Wednesday, December 01, 2021

And then there were five...

Playlist
 Various Artists - The ECM Sampler
Rare Earth - Rare Earth in Concert
Taylor Swift - All Too Well (Single)
The Durutti Column - Obey the Time
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
Steve Kilbey - The Hall of Counterfeits
C/O Chamber Orchestra - Divertissement!
Tony Kofi and the Organisation - Point Blank
Kraftwerk - The Mix (Deutsch) (Remastered)
Volcano Kings - Lonesome Cybernetic Drifter on Mars (or Lo-Fi  Morricone-esque in Space)
Huelgas Ensemble - Ciconia: The Complete Works
Explosions in the Sky - Big Bend OST
Donny McCaslin Trio - Recommended Tools (feat. Hans Glawischnig & Jonathan Blake)
Animals As Leaders - The Madness Of Many
Transatlantic - Forevermore
Sons Of Kemet - Black to the Future
Andrew Heath & Anne Chris Bakker - How To Breathe Like A Stone
Dustin O'Halloran - Silfur
Regina Litvinova Extreme Trio - Plays the Music of Richie Beirach
Hania Rani - Music for Film and Theatre
The Smith Quartet - Dance
HTRK - Over the Rainbow
Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed
Christopher Franke - Babylon 5
A Formal Horse - Meat Mallet
Emma-Jean Thackray - Yellow
Stu Goldberg - Piru (Piano Solo)
Feldman - Works For Piano 2
Tale of Us - Endless
The Undisputed Truth - Method to the Madness
Tomohawk - Tonic Immobility
Charles Tolliver - Connect
Sabine Devieilhe, Alexandre Tharaud - Chanson d'Amour
White Moth Black Butterfly - The Cost of Dreaming
Snorri Hallgrímsson - Orbit
Kats-Chernin - Unsent Love Letters, Meditations On Erik Satie
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik V

Up late again...


Scenes...


Alice Cooper based - 50 years this week since "Killer" was released...


One of the Puffin mugs has been relegated to my shelf due to the appearance of a crack...


Oh well..

Before breakfast, Anne was making soup...



A full on day of WFH...

Soundtrack was, initially, an equivalent of 10CD set re ECM's 83 single streamable tracks from all their releases on Bandcamp...

Then, post breakfast, "Rare Earth In Concert". re a poll on whether or not they were better than Grand Funk...

Taylor Swift's excellent new 10 minute single...

A couple of things from 1990...

Selections from my LPs of the day for 2021 so far...

Oh and confirming just how fairly dreadful The Beatles "White" album actually is in the cold light of day...

Late afternoon, this the view...


...this the accidental view...


WFH till 6:30 then a quick change...


...donned my Adidas Sambas and off to the 5-a-Sides...


Once again I was rubbish but, this week, my team won by two goals - so that was good...

A very close game which, due to no-one coming to chuck us out, lasted for nearly an hour and a half...

You can imagine how my legs felt at the end of that - even having spent long periods in goal...

Home and soup and melon at nine...


Not at the same time though...

Some TV watched and then, around 10:30, upstairs and set the gear up to record this year's "Disquietmusik" album...

The fifth in the series which commenced back in 2017...

It's Frippertronics, baby...

I did five pieces, clocking in at a total of around 42 minutes - plus two things that broke down after a minute or so...



Time for bed but, before that, quickly added the as yet untreated WAV files to iTunes and onto the iPod for overnight listening...

And so, soon, there will be five...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day: Footballing and creating...

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

It really doesn't matter how music is categorised, all that matters is what you think of it...

Playlist
Asia (Featuring John Payne) - Archiva, Vol. 2
Asia (Featuring John Payne) - Arena
Run DMC - Back From Hell
Fleetwood Mac - Behind the Mask
Kronos Quartet - Black Angels
Heart - Brigade
Chris Liebing - Burn Slow
Cheap Trick - Busted
36 & Duenn - Distance As Power
The Fall - Extricate
Yo La Tengo - Fakebook
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
James - Gold Mother
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Wire - Manscape
KMFDM - Naïve 
The Durutti Column - Obey the Time
Asia - Prog
The Sundays - Reading Writing and Arithmetic
Paul Simon - Rhythm of the Saints
The Brecker Brothers - The Brecker Brothers
John Abercrombie - The ECM Sampler
The House of Love - The House of Love
Everything But the Girl - The Language of Life
Faith No More - The Real Thing
Living Colour - Time's Up
Fish - Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
The Associates - Wild & Lonely
Propaganda - 1234
Jeff Lynne - Armchair Theatre
Danielle Dax - Blast The Human Flower
Icehouse - Code Blue
Asia - Epic Asia
The Church - Gold Afternoon Fix
Enigma - MCMXC a.d.
Ride - Nowhere
Revenge - One True Passion
Tommy Smith - Peeping Tom
Pat Metheny, Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer
Gianna Nannini - Scandalo
Annette Humpe - Solo
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks OST
Asia (Featuring John Payne) - Aqua
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Asia - Gravitas
Asia (Featuring John Payne) - Silent Nation
Jellyfish - Bellybutton
The KLF - Chill Out
Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
Dio - Lock Up The Wolves
Thomas Köner - Nunatak
Jean-Michel Jarre - Waiting For Cousteau
Adrian Belew - Young Lions
Return To Forever - Light As A Feather
Asia - Omega
Deodato - Prelude
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
Brian Eno & John Cale - Wrong Way Up
Asia - Asia
Asia - Astra
Billy Cobham - Spectrum
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire
Asia - XXX

November away...


And so, Xmas is coming...

Up...


Ready for action...


Erm...


Action!

The beast, reflected, early...


Own work done and, then, breakfast...


WFH...

Today's early listening included this stellar set from Joe Henderson, recorded on this day in 1964...



Compiled and revealed my 80 nominations for top 5 albums of 1990, following yesterday's download splurge...

Before that, I could only muster 50 selections - not a great year all told - a big difference from 1975's 200 initial nominations...

Still, a few great things in here...




Also today, a question on Twitter as to whether Asia could be deemed "prog"...

The brief answer had to be "no" as thy didn't release any music until 1982...

But, across their discography, I managed to pull together a 4CD set of reasonably "proggy" items...

Kind of....



On telly tonight, "Holby City"...

The final scene at Crispycat today was this...


Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Compiling...

Monday, November 29, 2021

Looking back and filling gaps....

Playlist
Sparks - Annette OST (Unlimited Edition)
Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour
Beverley Craven - Beverley Craven
Paul Motian - Bill Evans
Iggy Pop - Brick By Brick
Family 5 - Das Blaue vom Himmel
Falco - Data De Groove
Suzanne Vega - Days of Open Hand
Herman Van Veen - Des Bleus Partout
Styx - Edge Of The Century
Queensrÿche - Empire
King Candy - Happy Garden
Sinéad O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Phish - Lawn Boy
Duran Duran - Liberty
The Necks - Next
Extreme - Pornograffitti
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Ragged Glory
ZZ Top - Recycler
Lou Reed & John Cale - Songs For Drella
Pheeroen Aklaff - Sonogram
Phil Manzanera - Southern Cross
Hawkwind - Space Bandits
Santana - Spirits Dancing In The Flesh
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Good Son
John McLaughlin - The Mediterranean
Los Lobos - The Neighborhood
AC/DC - The Razors Edge
Horse - The Same Sky
Black Sabbath - Tyr
Depeche Mode - Violator

Another week commences...

Up late...


Things which will not be used today...






...and things that will...


Breakfast...


...was soundtracked by my first album of 2021...


I am set to record my twelfth, with another four projects (End of year comp, Wagner, Lou Reed, Cheeky Girls) also underway...

A day of WFH, while Anne was out and about doing things...

These new roses are good...


Downloaded a lot of LPs from 1990 today re the latest fortnightly countdown to 5 LPs of the year - some I used to have, others, I thought I ought to have...

On telly, just "University Challenge" - second again with 120...

Then, upstairs to listen, read and think...

Highlight of the Day : New music...

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Isolating the errors can be revealing...

Playlist
The Tubes - The Tubes
The Tubes - Young and Rich
Slikback - SCXTRX
Emmanuel Jacob - Healing Wave
Chris Liebing - Another Day
Steven Wilson - The Future Bites
Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic
Capital Models - 2021-11-28
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Rock'n'Roll

...and, before you know it, once again, you are three days behind...

Anyway, up - Sunday - busy day ahead...


The machines await...


First thing, getting this back up to date again - to last night...

The other machines await...


Outside, Xmas is coming...


Inside, it is toasty...


Flying saucer attack?


Toasty!


Final prep of the room, with another smaller desk brought down from the attic to allow me to record bass, guitar and keys without my vocals, my guitar or the rhythm tracks, in the hope that something might be made of today's playing...


We will have a corner each...


Out...


Scenes...






...and over to Straiton to do my mum's shopping and then to her home for a visit, where, after having gotten his up to date this morning, I was able to show her all my riveting stuff from the last seven days!

Home and Fang visited...


Anne set off for Newcastle with Jane to pick up Kitty, whose boyfriend "Channing" lives there while at University...

No trains or some such nonsense necessitated parental driving...

With aunt in tow...

Good times...

Here, I waited for the boys to arrive...

And arrive they did - a corner of the room each...



We sent this to drummer Johnny, ill in bed...


A good run through although the recordings later on showed tons of errors...

Without a huge amount of work the "tapes" will be useless...

But I did put together a version of "Rock'n'Roll" by adding the rhythm track and some judicious reverb to proceeds - so just the trio and the rhythm track - it sounded ok...

Then, I did a cheeky wee CBQ remix version on it by slowing it down and using only the reverb elements plus a different rhythm track and adding first take vocals...

Reasonably successful...

Anne returned unscathed and teas was fetched from the chippie, before "Strictly", "Dr Who" and the finale of 2Show Trial" entertained...

All in all, a very good day...

Highlight of the Day : Playing...