Thursday, July 19, 2018

It is impossible to beat extra onions...

Françoise Hardy - In Vogue
Françoise Hardy - Françoise Mon Amour
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Stereo)
Alice Cooper - Pretties For You
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
Santana - Santana
The Skids - Scared To Dance
Wizzard - Introducing Eddy and the Falcons
Argent - Ring Of Hands
Pink Floyd - Animals
The Rezillos - Can't Stand the Rezillos
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Framed
Argent - In Deep
Yes - The Yes Album
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond
Kansas - Leftoverture
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food
Neu! - Die Zweite Neu!
Weather Report - Mr Gone
Billion Dollar Babies - Battle Axe
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Timeless Flight
Patti Smith - Horses
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Robert Fripp - Exposure
Lou Reed - Street Hassle
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Hawkwind - P.X.R.5
Argent - Nexus
King Crimson - Red (40th Anniv)
Bruford - Feels Good To Me
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
David Bowie - Heroes
Focus - Focus III
Simple Minds - Real To Real Cacophony
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Sparks - No 1 In Heaven
Golden Earring - Switch
Sparks - Propaganda
Alice Cooper - Love It To Death
Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri
The Tubes - Remote Control
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
The Move - Shazam
Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
Bryan Ferry - Another Time, Another Place
Michael Rother - Flammende Herzen (Remaster)
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
Carole King - Tapestry
Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue
Chicago - Chicago 3
Golden Earring - Together
Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
Genesis - Wind & Wuthering (1994 Definitive Edition Remaster)
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses
Roy Harper - Stormcock
Caravan - Blind Dog At St.Dunstans
Sparks - Kimono My House
UK - Danger Money
Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
Gentle Giant - Octopus
Gentle Giant - Three Friends
Agnes Obel - Aventine
Agnes Obel - Citizen Of Glass
Taylor Swift - Red (Deluxe Edition)
Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Deluxe Edition)
Taylor Swift - Reputation
Fehlfarben - Monarchie Und Alltag (Remaster)
Fehlfarben - 33 Tage In Ketten
Fehlfarben - Glut Und Asche
Fehlfarben - Popmusik und Hundezucht
Fehlfarben - Die Platte Des Himmlischen Friedens
Fehlfarben - Knietief im Dispo
Fehlfarben - Handbuch für die Welt
Fehlfarben - Glücksmaschinen
Fehlfarben - Xenophonie
Fehlfarben - Über... Menschen
Kamasi Washington - The Choice
The Divine Comedy - Foreverland
John Grant - John Grant With The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live In Concert

Another big playlist today - enjoying harking back...

And some new stuff too...

Out with the EP this evening for some cheeky drinks - but keeping a welcome clear head...

Tasty Italian nosh from Quattro Zero - including best pizza ever (pt 342)...

For future reference, Pizza Diavola with Extra Onions...

Back home, ripping and listening to purchases made today at Fopp...

The latest by Agnes Obel, already two years old but, of which, until very recently, I was not aware...

Wonderful voice...

The latest by The Divine Comedy, also two years old...

Wonderful lyrics...

John Grant- a 2CD live set from four years ago - we will see him at the Festival next month...

...and a 2CD best of by his old group, The Czars - the cover advised extra tracks and extended versions but every track is the same as the original LPs, all of which I have...

Oh well...

Lastly, the latest 2CD Magnum Opus from Kamasi Washington (with perhaps a smidgen too many vocal tracks)...

...and which has a, literally, hidden third disc - only judicious use of scissors could free it from the packaging...


Elsewhere, a flight to Germany next year for Udo Lindenberg was booked...

An itinerary was also agreed - we will visit Darmstadt, Erfurt, Leipzig and Kassel...

A car, in which we carry this out, was also booked...

Today's artwork is "Extra Onions"...

Highlight of the Day : Keeping a clear head...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Radio Dave and decimated trees...

David Torn - Only Sky
David Byrne - The Catherine Wheel
Various Composers - The Romantic Age
Nina Hagen - Angstlos
Sainte-Colombe Le Fils - Les Six Suittes Pour Basses De Viole Seule
Eklund - Music For Orchestra, String Quartet
Vaarious - 101 Northern Soul Anthems
DJ Hell - Misch Masch
Paul Jones - Clean
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
Caron - Twilight of the Middle Ages
Various - Covering The Covers
Dohnányi - Winterreigen, 6 Piano Pieces, 3 Singular Pieces
Capital Models - 2018-05-27
John Coltrane - Trane 90
Various - Karl Marx's 200th!
Slowly Rolling Camera - Slowly Rolling Camera
Dinosaur - Together, As One
Adrian Belew - Lone Rhino
Jane Siberry - When I Was A Boy
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
John Grant - Queen Of Denmark
Françoise Hardy - In Vogue
Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk
The Beatles - Revolver
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (40th Anniv)
Grand Funk Railroad - On Time
Françoise Hardy - Voila
David Bowie - Space Oddity
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Tomorrow Belongs To Me
Steve Hillage - L
The Paper Kites - On the Train Ride Home
Yello - Baby
Allan Holdsworth - Atavachron
King Crimson - 2018 Tour

Another big playlist today as, firstly, I had the last couple of hundred acquisitions on shuffle, then the initial set of LPs added to the prospective 1,000 fave albums, also on shuffle...

Radio Dave!

On the way down the hill, very disappointed to see tree decimation once again...

Nothing to report from the day but this wee monkey spotted on the way down from the terminus this evening...

...and a couple of wee chums at the feeding station...

Today's artwork, "Sparrow Under Nuts"...

Highlight of the Day : Music not heard for too long...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

When is a bargain not a bargain...

Lori Spee - Promises
Tori Amos - Tales Of A Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection
Various Artists - Covering The Covers
Brian Reitzell - Auto Music
Various Artists - 101 Northern Soul Anthems
Marcia Griffiths - Play Me Sweet And Nice
Various Artists - 100 Hits Presents Karaoke
Subsignal - La Muerta
Ravel - Arrangements for Wind Quintet
Tremonti - A Dying Machine
Curtis Mayfield - Give It Up: The Best Of The Curtom Years 1970-1977
Scott Walker - Scott 2
Taylor Swift - Fearless
King Crimson - The Elements Of King Crimson: 2018 Tour Box
Sonny Simmons 25th Century Orchestra - No Title: Jazz & Poetry On The Occasion Of The Clyfford Still Museum
Daniel Biro - 120 Onetwenty
Rocket Miner - Songs For An October Sky
Various Artists - Karl Marx's 200th!
Falco - Symphonic
Richard Barbieri - Variants.1
Atlantis Quartet - X
Scott Walker - Scott
Arovane & Porya Hatami - Organism
Hoffmeister - String Quartets
Tony Tixier - Life of Sensitive Creatures
Sainte-Colombe Le Fils - Les Six Suittes Pour Basses De Viole Seule
Travis & Fripp - Between The Silence
Various Composers - The Romantic Age
Tytingvåg Ensemble - Let Go Istrumentals
Front 242 - Live Code 5413356424225
Gouvy - Tal & Groethuysen play Gouvy
London Sinfonietta - Snapshots - Fiftieth Birthday Tributes For Oliver Knussen
Berit Alette Mienna - Arban
Greg Saunier​/​Mary Halvorson​/​Ron Miles - New American Songbooks, Volume 1
Carmen Villain - Infinite Avenue
Eklund - Music For Orchestra, String Quartet
Lou Reed - Rock'n'Roll Diary 1967-1980
Caron - Twilight of the Middle Ages
ORA - Refuge from the Flames
John Coltrane - Trane 90

A big playlist today as much wandering around was done this morning...

Including visits to art galleries...

...and Blackwell's Books, where these were partaken of with 75% off - over £70 worth of CDs for under £20...


In the evening, ripping and listening to the new acquisitions and watching "Holby City"...

Today's artwork is "Get Up Get Dressed Get Moving"...

Highlight of the Day : Bargains at Blackwells...

Monday, July 16, 2018

Taking full advantage of the feeding station...

Françoise Hardy - Story 1964-65
Capital Models - 2018-06-24/2018-07-08
Dave Edmunds - Subtle As A Flying Mallet
Devo - Something For Everybody
Herman Van Veen - Die Anziehungskraft der Erde
Herman Van Veen - Herman Van Veen I
Lori Spee - Promises
Herman van Veen - Vandaag Live

Some listening today to the Capital Models covers set...

In the evening - a new project -  a playlist of 1,000 of my favourite LPs...

At the feeding station, things were a little busy...

I also dug out all the master recordings of the three Out of the Bedroom compilations I recorded and produced between 2004 and 2006...

Old chum and OOTB co-founder, James Igoe, is looking to put them up on Bandcamp and to include the other tracks recorded but, until now, unheard by anyone other than the artists themselves (and me)...

Jim has his work cut out - as do I, I suppose, to now get the tracks to him in a form he can keep, work on and, eventually, upload...

Artwork of the day is "At the Feeding Station"...

"University Challenge" returned, replete with the usual smattering of weird geeks - the Exec Producer and your correspondent, neither too weird nor too geeky, chalked up 135 points - very satisfactory indeed...

Highlight of the Day : Finally getting music together (or starting to) for Mr Igoe...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The return of Rollerball, kind of...

Slowly Rolling Camera - Dream A Life [Single]
Slowly Rolling Camera - Juniper [Single]
King Crimson - 2018 Tour
Slowly Rolling Camera - Into the Shadow
Jeffrey Skidmore: Ex Cathedra - Moon, Sun & All Things - Baroque Music From Latin America, Vol. 2
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - 100 Jaar Concertgebouworkest
Ravel - A Quatre Mains - The Abbott O'Gorman Duo
Bach, J S - Lionel Rogg : Bach - Exploring the World of Music
Françoise Hardy - Story 1964-65

The last morning of feeding Rory Custard...

He's a wee cutie but impossibly timid and shy...

The view of Crispycat Towers from his garden...

Into town for breakfast at Patisserie Florentin...

Pains au Raisin with lovely coffee...

Then, a walk about...

..and some purchases made...

We popped by Jane & Bobby's on the way home to water their garden...

Home and listening to my first purchase - an LP, by Lionel Rogg, of J S Bach's organ music, which my dad had when I was a boy - I remember playing it a lot after seeing the original "Rollerball", which used "Toccata and Fugue in in D Minor" over the opening scenes...

Also picked up this disc of Ravel's piano music for two hands, which contains one of the works we witnessed being performed, four weeks ago already, in Baden Baden...

...a disc of Latin American baroque music...

...and a 2CD set marking the 100th anniversary of the Concertgebouworkest of Amsterdam...


In the late afternoon, down to Keith and Maureen's, where nephew Craig and partner Arianne had made a rare appearance...

Hey hey, it's the Monkees...

After much good chat - including tales of upcoming new cats - conventionally for Craig and Arianne but involving a rather long road trip for Abby and Blair - and tasty nosh and drinks, it was time to head home...

Oh, and we watched the World Cup Final - France beat Croatia 4-2 - their first two goals were extremely questionable but, hey ho, that's football...

Today's artwork : "Back in the PF"...

Highlight of the Day : Finding my dad's old LP...