Wednesday, October 28, 2020

No need for morpheus...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik (8CD Box Set)
Ronnie Laws - Harvest For the World
Fareed Haque - Deja Vu
Charlie Hunter Quartet - Natty Dread
George Howard - There's A Riot Goin' On
Bob Belden - Tapestry
Everette Harp - What's Going On
Jakko M. Jakszyk - Secrets & Lies
The Velvet Underground - The Best Of The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed

Up early and a day spent WFH but also listening to the, currently, 7CDs of the proposed 8CD "Sparklemusik" set... 


Scenes...





Breakfast...


Discussions with Edward Spark on various items...

The upshot is, he will, as well as working on remixes for the 8th CD, cook up a version of the song "The Traffic in the Distance" which was written up North last summer but has never been fully recorded other than with vocal and acoustic guitar...

He is also going to work on some acoustic drum tracks for possible future use...

At lunchtime "The Tick" continued...

In the evening, an interesting documentary on the fall of the Berlin Wall was fallen asleep to - the early mornings and late nights taking their toll...

So much so that I was able to retire with nothing in the cans...

Highlight of the Day : Progressing...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Getting the new LP organised...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Glen Orchy 24 & 25 August 2019
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentyseventeen
Cloudland Blue Quartet - No Last Tilt [Single]
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Break the Ice Around Us
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Underground Like Doug McLure [Single]
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2019-12-01
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fly Across the World
Cloudland Blue Quartet - SXTY (Latest Mix)
John Martyn - Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology
Kelly Clarkson - My December
David Finckel, Wu Han - The Art of the Cello (BBC Music)
CB3 - Aeons
Nita Strauss - Controlled Chaos
Paul McCartney - Give My Regards to Broad Street
Beasto Blanco - We Are
Tommy Henriksen - StarStruck
Ryan Roxie - Me Generation
Laura Pausini - Io Si (Seen) [Single]
Marcin Dylla - Polish Guitar Music
Various Artists - Supa Funky
Various Artists - Instant Karma
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Various Artists - Motown Sings The Beatles
Maciej Meller - Zenith
Flying Colors - Third Stage: Live In London
Big Big Train - Summer's Lease
Colin Bass & Daniel Biro - Still
I Hear Sirens - Stella Mori
Mariana Semkina - Sleepwalking
Metallica - S&M2
Jon Gomm - The Faintest Idea
Airbag - A Day At The Beach
John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
Tears For Fears - The Seeds Of Love - Super Deluxe
Jakko M. Jakszyk - Secrets & Lies
Yes - The Royal Affair Tour
Derek Sherinian - The Phoenix
Gazpacho - Fireworker
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Attic Jams 2020
Various Artists - Blue Note Re:Imagined
Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington - Dinner Party
Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep
Die Ärzte - Hell
Schwefelgelb - Der Puls Durch Die Schläfen
Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King
BlackPink - The Album
Jónsi - Shiver
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik (8CD Box Set)
Richie Havens - Richard P. Havens, 1983
Earthworks - Earthworks Underground Orchestra
De Visée - La Musique De La Chambre Du Roi Vol 3
Ayreon - Transitus
Dar Williams - Emerald
Fareed Haque - Deja Vu
Charlie Hunter Quartet - Natty Dread
George Howard - There's A Riot Goin' On
Bob Belden - Tapestry
Everette Harp - What's Going On
Ronnie Laws - Harvest For the World

Up...


Coffee...


Twitterati horrified that I would use the microwave - but, sometimes, needs must...

The beast was listening to its new LP on the cans...


...under the morning skies...







Work today on exactly how this is going to pan out....

By the time I hit the sack, I had an 8CD box set - with the 8th disc comprising yet to be done Edward Spark remixes - and an agreed release date with Sparky of "early" 2021...


The format will be

CD 1 - The Original Album (12 Tracks) 53:55

CD 2 - Instrumental Versions (12 Tracks) 79:48

CD 3 - "Live" Version (10 Tracks) 73:44 - this will be an early set with guitar soundscapes, synths and bass guitar and singing, all done live to early BTs - so won't include all the songs, as some didn't exist at that point...

CD 4 - Long Version (12 Tracks) 72:41 - the songs as they were, before I remixed them in the summer, for what will now be the "original album"...

CD 5 - Live Edit Version (12 Tracks) 40:32 - this is the set I created to play at Club Nitty Gritty in October last year, which I ended up not being able to do...

CD 6 & 7 - Origins and the Ones That Got Away (26 Tracks) 134:05 - early demos, initial recordings plus, I think 3 or 4 pieces that didn't make it - these will include "Fly Across the World", which became "Wonderful Out Here" and a couple of band versions of "Underground Like Doug McClure" by Capital Models, when we were thinking of playing a set of CBQ songs at Club Nitty Gritty in January (we ended up doing a - very good - covers set). Most likley the 2 discs will be split between my original demos and recordings and initial Edward Spark work in progress stuff...

CD 8 - The Edward Spark Remixes (Tracks TBC) Timing TBC - Mr Spark has commenced work - let's see what happens...


Later, re the Twitter meme - "How it started; how it's going" - my first CD (which also meant having to buy a CD player)...

How it started...


How it's going...




Hmmm...

Also...

How it started...


How it's going...


Not changed that much - or, at least, it seems I may have reverted to type in my old age...

At lunchtime, we moved into the 2nd season of "The Tick"...

WFH was, late on, permeated by lovely aromas from the kitchen...

A very tasty curry from the EP...




Eschewing TV tonight, I listened to this by Earthworks...


...and the Random LP of the Day by Richie Havens - originally bought for Meg the Black Cat's mum Julia - but she was quite happy with a CD burn and left me the record...





Ended the day with a run through the 45 tracks for the weekend's podcast and downloading some previously unknown to me Blue Note titles...

A set of 6 cover LPs...

Nice...

To bed with those shuffling in the cans...

Highlight of the Day : Getting the new LP organised...

Monday, October 26, 2020

Sparkling, kind of...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen Live V6 (2019-12-22)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - We Drove (2019 Edward Spark Reconstruction)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Cloudland Blue Quartet - SXTY (Latest Mix)
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fly Across the World
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Underground Like Doug McClure
Die Ärzte - Hell
Yes - The Royal Affair Tour
Various Artists - Blue Note Re:Imagined
Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington - Dinner Party
BlackPink - The Album
Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King
Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep
Schwefelgelb - Der Puls Durch Die Schläfen
Colin Bass & Daniel Biro - Still
I Hear Sirens - Stella Mori
John Martyn - Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology
Kelly Clarkson - My December
David Finckel, Wu Han - The Art of the Cello (BBC Music)
CB3 - Aeons
Nita Strauss - Controlled Chaos
Paul McCartney - Give My Regards to Broad Street
Beasto Blanco - We Are
Tommy Henriksen - StarStruck
Ryan Roxie - Me Generation
Laura Pausini - Io Si (Seen) [Single]
Marcin Dylla - Polish Guitar Music
Various Artists - Supa Funky
Various Artists - Instant Karma
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Various Artists - Motown Sings The Beatles
Maciej Meller - Zenith
Ayreon T ransitus
Flying Colors - Third Stage: Live In London
Big Big Train - Summer's Lease
Mariana Semkina - Sleepwalking
Metallica - S&M2
Various Artists - The Old Grey Whistle Test - Jetboys and Ladytrons
Joe Bonamassa - A New Day Now (20th Anniversary Edition)
Djabe - The Magic Stag
The Backstage - Isolation
Neil Young - Homegrown
Lonely Robot - Feelings Are Good (Bonus Tracks Edition)
Jon Gomm - The Faintest Idea
Airbag - A Day At The Beach
John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
Tears For Fears - The Seeds Of Love - Super Deluxe
Derek Sherinian - The Phoenix
Gazpacho - Fireworker
Jakko M. Jakszyk - Secrets & Lies

After three days off, back to WFH...

Before that though, up early...


Scenes...




Spurred on by some chat with producer Edward Spark, looking to try and finalise the big, digital, (and so, vitual) "box set" that will be "Sparklemusik"...

The potential content runs to 48 hours!


At lunch time, the first season of "The Tick" was finished off...

All in all, faced by the stiff competition of "Chuck", "Stargirl", "After Life" and "Schitt's Creek", it didn't really come up to the standards...

Another tasty tea pulled out of the ether by the EP this evening, with Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry...


A reasonably poor show on "University Challenge" - failing to breach the 100 mark...

Late on, some compiling and listening to 45 new acquisitions which I'm hoping to feature in this week's podcast...

And sending acapella vocal tracks to Edward Spark as he contemplates yet another mix of "Sparklemusik"...

Full circle...

Lights out with it on the cans again...

Highlight of the Day : Organising the next release...

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hell can be a good thing...

Playlist
Rheostatics - Best of Rheostatics
Paul McCartney - Pure McCartney
Jellyfish - Best!
Kansas - Ultimate Kansas
Various Artists - Instant Karma
Tommy Henriksen - StarStruck
Various Artists - The Old Grey Whistle Test - Jetboys and Ladytrons
Capital Models - Live at Club Nitty Gritty
Capital Models - Kind of Live at Club Nitty Gritty
John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin - Neue Meister Live in Berlin
Brian Eno - ENOBOX I / Instrumental
Maciej Meller - Zenith
Ayreon - Transitus
Flying Colors - Third Stage: Live In London
Big Big Train - Summer's Lease
Die Ärzte - Hell
Die Ärzte - Auch
Die Ärzte - Die Ärzte früher
Dio - Master Of The Moon
DJ Hell - Teufelswerk (CD)

Sunday once more...


The overnight plays had been from the "Best ofs" iPod Touch...

Out to Sainsbury for shopping for my mum and for us...

An extra hour provided for this by the clocks having gone back in the night...

Mind you, I thought they'd gone forward...

Breakfast upon our return home...

Finishing off the sausages, this time with onions and chili sauce...



A new German thing on the Tivo while we brunched, "The Same Sky"...

Promising...

Later, while Anne tended the garden, a run through the set from our gig in January, with the boys, on tape, in the attic...

Enjoyable...

Good to play those Eno songs again...

Then, out to my mum's...

Doing ok, despite being stuck in the house still and on yet another course of antibiotics re a new toe scenario...


Worst toes in the world - and that's with one of them completely missing!

Home via B&Q re some drain unblocking concoction...

Some new music in the Dropbox from Prog Rock Willie added to the collection (reciprocated with two Eno boxes) - a trawl too through October releases...

And so, over the last week or so, all these have entered the collection...




Meanwhile, Anne was now making some very tasty burgers with all the trimmings...




Yumtastic...

"Roadkill", the second of four, much enjoyed this evening...

Then, the listening to new stuff commenced...

I suspect Die Ärzte's new one, "Hell", is going to be my new release of the month...

Lights our with that in the cans...

Weekend over...

Highlight of the Day : Anne's cooking (again!)...

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Back to the Kingdom...

Playlist
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2020
Japan - Gentlement Take Polaroids
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik
Yello - Point
Various Artists - The Milano Jukeboxes
Lindi Orteha - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Various Artists - Motown Sings the Beatles
Sumner McKane - Hunting For Salamanders

Once again up before 6...


Down for some coffee...



Podcast finished off - I only managed the first 45 minutes last night before the EP called time...

Done and uploaded...

A driech morning...


But...sausages...


Driech...


Sausages!


After breakfast was the short documentary on the making of the final season of "Schitt's Creek" - what a great show that was...

Late morning, we set off for St Andrews - It took just over 54 minutes - I know this as I took the opportunity to subject the EP to the proposed new LP...

She asked if those were all old songs - well they kind of are, I've been working on this album off and on for around 7 years...

Arrival...


...and a walk around...


...taking in the sites...




To chum Raymondo's family business for some bakery based lunch...


...followed by more walking around...



Anne was happy to be out of the house again - although she was in Fife yesterday too...


The castle...


The beach...


The university (to be fair you could probably take a picture of just about any building in the town and it'd have some connection or other to the university, or to golf)...


The university, again...


A nice old shop...


More walking around - in kind of circles and zig-zagging around - in all there are really only around four parallel streets in the old town...

The abbey loomed...





Another church...


A look in some of the many charity shops produced these two for one of your pounds sterling...


Turns out, I have 16 of the 20 tracks on this on another Motown/Beatles compilation...


Oh well...

We found a nice wee designer place, Spoiled Life Store, that served good coffees...



After a further short walk around, we headed for Anstruther, with the intention of some Fish & Chips for tea...

We first stopped off in Crail...


...and took a walk around...





...and down to the harbour...


It was a little stormy...









Goal achieved...






...and then, back to the car - to find Queen of the South had been thrashed at home, 5-2, by Raith Rovers..

The mighty Queens have zero points from two games, having narrowly lost away at Ayr last week...

Oh well...

Anne did not like the fact that Raith's last goal put them above Hearts on goal difference...

A long drive home ensued,...

We didn't stop at Anstruther, or anywhere else, and we did drive past Raith's ground in Kirkcaldy, Starks Park...

And tea was indeed Fish & Chips, secured though from the local Fish & Chippery, Roberto's...

An evening of Anne watching "Strictly" while I listened to the two new CDs and found both to be good, followed...

A long but good day...

Highlight of the Day : A visit to St Andrews...