I got too good at the Beatles tile game (hastened by the sinking of the old site) so I’ve made a new version using Dylan album covers. I had to choose just 11 images, so it goes up to 1970. I know it’s something several of us here like to play in a spare few minutes (paging @tiggerlion ), so I hope you enjoy it. First one to get to the end can brag here.
Teamrock radio has announced it will leave DAB at the end of the month and become an ‘on demand’ internet station. Is this the future of radio – no live broadcasts on a fixed daily schedule, just listen to what you want when you want, and do so via the internet rather than over a conventional radio at home or in the car? What are your views on the state of national and local radio, commercial and BBC.
What good it’ll do you?
It is the first Friday of a new month. Please accept my apologies for the delay in asking you all – what have you been listening to / reading / watching ? and is there anything else you would like to share?
..been listening to this all day.
Just read the Naming Children After Rock Stars thread. My interest on that issue ran a somewhat different direction. As a child myself, I was obsessed with the Japanese cartoon Speed Racer. Speed was looked after from afar by his mysterious older brother known only as Racer X. When our first child was born, I insisted that the name we gave to it be Speed Racer. My wife resisted furiously, and it took me months to wear her down. Finally I was able to introduce the world to Speed Racer, our beautiful baby daughter. When we adopted a daughter 7 years later, the same battle was fought. I thought that it would help my position that we call our new daughter Speed Racer by also insisting that we change the older daughter’s name to Racer X, thus avoiding any unnecessary confusion between the two. However, again months of argument ensued before I was successful. Now, I try not to be an unreasonable fellow. When my wife required a traditional girl’s name for our youngest adopted daughter, I was perfectly happy to accept the name of Speed Racer’s girlfriend Trixie. I would brook no argument about the name Trixie being old » Continue Reading.
Lets get the controversy out of the way first. In the current issue of Uncut editor John Mulvey gives the latest Sun Kil Moon album a glowing 9 out of 10 review. Subsequent to this review Mulvey catches Kozelek and the band in concert. As is normal with Sun Kil Moon gigs there is a lot of between song banter. Kozelek notices unoccupied front row seats in an otherwise full hall and reckons they belong to ‘absent music journalists’ and then goes into lengthy profanity laced diatribe against a particular journalist who happens to be a friend of Mulvey’s. After the shoe Mulvey writes a blog on the Uncut site slamming Kozelek and finishing with a statement that he is done with the music of Sun Kil Moon a band whose music he has championed for the last 20 years. If this signals a policy that he will slag off bands he has a personal problem with then I am not sure he should be editor of Uncut. Controversy out of the way. This is a brilliant album by any yardstick, 8 songs most around 10 minutes in duration and at least 3 the equal of or better than anything » Continue Reading.
A rare work trip to London today, and it went OK so maybe it was that, maybe the sun, maybe a coup[le of glasses of wine after…exiting Paddington the sight from carriage C was glorious…huge infrastructure development, the suddenly green fields…the glorious, sun-drenched concrete of Reading…whatever happened to the topless towers of Didcot?
“Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty:”
So on Saturday there is an “Alternative Magna Carta Festival” in London and Miki from Lush is doing a thing called “The Gutter Press- A Practical Guide To Zines, Ranting and Hand To Hand Protest.”
BES STILL MY BEATING HEART! Sadly I cannot go, but if any other pathetic indie shoegaze types who *HEARTED* her back in the day want to gaze upon her from afar shyly (which is all I would do if I did go sadly).
Summer has arrived. And when it’s this sunny, there’s only one thing that I want to listen to on my daily commute – surf instrumentals. For me, the sound of summer is a guitar with a shed-load of reverb. It just lifts the spirits like a 99. If it lifts yours too, please do share some examples here. Here’s The Surfaris and Wipe Out for starters.
People who have sadly died who I thought were already dead:
83. Ornette Coleman 84. Ron Moody
Hearing that Ornette has gone to the great free-jazz meeting in the sky led me to dig up the text below: a review from 2000 of a weird jazz/irish trad fusion event mounted at hideous cost and a reflection on it from 2003 by one of the participants, uilleann piper John McSherry. I published the text in a 2004 book on Irish music.
We only referred briefly to the Ornette experience in the book we’ve collaborated on recently (The Wheels Of The World: 300 Years Of Uilleann Pipers, due out in September), but there was an hilarious interview with another participant, Mike McGoldrick, during the writing of the recent book, where he performed almost a stand-up routine about it – a bravura long-form anecdote with sound effects which just wouldn’t have been the same in print. Ask Mike about it if you ever encounter him and he has 20 minutes to spare…
Ornette Coleman Whitla Hall, Belfast Festival Colin H Concert review: commissioned by The Irish Times, November 2000, but unpublished
Playing his only European dates this year in Belfast the very presence of the septuagenarian tenor sax legend is a real coup for the Belfast Festival’s jazz department. The » Continue Reading.
I see that the Apple Music streaming service should be unleashed on us at the end of this month and was wondering if anyone here is looking forward to it? Yes I know there are lots anti-Applers here but imagine there are some, like me, who are looking forward to trying the servive. If they have got it right, with price and availability of songs, albums and artists then I’d imagine some of the ‘lesser’ streaming services will cease fairly quickly. Maybe even Spotify and Deezer may struggle………anyway time will tell.
A field day for the obituary writers
These threads seem to be coming alarmingly frequently of late.
Sad to hear one of our finest screen villains has shuffled off his mortal coil. I think these goodies provide a handy tribute. Fangs for the memories.
How bizarre and yet strangely appropriate? In a luxurious hotel lounge in Ireland, I have just watched, live on NASA TV, the Soyuz capsule containing 3 astronauts (an American, a Russian and an Italian), undock from the ISS, on there way home. They have been in space exactly 200 days, giving Samantha Christoforetti, the Italian, the endurance record for a woman in space. Back in the luxurious lounge, I am reading, in minute and harrowing detail, the story of the fire on Apollo 1 that killed 3 American astronauts on the test pad, in 1967. I just found myself gazing out at the view of the Killarney Lakes and wondering at the scale of human endeavour and fragility of human life.
Of course, he later learned to be post-ironic, but the It’s all there – the facial expressions, the mugging, the pratfalls, the constant knowing asides to the camera. I don’t know why I never noticed it before.
Yesterday Mr Squeezer and were discussing how some artists are very difficult to categorise. Good thing too, if you ask me. Labeling is for librarians. Musicians should be promiscuously hopping into bed with other genres to see what happens.
We mentioned the ECM record label. Despite having artists from jazz, folk, ambient, classical, electronica etc, they have established a distinctive sound: sparse, meditative, innovative and perhaps a little icy and Teutonic too.
If they do ever release a beach party album, then we’ll know they’ve been bought by a beer company and all hope is lost. An ECM beach is a solitary, wind-swept place, probably on the Baltic Sea, where the only sound is the wind and the seagulls. A statuesque Teutonic blonde wearing nothing but an ancient Viking necklace strides into the waves tootling sporadically on an ancient oboe.
My question to you is: which other labels have managed to establish such a coherent identity?
Regardless of the genre, one can guess that an artist will belong there.
You’re welcome to go back in time here. Trojan, Island, Creation, Music For Pleasure, Blue Note all spring to mind.
And while you’re at it: what would their beach » Continue Reading.
I am so ashamed.
Last night I watched an if you will about Motörhead on TV. Now I knew that Lemmy was in Hawkwind – no problem there – and Hawkwind did the brilliant, berilliant Silver Machine. But I had never seen footage of Silver Machine being performed live before. I had no idea that Lemmy provided the vocal for that song. May God have mercy on my soul.
I am assuming that absolutely everyone else knew that. But this passed me by.
Would you like to confess anything similar?
” I just farted and shot the cat”
“He’s over the wall picking up shit”
The Waterboys are due to play Glastonbury this year, but incredibly the BBC have chosen not to broadcast their performance. Broadcasting is due to start following their set, which will therefore not be shown. I’ve never seen them live, although they are one of my lifelong favourite bands, and until I can rectify this, I was hoping at least to be able to watch their set on tv. Considering how many legendary performances they have put on there over the years, and their current high profile with an excellent new album, world touring and a performance on Letterman etc, you’d think that the BBC would have chosen to include them in the coverage this year, considering some of the dross that does get covered and plenty of trivial head to head chatting from journos etc.
Here’s a link to a petition that’s on the go, if like me you strongly disagree with this state of affairs, and you can also tweet them at @bbcglasto, or email the BBC’s director of music at Bob.Sheenan@bbc.co.uk.
As a child of the mid 70s, the image and brand of James Last is seared into my consciousness, aided by having been brought to one of his gigs at a wildly young age. It’s nice to know that his talents for arrangements and choosing top players has had some recognition in recent years.
Who starts these things? Think it’s fascinating how certain memes take hold. I work with clients who are desperate for their marketing messages to “go viral” They very rarely do. Dollar Shave, Old Spice and the John Lewis ads are rare exceptions. And the more they become “a thing”, they less they become something meaningful. As people can smell a shill a mile off.
Anyway, right here, on The Afterword blog where did acronyms like GLW, TMFTL and HJH orginate? And what about phrases like “As usual the answer is ..(David Bowie?) or “Afterword T-Shirt. I’ll take that in a black, XL” and variants, how did they emerge?
Answers on a postcard. There’s another one from long ago.
In the comments on David’s ‘two first names’ blog we’re reminded of Owen Paul, whom many of us will have forgotten, and Paul Simon, whom we won’t. This got my I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue brain going, and coming up with the Owen Paul Simon collaboration My Favourite Ways to Leave Your Lover.