Tune of the Week #8

Simple rule for newbies or stragglers – pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

Add Your Tune Here

I never understood the Weak Force, and i never deeply understood the magnetic portion of the Electromagnetic force, although i could fake it by crunching the numbers.  Nevermind the Electroweak.  So while i was delighted when the folks at CERN discovered the Higgs Boson, the particle that gives the other particles their mass,  and preserves the symmetry of the standard model, i can’t say that i really understand it except at the most superficial level.  I’m not convinced that Nick Cave really grasps it either, and i sure don’t grasp what he’s trying to say about the Higgs either, except he doesn’t seem overly excited at the discovery.  But it’s all good, the album is a perfect listen for this grey and quiet day.  Sing the phone book to me.

Best Music Venues Through The UK

There are some great music venues in the UK, and these include, probably some of the best in the world. The United Kingdom has always been renowned for producing great music and musicians, so it is only fitting that many of the venues there are top of the line and ideally suited for performances.

It’s a tough choice to pick out the best venues, there being so many and all with their own styles and features. Certainly, it is also the question of taste. Some people like classical music, others like club nights with all the other genres in between. However, whatever you’re looking for, the UK is the right place for you to enjoy some memorable moments of your life.

So now we’ll take a look at a selection of the best music events, hopefully including something for everyone.

The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall

This list would not be complete without one of the most famous and iconic music venues in the world. The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, in memory of her late husband, Prince Albert. Since then it has played host to most of the world’s leading artists from many different musical genres.

Every year, nearly 400 events are held at the venue, including opera, ballet, classical, rock and pop concerts. Here, you browse through the full list of upcoming events at Royal Albert Hall. There are also awards ceremonies, charity events, banquets and even film screenings which have a live orchestra. So you can enjoy a great time there.

Annually, since 1941, the hall has also hosted the famous Proms Concerts.

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ADIOS AMIGO…

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LEONARD COHEN – LOVER. LOVER, LOVER

JUDY COLLINS –  FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT

LEONARD COHEN –  EVERYBODY KNOWS

JUDY COLLINS — DRESS REHEARSAL RAG

LEONARD COHEN – I’M YOUR MAN

JOHN BOUTTE – HALLELUJAH

SYLVESTER AND THE HOT BAND – HEY, THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY GOODBYE

THE NEVILLE BROTHERS – BIRD ON A WIRE

LEONARD COHEN – THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY GOODBYE

 

If you have a favorite that’s not listed here, grab it from youtube and insert it into comments.

 

 

Trout Mask Replicants

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This was a very bad idea. I should have stopped after The White Album and Blonde On Blonde but I had to try to be clever. It didn’t work. Captain Beefheart’s notoriously difficult/stunningly inspired double album was a step too far.

I couldn’t find a cover version for every song. The ones I could find tended to be by the same small group of people. Plus there is almost certainly a more limited audience for this one. An audience which may well have heard any available covers before. And I’m not even sure sure that’s a picture of a trout. Continue reading

Effin’ Useless Brits.

IMG_4110.JPG I’m an hour and a half into a 7 mile journey to work, but only done a mile and a half!  I put my winter tyres on the car yesterday and  left the house early to clear the path and the car of snow.  Seemed only sensible to me;  why is that not the same for everybody ?

Mind you, in a world stupid enough to vote for Brexit and Donald Trump,  it seems hoping for common sense is increasingly forlorn.

I have got the self titled album from A Winged Victory For The Sullen  playing in the car to try to soothe me – as large quantities of Jack Daniels would not be advisable at this time in the morning.

Any thoughts on any of the above,  anyone?

 

Tune of the Week #5

A fine playlist from last week.  It works like this – pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days, and add it to the list.

Add Your Tune Here

Caught up with a few more 2016 releases this week.  Heard a Roxy Music cover in the drugstore, still have no idea who it was.  Who knew there were so many covers of More Than This.  Listened to Stuart Staples somewhat passably channel Brian Ferry, but kind of unimpressed by the Tindersticks this year.  Animal Collective has to wait for another time, as it was a bit too bouncy for my current frame of mind.  On the other hand, DIIV’s Is the Is Are was lovely and perfect.  Was sure my pick from this week was going to be something from Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, which is another from my printmaking teacher’s playlist.  The languid God is in the Rhythm  could be a long lost White Album outtake, while this year’s Robot Stop kicks it up a few notches.  But i’ll be perverse and put up this one. Sorry, but it rocks – Raga rock with a bit of Iron Butterfly.