Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekly Playlists update...

I've been adding back the previously deleted Weekly Playlists to make them available again to stream...

The five most recent are always downloadable (via Podcast Machine) so, each week, a playlist falls away to remain available as a stream (on Mixcloud)...

At present, the following are available:-
25-29 Download or stream
1-10, 23 and 24 Stream Only

To be added back:-
11-22 (which will be stream only)





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Slow and very good...

Playlist
Sehrbrock - Static Music
Cakewalk - Transfixed
Cakewalk - Wired
The Samuel Jackson Five - Seasons in the Hum
Sleepmakeswaves - Love of Cartography
Yes - Heaven & Earth
Yes - Keys to Ascension (Live)
Yes - Around the World in 80 Dates
Chris Squire - Fish Out of Water
Alan White - Ramshackled
Yes - Yessongs
Steve Adey - The Tower of Silence

To the dentist first thing, or rather the hygienist - who, every time I visit, advises my gums are bleeding in some place or other - of course that may have something to do with the hacking away at them with a sharp metal object that is taking place...

At lunchtime, a tasty salad nourished, while overlooking Princes St Gardens in the hot sun and then, into the basement of HMV, where a disc by Steve Adey was procured for £2.99, after being swithered about and then being swayed about by reading reviews online and seeing mention of the Blue Nile and Talk Talk...

It's very slow and very good...

Back upstairs, I also bought the new Yes album (despite having a download already) - old skool, full price...

In text conversations with Dr Prog, I advised I have come to realise this is a surprising album (for Yes), it's understated yet it has the potential to be an unexpected classic - and that's with the three previously unloved pieces reinstated...

Over the last few weeks, I have listened to this LP more than any other this year...

It's slow and very good...

A very hot day - still so, as I made my way up the hill...



Tasty mince, sweet potato mash and green beans tonight...

Yum...

And some listening (and goggle boxing re "New Girl" and "Live at the Apollo")...

No work done...

Highlight of the Day : New music and a tasty tea - same as it ever was...

Monday, July 21, 2014

The new thing, kind of, probably not...

Playlist
Acantus - Acantus
Mats/Morgan - [shack tati]
Audible Silence - An Instincual Response
Gough - Message From the Border
Deprez - L'Homme Arme Masses

Picked up my ticket for The Bad plus today at lunchtime...

This on the way home....


...later on became this...


...the fifth of 2014, this was the first, from 15 June and, I think, unmentioned...


Also tonight, a self portrait...


...a distressed bridge...


...and an illustration, talked about yesterday at the dinner table, of Anne's mum's support for Scottish Independence...


No new CDs arrived today - some respite...

Following correspondence from drummer Keith, a brief attempt at some covers was undertaken in the back room...

The opportunity was also taken today to listen to five new discs, in between a tasty salmon salad, two episodes of "Big Bang" and a "University Challenge" for which your correspondent was particularly flammable for some reason...

Also re-uploaded some of the Weekly Playlists for streaming only...

All the actual files are now on the servers but work still to be done re timestamping etc etc...

Highlight of the Day : Attempted creation...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Uploads, hills, chickens and paint...

Playlist
Various - 2014 Weekly Playlists
Audible Silence - Three's Crowd
J S Bach - Works For Lute
Anner Bylsma - JS Bach; J C Bach : Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba
King Crimson - 13 June 2014
Piano Cirkus - Fitkin/Nyman/Seddon/Rackham
The Scottish Baroque Ensemble - Scandinavian Serenade

Up around seven and working on adding weekly playlists Nos 9-25 to Mixcloud, whilst listening again to Audible Silence and then making a start on the Vivarte Box Set...


Around 11, post breakfast at Crispycat, out over to Damhead and a walk into the Pentlands...








Anne often walks here with chum Teresa and her wee dog, Mac...



Not to bring you down but, wherever you go, there is always this...


The chickens didn't seem to care...



A picturesque settlement of what are now, probably, holiday cottages...


The real beasts were about their business...


Good views over old Edinburgh town...



The cathedral on maximum zoom...


Farther up the hill...




..and back down again...




We will return...


In search of coffee...


At one, to my mum's and we took her out to a new place, the Secret Herb Garden at Damhead...

Lunch comprised cake - pear, ginger and honey for me, carrot cake for mum and Victoria sponge for the Exec Producer...


inside I found an old Ladybird Book "The Story of Football" which I ued to own as a child - £5 for a 15p book was  little steep....


Some wee chickens wandered amongst the attendees...




The environs were adjudge to be good and we will return...







From mum's to Anne's mum's, where her latest painting was on display...


...as we enjoyed a tasty chicken based tea - which we did not really connect to the nice wee beasties we'd seen earlier...

Home around 8 and some more work on the uploads before enjoying Rich Hall's very interesting and entertaining 90 minute take in the history of California...

Highlight of the Day : New walks, new places...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Please Mr Postman look and see...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlist No 29
Dittersdorf - Sinfonias
Paul McCartney - New
Jethro Tull - Crest Of A Knave
MacMillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross
Audible Silence - An Instinctual Response
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twenty Four Paintings
Audible Silence - Three's Crowd
Lassus - Bridges
Alice Cooper - The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper

Up at stupid o'clock and put together this week's playlist...

The postie brought this...


Yum...


It's quite big...


..and it's choc full of CDs...


All the lovely covers are displayed here...

Not a single note was listened to though as I made my way through the day - I did however sample the wares of US prog/math rock outfit Audible Silence, who have three albums (one including over 3 hours of bonus material) available over on Bandcamp...

Yowsah!

They, like things from the new box and the ten discs which arrived yesterday, will no doubt feature in Playlist No 30 next Saturday...

In the afternoon, breaks were taken for the 3rd episode of the now completely sucked us in "The Honourable Woman" plus "Mock the Week"...

We also booked tickets for recitals which will take place while we're in Berlin later this year...

The Kuss Quartett (with soprano Mojca Erdmann on two of the pieces) will perform works by Schumann, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Lachenmann and pianist Nicolas Hodges will play pieces by Bach, Rihm, Schubert and, like the Kuss Quartet, Lachenmann...

In the evening out to Queensferry o meet up with chums Chris-with-a-ch, Lesley (sister of Creek's Coblers) and Derek...

Your correspondent's recent new regime was seen to definitely still have a long way to go - luckily the self times camera focused on the chair arm in the foreground...


An excellent Indian meal and much comedy chat ensued before more drinks (Sparkling Mineral Water and Diet Irn Bru for Mr CBQ)...

Lesley...


Derek...


Chris - delightful as ever...


Mister Quartet...


A blury Exec Producer...


Home through the mist with our chums delivered to train stations and bus stops...

Another good Saturday...

Highlight of the Day : A tasty Indian and a big as yet untouched box of CDs...