Sunday, May 20, 2018

Art and nuts...

Playlist
Genesis - The Best...Genesis
Rhye - Blood
Brian Eno - Heat
Marilyn Manson - Born Villain
Wobbler - Hinterland
Palestrina - Masses and Motets
Various - 100 Hits: 80s Essentials
Various - Revamp: The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Susanna - Wild Dog
Various - Unmasked: The Platinum Collection (Deluxe)
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That`s What I`m Not (Limited Edition)
Passengers - Miss Sarajevo [EP]
Alice Peacock - Who I Am
Crazy Wisdom - The Reptile Tapes
Bad Company - Original Bad Company Anthology
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Various - Evenin' Blue
Abel - Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) Sinfonien op. 17
Various - 101 Disco Anthems
Diviner - Fallen Empires
65DaysOfStatic - One Time For All Time
Bach, J S - Yo-Yo Ma - Inspired By Bach - The Cello Suites
Rainbow - Stranger In Us All
Santana - Caravanserai
Jacques Loussier Trio - The Best of Play Bach
The Album Leaf - In A Safe Place
Milla - The Divine Comedy
Black Widow - Black Widow III
Brodsky Quartet - Lament
Jimmy McGriff - Pullin' Out All The Stops! The Best Of Jimmy McGriff
The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
Various - Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon
Varous - Pulp Fusion Vol. 3 - Revenge of the Ghetto Grooves
Cage - Complete Piano Music
Uriah Heep - Wonderworld
Earthworks - Earthworks
Various - Trojan Instrumentals Box Set
Steve Abel & The Chrysalids - Flax Happy
Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002

This first thing for no particular reason...


Trouble starting the computer led to "repair of the C Drive", which in turn led to an all day back up of the C Drive to the recently purchased 4TB hard drive...


More reconstituting with this Genesis LP from 1976, which is just "Nursery Cryme" and "Foxtrot" packaged together...





Done...


To the gym...

Home for porridge and to decide how to choose the music for the podcasts going forward, to increase the eclecticity perhaps...


A run through of the covers set, playing along to last week' tapes, was surprisingly enjoyable...


Out to my mum's - enjoyed chatting with Anne about yesterday's wedding...



...whcih led to a proposed visit to a place to purchase a new walker being postponed from yesterday to next Saturday...


The mother of the beast...


To Anne's mum's for 8 man family tea - Kitty is away on a school trip...



Tasty...


Back home, choosing tracks for next week's podcast, giving it a listen and perusing some recently purchased books...


Today's artwork, "Art and Nuts"...


Highlight of the Day : Rehearsing...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Busy doing nothing, pt 342...

Playlist
Isaac Hayes - Tough Guys
Monk Higgins - Extra Soul Perception
Various - Can You Dig It? - The '70s Soul Experience
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 8 - Revival Boogie Down
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 10 Africa Funk
Various - Funk Soul Classics (Ministry of Sound)
Various - The Best of Blaxploitation - Cinematic Soul and Bad Ass Funk Classics
Rose Royce - Greatest Hits
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Best Of - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 5 - Evolution
Various - Pulp Fusion [15th Anniversary Crystal Edition - 2CD]
Various - Shaolin Soul Episode 2
Willie Hutch - Soul Portrait
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 3 - Revenge of the Ghetto Grooves
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
The Ohio Players - Ecstasy
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 1 - Funky jazz classics & original breaks from the tough side
The Ohio Players - Observations in Time
Various - Shaolin Soul Episode 1
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
Love Unlimited Orchestra - White Gold
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 4 - Fully Loaded
The Ohio Players - Pleasure
Michał Milczarek Trio - Ambient Works
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 7 - The Harder They Come
Ornette Coleman - New York Is Now!
Joni Mitchell - Song To A Seagull
The Velvet Underground - 1969
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bryan Ferry - These Foolish Things
Françoise Hardy - Françoise Hardy Canta Per Voi In Italiano
Gentle Giant - Super Star (Italian Compilation)
Haydn - String Quartets
Rihm - Trio
Various - Capital Models Covers : The Originals
Brad Mehldau Trio - Seymour Reads the Constitution!
Brian Eno - Brian Eno Songs
Passengers - Original Soundtracks 1

Up early and, soon...


...the sun was showing its intention to shine all day...



Funky soul sounds soundtracked the morning...

I stayed in most of the day, Anne enjoyed some time in the garden, while mine was taken up with the usual nonsense...

Perusing "Panorama" by Gerhard Richter...


...and deciding again to move some LPs - only those which I cannot yet enjoy digitally...


...which included listening to some and reconstituting them digitally...


This Gentle Giant was good...




...and, following reconstitution, has been moved again to the back room, where I also finally unpacked the small mixer I bought last August to assist with the then project of re-recording a full set of songs with the intention of playing them live...


...and listened to some tasty classical sounds through the massive for a house PA...



This disc of the originals of our covers set was also sampled...


There was a wedding on the TV which Anne enjoyed...

Then, we sat out in the garden, where these books were perused and dipped into...



...which led me to re-sample the excellent Passengers (Eno & U2) LP from 1995...

In the evening, a Chinese takeaway was taken away and enjoyed as was the latest two hour "Inspector Montalbano"...

A good day, despite a little too much wedding nonsense...

Today's artwork, "The New Mix"...


Highlight of the Day : Busy doing nothing...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Funky Friday Thalis...

Playlist
DJ Hell - Misch Masch
Gabrieli, G - Music For San Rocco
Nadine Coyle - Nadine - EP
Bobbi Humphrey - Electric Blue
Various Artists - Shaolin Soul Episode 1
Various Artists - Shaolin Soul Episode 2
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
L.T.D. - Love To The World
Isaac Hayes - Tough Guys

Late last night I stumbed across an old blog which contained links to, literally, hundreds of funk, soul and jazz LPs, including many obscure 70's funky film soundtracks and dfnky compilations...

I did what any unable to help himself music junkie would do and partook of "a few" items...

This morning, these were waiting to be attended to...


Into town and, as I alighted the bus, this scene presented itself...


A ramraid for a cash terminal - which apparently proved less successful than your correspondent's "acquisition" of various funky LPs...

This evening, drinks at Foundry 39 with chums Gaz, his boyfriend and two sons plus music man Jordan before Anne and I headed to Omar Khayam for a couple of Thalis, having been influenced in our behavior by Michael Portillo's Indian Train Journeys from a couple of nights ago...

Of course, pakoras prefaced the Thali intake...


Anne went for the meat and I had the veg...


Tasty, in pleasing surroundings...


We tried to recall when we first ate here - it must be over 30 years ago - and the same Maitre D is in situ and greets us with a handshake any time we dine here...

Nice and, indeed, tasty...

A constitutional ensued and we walked along Dalry Road, taking the opportunity to book a table for next Friday at Mia's Italian Kitchen for a twice postponed night out with old chums Ken & Rose...

Then, a walk back to the car, under strange but attractive light...



Some TV was watched before I set about the reconstitution of many zipped files which required to be reflated before joining the fray in a funky stylee...

Isaac Hayes was enjoyed before retiring...

Today's artwork, "Thali"...


Highlight of the Day : Thalis with Anne...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Piling up, writing down...

Playlist
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2018 Vol 20
Michał Milczarek Trio - Ambient Works
Gregson - Terminal
Gregson - Quartets : One
Michał Milczarek Trio - The Big Game
Michał Milczarek Trio - Squirrels & Butterflies
Gabrieli, G - Music For San Rocco
DJ Hell - Misch Masch
Françoise Hardy - La Question
Anthony Rother - Art Is a Technology

With the exception of a Françoise Hardy album listened to as a result of this piece by Richard Williams, today was soundtracked by this week's podcast, recorded last night; and newly downloaded and bought music...

Up early and updating the red book of CDs I own - these 80 or so taking me back to February...


...to which, later today, a disc of Venetian music and a 2CD compilation from DJ Hell were added, the first from the BHF shop, the second, also second-hand, through the post box via Amazon...



Here's a view of which I used to take many pics but haven't for a while - the big trees at the end of our little street...


Other than the visit to the BHF at lunchtime, nothing to report...

Good skies and sun on the way home...



...and trees and plants on the way down the hill...







...to our little path...


In the evening, the tastiest burgers ever from the EP, sadly no pics but, perhaps, they will be recreated in the future...

New music enjoyed this evening and stuff watched, including the return of the very easy to nit-pick about, "Humans"...

Artwork "The Edge of the Pile"...


Highlight of the Day : New stuff...