You ever had one of these? I put this up in the old site years ago, time to resurrect it for those that missed it first time around. It is 1972 and my school chum is a Police Cadet in a town in the West Highlands of Scotland, and as it happened, it is only about 50 miles north of his hometown. It is a summers Sunday morning, and he has been summoned to report to the Police Station by the Duty Desk Sergeant… there is a wee problem that he may be able to solve. He duly gets himself down to the station, and the DDS informs him that night patrol had stopped to question a couple of unknown guys wandering through the streets of the town centre in the early hours, “Not that they were being overly suspicious, son” said the DDS “but the two fellas gave us false names and they still refuse to give us their proper ones.” In these days, long before cashline cards and credit cards became normal, everyone just carried money in their wallet, nowt else, no ID of any sort. “Now they say they are from your town. Have a wee look » Continue Reading.
(photo – Affluent couple in bedroom scene. Sacha Distel lookalike is lying in bed in silk pyjamas, wearing huge chunky headphones. He’s snapping his fingers to a groove and appears to be in bliss. A very pretty young woman is sitting up next to him, arms folded, disgruntled. We see confetti, a discarded wedding dress and a top hat on the floor).
Headline – The Afterword. For REAL music fans.
We get it. You love music. Your record collection is the envy of your friends at the golf club and the chaps at the office. If Elton has a new platter, you’re first in the queue at the record shop. When Mr Jagger struts his stuff on tour, you have to be there too.
You have high standards. And so do we. At The Afterword music is all we care about. We mean it. You have eclectic tastes. And so do we. At The Afterword, you will find anything from The Beatles all the way to Richard Thompson.
It is clear you are an Afterword kinda guy.
But a word of advice; we do this all the time. It’s our job. We are here for you when you’re » Continue Reading.
A legend in Zimbabwe and a great of African music Oliver Mtukudzi has died. A tall, gentle, rake-thin man he was 66 and had released over 65 albums.
I first saw him in Harare in 1982 and his album Africa was the soundtrack to independent Zimbabwe especially his version of Ishe Komborera Africa, the nascent nation’s anthem until 1994. Tuku’s music had a lighter feel and slight cough became his vocal signature. He sang in a variety of languages and many songs were based on traditional parables.
I always saw him as the Beatles to Thomas Mapfumo’s stones. Women seemed to prefer him to the dreadlocked, ganja-smoking militance of Mapfumo and his more subtle approach to his messages has meant he continued to live in Zimbabwe throughout the oppression of the Mugabe era while Mapfumo went into exile.
Along the way, his music became more pan African in sound to broaden his appeal, particularly South Africa. He stayed with me for one tour in Australia (I had to add an extension to the bed to accomodate his long legs) and he was going through my African collection. Interestingly it was the smooth, jazzy, fusion stuff of Stimela that interested him.
Looking forward to a World Cup win and a 3-1 Ashes series!
The two hour documentary “The Go-Betweens: Right Here” is on Sky Arts, 9pm, this Saturday 26th January.
This has been a Public Service Announcement.
Reggie Young has died
The holographic (well, pepper’s Ghost with bells and whistles) Frank Zappa tour is happening this May. The band in itself is pretty astonishing (Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin, Ed Mann, and, sometimes, steve vai) so would be worth it without visuals. Whether good or cheesy, this looks like an evening well spent for Zapparians.
It’s a chilly morning here in the UK and I couldn’t decide what to play to put a spring in my step on the walk to work. I put the iPod classic on shuffle and up popped Jackie Leven, subject of much admiration here this week. I wasn’t really surprised. iPods are psychic like that.
This made me think that we haven’t had a randomiser thread for a while, so here we go. Usual rules apply – set your device of choice to play tracks in a random order and let us know what the first 5 are. No cheeky editing to make your playlist look cool or we’ll know.
Mine took it’s lead from Jackie Leven and delivered an exclusively male list of tracks in a singer-writer vein, all very Mojo.
1) Gomez – Devil Will Ride 2) Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve – Why Can’t a Man Stand Alone? 3) Roger McGuinn – Lover of the Bayou 4) Richard Thompson – Dad’s Gonna Kill Me (NPR live session) 5) Pulp – Help the Aged
I’ve a few minutes to share this before descending into a day-long “workshop” (viz: Alexei’s immortal utterance) all about “Human Resource” information systems, so I’ll just have time to say that it’s a fab selection of paintings, by a woman called Doreen Fletcher, of everyday London – displaying a sweet innocence, humour and a great eye for detail.
Well worth your perusal – I was both charmed and impressed, and glad these made it into the light for more people to see.
Is it special bread that is designed to help you create a faecal Jackson Pollock six hours after ingestion?
I discovered I had an inherited reel to reel tape of a BBC Radio Ulster broadcast from (I’m guessing) 1978, which I doubt is in the BBC archive. I’ve just digitised it. Think of it as a podcast. It’s a fascinating half-hour.
Interviewees include John Peel, Dave Robinson (Stiff), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Terri Hooley (Good Vibes), Cliff Moore (It Records), various Outcasts, Rudi, Undertones members… and someone from the Dougie Briggs Band, who appear to have occupied a space in the NI ecosystem similar to Eddie & the Hot Rods in London (between pub rock and punk) and, unless I’m mistaken, are now forgotten. Similarly, I believe the presenter here is Mike Kerr – purveyor of a very specific kind of ‘BBC Northern Ireland’ plumminess of voice particular to the 70s and 80s – who is also, as far as I’m aware, a forgotten figure.
“Outrageous comedy drama telling the true story of chart-topping agents of chaos, the KLF.”
I haven’t heard more than the trailers – yet – but I bet it beats most of Radio 4’s plays for entertainment value.
I am mindful that we haven’t heard much about Jerry Dammers since his Sun Ra big band a few years ago.
When people just ‘disappear’, I rather wonder if life is catching up with them, although doubtless some people decide ‘it’s a shit business’ (passim) and become owners of a Spar franchise.
With Simon Mayo leading a new classical music station and Chris Evans taking breakfast in new surroundings, what is the future for mainstream radio? Both of the afore mentioned big hitters are not available on FM / AM and consequently are absent from most cars. Personally I might grab an hour of Danny Baker on a Saturday morning whilst I’m on kitchen fatigues, and I enjoy TMS and the odd football commentary, but as far as live radio is concerned that’s about it. For evening background I might occasionally run Radio Paradise or might even dip into what Spotify describes as “radio”( although it clearly isn’t).
Podcasts and listen again facilities have long enabled us to access many favourite shows at a time of our own choosing. I always catch the News Quiz but couldn’t tell you what time of day it is broadcast (assuming things are still broadcast these days). I’m finding that it’s perfectly possible to follow several great shows from radios 3 and 4 without ever having to find them on a dial at a given time of day.
For me, when listening to radio, advertising is to be avoided at all costs but I accept » Continue Reading.
I know it was yesterday, but I didn’t see this (from 2013) until today.
What’s the New Order hit about? That’s right – a washing machine.
I’m still none the wiser.
What better day than #bluemonday to swing the doors open to the CDswap salon for the first meet of 2019. For our new members we come to you from the wonderful world of the nineties, before Spotify playlists, when CD burning was a thing. It’s still a thing everyone! The idea is fiendishly simple: choose twelve tracks around a theme and pop them on a CD. Post them to a couple of other people, listen to theirs, then review online. As ever @kid-dynamite and your good self are your hosts.
So what’s the theme this time? We are going into colour people. Or rather in homage to a certain reissue we are going White. Get your musical mojo working on all matters white, colourless and pale. Artists called white, tracks with white, lyrics about pale riders, er…white albums…even an album you’ve got on white vinyl. Schedule, full details etc in the comments, where all you need to do is post a comment and you are in.
Cockburns or Coburns?
Aberdeenshire Council fails to spot phoney stonies. In other news, a spokesman for Historic England has said new evidence suggests Mick Jagger dates dates back to 6,5000 BC. ‘The primitive nature of his music was the deciding factor,’ said Dr Haile Bogus, on his way to putting his collection of Jagger artefacts on eBay…
On the BBC news page today. Less than 4 minutes to watch, probably a bit longer to ponder
…in which our hero displays a hitherto unsuspected talent for Cockney hoofing.
This popped up on Twitter yesterday, and I thought I’d bring some innocent merriment into your dreary lives in honour of Blue Monday, apparently the most depressing day of the year – a perfect day for the Maybot to present a Plan B that bears an uncanny resemblance to Plan A.
The entire movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime. Caution: may be subject to the law of diminishing returns.
Did anyone else watch this? Shown last Friday on BBC4 as part of a Guitar, Bass & Drums series. It was lovely, and I thought the previous week’s episode with Stewart Copeland was very good too. Both presenters showed a real passion for their instrument. My favourite bit of Tina’s show was watching the current bass player of Chic, who has been in the band a long time I think, attempting to demonstrate Bernard Edwards technique on the breakdown riff for Everybody Dance and finding it distinctly tricky. To be fair he said he’d never seen anyone else play like Bernard, either before or since. These episodes should be on the iplayer for a few weeks. Each one is well worth an hour of your time
Question 1 – do turntable mats make a difference? I have just had a felt one on one turntable and the others have rubber. Since I am upgrading the cartridge on one I thought I would look into this 2.
Question 2 – if they do make a difference. What is recommended -felt, rubber, cork or cork/rubber hybrid? I even saw one site reviewing deer hide FFS!
Drifting around on YouTube I came across this short Jackie Leven documentary that I didn’t know existed. Might interest some.
Next month’s café vinyl session is Rumours and Tango in the Night, both audience requests.
I’ll have about half an hour left to fill before those two, I was planning on pre-Rumours material. I’m no expert on T’ Mac. Is there a great (and short) Green-era album? Solo stuff (e.g. Buckingham/Nicks)? Playlist?
Any suggestions welcome.