Robyn Hitchcock, national treasure and Afterword archetype, drops in to the Nothing Is Real Podcast to chat about the band you like.
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary reissue of Workingman’s Dead, a digital only release of two and a half hours worth of session tapes.
Jenny Boyd sister to Patti and wife (twice) to Mick Fleetwood – might be worth a punt at that price.
I’ve posted about the excellent Is It Rolling Bob? podcast before. Here are the two guys involved (Lucas Hare and Kerry Shale) in conversation with Mark Ellen and David Hepworth. It’s as lively, garrulous and free-ranging as you might expect.
Paddy McAloon & Thomas Dolby on ‘How We Made Steve McQueen’
Siam has been only marginally impacted in terms of health and personal freedom by the pandemic. We haven’t had a first wave yet, let alone a second. This may change, of course, all bets are off, but thus far I consider myself doubly lucky to live here, and follow the news from the other side of the world with horror. But then I wander out onto the deck, possibly with a cold beer and a hot dog, watch the birds flying about and the river flowing, and the horror curve flattens into an enjoyably smug complacency.
And yet, I still get the three a.m. stress sweats, as regular as, well, clockwork. If I’m worrying about money, I know it’s three a.m. A milky drink and a look at the stars can help, but I’ve found the best escape is back – BACK! – into ‘forties and ‘fifties radio shows. Being an Afterworder, you’ll probably think of the dear old BBC, and that’s why I’m here, to introduce you (if introduction be necessary) to the rich world of vintage US radio shows.
I listen on a couple of web sites, dumb.com (simplest interface and search) and archive.org (annoying interface, but downloadable » Continue Reading.
It’s flag waving season here again in North America. Tomorrow is Canada day and on Saturday it’s the Fourth of July.
Maybe it’s because I was brought up without a religion ( thank God) but I just do not get it at all.
Don Bryant has a new album. Buy it! This is from a year ago. I think he’s about 77 or 78. The band (The Bo-Keys) are tremendous. It is a thing of joy and wonder. Only one question – how do I get there?
We’re just about at the halfway stage of this very strange year. I hope everyone and your friends and families have got through the past few months unscathed, although I don’t think we’re out of the water just yet. But now seems as good a time as any to look back on what have been your favourite albums so far, and what have been the disappointments. We’ve just had a few outstanding years for new music, 2017 in particular, so it’s no surprise that 2020 has already seen lots of very good new albums and, in my opinion, a couple of outstanding ones from a pair of seasoned campaigners.
Bob Dylan has just released what is probably his best album for decades. I’m expecting it to win all the album of the year awards in December. But it’s Marc Almond’s Chaos and a Dancing Star which is leading the way for me. It is absolutely fantastic. He said it was going to be his final album, but I hope he was kidding, as he has said things like this before. It’s the second album he has made with producer and co-writer Chris Braide, after 2015’s equally fantastic The Velvet » Continue Reading.
I wish James Blunt was good, because he is funny…
I’m by no means the world’s biggest David Bowie fan and have long regarded Glastonbury as Music For The Home Counties but last night’s iPlayer relay of the Bowie 2000 concert was simply astounding! Just one of the best things I have ever ever seen. The clip attached is not from the BBC but I urge all you people scattered around the globe to get yourself a VPN or whatever and settle down for majestic musical glory.
Would you be willing to just disappear into the ether? Fuck society and just live out your life in the wild? Depending on where you are situated that might be a challenge. But if you could? Find a new place for yourself. Are you up for it?
Today only, the UK Kindle 99p daily offer includes –
Tall Tales and Wee Stories: The Best of Billy Connolly
Face It: A Memoir – Debbie Harry
Any good ?
This is a thing. I’ve spent an hour or so down this YouTube rabbit hole, and it’s a bit fascinating. What on earth would Jamal AKA Jamal get out of Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz? Quite a lot, it turns out, and, to his great credit, he doesn’t say you guys twice every sentence like some of them do. You’re welcome to join me down the rabbit hole.
What does it sound like?:
This is series of about 20 books but I’m singing the praises here of the superb Radio 4 dramatisations that I discovered about 18 months ago and have been working my way through. The stories revolve around Charles, an actor now well out of the first flush of his career. Charles has all the cynicism of someone steeped in a profession that hasn’t delivered on its promises to him and yet he remains utterly in love with, as well as he tries to hide it at times. Charles has such a knack of being wrapped up in murder and intrigue that these could have been called Midsummer Mummers as the body count grows in each series of 4 episodes.
What does it all *mean*?
That might put some of you off as it sounds like standard potboiler fayre but the ace in the hole here is Bill Nighy as Charles who brings a warmth and humour to the part and the scripts that lift these way above routine Afternoon Play Radio 4 material (good though those can be, of course). The supporting casts are never less than good but it’s Nighy who makes it » Continue Reading.
Let’s have a heated debate
I know there are fans of the Penistone Piaf here, and I discover she has been gainfully occupied during lockdown, making the now time honoured folkie covers ye olde charts album. Dusty in here, innit….
Holy dipsticks Batman, will you just listen to these idiots objecting to ‘communist dictatorship’ infection control measures. How did they all get to and from the Dorset coast last week?
Bob ties ABBA and Queen for no. 1 albums and Neil goes in at no 2!
And the answer is obviously Carole King.
But if there is anyone better? Feel free to post.
I struck up a life long friendship with an Australian chap last year and he periodically sends me comedy clips. This is one of two if I can find the other.