Monday, 30 March 2020
Is it Monday? I'm having trouble keeping track of the days at the moment. I am still working so I can only guess how those cooped up but unable to do so are keeping track.
One good thing that did occur at the weekend was that Ted delivered the latest album from The Orb, Abolition of The Royal Familia and very good it is too especially the final two tracks, the first couple of tracks have taken a bit of getting used to as they are quite poppy soulful numbers but after a few listens they have grown on me. Like the previous LP, No Sounds Are Out of Bounds there was also an option to purchase a dub cd of the lp. I haven't had a chance to sit and listen to it in it's entirety but did head straight for the The Weekend It Rained Forever In Dub which for me is the centrepiece of the whole album and a rather calming soundtrack for these strange times.
Oh and don't get me started about the Royal Family, when the fucking heir to the throne irresponsibly decides to decant to remote Aberdeenshire with 100 staff when he has symptoms of the disease and against all instructions from the government and police it is time to question why we still support these leeches.
Stay safe people.
The Orb - The Weekend It Rained Fovever in Dub (The Waterbed Experience mix)
Monday, 23 March 2020
I hope everyone is bearing up under the stress of been cooped up either working from home, or home schooling the kids or if you are a key worker then stay safe, take it from me we appreciate each and every one of you that have no alternative to go out there and get on with it. When we get through the other side I hope that you all get the recognition you deserve.
Right, the music, some French Krautrock for you. Moon Tango is the title track of the debut album from the band from Lyon which is a very good trip, one for just sitting and immersing oneself in. Not a bad thing to do at present.
Abschaum - Moon Tango
Friday, 20 March 2020
This came on, on shuffle this morning and I found myself smiling and for six and a half minutes I forgot what was going on and just listened and sang along.
Stay safe people
Airport Girl - The Foolishness We Create Through Love IS The Closest We Come To Greatness
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
At the end of the second instalment of this mini series we were waiting Kenny to skim coat the walls. Unfortunately this was held up for a couple of weeks due to Kenny having a particularly heavy workload at the time and me telling him that I probably wouldn't be ready until the middle to the end of March. In the meantime I thought I would tackle the exploding Death Star light that I bought from IKEA at least 4 years ago. When I got it home I opened it up saw the amount of bits and thought fuck that, hence it has sat in my office for some time gathering dust since I had a couple of weeks I thought I had time, hopefully to construct the bloody thing. So on the Sunday night after making Leo's piece for school the following day I took a deep breath opened the box and took out the instructions, under ten minutes later I had the globe completed, what I thought was going to be a head wreck was an absolute piece of pish, a lot easier than any of the Lego I have had to build over the years. Next thing was to contact Joe "the spark" and arrange a day for him to fit the light.
On Friday 28th Feb Kenny came and poly-bonded the walls and the following day the plastering was complete and I have to say made an excellent job of it, lovely smooth walls and very little mess. He told me that the walls should be ready by about Wednesday but definitely by the time the walls had gone a pink colour. So in the meantime I thought that I would steam, clean, sand and re-varnish the floor.
So I spent the Sunday, Monday night and Tuesday night doing this. After steam cleaning I got a bit worried that I had buggered up the floor but after a couple of coats of varnish it started to look pretty good and when the third coat was dry I was extremely pleased with it.
Nearly there now, just the painting to go and the furniture and records to move back in.
During all of this I had the ipod on shuffle and blasting out from the portable speaker.
The Wedding Present - Don't Take Me Home Until I'm Drunk
Monday, 16 March 2020
Last Thursday night at what I suspect will be my last gig for quite a few months, (Greg Dulli's next Sunday night was cancelled the following day) I witnessed something a bit special, King Creosote with the help of 9 members of the Fence collective performed the music to the film From Scotland With Love which was playing on the big screen behind them. I am not ashamed to admit that I had a watery eye on more than one occasion.
Over the years Kenny Anderson has been rather prolific releasing over thirty albums, quite a few of which are as rare as hens teeth as they came out in small limited runs on cdr. In 2004 he released a rather dark experimental album, Red on Green under the name Kwang Creasite, today's track Jack Shit is the final track on the album.
Kwang Creasite - Jack Shit
* Sorry, I now see that this song has been posted previously not that long ago in this spot.
Thursday, 12 March 2020
Monday, 2 March 2020
Floating Points - Kuiper