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I stood up, and I said ‘Yeah!’

4 May, 2008

I just finished setting up the secondary stereo in the front room. Huge thanks to gonty for the re-loan of Dad’s Marantz, and the speakers.

It’s a refreshing setup – I love the old Marantz, and I love having the boot rack (cheers, Vetti) back out in the open.

To test out the new setup, there really was only one choice of album. ‘The Soft Bulletin‘. I really cannot describe how much this album rocks. The only downside to the album is the lurking knowledge that the Lips will never produce anything as great as this again.

So I stand up, I say ‘Yeah!’, and I try not to think about the end….

UPDATE: I also am moved to stand up and say ‘ah crap it’ – because my CD player is still a bit dodgy. Seems like the laser loses sight of the disc every now and then. It’s amazing how off-putting a tiny gap in sound can be.

SECOND UPDATE: I have corrected spelling, for Crumpet. It’s been a rough day, okay?


SXSW 2008 – First Pass, part 1

26 March, 2008

So, thanks to Paul I have the SXSW 2008 showcase of seven-hundred and plenty songs.

I’ve gone about 150 songs into my first pass. The first pass is basically me giving up to 20 seconds to each song. If they don’t pass the 20 second mark, they’re gone. The others will live for the second pass, where I decide if I actually enjoy them, and could see myself listening to more of their music.

I’d expect to have about 20 or so left after the first pass, and less than 5 after the second. So far, I have 6.

For completeness sake, and noting that they are yet to be subject to the second pass, I offer you…

  • The Choir Practice – Red Fox
  • Geronimo – Just Like Water
  • Kaki King – Pull Me Out Alive
  • Kate Walsh – Your Song
  • Trespassers William – Safe, Sound
  • A Weather – Spiders, Snakes

As an aside, I should note that any band or song name in ALL CAPS is removed immediately.

Music that Tall Paul probably doesn’t like, but should

29 September, 2007

Hello and welcome,

This week’s ‘Music that Tall Paul probably doesn’t like, but should’ is a great little album from the mid 90’s. The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group’s “Oh Brother, where art thou?”. (Here’s a link to Jim’s MySpace – be ready for it to start playing music automatically, as MySpace pages are wont to do)

The album was released on Minty Fresh way back in 1995, and still makes me giggle and dance. You can gather from the band name that there’s a decent level of quirk going on here, this is advanced by the song ‘Urban Gentleman‘, in which Jim suggests that Gretsch will name a guitar after him. The quirk is perfectly suited to the Alt.Jazz.Country.Pop music that TLJRG produce.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou is full of sweetness, from the afore-mentioned Urban Gentleman, through the gloriously quirky Every Other Sunday, to the maturing Glad They’re Gone.Every track on this album is a winner for me, and it’s all topped off by Jim’s ‘not perfect’ voice, which fits his stylings wonderfully.

I think Paul won’t like it for its lack of envelope-pushing, and it’s simple silliness. But that’s what I think we should all embrace – a little more simple stupid silliness. That would make me fit in a whole lot better with everyone else.

If you play the drums, you must go far
because everyone here plays guitar

(Mij Amsterdam, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group)

Tears for Chicago

18 September, 2007

While the music of Sufjan Stevens may not actually change my life, and it may not really be the music I would have produced if I’d gone to music school, I should say that last night as he repeated the line “I made a lot of mistakes, I made a lot of mistakes…”, I felt a melancholy welling within me.

So yeah, I was moved.

what to think?

16 September, 2007

So, when someone gives me a CD and says “This CD will change your life, its music I imagine you would have written, if you’d gone to music school…” should I be offended, or grateful?

I’ve yet to listen to the CD, so I can’t comment fully. The CD in question is Sufjan Stevens’ Come on! Feel the Illinoise!, anyone heard it?

Another thing I wont get around to

14 September, 2007

I just got an email notification about The Apples in Stereo Super Hi-Fi Remix Contest. It looks like a great deal of fun.

Take the track ‘Can You Feel It’ from The Apples’ latest album (New Magnetic Wonder), and remix it. The winner gets some booty, and gets their re-mix on next years B-Sides and Rarities CD.

Now, I KNOW that this is something that I will have no chance whatsoever of getting around to doing, but I am going to download the 500meg of tracks anyway, because I am interested to hear them all.

I wonder if I can import them into Garageband?


6 July, 2007

I am loving the CD I bought Kymbo for her birthday.

Feist, ‘The Reminder’ (Here’s a link, but beware – it starts playing music, in a very mySpace way. Eww)

This is a beautiful CD, a collection of great songs, lovely melodies, and real, honest sounding instruments. Her guitar sounds great – it’s got a great loose percussive sound to the strings. But the most enchanting thing is her voice. She certainly has a way of making me feel like she’s barely even trying, with her voice almost whispering at parts, whimsically trailing off, and yet so round, pure, and toneful.

That’s all I have to say. I am enjoying this album, and you should too.

sometimes its easy to forget

28 June, 2007

So, I was feeding my ‘mann crush’, and checking out Merlin’s tumblog, and saw a live recording of GBV’s Game of Pricks.

I had forgotten just how cool a song it is, and how brilliant Mr Pollard is, or at least can be. He does possess a beautiful bag of melodies, and when he opens it, just, wow.

I’m gonna fire up Alien Lanes at work tomorrow, and just go with it, cos I want to start a new life… yeah…

we’ve been flickred

20 June, 2007

I don’t know who you are, jmansfield, but good on ya!


settling the debate (or not)

5 June, 2007

Many years go, when I was living in a shared house, we had a number of discussions regarding the placement of the best song on an album. There was much debate about whether it was the first track, the third, the fifth or the seventh (oddly, there were no even numbers mentioned).
So, using the magickal powers of iTunes, I have created a bunch of playlists – First Tracks, Third Tracks, and et-cetera. They all check my ‘No Risk Pop’ playlist (all pop music that’s not from the SXSW showcase). I’ve decided to include compilations as I believe the art of building an album is transferable.

So far, it looks like the first tracks are winning. The thirds are not doing as well as I had expected. I’ve not yet had a chance to really listen to the fifths and sevenths, but I will shortly.

I’d love to hear your take on this – so why not give it a try.