Thursday, April 08, 2021

Swithering over quartets...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik (2021)
Duke GrayFox - Butterfly Sigh
Roedelius - Selbstportrait IX: Wahre Liebe
Vikingur Olafsson - Johann Sebastian Bach
Hilary Hahn - Paris
Hedwig Mollestad Trio - Ding Dong You're Dead
Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett - Her OST
Krononaut - Krononaut
Konom - Konom
Robert Berry - 3.2 Third Impression
BRUIT ≤ - The Machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
Tomohawk - Tonic Immobility
Rylie Walker - Course in Fable
Edward Spark - 197Four
industrial-1 - abstract
Valgeir Sigurðsson - An Acceptable Loss
U Roy - Dread in a Babylon
Robert Görl - Sexdrops
Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband - Tor & Vale (HD)
Rangzen Quartet - For Feldman
Vikingur Olafsson - Reflections
Slikback - ARATTA
Arti + Mestieri - Giro di valzer domani
Concord String Quartet - Jolas / Hiller
Various Artists - Spirit of Talk Talk
Simulacrum - Genesis
Rohan de Saram - Pfitzner & Meyer Cello Works
Kraftwerk - The Mix (Deutsch) (Remastered)
Pauline Kim Harris - Heroine
Laurie Anderson - Walk the Dog : Live
Graham Parker & The Rumour - The Parkerilla
Peter Baumann - Romance '76
Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk
Various - The Treasure Isle Story
Carter - Late Works
The Kohon Quartet - The Early String Quartet in the USA
The Grays - Ro Sham Bo
Hainbach - Landfill Totems

Up and listening to the new LP...


...with the three reworks from yesterday now included...


...sounding very good...


...if I say so myself...


Most of the rest of the morning soundtracked by the proposed line up for this week's podcast...

Then, this tasty box set of the history of Jamaican reggae - first disc took me to lunch...


In the afternoon, the postie had brought this and it made its way into the CD player...


...while the other two 2CD sets in the series (Early String Quartets of the USA and Quartets from 1900-1950) were downloaded and the physical version swithered over - they currently sit in my basket online ready for me to hit buy but I don't know...

We'll see...

Tonight, some telly, with a new "Midsomer Murders" and, of course, several episodes of "Modern Family" - we finished off season two - so we've now watched 44 of the 250 episodes..

We love it!

Off to bed with my albums of the month 1959-2021 (one track each) on the cans...

I think I was asleep by half way through the second track...

Highlight of the Day : Music listening...

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The nixing of a track by a collaborator can lead to work which produces a better outcome...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Surrender of Barcelona (1934-1937) (EP)
William Fitzsimmons - Goodnight
Edward Spark/Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fallen Remix EP
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik (2021)
Graham Parker & The Rumour - The Parkerilla

Up early again to work on the proposed new tracks before WFH...


Views...




Some slight lyric re-writes re "Crack a Smile" and "The Surrender of Barcelona" (my collaboration with drummer Johnny Weitzen from Capital Models from the end of last year) and remixing etc etc...

Squirrel breakfast...


Later, Fang - he spent a considerable amount of time with us today spread over three separate visits...

Fang I...


Meanwhile - a new running order...


Fang II...




This evening, I sent MP3s of the proposed LP to the collaborators - nice Kitty, re her co-write in 2012 (aged 8) of "Break the Ice Around Us", the aforementioned Johnny and Stu and to Edward Spark re using the beatless version of my remix of his instrumental track "Emperor", for which I wrote and recorded lyrics last month...

No response from Stu or JW but Kitty Whatsapp'd me back showing her listening to her track...

That was nice!

Unfortunately Ed nixed his collaboration, opining it has too much of his own track in it - which he will release later this year and doesn't want to pre-empt that...

So, to work and, after a couple of hours, a brand new version created - his synths being replaced by my own manipulated Frippertronics...

A thumbs up hoped for tomorrow...

He was watching the darts...

Erm...

Meanwhile...

Fang III...



Eventually, he left but not before having gouged a big chunk of flesh out of Anne's hand...

In this pic, she is in the kitchen dressing the wound...


He is Fang!

Highlight of the Day : Musicking...

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Slow down, speed up...

Playlist
BRUIT ≤ - The Machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again
Max Richter - Songs From Before
Concord String Quartet - American String Quartets 1950-1970
Cloudland Blue Quartet - The Surrender of Barcelona (1934-1937) (EP)
Edward Spark/Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fallen Remix EP

Up reasonably early...


Looked like it was going to be a nice day outside...


...which is neither here nor there really as I would be inside...

Paintings from around this time in 1993...


Breakfast, post the downloading of some nice new music...


Can you see the robin?


What about now?


Now?


Thought so...

Anne's hare painting is progressing...


Hmm - a screw fell out the bottom of the laptop...


Lunch...


A visit from Fang...






Tea...


Oh, and listening to the proposed line up for "Sparklemusik" which has remained constant since last June but, today, I decided I wanted to add three collaborations...

I reworked "Crack a Smile", the one from last weekend with with Stu Cobley's guitar - slowing things down and adding new drums (which I'd created a few months ago re a proposed covers album) and then, adding in the vocals from "Super 8", the LP opener, which had to be speeded up (no pitch change though), to fit the tempo...

This is what I do..


Anyway, very pleased with the outcome - although, I think I will take out the "Super 8" vocal from the start and just bring it in at the end...

On telly, "Holby City"....

It's a bit weird right now but we will continue to hang in there...

Highlight of the Day : Music manipulation...

Monday, April 05, 2021

When you win in your head but lose in reality, it can still be OK...

Playlist
Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound Of Music OST: 50th Anniversary
Edward Spark/Cloudland Blue Quartet - Fallen Remix EP
Roedelius - Selbstportrait IX: Wahre Liebe
Vikingur Olafsson - Johann Sebastian Bach
Hilary Hahn - Paris
Hedwig Mollestad Trio - Ding Dong You're Dead
Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett - Her OST
Elephant9 - Arrival of the New Elders
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Iris OST
Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over The Country Club
Nashville Ambient Ensemble - Cerulean
William Doyle - Great Spans of Muddy Time
UNKLE - Rōnin I [Non-Mixed]
Ingrid Michaelson - Stranger Songs
Andrew Heath & Anne Chris Bakker - How To Breathe Like A Stone
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Sparklemusik (8CD Box Set)
Justina Jaruseviciute - Rituals [Single]
Nonconnah - Songs For And About Ghosts
Justina Jaruseviciute - Silhouettes
Francis Theberge - The Burial Of William B.
Francis Theberge - Doom Jazz Variations
Johno Wells - Gotham Child
Frank Horvat - Happiness in a Troubled World
BRUIT ≤ - The Machine is burning and now everyone knows it could happen again
BRUIT ≤ - MONOLITH
Grandaddy - Just Like The Fambly Cat
Terje Rypdal - Vossabrygg, Op.84
Trentemøller - The Last Resort
Larcher - Ixxu
The Church - Uninvited, Like The Clouds
Jakko Jakszyk - The Bruised Romantic Glee Club
The Killers - Sam's Town
Alice Peacock - Who I Am
Sumner McKane - Two If By Sea
loscil - Plume
William Fitzsimmons - Goodnight
Mathilde Santing - Under Your Charms
Neal Morse - Cover To Cover
London Sinfonietta - The Jerwood Series 2: Hayes/ Greenwood/ Fujikura
Acoustic Ladyland - Skinny Grin
Mark Farner - For The People
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime II
Drumheller - Wives
Matthew Friedberger - Winter Women / Holy Ghost Language School
Paul Simon - Surprise
The Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel
Metheny/Mehldau - Metheny Mehldau
Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
Scott Walker - The Drift
Rikard Sjöblom - Cyklonmannen
Jadis - Photoplay
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That`s What I`m Not

Another week starts...


But it's Easter Monday so, WFH-wise, it was slightly less onerous for one day...


Spring was coming/here...


..and, as always, it was time for Kunst und Musik...


..including Anne's new piece, which will eventually become a hare...


Breakfast...


This week in the Twitter poll, it's your top 5 albums from 2006...

So, I compiled my top 100...

To be fair, I barely had 100 - but I still managed not to have to include Amy Winehouse...

There is, however, due to bad tagging, an LP from 1996 in amongst this lot - as spotted by one eagle-eyed Twitter-chum...


Tomorrow, I will publish thee whittled down to 50 collection - which will be 49 once I've excised the cuckoo in the nest (yes it's that Iain Ballamy LP - which I should have realised - as it was surely more than 14 years ago that we saw him in a basement club in Edinburgh and I obtained a signed copy of the CD)...


On Thursday, we'll be down to the top 25...


By Friday only ten will remain...


...and, on Saturday - for everyone who doesn't read this, of course, the top 5 will be revealed...


A quick mention for Sumner McKane's album "Two If By Sea" which made it all the way to the top 5, only for me to discover it was released on 31 December 2005...

At the time, according to this here diary and my end of year list for 2006, my top new albums were these, of which, of those released in 2006, only Joanna Newsom's "Ys", mainly due to her, in hindsight, stupid child-like voice, didn't make today's hundred:-

Alice Peacock - Who I Am
The Church - Uninvited Like the Clouds
David Gilmour - On An Island
The Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel (2CD)
Francoise Hardy - Parentheses
Frost* - Milliontown
Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
Icon (Wetton/Downes) - Icon II Rubicon
Jakko M Jakszyk - The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2CD)
Joanna Newsom - Ys
The Killers - Sam's Town
Mathilde Santing - Under Your Charms
Mogwai - Mr Beast
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental (2CD)
Scissor Sisters - Ta Dah!
Sparks - Hello Young Lovers
Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Tool - 10,000 Days

In addition, these three "New Releases" from my 2006 list, like Mr McKane's album, actually came out in 2005:-

Kino - Picture
OK Go - Oh No
Violet Archers - The End of Part One

Just noticed I also listed my top ten and they were these - with today's results in brackets:-

1 Sparks - Hello Young Lovers (Top 5)
2 The Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel (Top 25)
3 Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard (Top 10)
4 The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity (Released 2005)
5 Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental (Top 5 - replaced Sumner McKane)
6 Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat (Top 5)
7 Wetton/Downes - Icon II Rubicon (Top 50)
8 Muse - Black Holes and Revelations (Top 25)
9 Mathilde Santing - Under Your Charms (Top 25)
10 David Gilmour - On An Island (Top 50)

So includes three of today's top 5, the other 2 were not acquired in 2006 - indeed, loscil only came into the collection in 2019...

And so, over time, musical tastes will change, albeit, it seems, reasonably slightly...

Anyway, a tasty teriyaki based tea...


Anne is top...


...was followed by Queen of the South v Hibernian in the Scottish Cup...

Queens were well on top in the first 30 minutes but couldn't get the goal - and, in the end, Hibs finally got the upper hand and went in 1-0 at half time...

Midway though the second half, there as a good shout for a penalty for QoS, as Dobbie was tripped in the box - but the ref waved play on and, within seconds, Hibs went up the park and slotted home a second on the break...

A few minutes later, with the Doonhamers still fuming, they lost a third...

A good consolation goal came with 5 minutes or so to go, as Maxwell sliced through the Hibernian defence and beat the goalie...

We'd also hit the post right at the end of the first half from a free kick by McCabe.  So, counting the penalty, which would have meant Hibs second wouldn't have happened, we kind of won 3-2...

In reality though, a reversal of this glorious August night back in 2016 when Queens came back from a similar 1-0 down just before half time position to dump Hibs out of the League Cup by 3-1...

That was Dobbie's first game back at the club after his English league adventures, including helping both Swansea and Blackpool win Championship play offs at Wembley...

And the scorer of our 3rd goal that night was Lyndon Dykes, now Scotland's centre forward of choice...

Anyway, after that, the taped final of "University Challenge" as Warwick defeated Magdalene College (or Maudlin College as they like to be called)...

Crispycat University came third with a reasonable 80 points...

Also today, a new discovery, French post rock outfit BRUIT - very much enjoyed...

Lights out....

Highlight of the Day : Queens' goal... 

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Like being back at Uncle Otto's...

Playlist
Schoenberg - Peter Serkin : Schoenberg Klavierwerke
Hainbach Schwebungssummer
Florian Christl - Episodes
Front Line Assembly - Mechanical Soul
Konom - Konom
Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound Of Music OST
Arti + Mestieri - Giro di valzer domani
Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound Of Music OST: 50th Anniversary
Arti + Mestieri - Tilt
Soft Heap - Soft Heap
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Crack a Smile (Single)
Robert Berry - 3.2 Third Impression

Up late...


 ...and making a start on updating this for the last week and a half...

Never a good idea to get behind...

At 9 or so, post breakfast, out shopping with Anne, me for my mum, Anne for us...

Back home, the very sunny day outside made it difficult to capture the two squirrels, large pigeon, robin and blue tit, all of whom were partaking at the feeding station...







Anne's new painting still awaited its start...


A delivery...


A 60’s fave....

Remastered and expanded (like a prog rock album!) for its 50th, back in 2015....

Sounds much better than the free with a paper version I have and which I span on Friday night after watching the film for the first time in decades...

After said spinning, in a sentimental weak moment this was ordered...

The original LP was probably my most listened to record of the 1960’s...

Sales-wise, it seems it did actually eclipse The Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Monkees and Motown... 

Ah the sixties music scene...

It is the subject of much rewriting of history it seems...

To my mum's for lunch, followed by (Decaffeinated) coffee and hot cross buns (tea for Anne of course)...

Back home, I listened to the new arrival whilst reading up on the Austrian Anschluss...


A tasty Sunday tea from Anne - schnitzel - as mentioned in "My Favourite Things" - but with salad rather than noodles...


Later on this evening, following a couple of "Modern Family" episodes and some early evening listening to new stuff downloaded today - new prog and old jazz fusion prog from Italy - whilst getting this right up to date at last (apart form a couple of days still outstanding re last September's Bavarian trip) - the 3rd in "Line of Duty" series 6...

Supergood and back to its best...

Weekend over...

Highlight of the Day : Line of Duty and schnitzel...