Bach

This seemed to fit in with a lot of what we’ve been talking about here on the ‘Spill. It represents (to me) one of humanity’s higher creations, which might help to justify our existence. It’s an example of a piece played on an original instrument, in a wonderfully sensitive performance.
Bach’s patron went to take the waters, and, of course, Bach was required to accompany him. When he returned he found that his wife was not only dead, but also buried. He wrote this. It starts out minor, switches to major at some point, and at around 10 minutes, just before it switches back to minor, a bass line emerges–this moment has been known to make people very weepy.

Truly There Is None Other…Than Holly Golightly!

The record shop was good to me last week – I got Sonic Youth’s “Goo” (where my old copy has gone is a mystery) and “Truly There Is No Other” by Holly Golightly for £4 each. 
Holly Golightly (real name, folks) has been known to knock about with the legends Billy Childish and Jack White and has released about 15 solo albums. 
What I like about Holly is her love of fags and cups of tea, her curiously English voice, her sometimes twisted but always heartfelt lyrics, her love of old blues and 50s rockabilly – that when she recreates the style – sounds really fresh and lovely. 
The record is very varied, and it’s hard to pick a couple of tracks to represent it. It’s very Kinksian, a point that’s made even clearer by the two Ray Davies’ penned songs she covers, but avoids being de-riv. 
(Double Bass on the LP was provided by Sir Bald Diddley, according to the sleeve notes. Nice one Sir Bald!)
 “You Have Yet To Win” is like a stone cold lost classic from the 60s, and “Without You Here” makes me wonder why it’s Duffy at number one. 
Anyways, here’s the tunes, from her 2003 record (I must check and see what she’s up to just now) and if you like them, please buy them

You Have Yet To Win by Holly Golightly
Without You Here by Holly Golightly

Rooms For The Memory

Speaking of rooms and memory, sometimes on RR I think of a song far too late for it to be considered in the list. Oh well. Here’s Michael Hutchence doing “Rooms For The Memory” as taken from the finale of the best rock n roll movie ever made “Dogs In Space”. Evicted from the house, the fun times that were had in those rooms are over, and Anna is dead to boot.

Rooms

Here be my room-y playlist, headed by a particularly fine effort from Lambchop. Credit to 2Jokers for nominating the second Kid Loco song, and making me think of the first. I should also point out that there may or may not be a monster at the end of Poe’s 5 1/2 Minute Hallway – though you’d have to read House of Leaves, the book that inspired it, to find out… The last two are kind of cheats – Your Ghost is already in the A-Z but it’s such a great track I included it anyway. And the last one is bedroom related (and barely even that) but I’ll happily take the most tenuous of excuses to post a Laura Veirs song.

Hit me with music

Sorry about the picture, it was ready to load and fit the goose theme. I’m just practicing uploading to imeem, but I was also thinking about what TFD said earlier. “Hit me with music cause when it hits I feel no pain” was graffitied on a train bridge where I lived when I was younger, and it resonated with me. So here’s the song it came from…

Talking of rooms, thank God none of us have had to endure the appalling ordeal of Elisabeth Fritzl and her children.

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s people like Josef Fritzl, people who knowingly destroy the lives of other for their own gratification in one way or another. Unfortunately, there are all too many of them, and far too many of them in positions of power.

As I’ve got older, hopes of celebration of a life well lived and much enjoyed have been gradually replaced by despair as I look at the state the world has come to. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

Right, thats my cathartic post over. For sanity’s sake, it’s back to the music. A sanctuary or a bolthole? Whatever gets me through the night, I’ll take it.

THE MIGHTY MAC.


We’ve never spoken of computers here except in passing, today Apple released the latest model in their iMac series, I just spent a few minutes at their online site looking at the specs and then I knocked of an email to another Mac friend in UK, here’s what I said.

Bill: I just ‘built’ my ideal Mac, just for the fun of it at this stage, I added twin fastest processors, extra memory, bigger H/D, wireless mouse/keyboard, top of the line graphics card, iWork and insurance. With the 24″ monitor it comes out less than I paid for my 512K Mac in 1986, [$2800] in fact it’s less than any Mac I’ve ever bought and it’s hundreds times more powerful. I’m tempted. I don’t think $2500 is a lot for that computer given how much time I spend with it and the enjoyment it gives me: that’s the Education price, retail’s about $250 more.
In addition I’d add Parallels and Darkroom.

Summary

Estimated Ship:
1-3 business days
Free Shipping

Specifications
* 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM – 2x2GB
* NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS w/512MB GDDR3
* 750GB Serial ATA Drive
* Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
* Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) + User’s Guide
* iWork ’08 preinstalled
* Accessory kit
* AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac – Auto-enroll
* SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* 24-inch glossy widescreen LCD
* AirPort Extreme
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Subtotal $2,569.00

Currently my wife and I have 3 macs in daily use plus all my old ones are upstairs, my main one is a G5 with extra memory, graphics, hard disc and a 22″ monitor, there’s also an external 300GB drive. My second is a G4 and my wife uses an eMac. I don’t NEED another but I am tempted. Beyond email and internet I use all mine for music: Sound Studio, Audacity, Wiretap, for photos: Photoshop and Illustrator, Nikon scan 4, Vuescan and iPhoto, for photo and video retrieval from my file system, both Popcorn and Toast get a bit of use and I’ve dabbled with Protools. It’s obviously a sophisticated ‘typewriter’ and built in file system and broadband takes it into an entirely new world

What does everybody else use and think of computers in general and how do you use them?

more rooms for improvement

1 Abdominal twists some cooking tips onto DJ Formats beats RR from samofnewcross

2 Vampire Weekend start in the basement

3 Shout Out Louds (not as Curetastic as some other tracks on the CD)

4 Julia Stones idiosyncratic croaks

5 Dogs Die in Hot Cars do their Dexys impression.

6 Loudon Wainwright III turns on the tap..there’s cold and hot..walks out the door doesn’t get shot.

Out from the ranks so blue…. Rolf’s finest hour

Well I did promise. And it brings a tear to Maddy’s eye as well. I love old archive photos so I was very pleased to discover this lovely photo montage on Youtube which perfectly accompanies this towering work of story telling in song. What a twist, eh? I just hope to God this isn’t post N° 500…