Thursday, March 21, 2019

High the memory, as Yes would say...

Playlist
Various Artists - The Legacy of Disco
Norbert Kraft - 19th Century Guitar Favourites
Ike Quebec - The Ike Quebec Collection
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Disquietmusik II
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - Before the Day Breaks
James Jamieson - Precious
Various - The Treasure Isle Story
Malia & Boris Blank - Convergence
Martin Kershaw Quartet - Fryition

A sad anniversary today - 5 years ago, my music cohort of some 35 years, Jamie Frain aka James Jamieson left us...  

Despite his undoubted talent, he always found it hard to write songs and so, almost his entire canon is contained on this one release... 


The picture below was taken at on the 200th night of Edinburgh Songwriters' Club, Out of the Bedroom in February 2006 (subject of this entry in this diary) three years into our regular visits there...


This was the audience on the night...


It's usually an "originals" only night but, on the occasion of this "birthday", performers were encouraged to cover their peers' songs and Jamie, after I'd sneaked him onto the performers board due to his not being able to get their on time re some child related duties or other, surprised me by doing one of mine...

The club is still going strong today - in fact it was on tonight...

I swithered about going along and singing three of Jamie's songs but time did not allow an early enough arrival and no-one there on time would have sneaked my name onto the board...

So, instead, I stayed at home and listened to his LP and remembered all the good times we had playing music together over the years, including the night above...

Elsewhere, a "normal" day...

At lunchtime, in the BHF shop, some "bargains" found - this Genesis related CD for 50p - it's on Amazon, 2nd hand, from a lone Japanese seller at £600 - and valued on Discogs at a slightly more respectable £45...


This ballet DVD for Anne is available on Amazon for £50 new, £45 2nd hand - £1...


...and a trilogy films which I spent an inordinate amount of time in the late 70's/early 80's going to see at the Edinburgh Odeon and cinemas in Kassel - £1 for the three...


Back home, listening as above, plus some TV - "The Goldbergs" and its spin off, "Schooled" and "Question Time", from Belfast - polarised positions to the fore but some sense talked by the younger members of the audience and, refreshingly, a lack of gammon...

Then, "This Week", during which I did not fall asleep...

To bed with some new purchases winging their way from Amazon but able to be downloaded prior to their arrival...

Highlight of the Day : Remembering Jamie....

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Musical visits and the collecting of weird music can be enjoyable on the same day...

Playlist
Mario Caribé - Bacuris
Karłowicz - Eternal Songs
Ireland - String Quartets; The Holy Boy
Wes Montgomery - Jazz Collection
Tommy Smith - Peeping Tom
Norbert Kraft - 19th Century Guitar Favourites
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 23

Tonight, a visit from Stu Cobley, fellow Creeker and, these days, Capital Model...


We battered through the current 32 song covers set in exactly the 1 hour 48 minutes which it lasts - no mucking about between songs...


Stu's view from the office this evening...


Coffee and biscuits and chat with the EP followed, before Stu set off into the night in the Stu-mobile...

Late on, post the second "Holby" of the week, I managed to listen to some of the impressive 1st disc of this 3CD set acquired today at Fopp...


...but had no time to sample these two beauties, sourced from e-bay recently for a couple of quid each...



A couple more are on their way, meaning it's only the most recent issues of these weird and wonderful collections which are now missing from my own collection...

Good times...

Highlight of the Day : A visit from Stu...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A new search can bode well and badly at the same time...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2017 Drums Bass Guitar
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2017 Live Set Run Through (2017-08-20)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2017 Live Set
David Reilly - Rubinmusik 1977-2017 (Remixed Remastered)
Jethro Tull - M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull
John Harle - The Shadow of the Duke
Mario Caribé - Bacuris
Zemlinsky - Zemlinsky: Rustic Dances, Op. 1, Four Fantasies, Op. 9 In A Ray Of Light
Brandt Brauer Frick - Miami
Muffat - Propitia Sydera

A day of listening, for a good part, to me - reacquainting continues...

At home two further arrivals...

Brand new and extremely low priced and zero postage...

The result of a new standard search I've created on Amazon which may not be good for the bulging CD shelves...


Also continuing the playing of the CDs bought last Friday in Glasgow and then, in the evening, some playing of the CBQ songs...

The view form the office I...


II...


III...


Closing the day, the delayed from last week due to Brexit, "Holby City"...

That was it...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Playing...

Monday, March 18, 2019

Reacquainting is a good thing, with songs you've written...

Playlist
Various Artists - Laidback Beats
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2017 Live Set
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Very Best Of Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Sergei Stadler - Shostakovich & Arensky - Violin Concertos
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Jethro Tull - M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull

Today, the listening to Friday's purchases continued...

Also, listening to my recordings from 2017...

In the evening, playing those songs again - or the second half of them, after yesterday's partial run through...


On telly, "University Challenge" and 130 points, a big score for us, equaling the losing team, although, of course, as Anne pointed out, we get to answer all the questions...

Still...

TAsty home made soup for tea - carrot and coriander which, despite no chili in the ingredients, was fiery...

Yum...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Getting reacquainted with the old songs...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Introducing an old lady to Tangerine Dream can be popular on Twitter...

Playlist
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 37
George Winston - December
Dohnányi - 6 Concert Etudes, Variations, Op. 29, Ruralia Hungarica
George Benson - Jazz Masters Vol. 21
Joe Henderson - Jazz Collection Joe Henderson
Oscar Peterson - The Essential Oscar Peterson: The Swinger
Paul McCartney - Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
Capital Models - 2019-03-10
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2017 Live Set
Tangerine Dream - Sessions IV
Tangerien Dream - Phaedra
Tangerine Dream - Cyclone
Paul McCartney - Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
Various Artists - Laidback Beats
Oddsfiche - The Infernal Egg
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Very Best Of

Awake at 4:40, up just after 5... 


Listening to more of Friday's purchases today...

A big coffee to get me started...


Out for breakfast provisions - too many eggs and the "wrong" milk were acquired, apparently...

Nonetheless a tasty breakfast, then Anne was off for more work on her mum's apartment...

I decided to set up the equipment...


Once done, I had a run through the covers set with the recordings from last week...

As I was finishing the set, a van pulled up at the back gate...

Oooh - more new headphones...

Very good but very big!


This has become the new situation in the back room...


On Anne's return, lunch, then out to my mum's...


As Anne went to the shops, I entertained my mum with my podcast, the covers band doing Elvis Presley and then, the music of  Tangerine Dream... 
Her take on the Tangs?

"There’s not much tune to it, David.  It just sounds like mmmmmmmm"...

“Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares” from their 1974 classic, "Phaedra" was deemed better than the more recent stuff...

She wondered if they had a vocalist...

I said "no"...

A Twitter follower suggested "Cyclone" - it has vocals on side one...

So this (brand new) Tangerine Dream aficionado was very surprised to hear singing, as I stuck “Cyclone” on...

Side two, without vocals, was deemed better though...

Back home and now, a run through the first half off the once proposed CBQ live set from 2017....


Maybe I could do it in 2019?

Post a tasty veggie haggis based tea, "Midsomer Murders" entertained...

Good weekend over...

Highlight of the Day : Playing the old songs...

Saturday, March 16, 2019

When the obvious cannot somehow be substantiated....

Playlist
Tangerine Dream - Light Flux
Tezce - Reject/Cycle
Christa Couture - The Living record
Various - American Heartland
Madredeus - O Paraíso
Hindemith, R - Rudolf Hindemith, Vol. 2
The Temptations - Cloud Nine
Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden
America - Homecoming
Laura Veirs - Year of Meteors
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft - Alles Ist Gut
Tommy Smith Sextet - Evolution
Christa Couture - Long Time Leaving
Lalo Schifrin - Black Widow
Various - Trojan Tribute To Bob Marley Box Set
Grandaddy - Sumday
Deep Purple - Burn
Various - The Wire Tapper 39
Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Dancer With Bruised Knees

Up around seven to post the podcast...

Outside, snowing...






Ok that was a pretty useless attempt at picturing the weather..

To work on yesterday's acquisitions, re ripping and listening...


..and de-price stickering...


Throughout the day, in all, seven of the new purchases were listened to...

A total of 8.5 hours of music...

The snow continued, to a point where it was able to be pictured...



Breakfast, then taking Anne out for legwork, new flat shopping etc etc....

I made my way to the post depot to pick something up...


Yet another set of headphones from RHA - they just keep breaking down but I have a three year warranty...

These are my fifth pair (so far) and I still have 18 months on the warranty...


They do sound good though...

In the evening, an Indian takeaway accompanied episode 2 of "Deutschland '86" - we're finding it hard to follow as we can't really remember everything that happened in, or minor characters from, "Deutschland '83" - also annoying that so much of it is not set in, erm, Deutschland...

Later, the second part of a documentary we watched earlier in the week on Parkinson's Disease and a study on a new drug, which involved volunteers having ground breaking brain surgery to allow the drug being tested (or a placebo) to be delivered directly to the centre of their brains...

It's currently available on iPlayer... (till 10 April 2019)...


Spoiler alert though re the outcome...

Those who were given the placebo for the first nine months, were given the drug for the second nine - and onward - as it would have been ethically questionable to have them have such intrusive surgery just to have distilled water added to their brains...

Such bravery, such heartbreaking stories...

And, in the end, the study failed to produce the results required for the drug, which so obviously worked, to be taken forward...

Blessings being counted...

Lights out...

Highlight of the day : Busy doing nothing...

Friday, March 15, 2019

The tangerine ship...

Playlist
Tangerine Dream - Light Flux
Madredeus - O Paraíso
Miles Davis - Round About Midnight (Remaster)
Herman Van Veen - Herman van Veen 100
Various Artists - The Wire Tapper 02
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Arkology
Friedrich Gulda - Genius and Rebel
Free - Free
Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Piano Music
Various Artists - Rock Revival
Roy Harper - Man And Myth
Dido - Life For Rent
The Bad Plus - Prog
King Crimson - B'BOOM: Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina
Various Artists - Trojan Slack Reggae Box Set
Marillion - F. E. A. R.
Curtis Fuller - The Opener
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Timeless Flight
The Mute Gods - tardigrades will inherit the earth
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
Yes - Close To The Edge
Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental
Lou Reed - NYC Man: The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection
Paul McCartney - All The Best!
Gulda - Gulda Plays Gulda
Andy Summers & Robert Fripp - I Advance Masked
The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys 20 Golden Greats
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Avril Lavigne - Let Go
Bartók - Solo Piano Works
Harmonia - Musik Von Harmonia
Chic - Real People
Umphrey's McGee - The Bottom Half
Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps

Following a tasty lunch with chum Stephen at Forage and Chatter, a flying visit to Anne's mum's new apartment - looking good - to pick up the car and then a drive through to Glasgow and my first visit to Mixed Up in Otago Lane since last October...




These in their £1 CD section....


...were soon in the boot of the Cloudland Blue Mobile...


Yowsah!

A drive over to the Barras on the East Side of the city to meet up with Dr Prog...

We were here to see Tangerine Dream perform this evening but were still a little early...

So we made our way to the Val D'Oro Fish and Chip shop - Glasgow's oldest - for fish suppers - Phil's adorned with a slice of bread and butter and a cup of teas, making it a "Fish Tea" - an early birthday treat for tomorrow's birthday boy...

Excellent...

And then the owner, with his stories of ice cream making and Paul & Linda McCartney enjoying one here on their way to the Mull of Kintyre back in the 70's, led to us each enjoying one of these on the walk back to the venue...


On the way, we stopped off at St Andrew's in the Square...


...for a very good coffee and some chat...


As we emerged the light was fading...



To the venue, the so-called BAaD (Barras Art & Design)...


Wrists stamped and in we went...

An ambient set was underway from support act, Finnish DJ Ida...




At around eight fifteen, the stage was set...







Mr Schnauss snuck on to the stage to set up his laptop...


Ten minutes later we were underway for almost three hours of non-stop electronic music of the top notch variety, for which your correspondent and his prog loving chum were a couple of fanboys down the front...






The trio of Tangs were joined half way through by Brandt Brauer and Frick's Paul Frick, on piano and synths...





There were a goodly number of recognisable themes and tunes from across the group's fifty-one year discography, although, like the Ship of Theseus, all parts of the group Tangerine Dream have been changed since their initial outings back in 1968...

A very satisfying chunk of the show was improvisational material, the last of which must have comprised the final 45 minutes or so of the performance...

The mics on stage were used only for the group to talk amongst themselves and, at the end, each shouted out the name of one of their colleagues...











Bows were taken...


And it was all over...


Out into the night, to the car and the drive home...

During which we passed into the Doc's 63rd year...

Happy birthday tomorrow Dr Prog...

Highlight of the Day : Tangerine Dream...