All original episodes of Danger Mouse now on Netflix. Great joy in Twang Towers. This is a public service announcement.
What does it sound like?:
A bootleg, really, but who cares. This is the live performance reported by Junior Wells recently – a fan tape of the never recorded Bluesbreakers lineup featuring future Fleetwood Mac members Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood with Mayall in Holland. First, sound quality. Well, not bad actually. Quite clear and dry, no “back of the room under a greatcoat” about it. The band is remarkably balanced sounding, and the full range is there – you can hear the bass, drums etc all in balance with the vocals, guitars and organ. Then the performances – well, this just adds another underline to the view that Peter Green , here at his peak, was one of the greatest ever blues guitarists. This is pure blues – none of the eclecticism which crept in later with songs like “Man of the world” or “Oh well”. His playing on “San Ho Zay” is quite astonishing – cheeky, lyrical and innovative all in one. Only Jeff Beck usually gets away with this stuff. On the numbers we know from the Beano album he kinda reflects Clapton’s groundbreaking playing, whilst adding a distinctly Green tinge to the phrasing. » Continue Reading.
New season starts next week! **claps hands **
Storm Imogen appears to have arrived outside and sheets of rain are lashing the house. Time for a thread of rain songs. A rich seam to mine I think, and let’s kick off with this chilly bit of 80s folk/Goth….over to you.
When I were a nip I thought this was dead good. I haven’t listened to it for years but was suddenly moved to…and it is still dead good. Fab guitar playing and particularly good bass playing too. That’s all.
Anyone know where one can find recordings of classic political speeches from the 50s to the present day? Curiously hard to find, beyond YouTube where they tend to be a bit hacked about.
I love what Stuart Maconie refers to as a salty snack. Tonight I had a large bowl of Twiglets with a pre dinner sherry, though it could easily have been KP Dry Roasted Peanuts, or pistachios. Sure for more poncy occasions an olive is good, or a tray of Waitrose charcuterie. I love a nib. How about you?
Well, we’re all going to get a vote soon. I have to say I’m divided on the subject. Having lived in France for a long time I feel quite European (though I can tell you, most of the French people I know don’t feel European, they feel French) and from a trade point of view I am quite sure we’d be subject to all the alleged red tape which apparently drives everyone mad now. So economically we are probably as well staying in. But, but… I do really resent the way the EU behaves. The Strasbourg bollocks. The financial corruption. The blatant politicing amongst the big players. The busy body legislation (iPod volume limiters etc). And, TBH, the legal constraints about who we can and can’t allow to remain in the country. I am a probable Yes, but have No sympathies and am looking forward to each side making the case. So far, and to his credit, only Nick Clegg has tried and got a grandstanding roasting from Farage for his trouble.
What do you think?
Outrageous self promotion alert…
I have been mucking about writing and recording some songs for, oooh, ages and have finally finished. The results are available here as a free download or if really keen you can order a real CD! Artwork by our fave Pencilsqueezer. El Hombre Malo makes an appearance on the title track too. It’s a tunesome mix of folk rockish numbers with an emphasis on the rock. Enjoy!
Nice and fresh. Lovely job. Thanks all who laboured on it.
I’m approaching the end of a contract and a major drama exploded today resulting in me having to run around like the proverbial fly with blue nether regions. Not at all what I had in mind for Friday before departure. So I need a musical pick me up. It used to be the first Boston album but today it is Karnataka – pop/goth/prog, with soaring female vocals, stacked vocal harmonies, tons of keyboards, lead guitars, tempo changes and all in a melodic ear friendly package. And drums that go be dum be dum be dum be dum CRACK across the stereo spectrum. Marvellous. What picks you up?
DogFaceBoy, Twang, the Cheshire Cat, Pencilsqueezer, Steerpike and El Hombre Malo struggle with technical gremlins and seasonal torpor to discuss the year past and the one to come. The Cat lives up to his fictional namesake by disappearing regularly and El Hombre wanders in the Skype wilderness before finding the way in. Nonetheless some highlights are identified, and in AW tradition an argument breaks out over Joanna Newsom.
We talk about Spotty here a lot but are there any Google Play fans? What puts me off Spot is the download function on Android – it requires a lash up of monumental proportions to get it to download to the phone’s SD card which is hopeless. Apparently Google Play is better. Any views?
Hi all – we’ll be recording a review of 2015 podcast on Sunday evening 3rd Jan from 8.30pm – 10pm. All are welcome to participate for as little or long as you like – you just need to dial into my Skype and I’ll add you into the chat. In theory anyway, technical gremlins notwithstanding. If you don’t have my Skype, PM me. Even popping in just to say hello would be great!
I saw the first Star Wars film when it came out and quite enjoyed it as far as I can remember, but felt no need to see any of the others. ..however Twang Jr is keen to watch the series en famille…so tell me, Massive, is it better to watch them in order of release, or prequels first in literal historic sequence? Or is a selection of the best ones enough?
I know we’re all busy being angry about Daily Mail columnists, The Guardian, the Government etc etc, but in between the outrage I just thought I’d mention there’s a rather fun new Freeview channel called TalkingPicturesTV featuring mostly 70s pulp movies of the sort I rather enjoy. Currently rediscovering “Can you keep it up all week.”. Tomorrow night there’s “Hannie Caulder” with Raquel Welch and Ernest Borgnine. This is a public service announcement.
Does anyone understand video editing? I don’t do it that often and it always drives me completely insane with all the codecs and containers and arcane dimensions, 1024×576, 16:9 etc etc. If a kind person could do a 101 for morons I would be most grateful. Currently I have a file in which everything is stretched so everyone looks tall and thin (and not in a good way) and whatever I do I can’t get the editor to display it properly – think is, I don’t understand what the parameters mean…some other files display / render OK, but this one doesn’t (even though it looks OK through simple views like Quick Time, or even MS Movie Maker). So I can’t do any sort of diagnostic as I don’t know what I’m looking for. HELP!
It seems we have a British world heavyweight boxing champion.
I didn’t even know there might be one…I only have peripheral interest in the sport which can never be called a game…though when I was a kid, fights by Ali, Frazier etc were mainstream television. Of course the alleged corruption and multiplicity of WBO/A/X/Y/Z has degraded it badly. I can imagine some of you out there blanching at the very thought of watching boxing, but there’s something compelling about it…even the Benn/Eubank duels were exciting…I might have watched it if it had been on terrestrial. Here’s Ali, roping a dope
What does it sound like?:
It’s the latest Steven Wilson remix of the Tull back catalogue, and it sounds fantastic. Interestingly they were unable to find all the original multi tracks of the album sessions, so only 5 tracks from the original album received the Wilson remix treatment here. Fear not however – amongst the extras is a TV special filmed for the Beeb where the union rules of the time required the band to re-record the music, and happily these multi tracks are present and correct and sounding sparkly after the Wilson magic has been applied. Pause and think about that for a moment.….they re-recorded the whole flipping album, in a couple of days, for a TV show. Lucky other prog bands, used to taking 18 months to produce their latest magnum opus, weren’t into making TV specials! This is an oddity on the Tull canon, being the album most fans of the band are a bit “meh” about…originally including this reviewer. The packaging of the original album was terrific, with a full strip cartoon telling the story of Ray Lomax, an old school un-reconstituted rocker who finds himself out of place and time but who, by a » Continue Reading.
Here is the Top 10 Neil Young tracks from those who voted….
1. Cortez The Killer 2. Powderfinger 3. Like a Hurricane 4. Revolution Blues 5. Ambulance Blues 6. Cinnamon Girl 7. Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black) 8. Old Man 9. Southern Man 10. Rockin’ In The Free World
Full results in the thread….
We are under great pressure to get Halo for Twang Jr for Christmas – my instincts are fairly negative as it seems violent to me, though probably no less than some of the Minecraft games if I’m honest. Any views out there? He’s 11 going on 12. And “all” his friends already have it (cue “if they all put their fingers in the fire would you?” speech). Any thoughts?
Twang, Dog Faced Boy, Ruby Blue and visitor Pip discuss the “Amy” movie, her albums and legacy. The team vary in their affection for the records, but agree that the film perfectly captures her tragic decline and the almost universal lack of care which was on offer when she really needed it. They explore the best (and worst) of the extensive live footage which is there for all the world to see and join in on the richly deserved shoeing of the likes of Graham Norton for their cheap shot comments in her darkest days.
See our heroine in her prime here…
Time for another irrelevant poll – your best Neil Young songs. Usual rules apply – list the top 5 in order, number one gets 5 points etc. Neil songs in CSNY / Springfield etc (for example) are eligible. Bar drops Sunday night.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world!
PS Haterz spare us posts saying “none of them” or similar hilarious contributions. 🙂