Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (18 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fizzy ears...

Playlist
Bryan Ferry - Avonmore
Hindemith - Das Klavierwerk Vol. IV
The Cure - Concert: The Cure Live
Mendelssohn - The Complete Classical Collection Vol 2 (11)
Keith Emerson - Keith Emerson Band Featuring Marc Bonilla
Uriah Heep - Different World
Loudon Wainwright II - Album II
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Tony Patterson & Brendan Eyre - Northlands
Fish On Friday - Godspeed
Concentus Musicus Wien - Komödiantische Musik des Barock
Musica Solare - Musik Für Johann Wilhelm Von Der Pfalz
Corelli - 12 Concerti Grossi Opus 6
Beethoven - String Quartet Opus 18 No 6 (Tokyo String Quartet)
Beethoven - String Quartet Opus 18 No 6 (Medici String Quartet)

Out with the new Bryan Ferry album in the cans this morning...



Very tasty Xmas lunch at Wildfire with chums Paula, Margaret, Chloe, Wendy, Anne, Christine, Tracey and Alan...

Salmon and prawn salad...


Steak, frites and salad...


Cranachan...


Superb...

And some Chilean Merlot...

Home for Anne to leave for Zumba - and so some recent purchase listening for me...

Impressed with the music of Dusseldorf in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries before it all went awry due to war and bad debts and everyone upped sticks for Heidelberg and then Mannheim...

"Brian Pern : A Life in Rock" entertained on Anne's return, before I retired while Anne continued her recent "Masterchef" viewing...

Late on, (it turned out not particularly fizzy) drops into my ears to try and solve a recent ongoing hearing problem...

Still not the highlight of the day though...

Ended with some sublime Beethoven - heard via both ears despite earlier input...

Highlight of the Day : Xmas lunch...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (17 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Disconcertion...

Playlist
Herman Van Veen - You Take My Breath Away
Various - Mod Fave Raves Vol 1
Dÿse - Das Nation
Placebo - Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Extras)
Clearlight - Forever Blowing Bubbles
The Upsetters - Sound System Scratch
David Sylvian - Everything And Nothing
Bartok - Bartok And Ginastera
Capital Models - Live 29 November 2014
Busoni - Late Piano Music
Mertens - Integer Valor : Written Conversation
Various Composers - 50 Best Chamber Music
Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Takes Charge
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'
David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex (Short Details)

Not a very appetising looking banana with my muesli first thing...


... but it had my initial on it...


Out into the grey, under the moon...


Back home tonight and a recently purchased and then misplaced and so repurchased Sonny Clark CD had popped through the letterbox...

Meanwhile, Anne was out with chum Teresa at the Cameo watching a live broadcast of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from the Royal Opera House in London...

Your correspondent cooked a tasty linguini based dish to the sounds of Mr Clark and enjoyed some coffee whilst working on packaging for the new CBQ LP...


...whilst listening to...


...David Bowie...


Some of the single mixes on this collection are a little disconcerting when you're so used to the originals...


Possible taxi call awaited...

And it came and Anne was brought home earlier than would have been the case - a good night of ballet having been very much enjoyed...

Highlight of the Day : Working on the new LP...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (16 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Monday, December 15, 2014

Very long lists...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Various Composers - 50 Best Chamber Music
Weather Report - Tale Spinnin'
Weather Report - Forecast : Tomorrow
Weather Report - Weather Report (1982)
Musica Solare - Musik Für Johann Wilhelm Von Der Pfalz
Marc Almond - Stardom Road
Maintz - Edition Zeitgenössische Musik: Philipp Maintz
Concentus Musicus Wien - Komödiantische Musik des Barock
Alice Cooper - The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
Miles Davis - The Complete Birth Of The Cool
Count Basie - The Complete Atomic Basie
Thelonious Monk - Thelonious Monk Box Set
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat
Mott the Hoople - Brain Capers
Various - 100 Huge Hits Of Reggae
Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Darrell Banks - Open the Door to Your Heart (Single)
Soft Cell - The Hits (1)
Soft Cell - Say Hello To Soft Cell
The Move - Message from the Country
Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Andy MacKay - In Search Of Eddie Riff
Barry White - The Collection
Belinda Carlisle - Live Your Life Be Free
Ringo Starr - The Beatles Solo Singles 1969-1975
The Blue Nile - Rarities 1984-1996
Paul McCartney - Ram
John Lennon - Walls And Bridges
George Harrison - The Best Of George Harrison
Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
Can - Future Days
CCS - A's B's And Rarities
Chicago - Chicago V
Various - Ronco's 20 Star Tracks Vol 1

A large playlist today but, to be honest, the majority of the titles, certainly post the first nine listed, received plays for just one or two tracks...

Early doors though, as I made yet another futile attempt to tidy stuff up, Weather Report was very much enjoyed...

And the whole of these three albums were aired - they popped through the letter box today...


Yum...

Elsewhere, despite trying very hard indeed to think of one, I do not think I've seen a  worse film than the one we watched today - "The Darjeeling Limited"...

In the evening, Anne was off to Zumba while I continued with some kind of random listening...

Meanwhile, here are some stats re my weekly playlists, my having uploaded 50 of these now so far this year...

I have featured over 1,350 tracks by around 750 different artists or composers, of whom around 500 have been featured only once...

100 have been featured 3 or more times with fewer than 40 breaching a total of 5 appearances...

Rather inevitably, since this is my blog and these are my playlist selections, Cloudland Blue Quartet tops the list of appearances by a country mile, with a whopping 61...

Second equal are my all time faves Alice Cooper and King Crimson with 21 each, followed closely by David Bowie on 19...

Next, J S Bach with 12 appearances, who just pipped prog rockers Yes who are on 11 and fave jazzers, The Bad Plus, on 9...

It seems my bias has filtered through as the next four, all on 8 plays are Gentle Giant, Brian Eno and the rather less fashionable Tangerine Dream and Uriah Heep...

On 7 we have the unlikely pairing of Elvis Presley and Schubert along with two of my bands Capital Models and Creek - nothing like blowing your own trumpet...

On 6, my dearly departed old chum James Jamieson (pretty good going considering he only ever recorded one LP) is in good company with Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, fave Italian songstress Laura Pausini, new discovery Priscilla Ahn and classical composers Hindemith, Scelsi and Max Richter...

Finally, 14 artists or composers have managed 5 appearances each so far - these include relatively recent discoveries Badbadnotgood, Max Jury, The Samuel Jackson Five and Thomas Köner, old stalwarts Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music (five apiece), Isaac Hayes, Jethro Tull, John Cale, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and best Canadian band ever, Rheostatics - with classical representation from Beethoven, Shostakovich and Feldman...

So there you have it...


Oh, also tried to recreate this various artists LP on the Ronco label, which I used to own in the early 70s...


...managing to locate all the tracks other than Labi Siffre's "Get to the Country"...

Much of the music is "not great"...

This is how I waste my time...

Anyway, lights out...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (15 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blurry shopping...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
The Damned - Music For Pleasure
Aqualung - Memory Man
Popol Vuh - Einjäger & Siebenjäger
Weather Report - Sweetnighter
Satie - Cubist Works, 1913-1924
Friedhelm Dohl - Friedhelm Dohl Edition, Vol. 4 : Gesang und Klavier
King Crimson - The Road to Red Improvs
Goat - Commune
Various - Weekly Playlists Nos 48 and 50

Following a trip to the Grocery Store for breakfast provisions and the consumption of a "double yoker...


...spent some time this morning listening to Fopp's "Album of the Year", "Commune" by Goat - album of the year 1968 perhaps but this is 2014...

A drive to Paisley today to take my mum to see her old chum Pat...

While the ladies chatted about the old days and, generally, set the world to right, the Exec Producer and I visited Braehead Shopping Centre to purchase presents for various family members...


A fish tea was a nice treat back at Pat's - followed by more chat with two slightly deaf Octogenarians but fun nonetheless - at least one of them is going to have her ears seen to...

For us, I fear the old "how are your eyes mum?"/"ten past two" conversations will continue...

Home around 9:30 and "Strictly" and "Sportscene" and "March of the Day" rounded matters off...

Highlight of the Day : Queens v Rangers highlights....

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (14 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chambering and hobbiting...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Various - iPod Shuffleplay
Ensemble Alternance - A Fall From the Perfect Ground
Various Composers - 50 Best Chamber Music
Mozart & Beethoven - String Quartets
Nadine - Insatiable

Up at 7:30 - back to bed - up at 10:30, breakfast at home...

Some Contemporary Danish chamber music entertained, kind of...

Last of recent acquisitions, "50 Best Chamber Music" popped through the door...

Enjoyable...

In the afternoon, round to Jane and Bobby's - Kitty is not interested in "The Hobbit"...



However, for the third year running, Olly accompanied us to the Odeon...

He liked this part of the trilogy the best but, for me, while still very good and extemely enjoyable, it wasn't as good as last year's "The Desolation of Smaug"...

Home via Wong's and to the semi final of "Strictly"...

And some stuff on the Tivo...

"Match of the Day " then sack hit around 11:45...

Highlight of the Day : The Hobbit pt 3...

Weekly Playlist No 50

Welcome to the Cloudland Blue Weekly Playlist No 50...


Two hours of music from the collection of Mr CBQ and, this week, we have a massive 34 tracks which have entertained over the last seven days...

...during which time, light also entered the CBQ camera thus...


What's in store?  We kick off with a Christmas classic, followed by the original of a mid 70's US hit for Grand Funk, before moving on to some beautiful down tempo work from Wim Mertens, Durutti Column, Craig Armstrong and the Blue Nile...

Then, the first of a few new classical acquisitions, a couple of early 70's cuts, a track from the new live album from Yes and a trio from David Bowie, including the new version of "Sound and Vision"...

Jazz fusion from the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Al di Meola is followed by a couple of Lou Reed tracks from Mr CBQ's recent charity fund raising live outing with Capital Models...

More classical and jazz acquisitions, a track from Bryan Ferry's "Olympia", a tasty slice of dub from the Upsetters and the juxtaposition of some surprising prog rock from The Osmonds with Mr Sun Ra's out there space nonsense follow...

The home stretch features a track from the latest Cheryl album, with a T Rex classic from 1973 and, to bring things back to the beginning again,  we round things off with ELP's re-recording of another Christmas classic in Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas"...

Using the button over to the right, you can join over 1.3k other Mixcloud followers of these eclectic weekly musical selections...

If you're interested in knowing about any of the tracks, contact me...

Press play and away we go...



Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday  4:39
from "Wizzard Brew"

Soul Brothers Six - Some Kind Of Wonderful  2:39
from "Northern Soul The Collection"

Soft Verdict (Wim Mertens) - Close Cover  3:17
from "Struggle For Pleasure"

The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer  2:41
from "The Return of the Durutti Column"

Craig Armstrong - Wake Up In New York  3:32
from "As If To Nothing"

The Blue Nile - I Would Never  4:27
from "High"

The Edinburgh Quartet - Dukkha  3:01
from "Frontiers and Bridges"

Jo Jo Gunne - Run Run Run  2:37
from "Jo Jo Gunne"

Paul McCartney & Wings - Little Woman Love  2:11
from "Wings Wild Life"

Yes - Wonderous Stories (Live)  4:39
from "Like It Is - Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome"

David Bowie - Sound And Vision (2013)  1:48
Unreleased

David Bowie - The Heart's Filthy Lesson (radio edit)  3:34
from "Nothing Has Changed"

David Bowie - The Jean Genie (original single mix)  4:06
from "Nothing Has Changed"

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire  5:41
from "Birds of Fire"

Al Di Meola - Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway  6:17
from "Elegant Gypsy"

Capital Models - Sweet Jane (Live)  4:00
from "Live 29 November 2014"

Capital Models - Perfect Day (Live)  3:24
from "Live 29 November 2014"

Schuyt - Pavaen en gagliarda 10  3:45
from "Music From The Golden Age Of Rembrandt"

The Upsetters - Groove Rider  3:07
from "Sound System Scratch"

Leo Parker - The Lion's Roar  4:55
from "Rollin' With Leo"

Satie - Les Pantins Dansent  1:17
from "Cubist Works, 1913-1924"

Bryan Ferry - You Can Dance  4:29
from "Olympia"

Borodin - String Quartet No. 2 in D major - Scherzo. Allegro  5:10
from "Borodin: String Quartets 1 & 2"

The Osmonds - Before The Beginning  4:06
from "The Plan"

Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine  2:55
from "Space Is The Place"

Ives - Hymn  3:12
from "Ives : The String Quartets"

Cannonball Adderley - I've Told Ev'ry Little Star  3:39
from "Cannonball Takes Charge"

Cannonball Adderley - Exodus  7:40
from "The Cannonball Adderley Quintet At The Lighthouse"

Berg, Gunnar - Éclatement 7 (1960)  4:54
from "Éclatements"

William S. Burroughs - Dr. Benway's House  0:40
from "Dead City Radio"

Luython - Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae - Sin  1:32
from "Musik Am Prager Hof Kaiser Rudolf II"

Cheryl - It's About Time  3:49
from "Only Human"

T Rex - Solid Gold Easy Action  2:23
from "Tanx"

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - I Believe in Father Christmas  3:44
from "ELP Works Volume 2"

Hope you enjoy this week's selection and will pop by again next week for another playlist from Mr CBQ...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (13 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Friday, December 12, 2014

Elf and safety...

Playlist
Cannonball Adderley - The Cannonball Adderley Quintet At The Lighthouse
Satie - Cubist Works, 1913-1924
Erik Kaltoft - Éclatements
William S. Burroughs - Dead City Radio
Ginastera - Bartok And Ginastera
Sam Rivers - Dimensions & Extensions
Luython - Musik Am Prager Hof Kaiser Rudolf II
David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Metcalfe - The Inner Line ii
Philip Glass & Jóhann Jóhannsson - REWORK_ (Philip Glass Remixed)
Busoni - Late Piano Music
Edinburgh Quartet - Frontiers and Bridges
The Upsetters - Sound System Scratch
David Sylvian - Everything And Nothing
Cheryl - Only Human

Coffee and muesli first thing...


Out into the cold...





This still here...


Today, I was on Elf Duty...


Assisting Santa...


This was not my present - I received three jazz CDs...



I suit this hair....


To Le Monde...


...where excessive intake of cocktails did for me...



I enjoyed the duo who entertained with a set of covers - but they need a bassist and drummer...


Here is said bassist...


This of the room was taken around 7:15...


I exited around 9 but did not arrive home until 11:30...


My theory is I fell asleep on the airport bus and journeyed all the way to said airport and back again to the centre of Edinburgh - certainly the driver woke me up at Waverley Station, which was where I'd boarded over an hour earlier...

A number 26 was successfully caught from Princes St...

I did not freeze to death in the middle of a field, which is often the case when people are on a Xmas Night Out...

However, I was the worse for wear...

Lights out without seeing the end of "Casino Royale"...

Highlight of the Day : Xmas Party...

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex Advent Calendar (12 of 24)

Cloudland Blue Quartet's very own 2014 advent calendar continues...
From the 1st till the 24th December, a track a day from the brand new ambient soundscape album "Morphinecodex" will be uploaded to Mixcloud for streaming...

The full 24 track double CD will be released via Bandcamp on Xmas Day...


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quartets in the snow...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Various - Ipod Shuffleplay
Cannonball Adderley - The Cannonball Adderley Quintet At The Lighthouse
Sun Ra - Space Is The Place
Ives - The String Quartets
Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Takes Charge
Bryan Ferry - Olympia
Various - Christmas Playlist

First snow I think of the 14/15 winter...


Nicely soundtracked by Charles Ives' string quartets...


This is still here...


Tonight, with Anne babysitting Olly and Kitty, there were many things I could have been doing but, instead, I watched "Marvel's Agents of Shield" and listened to some Christmas based records...

This is how I waste my time...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Ives quartets in the soaking snow...