Sunday, September 30, 2018

She shoots, she scores...

Golden Earring - Moontan (European Edition)
Rivers & Robots - Presents  ... Still Vol. 1
Circus Maximus - Havoc In Oslo
Mykja - North Paths
Matthew Bourne - moogmemory plus
Sardonyx - Sons of the Kingdom
Martin Archer & Engine Room Favourites - Safety Signal From A Target Town
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Live At Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Haydn - Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, op 51
Various - Pulp Fusion Vol. 2 - Return To The Tough Side
Gil Scott-Heron - Blaxploitation : The Payback : Volume Three
Ben Frost - The Wasp Factory
Zombie Picnic - A Suburb of Earth
Soft Machine - Hidden Details
Markus Guentner - Empire
King Tubby - Declaration Of Dub
John Coltrane - Live In Seattle
Gil Scott-Heron - Free Will
Zombie Picnic - Rise of a New Technology
Oddsfiche - Can't Autograph a Snowball
Saturn's Daughter - Fibonacci Forever
Snufmumriko - Drömboken
Locatelli - The Art of the Violin
Art Pepper - Smack Up
Various - The Story Of Blue Beat: The Birth Of Ska
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
Chicago - Chicago
Sainte-Colombe Le Fils - Les Six Suittes Pour Basses De Viole Seule
Focus - Moving Waves
Leighton - Piano Sonata Opus 64/Chamber Works
Various - Boogie Chillen: Early Mods' First-Choice Vinyl
France Gall - Poupée De Son
Gil Scott-Heron - A New Black Poet : Small Talk At 125th And Lennox
Various - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968
Craig Armstrong - Sun On You
Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
Submotion Orchestra - Alium
Gestalt - Gestalt
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth (Remaster)
Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
The Shires - My Universe
Lalo Schifrin - Talkin' Verve
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1994 Remaster)
k.d. lang - Drag
Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Taylor Swift - Reputation
Slow Meadow - Slow Meadow
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
David Gilmour - About Face
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition)
Klaus Schulze - X
John Coltrane - Transition
Robert Berry - The Dividing Line
Eric Prydz - Pryda
John Coltrane - Live in Seattle 30/09/1965

September gone - just a quarter of 2018 left...

Up at 6:15 and writing this and listening to and downloading, new music - what's new?

Today's new stuff, Zombie Picnic, Soft Machine, Oddsfiche, Saturn's Daughter and Snufmumriko...

A leaf through the great big book of Documenta 11 from 2002 - there was only one piece in the whole book that I actually recall seeing...

Out around 9:30, with the EP, post breakfast, to sort out a possible new phone scenario - for the time being, a new SIM and a better tariff achieved - for both of us...

Very good service from O2...

Some shopping including rolls for lunch (and my mum) and ingredients for a new dish Anne was going to try this evening...

Back home and more listening - with a view to whittling down the 200 recordings sampled over the last seven days to the 25-30 or so required for next week's podcast...

Some tidying in the attic, then, the first half of "Captain America : Civil War" on BluRay...

Enjoyable but rather a convoluted and pointless plot when it came down to it...

A visit to my mum - doing ok and looking forward to a few outings this week...

Home for the remainder of "Captain America"...

Anne was cooking this...

Spiced cauliflower and sweet potato bake with prawns
Recipe taken from The Doctor's Kitchen by Dr Rupy Aujla

Serves: 2


½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
5cm piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, halved
2 shallots, quartered lengthways and peeled
300g cauliflower, broken into florets
300g sweet potato, cut lengthways into 2-3cm thick wedges
250g raw shelled jumbo prawns, deveined
100g spinach, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan / gas 6

Mix the spices, ginger and 5 tbsp of the olive oil in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Squeeze in the juice from the limes.

Finely chop the juiced lime halves. Spread them out in a baking tray with the shallots, cauliflower florets and sweet potato. Drizzle over the spiced oil and coat the ingredients well, then bake in the oven for 35 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure they cook evenly.

After the vegetables have been in the oven for 30 minutes, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the prawns, season with salt and pepper and saute for 2 minutes, then turn over and saute for a further minute, or until cooked through. Remove from the heat, add the spinach, stir, and cover the pan for 1-2 minutes – the residual heat will wilt the spinach.

Transfer the tangy baked cauliflower and sweet potato to a serving dish, fold in the prawns and spinach and dress it with the oil from the baking tray

Here's how it turned out...

Extremely tasty indeed!

Kudos to the EP...

The aftermath...

...while I was mucking about with music as ever...

Late on, plumped on the 30 tracks for this week's programme, which will be recorded soon...

Then, yesterday's John Coltrane purchase which, coincidentally, was recorded on this very date 53 year ago...


Today's artwork, "Achieving the Aim "...

Highlight of the Day : Anne's cooking...

Saturday, September 29, 2018

An excellent haul while, for others, it's surely not really about the music...

Slow Meadow - Those Who Rush Across the Sea [Single]
Slow Meadow - Slow Meadow
Slow Meadow - Hananel's Recovery [Single]
Slow Meadow - Costero
Slow Meadow - We're Losing the Moon [Single]
Slow Meadow - The Tragedy of the Commons [Single]
Slow Meadow - Lachrymosia [Single]
Slow Meadow - Palemote [Single]
Slow Meadow - Clouds Not Clocks [Single]
Slow Meadow - Armoire Nocturne [Single]
Slow Meadow - A Magnificent Gray [Single]
Slow Meadow - Absence [Single]
Slow Meadow - Blue Aubade [Single]
Acqua Fragile - Mass-Media Stars
Markus Guentner - Empire
John Coltrane - Transition
Sainte-Colombe Le Fils - Les Six Suittes Pour Basses De Viole Seule
Jerry Butler - Chicago Hit Factory - The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966
Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All (Special Edition)
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition)
Mendelssohn - Fantastic Cenčić
Gabrielli, G - A Venetian Coronation
Inward Oceans - Weather the Storm
Pleyel - String Quartets, Op. 2/1-3
Twilight Fields - Our Time Is Now
The Shires - My Universe
Tori Amos - Tales Of A Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection
Various - Restoration: The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin
Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
Puma - Half Nelson Courtship
John Grant - John Grant With The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live In Concert
Fauré - The Romantic Age
Grouper - Grid of Points
Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
White Out with Nels Cline - Accidental Sky
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood (2017 Remaster)
Ke$ha - Rainbow
Gestalt - Gestalt
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Craig Armstrong - The Quiet American: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen: Early Mods' First-Choice Vinyl
Lalo Schifrin - Talkin' Verve
Gil Scott-Heron - A New Black Poet : Small Talk At 125th And Lennox
Cream - Wheels Of Fire
Focus - Moving Waves
Robert Berry - The Dividing Line
France Gall - Poupée De Son
k.d. lang - Drag
Klaus Schulze - Timewind
Spirit - Time Circle
Golden Earring - Moontan (European Edition)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight

Starting the day (up early as ever at the weekends) listening to new discovery, Slow Meadow...

Then, more new music into the collection - from Markus Guentner and a rejig of some John Coltrane tracks into an LP I didn't previously have...

Breakfast at home, then, out to a Record Fair - solo, Dr Prog having turned down my invite...

Funny to see all these guys digging through the crates of vinyl paying extortionate prices...


...while I calmly partook of a goodly number of CDs at the quite ridiculous price of £2 each - in fact the stallholder, making a killing out of the old records, knocked some money off and gave me another disc for free...

I was particularly pleased with the Golden Earring - a European pressing with a different tracklisting - I'd known about this for years (and have a rip on a hard drive) but had never seen the actual disc before...

The Klaus Schulze for just £2 was a top notch find too...

Home in time for a quick lunch with Anne, before she headed off to the footie (Hearts 2-1 winners against St Johnstone - Queens drawing 0-0 in Inverness) leaving me to some ripping, listening and recording of purchases in the red books of CDs I own...

An attempt was made to set up speakers in the back room (the PA system having been disconnected re the recent gig) but, to be honest, even at reasonable/aka "lowest worthwhile" volumes, the sound was encroaching on downstairs - and so, headphones are indeed the way forward...

A purchase this afternoon of "Starlightnight" lead me to give that a listen...

Probably my best song-based album but the lyrics are a little tough to read through re what was happening at the time...

...which is odd for me, as my lyrics are usually hardly ever autobiographical...

...or rather never intentionally autobiographical...

In the evening, tasty home-made pasta accompanied "Strictly" for Anne, while I watched whilst listening to the new acquisitions on headphones...

"Killing Eve" continued excellently, though - *spoilers* - sad to see one of the main characters exit on episode 3...

A reasonable - no, update - very good Saturday...

Today's artwork, "The Crate Diggers"...

Highlight of the Day : An excellent haul...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Impromptu singing can be a good precursor to Argentinian nosh...

We Lost The Sea - Departure Songs
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Love Beach Fanfare 1970-1997 Remastered
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Various - Pulp Fusion [15th Anniversary Crystal Edition - 2CD]
Renaud - Rouge Sang
Mark Templeton - Gentle Heart
Brian Reitzell - Auto Music
Evie - Balades électriques
Various - Chicago Hit Factory - The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966
Capital Models - 2018-06-10
Slow Meadow - The Tragedy of the Commons [Single]
Slow Meadow - Absence [Single]
Slow Meadow - A Magnificent Gray [Single]

Slow Meadow - Slow Meadow

Some cakes this afternoon from new chum Gina...

Followed by some drinking, some games and an impromptu performance from Mr Quartet and his guitar...

Then to meet up with the EP, Chris-with-a-Ch and Gillian for some more drinks and tasty steaks at Los Argentinos...

 None of us had been there before but we all left suitably impressed...

A long walk down to Princes St post exit - with Chris stopping off on the way for more beer to help him home to that Fife on the train...

Fast mover...

We left them at Waverley and jumped on a 26...

Turned out neighbour Gail was on our bus but we didn't notice each other till the terminus...

Good chat on the way down the road though...

Today's artwork, "Chris on the Left"...

Highlight of the Day : Performing; and tasty Argentinian nosh...

Bad Moon Rising
Folsom Prison Blues
Stuck in the Middle With You
Proud Mary
Mrs Robinson
Brown Eyed Girl

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The bridges of observation...

Tangents - Stents and Arteries EP
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
Brad Mehldau Trio - Seymour Reads the Constitution!
Various - Chillout Moods
Various - The Story Of Blue Beat: The Birth Of Ska
Dohnányi - Winterreigen, 6 Piano Pieces, 3 Singular Pieces
Donna Summer - Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits
Various - 101 Northern Soul Anthems
The Shadows - The Shadows' Greatest Hits (Stereo)
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
Druckfarben - Druckfarben
Schnellertollermeier - X
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Umphrey's McGee - 2018/02/02 Kalamazoo, MI
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Frank Zappa - FZ:OZ
Thomas Stronen - Lucus
Pharoah Sanders - Save Our Children
Leighton - Piano Sonata Opus 64/Chamber Works
Kool & The Gang - The Collection
Various - Chicago Hit Factory - The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966

A long, long day, broken up by a wee visit to the BHF and a couple of CD purchases Pharoah Sanders...

...and a disc of chamber music by, new to me English composer, Kenneth Leighton...

Finally a bus along to the top of Leith Walk to meet up with the EP, Jane and Bob for a slap up at Kushi's (not pictured)...


Out into the twilight, noting the cranes re the redesign of the area on which once stood the St James Centre...

Into the Playhouse...

...for tonight's entertainment, Paul McCaffrey, who did pretty well as an opener, followed by the excellent Kevin Bridges...

Observational comedy at its best and, of course, based on experiences experienced in Scotchland, so all the more pertinent to the sold out audience (he's doing four nights)...

A bus home, reciting various lines from the evening...

On the downside, a txt from Olly advised he'd failed the theory for his driving test...

Oh well, a resit beckons...

Today's artwork, "Crane Skyline"...

Highlight of the Day : Kevin Bridges...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Preparation is everything...

Riversea - The Tide
Frank Zappa - 1984-09-01 - Saratoga, NY
Firminus Caron - Twilight of the Middle Ages
Long Distance Calling - Avoid The Light
Im With Her - See You Around
Thomas Stronen - Lucus
Locatelli - L'arte del Violino Op.3
Frank Zappa - Everything Is Healing Nicely
Borealis - The Offering
Various - The Wire Tapper 29
Various - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968
Laura Pausini - Laura Xmas (Deluxe)
IAMX - Alive In New Light
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Live At Élysée Montmartre, Paris Fanfare 1970-1997 Remastered
Frank Zappa - Guitar
J S Bach - Orchestral Suites & Concertos (Menuhin)
Isaac Hayes - Raw & Refined
Federico Albanese - The Blue Hour
Various - 100 Hits: 80s Essentials
Various - Island Presents: Ska
Muse - Muse Greatest Hits
Sonny Rollins - The Definitive Sonny Rollins On Prestige, Riverside, And Contemporary
CB3 - Live in Action!
Slow Meadow - Costero
Soen - Lykaia
Sia - This Is Acting (Deluxe Version)
Gabi Delgado - 2
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1994 Remaster)
Frank Zappa - Buffalo
The Upsetters - Africa's Blood
John Surman - Invisible Threads
Circles - The Last One
CB3 - Charlotta's Burnin' Trio
Various - Across The Universe OST
Murphy Radio - Murphy Radio
Yello - Solid Pleasure
John Cale - Music For A New Society
Depeche Mode - Spirit
Marcia Griffiths - Play Me Sweet And Nice
tide/edit - Lightfoot
Gestalt - Gestalt
Morrissey - Low In High School
Iglooghost - Neo Wax Bloom
Various - Stax-O'-Soul: A Sampler Of Stax Trax
Muddy Waters - The Anthology 1947-1972
Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
Gabi Delgado - 1
The Temptations - Cloud Nine
David Bowie - David Live
The Bad Plus - Never Stop II
Uriah Heep - Living The Dream
Rhye - Blood
Sparks - Kimono My House
Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Alice Coltrane - Huntingdon Ashram Monestary
Alice Coltrane - World Galaxy
Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound-On-Sound
King Crimson - Beacon Theatre, New York 14 December 2001
Mathilde Santing - Mathilde Santing
Joseph Arthur - Lou
Takemitsu - Complete Solo Guitar Works
Kamaal Williams - The Return
Michał Milczarek Trio - Ambient Works
Capital Models - DR & JW 2018-09-23
Capital Models - Live 29 November 2014
Submotion Orchestra - Alium

It's getting darker in the morning...

Although I was out a little earlier than usual for some chat on the future from the man who designed the new State Pension...

On the way back from that, popped into Fopp and picked up a couple of Alice Coltrane titles - having heard some of her stuff recently and having been suitably impressed - I think, prior to today I only had one track in the collection - now I have 4 LPS...

Then, at lunchtime, at the BHF, took a chance on the Submotion Orchestra, having first sampled them on Youtube via my phone (even though it was only £1.99 - less than a sandwich)...

In the evening, Anne was out at Hearts v Motherwell in the League Cup Quarter Final, the JTs winning 4-2 in the end...

I took the opportunity to record this week's podcast - last week was a nightmare taking up almost half my Saturday - far better to be prepared well in advance of upload...

Mission accomplished..

Today's artwork, "Dark Morning"...

Highlight of the Day : Podcasting...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Some pop ups can be good...

Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
Art Pepper - Smack Up
David Arnold - Shaken And Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project
Take That - Wonderland
Django Django - Marble Skies
Sloth Racket - Triptych
Rhye - Blood
Craig Armstrong - Sun On You
Regal Worm - Pig Views
Various - 100 Hits: 80s Essentials
Various - Unmasked: The Platinum Collection (Deluxe)
Kauan - Kaiho
Eels - The Deconstruction
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood (2017 Remaster)
Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III
Berit Alette - Mienna Arban
Beethoven - Chamber Music For Horns, Winds & Strings
Moby And The Void Pacific Choir - More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse
Mondonville - Titon et l'Aurore
Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Various - The Wire Tapper 29
Händel - Tamerlano (Gardiner)
Enchant - A Blueprint Of The World
Paul Rodgers - Free Spirit [Live]
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Songs Of Freedom
Die Ärzte - Debil
Adams - Maximum Minimalists
Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down
Kadebostany - Monumental
G.S. Schray - Gabriel
Tom Paxton - #6
Lloyd Parks And The Techniques - Trojan Reggae Rarities Box Set
Scott Walker - Scott
McFly - Greatest Hits
Max Nagl Ensemble - Quartier Du Faisan
Frank Zappa - Thing-Fish
Eric Prydz - Pryda
Various - Blaxploitation : The Payback : Volume Three
Various Composers - A Venetian Coronation
The Beatles - 1 (2015 Remix)
Eluvium - Curious Things
Various Composers - Music from Renaissance Portugal
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (Definitive Edition Remaster)
Gabi Delgado - 2
Françoise Hardy - Story 1964-65
Various - Kehakuma
Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold
Dohnányi - Winterreigen, 6 Piano Pieces, 3 Singular Pieces
Gregory Isaacs - Yesterday
Matt Jencik - Weird Times
Donald Byrd - Blackjack
Miles Davis - The Musings of Miles
Taylor Swift - Fearless (Japanese Edition)
The Who - Quadrophenia
Derek And The Dominos - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
Klaus Schulze - X
Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is
Simple Minds - Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
XTC - English Settlement
Marc And The Mambas - Torment And Toreros
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth (Remaster)
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out!
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

Another big playlist today but, to be fair, mostly shuffleplay and one track from each LP...

The view from the office this morning...

The Double LP playlist was amended re taking a few out due to live tracks being included (need to be studio LPs) and one compilation (albeit of previously unreleased material)...

And a few oversights added - how could I have missed "Out of the Blue"?

Late on, "Holby City" took last week's story line even further into the dark...

Today's artwork, "Satellite Dish"...

Highlight of the Day : New music popping up....

Monday, September 24, 2018

A one picture and twin vinyl day...

Capital Models - DR & JW 2018-09-23
James Stein's Locksmith Isidore - After Caroline
The Dear Hunter - All Is As All Should Be
Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three... (1994  Definitive Edition Remaster)
Ranges - The Ascensionist
School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
Various - Chill Out Moods
Hiolly Johnson - Blast
David Gilmour - About Face
Arovane & Porya Hatami - Organism
Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition)
Telemann - Viola Concertos
Bill Spooner - Mall to Mars
Gabi Delgado - 2
Soccer Mommy - Clean
Händel - Alessandro
Mondonville - Titon et l'Aurore
Frank Zappa - 1984-10-12 - Viareggio Italy
Juliette Armanet - Petite Amie (Deluxe)
Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
Françoise Hardy - Alone
Klaus Schulze - Cyborg
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Chicago - Chicago
Focus - In And Out Of Focus
Focus - Focus III
The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses
Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
Richie Havens - Richard P. Havens, 1983
Joni Mitchell - Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Up early and further editing of yesterday's tapes and added to an iPod for on the go listening...

Today was the day of Anne's "long walk" - 3 hours across the Pentlands with chum Teresa and her black lab Mac...

Anne is a lady of few (but, generally, good) pics...

Meanwhile, your correspondent was down in Stockbridge shelling out on more nonsense...

This for 50p, as it gives a shout out to Michael Rother in the credits...

It's actually quite good...

This box for £4, as the interesting outweighed the absolute pish full of synthesised panflutes, of which there's quite a lot...

Used to have this smooth item on LP, although, strangely, not on my list so, must have been beyond 1983...

And I had this previously on CD - it's quite good, in a Frankie kind of way...

Finally, an excellent condition replacement...

...for a not excellent condition ex-library disc...

In the evening, the upcoming reissue of "The Beatles" (White Album) prompted a playlist of double LPs, almost all of which are better IMHO - although I do like the fab four's effort - but a multi disc box set of outtakes of an album that seems already full of out takes?


What we really need re "The Beatles" is the cut down single LP version...

I can't believe the gullibility being relied upon here - no, wait, I can, because it's the world's most over-rated group...

A group I do actually like, despite said continual over-rating...

Anyway, here are the double albums...

Today's artwork, "A Better Replacement"...

On telly, we beat the Paris branch of University of London quite easily, in one of the worst ever episodes of "University Challenge"...

The rest of my evening was taken up with double albums...

As is the way...

Highlight of the Day :  Double LPs...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

From 2.5 to 1.5...

Taylor Swift - Reputation
tide/edit - All My Friends
Uriah Heep - Living The Dream
Capital Models - DR Covers Learning
Capital Models - Live at the Dean
Modern Jazz Quartet - Django
Rhye - Blood
Sparks - Kimono My House
Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Capital Models - DR & JW 2018-09-23

Up reasonably early...

Breakfast at home with visiting wildlife...

Still life...

Peeping duck...

Out to my mum's, where we enjoyed some Joe Loss and his Orchestra, including one of my first ever records, gifted from my dad, "Wheels Cha Cha"/"Latino Cha Cha"...

On out to Roslin for a two and ahlf hour session with drummer Johnny (no pics)...

...bashing through 25 new covers for possible covering by the group...

The 2.5 hours produced 1.5 hours' of recordings...

Back to my mum's with rolls...

Then, on to Anne's mum's for the fortnightly family tea...

Kitty was tired...

...but managed a glimmer of a smile...

I tried to get less serious looking shots than usual... we need to fill up the 2019 calendar for Mary...

Home for the last of "The Bodyguard"...

*Spoilers*  :  A strangely "everything kind of turned out ok" ending...

Today's artwork, "Is This a Red Admiral"...

Hihglight of the Day : Musicking...