Archive for the 'Music' Category

Weekend listening: “In A Sentimental Mood”

September 9, 2017

Duke Ellington wrote some fantastic music.

My hunch, from listening to his music, is that he understood that dissonance and noise aren’t horrible things to be avoided, nor are they ideological ends in themselves to attack the bourgeoisie (an opinion usually held by people who are members of that very same bourgeoisie and think by traumatizing their fellows they are going to make some kind of political breakthrough but usually end up looking pretty bloody stupid), but just another tool in the box of expression.

So I hope the Duke and his descendants will forgive my rather “smeary” moments on this version of one of his greatest melodies. I think they will because the guitar playing of Simon Hopkins is subtle, sophisticated, powerful and operating at a higher level.

Thanks to Simon (and the Duke)…

 

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Weekend listening: “If I Say How Much I Love You”

August 12, 2017

I saw “Casablanca” for the first time this year.

It’s a good film. A propaganda movie. But since the propaganda is: “forgive the people you love and fight the Nazis”, it’s easy to swallow.

In it Humphrey Bogart utters the famous line that people’s problems, “…don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world…”

Which seems pertinent (the headline in this newspaper from Iran apparently translates as “World in the hands of crazy people“, although what’s behind the link may have have changed by the time anyone reads this).

So although it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, it’s still pleasing that this piece of music, (dedicated to the love of my life @AndroidAnnee) has now been played over 100 times on Soundcloud.

I have no doubt that this is down to the masterful and subtle guitar work of my good friend Simon Hopkins rather than anything to do with me.

To anyone who listened, thanks.

 

 

Sunday listening: “High Heels Police” #blues

July 2, 2017

behind your back

with their clickety clack

you better cover up

they dont wanna see you

high heels police words

A “Wail of Sound” production.

Why @DeathValleyGrls are cool in one picture and one tweet

June 7, 2017

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(I still can’t quite believe I saw my two favourite bands of right now @DeathValleyGrls and @TheDartsUS, together, for free, only two weeks ago. Thanks to @BITCHCRAFTBTN for the night, to @simonphopkins for the hospitality and @bspeed8 for the tweet)

 

 

@DeathValleyGrls on tour last year

April 17, 2017

San Francisco / Reno / Eugene / Seattle / Vancouver / Portland / Tacoma Spokane / Boise / Salt Lake City / Denver / Lawrence Shot with: Konica Hexar AF / Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 / Canon Rebel 2000

via On Tour with Death Valley Girls —

I missed this excellent set of photos from last year so I’m rectifying that now…

Onwards to Brighton in May!

Easter Weekend listening: “Fake News” #fakenews

April 15, 2017

DJ Southwold at the controls. Comedy ambient karaoke.

Chocolate is one of the healthiest things you can eat, but too much news makes your belly ache…

Happy Easter!

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.

Follow them!

#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!