Gig Review – Midlake at Halifax Minster

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Sorry. I’m a bit late with this. The gig was last Friday evening, and I was supposed to write it up and post within 24hrs. But first of all I had a bit of a cider hangover (thanks Bruv, Gordon & Ali), which took out Saturday. Then I ended up working all the way up on the Cumbrian coast on Sunday (took me so long to get back I missed the World Cup Final). And finally I got an email from Michael Hann on Monday morning saying that The Graun wouldn’t be using the review even if I sent it! So that kinda took away any sense of urgency I might have had.

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Earworms 14 July 2014

Welcome this week to a very mellow mix. Before you listen, check out Blimpy’s comments on the End of the Week Quiz, which might affect the future of The ‘Spill. Comment if you can spare a moment while you listen to this. In the meantime keep the earworms coming to, we need some more!

Linnea Olsson – All 4 U -  shoey:   Cello Chick series? (probably not).

Carlo Domeniconi (played by John Williams) – Koyunbaba pt 4 – ghe: This wonderful guitar piece was composed by Carlo Domeniconi. He lived in Turkey for ten years and has a Turkish wife. He now lives in Turkey’s second city, Berlin. This is the last part of a suite he composed named after a lovely seaside village near Bodrum, which has a very exotic feel to it, to my ears. Played here by the great John Williams, who turns 75 this year. Enjoy.

Civil Wars – Dust To Dust – tincanman: Such a pretty but biting song. There is a priceless juxtaposition of harmony and biting personal discord between Joy Williams and John Paul White; they’re not really wishing each other well.

Regina Carter – I’m Going Home – goneforeign: tfd’s recent Regina Spektor post coincided with my wife’s coming home from work one day all excited about something she’d been listening to on the car radio, it turned out to be RC”s latest album, Southern Comfort. ‘Do we have that?’ she asked excitedly, ‘Not that one but we have some’, That wasn’t good enough, she was promptly online and within a couple of days we had it. I’m not a huge fan of her singing but I love her instrumental work, here’s my current favorite; ‘I’m going Home’.

Jennifer Warnes – Famous Blue Raincoat – abahachi: I remember, many years ago, being told that this song was the definitive proof that Leonard Cohen was a brilliant song-writer even if he couldn’t sing, but I never got round to listening to it until now. Before I get ostracised completely, I should stress that I love Cohen’s performance – but that doesn’t stop this being wonderful as well.

Kate Rusby – Canaan’s Land – AliM: Wistful, optimistic, delicate and damn catchy. Warning: you will be singing it for days.

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End of the Week Quiz


OK, people. We haven’t had an end of the week quiz for ages and Leavey has done his bit, as have many of you. I feel the ‘Spill is kind of going into a snooze; we are drifting into a “Uhhh… there’s nothing on the ‘Spill and the tumbleweed is drifting across and as much as we love Blimpy and Etc Etc “… maybe it’s the summer. Maybe I’ve had too much wine with my neighbour who is (ahem) very attractive and 20 years younger than me but … hey … sigh … it’s the World Cup and even that is Nil,Nil so he we go …

1) You are allowed one (ONE!) piece of music to take with you to a desert island where you have to stay for six months. What piece of music would you take?

2) What is your best moment, ever, ever, ever? You can include sex but please don’t be graphic. Some of us may be jealous.

3) Give us a song that lifts you up, up, UP!

4) What is you favourite season, and why? I am looking out at an indifferent sunset: personally I like October / Autumn because it’s warm but not too hot/cold; the Autumn colours are to die for and it’s a season of reflection / Mr Kipling cakes.

5) Give us a recipe. Nothing complicated, just something you throw together after the pub and without thinking about it. Anything from bacon and eggs / curry / comfort food / beans on toast. We’re not proud, just hungry.

6) What would you say if you had an invitation to stay in Yorkshire in a small house with a very strange woman and her son: with a good possibility of alcohol and sleeping on the floor (NB this does not commit you to anything).

Cheers and have a good (remains of) the weekend.

I love you all!