Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What luck to be one of the lucky ones...

Playlist
Mount Everest Trio - Waves from Albert Ayler
Idlefon - Intensive Collectivity Known As City
The Shape - Waveshape Fiction
Tuatara - Underworld
John Lemke - People Do
The Bad Plus - Inevitable Western
Tavener - Music Sales Film & TV
Neal Morse - Songs From November
Glasperlenspiel - Grenzenlos in diesem Moment

A wee visitor this morning...



Too fast for the camera...


Out and into town...


...under interesting skies...


Return of the pavement CD II...


First indications of a lurghi onset - not been afflicted for a while...

The journey home was soundtracked by a stream of the upcoming Bad Plus LP - here - they have posted up a preview themselves - take a listen - it's great...

Back home and we now have three parcels awaiting collection - I suspect some classical CDs and perhaps a large coffee pot...

New music today re the latest from Neal Morse and a new discovery in German pop duo Glasperlenspiel (named after a Hermann Hesse novel)...

Third episode of "The Stuarts" was educational...

We are recording Michael Moseley's "Horizon" re eating meat but I caught a little of it...

Humans eat animals by the billion every year without a care...

Yet, as we saw last night in the programme about young vets, we will spend thousands on one or two which are somehow special to us...

What luck to be one of the lucky ones...

Highlight of the Day : New Neal Morse, new Bad Plus and discovering Glasperlenspiel...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scapes and elves...

Playlist
Shostakovich - Chamber Symphonies
Ginger Baker - Why?
John Zorn - On Leaves of Grass
Badbadnotgood - III
Tavener - Music Sales Film & TV
Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence
Trio Elf - Trio Elf

A blurry morning...


Return of the pavement CD?


An overcast sky on the way home...


The beast...


...plainly still has some considerable way to go...


A disc of Tavener was behind the door and was enjoyed, as was some tasty pasta and as was a programme about young vets, except the part where the wee kitten died...

Later, a new discovery in the form of the raucous Trioscapes, while Trio Elf made their way back onto the decks after a long absence...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Reacquainting myself with Trio Elf...

Monday, August 18, 2014

The piano is like a horse...

Playlist
Idlefon - Intensive Collectivity Known As City
The Shape - Waveshape Fiction
John Lemke - People Do
FKA twigs - LP1
And One - Magnet (Trilogie Edition)
Various -  Berlin 61 / 89: Wall of Sound
Haken - The Mountain
The Shape - Waveshape Fiction
Herrmutt Lobby - Midi + Demi
EMA - The Future's Void
Searchlights - Searchlights
Various - Deutsche Elektronische Musik
Ronnie James Dio - Mightier Than The Sword (The Ronnie James Dio Story)
Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
Ernst Reijseger - Crystal Palace
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Substaat - Macht
Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic
Various - 1959-05 - 1964-03
Various - 1966-03 - 1966-11
Wizzard - Wizzard Singles 1972-1975
Various Composers - Music From the Golden Age of Rembrandt
J S Bach - Partita No 6 BWV 830
Schubert - Impromptus D 946
UK - Reunion Live in Tokyo

Up early and not really doing anything...

Except finding out I've downloaded or "created" around 250 new albums so far this year - on top of the 250 or so physical items which have joined the queue to fill a skip on my demise...

Out for breakfast to the Coffee Bean...



Then, for some light bulbs...


Greeted by bees on our return, enjoying the last of the plants...


Some tidying....


To Roseburn and a walk along the Water of Leith...


...to the Cathedral...


...for a recital by French pianist Louise Cournarie, who played pieces by Bach, Schubert and Medtner quite perfectly and beautifully...


She advised the piano is like a horse - perhaps something lost in translation...

Back along the water...




...and home for coffee and fruit and the excellent French film about typing (yes, typing), "Populaire"...


Tidying finalised as Anne zumba'd...


...and a new wee cat was spotted in the neighbourhood...


Later on some tasty sea bass with potatoes and runner beans and "University Challenge" and the return of "New Tricks"...

Hokum...

Updated this and listened to more stuff before retiring...

Highlight of the Day : Piano recital...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The lure of the meringue...

Playlist
Brahms - String Sextets
Various - Weekly Playlist No 25
1982 - A/B
Building Instrument - Building Instrument
Substaat - Macht
Geraud Portal - Fort Greene Story
Bend Sinister - Animals
Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic
EMA - The Future's Void
Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Breakfast at home and some sorting of the CDs continued...

Rock & Pop integration of 100 recent CDs...



Took Anne to her mum's for the early kick off of Hearts v Hibs (2-1 Hearts, enough to put them third behind Queen of the South and Raith Rovers, all three on maximum six points)...

To my mum's, where she re-enacted her experience this week of being subjected to an attempted phone fraud...


What a character...

I left her expecting sister Sheila with a tasty Chinese and made my way over to Jane and Bobby's for a tasty Chinese...

Greeted by Rafa the dog...


Chat was already underway...


Bobby and I collected the sustenance...


Meanwhile Kitty had noted my writing credit on new Saturday night prime time BBC1 show, "Tumble"


Anne's mum had made some cakes...


I was not tempted by the coffee/walnut buns...


... but must admit to succumbing to the lure of the meringue...


Kitty undertook a portrait of the man with a long way to go...


...who remained untempted by the coffee/walnut buns...


...here pictured by Olly...


Kitty is a monkey...


She wants to be a hairdresser/make-up artist - and practised on her Auntie...



Groovy!


Back home to more new music, there's just so much out there - do I really want to add to it?

Highlight of the Day :  Anne chuffed re the JTs...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ninety six in eight...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlist No 33
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Morphinecodex
Laura Pausini - 20: The Greatest Hits
Punkt - Punkt Eklektik Session 01
1982 A/B
Building Instrument - Building Instrument
Bend Sinister - Animals
Substaat - Macht
Laura Pausini - Laura Pausini
Laura Pausini - Escucha
Cage - Antonio Vivaldi/John Cage: 8 Seasons
Bartok - String Quartets 1-6
Gould - Opus 1 String Quartet

Weekly playlist notated and uploaded while even more music was downloaded, no doubt some of which will feature next week...

Best discovery of the day, of the five albums joining the collection, was Bend Sinister's "Animals" - a wonderful slice of proggy power pop, which put me in mind of Jellyfish and Jason Falkner...

Two new albums from the Hubro label disappointed while Norwegian electro poppers Substaat impressed. The fifth selection is yet to be sampled, a jazz disc from Geraud Portal...

Out for a walk from Roseburn into town, taking a detour round by the secluded Coltbridge Gardens, with its Bowling Green -  a local resident regaled us with a few background stories, including the fact that Queen Mary used to bowl here and that her wearing of a choker was to cover up scars from a suicide attempt...

Hmmm...

Nice area...



Along the Water of Leith emerging at Belford...


...and on into town past the cathedral...


Clothing targets were met, coffee pot targets were not (remedied later by Anne on the net) and back to Roseburn on the bus with salad for lunch...


In the afternoon, "The Honourable Woman" was watched and enjoyed - more twists - while Queen of the South went top of the league with a 4-0 win away at Dumbarton - early days of course...

Tomorrow Anne will watch Hearts v Hibs at Tynecastle...

Recent jazz purchases were integrated into the physical collection while classical and rock & pop were "sorted out" - i.e. alphabetised but not filed - daunting...

Mid afternoon, a call from sister-in-law Jane, asking if Anne could emergency baby sit re Kitty and so Anne was away from 5:30 till 9:30 - a good tiem apparently being had - while I did nothing much except listen to music and surf the internet...

I dug out all my CDs of string quartets...





...and updated my list of composers by whom I have string quartet recordings - last collated in September 2006 at which point there were 45 - eight years later, the list runs to 141...

No, don't show us the list, I hear you cry...

Here it is...

Ades
Alvarez
Antheil
de Arriaga
J S Bach
Balanescu
Barber
Bartok
Bax
Beethoven
Bella
Bennet
Berg
Berio
Bolanos
Bolcolm
Borodin
Brahms
Briseno
Britten
Bruckner
Cage
Carter
Chen Yi
Cherubini
Corigliano
Debussy
Dohnanyi
Dominguez
Dowland
Druckman
Dutilleux
Dvorak
Egge
von Einem
Elgar
Elizondo
Enescu
Esquival
Evans
Feldman
Fernstrom
Franck
Friedman
Ginastera
Glass
Golijov
Gorecki
Gould
Grechaninov
Grieg
Gubaidulina
Guzik
Hartmann
Haubenstock-Ramati
Haydn
Helps
Hendrix
Henze
Hermann
Higdon
Hill
Hindemith
Hoffstetter
Janacek
Janson
de Jesus
Kalliwoda
Karlstad
Kraftwerk
Kurtag
Kvandal
Lachenmann
Lanner
Lara
di Lasso
Lecuona
Ligeti
Loeffler
Lutoslawski
Martinu
Massenet
Matthews
Maxwell Davies
Mayuzumi
Mendelssohn
Messiaen
Mozart
Nancarrow
Nielsen
Nyman
Part
Penderecki
Piazzolla
Puts
Rasmussen
Rautavaara
Ravel
Rawsthorne
Reich
Reicha
Revueltas
Richter
Rihm
Riisager
Rochberg
Rorem
Rubbra
Ruzicka
Sallinen
Sanchez
Scelsi
Schoenberg
Schnittke
Schubert
Schumann
Sculthorpe
Shostakovich
Sibelius
Simonsen
Smetana
Sorensen
Spohr
Stockhausen
Strauss I
Strauss II
Stravinsky
Szymanski
Tacuba
Tchaikovsky
Thomas
Tippett
Urbaner
Valen
Vasks
Vaughan Williams
Verdi
Webern
Xenakis
Zemlinsky
Zimmermann

On Anne's return we enjoyed recently Tivo'd comedies "The Mimic", "Cuckoo" and the quite mad "Siblings"...

More listening for me as Anne watched the footie and another Saturday gone...

Highlight of the Day : Queens top of the league...