Apologies for the slightly nerdy / niche nature of this, but I fell into watching this interview with Dean Parks, session guitarist who did some notable Steely Dan tracks amongst many other. What a self effacing and nice bloke with encyclopedic knowledge of his instrument and what he used for what. Like many experts he answers question articulately and in detail with a touch of wry humour along the way. Well worth 45 mins of your time if you’re vaguely interested in how great pop music gets made. I felt some here would enjoy it.
Any plans for the weekend? I’m happy to say I do not. Mrs. T is going to the theatre on Saturday so I’m home alone with a good movie, subtitles on and guitar in hand. I’ve been relatively busy lately so a bit of idleness will be welcome. How about yous?
My tip – there’s a nice documentary about the making of “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty on Prime. Very watchable.
Have a good one.
You can’t accuse Joe Jackson of ploughing the same old groove. His new album is old music hall classics! Looks fun from the video, though I imagine many will be mystified!
Slightly gloomy subject but our neighbours were burgled recently – they had poor locks on the front door and the feckers walked straight in. But it prompts me to look at video doorbells, cameras, lighting etc etc. Another neighbour has gone with the Blink system which seems nicely designed and integrated with cameras, lights etc…but what does the massive think? Other options? Good/bad/indifferent?
In fact we have little worth nicking in this day and age (who steals 8 year old tellys?) and have no cash in the house but it’s the toerags getting in and ransacking the place which is just horrible.
PS – of course, the scrotes will get in if they want to – the whole objective is to make it look like more hassle than moving on to a less well protected house.
PPS – I’m not getting a dog!
Surprise YouTube hit of serious beard action bloke singing heartfelt song. I really like it and find it rather affecting. Could have be a Bruce number once. What do you think?
Twang, Tiggerlion, FentonSteve and Dai blow the cobwebs out of the pod and convene to discuss remixes and remasters. Fenton talks for approximately 3 hours about Sadie and dynamic range compression, inevitably the Fabs sets come up and Twang crowbars in the Tull series of reissues. We consider the frilly bits put around old and beloved albums to get us to rebuy things we already have multiple times, and the team tip their favourites and some clunkers to avoid.
H*ffman readers will be relieved to know this pod was mastered at -16db LUFS.
What we need at this point in the steady decline of our country after 13 years of terrible government is a loud, noisy punk album screaming abuse at all and sundry. Happily Section Kase have come along with “Cretinous Behaviour”, 29 minutes and 10 tracks of foul mouthed frustration and rant. It’s a proper punk album of short songs, fast tempos and teenage bad attitude. Full disclosure requires that I reveal that the guitarist is one Twang Jr and two mates – hear the voice of generation Covid after 3 years of being pushed about by an uncaring leadership. Spoiler – they’re not happy.
It’s great fun too – lots of dark humour and bitterly ironic sneering. There are echoes of past punk bands of course, but also fellow travellers such as Motorhead. All good noisy fun.
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What does it sound like?:
I first saw Emma Rawicz at my local jazz club in September 2021 in that fleeting moment where lockdown seemed to be easing and seeing live music was such a treat. She had been shortlisted for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year by Jazz FM and the breathless news was that she had only been playing tenor sax (or any sax for that matter) since she was 15 and we were watching her at the advanced age of 19… Whatever, she was really good, and I saw her a year later and she was even better.
After a period of intensive study at Chetham’s school in Manchester she went to the Royal Academy (where she still is…) then spent lockdown with her head down practicing and investigating the classic jazz repertoire to fill in her knowledge – growing up in North Devon she’d never really heard jazz until a touring big band visited and she was hooked. Needless to say, all that wood shedding paid off and she sounds like a veteran with high multiples of years under her belt.
I bought her first album, “Incantation”, off Bandcamp where she announced she had 100 CDs » Continue Reading.
Easy one this. Recommended one album for the summer hols – old or new.
I have probably over a thousand photos, vaguely organised, but there are lots of duplicates and short of looking at every one (which wouldn’t work anyway as you can’t remember them all) I can’t get them into more than vague organisation. Anyone know any easy ways of deduplicating and tagging them so they are a bit more manageable?
I have a copy of the Mojo John Lennon Special which my Mum had saved in mint condition. Anyone who would like it PM me and I’ll pop it in the post. I don’t want anything for it, going to a fellow AWer but by all means stick the postage cost in a charity box near you!
The adverts seem to be getting more frequent on YouTube, and given the data they must have on my interests I’m mystified why they are so consistently irrelevant but nonetheless they are incredibly irritating. I do use YT a lot and I’m coming round to paying for it – the fact that they create none of the content feels wrong but I guess it’s a good platform. Anyone taken the plunge?
Mrs. T and I are sloping off to Lisbon for 5 days in mid February to celebrate my move to what the government delicately calls economic inactivity. Bring it on. Recommendations of everything good from views to cafes to restaurants, bars, galleries, venues and more very welcome. I want it all! TIA!
I idly put a playlist together of great guitar instrumentals. As we have to have rules for these things they are:
1. Must be melodic
2. Meaningless shredding is not allowed
3. Only one piece per artist
4. All genres positively encouraged
However I have quickly realised I have major artists missing (no Bert, no John Mc, no RT) and no recent entries – are instrumentals even a thing any more?
Pitch in and I will add (if I like it…)
Discussion of films, telly etc makes me wonder how you all stream content to the TV? We have an aging smart TV but a more flexible Amazon Fire Box which is starting to suffer from missing apps (BFI, though you can get it via Prime). If I’m in bed ill or on hols I might download stuff to the tablet. You?
The Place, Bedford
I approached this gig with slight reluctance after a superb evening watching Jeffrey Foucault at the Water Rats the previous night and Jason Isbell the previous week. It was cold and miserable and I had a distinct “why did I book this” vibe, especially after Mrs. T lit the fire. Nonetheless I sallied out to Bedford, surely the town Google Maps was invented for – does anyone know how to get around the concentric one way systems?
The Place is clearly an old industrial unit with pitted carpark and depthless puddles into which to plunge your desert boot. However things picked up immediately on entry, with the entirely volunteer staffed team providing a warm welcome and the bright, well stocked bar a restorative glass. The room is clearly a generic live space which can accommodate the local Cubs, a Christmas panto or, it turns out, a sterling evening of acoustic music.
Support is provided by Samantha Whates singing lovely songs from her “Waiting Rooms” CD which was recorded in a series of venues where people are in transit to somewhere else – station, prisons…and they are lovely. Old pal » Continue Reading.
Ben Watt announced on Twitter that there will be a new Everything but the Girl album next spring!
Happy days. I love EBTG in all their manifestations but probably my favourite is their late period pre-dance phase. Here’s the opening track from probably my favourite album, though they are all excellent.
Perhaps it is easier to start with what this book is not. It does not provide tips or tricks to improve your guitar playing other than at a metaphysical level (more of this later). It does not teach you to play like Robert Fripp, nor does it teach any theory, scales or tasty Crimson tinged licks. It doesn’t consider the benefits of a .7mm plectrum vs a 1mm (believe me, there are books which do), nor does it debate effects pedals or how to play D. In fact for long periods it doesn’t talk about guitars at all. What, you may be wondering, is it about then?
Having read it once cover to cover then skimmed through it a second time, I’m struggling to articulate what it is about really. Probably the easiest way to explain it is to say it is a detailed exploration of Fripp’s personal philosophy of guitar playing (the eponymous Guitar Craft), some of which is quite specific (how to strike the string, when to move fingers, how to sit on a chair) and large sections are letters to his Guitar Craft students or responses to their queries. It stresses the student’s need for » Continue Reading.
Twang on Nicky Hopkins
FROM THE COLLEGE OF ROCK N ROLL KNOWLEDGE FACEBOOK PAGE.
Nicky Hopkins is probably the most famous musician that many of you have never heard of. We are remembering him today as it was on Sept. 6, 1994 that we lost him.
Nicky Hopkins was an English pianist and organist. Hopkins recorded and performed on many notable British and American pop and rock music releases from the 1960’s through the 1990’s.
He suffered from Crohn’s disease from his youth. Poor health and ongoing surgery made it difficult for him to tour. His frail health led him to concentrate on working as a session musician instead of joining bands, although he left his mark performing with a wide variety of famous bands, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
He quickly became one of London’s most in-demand session pianists and performed on many hit recordings from this period including albums and singles by the Easybeats, The Kinks, the Pretty Things, The Move and The Who.
In 1967 he joined the Jeff Beck Group, playing on the LPs “Truth” and “Beck-Ola.”
The following year, he recorded “Beggars Banquet” with The Rolling Stones, having previously worked for them on » Continue Reading.
Gone to the great gig in the sky who have gained a terrific singer with amazing presence considering all she ever did really was stand still and sing, with the occasional smile. The carnival is over.
Apologies, incredibly boring. I want a new screen for my PC – having got used to the nice big screen work gave me which lives on the dining room table, the poxy old one in the office looks way too small so I want to spring for a new one. Just a decent size, decent res, not needed for gaming or anything demanding. Any recommendations? It’s an old Dell Inspiration 3847 tower PC if that matters. Is screen compatibility a thing? Graphics card b*llx etc? Anyone still awake, advice welcome.
Just listening to Joni’s “Hejira” it strikes me that “Furry sings the blues” would be immeasurably improved by the terrible harmonica playing being dropped out. In the remix, this is gone.
What other bits do you wish weren’t there?
Happy anniversary “Argus”, 50 today. A thrilling mixture of rock, folk and a tinge of prog it was compulsory listening in our 6th form common room. It still still stands up remarkably well, especially when played loud. My crackling vinyl will be spinning with the evening gin and tonic.
What does it sound like?:
Joe Satriani achieved a career high and simultaneous own goal with his second album, 1987’s “Surfing with the alien” which both set the template and closed the book on high energy / high technique risk guitar instrumental music. Others tried to play faster, heavier, etc but the original, much imitated, is still the greatest. Joe gave early indications that, whilst he was perfectly capable of high octane widdleage, he was smarter and broader than that. The follow-up, “Flying in a blue dream”, revealed his singing, wailing blues harp and even banjo guitar. Not just a shredder then. He filled in on lead guitar with Deep Purple for one tour, and also with Mick Jagger on a solo outing.
The other thing which sets him apart is his love for a good melody. Like Jeff Beck, he is as happy with a weeping, melodramatic instrumental ballad as the rockier stuff and his grasp of more sophisticated musical theory pushes some of these tracks into fusion territory.
The album sounds terrific given it was recorded during lockdown with most of the contributions added remotely rather than in a room, but where many home grown efforts from » Continue Reading.