Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Weekend listening: “High Heels Police Force”

February 10, 2018

Thanks to DJ Southwold for the lead guitar.

Protip: if you pitchshift an ordinary clarinet (and the way I play clarinet is ordinary at best) down an octave you get the sound of a bass clarinet.

Thereby saving you both the expense of a real bass clarinet and the trouble of carting it around…


#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:


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: “New York Steam 1” and the oldest sound in the universe

November 13, 2015

oldest sound

In the American Museum of Natural History in New York there’s an exhibit which features the electromagnetic wave created by the Big Bang, turned into audio: the oldest sound in the universe.

Inevitably, I had to record this sound on my phone.

You can hear it one minute and ten seconds into the montage below.

Curiously, the oldest sound in the universe sounds a lot like New York…

Weekend listening: “Run While You Can” by Exit Strategy featuring DJ Southwold

October 10, 2015


silly billy

thanks to DJ Southwold

Weekend listening: “Good Citizen, Bad Flamingo” by N.E.M.e.sis

August 15, 2015

#jazz #ambient nice guitar…

Weekend listening: “Silver Tech Bubble, Hoxton” by Exit Strategy

August 7, 2015

#disruptive #innovation #bigband #jazz

Weekend listening: “(Taking) Tiger Wash (By Strategy)” by Exit Strategy

July 31, 2015


Weekend listening: “Good Citizen, Bad Flamingo”

July 25, 2015

Featuring beautiful bass playing from @astrogarage aka Mr Pete Marsh  who is a member of the great @WovenEntity:

“Sonata for Jukebox” by Geoffrey O’Brien

April 5, 2014

There have been times in my life when I’ve felt guilty for paying more attention to the music around me than the people in front of me.

If you have too, you should read this book.

Geoffrey O’Brien looks back at his life, right from his earliest years through his memories of (mostly) recorded sound and songs.

It’s a bitter sweet book, and at times almost too moving to read.

Sometimes perhaps it’s too florid, over written. But how do you write about music anyway, except somehow “over” it?

Music is invisible, you can’t see it or hold it, although you can sometimes feel it. Whatever we say about music can never capture its’ essence. Does something so insubstantial, yet so powerful, have an essence?

So we write and write and talk and talk about music, turning over adjectives again and again that somehow never really fit. We make lists to try and capture it. But in the end music always eludes us. 

I’d like to thank my friend Simon Hopkins for giving this book to me.


#nick@25: playlist

February 20, 2014
An evidence based judgement...

An evidence based judgement…

Last night I had a little drink to celebrate the strange fact that I’ve been working at the BBC for 25 years.

This was really just an excuse to gather some of my favourite people together, play some of my favourite music and indulge in some embarrassing Dad dancing.

If you came, thank you for making it a great evening. If you couldn’t come I hope to see you soon.

Most of all thanks to my wife and kids, from whom all good things flow!

Here’s the playlist:

“Always True (Alone in the cave)”
Breakable Material

“Arms Control Poseur”
The Fall

“Bad Motor Scooter”

“Ballroom Blitz”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Bass Down Low” [Edited Version]
Dev Feat. The Cataracs
Now That’s What I Call Music! 79 [Disc 2]

“Behind The Counter”
The Fall
Behind The Counter EP [Disc 1]

“Blank Generation”
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Blank Generation

The Buzzcocks
Spiral Scratch

“A Boy Named Sue”
Johnny Cash
The Best Of Johnny Cash

“Breaking the Law”
Judas Priest
British Steel

“Bring The Noise”
Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

“Cab It Up!”
The Fall
I Am Kurious, Oranj

“Call Me”
(I suggest you give her a ring. She really does want you to call…)

“The Classical”
The Fall
Hex Enduction Hour

“Common People”
Different Class

“Container Drivers”
The Fall
The Rough Trade Singles Box

“Counting Backwards”
Throwing Muses
The Real Ramona

“Crescendo In Blue”
Duke Ellington
The Essential Duke Ellington (1928-1937)

Esbjörn Svensson Trio

“Did They Ever Tell Cousteau?”
Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Seven Days Of Falling

“Drive in Saturday”
David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

“Editions of You”
Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

Alice Cooper
Billion Dollar Babies

“Free Ranger”
The Fall
Ed’s Babe

“Get Over You”
The Undertones
The Undertones

“Ghetto Mom”
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Jukebox Explosion

“Hound Dog”
Elvis Presley
Elvis 30 #1 Hits

“How I Wrote ‘Elastic Man'”
The Fall
Palace of Swords Reversed

“Human Fly”
The Cramps
Off The Bone

“I Am the Fly”
Chairs Missing

“I Love It” [Clean Version]
Icona Pop
Now That’s What I Call Music! 85

“If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
Copper Blue

“I’m Bad”
LL Cool J
All World

“In Bloom”

“It’s a Miracle”
Barry Manilow
The Essential Barry Manilow

“It’s Tricky”
Raisin’ Hell

“Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold”
The Bonzo Dog Band

“Kicker Conspiracy”
The Fall
Palace of Swords Reversed

“Last Orders”
The Fall
Early Fall

“Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul”
The Fall
Hip Priest And Kamerads

The Stooges
Fun House

“Love Your Money”
Daisy Chainsaw
Sick of Sex

“Lust For Life”
Iggy Pop
Lust For Life

“Makes No Sense At All”
Hüsker Dü
Flip Your Wig

“The Man Whose Head Expanded”
The Fall
Palace of Swords Reversed

“Master Hunter”
Laura Marling
Once I Was An Eagle

“Mr. Pharmacist”
The Fall
458489 A Sides

“My Old School”
Steely Dan
Countdown To Ecstasy

“Night And Day”
Frank Sinatra
All The Best

“No Fun”
The Stooges
The Stooges

“Nonalignment Pact”
Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance

“Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”

“Oh, Pretty Woman”
Roy Orbison

Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

“Prole Art Threat”
The Fall

“Raw Power”
The Stooges
Raw Power

“Rock ‘n’ Roll”
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin 4/4 symbols

“Rollin’ Dany”
The Fall
458489 A Sides

“Rowche Rumble”
The Fall
Early Fall

“Shop Lifting”
The Slits
The Peel Sessions

The Beatles

“That’s Not My Name”
The Ting Tings
We Started Nothing

“Totally Wired”
The Fall

“Waiting Room”
13 Songs

“Wake Me Up”

“Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting”
Charles Mingus
Blues & Roots

“White Noise”
Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge
Now That’s What I Call Music! 84

“You Shook Me All Night Long”
Back In Black

Sonic Youth