Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Something wicked this way comes...

Yes - Fly From Here
Yes - Heaven & Earth
Capital Models - 2018-02-04
John Surman - Invisible Threads
The Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band - Chinese Butterfly
Bobo Stenson Trio - Contra La Indecision
Martin Archer & Engine Room Favourites - Safety Signal From A Target Town
Shatner's Bassoon - The Self Titled Album Shansa Barsnaan
Django Django - Marble Skies
Albert King - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968
The Temperance Movement - A Deeper Cut
Dream Theater - 5 Days In A Livetime

February away...

Listening back to the last two Yes albums today led me to realise they are not quite as bad as I had thought...

They are even quite good...

Worse snow today...

Again, I soldiered on... did Anne, very nervously in the new beastie

However, in light of the oncoming storm, I was home by 3pm...

"Endeavour" and "Marcella" both enjoyed and, later in the evening, after a run through the covers set along to the tapes frm earlier this month, the rescheduled "Shetland " and "Holby" also entertained as the country went a bit mad re some snow...

Such is this United Kingdom...

Today's artwork, "Something Wicked This Way Comes"...

Lights out with a blizzard blowing outside...

Hihglight of the day : Cosy in the house...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Is this what I pay my license fee for pt 346...

ProjeKct One - The Deception Of The Thrush (A Beginner's Guide)
Lou Reed - The Raven
The Tangent - A Place In The Queue
Benjamin Damage - Heliopause
Chic - Risqué
Laurie Anderson - Strange Angels
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
Jeremy Pelt - Soul
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Alice Peacock - Alice Peacock
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Free - The Free Story
John Wetton & Phil Manzanera - Wetton/Manzanera
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon - 40th Anniversary Series
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Slade - Sladest
Rush - Moving Pictures
Toyah - Ophelia's Shadow
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Love Beach
Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits
Various - Rock Revival
Marc Almond - Varieté
Anger 77 - Allein Im Flugzeug
Weather Report - Night Passage
Creek - Reconstructed
Mott - Drive On
Spock's Beard - V

Some snow this morning but not too much re the so-called Beast from the East...

Soldiered on...

In the evening took the car on its last journey as the designated Cloudland Blue Mobile... 

...and picked up the new Cloudland Blue Mobile and drove it home...

With Anne out in the freezing cold with her mum, watching Hearts draw 1-1 with Kilmarnock (including an injury time penalty miss that could have won it for the JTs), I chose not to record this week's podcast but, instead, to watch a "Fantastic Four" film about "The Silver Surfer"...

Now I like these types of film but, frankly, this was one of the worst films I've ever watched...

Picked Anne up as the weather worsened...

Both "Shetland" and "Holby" postponed due to pishy football on the telly...

Is this what I pay my license fee for pt 346...

Today's artwork, "The Last Parking Place of Gandalf"...

Highlight of the Day : New car

Monday, February 26, 2018

Reconstituting can result in hearing things not heard for too long...

Sparks - Interior Design
Alice Cooper - Trash
New Order - Technique
It Bites - Eat Me In St Louis
Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Uriah Heep - Into The Wild
John Grant - Queen Of Denmark
Brian Eno - Wah Wah
Johnny Bennett - The Violet Hush
James - Whiplash
Jason Falkner - Can You Still Feel?
Laurie Anderson - Bright Red
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble - Spinner
Armand Margjeka - Hummingbird
Madonna - Music
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Black Moon
Everything Everything - Arc
King Crimson - The Power To Believe
Laurie Anderson - The Ugly One With The Jewels And Other Stories
Alan Morse - Four o'Clock And Hysteria
Jonatha Brooke - Back In The Circus
Cheryl - 3 Words
Conspiracy - Conspiracy
Sébastien Tellier - My God Is Blue
Bell Gardens - Full Sundown Assembly
Tool - Lateralus
Alice Cooper - A Fistful Of Alice
Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live
King Crimson - The ConstruKction Of Light
David Bowie - Heathen
Herman Van Veen - Hut Ab!
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Grandaddy - Last Place
Spock's Beard - Snow
Metheny/Mehldau - Metheny Mehldau
Earthworks - Stamping Ground
Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque
Camilla Fuchs - Singing From Fixed Rung
Texas - White On Blonde
T Rex - Ride A White Swan
Haystacks Balboa - Haystacks Balboa
The Glitter Band - Hey!
Geoff Love And His Orchestra - Your Favourite TV Themes
Dr Feelgood - Stupidity
Brian Eno & Harold Budd - The Plateaux Of Mirror
Yello - You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess
Michael Brook - Hybrid
Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist
Lou Reed - New York
Kansas - In The Spirit Of Things
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Nicola Alesini & Pier Luigi Andreoni - Marco Polo
Eels - Hombre Lobo
The Bad Plus - Never Stop
Ulrich Schnauss - No Further Ahead Than Today
John Wetton & Geoff Downes - Icon III
Creek - Reconstructed
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Loads of listening today as I reconstituted the iPod classic...

On the telly, "Collateral" continued and was good...

I think I may also have played a few songs...

Prep too for tomorrow's car switch...

that was it...

Today's artwork, "The Reconstitution of an iPod"...

Highlight of the day : Music listening...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Whittling out the freebies...

Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo
Craig Armstrong - As If To Nothing
The Blue Nile - Peace At Last
Simple Minds - Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
Rush - Power Windows
Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Capital Models - 2018-02-04
Miles Davis - The Complete Concert 1964
Brian Eno & Harold Budd - The Plateaux Of Mirror
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Rush - Hemispheres
The Who - Tommy OST
The Clash - Sandinista!
Holger Hiller - Ein Bündel Fäulnis in der Grube
John Lennon - Walls And Bridges
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
John Cale - Honi Soit
The Cure - Concert: The Cure Live
David Bowie - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence
Sparks - Interior Design
Alice Cooper - Trash
Udo Lindenberg - Livehaftig

Up around 6:30...

Mucking about at the computer as usual...

To the gym at 9 with Anne - we need to up our visits...

Home for breakfast and this wee chum was visiting the food station...

In the early afternoon, some rehearsing again of the covers set...

...and reformatting the iPod Classic once again, to try and sort the fact that LP artwork is not showing properly...

Out to my mum's for 3, negotiating traffic jams...

She has a date for the great toe removal of 2018...

Errands undertaken, during which sister Sheila and husband Senior were bumped into...

Over to Anne's mum's around 5 for the family tea...

Very tasty curry, followed by raspberry pavlova - we are all spoiled by Mary's cooking prowess...

Bob was in attendance despite a knee operation which should really have kept him at home - but he's going stir crazy...

Home around 8:30 and to re-filling the iPod with LPs purchased in the year of release...

I went through my lists and removed albums I acquired but for which there was no outlay - this reduced the number for 2018 from over fifty to just two...

Today's artwork, "Upload"..

To bed with music from the 70's in the cans...

Highlight of the Day : Family tea...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Always crashing in the same car, pt 6...

Tangerine Dream - Quantum Gate
Tangerine Dream - Tangerine Dream 70-80
Alice Cooper - The Sound Of A [EP]
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Everything Everything - A Fever Dream
Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
Taylor Swift - Reputation EP
Erdmann - Solo-Konzerte Und Orchestermusik
Sterling Grove - Parallel Lines
2raumwohnung - Nacht und Tag
Led Zeppelin - I
The Stranglers - The Collection 1977-1982
Yes - Heaven & Earth
Capital Models - 2018-02-04
Ruehr - Six String Quartets
Tonochrome - A Map in Fragments
Andy Sheppard Quartet - Romaria
Johannes Falk - Von Mucken und Elefanten
Al Di Meola - Opus
Hugh Hopper - 1984
I'm With Her - See You Around
The Sun Burns Bright - Through Dusk, Came The Light
Voodoo Circle - Raised On Rock
Shatner's Bassoon - The Self Titled Album Shansa Barsnaan
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - Yield to Despair

The morning comprised uploading the podcast and breakfasting at home, before we headed out around 10 to see about a new car...

Home around 1:30 and a deal had been done for a higher spec for just a few quid more per month than at present...

Of course, buyer's regret kicked in immediately but I will revert to normal shortly...

In the afternoon, Anne enjoyed some work in the garden (being a gardening lover) while I played through the covers set applying some heavy metal electric guitar to the recordings from earlier this month (being a heavy metal guitar lover)...

Meanwhile Scotland were beating England at Rugby Union to take the Calcutta Cup for the first time in 10 years...

Hearts lost 2-0 away to Scotland's newest club and QoS and Dunfermline provided a goalless draw in Dumfries...

In the evening, a very hot and tasty curry from Bombay Feast, as we both opted for Jalfrezie...

"Marcella" and last week's two episodes of "Modus" kind of entertained...

Ended the day listening to new downloaded acquistions whilst watching "Match of the Day"...

Today's artwork, almost inevitably, is "Shiny New Car"...

Highlight of the Day : New car...

Friday, February 23, 2018

The far East is too far...

Wizzard - Introducing Eddy and the Falcons
Uriah Heep - Salisbury
Uriah Heep - Into the wild
Tangerine Dream - Quantum Gate

Wizzard listening continued this morning...

At lunchtime a walk along to Fopp and two new discs partaken of by particular faves...

Late afternoon, a meet up with the EP, she having just enjoyed a long lunch with chum Teresa...

Round to Teuchters bar and met up with Spike, Baz, Gaz, Bernardo, Lodger, KT and, back from the Far East for a flying visit, the frankly not seen often enough due to said location, Kris-with-a-K...

Your correspondent laid out on booze and it had an effect such that, post a bus home, there was no listening to the new discs, rather, there was falling asleep to attempts to watch "Marcella" from earlier in the week...

Today's artwork was, nonetheless, "Alice and Laurie"...

Lights out, worse for wear...

Highlight of the Day : Drinks with some chums...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wood can be good...

Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2018
Various - Records Released and Bought in 1988
Wizzard - Singles 1972-1976
Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge
Wizzard - Wizzard Brew

Not much to report today - listening back to last night's podcast recording...

And to records purchased in 1988 that were released in 1988...

A late on communique ont t'internet led me to listen to some classic Roy Wood late doors...

...with some Mike Oldfield thrown in between for good measure...

On telly, "Death in Paradise" came to an end...

Always an enjoyable slice of summery nonsense that cheers mid-winter...

Meanwhile "This is not an F" is today's artwork...

Even later on, "This Week" brought the day to a close...

Highlight of the Day : The mighty Wizzard...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Labour of love...

Various Artists - Blaxploitation : The Payback : Volume Three
Wishbone Ash - Blowin' Free: An Introduction To Wishbone Ash
The Moody Blues - The Other Side Of Life
Laurie Anderson - It's Not the Bullet That Kills You, It's the Hole
Umphrey's McGee - 2018/02/02 Kalamazoo, MI
Umphrey's McGee - 2018/02/03 Kalamazoo, MI
We Lost The Sea - Departure Songs
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - Yield to Despair
Hammock - Repeat/Texture [EP]
Matthew Florianz - Onontgonnen
Roxy Music - Roxy Music (45th Anniversary Edition)
Lione-Conti - Lione-Conti
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Lay It On Down
Echotide - Into The Half Light
Jordan Rudess And Steve Horelick - Intersonic
Scientist v Prince Jammy - Big Showdown At King Tubby's
Sonny Rollins - The Definitive Sonny Rollins On Prestige, Riverside, And Contemporary
Twilight Fields - Our Time Is Now
Laura Pausini - Fantastico (Fai quello che sei) [Single]
Tigran Hamasyan - For Gyumri
Norma Winstone - Descansado - Songs For Films
Tatanka - Baikal
Adrian Belew - Mr. Music Head
Terje Rypdal - The Singles Collection
Trevor Rabin - Can't Look Away
Rush - Presto
Rush - A Show Of Hands
Yes - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence
David Bowie - Tin Machine
New Order - Technique

This evening, with Anne out at Zumba, recording the podcast despite my voice being pretty well shot...

It took an hour to record and then edit all the between music links, then another two hours to record it, followed by some final editing...

A labour of love indeed...

Tonight, I think we may also have watched another "Endeavour"...

Today's artwork, "The Corner of the Screen"...

Highlight of the Day : Podcasting...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Silver will often trump black...

The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
Tonight Alive - Underworld
Otto A. Totland - The Lost
Matt Emery - Empire
Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores
Gabriel Saloman - Movement Building vol.3
First Aid Kit - Ruins
Cortex - Avant-Garde Party Music
Bruno Pronsato - US Drag
Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits
Bird Traps - The Rainbow Body
Bipolar Explorer - Dream Together
Armand Amar - Retrospective
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Alfred Chiu - Secret Place (Piano Version)
Aidan Baker & Karen Willems - Nonland
Andrew Hill - Eternal Spirit
Gil Scott-Heron - Glory: The Gil Scott-Heron Collection
Lou Reed Hudson - River Wind Meditations
Gregory Isaacs - Absent
Various Artists - The Story Of Blue Beat: The Birth Of Ska
Mariza - Fado Curvo
Roots Manuva - Bleeds (Deluxe Version)
Culture - Adventures In And Beyond Dub
David Arnold - Shaken And Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project
Manu Chao - La Radiolina
Donna Summer - Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits
Thomas Stronen - Lucus
Kit Downes - Obsidian
John Surman - Invisible Threads
The Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band - Chinese Butterfly
Bobo Stenson Trio - ontra La Indecision
Martin Archer & Engine Room Favourites - Safety Signal From A Target Town
Django Django - Marble Skies
Various Artists - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968
Shatner's Bassoon - The Self Titled Album Shansa Barsnaan
France Jobin - Scènes
False Horizon - Transition
Hesam Rahmani - Sky Crying Blood
Carlos Cipa - Sculptures
Senses Fail - If There Is Light It Will Find You
Toto - Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around The Sun
The Plot In You - Dispose
Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing
Vangelis & Jon Anderson - Heaven and Hell (CD)
Henry Mancini - The Best Of Henry Mancini
Various Artists - Blaxploitation : The Payback : Volume Three

A trip today up to Newington for a mooch around...

In the Cancer Research shop for £2.20 a 2CD set of funky music...

The box needed to be replaced,,,

...and the discs looked dodgy...

...however, it plays just fine...

Had it been a record, it would have had to have been binned - this is just one more reason why CDs are better than vinyl...


On telly, "Shetland" - the acting was up to the usual standards...

Today's artwork, "Steeple"...

Highlight of the Day : Rescuing some music from the bin, kind of...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Endeavouring not to speak...

Norma Winstone - Descansado - Songs For Films
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Black Coffee
Sophie Alour - Time For Love
Microtrauma - Soñar
Carlton Melton - Mind Minerals
Emma - Essere Qui
Umphrey's McGee - it's not us
Thomas Stronen - Lucus
Space Native - Distant Future
David Murray - Blues for Memo
The Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth
Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores
Nils Frahm - All Melody
Tonight Alive - Underworld
Joachim Kühn - Love & Peace
Efrim Manuel Menuck - Pissing Stars
Senses Fail - If There Is Light It Will Find You
Simple Minds - Walk Between Worlds
Bobo Stenson Trio - Contra La Indecision
The Plot In You - Dispose
Long Distance Calling - Boundless
Johann Johannsson - The Mercy
Juliette Armanet - Petite Amie (Deluxe)
Tatanka - Baikal
First Aid Kit - Ruins
Nadine - oh my
Margo Rey - The Roots of Rey | Despacito Margo
Django Django - Marble Skies
Rhye - Blood
Son Lux - Brighter Wounds
Yes - Fragile

I am being plagued by the lurgi once again...

Today, I had, in fact, lost my voice...

In the evening, University Challenge - we did well (125 points I think) but did not win...

Oh well...

"Endeavour" watched and "Marcella" recorded...

Today's artwork, "Jagged"... my throat...

Highlight of the Day : Endeavour...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The early morning antics of a cat can buoy...

Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground
Joe Satriani - What Happens Next
Kit Downes - Obsidian
Microtrauma - Soñar
The Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band - Chinese Butterfly
Umphrey's McGee - it's not us
Tonight Alive - Underworld
Sophie Alour - Time For Love
Tigran Hamasyan - For Gyumri
Margo Rey - The Roots of Rey | Despacito Margo
Django Django - Marble Skies
Bobo Stenson Trio - Contra La Indecision
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall
Bipolar Explorer - Sometimes in Dreams
Johann Johannsson - The Mercy
Norma Winstone - Descansado - Songs For Films
Lione-Conti - Lione-Conti
Van William - Countries
Simple Minds - Walk Between Worlds
Above & Beyond - Common Ground
Carlton Melton - Mind Minerals
Juliette Armanet - Petite Amie (Deluxe)
Rhye - Blood
Joachim Kühn - Love & Peace
First Aid Kit - Ruins
Long Distance Calling - Boundless
Emma - Essere Qui
The Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth
John Surman - Invisible Threads
Good Tiger - We Will All Be Gone
Family - It's Only A Movie
Geneviève Bellemare - Melancholy Fever
Johnny Jewel - Digital Rain
Bird Traps - The Rainbow Body
Senses Fail - If There Is Light It Will Find You
Efrim Manuel Menuck - Pissing Stars

Up not too early...

My last full day with Mia - she will be collected tomorrow by step-niece in law Abbie and partner Blair...

We've loved having her here...

Eventually, she wore herself out...

In the afternoon, to my mum's, where she decided she wanted to listen to some music and had chosen (weirdly) this CD...

It was ok, if a little late...

In the evening, chicken kebabs and Anne watched "Call the Midwife" while we recorded "Endeavour"...

I was upstairs mucking about/doing nothing of any import...

Today's artwork, "One Last Sleep"...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : The antics of a cat...