Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Monday, December 09, 2019
Blimey, where did this come from? The hardest working man in showbiz is back with a new single and this time he's teamed up with Mr Jethro Tull himself, Ian Anderson. As Christmas singles go it's a little dark but then again if you believe one tenth of what we hear in the media at the moment these are pretty dark times. Almond's got form when it comes to railing against the world we live in (see also Tears Run Rings) but this track's unusually rocky for him...you know what...it works though. I'll certainly be spinning it whilst munching my way through my own body weight in sprouts and downing several pints of gin. If the world's going to hell in a handcart you might as well be well fed and 'watered'...
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Strange coincidence time. I was thinking about Frank Zappa earlier today and lo and behold December 4th 2019 is actually the 26th anniversary of his death (at just 52 as well...blimey that gives me less than three years to record a bunch of albums, freak out most of America, spawn several children and give them weird names...I'd better get cracking).
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
How good did this album (picked up for 50p on CD) sound on a vintage mid 90s JVC boombox (double tape deck, CD player, radio...picked up for a tenner in a truly filthy state but cleaned up a treat)? A-bloody-mazing. I fear that soooooo many people nowadays only hear their downloaded music (compressed and therefore usually a pretty poor reflection of the original recording) through tinny little speakers or headphones when they could be luxuriating in sonic loveliness for a mere tenner. Hey ho.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Tomorrow might be 'Black Friday', a desperate attempt to persuade us to buy crap we don't need that's no cheaper tomorrow than it is on any other day of the year, but it's also International Buy Nothing Day too. I know which I prefer. Anyway, above are two rather fine songs to soundtrack all of your non buying...unless you end up purchasing the albums they come from...but that's allowed.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Picked up a mint CD single copy of this track over the weekend for roughly 33 and a third pence. Nothing remarkable in that these days but the original price sticker was still on the cover...£3.99...blimey you could buy a house for £3.99 back in 2003. Incredible to think that we've gone from a time when people would part with four quid for a single track to a time when we pretty much expect music to be free. Kids today, mutter mutter, grumble grumble etc etc...
PS: Just in case you think I'm getting mellow in my old age I picked up System Of A Down's Chop Suey too. Hell yes.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Given the kind of rainfall that would keep Noah awake at nights that we're having in the UK right now lets enjoy a lovely stripped back version of Almond's Toreador In The Rain, taken from the (in my humble opinion) somewhat overproduced Enchanted album. I much prefer this take on the track...