Friday, September 19, 2014

Twenty three point seven two nine per cent...

Playlist
Marco Minnemann - EEPS
Various - Ambient 1 : A Brief History Of Ambient Volume 1 (1)
Various - EG 20th Anniversary Album
King Crimson - The Elements 2014 Tour Box
Motorhead - Aftershock
Camera - Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide
Alex Machacek - 24 Tales
Yes - Forty Five Years

Up at seven - last night's prediction confirmed...


Country saved...

A rare smile from MR CBQ...


Champagne breakfast...

Celebratory lunch...

Resignation of the man who split a country...

Media continue to prattle on...

All has changed, hopefully for the better - a good result...

But sick of hearing 1.6 million and not hearing 2 million...

Almost 24% more people voted No than did Yes - of course that calculation may be too difficult for those who could not work out that the numbers being put forward as believable during the campaign did not add up...

Sometimes, perhaps, dignity can be too quiet...

Not to worry...

In the evening, uploaded Weekly Playlist 36 two weeks late...

Highlight of the day : Country saved...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Referendum, schmeferendum...

Playlist
Kronos Quartet - Howl, U.S.A.
Neil Cowley Trio - Touch And Flee
Bach, C P E - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 300 Years
Klein - Klein 6 Cello Sonatas
Moskus - Mestertyven
Motorhead - Aftershock
Opeth - Pale Communion
Die Ärzte - Das Beste Von Kurz Nach Früher Bis Jetzt
Farinelli - Farinelli: The Composer
Valery Gore - Idols in the Dark Heart
The Helix Nebula - Meridian
Samo Salamon & The Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra - Free Strings
Crow'sclaw - Loudness War
Hindemith - Hindemith: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Arve Henriksen - The Nature Of Connections
Laurent Coulondre Trio - Opus II
Fuchs - Fuchs: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
King Crimson - The Elements 2014 Tour Box
Erasure - The Violet Flame-Deluxe Edition
Marco Minnemann - EEPS

Up early and to the polling station just after seven to cast my vote to save Scotland...

Into town super early and walking around in the drizzle and mist, soundtracked by the Kronos Quartet and Allen Ginsberg...



What's better?

This?


...or this?


No contest...

A new KC box waiting for me when I got home and much enjoyed this evening by a man who had voted to save his country...



Around 11 or so, the Yougov poll predicted No 54 Yes 46 with 99% certainty...

No point in staying up all night..

Noise, bluff, bluster defeated by those who did not post their intentions on Facebook, did not deem it necessary to be continually in anyone's face with their opinion, just read the facts, understood the pros and cons of both sides, understood the consequences, went about their business and, today, quietly voted to save their country...

To bed...

Highlight of the Day : New King Crimson Box...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not the night before Xmas, not by a long chalk...

Playlist
Various - iPod Shuffleplay
Various - Weekly Playlist No 36
Valery Gore - Idols in the Dark Heart
Pacifica Quartet - Declarations: Janacek/Crawford Seeger/Hindemith
Fugitive - Mediterraneo
The Helix Nebula - Meridian
VArious - Weekly Playlist No 37
Camera - Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide
Kronos Quartet - Howl USA

Today at 5:30 pm, I posted this on Facebook...

"Throughout the Scottish Independence referendum campaign, it has been all too easy for all of us to find articles and stories and facts and figures which appear to support our arguments as to how we should vote, be it Yes or No...

For me, this started a few weeks ago, when my mainly music based Facebook Timeline started to be swamped with what I deemed “pish” from many of my friends who were/are supporting the Yes campaign...

The daily input gradually became so annoying to me that I “unfollowed” many people who I have known for many years, purely to stop their Yes-centric input into my life...

But, of course, if they haven’t yet “unfollowed” me on Facebook (I wouldn’t know because FAcebook doesn't tell you if anyone “unfollows” you), they will know that, eventually, I felt I needed to “fight back” and “point out” to them exactly where I felt they were going wrong...

I believe I have made many valid points. They believe they have made many valid points. And so it goes...

Tomorrow we vote on an issue which will change the UK forever, whether the outcome is Yes or No...

Such a momentous decision surely insists that we base it on reasoned argument – which probably means we need to see both sides and the pros and cons of each instead of merely believing what we want to believe based on the views of those in either camp with a vested interest in capturing our vote...

With just over 24 hours to go until the polls close, I would ask everyone, Yes and No Supporters alike (and undecideds probably especially), to take a couple of hours tonight (bloody hell it took me three hours to get through it) to read this 90 (yes 90!!) page e-book, written by experts, without a politician in sight, which, topic by topic, goes through all the major subjects of the debate and sets out BOTH sides in a non-partisan manner (a very refreshing change)...

“We have carefully selected our contributors to be impartial. They are, of course, entitled to their private views, but none has a declared interest on either side of the debate. This does not mean that they simply sit on the fence. It means they use their academic training to set out, discuss and evaluate the claims of each side. Their impartiality is in their approach. Some of their conclusions may lean more towards one side or the other. But that is a product of the results of their research and the way they do their analysis“

There are sixteen questions considered:-

The Economy
1. What would the outlook for Scotland s economy be
(a) if the vote is Yes (b) if the vote is No

2.Which currency arrangement would an independent Scotland use?

3. What would the picture for the Scottish Government s finances be if Scotland votes
(a) Yes (b) No

If the vote is Yes...
4. How long will the independence negotiations take and what will the main challenges be?

5. How will assets and liabilities be divided?

6. How long would it take to set up a new Scottish state and how much would it cost?

If the vote is No…
7. Would we get more powers? What difference would they make?

International
8. What kind of international role and influence would an independent Scotland have?

9. Would an independent Scotland be in the European Union?

10. How would an independent Scotland defend itself?

What sort of Scotland?
11. The constitution of an independent Scotland: What would it contain? How would it be made?

12. How different would or could Scottish social and welfare policy be from the policy of the UK in the event of either a Yes or a No vote?

13. Does Scotland need a separate immigration policy? And if the vote is Yes could we have one?

14. What would happen to pensions in the event of a Yes or a No vote?

Business & competition
15. Would a Yes vote be good for business? Would a No vote?

16. What would independence mean for energy markets?

Happy reading (or not) – your choice : Scotland's Decision (e-book)"

Of course it would have been better if people had actually read it a few weeks ago - but hey ho, it's only the potential break up of the United Kingdom we're voting on...

Elsewhere, at lunchtime, a walk to Stockbridge for a look around the various charity shops - nothing purchased..

Back home, delivery of a CD ordered and forgotten about - from the States, a reasonably rare disc from the Kronos Quartet...

Meanwhile a new download from a new to me band who sound a lot like Neu! - Camera...


Chicken soup for tea for the third day running...

I am still reasonably fat so the fight goes on...

Tomorrow to the polls to vote for Scotland...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Non essential parping...

Playlist
Various - Weekly Playlist No 36
Neu! - Neu! 75
Gentle Giant - Epic Gentle Giant
The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing
Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love - Jacana
Walls - Coracle
The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
Valery Gore - Idols in the Dark Heart

A walk to Fopp at lunchtime noting many £3 John Coltrane discs but could not remember what I already had...

Of course, I have all these...


Not to worry...

After all, just how much (post 1964 in the main tuneless) parping does any man really need?

Back home and a night of TV with "Big Bang", "CSI", "Scott & Bailey", "New Girl", "Siblings" and the triumphant return of "Bad Education"...

Then, upstairs with an apple, to update this and give a listen to yesterday's digital intake - including an excellent live improv set from Sten Sandell and The Thing's drummer, Paal Nilssen-Love...

Nice...


Elsewhere, contact from my mum mid afternoon advised strange phone calls from"an American" asking for me - it was our accommodation people trying to sort out the Berlin debacle where we ended up a 40 minute train ride from our chosen destination - turns out I must have inadvertently given them my mum's home number instead of mine - of course she probably thought it was more of those fraudsters trying to steal all her money...

Very nearly sorted to our satisfaction...

Highlight of the Day : Return of Bad Education...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Trees in mist...

Playlist
Walls - Coracle
Hindemith - Das Klavierwerk Vol. II
Wire - Pink Flag
Max Jury - Christian Eyes (Single)
Adrian Belew - Side 1
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Birmingham (1)
Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Chris Krasnow - The 6-8 Experience
The Bad Plus - For All I Care
Michael Brook - Hybrid
Allan Holdsworth - Against The Clock
2raumwohnung - Achtung fertig

The Bad Plus - Inevitable Western

An overcast, gloomy day which suits the mood right now...



Home made soup nourished and, while Anne returned to Zumba, I worked on Week 36's playlist which was due to be posted here on 6 September...

It and Week 37 will be up "soon"...

Downloaded three new LPs but did not listen due to problems re fileshifting...

Other than that, "New Tricks" and "CSI" entertained...

Highlight of the Day : Playlisting...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Give us a P, give us an M, give us a D....

Playlist
Maxwell Davies - Naxos String Quartet No 9
Various - Weekly Playlists 27 & 28
Maxwell Davies - String Trio
Maxwell Davies - Duo for Violin and Cello
Maxwell Davies - Oboe Quartet
The Von Duesz - Garant
Walls - Coracle
Vivaldi - Con Moto

Breakfast at home to the strains of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' ninth Naxos string quartet...

A drive to Glasgow, arriving at 11...


A walk around..

This was supposed to be the interior of a bike shop...


...and this, the interior of a print gallery...


The Exec Producer rightly thinks I am losing my touch...


We were here for a concert by the Hebrides Ensemble, at the Old Fruitmarket, of a duo, trio and quartet by "Max" as he is known to his chums...


Better than Lachenmann, not as good as Mozart was the EP's judgement on the afternoon's music...

For me, it was all splendid - but then I enjoy tuneless contemporary classical music...

The Max was in attendance...




...and looking spritely despite his 80 years...



There was also a guest birthday four hands piano piece, composed and played (with a nice young man alongside her) by Sally Beamish (composer and pupil of the Max)...

After the concert, some walking about, noting the top levels of intelligent argument being put forward in the referendum campaign (and sarcasm button back to off)...

A tasty Indian for tea over at Byres Rd where, thankfully, the presence of blue badged campaigners was to an absolute minimum in comparison with the town centre...

A drive home and some considerable time getting this up to date whilst enjoying two new purchases on the Cologne based Kompakt label...

End of another good weekend...

highlight of the day : Sir PMD...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I'll have a cup of tea, son...

Playlist
Rochberg - Symphony #5, Black Sounds, Transcendental Variations
Bach, J C - Johann Christian Bach Symphonies
Vivaldi - Vivaldi Con Moto
The Bad Plus - Edinburgh Setlist 2014

Breakfast in the garden...


A visit to my mum...

She enjoyed the especially chosen for old people with short attention spans 49 out of 1,300 pictures of our holiday...

...and some tea...


In the evening, "Dr Who" was much enjoyed as were "New Tricks" and "CSI"...

Yowsah!

In footie, both Queens and, disappointingly, Hearts, drew...

JTs still top though...

No idea where Queens are - after all, it's only a game...

Can you tell I'm now just trying to get this up to date as quickly as possible?  Still have two podcasts to do too...

This is how I waste my time...

Highlight of the Day : Dr Who...

Weekly Playlist No 37

Welcome to the Cloudland Blue Weekly Playlist No 37...

You can join the almost 1,000 others and follow these on Mixcloud using the button over to the right...




Here are 27 tracks which entertained during the second half of - and the period immediately following - our recent stay in Berlin - no CBQ this week...

Meanwhile, this was created by light entering the CBQ camera over the last seven days...


No notes for the next couple of weeks due to time constraints but if you're interested in knowing about any of the tracks, contact me...

Press play and away we go...



Die Ärzte - Gwendoline  2:51
from "Das Beste Von Kurz Nach Früher Bis Jetzt"

1982 - 02:01   2:04
from "A/B"

Debussy - Petite Suite, L 65 - Un Bateau  3:09
from "Amsterdam Guitar Trio Bach Chopin Debussy Faure"

BANKS - Warm Water  3:29
from "Goddess"

Shelby Baldock - Hereafter  3:33
from "Butch Americana"

Marco Machera - The Art of Cliches (feat. Francesco Zampi)  3:42
from "Dime Novels"

Maybeshewill - Volga  3:45
from "Fair Youth"

Sarah Jaffe - Lover Girl  3:47
from "Don't Disconnect"

Snow Shards - Ruins  3:49
from "Blind"

kishochki - Good Boy  3:53
from "Community"

Swansaw - Of One Less Light  3:55
from "Flight And Falling"

Kimbra - Madhouse  4:05
from "The Golden Echo"

Eivind Aarset - Black Silence  4:05
from "Dream Logic"

The Bad Plus - Epistolary Echoes  4:17
from "Inevitable Western"

Stanton Moore - Big Greaze  4:18
from "Conversations"

Fauré - Piano Quintet No.2 in Cm,Op.115-Allegro vivo  4:24
from "Fauré: Chamber Music"

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards - Every Step  4:26
from "Distance"

EMA - Jane  4:34
from "The Future's Void"

Bend Sinister - Thunder And Lightning  4:39
from "Animals"

This Will Destroy You - God's Teeth  4:41
from "Another Language"

Building Instrument - Sprak  4:45
from "Building Instrument"

Trioscapes - Hysteria  6:48
from "Digital Dream Sequence"

Julian Arguelles - A Simple Question  6:55
from "Circularity"

Geraud Portal - Fort Greene Vibes  7:51
from "Fort Greene Story"

Lachenmann - String Quartet No 3 : Grido 3rd Movement  5:41
from "String Quartets"

Lachenmann - Serynade 3rd Movement  10:23
from "Allegro Sostenuto"

Elgar - Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" - Nimrod  4:02
from "The World Of Elgar"

Friday, September 12, 2014

Leaf on leaf...

Playlist
The Bad Plus - Inevitable Western
Telemann  - 12 Fantasias For Solo Violin, TWV 40: 14-25
Giuliano Carmignola - Vivaldi Con Moto
Orchestre de la Suisse romande - D'Indy, Saint-Saëns & Chausson
Fauré - Chamber Music
Die Ärzte - Das Beste Von Kurz Nach Früher Bis Jetzt
Various - Songs Beginning With No

Out for walk today parking at Roseburn and making our way along the water of Leith to Stockbridge...












...for breakfast at Pattisserie Florentin...

Then back from whence we came, after having purchased a card referring to his now being an old fart for nephew Alastair's birthday which occurs on Sunday...

The Heron was out and about...



...as was this wee dog...




...these wee ducks...


...and this wee dog...




More time spent catching up with this, organising holiday pics, ripping CDs and watching TV...

Lights out...

Highlight of the day :  A good walk...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The torture never starts...

Playlist
Bamberger Streichquartett - Mozart and Muller
J S Bach - 6 Violin Sonatas
Hagen - Sonatas For Lute & Strings
Giustini - Sonate Da Cimbalo Di Piano E Forte
King Crimson - 2014 Setlist
The Bad Plus - Inevitable Western

Thirteen years ago today...but then, you already knew that...

Managed to get away from the computer and we went uptown for lunch...



...where I managed to purchase yet another three CDs...

..and liked this typewriter nailed to a wall outside a venue where I had a residency as Sombre Reptiles in 1994...


To Hotel Du Vin...


...for scrummy food...






...plenty of wine and great chat...



...with chums Sid and Debbie...

A walk with them down to the New Town...




...and a visit to a gallery showing very impressive fine art botanical drawings and paintings...


On down into Stockbridge...



...and the St Vincent Bar which, to put it mildly, stank of disinfectant but was tolerated as it was the only place we could find that was open...


More chat and drink...



...before Sid lert to head back up town for another meal out!

The remaining trio enjoyed more drinks and chat before heading home in the late evening sun...




The postie had delivered my new Bad Plus CD from that America...


Brill!


Four new CDs in a day - after the haul from Germany - I am an idiot...


Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : A lunch with chums...