Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The kick in, the pour out...

Playlist
Various - iPod Shuffleplay
Mike Garson - The Bowie Variations
Dieter Meier - Out of Chaos
Walter Gerwig - J S Bach Lute Suite in G Mionor
Boris Blank - Rote Fabrik
Various - Crucial Music

Up at 4 due to lurgi induced insomnia...

Too early...

Up at five and working on the new prototype for the CBQ book of paintings re "Morphinecodex"


Some Mike Garson piano music downloaded - not really as good as it ought to be but still not bad...

Another rotten day as the lurgi really kicked in...

Back to bed by 4 in the afternoon...

Up at 8 for some very tasty home made soup...

"Scott & Bailey" entertained at 9...

Some swift surfing pre returning to the pit....

Highlight of the Day : New downloads...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A kind of an upgrade...

Playlist
Various - iPod on Shuffleplay
Various - Best of the 2014 Playlists

A horrible day...

Made worse by full lurgi onset...


Meanwhile, last night's recordings await appraisal...


The iPod was cleared of all tracks encoded above a certain bit level - and then reloaded - this space saving exercise enabled a further 7,000 or so tracks to be added...

Also tonight, in between "New Girl" and the last ever "Bad Education", some compiling of my so-called "tracks of the week" from the first 42 weekly playlists - with a view to a year end extravaganza...

On the Capital Models front, word from drummer Jim is that his leg, which seemed to be on the mend yesterday, is now even worse than it was on Sunday...

Meanwhile plans are afoot for a further duo session with Andy to work on backing vocals, specific keyboard parts and his singing of some of the songs...

It's all go...

Kind of...

Highlight of the day : Kind of upgrading the iPod...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Walking and playing...

Playlist
Boris Blank - Electrified
Dieter Meier - Out Of Chaos
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil
Justin Rutledge - Valleyheart
Farin Urlaub Racing Team - Faszination Weltraum
OK Go - Hungry Ghosts

Breakfast at home...



Some good new sounds downloaded last night and this morning, including latest solo work from the men from Yello, Boris Blank and Dieter Meier...

Some of this was eaten later on in the day...


Around 11:30, out for a walk...


Up to Corstorphine Hill...


...and up Corstorphine Hill...




...and over the top...




...and down the other side...






...and out at the other side...


...and on to Cafe Citron for a scone and a coffee...


Back by a different route...


...up Ravelston Dykes Drive...


...by the golf course, one of two situated side by side on the hill...


...and up to "Rest and be Thankful", from where impressive views were afforded...


On past the zoo...

More good views...


...and emerging at a different access point...


...and home...


Five miles, a coffee and a scone...

Good times...

Some TV watched - the final episode of the "Horizon" on the cats...

This time some fascinating facts about their language and how they use it to communicate with humans, using scent a good deal more to communicate with their own kind...

In the evening, nephew Andy came round with his keyboard and we ran through all three proposed sets with a break for tea...

A successful night...

First signs of the return of the lurgi made themselves known however...

Highlight of the Day : Walking and playing...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spaghetti or band, spaghetti or band...

Playlist
Schubert - Trout Quintet
Capital Models - Rehearsal Tapes
Various - Crucial Music

Breakfast at home, posted up the crucial music playlist, then prepping for today's rehearsal...

Anne and I drove to Jim's to pick him up - best if he doesn't drive given his pain medication - his gait suggests a rather sore leg indeed...

But he soldiered on this afternoon putting in a sterling performance at the drumkit...


Given this was Keith's first session on bass and that he'd only had time to practice a handful of the songs; and given it was my first session as guitarist; and given Jim had come armed only with ideas, having been unable to rehearse, it all went pretty well and was a good start to the drive to November 29...


Over the course of the session, which lasted around four hours, we were playing, or discussing matters, for around two and a half hours, with 100 minutes of songs salvaged from the tapes - which will never see the light of day...

In all we managed to play through 28 of the 35 songs on the current setlists, before legs and shoulders started to give way - pretty good going considering all three of us were starting afresh...

Anne picked me and Jim up and we took him home - his leg looked even worse after spending the afternoon drumming...

Back home, a very tasty prawn and chorizo spaghetti was made by Anne and much enjoyed, before I spent some time editing the tapes down and giving them a listen...

Good to be in a group again...

Highlight of the Day : A dead heat between playing in the band and Anne's spaghetti...

Crucial Music Playlist No 1


I was asked to create a list of ten seminal (to me) albums - and here's the result. As you can see, I've called this "No 1" so more may (or indeed may not) follow... 

These are ten important (to me) albums, from 1967 to 1989, which have had an influence on my musical life...

1967 The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico
1970 King Crimson - Lizard
1971 Alice Cooper - Love it to Death
1971 Yes - Fragile
1973 Fripp & Eno (No Pussyfooting)
1975 Pink Floyd - Wish You were Here
1977 David Bowie - Low
1978 UK - UK
1982 Brian Eno - On Land
1989 The Blue Nile - Hats

I hope you enjoy them...


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mon the mice...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlist No 42
Various - Cafe del Mar Classical
Capital Models - Rehearsal Tapes
Capital Models - Covers : The Originals
Various - Crucial Music Playlist No 1
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 5 (Brendel)

Up at 4:44...

Too early...

Up at 5:59 and finishing off the playlist...


Out with Anne for breakfast, walking past this previously unknown thing, as we made our way through the University...


A lovely day...


...and a lovely breakfast..


To the library and a fine paid on the CD borrowed four weeks ago - the fine was 150% of the cost of a three week loan...

Lesson learned...

Back home, some rehearsal through Jamie's songs and the new items on the setlist - this time with the acoustic and no recordings being played along to...

Not so good but we are on track for tomorrow's initial trio and looking forward to playing again with Keith and Jim...

Took Anne to her mum's for the Hearts game (5-1 v Dumbarton, revenge for the draw earlier this season at Dumbarton, the only JT dropped points thus far)...

Meanwhile Queens consolidated third place with a 3-0 at home to Falkirk while 4th placed rivals Raith were thrashed 6-1 by 2nd in the league The Rangers at Castle Greyskull...

Out to my mum's, where she feigned objection to being featured here...


Back at Crispycat, a Chinese takeaway was enjoyed along with the compilation of a new "crucial music" playlist and "Dr Who"...

Late on, on the Tivo, the second "Horizon" re cats - this time their similarity to big cats was investigated, with farm cats being found to live in "prides", like lions, while town and village cats live more solitary lives, like tigers...

Interesting and loads of cute stuff for cat lovers like us to go "aw" at...

Shame for the mice though...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Breakfast with Anne...

Weekly Playlist No 42

Welcome to the Cloudland Blue Weekly Playlist No 42...


This week's two hour cloudcast brings you a total of 29 tracks, including a five song medley of covers by Capital Models (at 48:30), as a taster for their gig at the end of November, in memory of Jamie Frain...

The Models are joined by new releases from Pink Floyd and David Bowie; a selection of reggae from Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Upsetters and Skin Flesh & Bones; a smattering of jazz from The Bryan Ferry Orchestra and Stefan Pasborg; classical pieces by Bach, Bridge, Jordi Savall, Schubert, Monteverdi, Paganini, Milan, Helbig, and Part; an Alice Cooper cover from Josef K; experimental stuff from Poly Only, Silo and Trapist; some tuneful gems from Max Jury, The Killers, Bob Dylan, Sandra, Amy LaVere, Neal Morse and Ludivico Einaudi; and, to round things off, a cheeky wee piece by Cloudland Blue Quartet from the "Aftersilence" anthology...

All of which have entertained during the last seven days...


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


Using the button over to the right, you can join over 1,100 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...



The Upsetters - Zion's Blood 3:58
From "Super Ape"

Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words 6:37
From "The Endless River"

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Crazy in Love  1:19
From "The Great Gatsby"

J S Bach - Pastorale In F, BWV 590  3:56
From "Antonio Meneses, Maria João Pires : The Wigmore Hall Recital"

David Bowie - Sue (or in a season of crime)  7:21
From "Nothing Has Changed"

Poly Only - 25 2 Go  0:32
From Various Artists - "Chocolate Menta Mastic"

Bridge - Cherry Ripe  3:29
From "Bridge: Phantasie Quartet, Novelletten"

Josef K - Apple Bush  2:24
From "Entomology"

Jordi Savall - El Cancionero de Palacio, Juan del Enzina, Pues que jamás olvidaros  5:37
From "Medinaceli 1: Moyen Âge & Renaissance"

Max Jury - Christian Eyes  3:52
From "Christian Eyes"

Schubert - Piano Quintet In A, Op. 114, D 667, "Trout", Scherzo, Presto  3:58
From "Alfred Brendel & Cleveland Quartet : Schubert "Trout" Quintet"

Lee "Scratch" Perry - Jah Jah a Natty Dread  3:47
From "Return of the Super Ape"

Monteverdi - The Sixth Book of Madrigals, Batto, qui pianse  3:53
From "Il Sesto Libro De Madrigali 1614"

Capital Models - Hard Stuck Mrs Rockin' Mary  15:42
From "Capital Models Covers EP"

The Killers - Human  4:06
From "Day and Age"

Silo - The Inexorable Sadness of Pencils  4:13
From "Work"

Bob Dylan - If Not for You 2:41
From "New Morning"

Paganini - Cantabile In D Op. 17  3:48
From "Gil Shaham, Göran Söllscher Paganini For Two"

Sandra - Sun In Disguise - Extended Version  5:58
From "Stay In Touch (Extended Versions)"

Milan - El Maestro, Pavana 4  2:05
From "Walter Gerwig : Music For Lute"

Amy LaVere - Overcome  3:36
From "Anchors and Anvils"

Helbig - Gone  3:26
From "Pocket Symphonies"

Trapist - Pisa  5:39
From "The Golden Years"

Neal Morse - Daddy's Daughter  4:44
From "Songs From November"

Ludivico Einaudi - Time Lapse [Afterlife Remix]  5:22
From Various Composers - "Café Del Mar Classical"

Stefan Pasborg - Red Hook Calm  4:17
From "Triplepoint"

Part - Fratres (edit)  3:42
From Various Composers - "The Sound of Yellow Lounge"

Skin Flesh & Bones - Soul, Flesh & Bones  2:30
From Various Artists "Front Line Presents Dub"

Cloudland Blue Quartet - Over the Lake (edit)  1:14
From "Aftersilence"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Skies, spiders, boxes, cakes and lamb...

Playlist
Alice Cooper - Epic Alice Cooper 1986-2011
Various - Capital Models Covers : The Originals
Walter Gerwig - Music for Lute (Box Set)
Alfred Brendel - 3 Classic Albums
Gil Shaham - 3 Classic Albums
Various - Weekly Playlist No 42

Good skies again this morning...


Meanwhile, the beast from the back door has moved to the back gate (or there are two - or more - of them)...


Now identified as common or garden "Cross Spiders"...

Off into the day, soundtracked by the originals of the Capital Models' covers sets...



While Anne enjoyed an unexpected day out, involving a beautiful beach in East Lothian with Jane, Bobby, Olly, Kitty and Rafa the Dog (no pics - Anne is "normal" and does not carry a camera everywhere she goes), I took a walk along to Fopp, past an autumnal Charlotte Square...


On the way back, a pop in to HMV and more classical "bargains" partaken of - box sets from Brendel, Shaham and, early purveyor of early music, Walter Gerwig...

Some baking had taken place in the late afternoon by Olly and Kitty, each making their own éclairs - examples of which were delivered to Crispycat Towers by Jane and Kitty...


Anne had also been busy, creating a new to us dish of Morrocan Lamb, again utilising newly bought spices from that London...

Yum...


..followed by home made éclairs and lovely coffee...


Some TV, "Have I Got News For You", lifted this week by the presence of Frank Skinner - and the return of "Not Going Out" - which is still good but still misses Tim Vine's presence...

Ended the day with the commencement of the recording of this week's podcast, including tracks from all of today's purchases...

Highlight of the Day : Tasty Morrocan Lamb and children's baking...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tramadol frenzy...

Playlist
Capital Models - Rehearsal Tapes

Up before seven and more work on the re-keyed songs, ensuring they were the same length as before while maintaining the new keys...

Then, replacing on the iPod the previous versions with these new versions for today's listening...

Out to find a beast at the back door...


An uneventful day...

This wee cat spotted on the way back up the hill for some tasty chicken soup...


In the evening, with Anne out gallivanting with chum Lynn, I had my first full run through the songs for the November gig...


Reasonably successful...

Elsewhere though, it seems we are cursed - drummer Jim Park has suffered some sort of rendering him unable to walk (or play the drums) thigh strain and advises he's now on double strength Tramadol and out of his face...

Which is actually how you need to be to drum in a group with me...

Highlight of the Day : Playing with the spirit of Mr Frain...