Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 29


The eclecticism just keeps on coming. Another 28 tracks from Mr CBQ, including recent additions to the collection, several Krautrock items, some ambience - and a journey through 500 years of classical music with pieces from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries...

Featured recordings:-


Beethoven - String Quintet, Op. 29 & String Quartet, Op. 132
Brade - Hamburger Ratsmusik Um 1600
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2017
Deep Purple - Infinite
Faust - So Far
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Glass - The Hours
Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle
Jean-Jacques Kravetz - Kravetz
Kate Bush - Before the Dawn
Loscil - Sea Island
Marin Marais - Suites pour viole de gambe - Juan Manuel Quintana
Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets #1 & 2
Pixie Ninja - Ultrasound
Purcell - Instrumentalmusik
Schoenberg - Works For Piano
Spring - Spring
Stamitz - Sinfonias
Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of
Strawbs - From The Witchwood
Sumner McKane - The Northeast by Eastern Film Soundtrack
Tangerine Dream - Rot Weiss
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness
Victoria - Masses
Webern - Complete Works
Various - The Krautrock Archive Volume 2
Various - The Wire Tapper 34

Do pop back next week for more, leave comments, check previous editions...

Thanks

Friday, July 21, 2017

Melancholy can be good...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2016 Vols 28-30
René Von Grünig & Mark Wingfield - Cinema Obscura
T Rex - The Slider
Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
Lana Del Rey - The Singles Collection

Today, listened back to podcasts from around this time last year - my chat was a bit more "uptight" than it is now - nicely, I'd forgotten what was included and so listened kind of like someone who listened without recording it themselves, if you see what I mean...

An exam was passed - which is neither good nor bad - but probably more good than bad from a self esteem PoV, I suppose...

The view from the office this evening...







Two episodes of a new Spanish crime drama "I Know Who You Are", courtesy BBC Four, enjoyed, as was a tasty home made Red Thai Chicken Curry...

Late on, a passing reference to the last but one Weeknd album led me to get sucked into the world of Lana Del Rey - I do love her music - the melancholy veritably drips from the soundscape she creates...

Compiled a 2CD set of her singles and obtained a few tracks from her new LP, released today but not (yet) purchased...

And so, coincidentally the last two things into my iTunes are...


To bed with Lana (in the cans that is)...

Highlight of the Day : The music of Lana Del Ray...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Belt up...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 29
The Flaming Lips - With a Little Help From My Fwends
Various - Lust For Life
Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect

Today, compiling the week's podcast...


And recording but not yet editing the links...

The draft of the programme in the headphones as I took note of stuff on the way down the hill...



At lunchtime, to Fopp and four £3 items partaken of...



The Flaming Lips is, to be honest, pretty dreadful, the Flowers is great for fans of the Killers, like me - it is, of course, so easy for the lead singer of a band to sound like said band on a solo album and so tap into the ready made market - different for a bass guitarist perhaps...

The 3CDs of 10cc contain over 50 tracks, of which 34 are new to the collection - so that's justified...

The "Lust For Life" set contains much punk and new wave already owned but enough new to the CBQ music library gems to, again, justify less outlay than for a pint of lager...

Some leaves on the way down from the terminus this evening...







A new belt...


...demonstrates the difference between me and the Exec Producer...


Editing and recording the podcast this evening, plus ripping and listening to the new stuff...

Highlight of the Day : New music, new belt..

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Not remembering what you've already done can be a not good thing...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik
Sumner McKane - The Northeast by Eastern Film Soundtrack
Bennie Green - The Swingin'est
Piebald - Barely Legal & All Ages
Orion Tango - The Apple of No
Martin Kohlstedt - Tag
Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin
Various - The Wire Tapper 33
Various - Leaders Of The Pack
Various - The Wire Tapper 24
Various - The Wire Tapper 32
Bacewicz - Piano Works
Various - Family Affair Chapter Two
Anathema - The Optimist
Thelonious Monk - Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington
The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
Copland - El Salon Mexico, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Etc.
Various - Move On Up, Vol. 2
Schumann - Schumann/Chopin/Bacewicz
Rod Stewart - The Best Of Rod Stewart
Various - Pure... Rock
Sumner McKane - Allot Upon
The Neal Morse Band - Alive Again
Jaco Pastorius - Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years
Adiemus - Songs Of Sanctuary
Lou Donaldson & The Three Sounds - LD + 3
Kats-Chernin - Unceremonious Processions
Niagara - Don't Take It Personally
Strawbs - From The Witchwood
Victoria - Masses
Brade - Hamburger Ratsmusik Um 1600
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2017
Manchester Camerata - Haçienda Classiçal
Various - The Wire Tapper 34
Deep Purple - Infinite
Marin Marais - Suites pour viole de gambe - Juan Manuel Quintana
Purcell - Instrumentalmusik
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Stamitz - Sinfonias
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness
Beethoven - String Quintet, Op. 29 & String Quartet, Op. 132
Spring - Spring
Faust - Faust So Far
Schoenberg - Works For Piano
Various - The Krautrock Archive Volume 2
Tangerine Dream - Rot Weiss
Webern - Complete Works
Jean-Jacques Kravetz - Kravetz
Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle
Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets #1 & 2
Pixie Ninja - Ultrasound
Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of
Glass - The Hours
loscil - Sea Island

Recent acquisitions on shuffleplay soundtracked today and some tracks made it later on into the final list for this week's podcast...

Went to rip Kate Bush from yesterday, only to find it was added to the hard drive back in March, courtesy of Prog Rock Willie and Dropbox...

Oh well...

Another fine morning but rain was forecast...


A "Simpsons" sky on the hill...


The beast was about its business...


The rain never materialised...

Anne out at Zumba this evening and compiling undertaken...

No recording as yet though, as a long call to my mum as required re helping her sort her telly - last night I had had to sort it too - she's obviously pressing some secret button on one of her many remote controls that knocks everything off-kilter...

There was also much deleting of stuff from her Tivo last night...

A call from TalkTalk asking if all was now well with the internet...

Just as they called, it went down for the first time since we installed the new router...

Spooky...

And annoying...

This was the call that was supposed to have been made to me three weeks ago...

I came out of it with a discount on this month's broadband charge and a promise that they will meet my bill re phone calls made to their "free" number (it turns out it's only free if your landline is with TalkTalk)...

Internet back up and the case appears to be closed...

Listening to the choices for the podcast - eclectic as ever...

"The Windsors" was up to the high standards set thus far...

More listening, bringing this up to date, then, bed...

Highlight of the day : Rebate...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Just as well it's only a game...

Playlist
King Crimson - The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1
Premiata Forneria Marconi - L'album Di PFM
The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues
Barclay James Harvest - Baby James Harvest
Captain Beefheart - Doc At The Radar Station
The Move - Looking On
Edgar Froese - Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Various - Top Of The Pops 1967
Net Prophet - Net Prophet
Spring - Spring
The Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly
Strawbs - Grave New World
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Pink Floyd - Relics
Genesis - Nursery Cryme
The Kinks - The Singles Collection
Pavlov's Dog - At The Sound Of The Bell
Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest
Bee Gees - Best Of Bee Gees
Strawbs - Hero and Heroine
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Genesis - Foxtrot
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (40th Anniv)
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik
Kate Bush - Before the Dawn

A beautiful morning as I set off down the hill...




Liked these crows on a roof...


...and these undoubtedly eventually to grow much, much taller trees...


At lunchtime, to Tollcross for a look around...

This found at BHF there for £2.99...


Home under blue skies once again...



A baked potato and quick turnaround then out to Loanhead to catch up with my mum on her first full day back home after seven and a half weeks...


Doing well...

Back home to find Queen of the South unable to break down non-league East Kilbride...

A 0-0 draw, which, in the League Cup is followed by a penalty shoot out for a bonus point...

East Kilbride won 4-1...

Oh dear...

"In the Dark" continued nicely but darkly...

And "Holby" was on form too...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Holby...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Getting home and back to normal...

Playlist
De Rore - St John Passion
Maxwell Davies - Naxos Quartets #1 & 2
Heinichen - Concerti Grandi
Corelli - La Folia
Bach, J S - Goldberg Variations (Gould 1955)
Carter - Chamber Music
Vivaldi - Cello Sonatas
Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonatas
Victoria - Masses
Brade - Hamburger Ratsmusik Um 1600
Schubert - Sonates pour piano D.784 et D.894
Strauss, R - Chamber Suites Op 60, Duets, Sextet
Webern - Complete Works
Monteverdi - Scherzi Musicali
Satie - Piano Works
Dowland - Lacrimae, Or Seaven Teares
Tippett - Piano Sonatas No. 1 - 3
Haydn - Doric String Quartet - Wigmore Hall Live
Marin Marais - Suites pour viole de gambe - Juan Manuel Quintana
Albinoni - 12 Concertos, Op. 10 1-6
Schoenberg - Works For Piano
Boccherini - Cello Concertos & Sonatas
Glass - The Hours
Feldman - Music For Cello
Locke - The Broken Consort
Varèse - Arcana, Integrales, Deserts
Allegri - Miserere/Messe/Motets
Bach, C P E - Symphonies & Concertos
Jenkins, J - All In A Garden Green
Tallis - Mass For 4 Voices, Motets
Gubaidulina - String Quartets 1-3 & String Trio
Mozart - Divertimenti K. 334 & K.247 "1. Lodronische Nachtmusik"
Purcell - Instrumentalmusik
Dittersdorf - Sinfonias on Ovid's Metamorphoses, Nos. 1 - 3
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Through the Day
Stockhausen - Piano Music
Stamitz - Sinfonias
Hindemith - Piano Sonatas 1-3 (Glenn Gould)
Pärt - Fratres, Festina Lente, Summa
Janácek - Piano Sonata 1.X.1905

Today, I was mostly listening to the new classical playlists of 10 LPs from each of the 16th to 20th Centuries...




It was a scorcher, although the sometimes strong wind was also welcome...


Word from Anne and sister Sheila around midday, mum home...

Within an hour, it was apparently like she'd never been away...

Home under blue skies...



Down the path but no sign today of wee Tiger...



...a plane had passed overhead...


Tasty pasta for tea...



Further listening plus the return of University Challenge - Edinburgh 165, Ulster 160, Crispycat Towers 105...

Not bad...

"Fearless" concluded well...

Enjoyable...

Late on, proving on twitter that an old man can like both Gentle Giant and Girls Aloud...


Lights out...

Highlight of the Day: Mum finally home...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One person's waste of time is another's well spent...

Playlist
King Crimson - The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1
Premiata Forneria Marconi - L'album Di PFM
The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues
Barclay James Harvest - Baby James Harvest
Captain Beefheart - Doc At The Radar Station
The Move - Looking On
Edgar Froese - Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Various - Top Of The Pops 1967
Net Prophet - Net Prophet
Spring - Spring
The Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly
Strawbs - Grave New World
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Pink Floyd - Relics
Genesis - Nursery Cryme
The Kinks - The Singles Collection
Pavlov's Dog - At The Sound Of The Bell
Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest
Bee Gees - Best Of Bee Gees
Strawbs - Hero and Heroine
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Genesis - Foxtrot
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Albinoni - 12 Concertos, Op. 10 1-6
Webern - Complete Works
Strauss, R - Chamber Suites Op 60, Duets, Sextet
Max Richter - 24 Postcards in Full Colour
Schoenberg - Works For Piano
Carter - Chamber Music
Feldman - Music For Cello
Purcell - Instrumentalmusik
Händel - Oboe Concertos #1-3 Suite In G Minor
Corelli - La Folia
Bach, C P E - Symphonies & Concertos
Schoenberg - Schoenberg: Works For Piano
Ginastera - Complete String Quartets
Stockhausen - Piano Music
Bartók - String Quartets (Alban Berg Quartet)
Janacek - Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 -- In The Mists -- On The Overgrown Path Series I
Glass - The Hours
Vivaldi - Cello Sonatas
Tallis - Mass For 4 Voices, Motets
Various Composers - Lumieres : Music of the 18th Century
Pixie Ninja - Ultrasound
Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle
Spring - Spring
Faust - Faust
Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of

Up at 5 but back to bed and slept till well after nine...

On Friday a shout out to Twitter as to what track people might use to demonstrate a mellotron to those not in the know was made...

As a consequence, a playlist has been formed and this was listened to this morning...

Breakfast at home then some classical music, collating playlists for the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, with 10 composers in each...

500 years of music in 50 albums, kind of...

Also watched the three performances from the opening night of the BBC Rpoms with pieces by Coult, Beethoven (played by Igor Levit) and Adams...

I will try and watch every performance over the next couple of months...

I will try...

The strong likelihood is that that project, like almost all my other projects (other than keeping this up to date and recording my weekly 2 hour podcasts of eclectic music choices), will fall by the wayside...

We'll see...

Late afternoon, with the tennis in full swing (an 8th win for Federer), took Anne down to Lynn's and drove over to the hospital for the 26th (and, hopefully, last) time in 53 days...

I was now in extreme pain re my right hip after walking stupidly last week re my left knee...

So it goes...






Mum's walking practise continued, with, as yesterday, two walks during my visit...


Packed her bag in readiness for sister Sheila picking her up tomorrow...

To Anne's mum's - with Keith & Maureen and Jane, Olly and Kitty, unpictured but back from Spain - Bob on dog sitting duty...

In fact no pics till after all but Anne and I had gone...


Home to finish off "Ackley Bridge"...

And, this afternoon, it was announced the 13th Dr Who will be a young woman...

Good stuff...

Highlight of the Day : Compiling...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Chance meetings can sometimes be the best meetings...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 28
Pavlov's Dog - At The Sound Of The Bell
The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Hoelderlin - Clowns & Clouds
Edgar Froese - Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Barclay James Harvest - Octoberon
Sombre Reptiles - Paraphernalia
King Crimson - The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1
Premiata Forneria Marconi - L'album Di PFM
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
Teresa Salgueiro - O Horizonte
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble - Restored, Returned

Up pre 6 and finishing off the podcast...

Uploaded at 8...

Not out for breakfast...

Around midday to the bank and then over to the infirmary...




Mum will be released on Monday - for the time being, walking is being practised...


Home for a quick lunch and then a rush to Stenhousemuir for Queen of the South's first competitive match of the season in a five team mini-league to commence the League Cup...

We arrived just as the game kicked off...

Stenhousemuir are in the fourth tier, Queens in the second - on paper this should have been easy...


The rain was drizzling down...


The wind was blowing fiercely against QoS...


After 16 mins we were 1-0 down to a stonewall penalty - the manager was not happy...


Despite 60% possession, we could not break through for an equaliser...




The view from the office this afternoon...






Finally, after around 65 minutes, our talisman, Stephen Dobbie, scored with a shot from the edge of the box which, it must be said, took a deflection...



Just after 80 minutes Queens took the lead after Dobbie floated a free kick into the box to see it expertly headed home by Sean Rooney, on his debut, the new right back who had conceded the penalty in the first half...



Two minutes later and Dobbie stepped up again, blasting home a shot from well outside the box right into the bottom left corner of the goal...



All over...

I must admit when Queens were 1-0 down and struggling to make any headway, I thought a draw might be an excellent result...


All in all, not the best performance ever from our team and, as last season, relying a little to heavily on the Dobster...


He is by far and away the best player in our league - his footballing brain is on another level...


The team was applauded off the pitch - something which, half an hour earlier seemed like an impossibility...




Home through the still falling rain...

This evening, out for a tasty, unpictured, meal at the Omar Khayam at Haymarket...

Unpictured apart from this, post starter...


A bus home and we chose to alight at the terminus...

And so, by chance, we bumped into neighbours Gail and Kevin as they headed up onto the hill to pick raspberries...

By the time our extended chat had finished, it was probably getting too dark to see any fruit...




A wee dog entertained as we made our way down the hill...



...where we were joined by Tiger the Cat...


...who knows when he's on to a good thing...







...and, as predicted inside his wee feline head, goodies were indeed dispensed...



A late coffee and some relaxing music before hitting the sack...

An enjoyable Saturday...

Highlight of the Day : Out with Anne...