Archive for the 'Music' Category

Weekend listening: “Woven Brand Crumble”

March 25, 2017

So this conversation happened on Twitter. And I thought to myself, “I’d like to see Sarah Brand playing with Woven Entity… How can I make that happen?”

Featuring:

A section of Sarah Gail Brand’s improvisation from Free Range’s Wintersound:

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A loop from “Trissh” by Woven Entity:

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A mystery voice!

Thanks to @sarahgailbrand @Free_Range_ @WovenEntity  @astrogarage and Sam from Free Range.

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#rocknroll – update – @deathvalleygrls @thecoathangers @TheDartsUS @ppeachclubb

February 8, 2017

I was going to write a long blog post about how the internet has made music better.

But pictures and sound speak louder than words:

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Thanks to @DeathValleyGrls for a fantastic evening last Friday and @carlasalvatore for the photo. People are too uptight! They need to loosen up!

CDs are a rubbish way of listening to music aren’t they. Bits of plastic tat. No wonder vinyl is making a comeback. I’m only got my @TheCoathangers CD at Christmas and already it’s scratched on one of my favorite tracks. This one:

It’s only February and @thedartsUS “My Heart is A Graveyard” is going to be difficult to beat as track of the year:

So which of these bands am I going to be lucky enough to see next?

Death Valley Girls say they’ll be back in May, a The Coathangers UK tour is rumored, and The Darts are in France in May which is not that far… But it might be easiest to see @ppeachclubb as they come from Norwich, not LA…

It’s too late to stop now!

Weekend listening: “Dead White Male” #deadwhitemale

January 14, 2017

2017 gets off to rousing start with DJ Southwold‘s magical sophisticated rhythms and some elderly geezer “singing”…

“He’s a mansplainer/it’s a no brainer”

punk’s not dead!

Merry Blogmas!

December 21, 2016

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2016.

Let’s be diplomatic and say that 2016 was…  a missed opportunity.

However for me 2016 was a good year, both personally and professionally.

As always I could not have done anything without the help and support of family, friends and colleagues.

So, if you happen to be reading this… best wishes for a hopeful 2017.

Merry Christmas!… (I make no apology for re-releasing my massive Christmas smash from last year)…

…And a happy Hogmanay! (it sounds a bit Scottish)…

The family “Best of 2016” playlist is now available!

Sunday listening: #rocknroll

August 7, 2016

Rock ‘n’ roll.

Pronounced dead in 1959, but still alive and with a unique power to excite the senses and annoy people who should be annoyed…

1. “Glow in the Dark” by Death Valley Girls

Throbbing, edgy garage rock. The album sounds fantastic played loud in the car. Did Poison Ivy have some daughters she hasn’t told us about?

Extract from their recent live set from Pressure Drop TV:

2. “Battle Cry” by Marvellous She

Sombre, sober, conscious rock music. Bearing in mind the bloody awful state of the planet, “on point“.

3. “Chihuahua” by MAGNO 800

A long, long time ago I was in a rock ‘n’ roll band with my friend Jack. Now, he’s in Spain, but he still knows how to play rock ‘n’ roll guitar, and he’s still very cool…

Weekend listening: #chilcottjazz & Coltrane lives!

May 21, 2016

Three years ago, well before I had a Soundcloud account, my good friend Simon Hopkins kindly consented to making some music with me. And now in the spirit of #chilcottjazz, I’m publishing some of what we did.

Thanks to Simon, whose own music (and he’s operating on a much higher level) can be found on his blog  and on iTunes.

And particular thanks to Claire Hayes of Universal Music for her generosity in allowing me to publish this cover of a classic by John Coltrane.

 

 

Saturday listening: the machine is the star

April 16, 2016

Music for a grey, rain soaked day…

Inspired by the sound of the New York subway…

Friday night listening: “What’s Fer Afters?” by Tony Cox 

April 8, 2016

Philosophical reflections from Mr Cox…

If #music be the food of love…

#electronic #ambient #noise

Strange goings on in my long tail

March 6, 2016

Since I got a SoundCloud Pro Account I’ve spend more time looking at my stats and fiddling with my profile then actually making any music.

Numbers are addictive. They change: a little bit here, a little bit there. You want to know when they go up. You panic if they don’t move. But when the numbers are so small, they probably don’t tell you anything.

So why should a two year old track which only had 6 plays suddenly pick up five in a week?

It’s probably just a bot. But a bot coming from Italy, according to the stats.

A puzzle. Never to be solved.

Numbers and pictures dominate. Words come a poor third.

Friday night listening: “New York Steam 2”

February 19, 2016

My obsession with New York is probably becoming a bit unhealthy.

But it is the greatest city I’ve ever been to…

#rocknroll #steam