Thursday, February 26, 2009
In addition I found the extended remix of Ian McCulloch's "September Song", a promotional only set of Shakespears Sister remixes, the original 12" of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round", and I also fell in love with the artwork from After The Fire's ATF album. Other recent purchases shown above are Novo Combo' self titled album, Passion Puppets' album Beyond The Pale, Ears Have Walls by Blanket of Secrecy, Arias & Symphonies by Spoons and She Went Pop, the mysterious album from Iam Siam.
I thought the tale of Love And Money's 12" Single "Hallelujah Man" was a tale worth telling. I bought it because it had two B-Sides I wanted, even though the condition of the sleeve was quite poor. Observe, if you will, the price sticker. It says something about the lack of respect vinyl has got in the last several years when the record was priced at under a buck nearly seven years ago. It occurred to me it has languished in that box for the whole of my six year old daughter's life. Most of the albums I have bought have been in inventory at least three to four years.
Now, at least for a little while, they will all be loved again.
Love And Money - Hallelujah Man
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Roaring Boys - Self Titled (1986)
Last Gentlemen - Self Titled (1985)
The Adventures - Self Titled (1985)
The Colour Field - The Colour Field (12" Single, 1984)
Actuel - Monuments (1984)
The Blow Monkeys - Forbidden Fruit (EP, 1985)
New Musik - Sanctuary (1982)
Hubert Kah - Angel 07 (12" Single, 1985)
The Kane Gang - Don't Look Any Further (12" Single, 1987)
Hurrah! - This Boy (EP, 1985)
Les Enfants - Touche (1984)
Time Bandits - Can't Wait For Another World (1988)
David & David - Boomtown (1986)
Max Eider - Best Kisser In The World (1988)
Total cost for all the records was about $25.00. Tomorrow I'm visiting the Great Escape store in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Obviously, I'd better hurry up and buy my new turntable!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My regular blog readers will know that a gruff-voiced northerner with a slide guitar and a Ry Cooder fixation was not exactly the kind of music I was listening to, then or now. But the quality of the songwriting, and my intense emotional connection to the things he was singing about left a huge lasting impression. Dealing with the end of a relationship, I could sense understanding in songs such as "It's All Gone" and "Ace of Hearts". It was the kind of music that would continue to accompany me on new emotional journeys as the years passed - falling in love, marriage, children, missing home, dreaming of a better life. In a remarkable way, Chris has always been there for me. I'm sure many other music lovers have had a similar experience.
While I could have picked from dozens of tracks that I like, I'm going to post three in particular that have a strong emotional resonance for me. The first is the title track from his 1984 album, Wired To The Moon. Much of Chris' songwriting dwells on the joy of being a father, and even before I became one myself I enjoyed the tale of watching a little girl dreaming in her bed, knowing that one day she will lose that precious innocence. Now I have a six year old, the words are even more magical:
Because you want her to laugh
You want her to play
Leave her in sweet dreams
She may lose them one day
Keep her wired to the moon
The second is a track that almost always leaves me with a tear in my eye and a dry throat, "Hello Friend" from his 1986 album, On The Beach. It's one of those great songs that captures perfectly the mood of seeing someone and feeling the regret and nostalgia of a love that didn't work out:
Bridges You burn, long since turned into ashes
And there were no reasons, now the river runs dry
Seems it's gone in the wind
Washed away in the rain
And the years go by and by
Shamrock Diaries, "Love Turns To Lies", one of several songs on that album that deal with losing someone and feeling betrayed. For an emotionally sensitive nineteen year old, these words were a kind of lifeline, a signal that other people have been there and made it through - a theme Chris has consistently used, starting with his first hit single, "Fool (If You Think It's Over)".
Crazy though what I say may seem
I could have learned to mend these broken dreams
You could have pushed, I would have gently fell
I could have played the graceful one so well
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Welcome To .
ROBERT MUELLER III
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS FBI WASHINGTON DC.
FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET.
WE BELIEVE THAT THIS NOTIFICATION MEETS YOU IN A VERY GOOD PRESENT STATE OF MIND AND HEALTH. (and just how, exactly, do you know what my state of mind is? Have you been reading my blog? Could you inform my wife, she has no idea where my head is at these days) WE THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) IN CONJUNCTION WITH SOME OTHER RELEVANT INVESTIGATION AGENCIES (so who are the irrelevant ones? The Bureau of Suspicious Cowpat Formations?) HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAVE RECENTLY BEEN INFORMED THROUGH OUR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE MONITORING NETWORK (that would be Raoul in Andorra, presumably, the one with the gimpy leg) THAT YOU PRESENTLY HAVE A TRANSACTION GOING ON WITH THE (I work with contracts all the time, I have no idea what this means. You can't endorse a contract.) AS REGARDS TO YOUR OVER-DUE CONTRACT PAYMENT WHICH WAS FULLY ENDORSED IN YOUR FAVOR ACCORDINGLY.
IT MIGHT INTEREST YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE TAKING OUT TIME IN SCREENING THROUGH THIS PROJECT (well, you guys probably didn't have anything better to do, right?) AS STIPULATED ON OUR PROTOCOL OF OPERATION AND HAVE FINALLY CONFIRMED THAT YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT IS100% GENUINE AND HITCH FREE FROM ALL FACT (yeah, I was just wondering if my latest deals are hitch-free, I use that expression all the time) AND OF WHICH YOU HAVE THE LAWFUL RIGHT TO CLAIM YOUR FUND WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY. HAVING SAID ALL THIS, WE WILL FURTHER ADVISE THAT YOU GO AHEAD IN DEALING WITH THE NATIONAL (Gee, thanks, guys, that makes me feel a lot better. Should I mention Waco, just to be on the safe side?) ACCORDINGLY AS WE WILL BE MONITORING ALL THEIR SERVICES WITH YOU AS WELL AS YOUR CORRESPONDENCE AT ALL LEVEL.
IN ADDENDUM, ALSO BE INFORMED THAT WE RECENTLY HAD A MEETING WITH THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF THE NATIONAL BANK OF EGYPT, IN THE PERSON OF MR. AHMED NASIR ABIDINE ALONG WITH SOME OF THE TOP OFFICIALS OF THE MINISTRY REGARDING YOUR FUND AND THEY MADE US TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR FILE HAS BEEN HELD IN A BASE (In a base? Like, an umbrella base? An army base?) DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU PERSONALLY COME FOR THE CLAIM. (heck, I'm on a flight there right now!) THEY ALSO TOLD US THAT THE ONLY PROBLEM THEY ARE FACING RIGHT NOW IS THAT SOME UNSCRUPULOUS ELEMENTS ARE USING THIS PROJECT AS AN AVENUE TO SCAM INNOCENT PEOPLE OFF THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY BY IMPERSONATING THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR AND THE NATIONAL BANK OFFICE. (I'm sorry, I just don't believe people do that. But, hey, I'll trust you on this!)
WE WERE ALSO MADE TO UNDERSTAND THAT A LADY WITH NAME MRS. JANET WHITE FROM ARIZONA HAS ALREADY CONTACTED THEM AND ALSO PRESENTED TO THEM ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATIONS EVIDENCING YOUR CLAIM PURPORTED TO HAVE BEEN SIGNED PERSONALLY BY YOU PRIOR TO THE RELEASE OF YOUR CONTRACT FUND VALUED AT ABOUT US$3.5,000,000.00(THREE POINT FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS), BUT THE NATIONAL BANK OFFICE DID THE WISE THING BY INSISTING ON HEARING FROM YOU PERSONALLY BEFORE THEY GO AHEAD ON WIRING YOUR FUND TO THE BANK INFORMATION WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO THEM BY THE ABOVE NAMED LADY, THIS WAS THE REASON THEY CONTACTED US SO AS TO ASSIST THEM IN MAKING THE INVESTIGATIONS.
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ENSURE YOU FOLLOW ALL THEIR PROCEDURES AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THEM, IT WILL FURTHER HELP HASTEN THE WHOLE PROCEDURES AS REGARDS TO THE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND TO YOU AS DESIGNATED. ALSO HAVE IN MIND THAT THE NATIONAL BANK OF EGYPT EQUALLY HAS THEIR OWN PROTOCOL OF OPERATION AS STIPULATED ON THERE BANKING TERMS, SO DELAY COULD BE VERY DANGEROUS. ONCE AGAIN, WE WILL ADVISE THAT YOU CONTACT THEM WITH THE ABOVE EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAKE SURE YOU FORWARD TO THEM ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION'S WHICH THEY MAY REQUIRE FROM YOU PRIOR TO THE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND TO YOU ACCORDINGLY.
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Who teaches these guys English? Do they have the complete works of Shakespeare and a stack of National Geographics? I was just thinking, I could get my six year old to teach them better vocabulary skills. I wouldn't rip them off, or anything...
Alternative Radio - Valley of the Evergreen (#2)
1. (-) Moss Poles - Underground mp3
2. (-) Alternative Radio - Valley of the Evergreen mp3
3. (-) Baumann - Metro Man mp3
4. (-) Search Party - Urban Foxes mp3
5. (-) Floy Joy - Weak in the Presence of Beauty mp3
6. (-) Private Lives - The Memory of Your Name mp3
7. (-) Sideway Look - Inside I Burn mp3
8. (13) Rumblefish - Mexico mp3
9. (11) Vic Reeves & Wonder Stuff - Dizzy mp3
10. (12) H2O - You Take My Breath Away mp3
11. (18) November Group - The Promise mp3
12. (14) Freeez - That Beats My Patience mp3
13. (2) Farmer's Boys - For You mp3
14. (17) The Fountainhead - Someone Like You mp3
15. (10) Bon Voyage - Birthday mp3
16. (9) Lindsey Buckingham - Countdown mp3
17. (3) The Big Supreme - Remind Me mp3
18. (4) Snowglobe - Aimless Sailor mp3
19. (6) Mainframe - 5 Minutes mp3
20. (18) Blue Mercedes - That Beauty Is You mp3
No charts for three weeks so another big shakeup. For the first time in ages, no Midge Ure or Ultravox track - we'll have to fix that later today. I got the Moss Poles track from their informative website, which unfortunately seems to have been taken down in the last few days. BTW, I wouldn't recommend searching for "moss poles" on YouTube, unless you like a certain British model in her undies...
Friday, February 13, 2009
Birmingham, England singer/songwriter Mark Rogers, under the name Hollywood Beyond, gave it his best shot on If, an energetic, soulful techno-rock record produced by Bernard Edwards, Mike Thorne, Stephen Hague and others. Rogers' voice isn't altogether distinctive, but he croons and belts ably enough to be heard. The music likewise bends toward facelessness, but If's slickness, verve and variety keep it from being boring. Overambitious and premature, perhaps, but not at all bad. (Trouser Press)
Hollywood Beyond - If (1987)
- Opening Scenario
- Vision Of Love
- After Midnight
- Save Me
- Crimes Of Passion
- What's The Colour Of Money?
- No More Tears
- Metal On Glass
- Shadows I Remember
- Hollywood Beyond
Monday, February 9, 2009
Any Trouble - Any Trouble (1983)
- I'll Be Your Man
- Please Don't Stop
- Touch and Go
- Party in the Streets
- Northern Soul
- Man of the Moment
- Time Does Not Heal
- You'd Better Not Go Home
- Falling in Love With You
Friday, February 6, 2009
I've not really been in the mood to post music this week. My six year old daughter performed at a dance competition in Nashville last weekend and earned two high gold medals. She was competing against several seven and eight year olds so this time she did not place, but she did win the trophy for best junior costume. The two pictures above show her lyrical ballet performance of Rascal Flatts' "Skin (SaraBeth)", portraying a young girl struck by cancer but who dances in her dreams. It's a little dark, and advanced for her age, but if you're going to stand out, why just do another show tune or Disney routine?
You might remember I mentioned that I edited all the music for our studio. The high point for me was that even in competing against some of the most affluent studios in Nashville, our music sounded fantastic and was (IMHO) much better edited. It's hard to fit a four to five minute song, especially one with a story arc, into the required two to three minutes, without destroying the emotional impact or the musical flow. Additionally, you have to take into account the choreography of the routine, and the ability of the dancer - perhaps extending an interlude or shortening a gap that becomes noticeable on stage.
My favorite edit was in cutting "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club, a fun little song that clips along quite briskly. I took a pistol shot effect from the 12" Single and added it at the front and at the end, curtailed a verse, and - in a moment of inspired genius - sampled the drumbeat from the B-52's "Love Shack" at one point, which sounded great over a large sound system.
This weekend, we are competing in Nashville again. You go, girls!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Norah was a quietly remarkable woman. Born into a wealthy and influential family, she chose to elope to London with her beloved fiance Albert, a dashing carpenter of modest means. Their extraordinarily touching relationship is chronicled in a series of letters dating from the war years, when Albert served in the Royal Corps of Engineers.
I remember her for many things. One of my earliest memories is of watching the Doctor Who serial Terror of the Zygons in her little bungalow at Christmas time. I remember her devotion to her friends and her love of her family, her cat Blackie, her regular supply of PG Tips cards, and playing Lexicon with me on a regualar basis.
I can still taste her tea (no-one else made it quite the same), inevitably served in a little yellow mug, and the various treasures and ornaments that she collected over the years, including a simple plastic cross that reflected her honest faith and the quiet pain of the loss of her husband from a premature heart attack and her only son Alan from a tragic plane crash during his service with the Royal Air Force.
I remember playing her one of my favorite albums (Jeff Lynne's Armchair Theatre) in the car and we discussed two songs, "Stormy Weather" and "September Song" that she also remembered very fondly from her younger days.
She slipped away from this world in much the same way that she lived in it, quietly and unobtrusively, having taught me at least one important lesson - that a modest life, a humble heart, and earnest devotion to those closest to you is not only an acceptable ambition, but ultimately the only enduring one worth pursuing. Today, I feel her prescence and am comforted by the thought that somewhere out there her love shines on, a gentle beacon to us who linger yet in life's daily shadows.