. Juyst visited Youtube for this post and the video is pretty cool too. What are your favourite remixes:
I constantly play online scrabble and am fascinated with words used by opponents that I have not previously come across and it is clear some words are either archaic or just out of fashion. For example it is rare that anyone would be referred to as a cad or a bounder these days. When I was at school it was common to use the word rill to describe a small stream. I left school 47 years ago and I don’t think I have heard the word being used or recall seeing it in any work of fiction. I used it in a recent game of scrabble but didn’t score me too many points but it was at the end of a game that I won. I am not advocating the wider use of rill but would be interested in other examples of words you may have used in the past but no longer use.
Two excellent albums in 2020 are Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways and Olaf Arnalds Some Kind of peace. They also have what I assume is a coincidence but who knows?
Bobby Z has a song called I contain multitudes. Olaf on the other other hand is sharing his – We contain multitudes.
I may be missing something but have no idea what the phrase even means but both tracks are great.
Most new music in any given year is by artists already familiar to me. Add music by artists I had heard of but never listened to. Then you get the complete surprises – a band you had never heard of with a song that just blows you away. This song is just so damn catchy.The rest of the album is great too
Dream Wife – Hasta La Vista
I like the idea of an Afterword Room 101 where we chuck out celebrities or everyday items that can be discarded never more to be seen. I think we can be more creative than those ‘stars’ who are paid to give their examples.
Firstly – Michael McIntyre. Sorry just not funny – he is to comedy what King Herod was to babies. And that hair that never moves and the parting in the middle of his head that looks like someone has put an axe through his head.Tempting.
Secondly – ‘Accept all cookies’ every time you go on a bloody website – yes we bloody know. Just fuck off.
Thirdly – Supermarket packaging for Ham or Bacon as an example – you carefully peel it back, take out the bacon you need and put the peeled back plastic back in a close approximation of the position it was in before you opened the packaging. The next day when you fancy the remaining ham/bacon you can guarantee it is curled up at the edges and looks unedifying.
Just three that get my goat, I am sure many of you will have worthy additions.
In the recent past Nottingham had one of the highest Covid infection rates in the country. After lockdown 2 it went into Tier 3. Why then were they allowed to have a Christmas Market that was almost unsupervised and closed down almost as soon as it was opened?
The tier levels arguably don’t make any sense but[ allowing a Christmas market in that environment makes even less sense.
@Baron-Harkonnen posted an interesting list of new and old that he he had been listening to this year. We both share an obsession for buying new music – cant speak for him but my habits are quite possibly an addiction. I thought about his post and was wondering if we really need all this new. In the last 24 hours I have played these old ones:
Drive by Truckers – Go Go Boots Grandaddy – Last place Nick Lowe – Quiet please The best of Nick Lowe (both discs)
I enjoyed listening to all of them very much. But then I thought:
Drive by Truckers have released my favourite album this year and have another new one in December. Grandaddy are releasing a reworking of their best album The Sophtware slump and an expanded reissue of that album. Nick Lowe is doing great stuff with Los Straitjackets and I hope to see an album soon.
So yes enjoy the old stuff but welcome the new would be my motto.
Just to let any of you know who fancy treating yourselves with an early xmas present (or even as a hint to the other half )Prince’s masterpiece Sign O’THE times is available for £ 99 on the SDE site. That is an absolute steal and about £ 60 less than I paid. Fill yer boots.
Well what a pile of crap this year has been. A glimmer of hope as we approach its end but I think we are still a way off normality. Music has been my escape this year more than ever. Below are twenty discs that have made my days brighter than they otherwise would have been. They are not in order but all have done well to get into the twenty as there are plenty more lurking outside:
Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface Bright Eyes – Down in the weeds where the World once was Brigid Dawson and the mothers Network – Ballet of Apes Jess Williamson – Sorceress Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman Lucinda Williams – Good Souls better angels Cornershop – England is a Garden Flaming Lips – American Head Rose City Band – Summerlong Three Queens in the Mourning and Bonnie Prince Billy- Hello Sorrow, Hello Joy Jarvis Cocker – Jarv Is Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways Drive by Truckers – The Unravelling Lost Brothers – After the fire, After the rain Waterboys Good Luck seeker Olafur Arnalds – Some kind of Peace Mary Chapin Carpenter – The dirt and the Stars Dawes – » Continue Reading.
Following on from the physical ailments post I was curious to hear other peoples comments on sleep. Most of us on here seem to be of a similar age group where sleep patterns most definitely change if my friends and my own experiences are anything to go by. I usually go to bed around 11pm and have no difficulty in getting off to sleep. Nor do I have any difficulty with say a power nap on a Sunday afternoon. Nor do I have to get up in the middle of the night for a pee thankfully. However it is rare I can sleep past about 5.30 am and am often awake at 4.30 – 5 years ago I would sleep until 7am without ever waking up in the middle of the night. What changes and is there anything we can do to improve our lot?
We store our saucepans in a cupboard that is just above head height. Whenever I try to get one out or put one back I can guarantee that the lids coming flying out at me and create an almighty crash as I fail to catch them or they elude my grasp. We have stored them different ways – on their sides in between the stored saucepans or upside down in the saucepan so that we can store other saucepans on top. It does’t stop the damn things having a life of their own.
And another thing – baked beans. My wife only likes a few, I like more but not three quarters of a tin. When making saturday brunch i emptied just half of the tine into a saucepan. Now here is the problem – when you empty half the contents into the saucepan ALL of the sauce goes in. I put the remainder of the can into the fridge for the next day but when the next day comes the beans are as dry as a Nuns chuff because all of the sauce went on the first serving. Drives me nuts.
What does it sound like?:
In these dark times there are few bright notes. However one small upside has been the unexpected releases of albums by artists who may not have released anything in this past year if this past year was normal.I am thinking Dylan and Bruce certainly but this Eels album has come out of the blue. I have been a huge fan since first hearing Susan’s House on the radio. Ever since I have bought every album and seen him on every tour. The last album The Deconstruction was a little disappointing so. it is really heartwarming to get a new album that stands up to his previous efforts. The first song anything for Boo is a typical Eels mid tempo opener but by track 3 we are into classic Eels territory with Who you say you are which questions whether a new lover is who she professes to be and there is a recurring theme of love gone wrng or an admission that he has screwed up. When the album was first announced I was intrigued by the title ‘Are you fucking your ex?’ and imagined it was E being lascivious and admitting to relations » Continue Reading.
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In 2011 I was in New York and had one of those ‘stop you in your tracks’ moments. I was there on business and travelling in between calls on a less than fruitful business trip. My friend TIm the driver of the car and also an avid music fan had WFUV on the radio our preferred station if in the New York area. They were playing a song that sounded like Jackson Browne but wasn’t. It had great lyrics and a lovely melody. We arrived at our next call while the song was still playing. I asked Tim to let the song play to its conclusion. It was a song called ‘A little bit of everything’ by a band called Dawes who I had never heard of at that time. To say I was smitten was an understatement. I bought that album and their first and everything since. That song is without doubt the most played song in my collection in the 9 years since I first heard it. I became something of a fan and then I was a little disappointed with their last release Passwords – it wasnt awful, I just felt » Continue Reading.
Inspired by the live gig you would like to see again post I thought about gigs I looked forward to that left me cold. There have been a couple for me. I am a big fan of the recorded work of Los Lobos yet when I have seen them live (twice) they have failed to move me. I have heard live tracks of theirs on disc and they have it in them to be incendiary. Yet both times I saw them they appeared to be going through the motions. Another huge disappointment was Robert Cray – recorded output fine. I expected a live performance with extended solos etc but nada – almost a note perfect facsimile of his albums. Really what is the point?
I always thought that piece of metal you put in your mouth that makes vibrating noises somewhat akin to a didgeridoo was know as a Jews Harp. Reading a tribute to Ennio Morricone in this months Uncut I saw it referred to as a Jaw Harp. That would make more sense but is clearly wrong (in my head). Which should it be or can it be both?
What other curiosities can we resolve through friendly debate on this site?
I have perhaps 3500-4000 albums in my collection. I do not have any albums by anyone called Brigid. Then all of a sudden in the month of July I get two in the shape of Brigid Dawson and Brigid Mae Power – nothing intentional but it is a little odd.
Anyone else experienced any odd happenings recently?
Today i learned that Jackson Browne was once a member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt band. I never knew that.
What have you learned recently that took you by surprise
Was just shopping on the tax dodgers site and it seems they are no longer listing track names on albums/cd’s – what on earth is the point of that. One could argue if you are buying a new release cd you don’t need to know the track names but certainly if you are looking at compilations or deluxe versions of releases I would have though it was a pretty basic requirement. I might start buying somewhere else as this is another sign to me that they want you to be streamed music or kindle books. They can fuck right off whist I have the choice.
This months Mojo has a Bowie themed CD Crash Course for the Ravers. It contains much unfamiliar to me tracks by Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Gail Ann Dorsey and Robert Fripp amongst others. It is absolutely brilliant and if you are not a subscriber to Mojo I urge you to go out and buy the issue or steal it if you have to.Fabulous stuff. They normally go in the bin after one listen – this one won’t.
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I know there are a lot of Gretchen fans on here and I guess a few will be disappointed that her latest release is a tribute to Mickey Newbury rather than a collection of self-penned songs. This review intends to dispel any fears you may have.What you get with any new Gretchen album is one of the best female voices around, great musical backing and fantastic songs. You have all of these elements except that she is interpreting another great songwriters efforts. Mickey Newbury had something of a cult following whilst he was alive but like many others his reputation increased after his untimely death. Firstly I have to say that Gretchen’s voice has matured like a fine wine. If I think back to songs such as On a Bus to St.Cloud or Independence day – her voice had a sweetness and hadnt yet developed the timbre that she now has. It has a huskiness that didnt previously exist and it suits her and the songs. In listening to these songs it is clear that they were a big influence on her own songs – if you take songs like Frisco Depot or San Francisco » Continue Reading.
Amazon Deutschland have a 17 disc boxset Chet Baker – Milestones of a Jazz legend for a tad under £ 15.00 for anyone interested.
I heard this on the radio yesterday and was shocked. I thought I would listen to it again this morning just to check if it was a bad I thought it was. It is. The original is a great uplifting song. Mark Ronson has turned it into a godawful dirge. Off with his head. https://youtu.be/lRysND5-Kj0