Monday, September 30, 2019

German trip being gradually written up but scroll past this for the latest, possibly less interesting updates...

As of 3 September, I have just written up the sixth day of the German trip and moved it to the top half of the entries below - I am now half way through - only ten and a half weeks since we came home!

Six days done..

12 June - Better late than never (Edinburgh/Seligenstadt)... Completed
14 June - Into the arena (Erfurt)...Completed
15 June - Heading east (Erfurt/Leipzig)... Completed
16 June - The art of the fugue (Leipzig)... Completed
17 June - Monumental and monumentally stupid (Leipzig)... Completed

Six days still to do...

Pics are up for those days and scintillating text will be added as soon as I can get round to it - so do pop back for the updates...

18 June - Heading further east (Leipzig/Dresden)... Playlist and pics only
19 June - To the environs and back again (Dresden/Meissen/Moritzburg)... Playlist and pics only
20 June - To the top and back again, twice (Dresden/Pirna)... Playlist and pics only
21 June (Dresden/Chemnitz/Hof/Furth) - Playlist only and pics only
22 June (Furth/Nuremberg) - Playlist only and pics only
23 June - (Furth/Seligenstadt/Edinburgh) - That's this one - Map, Playlist and pics only...

It's a long laborious task this keeping a diary nonsense...


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Riling the prog lovers...

Playlist
Rheostatics - Here Come The Wolves
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That`s What I`m Not (Limited Edition)
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
Antony & The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
Taylor Swift - 1989 (Deluxe)
Beyoncé - LEMONADE
David Bowie - Blackstar
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Lady Gaga - The Fame
John Grant - Queen Of Denmark
Beyoncé - Beyoncé (Platinum Edition)
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Sly & the Family Stone - Fresh
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (RM)
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
King Crimson - Starless And Bible Black [4oth Anniversary]
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Chris Squire - Fish Out Of Water
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
Sparks - Kimono My House
Hawkwind - Hall Of The Mountain Grill
Paul McCartney & Wings - Venus And Mars
David Bowie - Young Americans
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Deep Purple - Machine Head 
Miles Davis - Agharta
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (Live / Deluxe Version)
Alice Cooper - The Breadcrumbs EP
Various Artists - From The Velvets To The Voidoids
Suzi Quatro - Rough & Tough
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - Rev Up!!
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
King Crimson - 50th Anniversary
Miles Davis - Fillmore West Auditorium, San Francisco, 15 October 1970
The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy - Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury
The Utopia Strong - The Utopia Strong
Angel Olsson - All Mirrors - A Collection
Lifesigns - Lifesigns
Miles Davis - Tokyo 1973 - Live at Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan, 19 June 1973
Lifesigns - Cardington
Miles Davis - Chicago Jazz Festival, 30 August 1990

As ever, up at the crack of dawn...


And podcast uploaded and published...


..helped by Luna the Black and White Cat...


I was baited on the Twitter by a response to the just published Guardian Top 100 LPs of the 21st Century, bemoaning the total lack of metal and prog albums and calling the list safe...

My view on that was uh oh, I had 21 of the 100, and the reason there's no "prog" on there, is that it's a quintessentially backwards looking genre, which, by definition, does not drive music forwards and so is largely irrelevant...

I noted though that there are plenty of albums on the list which have been influenced by the "original 70's prog" but, unlike what passes for "prog" today, they are not mere pastiches of what's gone before...

Of course it's all subjective - I do actually think there have been some good "traditionally prog" albums released in the last 20 years but they do tend to hark back to better albums from the past...

That in itself isn't a bad thing, from the point of view of giving people who like 70's prog something different to listen to and enjoy when they get fed up hearing the same old prog LPs over and over again...

But it's not "important" in the big scheme of things as regards driving music forwards...

That's my two cents worth...

Anyway, here are the twenty one of the Guardian's 100 which I have...


Of these, I find the three Kendrick Lamar albums just plain boring in the main, due, not to the rapping and lyrics, which are actually the most interesting parts but to the music itself...

The two Beyonces are not a patch on Lana Del Rey or Taylor Swift...

And I have no time for Joanna Newsom's stupid childlike voice...

So some of these albums were obviously downloaded on a whim...

I didn't used to like the Artic Monkeys or Anthony and the Johnsons but now I do...

In all, I reckon maybe nine of these might make my own Top 100 of the last 20 years...

i.e.
Radiohead x 2
Bon Iver
LCD Soundsystem
John Grant
Fiona Apple
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift
David Bowie

Anyway, that's enough waffle...

At 10:15 out to pick up Dr Prog...


Good tales of his recent trip to London with brother Johnny - drummer in the band and to whose house I will venture tomorrow for our latest get together, music wise...

The brothers saw the 80's prog band IQ unveil their new double CD which the Doc reckons is a  stonewall classic...

I told the doc of my reaction to the reaction to the Guardian's list this morning - he did not agree but took my railing against modern prog reasonably well...

There is no doubting the musical prowess of these players, however, their ideas are, in the main, backwards looking, attempting to create a bygone age...

I also rose to the Doc's bait re vinyl supposedly shortly outselling CDs - which was a headline this week in Rolling Stone but the article itself showed that this is only because idiots pay £25 for an LP when the CD is a fiver (and sounds better)...

So while revenue may be better - units sold-wise, CDs still far outperform vinyl (and sound better)...

Dr Prog, of course, saw the headline but did not read the article...

And thus, fake news is disseminated...

Anyway, a trip to Fopp ensued and some purchases were made by your correspondent before the Doc headed off to Edinburgh Park by train to buy an umbrella (don't ask)......

I acquired the remastered version of Tangerine Dream's "Ricochet", complete with remixes of both tracks by Steven Wilson...


...and the new Lana Del Rey LP, which has a resplendent melancholy which very much appeals to me...


At almost exactly the same time, Creeker Stu Cobley was buying the self same album in Fopp in Glasgow - and getting a free poster - which, although slightly galling, would merely have cluttered up Crispycat Towers even more than it already is...

Lan Del Rey is, for me, slightly more arty and world weary than Taylor Swift...

Then, three, basically, bootleg CDs of concerts by Miles Davis...

San Francisco 1970...


Tokyo 1973...


...and Chicago 1990, ironically, slightly the worst sounding of the three discs, given it's the most recent of the concerts, recorded just a year before his death - but his playing is as sharp as ever...


Overall, other than some distortion on Miles' trumpet on the Chicago set, the sound quality on all three is excellent - all having been sourced from FM radio broadcasts...

As regards the work on the house, which may be concluded on Monday (we'll see), some not exactly flattering shower based self portraits were accidentally created whilst trying to capture images of things that may need sorted...



And so, this afternoon, while Anne was out watching Hearts lose yet again (3-2 at home to Motherwell - Hearts now bottom of the league with just 2 points from five games - Queens got their first league win of the season, 1-0 at home to Morton), I was listening to the new acquisitions, along with other new to me downloaded music...

This included the brand new Alice Cooper EP, which rocks but, it seems, will not be available on CD...

And some other stuff, mostly on the recommendation of Twitterchums, including music by Snooker Champion Steve Davis' band, The Utopia Strong, new to me songstress Angel Olsson, prog band Lifesigns and early Hip Hop act, The Heroes of Hiphopcrisy, the last re my earlier in the day criticism of the music of Kendrick Lamar...

The lead up to this year's "Strictly" was enjoyed, accompanied by a tasty pasta bake from Anne - back in the cooking driving seat after last night's fish based effort from me...

OK that's enough, lights out...

Highlight of the Day : A meet with Dr Prog and new music by the bucketload...

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cooking and a new guest cat...

Playlist
Klaus Schulze - Timewind
Various Artists - Re:works Piano
Iskandar Widjaja - Mercy
DDHR - Possibility Soundtracks Vol 2
Sombre Reptiles - French Leave
DDHR - It Can Only Get Better
Various Composers - Musik In Deutschland 1950-2000: Musik Für Film Und Fernsehen 1950-2000
Sombre Reptiles - Terra Nostra
The Upsetters - The Upsetter
Corb Lund - Counterfeit Blues
Nina Simone - The Very Best Of Nina Simone
Françoise Hardy - L'Amitié
Satie - Piano Music
Anthéne - Divisions
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Tartini - Trios and Sonatas
Various Composers - Vivarte 60CD Collection
DDHR - Treatment and Design
DDHR & Keith Apter - Possibility Soundtracks
Sombre Reptiles - Souvenirs of Pop
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Various Composers - Musik In Deutschland 1950-2000: Solo Und Klavier 1945-1970
Bartók - String Quartets (Alban Berg Quartet)
Peter Hill - Schoenberg; Berg; Webern: Piano Music
David Bowie - The Best of Bowie (K-Tel)
Rush - Snakes & Arrows
Various Composers - 19th Century Masterpieces
Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Spock's Beard - Snow
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Menuhin)
Elbow - Cast Of Thousands

Up...


...and, under these skies...


...three classical podcasts recorded for future publication - I am way behind on these...

Work too on compiling the tracklistings for a further 16 or so still to be recorded to get things up to date...

All of which was more enjoyable than it sounds...

Also further work done on the files for the German project...

The joiner arrived and did some very quick work - in fact an even better job than two days ago, the plumber's error having allowed Anne to rethink certain aspects of the job, in her capacity as project manager of the project while your correspondent stands at his computer making up stupid lists...

And other stupid stuff...

Such as sourcing all the tracks for yesterday's non CD CD package from the internet, downloading said tracks and burning them to a CD to be housed in the sleeve which he was allowed to retain despite having been reimbursed in full for his outlay...

Result...


This is a very good album...

As is this, which was played and photographed to (stupidly) garner likes on the Twitter due to the hashtag "#Vinyl"...


As the record was coming to an end, Anne came into the room and asked if I'd just put the turntable there...

It's been there for 10 days...

Lynn arrived with some very tasty indeed home baking...


Here are the ladies, behind yesterday's used pic of a new CD, which was actually taken today...

They are thinking about something or other - probably why I take pictures of CDs...


Work continued in the bathroom and, by around four, the new shower was in place and will be ready for use tomorrow...

Hallelujah...

I started to prep tonight's tea - fillets of fish on a bed of roasted vegetables...




...but, before that, a new wee visitor arrived...

Chum Gillian and her husband Olly are off to the USA for just over two weeks and, back in March, on a drunken night out, I agreed that we would look after her cat, Luna...

Here she is...


then a visit from new neighbours to have a look at our front door to see if they might like a similar one...

And so, with Luna arrived and bon voyage having been said to her parents and neighbourly visitors, it was into the kitchen for Mr CBQ...


Potatoes boiled, onions sauteed, other items prepped...



Potatoes in...


...onions, courgette, tomatoes and fish fillets added...


...lemon and fish stock added and into the oven for 20 minutes...


Timing the veg was probably the most stressful part...


The results were passable, surprisingly edible (given I'd cooked it) but perhaps lacking in some not in the actual recipe spiciness, which might have been applied in an Executive Producer stylee - if only I had the culinary nous of the Exec Producer that is...


Not to worry...

Next time...

Meanwhile, Luna was settling in nicely...

She does have an alarmingly startled look about her sometimes though...



She's seems a delight compared to other mischievous cats who have recently holidayed with us - well, not so much the quiet and unassuming Mia but that loveable rascal, the Nico monkey...


Luna helped me record tomorrow's podcast...



..and offered to join the band on keyboards...


...before just settling on looking out the window...


Podcast finished off and prepped for tomorrow...

Some listening and off to bed...

And the antibiotics and cream seem to be working re what was quite a worryingly inflamed leg just a few days ago...

Which is good...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Cooking and a new guest cat...

Thursday, September 12, 2019

One thing can be worse than another but both can be resolved...

Playlist
Genesis - Trespass
Golden Earring - Moontan (UK Version)
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Santana - Abraxas
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Soft Machine - Third
Roy Wood - Boulders
Paul Simon - Paul Simon
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Hawkwind - Hall Of The Mountain Grill
The Doors - L. A. Woman
Roxy Music - Roxy Music
Yes - Close To The Edge
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Mick Ronson - Slaughter On 10th Avenue
Deep Purple - Machine Head 
Yes - Time And A Word
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Emerson Lake and Palmer
Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
King Crimson - Red
Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo
Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting
The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones No. 2
Grachan Moncur III - Some Other Stuff
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Jackie McLean - It's Time
Joe Henderson - In 'N Out
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Free for All
Wayne Shorter - Juju
Françoise Hardy - L'Amitié
Miles Davis - E.S.P.
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Various Composers - Requiem
Judy Collins - Wildflowers
Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence
The Hollies - For Certain Because...
Al Stewart - Zero She Flies
The Doors - The Doors
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Various Composers - Col Legno Sampler
Various Artists - Re:Works
Various Artists - Re:works Piano

Once again up early...



...and more "work" on the stupid LP a month list...

Because it's actually quite enjoyable doing that...

Late morning, some CDs arrived...

There was this one by Indonesian violinist Iskandar Widjaja - which contained two booklets...


...but...


...unfortunately, no sign of a CD...


A refund was swiftly awarded - and I get to keep the cover and the booklets...

All three of the other arrivals were listened to and enjoyed...

This collection of tuneless contemporary music on the Col Legno label - top notch...


...and these two from Decca Classical, of electronic remixes of classics from their catalogue...


...a little hit and miss here and there though, mainly down to predictable clunky beats...


As regards the work on the house, a disaster re the shower as the pipes behind the newly installed by the joiner yesterday cladding got knicked while the shower apparatus was being refitted - meaning it all had to come down...

The joiner will return tomorrow...

The view from the office this evening, soundtracked by my fave monthly LPs over the years...


...as I ventured forth to maintain my fitness...

But not at a gym...

That would be boring...

Back home for some tasty tea, a little telly and more music..

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : New, tuneless music and more lists...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Everybody loves a list, pt 479...

Playlist
Various Composers - The World of Your Hundred Best Tunes - The Top Ten
DDHR - Basso Profundo
DDHR - 12
DDHR - Deceptive Conception
Sombre Reptiles - Love/War/Travel/Etc
Sombre Reptiles - The Value of Games
DDHR - Treatment and Design
Various Composers - 20th Century Classics 1
Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan
DDHR - AMF
Sombre Reptiles - For You
The Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly
DDHR & Keith Apter - Possibility Soundtracks
DDHR - And the World Turns On
Sombre Reptiles - Palace of Truth
Richter - Solo Piano Music
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
Fennesz/Sakamto - Cendre
The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine
Paul Simon - Paul Simon
Neil Young - Harvest
Deep Purple - Machine Head 
Lou Reed - Lou Reed (RM)
Weather Report - I Sing The Body Electric
Alice Cooper - School's Out
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Trilogy
Genesis - Foxtrot
Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido
Gentle Giant - Octopus
Chicago - Chicago III
Yes - The Yes Album
The Doors - L.A. Woman
Weather Report - Weather Report (1971)
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Isaac Hayes - Shaft
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
T Rex - Electric Warrior (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Alice Cooper - Killer
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Electric Light Orchestra - ELO 2
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Sly & the Family Stone - Fresh
Golden Earring - Moontan (European Edition)
Roy Wood - Boulders
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Fripp & Eno - (No Pussyfooting) (Definitive Edition)
Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans
Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets (RM)
King Crimson - Starless And Bible Black [4oth Anniversary]
Focus - Hamburger Concerto
Sparks - Kimono My House
Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo
Bryan Ferry - Another Time, Another Place
Santana - Abraxas
Yes - Close To The Edge
Takemitsu - Complete Solo Guitar Works
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Hawkwind - Hall Of The Mountain Grill

The view from the office this morning...

Back...


Front...


Today, joinery work was undertaken - these the before shots - I forgot to take the after ones...


Uh oh - no toilet today...


I crossed my legs and continued with the tape project, sampling around a dozen of the 42 (count 'em) albums involved...

A text last night from sister Sheila advised mum had had a fall (but was ok) so I popped to see her...

Apart from sore shoulders from the men who came getting her off the floor, she was fine...


In the evening, we watched the second episode of "The Capture" which is now becoming very good indeed...

I started a new listing project too - an album a month re their release dates - initially for 1972 before moving on to 1971, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1965, 1966, 1967...

These LPs having soundtracked the day post having almost finished work on the tapes...

I still expect this to be called off once the record company hears them all but they already have some and seem to be very interested so let's see...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Making some new lists...