Sunday, November 19, 2017

Return of not the worst mercenary...

Playlist
Alice Cooper - Lace and Whiskey
Alice Cooper - From the Inside
Alice Cooper - Flush the Fashion
Alice Cooper - Special Forces
Alice Cooper - Zipper Catches Skin
Alice Cooper -DaDa
Various - Podcast Shortlist
Magic Bus - Magic Bus
Magic Bus - Phillip the Egg
King Crimson - 2017 Tour
Kimbra - The Golden Echo
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Live Set 2017
Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Another day of eschewing the gym...

Hmmm...

A wee welcome visitor - I had not seen Tiger for 10 days...


Although not quite as mercenary as his brother Fang, he is still quite mercenary...


He seemed to be chastising me for following him around with the camera...


Some exploring was done before he exited...


Breakfast and lunch both at home - as I sorted the playlist for next week's podcast and gave it a listen...

Some work too on Xmas presents...

Took Anne to her mum's for today's grand opening of the new stand at Tynecastle - there is now nothing left of the stadium I used to visit with my dad in the late 60's and early 70's...

A disappointing 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle ensued - the Jags equalising with 5 minutes to go and spoiling the party...

Meanwhile I played through a few songs and gave a listen back to the demos recorded with so much enthusiasm now three months ago, a task which has led nowhere...

Out to my mum's - on good form - having now had the all-clear re her previously infected toe - which was the proximate cause of all those weeks spent in hospital over the summer...


Through traffic jams to Anne's mum's - with them all having either been at the football or travelling back from Manchester, a Chinese Takeaway was on the cards - Kitty took the orders...


...and Jane entertained with stories of that Manchester...




The kids accompanied me to the Chinese to pick up the order - Kitty enjoyed the hospitality provided...



...and the Coop soundtracked, "Paranormal" and "Dead Flies" instead of the usual "Dead Babies"...

Tasty meal and good chat then home for "Strictly" results and the end of Johnny...

"I Know Who You Are"'s penultimate episode finished at last - one to go - but a two hour one...

We must see it through...

Some Tivo then bed, weekend over...

Highlight of the Day : Picking up the Chinese with the kids...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A trip with the boy...

Playlist
Various - Now That's What I Called Music 1975
Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
Alice Cooper - Killer
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft - Remixes

Up early and working, including the upload of the podcast...

At 8:45 to Helen the Podiatrist for some chat and to have my feet seen to...

Back home for a quick breakfast then back into the car with the Exec Producer and over to the opticians for my bi-annual eye-test...

Happy to report nothing untoward within my eyes other than natural ageing...

A new prescription received which will mean new specs but no time to sort that today...

Back into the car and over to Jane and Bob's - the view form the office late-morning...


An early lunch with Ollie and Bob, Jane and Kitty were enjoying a trip to that Manchester this weekend; and then, a two hour drive, via a colourful, scenic route through the Kingdom of Fife and that Dundee, through Arbroath and on to our destination, Montrose...

A good parking spot achieved...


The three musketeers took a walk around this picturesque Scottish town - our first visit to these parts...






Back in the days when your correspondent used to regularly watch Queen of the South play away games in the third tier, the furthest north I got was Arbroath...

Drinks were partaken of in Madisons Coffee Shop...

The boy likes a full on hot chocolate...



...while I opted for the strawberry milkshake - basically just strawberry flavoured milk - nice but I'd expected a smidgen of ice cream perhaps - the EP opted for the more conventional cappuccino...


Another walk back to the ground - it was freezing...




£13 a pop and in we went, programme secured for a further £2, to join the other 509 attendees...


The mighty Queens were playing this Scottish Cup 3rd Round tie against a team, currently second in the fourth tier, who had taken us to extra time six weeks ago in the Irn Bru Cup, which we exited in the quarter finals last Sunday after a penalty shoot out against Welsh guest side The New Saints - a point I forgot to record here, what with all the excitement of seeing Alice Cooper and the Tubes...

Dobbie and Lyle, seen here warming up, both, unexpectedly, missed penalties last week...


And, just to confirm, Montrose's mascot is a mole...


Kick off...







Here are the highlights...




No goals but plenty of action - as they say...


A disappointing result but we had come no further than we would have had the game been in Dumfries...

And good to take in yet another Scottish football ground...

A replay on Tuesday at Palmerston...

We stopped off on the way home at Arbroath, where your correspondent enjoyed a battered Arbroath Smokie (only available in Arbroath apparently) - the others opting for conventional haddock...

Tasty...


The journey had been soundtracked by music from 1975, when I was the age Olly is now; plus ELO (he likes "Mr Blue Sky") and Alice Cooper (he likes "Dead Babies")...

The boy was delivered home safely to his dad...

Home and "Strictly|" enjoyed...

The penultimate episode of the dragging on and on "I Know Who You Are" was fallen asleep half way through to...

To bed around 11, goosed...

Highlight of the Day : A trip with the boy...

Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vol 46


More new stuff and stuff from the vaults, with music from across the spectrum as opposed to one small niche. You'll find rock, pop, jazz, classical, reggae, soul, funk, ambient and leftfield tracks nestling up against each other in this cornucopia of fun...

Featured recordings:-


Various - 8-bit Operators: A Tribute to the Music of Kraftwerk
Ezekiel Honig - A Passage of Concrete
Kracker - A Song for Polly (Single)
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Illenium - Awake
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Burnin'
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Klimek - Dedications (Part 2) EP
Hurts - Desire
Luciano Cilio - Dialoghi Del Presente
Erdmann - Solo-Konzerte Und Orchestermusik
loscil - for Greta
Various - Front Line Presents Roots
Wander - Glass
The xx - I See You
Isotope - Illusion
2raumwohnung - Nacht und Tag
Zazou Bikaye - Noir et Blanc
Forqueray - Pieces de Viole avec la Basse continue
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Rubinmusik 1977-2017 (Remixed Remastered)
Various - Soul Time
Mark Templeton - Standing on a Hummingbird
Alice Cooper - The Alice Cooper Group Singles 1970-1973
Philly Joe Jones - The Big Beat
The Tubes - The Tubes
Various - The Wire Tapper 06
Various - Trojan Dub Box Set
Zzebra - Zzebra

Do fave, share, comment and pop back next week for more (or delve into the back catalogue)...

Thanks for taking the time to listen...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Annoying irrelevancies, other than funding...

Playlist
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love
Alice Cooper - Welcome to my Nightmare
Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
Alice Cooper - Lace and Whiskey
VUUR - In This Moment We Are Free - Cities
Snarky Puppy - Tell Your Friends
Francis Dunnery - Man
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft - Remixes

The view at the back door this morning as I set out for yet another very frustrating and annoying day packed with work which does not need to be related here as it was neither musically nor artistically relevant...


The Alice Cooper listening continued during the day...

In the evening, some TV watching, including the heart wrenching stories on Children in Need...

Perhaps Lewis Hamilton might donate some of the millions in avoided VAT on private jets he has accumulated...

No, it'll be mostly people who can ill afford a donation who donate...

Such is the world...

Later on some DAF remixes enjoyed...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Getting home...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Acting like a teenager...

Playlist
Alice Cooper - Pretties For You
Alice Cooper - Easy Action
Alice Cooper - Love It To Death
Alice Cooper - Killer
Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy - Live!
Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead : Live From Wacken
Snarky Puppy - Tell Your Friends
Alice Cooper - School's Out

When I was in my teens, in the seventies, I would occasionally spend a day listening to all my Alice Cooper LPs...

Of course, in those days, there were maybe 10 LPs to play, now there are 28...

So I started that today...

Also, new feet were ordered the other day for my now probably around 20 years old mixer - the originals had, shall we say, degraded over time...

And so, these were fitted tonight and found to be good...



Also in the post, a Snarky Puppy purchase from my discovery listening a few nights ago...


In retrospect, while very good, it's not quite as good as it seemed at the time...

Maybe because I've been listening to Alice Cooper all day...

On telly, I reluctantly watched a new thing about a registry office and, almost inevitably, I've been sucked in...

It's so easy to do that to me...

After all, I do spend too much time now tuning in to "Strictly" and it's related programmes...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Remembering the Coop...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Travelling back three days...

Playlist
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2017 Vols 1-52
Alice Cooper - Sweden 2017
Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

Christmas, it would appear, is coming...


Finished off the podcast first thing and it soundtracked the day, along with a download of an illegally filmed Swedish concert by The Coop from earlier this year...

In the evening, I had plans but they came to nothing as I frittered my time away as usual while Anne was at Zumba...

Baked potatoes for tea and some Tivo'd telly...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Relining the Coop concert...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The light in the morning, pt 342...

Playlist
Orka - Leipzig
Liars - Mess
Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Today's listening were the two latest albums to be taken off the shelf in the living room - bought when Anne was in Sorrento in the summer...

Good skies this morning...



In the evening, the podcast links recorded and the first half put together - before "Holby" ended the day...

Highlight of the Day : The light in the morning...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Clipping but no need for additional items...

Playlist
Alice Cooper - Mar y Sol 1972
Orrin Evans - Easy Now
The Tubes - The Tubes
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Wander - Glass
Isotope - Illusion
Erdmann - Solo-Konzerte Und Orchestermusik
Philly Joe Jones - The Big Beat
Prince Far I - Front Line Presents Roots
Luciano Cilio - Dialoghi Del Presente
The xx - I See You
King Crimson - 2017 Tour
Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas 1, 4, 5 & 9
Orrin Evans - Captain Black

Listening today to the new acquisitions from yesterday and amending this week's planned podcast line up to include Alice Cooper and The Tubes...


Meanwhile - this arrived...


Look at all these extras...


Look at this tip...


Nice and shiny...


..and used as instructed...


Looks like I missed a few...



...and will have zero use for the many and varied other things in the box...


Other than that, "University Challenge" moved into round two and, once again, we scraped a win against the losing team...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : New clippers...