Festive ‘Spill 2010 – The Threeplay

‘Tis about that time so let’s launch Festive ‘Spill 2010. Continuing the tradition established by the late, great John Peel, when we sort out our fave tunes of the year to listen to over the festive season.

Quick reminder of how to play The ‘Spill version:

– Each ‘Spiller (or RR lurker) can nominate 3 songs.

– Songs should be new releases from 2010 (or late 2009). If you don’t have any faves from this year, you may pick 3 tunes that you think are fitting for the occasion. Please be clear which pick is which (#3,#2 or #1), as we playlist everyone’s choices countdown stylee, a few days before Christmas.

– Send your nominations to shoemail@earthlink.net. Your e-mail should contain URL links to actual mp3′s (You can use your private folder in Dropbox; Don’t use the RR folder as this will spoil the surprise.). Please leave the files there until you get a confirmation from me that I’ve got them. If you are fearful or inadequate with the technology, just send me a list of picks and I’ll see what the elves can do.

– Nominations are on a first come, first served basis. So vote early. If one of your picks is taken, I will e-mail you back so you can make another one.

– Now that we’ve done this twice before, it is now an official ‘Spill tradition. Please take part if you can.


‘old time’ tracks that I might have nominated before:
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/argue/10%20Meet%20Me%20At%20The%20Shooting%20Range.mp3, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/argue/10%20Need%20To%20Shout.mp3, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/argue/08%20The%20Warning.mp3, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/argue/09%20Cease%20And%20Desist.mp3, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/argue/08%20Fight.mp3, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/argue/02%20I%20Don%27t%20Have%20To%20Stand%20Here%20With%20Y.mp3%5D1 Meet Me At The Shooting Range Ballboy 2002
2 Need To Shout Architecture In Helsinki 2005
3 The Warning Hot Chip 2006
4 Cease And Desist Brakes 2006
5 Fight Art Brut 2005
6 I Don’t Have Time To Stand Here With You Fighting About The Size Of My Dick Ballboy 2004

after the jump a few tracks from 2010 – really wouldn’t bet my life on them being strictly on theme – reasons for arguing/ disagreements and a bit of a tiff maybe.. but a proper full blown argument on vinyl- not really.
just thought a playlist from this year keeps me from repeating myself – do hope you enjoy.
if you fancy some more there is an argue BOX down the side of the sane asylum
that really completes my self indulgence.

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I Am Kloot in a church – I am going: rejoice!

Just over a year ago, I had to choose between the RR Northern Social in Leeds, or a gig by The Unthanks at Halifax Parish Church (now Halifax Minster). Whilst I’m glad I decided to go to The Pack Horse for a fine evening of drinking and chat, I did retain a touch of regret that I’d missed a rare chance to hear some modern music in a very different gig environment.

Well, WOO-HOO! I’m going there now in January. Sneaking a second advance pass from DarceysMam in the same month, by the underhand ruse of me and DarceysUncle buying each other a ticket for our respective birthdays before Christmas, I will be spending the evening of Friday 21st January 2011 finally getting to see I Am Kloot.

Tickets still available: anyone?

Here We Go Again


I just realised that this record is almost 20 years old. Staggering. Was it really twenty years ago that the band I was then an enthusiastic part of released this as a single? Most of us had already been playing in bands for more than ten years by the time of its release. We felt like veterans. Seems funny now.

Quite an uncharacteristic song for us – we normally always went for a more ‘classic’ sound, not so poppy. But our manager was ambitious for us, wanted a hit single – so we attempted to oblige. Our overall goal though was to carry on making records that would still sound good 20 years later. We almost got there. Almost.

Great fun it was to make though.

A Touch of Jazz : Mode for Joe – Joe Henderson

I should write a long diatribe about how good this is, but being musically illiterate that is a non-starter, all I want to say is this is Blue Note at its finest provided by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson.
Accompanying Joe are such BN heavyweights as Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (Trombone), Bobby Hutcherson (Vibes), Cedar Walton (Piano), Ron Carter (Double Bass) & Joe Chambers (Drums).
Recorded in 1966, this is straight ahead groovy jazz, with everyone putting in stellar performances. From ‘A Shade Of Jade’ to ‘Free Wheelin”, there is not a duff track on this album.
Have a listen whilst admiring the fab Reid Miles cover …