Part of the Melbourne Film Festival, it sounds rather good. I wonder whether it might prompt a wider tour.
With the announcement of Abbey Road Superdeluxe there is much excitement about the issue of this on 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos (no idea what the difference is, presumably it’s better done in dobly). I don’t have a surround sound setup and apart from XTC, the HJHs and King Crimson it’s unlikely any music I like will be issued in this format. However, I’m interested to know from people that indulge – (if Superdeluxeedition.com is anything to by there is a huge demand for it – whether it’s Beatles band or Thompson Twins) So how often do you listen to music in 5.1 – describe the scenario – do you invite people over or do you have a space where you just immerse yourself? – can you enjoy the 2d album once you’ve heard it in 5 dimensions?
Very sad to hear that Nick Walusko has died at just 59. The Wondermints were a treasured secret among pop-pop obsessives like me in the 90s. I saw them twice, and their gig at the Borderline was one of the very best shows I’ve ever seen.
The Wondermints are best known for backing up Brian Wilson, and an amazing job they did of it too, but I’ll always wish they got to record some more of their own stuff. Now it’s too late.
I loved Remy Ongala and Super Matimila. Wonderful soukous guitars and Remy’s voice like honey.
I saw him at the first Womad down here and alas never returned. He switched to gospel late in his life and died too young. As his fans comment, others sing just about love but not you Remy. Conscious music where sometimes the crowd are just standing there listening to what he says.
Unusually and helpfully this Dutch documentary has subtitles when he sings. As is typical the crowd hams things up in front of the camera but the scene where he is playing in the wet season, the dance floor awash and particularly vulgar dancing on display provides an interesting counterpoint to his discussions in his band’s bus on heaven and hell.
They’d pretty much jumped the shark with their previous album, Sparkle in the Rain, and this album was where they’d lost the plot. All the imagination and gloriies of New Gold Dream two release previously were buried in bluster.
Well, yes. But I had, for some reason a hankering to play it today, as an accompaniment to a day of tedious cleaning jobs And blasting it out while I was home alone , I absolutely loved it. Plenty of overblown nonsense of course but it was miles better than I recall and than I’d let myself believe.
So, any nice musical surprise for you out there recently?
Super deluxe edition, 3 CD+1 Blu-ray:
Disc 1: 2019 Stereo Mix
1. Come Together 2. Something 3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer 4. Oh! Darling 5. Octopus’s Garden 6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) 7. Here Comes The Sun 8. Because 9. You Never Give Me Your Money 10. Sun King 11. Mean Mr Mustard 12. Polythene Pam 13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 14. Golden Slumbers 15. Carry That Weight 16. The End 17. Her Majesty
Disc 2: Sessions
1. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (Trident Recording Session & Reduction Mix) 2. Goodbye (Home Demo) 3. Something (Studio Demo) 4. The Ballad Of John And Yoko (Take 7) 5. Old Brown Shoe (Take 2) 6. Oh! Darling (Take 4) 7. Octopus’s Garden (Take 9) 8. You Never Give Me Your Money (Take 36) 9. Her Majesty (Takes 1–3) 10. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Takes 1–3 / Medley) 11. Here Comes The Sun (Take 9) 12. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Take 12)
Disc 3: Sessions
1. Come Together (Take 5) 2. The End (Take 3) 3. Come And Get It (Studio Demo) 4. Sun King (Take 20) 5. Mean Mr Mustard (Take 20) 6. Polythene Pam (Take 27) » Continue Reading.
Not the original TV themes, but covers from your favourite rock n roll (or jazz) artists……
I’ll start the ball rolling with The James Taylor Quartet / Starsky & Hutch
What does it sound like?:
See full review in comments
What does it all *mean*?
That early 70’s ‘progressive’ music is a broad church
Goes well with…
Whatever takes your fancy…
Might suit people who like…
The lighter end of progressive rock, Zombies, Soft Machine, Jazz rock, Art rock, Camel, Traffic, Kevin Ayers, Canterbury music
I went to a Mick Houghton book talk hosted by Ben Thompson, and with a top notch guest appearance by David Balfe, and I think there’s a Hepworth podcast or some such with MH. And now there’s this report of an evening, or 40 minutes of one any road, hosted by Bill Drummond…
Been knocking up a nut roast for the tinies, their mum and dad, and me and the missus if we’re lucky, and my thoughts turned to cooking music. It’s got to be something I know and love, with no sudden skronking or other unexpected surprises that make me cut myself or bring Mrs thep running to remind me that we have neighbours above and below. But it’s not always that simple. Why? Here’s a technical interlude (can safely be skipped if not interested).
The wifi in my not very big flat is a bit flaky at its farthest reaches, which includes the kitchen. (Sometimes the wifi on passing buses is stronger.) So I’ve installed a mesh network, which has solved the problem triumphantly. But the Sonoi (One in kitchen, Beam under the TV) are still on the original network, which makes controlling the One in the kitchen with my phone a chancy affair – sometimes it just gives up. For some reason, however, controlling it with Alexa works fine every time. So complicated curating is out, the routine is, ‘Alexa, play x’, where x is a single artist or album.
Back to the original question: it has to be » Continue Reading.
I am busting to tell someone so I hope you don’t mind me sharing some personal news…
Earlier today I was delighted to get a private message in my Afterword inbox (I have shared the opening words with you in the title). “Mrs juliet Olivia” sounds nice and I am really excited that she is now part of my life.
“What do you mean?” I hear you cry, in unison.
Well…WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!
I know, I know, it’s all a bit of a whirlwind isn’t it? I was tempted just to ignore it but, I dunno, maybe it was a signal from the Gods…but I replied to say hi and she came straight back to me! She says she loves me and just knows that we belong together. I didn’t believe in love at first cyber-sight but I certainly do now!
She’s sent me her photo and she looks like exactly like Farrah Fawcett in 1976. It’s funny how retro styles come back into fashion isn’t it? I sent her my pic and she told me off for sending her a picture of Brad Pitt! When I said that it was actually me, she was like “NO FREAKIN’ » Continue Reading.
Currently in the process of organising the den ahead of us (hopefully) relocating to a neat little Cottage. My new den/music room is a bit smaller, so I’m having to be a bit creative about storage and do a bit of soul-searching about what I really need to take with me. It’s long overdue a stock check and I’m enjoying going through what’s there, deciding what stays and releasing the rest back into the wild. I’m aiming to pare down to where I’ve got favourite music and books displayed and being enjoyed rather than boxes and boxes of stuff gathering dust. So, interested to know how Afterworders deal with all your ‘stuff’ and how you decide on your Vinyl/CD crop-rotation etc. The biggest task is dealing with the about 2,000+ CDs, most of which is on shelves and the rest in crates. Ignoring the fact of it’s plummeting resale value, I had a blast collecting it all and there is stuff in there that isn’t on Spotify etc so I’m keeping a lot of it. I’ll trim down to keep the best stuff shelved but the rest is getting taken out of Jewell cases and filed away in a big » Continue Reading.
Like many music fans I’ve imagined myself as a musician – the 3rd guitar Thin Lizzy never knew they needed. Trouble is, I don’t so much play the guitar as interfere with them. I can only play sitting down and under no circumstances if anyone else is watching. Or listening. Paul’s tale of how he overcame his stage fright to become a travelling troubadour therefore appealed to me, if only to relate how he managed to do something I know I never will.
Paul’s tale is not a simple “How To Get Over Yourself And Get On Stage”. It’s a tale of redemption as well as a gentle reflection on his parents, friendship, his children and most importantly himself. The book alternates chapters between his formative years and his gradual steps towards playing songs in public.
The twist in the plot – and I’m giving nothing away as it’s revealed at the start of the book – is that Paul didn’t acquire the performance bug late in life. In his youth he fronted The Entangled Network, one of Hythe’s foremost rock and roll bands (indeed quite possibly their only rock and roll band) who successful promoted their own » Continue Reading.
I recently read that Ringo’s suggestion for the title of “Revolver” was “After Geography” – a riposte to the title of the then current Rolling Stones LP “Aftermath”. Not the best of Ringo’s humour – for example he came up with the line “A Hard Day’s Night”. And asked what he thought of Beethoven’s music he said “I like his poems”.
Then there’s Noel’s assessment of Liam “he’s like a fork in a world of soup”. Or more recently “I got on well with my Mum till she had Liam” (or words to that effect).
I know there are others. I’m NOT talking about witty lines in songs, otherwise I’d quote most of Randy Newman’s oeuvre. I mean reported quotes from interviews etc.
Most music product, vinyl, CDs, cassettes, is manufactured in the EU. Physical product is already costing more with the falling pound but will be even more expensive post Brexit. I’m hoping to buy the Abbey Road box set before the sh*t really hits the fan.
Downloads will also rise in price. The pound now isn’t worth the 99p tracks are priced at.
Streaming is unbelievably cheap at the moment but that is not sustainable in the medium and long term. Streaming firms all lose money hand over fist.
Live music will also be more expensive. Artists will need permits and all manner of paperwork to transport their equipment, their instruments and themselves to and from the UK, boosting the price.
Best to batten down the hatches and just enjoy the record collections we’ve already accumulated.
The Primeminister seems to have made it known via The Times that if he suffers a defeat in the house on a No Confidence vote – he is considering the option not to resign as PM and call an Election after Brexit date.
I think this is him floating the idea to the masses to see what the reaction is. The other motive is, I think, that he is seeking (free) expert analysis that will doubtless come from someone, somewhere.
It’s an interesting parliamentary scenario – from my reading of parliamentary protocol it would require Black Rod to visit the Queen, enter the room backwards while wearing the Special Blacke Trousers of Doome (last worn in the days of Cromwell) and requesting her, in latin, to dissolve parliament. She solemnly quacks three times and rings a handbelll, a Beefeater will then declare the Tower of Londion as the interim Houses of Parliament, administrated by Lord Duncan Norvelle. Boris Johnson will still live at No 10 but as a private citizen. The United Kingdom will not have an official PM until the General Election’s outcome is known.
Jeremy Corbyn will lose some of his sunny disposition and will make it » Continue Reading.
Second series just starting and again presented by David Scott of the Pearlfishers. The first series is well worth a listen. Includes the Incredible String Band, John Martyn, Alex Harvey, Aztec Camera, Blue Nile.
Ok, you probably all know this by now, but just in case you’re a sad sack like me and have somehow managed to miss all the announcements, emails, pigeon post etc I’m here to tell you that they are back. Possibly the most Afterword friendly TV show so far has returned to our screens and I for one am excited. Hurrah!
Fans of the Harry Hole (that’s pronunced Hoo-leh by the way) series will be pleased to see the return of this dark and dysfunctional detective. This long running Oslo based crime series goes from strength to strength with this new work, the twelfth in the series. The glimmer of hope offered to Hole in the previous novel is cruelly extinguished by forces beyond his control, leaving him an inebriated depressive mess (again!). As usual he is surrounded by an interesting cast of supporting players who attempt to provide a survival network as he tries to chase down an old adversary from his past. There is the usual plethora of red herrings and misdirections which make these five hundred pages of Scandinavian angst fly by on the way to an unexpected yet satisfying climax This obsessive character continues to engage in this well thought out and cleverly paced novel. It’s a long book, laden with back-story and many characters, but it never feels ponderous, and once it draws you in you can’t put it down. As Hole says near the end ‘It’s up to you how much you want to know.’
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who » Continue Reading.
KFD’s fruitful Poirot thread raised the possibility of an alternative take on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – the evidence presented could lead to a different murderer than Christie named.
I got to thinking about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – what if Mr Rooney was a time-traveling Ferris, come back to suburban Chicago to prevent his earlier self from setting off on a path of slackerdom leading to a dismal failing position as high school principal – he’d do everything he could to keep him on the straight and narrow, wouldn’t he? Even Ferris’s sister could be seen as trying to help make him see sense and face up to his truancy and lack of commitment issues.
Any others out there?
Was the Nakatomi Corporation a powerfully destructive multinational actor which could only be stopped by a dedicated team of vigilante environmentalists led by Hans Gruber attacking its headquarters?
Did Rose engineer the sinking of the Titanic just so she didn’t have to marry Cal?
I like it.
Seems to be back to their earlier material and on first listen to me has that “Peter Gabriel” feel to it (I remember on first hearing “Asleep At The Back” and thinking it was PG)
Sad news, but in fairness he enjoyed an extended Director’s Cut of a life. And he has left us a great legacy of iconic, groundbreaking films. Only last week I was able to enjoy the unearthed footage he shot of Marianne and Leonard in their Hydra idyll, which forms a major part of Nick Broomfield’s wonderful, elegaic film.
I burnt my fingers this morning. Sniffity introduced me to the paperback artwork of Robert McGinnis and I got minor burns from trying to pick one of those books up. Jinkies! A whole series of very fatale femmes, all rather under-dressed. McGinnis is a gifted fellow and there is great variety and skilful pencilwork to be enjoyed.
If the lyrics of Big Shot are anything to go by, Viv Stanshall had read a few. “Hotsie. What a dame. A big, bountiful babe in the region of 48-23-38. One hell of a region. She had the hottest lips since Hiroshima: I had to stand back for fear of being burned.”
What a contrast to the chaste, prim, rather anonymous Penguin paperbacks that I grew up with in Pinner All kinds of shenanigans might have been going on within, but those discreet covers were giving nothing away.
The paperback has been with us for rather a short period. Penguin was founded in 1935 and its first books were sold in Woolworths for sixpence each.
Over on the Poirot thread, Boneshaker mentioned the remarkable covers that Tom Adams did for Agatha Christie’s novel. Menacing, mysterious and memorable. So, tine to ask you: » Continue Reading.
Stealing shamelessly from NE1’s thread on Songs about Films and inspired by one of my favourite albums, how about another list?
I’m starting with Underworld’s colossal Mmm…Skyscraper I Love You.
I thought about bailing on this after 2 chapters. There were a lot of characters and I didn’t yet see what would tie them together. But I’m please to say I didn’t, as I would have missed out on a very enjoyable as well as at times challenging read.
Central to the cast of characters are brothers are brothers Tristan and Malachi and Mary, a nurse whose children are grown and have left home, but who frets and watches over the brothers. All are introduced via the mundane nature of their day to day lives only a sudden traumatic event to stand everything on it’s head.
Bit by bit we get an insight to the passions and fears of many of the residents, the twists and turns of their lives up to and after the fateful centrepiece of the story. One of the challenges of a story with a plot defining event in the first third of the story is sustaining the plot afterwards and pulling together the loose ends. Author Luan Goldie (in her debut novel no less) manages this with aplomb, managing a page turning plot without losing any realism.
Of course, there were a few » Continue Reading.