Monday, April 23, 2018

47% can be reasonably impressive...

Playlist
Various - Wow! That Was The 70's
Supertramp - Breakfast In America
Nile Rodgers - presents The Chic Organization - Up All Night
Motörhead - Overkill
XTC - Drums & Wires
UK - Danger Money
Various - 101 Disco Anthems
Kiss - Kiss Gold
Various - The Best Disco Album In The World... Ever! Vol 2
Public Image Limited - The Greatest Hits, So Far
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery
Various - Billboard Top 100 1979
David Essex - Imperial Wizard
Various - 101 Punk & New Wave Anthems
The Clash - The Essential Clash
The Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
Blondie - Greatest Hits
Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound-On-Sound
Art Garfunkel - Art Garfunkel Album
Kate Bush - Anthology
Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
Cheap Trick - The Very Best Of Cheap Trick
M - New York-London-Paris-Munich
Gary Numan - Premier Hits
The Skids - The Very Best Of The Skids
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Join Hands
The Tubes - Remote Control
The Jacksons - Destiny
David Bowie - Lodger
Earth, Wind & Fire - The Box Set Series
Abba - The Singles : The First Ten Years
Various - Lust For Life
Squeeze - Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze
Sparks - No 1 In Heaven
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Scream
Various - School Reunion The Smoochies
Simple Minds - Life In A Day
Roxy Music - Manifesto
Queen - A Night At The Opera
The Police - The Very Best Of Sting & The Police
Paul McCartney & Wings - Back To The Egg
Paul McCartney - Wingspan
Various - Cinema Classics
Various - Best Of The Seventies
Gang Of Four - Entertainment!

Perhaps I have too many guitars...


Finally finished off the "singles of the 1970s" project today, completing the selections from 1979...

In all, 1,168 singles of the 1970's charts were "liked" while around 548 were remembered as having been bought at the time, 47%...

This is how I waste my time...

This plus buying art books for two quid...



In the final of University Challenge, we came third with 45 points, some of which were taken because "I was going to say that"...

Today's artwork is "The Golden Age"...


Highlight of the Day : 70's singles...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Recreating the wall of sound...

Playlist
Capital Models - 2018-04-08
Josh Rouse - Love in the Modern Age
Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician
Kamelot - The Shadow Theory
Toree - Symbiosis
Genesis - Nursery Cryme (1994 Definitive Edition Remaster)
John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness
CB3 - From Nothing to Eternity
Bazzi - COSMIC
Dave Douglas - Convergence
Breathless - Green To Blue
Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He Who Am The Only One
The Velvet Underground - Scepter Studio Sessions 1966-04-25
Alban Berg Quartett - ABQ : 20th Century Masterpieces
Various Composers - American 20th Century Piano Music
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots And Herbs
Yes - Union
Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden
William Fitzsimmons - Gold in the Shadow
Various - Super 70's Rock
Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado
Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe
Various - 101 Punk & New Wave Anthems
Various - Funk
Blondie - Greatest Hits
Wire - On Returning (1977-1979)
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Magazine - The Correct Use Of Soap
Talking Heads - Remain In Light
Yello - Solid Pleasure
The Tubes - Remote Control
Herman Van Veen - Heute Abend
The Paper Kites - On the Train Ride Home
King Crimson - Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
Kiss - Kiss Gold
Various - Best Of The Seventies
Various - Lust For Life
Various - 101 Disco Anthems
The Jacksons - Destiny
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Greatest Hits
The Doors - Best Of The Doors
Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
Queen - Greatest Hits I
Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
Toto - Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around The Sun
Various - Billboard Top 100 1979
The Skids - Scared To Dance

Up super early and to work...


...90 minutes or so to sort out the back room...








As I was on the cusp of finishing moving all the wooden boxes, I thought I was going to have to do it all again...


...but it worked, with a little bit of pressure...


Then to sorting out the classical A-Z by composer...


Done, dusted...


The, what seems to us, new, squirrel, was back today - this one does not hang upside down...






In the afternoon, a rehearsal with Keith and Johnny out at Roslin.  Stu sadly unable to attend his lovely dad having died and prep etc for the farewell ahving to be undertaken...

Not a great time for the jinglemeister but solace taken from a long life, well lived...

Back into town and to Jane and Bobby's for nephew Olly's birthday bash...







Steak pie and cake had been requested and were duly delivered to the birthday boy and his guests...





Late on some listening back to today's "tapes"...

Not bad, although the second guitar is missed...

Today's artwork "Wall of Sound"...


Highlight of the Day : Backroom reconstituted, no, musicking, no Olly's birthday...

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The wee man with the missing U...

Playlist
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
David Bowie - Blackstar
Marillion - Radiation
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth (Remaster)
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
The Cure - Pornography
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Emerson Lake and Palmer
Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
The Cure - Disintegration
Roger Waters - Smell the Roses [Single]
Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble - Hasselt
Jason Moran - Modernistic
Federica Carta - Molto Più Di Un Film
Kadebostany - Monumental
Rhye - Woman
Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Rheostatics - 2067
Alice Cooper - The Essential Alice Cooper - The Epic Years
David Bowie - The Next Day
Rain Tree Crow - Rain Tree Crow
The Decemberists - 'll Be Your Girl
Perfect Beings - Perfect Beings II
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (40th Anniv)
David Bowie - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition)
Federico Albanese - By the Deep Sea
Taylor Swift - September

Record Store Day today - which means nothing to me other than reminding people that every day is Record Store Day and it really ought to be about Record Stores and note records...

But, yea verily, t'is like pissing in the wind...

Some new unrelated to RSD music entered the collection via the ether...

Elsewhere, chaos in the garden, most likely the beak-work of a crow or two, much to this wee monkey's delight...




Rolls secured and tasty sausages prepared...


...by the EP...


A new book perused - bought mid week but only able to be brought home yesterday due to all the nights out...


This too recently secured, my first CD purchase for around nine days...


It's fine for one ninety nine...

A visit as we enjoyed coffee...


...from wee Fang the Black Cat...


"What do you mean I'm only after Dreamies?"


Anne was off out to have some things done regarding legs and I took the opportunity to commence a switch around in the back room, with previously put up into the loft shelving having been brought back into the fray with the help of a standing at the bottom of the ladders and catching big heavy wooden stuff EP...




Not quite yet, but a good start...


Over to my mum's mid afternoon to meet Wee Lackie (short for Lachlan, whom my nephew and niece in law insist on calling Lauchlan or Lockie, despite they themselves having given him the without a "u" name, Lachlan)...

Anyway, whatever he's called, he's reasonably cute...


The family...


Mum was delighted to "get a shot" of the wee man...


As was Great Auntie Anne...


Even I had an unpictured go...

Andy makes a good dad...


While baby chat ensued inside, I went outside with Wee Dougie and big brother Kerr...





There was running around...


...and there was falling over...


...and falling over...


...and running around...



Father and son...


Great uncle and great nephew...


Mum's garden has a few reasonable flowers...



And a cheeky wee scoundrel...


...whose speciality was stealing biscuits...



Great grandma had another go with Lockie...


...good flowers inside too...


A generational photo was lined up...




...and children were held upside down...


Dougue reacted reasonably to me accidentally letting him go and him falling face first onto the ground...

He tried to see of very small ornamental clogs would fit on his feet...


...while Lockie lazed around...


Home for an evening of good entertainment via a tasty curry and three episodes in a row of Agatha Christie's "Ordeal By Innocence" which was very good indeed - notwithstanding people moaning about almost everything in the original story having been changed...
Oh well...

Today's artwork, "Generational Pride"...


Highlight of the Day : Children, kind of...