Wednesday, July 24, 2024

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CRISPYCAT RECORDINGS
issue the solo and collaborational work of musician, broadcaster and abstract artist
DAVID REILLY

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LIVE PERFORMANCE
SCHEDULED APPEARANCES

 Thursday 25 July 2024, 8:00pm - Cloudland Blue Quartet
Out of the Bedroom, Safari Lounge, 21 Cadzow Place, Edinburgh EH7 5SN 
Repertoire: 3 song acoustic set (if slot secured)
and the following Thursdays, 8:00pm
15 & 29 August 2024
12 & 26 September 2024
10 & 24 October 2024
7 & 21 November 2024
5 & 19 December 2024
and fortnightly Thursdays thereafter throughout 2025

Saturday 27 July 2024, 7:30pm - Capital Models
Leith Dockers Club, 17 Academy Street, Leith, EH6 7EE
Repertoire: 3 Sets of Top Covers

Friday 30 August 2024, 2:00pm - Cloudland Blue Quartet
Fopp, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
Repertoire: 40 Minute Soundscape Set "Live Suite 2024/25" (LP to be released 1 November 2024 on Bandcamp)
Available on the Day: First Very Limited Edition of Exclusive One-Off Live Suite CDs, each with Exclusive Content

Saturday 9 November 2024, 1:40pm - Cloudland Blue Quartet
Switched On Electronic Music Weekender, Flowergate Hall, Whitby, YO21 3BB
Repertoire: 40 Minute Soundscape Set "Live Suite 2024/25" (LP to be released 1 November 2024 on Bandcamp)
Available on the Day: Second Very Limited Edition of Exclusive One-Off Live Suite CDs, each with Exclusive Content

Date TBC - Capital Models
Scots Guards Club, Haymarket Edinburgh
Repertoire: Trio Formation (TBC) 2 Sets of Top Covers


CRISPYCAT RECORDINGS CURRENT RELEASE SCHEDULE

UPCOMING LPs (Subject to Change)

Friday 2 August 2024 (pre release issue Friday 26 July 2024)
Cloudland Blue Quartet: The Hessler Nowik Liminal Conundrum
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 30 August 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Live Suite 2024/25
First Very Limited Edition of Exclusive One-Off CDs, each with Exclusive Content
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 6 September 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Front Porch (CBQ Edition) 
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 4 October 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Providence
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 1 November 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Live Suite 2024/25
(Soundscape LP)

Saturday 9 November 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Live Suite 2024/25
Second Very Limited Edition of Exclusive One-Off CDs, each with Exclusive Content
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 6 December 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Disquietmusik VIII
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 3 January 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Variations on Brian Eno's "Discreet Music"
(Soundscape Variations LP)

Friday 7 February 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Wrexham
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 7 March 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Variations on Brian Eno's "On Land"
(Soundscape Variations LP)

Friday 4 April 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Dissolution V
(Piano Based Soundscape LP)

Friday 2 May 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Strand
(Soundscape LP)

Friday 6 June 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Gould
(Soundscape Composers LP)

Friday 4 July 2025
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Variations on Fripp & Eno
(Soundscape Variations LP)


UPCOMING COMPILATIONS (Subject to Change)

Friday 13 December 2024
Sombre Reptiles & Cloudland Blue Quartet: Decades (Compilation)

Friday 20 December 2024
Sombre Reptiles: Songs of the Sombre Reptiles 1980-1995 (Compilation)

Tuesday 24 December 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Twentytwentyfour: The Originals (Compilation of 2024 Releases)

Tuesday 31 December 2024
Cloudland Blue Quartet: Twentytwentyfour (Compilation of Previously Unreleased 2024 Recordings)


CRISPYCAT RECORDINGS ON BANDCAMP

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DIARY

This main page contains Cloudland Blue : A Diary, with daily entries since 5 March 2005 (scroll down for the latest entries).

143 days are "picture only", across 4 periods:-
2022 (85): 18 April - 10 May (23); 6 July - 5 September (62)
2023 (58): 21 September - 15 October (25); 18 October - 19 November (33)

It is always the intention to update those days with the relevant text (for example, on 10 June 2024, first thing, I wrote up five missing days in June 2022) but doing so is, of course, subject to opportunity (and, indeed, memory!)...

Sunday, July 21, 2024

A visit from the fixer...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The "In" Crowd
Capital Models - 2024-02-11
Capital Models - 2024-03-24
Capital Models - 2024-04-07
Capital Models - 2024-07-07
Capital Models - 2024-04-30
Capital Models - 2024-04-21
Capital Models - 2024-03-03
Capital Models - 2024-07-20
The Omnific - The Law Of Augmenting Returns
Tryp Tych Tryo - Warsaw Conjunction
Mario Ganau & Mathieu Robert - Callada: Around Mompou
aespa - Armageddon - The 1st Album
Cassandra Jenkins - My Light, My Destroyer
Odie Leigh - Carrier Pigeon
Orange Goblin - Science, Not Fiction
Matthew Nowik & Frederick Hessler - The Hessler Nowik Liminal Conundrum
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The "In" Crowd
Gunnar Backman // Staffan Svensson // Anders Berg - Parchment
KASHIWA Daisuke - Ice
Clairo - Charm
Joe Goddard & Oranje - Harmonics
Joel Ross - nublues
Karfagen - Land of Chameleons (Bonus Disk)
MARIOLA MEMBRIVES - AJUARES VERANO
Melissa Aldana - Echoes Of The Inner Prophet
Taylor Swift - Fortnight (Acoustic EP)
Steve Hunter - The Deacon Speaks
Emma Black - The Privileged Oboe - Oboe Quartets
Anoice - Stories in White
Deep Purple -  =1
JB Dunckel - MÖBIUS MORPHOSIS
Kabalevsky - Modern Times: Classical Discoveries
Harold López-Nussa - Timba a la Americana
Jenny Lewis - Joy'All
Santana - Africa Speaks
Sarah Harmer - Are You Gone
Brian Eno - Apollo
Brian Eno - Top Boy OST
The Beatles - 1967-1970

A Sunday following on from a Saturday that seemed like a Sunday...



A morning Capital Models mucking about...

A wee bonus for the boys - of what we might sound like next week...

Mostly taken from the wedding in May plus a few other things from elsewhere where songs weren't played at that...

I joked that, if they play along with this it'll get their changeovers between songs right up to speed (as all the songs kinda run into each other)...


My main takeway from listening back was, apart from realising how much of my singing live is (a) too loud and (b) out of tune, there was a fall in energy in the 2nd set going into Folsom Prison Blues so I subsequently brought that 4 song section forward, amending the running order...

Lunch and the first episode of "The Jetty" with Jenna Coleman...

We'll stick with it - there are only four...

At 2 or so, a visit from Lynn and Ross - Ross had a bag of equipment with him...


It was shelf repair time...




...which included drilling of new holes in both the wall and the bracket...

And, soon, it was done...

But Ross noted the CD shelf could also do with some TLC...


And so, it was removed and the bracket tightened up...




...before the team replaced the shelf...



The maestro and his handiwork - complete with less heavy book selection on the lower shelf...


Coffees, biscuits and chat enjoyed...

Books reversed to "from small to tall" to "from tall to small"...


And off they went, home for tea...

For ours, my fave from Anne - while it took an inordinate amount of time to prepare, it was delicious and well worth the wait - perfection...


Second "The Jetty" this evening and some music listening and book perusing...

Highlight of the Day: Shelf fixing...

Today's New Music:-

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Rehearsals, biscuits, shopping and steaks...

Playlist
JB Dunckel - MÖBIUS MORPHOSIS
Steve Hunter - The Deacon Talks
Anoice - Stories in White
Bryan Ferry - Another Time Another Place
Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo
Capital Models - 2024-02-11
Capital Models - 2024-03-03
Capital Models - 2024-03-24
Capital Models - 2024-04-07
Capital Models - 2024-04-21
Capital Models - 2024-04-30
Capital Models - 2024-07-07
Capital Models - 2024-07-20

A Saturday which was like a Sunday...

Up very late indeed...



..and so, no real time to do much before exiting and driving over to Broughton to pick up Paul for the drive out to Roslin...

Our final rehearsal before next Saturday's performance...


We learned "The In Crowd" and added it to the set - we played it four times, along with another 23 of the 49 songs across the three sets...

Discussions over biscuits at half time (after 2hrs 15) - a rebellion against the "upbeat" version of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" was disappointing...


We ploughed on for another hour...


...and I noted the settings which may stand us in good stead at the soundcheck next week...




Then, to my mum's and noting what was needed to be shopped for...


I let her see her garden...


I offered her the chance to go and sit in it...

"I don't sit in the garden" was the response...

She may well have added "but I do like a snowball"...


Oh well...

Home and Anne went off to Tesco, returning with tasty tea items...





Yowsah!!


The shelf awaits repair tomorrow...


Late on, edited today's session and consigned 9 songs (35 mins) to the "reserve list", taking all three sets down to the requisite 45 minutes...

And so these, from our poster, will no longer have their work featured...

Roxy Music
Neil Young
Pink Floyd
Bob Dylan
Elton John
Lou Reed

Not to worry...

Highlight of the Day: Anne's steak (and rehearsing)...

Today's New Music:-

Friday, July 19, 2024

Friday, music, food and art...

Playlist
Sparks - The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Shelby Starner - From In The Shadows
Bill Frisell - Harmony
Various Artists - Island Presents: Dub - 38 Hard and Heavy Dub Cuts 1976-1990
Genesis - Platinum Collection
The Rolling Stones - Rolled Gold
The Residents - Commercial Album
Premiata Forneria Marconi - L'Album Di PFM
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 65
Various Artists - I'm Every Woman: Pop Queens of the Seventies
Various Artists - Hemisphere No More
Steve Hunter - The Deacon Speaks
Dick Wagner - Home At Last
Deep Purple - 1
Orange Goblin - Science, Not Fiction
Sparks - No. 1 In Heaven (45th Anniversary Edition)
Celer - There Were More Failures Than This

Ah, it's Friday again...



Time for new music (even though I gather in new music every single day)...


Slim pickings again this morning but some nice things to feature in the podcast (when I get it done - I have no time today)...

Decided against more rehearsing before tomorrow's meet up with the boys in the band and so, packed everything away in readiness...


Anne was off at Zumba when I left - although, post this pic, I decided on buds rather than full size nut-phones...


I was out and, indeed, about...





Alighted at Haymarket and, by chance, passed Mia's Kitchen (where Anne and I were last Sunday and to where I was due to return today at 2:30), noting it was closed due to "technical difficulties in the kitchen"...

Messaged my lunch buddies and looked for a new venue...

This looked interesting but was a step too far...



In the end, booked over the road (and perhaps connected) La Tasca...

Met up at the Guards Club (from which I STILL await possible gig dates), enjoying drinks in the garden...


Then back to Dalry and in - with Gary, Wendy and Bernie...


Top notch fayre indeed...

Mussels...


As ever for me, all shells removed pre any scoffing...



Other choices included Bruschetta for Bernie, Tortilla for Wendy and Gary chose as per Mr CBQ...

Top mains too - Chicken for Wendy, Sea Bass for Gary, Risotto for Bernie, Prawn Linguini for me...


Linguini close up...


And puddings of ice cream or baklava...



Very reasonable too...

A walk along to Shandwick Place for drinks at the Fox and Faun...



...before I exited to meet with Anne at the National Gallery, of whom we are "friends" and so were invited to s preview of the John Lavery exhibition, opening tomorrow...


I did not expect to be impressed but I was impressed...


His being commissioned to paint the state visit of Queen Victoria to the Glasgow International Exhibition launched his career as a society painter and he moved to London in 1896, weedling his way into the society set and travelling around with them, painting, before becoming a war artist in late in WWI...







These two were probably my favourites...








I was surprised that the blurb re this one didn't mention the amount of work which must surely have gone into painting the wire of the fence around the tennis court...










This was Anne's favourite...


It has a top back story...


I used to always just take pics of the pics - now I enjoy portraying the viewers too...

I was particularly pleased with this shot...


...taken in the room of his war works...











Edinburgh also featured...



This is a very large window and surely cannot be to the correct proportions...









Very enjoyable - a pleasant surprise indeed...

Bus home for the first night of the proms, which featured one of Anne's childhood faves, Beethoven's 5th Symphony...


Later on, the beast was listening to new things...


...pre bed...

Meanwhile my erstwhile compadres day ended around 11...


Hardy souls indeed...

Highlight of the Day: Out and about...

Today's New Music:-