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(no subject) [Dec. 20th, 2005|01:07 pm]
[mood |like i just stepped off the pavement]
[music |My Name Is Nobody - Ennio Morricone]

right, i'm about to disappear for a fortnight thus losing any LJ access. before i'd go, a list of my Top 20 albums of the year, in alphabetical order. this is because life is too short to try to rate favourites, especially when spread across genre like this is. just a few observations: at some point this year - about march i think - i discovered the joy and convenience of the amazon new&used option, so my album intake has increased and also grown more esoteric because of it. so there's a lot of reissues and older records and less current stuff in my 'bought' pile. and i seem to have weaned myself off generic indie music, mostly thanks to the kaiser chiefs whose 'employment' album resulted in maximum listener apathy. i can understand the appeal, i just can't be bothered to listen to it.

angil – teaser for: matter

annie – anniemal

antony & the johnsons – i am a bird now

boards of canada – the campfire headphase

broadcast – tender buttons

buck65 – secret house against the world

vashti bunyan – lookaftering

kate bush – aerial

caribou – the milk of human kindness

earth – hex; or printing in the infernal method

bill fay group – tomorrow tomorrow and tomorrow

fursaxa – lepidoptera

konono no. 1 – congotronics

lau nau - kuutarha

jamie lidell – multiply

m83 – before the dawn heals us

om – variations on a theme

sufjan stevens – illinois

aoki takamasa & tujiko noriko – 28

alexander tucker – old fog

tunng – mother’s daughter and other songs

the second list is best stuff i bought this year*
(*but wasn't released this year)
virginia astley - from gardens where we feel secure

boredoms - vision creation newsun

vashti bunyan - just another diamond day

mara carlyle - the lovely

current ninety three - soft black stars

bill fay - bill fay & time of the last persecution

margo guryan - take a picture

shelagh mcdonald - let no man steal your thyme

nico - desertshore

terry riley - you're nogood
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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2005|04:16 pm]
[mood |ping pong]
[music |In Canada-B J Snowden-Songs In the Key of Z Volume 1]

been a while. yeah.

i think harbourcoat have managed two gigs, one with rose kemp and the mighty fine SJ Esau (he's got about 10 songs for download on his site - get 'em now!). and, er, four day hombre. no idea if those boys are any good as i left before they played. they sounded pretty bad in the soundcheck so no doubt they will be massive next year. we did actually get reviewed as part of the rose kemp gig – 'quite alt.country' quoth the cumberland news. that's going on the poster!

have been steadily spending non-essential cash on catching up on the old cd stockpile. which is crazy given the little time i have to listen to them at home currently.

we're recording drums for t' new album at the moment. in a frankly bizarre approach to recording a lot of the instruments have already been recorded and i've got to fit the drums somewhere in an existing mix. not entirely happy about this, so i've expressed my disatisfaction (with the result being we won't be doing it this way again).

trying to flesh this out to make my life sound, if not enviable then vaguely interesting. and i don't appear to be succeeding.

carlisle played host to three decent bands last weekend and because i was ill i missed all of them. so i can't even rail against the brickyard for only getting 12 people in to see the heavy blinkers which was a damn shame. if i'd gone admittedly that would have only boosted the numbers to 13 but at least i could have complained from a position of authority rather than hypocrisy.

mind you if the brickyard was a properly run venue it would have had the blinkers on at a reasonable time rather than the 11pm on a sunday night start time that they got. i couldn't even stay up for 'curb your enthusiasm' at half-nine! ooh, i'm a grumpy old man.

such grumpiness leads me to the audiography mix trade i've contributed to. it's not exactly uncle jezza's happy tunes. i've vacillated to the extent that i did do a much more up-tempo mix but i'm not going to send that out. unless i change my mind overnight.
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(no subject) [Nov. 4th, 2005|02:05 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Ghostwriter - RJD2]

you'll laugh til you pee.
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(no subject) [Sep. 14th, 2005|02:03 pm]
[mood |saaaaaaaadie!]
[music |The Old Fat Robin - Lambchop]

caught myself playing the air harp to joanna newsom's 'sadie' today.
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stuff&nonsense [Sep. 1st, 2005|03:03 pm]
[mood |tum-ti-tum]
[music |Paulo - Savath & Savalas]

• hopefully exciting news: kate bush is bringing out a new album!
so long as it's more like 'the dreaming' ("my 'she's gone mad' album" quoth kate) than 'the red shoes' (her "a bit dull" album, says i).

• 'campfire songs' arrived in the post yesterday which in theory at last completes the animal collective's available work to date. just in time for the next album to come out.

• my good friend simon has started a blog too, have a look if you want to see how he spends/wastes his time.

• there's a new new order dvd on the way. and another singles collection. after substance, the best of/rest of, international and the box set (light on stuff you want, heavy on stuff you've got) comes 'singles' on warners. if it's got the original 7" version of temptation i'm interested, otherwise i can safely say, "got 'em all on at least one different format". temptation was the first song that ever made me sit up and take notice, and whilst i have the original 7" (which took a while to track down - i was young and still under the impression that covers had the name of the band and song on the front. or back for that matter).

• it's a new month. time for a cut.

september's here againCollapse )

addendum: sylvian's got a new album out in october! it's as nine horses, recorded with steve jansen and burnt friedman and a bunch of other people. especially exciting: stina nordenstam sings on it too. lordy.
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(no subject) [Aug. 26th, 2005|10:08 am]
[mood |tested]

well, i'm glad i did quite on this being british

Basil Fawlty
Congratulations! You scored 86!
Wow. You are the king! You not only watch british comedy a lot, you recite it, expose your friends and family to it, and probably know more about it than the people that wrote or acted in it. You've got an amazing collection, and are always looking for more. You have given up looking at amazon.com and netflix, you've started ordering stuff from amazon.co.uk and playing it in the region-free PAL<->NTSC DVD player you bought for that purpose. You probably also regularly check the binaries newsgroups to download digitized versions of stuff that isn't even for sale anywhere, and have a huge collection of CDs with that stuff on there.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 90% on lupins
Link: The British Comedy Fanatic Test written by djrussolini on Ok Cupid
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eek! nostalgia [Aug. 24th, 2005|01:51 pm]
[mood |mellowmellow]
[music |Fox's Glacier Minx Meets the Council of Ants, Parts 1 & 2 - Cowpixie Mixie Volume 5]

was going through my Unlabelled Tape Pile, and aside from finding one i made and never sent sinistergiraffe - oops, it'll be in the post friday unless you've moved address recently - i found an almost complete collection of loretta stars recordings which i'd compiled from various sources a while back.

loretta stars were my first proper band, in that we recorded songs, played live and had all our demos returned by uninterested record companies. listening to the songs we recorded, very basically - we stuck a microphone in the room and hoped for the best - they are actually pretty good. i should cringe with embarrasment, as it's ten years ago and long in the past but there was a lot of investment in that band and we wrote good songs.

phil smith and ste tottingham had formed a band and then i joined and 'inspired' them to change tack. i did this several ways - one, the name changed from 'zoophycos' (don't ask) to loretta stars, a mishearing of the pavement song. then after introducing them to scotts 1-4 and saint etienne, we moved from having epics like 'smorgasbord of life' to shorter poppier songs. i wrote most of the lyrics, motivated by an unrequited love that ended badly (she left the country) and going out in carlisle from pretty much the only time.

ste and phil wrote the music, i scribbled words about how rubbish life was and what films i'd seen, we got in dave gardner on the bass, and for about six months we were cooking. we supported a band of an ex-member of all about eve at the richmond and nick banks out of pulp was in the crowd. we were scott walker fronting new order. sort of.

i think we were about 8 years too early for the 80s revival.
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(no subject) [Aug. 23rd, 2005|09:25 am]
[mood |achy (not breaky)]
[music |The Trickster - Radiohead]

sorted out radiohead and björk b-sides over the weekend and last night.

got 51 radiohead tracks off singles - forgot about a couple of remixes i have lying around.

got 155 björk tracks. that's as many as would fit on a cd, in AAC format. top of the remix pile is hyperballad, with 11. 9 apiece for alarm call and violently happy. this is possibly more björk than one person can rationally cope with. include the album version and say, one live version and i can fill an 80 minute disc with just hyperballad!

radiohead album diary
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2005|02:06 pm]
[mood |bitten]
[music |The Cockfighter - Scott Walker]

harbourcoat live - not a triumphant return to the stage, but not a disaster either.

it would have been better if i hadn't dropped my sticks twice. it's a good job we use the words 'ramshackle' and/or 'shambolic' to describe ourselves when we play live. ste was up to his old tricks by the end, not speaking to the crowd and stomping off. in fact he stomped out the source completely about 20 minutes after we finished. he managed to take the wrong guitar with him too, i've no idea if he's swapped them back. i think we'll draw a veil over that and say 'personal issues', although i can't pretend i know what's going on at the moment. marc and i had a chat about it but i think we'll have to let ste make his own mistakes, and hope it doesn't affect the other people involved too much.

we got onto talking about futures plans too so we've booked a return visit for harbourcoat on the 17th september, and Sounds Of The Sunshine Underground kicks off on 1st October. what we're doing, aside from DJ-ing, i don't know.

there's a smell of burnt rubber and black smoke hanging over the estate this morning, a warehouse nearby is burning - apparently not as empty as first reported, it held a quantity of tyres.
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(no subject) [Aug. 17th, 2005|03:55 pm]
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Ullyses - Dead Can Dance]

the sun is shining, the grass is singing.

last night's practise was a good 'un. we nailed the set after swapping two songs around, 'nights of sleep' has picked up much momentum in its new position.

we were rocking but gently (loud for us anyway), when the doorbell went. marc and ste hurried out the back, but it was just a bloke interested in what music we played. "we're not too loud?" asked al to this neighbour "oh no, i was just walking past and saw your microphone" he said.

the obligatory kitchen chat had movement forwards too. decisions were made, which will have no little impact on next year if everything goes well.

the downstairs alarm seems to have been fixed. i have managed two uninterrupted nights sleep, although not actually in the bedroom above the alarm.
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