Monday, 29 October 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Terry Callier - Timepeace

A song from the great Terry Callier, who sadly passed away yesterday (Sunday 28th October 2012). 

I must admit I haven't heard loads of the man's work, but the tracks I have heard on various compilations and radio shows have been most impressive. 

Here's an excellent moment, the title track from 'Time Peace', the 1997 album that was singer-songwriter Terry Callier's first studio recording in almost 17 years. 

RIP Terry Callier and thank you for the music.






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Sunday, 28 October 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Tim Burgess - A Case For Vinyl

Frontman of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess has recently released his second solo album, from which this lovely little track is lifted. The album, 'Oh No I Love You' is out now through O Genesis records. Get it here: http://smarturl.it/ohnoiloveyou


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SITE NEWS: 18/10/2012 - 28/10/2012: Remembering Max

It's just over a week since the day I have always dreaded, particularly in recent years. Our beautiful cat friend Max left our lives last week, and losing him after all these years has hit me harder than I thought possible. I didn't even have any music on for the whole week after he had gone. Everyone who knows me knows that when the music stops, something's seriously wrong. For the first time ever my CDs and records laid completely untouched for a week. Even before I knew he'd gone I didn't have any music on that day, as soon as I'd got out of bed I just sensed that it was a bad day. Losing a pet is always sad, but it is absolutely devastating to say goodbye to a very special pet who has been with me for over 19 years, through my journey from a child into a fully grown 28 year old man. Not just a cat but my best friend. 

We first said hello when I was a nine year old schoolboy and we said goodbye when I was a man in my late twenties. Max wasn't just a cat. Through my miserable school days in the 90's and various heartbreaks in the 2000's, every time I'd be at my lowest that little cat would know when to arrive in my room to comfort me. His love absolutely warmed my heart during those times, and if he wasn't there with me I don't know if i'd still be here today. He was my little guardian angel. He was also with me through some good times, and he was around long enough to see both me and my brother grow up and lead new adult lives. Not many cats become such a huge part of people's lives that they have their own memorial services. Max did. 


When you lose your best friend you feel a huge empty space inside you, a space that can never be filled. But what has pulled me through this difficult and sad time? Many happy times and the heart warming feeling of knowing that my special little friend had a long, happy life with people that he loved and who loved him. 19 years. Other cats aren't as fortunate as him and many don't live for even half the amount of time he did or receive as much love and attention. He was around long enough to experience three different decades and two different centuries. He did very well indeed. Losing him has got me thinking about where our spirits go after our original lives have ended, and I can picture him reliving his entire life again, whether it's in an eternal dream or in some other spiritual world. He's young again and running wild and free once more. I loved him more than anyone could possibly imagine, and i'm going to miss him. But in many ways he's still with me and part of his legacy is the happiness he brought me. The memories I have of him will always be with me and he'll be with me in my heart forever. If everyone who leaves this earth goes somewhere else after their natural lives on earth have ended, I know he'll be there when I make my exit in many years time. 


So while I've been mourning, everything else has been put on hold. When the shock and despair had passed I began celebrating his wonderful life, and that is something which I am never going to stop celebrating in one way or another. Losing him has also changed me and made me fully appreciate the people and things I still have and love the most. So now is a good time to pick things up again and carry on with this superb website that I take so much pride in, while also making sure I can dedicate plenty of time to the other things in my life. 

Here's some songs we played to remember Max at the memorial service we held for him. We love you little man....



Sunday, 21 October 2012

BLOG NEWS: 21/10/2012

Apologies for no blog posts over the last few days. Sadly our special cat friend Max died on Thursday 18th October after being part of my life for no less than 19 years. I'll return to the blog again soon, in the meantime I hope my readers can understand that I need some time to grieve. RIP Maximus.


In the meantime, if you want to catch up with music news and check out new and old sounds, go to my Blogroll located in the sidebar icons at the side of the page.


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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Bruce Foxton - Window Shopping

Today's Song For Today comes from Bruce Foxton. Taken from his new album, 'Window Shopping' features his former Jam bandmate Paul Weller on piano.


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Saturday, 13 October 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Public Service Broadcasting - Everest


Something brand new today from a fantastic act I discovered very recently. Public Service Broadcasting are a London-based duo whose main ingredients are: 1) J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitars, banjos, other stringed instruments, samplings, electronic things; 2) Wrigglesworth on drums, pianos and other electronic things.

Taking samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future. After the success of their EP 'The War Room', PSB are moving ever upwards - this time setting their sights on the summit of 'Everest'.

The song is based on the 1953 film 'The Conquest of Everest', which told the story of Hillary, Tensing et al's successful ascent of the tallest mountain in the world, and which was directed by expedition member George Lowe.


Music Week: "This duo are bringing the past up to date whilst sounding like they belong in 2012."

Artrocker: “We had this band play at the New Blood Festival and they absolutely stole the night, hypnotising with their groovesome and accessible live breakbeats and magical shimmering electronica” - ROYGBIV Single Review 5*

Janice Long, Radio 2 - 'That's amazing, I absolutely love it... fantastic!'

Lauren Laverne, BBC6 - 'How can you not love a band with names like that... we're all for it here!'

Tom Robinson BBC6 “Absolutely sensationally brilliant”

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Friday, 12 October 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: The Tornados - Telstar


"'Telstar' is a 1962 instrumental record performed by The Tornados. It was the first single by a British band to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (the second British recording to reach No. 1 on that chart in 1962, after Stranger on the Shore), and was also a number one hit in the UK. It was the second instrumental single to hit No.1 on both the US and UK weekly charts. 

The record was named after the Telstar communications satellite, which was launched into orbit on July 10, 1962. It was written and produced by Joe Meek, and featured a clavioline, a keyboard instrument with a distinctive electronic sound. 'Telstar' won an Ivor Novello Award and is estimated to have sold at least five million copies worldwide.

This novelty record was intended to evoke the dawn of the space age, complete with sound effects that were meant to sound "space-like". A popular story at the time of the record's release was that the weird distortions and background noise came from sending the signal up to the Telstar satellite and re-recording it back on Earth. It is more likely that the effects were created in Meek's recording studio, which was a small flat above a shop in Holloway Road, North London.



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Thursday, 11 October 2012

LISTEN TO: Clinic - Miss You - new single


'Miss You' is the first single taken from Clinic's forthcoming seventh album, 'Free Reign' (12th November). Creeping along obsessively like a heavily medicated Invaders, Miss You is an off kilter slow jam that evokes classic Clinic whilst taking the transportive craft of Ade Blackburn and co. to strange new frontiers -the damaged waves of interference and ghostly effects that cut through the mix making the titular refrain sound as dark as it is romantic.


The accompanying, equally transportative video was directed by The 3 Sisters (Andy Knowles, Josh McCartney & James Hicks). 

Miss You will be available on 7" (RUG495) from 12th November, b/w the track, Lucky 7. Pre-order the 7" HERE: http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/singles/09-10-12/miss-you/

Produced by the band themselves in their hometown of Liverpool and mixed with the assistance of Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Free Reign is unflinchingly original, hugely innovative, hopelessly weird and defiantly beautiful. To pre-order the album on CD, digital download or on limited edition UFO format - which comes in the form of an exclusive, glow-in-the-dark cosmic flying disc with album download code (ie, a pretty nifty frisbee) - click HERE: 

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Directors/Animators/Designers: The 3 Sisters (Andy Knowles - Josh McCartney - James Hicks)

Production Company: Ralph



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SONG FOR TODAY: The Standells - Dirty Water


"'Dirty Water' is a song first recorded by the California rock and roll band The Standells in 1966 and composed by their producer, Ed Cobb. It is considered a classic of garage rock. The song is a mock paean to the city of Boston and its then-famously polluted Boston Harbor and Charles River. First issued in late 1965 on the Tower label, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, the song debuted April 30, 1966 on the Cash Box charts and peaked at #8. It reached #11 on the Billboard singles charts on June 11. 

Ironically, although 'Dirty Water' is beloved by the city of Boston and its sports fans, the song actually first became a hit in the state of Florida, first breaking out on WLOF in Orlando in January 1966.
Dirty Water was also the title of the Standells' most successful LP, their only nationally charting album. This LP charted on both Billboard and Cash Box magazines' charts, peaking at #52 and #39, respectively, during the summer of 1966. The song is traditionally played by Boston sports teams following victories. The song's famous guitar riff was recorded with a Fender Stratocaster through a Vox AC30 amplifier by Standells' guitarist, Tony Valentino. 'Dirty Water' is listed in the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.""

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