It was just announced on the news here (in LA) that Adam Schlesinger, of Fountains of Wayne and ‘That Thing You Do’ fame has died as a result of the Corona virus. I’m gutted.
The wonderful Laura Veirs is playing a living room gig tomorrow evening (7pm BST). What a way to spend a Thursday evening indoors.
I have’s checked in any detail but this playlist reportedly includes every Dylan song that is on Spotify, chronologically.
Warning: Playing this all the way through may danage relationships.
I have a nice but old Samsung laptop (circa 2005) with a good screen, camera and speakers which is trapped running Windows Vista. I’m wondering how one installs Linux or similar to give it a new lease of life. A little lockdown project. Any advice gratefully received!
Okay, so I have a massive list of my favourite songs of all time continually floating around in my head and I decided to have a bit of fun with that list and pick one for each letter of the alphabet [counting XYZ as one letter, giving two dozen songs in all]. Obviously, ignore “The” or “A” at the beginning of titles.
If you find this idea tedious or unworthy, don’t bother posting to tell me so; just join in if you want to. We may have done this before. But you may have time on your hands, as I do.
America [Simon & Garfunkel] Bell Bottom Blues [Derek & The Dominoes] Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young] Days [The Kinks] Everything Means Nothing To Me [Elliott Smith] Famous Blue Raincoat [Leonard Cohen] Gan To The Kye [The Unthanks] Harvest For The World [Isley Brothers] Into Temptation [Crowded House] Just Like A Woman [Bob Dylan] Kangaroo [Big Star] Life’s A Gas [T Rex] Mojo Pin [Jeff Buckley] Next [Jacques Brel] Ode To Billy Joe [Bobbie Gentry] Paranoid Android [Radiohead] Quicksand [David Bowie] Rainy Night House [Joni Mitchell] Strawberry Fields Forever [The Beatles] Tin Soldier [Small Faces] Up The Junction [Squeeze] Virginia Plain » Continue Reading.
Obviously this will have been covered before, but there’s always new stuff out there. Scenario: 13-yr old daughter showed some interest a year ago in learning guitar. That was all the incentive I needed to get an acoustic (I’m a bassist mostly), and I picked a very nice Tanglewood, a real bargain. As is so often the way, she never quite round to it, but now that we’re housebound for the foreseeable future the interest has returned. I’ve shown her a few chords but she’s also keen on trying an app on her iPhone, or YouTube videos etc. So – anything to recommend? Anything to be avoided?
Unlike others here I’m no guitar nerd but I hugely enjoyed this
The Guardian is enticing us to try something new with a daily short article and listening guide including a ;start here; album for a new artist each day. Kraftwerk and The Fall were the first two, so nothing needed there. But Alice Coltrane, Curtis Mayfield and Fiona Apple. Ok, talk to me. So have now listened to Journey in Satchidananda (yes nice working music), Superfly (yes yes yes, excellent) and When the Pawn… (not really, a bit Tori a bit Alanis a lot 90s meh). Sleater-Kinney today so will listen to All Hands On The Bad One. Point being I might never have listened to any of these without a prompt.
Me and a mate of mine finished off the 92 (football league grounds) last year. He did the driving, I chose the music (cos he has very few CDs and a limited musical taste/knowledge), but his one stipulation was “no bloody rap music!”. So I decided to make him a CD of the more accessible rap tracks to try to convince him it’s not all shouty old rubbish and I wondered whether it may interest anyone on here. Sort of repaying the favour for everybody who gave me recommendations (and CDs) when I said I didn’t like reggae and asked for some pointers last year. Yes, some rap music is very shouty and some is indeed rubbish (just look at whatever is in the singles charts), but there is such a variety of rap music that I’d be surprised if there’s not at least one track out there for everybody.
So I am going to stick the tracks on here, over the next howeverlongittakes (I have no idea how to do a Spotify playlist, nor do I know if all these tracks are on Spotify, but they’ll be on YouTube, cos everything is!), and hopefully folk who say they » Continue Reading.
On the last weekend before the apocalypse, four bands associated with the legendary Warehouse venue (1994-96) in Belfast – one band reunion, one new band of old hands, one one-off assemblage of all-stars… and Brian Houston, the ‘Belfast Elvis’ – played a ‘Warehouse Remembered’ show at the Pavilion. Proceeds went to FASD AWARE NI, a foetal alcohol support group run by Brian & Alison McNamara. It was the second Warehouse Remembered event, and there will hopefully be more…
A version of Dave McLarnon’s Hat Band came together for WR#1 in September 2019, and we simply had to have the man in the hat back! This time, Dave ‘The Hat’ (Peacefrog, Shock Treatment) was joined for a set of Ulster rock classics by Norman Boyd (guitar, Stonefish / Protext), Billy Shovel (guitar, Ghost of An American Airman), the one and only Ali MacKenzie (bass, Bush Turkeys / everyone) and the Legendary Petesy Burns (drums, Stalag 17 / Outcasts / ARSE). At very short notice, Warehouse legend Cormac O’Kane (New Brontes, now running RED BOX RECORDINGS, Belfast) filmed the show on two cameras, with ambient sound. Enjoy!
1. Heart of Stone (Peacefrog, 1994) 2. Broken Land (The Adventures, 1989) 3. Belfast (Energy » Continue Reading.
Whatever the merits of said publication, Afterworders stuck at home might want something to read. You can now subscribe for just £11.99 every 6-months via those nice people at BandLab. Less than £2 an issue and if the panic-buying gets any worse, you can always cut it into squares for the bathroom…
Anything new from Daniel (Silver Seas) Tashian is always a joy, so it was lovely to get some new music from his project, Skyline Motel, in my inbox. A new EP, 5 tracks of Country-flavoured songs with Sarah Buxton, Ian Fitchuk and Kate York. Add them to their original EP, back in 2014, and the first single (Champagne Makes Me Cry) and you have an album’s worth of solid gold sunshine.
It’s all on Spotify.
Where I live, practically everyone is wearing a face mask when outside. When I go to my local supermarket I’m pretty much the only person not wearing one and I even attract disapproving looks from the other shoppers (even more so than usual, I mean). But I’m reading so many conflicting articles (and have seen many conflicting videos) on the subject. Here in Italy, as in some other countries, experts such as doctors and virologists are largely saying that everyone should wear one outside their home, whereas the WHO advise against them (as do important health organisations in UK and America, including the NHS). It has even been argued that they can do more harm than good: – They cause people to touch their faces more. – People will wear them for much longer than a few minutes for which they are designed, so they become damp inside and are therefore an ideal place for viruses to land and breed. – There is a risk they can be shared, especially by children. – There is a risk they are not disposed of properly, resulting in viruses being spread further. – And there is a risk that they distract people from » Continue Reading.
It may be the end of the world as we know it, but that doesn’t stop Michael Stipe posting a beautiful new song demo to keep us going……. according to the YouTube post this is the first take – he’s still got it.
Terry Cox was unwell, hence a geometrical conundrum for this, the first Pentangle reunion.
Don’t all rush at once girls. To the left of my head are a series of pictures; a snap i took of Frank Zappa at a concert in 1979; some “blotter art” (don’t ask), a still from the 70’s movie “the Triple Echo”; snaps of my childen and my father; a bookcase with bukes; and my skull replica. Music collection and many other books and filing cabinets cunningly concealed.
I was chatting to my wife (who is from the US, and very concerned about her elderly mother in California) last night about the hopelessly inadequate response of the US federal government to the coronavirus crisis, and how it puts a big nail in the coffin of the ‘deep state’ narrative pedalled by Trump and his sycophants. After all, what kind of deep state – with its labyrinthine network of intelligence agencies and vast powers of international surveillance – misses an open goal like this? What, exactly, is a deep state for, if not to catch a crisis like the one currently unfolding?
Of course, the UK and other European countries also seem to have overlooked the seriousness of this threat, even though it’s been months in the making. But Trump’s the one who’s been obsessed with this deep state nonsense. Seems that he’s finding – to his cost – that the deep state cannot function on its own. It needs a figurehead, a competent head chef in the kitchen to keep everything cooking. And shallow frying just won’t do.
This might raise a smile if you have twelve minutes to spare.
Yes some reality is coming to Cummings.
My 9 year old son just asked “Can we learn about The Beatles?”
Happy days to follow and all classed as home learning!
Hows your lockdown going? I find myself designated a key worker, with my wife expected to her job as normal at home, and with two children under six going mad.
So life as normal but with trapped children. Joy Division never sounded more chipper.
For the benefit of those who enjoy Amanda Anne’s music, and as a potential introduction for those who don’t know her, she’s doing a live stream this evening. It’s directed at her European audience as she apparently did one last week which was normal-is time for US audiences, but early hours for this side of the Atlantic. So to make up for that she’s starting at 2:00 EST, which is 7:00 BST. Here’s the confirmation: Amanda Anne Platt’s live stream notification We will be tuning in. I hope you do too.
So I am in iso with Mrs Wells post NZ trip. See WOMAD review. Ingrid is going back to the family on weekend but due to me being in multiple risk categories( if only my lotto numbers lined up like this) I am gunna hang back.
So here is the thing. We don’t have internet in the family retreat. To date I am using Ingrid’s phone as the wi fi connection and me as the base station for the broadcasting.
Question. Can I chromecast to the Tv using my mobile phone only ?
Organisers said the safety of festival-goers, artists, staff and crew was their “top priority” and the event had become “too difficult to plan, prepare and deliver”.
Anyone who has already booked tickets will be given the choice of a refund or the chance to hold onto their tickets for the 2021 festival.