Friday, June 24, 2011

Listing and listening...

Various - Top 60 Recent Albums on Shuffleplay
Dave and Ansel Collins - Double Barrel
Various - Milano Jukeboxes 1998-2010 MP3 Disc

Today, I noted work continues apace on the site over the fence...

I await the disappearance of this tree with some measure of sadness...

Now, I know everyone loves a list and I've been playing my current top 60 "recent released" albums over the last few days, so here's what it comprises (in album title order)...

Sky Architect - A Dying Man's Hymn
Jakszyk Fripp & Collins - A Scarcity of Miracles
Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings (3CD)
Uriah Heep - Celebration
Bigelf - Cheat the Gallows
My Chemical Romance - Danger Days
Charts and Maps - Dead Horse
David Sylvian - Died in the Wool
Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
IQ - Frequency
Battles - Gloss Drop
Fehlfarben - Glucksmaschinen
William Fitzsimmons - Goodnight
OMD - History of Modern
Wetton Downes - Icon III
Symphony X - Iconoclast
Sumner McKane - In the Blood
Galleon - In the Wake of the Moon
Editors - In This Light and on This Evening
Steven Wilson - Insurgentes
Uriah Heep - Into the Wild
Broken Records - Let Me Come Home
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Alice Peacock - Love Remains
Grand Theft Bus - Made Upwards
Dar Williams - Many Great Companions (2CD)
The Bad Plus - Never Stop
OK Go - Of the Blue Colour Of the Sky (2CD)
Bryan Ferry - Olympia
Asia - Omega
Guilt Machine - On This Perfect Day
Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova - Once OST
William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style Vol. 2 (2CD)
Dar Williams - Promised Land
John Grant - Queen of Denmark (2CD)
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back (2CD)
Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea
The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here is Missing
Steve Harley - Stranger Comes to Town
Jon Anderson - Survival and Other Stories
Neal Morse - Testimony Two
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Midlake - The Courage of Others
Heaven and Hell - The Devil You Know
Justin Currie - The Great War
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
Bidiniband - The Land is Wild
Sarah McLachlan - The Laws of Illusion
James - The Night Before
Muse - The Resistance
The Flower Kings - The Sum of No Evil (2CD)
The Uglysuit - The Uglysuit
Transatlantic - The Whirlwind (2CD)
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Eels - Tomorrow Morning
David Bowie - Toy
Marc Almond - Variete
Divine Comedy - Victory for the Comic Muse
65DaysOfStatic - We Were Exploding Anyway
Anathema - We’re Here Because We’re Here
Jason Lytle - Yours Truly, The Commuter


Anyway, who should I meet again today in Fopp but Count Brodski - and we're off to a Record Fair tomorrow which will make it three days in a row...

"So, Dave, what did you get today?" I hear you ask...


Firstly, two Rainbow albums I didn't have already (always good not to have CDs already when you buy them), their first and third, "Long Live Rock'n'Roll", both of course featuring the mighty but sadly departed Ronnie James Dio..

Then, Dave and Ansel Collins Trojan reggae classic, "Double Barrel" from 1971, featuring their two big singles "Double Barrel" and "Monkey Spanner" and a second reggae based treat, the eponymously entitled "The Upsetter" - of which, coincidentally, the good Count also partook...

Picked up by the Exec Producer and drove home...

Suffice to say "Double Barrel" lasted barely three and a half songs before it was rejected by the EP for being "rubbish"..

It was replaced with her own "Milano Jukebox" collections...

Back home a disc awaited by jazz drumming giant, Gene Krupa - not the greatest but good to have in the "library"...

A quick turnaround and we drove through to Glasgow for a concert of new Swedish music played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the City Halls...

...where, a long time ago, me and the EP used to sell concert tapes by the shed load...

Anyway, tonight's programme, preceeded by fiery Ginger Beer and a cheeky wee G&T...

....was conducted by Andrew Manze, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3...

....and featured all UK premieres...

Victoria Borisova-Ollas - Angelus
Britta Byström Förvillelser - Delusions (featuring Tine Thing Helseth on trumpet)
Tobias Broström - Transit Underground
Anders Eliasson - Symphony No.4

Anne wondered how classical music will survive in a few years' time as almost the entire audience were in their eighties!

My preferred pieces were the first and second while Annie enjoyed the Symphony best...

The composer of the third piece was in attendance - he seemed a very nice young man...

An excellent evening's music...

Afterwards, we popped over the road to Pancho Villa's...

...and enjoyed a tasty Mexican dish each before heading back to Edinburgh...

Now that's what I call a Friday...

Highlight of the Day : Out concerting with the Exec Producer...

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