Fidelity - Starsailor - Silence Is Easy (Cassette, Album)
While the record differs somewhat from Water's extensive blues catalog as far as musical elements, it also never forgets it's roots.
Like Muddy states on the record to his supporting musicians; that they may 'want to change the temperature' while arranging. Its rare that disparate musical collaborations are a success, but when you have pure musicality and unabashed love for music the results can be nothing short of musical magic.
The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. A tattered magnetic tape immortalizing a historic moment. That being said, this recording is not going to be for everybody. This particular evening can be looked at as the connective tissue strung between Newport and the Royal Albert Hall in May of If you are willing to search you can find a copy of this show, there is also a streaming version available via the usual channels I have included a link here.
It has also been 'officially' released to those who purchased the 'Cutting Edge' big blue box in where the tour was included as a bonus in mp3 format. The September Hollywood Bowl tape is a soundboard, and the two December shows recorded by Allen Ginsberg are stunning, though not featuring Levon in the group. The crowd is attentive and the fidelity is reasonable as Dylan sings a sparkling opening track. Jim La Clair posted his recollections of the Harford show online as he attended and had front row seats for the concert.
Typical to this era, the crowd is in rapt silence hanging by their fingertips on each of Dylan's words. While distant, Dylan's voice reverberates around the hall, weaving a fantastic version of this Bringing It All Back Home song. Of special note is the usually fabulous harp solo mid way through the song. A poignant harp starts 'Love Minus Zero' which ends way to quickly and leaves me wanting more.
This song would too become elongated and stretched like warmed candy by the time it reached Europe. Here it still retains its folk elements but tinged with it's stony imagery to which the performances would soon match.
Monday, 27 February there's got to be a reason and we know the reason why. Created by the Interactive Johari Window on You can make your own Johari Windowor view swisstoni's full data. Sunday, 26 February one is all that you can score.
I went to the theatre this evening to watch " All Quiet on the Western Front ". It's an adaptation of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque which was also made into a film in The play eloquently describes the futility and pointless, indiscriminate slaughter of war as seen through the eyes of a young German soldier in the trenches of World War One Wikipedia has a pretty good article on this if you want to read more about it It's a message that we've all seen countless times before - war is stupid and people are stupid - but that familiarity doesn't render it any less powerful.
Of course, it's a message that just keeps on being relevant The staging itself was wonderfully simple: a cast of 10 and very little in the way of scenery getting between the actors and the audience. The Album) of machine gun fire was a spanner being dragged across a metal walkway and shells exploded with the slamming of metal trapdoors.
Very simple and very effective. One of the themes of the play is how none of the German soldiers has even so much as met a Frenchman, never mind have a reason for wanting to kill Album), and yet that is exactly what they find themselves doing on a daily basis. I have never been so offended in my life, he makes us Marines feel like we are over here fighting watching our friends and other troops die for no cause.
Vote for Bush. M" on the left Dying for no cause? I can see why no soldier would want to face up to that, and I don't in any way want to trivialise the fact that people are fighting and dying in Iraq and elsewherebut that's what it looks like to me.
I'm also reminded of the words of Muhammad Ali when he refused to be drafted to fight the war in Vietnam: "No Vietcong ever called me nigger". Stop the war. Actually no. Can't we just stop war full-stop?
Friday, 24 February when the law break in, how you gonna go? I'm doing earworms this week again, I'm afraid I've recently rediscovered the joy of making compilations for other people. I used to do this quite a lot with cassettes, but that became an increasingly pointless exercise as tape players began to disappear and we all started to listen to CDs in the car and to iPods pretty much everywhere else.
Ironically, I suppose it's the advent of the iPod that has led to me picking this up again. I now have a reasonably sized chunk of my record collection ripped onto my laptop and conveniently catergorised and searchable in iTunes. This makes it an absolute cinch to shortlist tracks and to fiddle with the running order until you are ready to burn it all onto disc.
No more half-recorded tracks at the end of a side now you know although, naturally, my obsessive nature meant that I would rather have a minute of silence at the end of each side rather than a track brutally cut off in its prime. I also became pretty inventive with short instrumental tracks It's the sequencing that's the real trick though, isn't it? You can't just chuck a load of tracks you like onto a disc. Oh no.
You have to get the balance right. You need a big opening, of course, but you also need to get the mix just so. There is no scientific formula for this though. It's an art and needs to be approached as such. I try and do it by feel: listening to the ends and beginnings of tracks, looking down my shortlist of songs, and moving them about until it feels right. It's very satisfying when you get it right. Oh God. I'm sounding all Nick Hornby again. Of course, the joy in sending out a compilation to someone is in their reaction when they receive it I've a couple more to do before I'm done, actually I'm shortlisting possible tracks for Lord B and for Ka as we speak.
It's a fantastic combination of the personal and the political. I saw them in concert the other dayand they're knockout. They aren't an immediate band, but if you give them the time, their songs really work their way under your skin. Sadly it's the Bee Gees version of the song that is in my head, and not the definitive version by Steps Morrissey's new album is out quite soon, and the early reviews are very good.
I hope he'll forgive me but I won't be getting too excited until I hear the evidence with my own ears The single sounds a bit 'Morrissey by numbers' to me too after a single listen, admittedly. It still sounds like a slightly weird mix of New Order and Mercury Rev to me I heard this on the radio last night when I was having a shower.
Good song. Brought back to mind by its inclusion on a couple of the compilations I put out last week. Probably my favourite song of by miles. This is a peach.
Notable because Stuart Murdoch is possibly the feyest person in the whole world, but here he sings about playing football. They've changed. It's a classic of course, and every time I hear it, I get a very distinct memory of watching the video being played on some Saturday Morning kid's TV programme I should have walked away-a-yay-a-yay-ah! I don't like his new specs though. With your hands on your head Or on the trigger of your gun? Accept no substitutes. I'll do the answers and stuff in a couple of days Wednesday, 22 February it's only words As wikipedia says : "A Johari window is a metaphorical tool intended to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships It is then up to the participant whether or not to disclose this information.
Terms that are not selected by the participant but only by their peers are placed into the Blind Spot quadrant. These represent information of which the participant is not aware, but others are, and they can decide whether Album) how to inform the individual about these "blind spots".
Terms which were not selected by either the participant or their peers remain in the Unknown quadrant, representing the participant's behaviors or motives which were not recognized by anyone participating. This may be because they do not apply, or because there is collective ignorance of the existence of that trait. All you have to do is to look at the list of words, and choose the words that you reckon describe me best "smartarse" sadly isn't there Click here and let me have it.
I'd be more than happy to reciprocate too, if you choose to set one up. I just thought it might be interesting, is all. Speed of Sound - Coldplay 41 2. Shall we just go the whole hog and do the first 10 songs on shuffle whilst we're here?
Idiot Brother - The Auteurs 3. Movies of Myself - Rufus Wainwright 4. Fairfax Scene - The Boo Radleys 5. Nothing Natural - Lush 6. Temptation - New Order 8. Natasha - Rufus Wainwright 9. Ask - The Smiths Black Dollar Bills - Hope of the States yay!
Soon I shall be back in the land of the iPod. It's been too long Just askin' Tuesday, 21 February where strangers take you by the hand Firstly, only two people have so far had a go at the fridge game Secondly, the owner of our last blog of the week - Wandering Scribe - has asked me to pass on her thanks to you all: " BTW few days ago went onto your blog cos you said you were pulling me out as blog of week.
Saw it and read comments. Could you put a message in to let those guys know was really appreciated. Give yourselves a pat on the back. And on to today's business Blog of the Week 7 — A rest is as good as a change " A sabbatical " You get a chance to get onto this one almost from the very beginning You remember Rufus-Fan?
She's a colleague of mine who discovered this blog at some point in May last yearand has been a welcome visitor around these parts ever since. She's been threatening to get her own blog Album) and running for some time now, partly to document the sabbatical that she's taking from work for the next ten months or so, but also I like to think partly because I told her that she couldn't be an Earworm Guest Editor until she started one. Well, she's finally gone and done it, and I can reveal that from now on, Rufus-Fan will be known around here as Sarah So far she's been on safari in Tanzania, on the beach in Zanzibar, and I look forward to sitting at my desk in the office in cold, grey, dreary Nottingham and reading more about your adventures in some of the more beautiful spots in the world Lucky cow.
Well, except for that part about Montezuma's revenge anyway Monday, 20 February When you lose control and you got no soul. I think it's been a pretty long time since I went to a gig where I have never to my knowledge heard a note by the headliners. Nine Black Alps then We were late for probably the most un-rock'n'roll reason ever -- we had been watching a gripping game of curling between Denmark and Canada -- but arrived to find The Kids were out in force.
To be honest, I'm never really sure if is a good sign or not, but it did mean that there was plenty of experimental facial hair, lots of first-time drinkers and just a touch of tentative snogging going on. Shame the band were shit. Well, maybe shit is a bit harsh, but they weren't great. I gave them the benefit of the doubt for a couple of songs. They were quite noisy and shouty, but it was the kind of stuff that you could tap your foot to, and The Kid's were rocking. After a couple of songs though, I began to concentrate on who they reminded me of: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, a touch of The Offspring perhaps I think the singer hopes he sounds like Kurt Cobain, but to be honest he reminded me a little of Graham Coxon and quite a lot of Jilted John.
Bizarrely, one song appeared to steal the melody from "Tragedy" by the BeeGees, and that's what I was singing in the car park. That can't be good, can it? Go to a gig by a rock band and come out earworming s disco. Apparently the NME says they are the next big things. Like they know. They weren't really terrible, and both the band and The Kids looked like they had a decent time. I just thought that basically they were shouty nonsense.
Still, a night at a mediocre gig is better than a night in front of the telly, right? And it was only a tenner. Sunday, 19 February Ice is back with my brand new invention So the fridges. Here's the deal. Below you will find pictures of thirteen fridges, and the names of thirteen bloggers. All you have to do is to match the fridge to the blogger to win a fabulous prize! Sound too hard? To help you out, the glamorous YokoSpungeon has carefully pored each picture and provided us with the benefits of her insightful analysis.
Over to you Yoko Please warn your good readers that I have been very imaginative, and that my guesses as to the gender, financial and marital status of the participants should be taken with a large grain of salt. May the best person win! FRIDGE 1 Yoko says : Here we have the fridge of a party animal; a night owl, someone who lives alone, and who is out of the house more often that they are in.
A great fridge to come back to at 4am after a messy night out — we may be witnessing here the fridge of a former raver. But never fear, our man is prepared even for that! Egg on toast with a nice glass of iced tea — charmant! Might this refrigerator belong to one of our American chums? Nothing here contains Vitamin C, and our friend is only just the right side of an attack of scurvy, because the only vegetable matter in evidence is designed to assist seeing in the dark.
Savoy Brown "When It Rains" Yael Naim "New Soul" William Shatner "Common People" Wanda Jackson "Let's Have a Party" Uriah Heap "Stealin'"; "Easy Livin'" The Mountain Goats "This Year" The Minutemen "Corona" Better Than Ezra "Desperately Wanting" Staind "Outside"; "So Far Away" Tristan Prettyman "Love, Love, Love" Train "Drops of Jupiter" Tragically Hip "Poets"; "Morning Moon" Zero 7 "In The Waiting Line" Will Hoge "Woman Be Strong" Thurston Moore "Psychic Hearts" The Go-Betweens "Cattle and Cane" Kenny Chesney "Summertime" Waylon Jennings "Luckenbach Texas" Sunny Day Real Estate "Seven" Vince Guaraldi Trio "Linus and Lucy" Styx "Mr.
Roboto"; "Renegade" The Alarm "The Stand" The Prodigy "Firestarter" Hank Williams, Jr. Eric Lindell "Give It Time" Yoko Ono "Walking on Thin Ice" Son House "John the Revelator" The Wallflowers "Heroes"; "One Headlight" Steppenwolf "Magic Carpet Ride" Sandy Denny "Candle in the Wind" Sade "The Sweetest Taboo" Ryan Bingham "Sunshine" Roy Buchanan "Hey, Good Lookin'" Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity" Amanda Palmer " Straight" Allen Touissaint "Yes We Can" Ladytron "Ladybird"; "Seventeen" Paramore "Misery Business"; "Pressure" Girl Talk Li'l Wayne "Lollipop" Mariah Carey "Vision of Love" Frightened Rabbit "Good Arms vs.
Bad Arms"; "The Modern Leper" Evanescence "Bring Me to Life" Operation Ivy "Unity"; "Sound System" Cesaria Evora "Sodade" Mink DeVille "Cadillac Walk" Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Happy" Martin Sexton "Happy" Olivia Newton John "Physical" Motorhead "Ace of Spades" Galaxie "Tugboat"; "Blue Thunder" Everything But the Girl "Missing"; "Wrong" Clutch "Spacegrass" Bobby Bare Jr.
Poco "Crazy Love" Jaco Pastorious "Portrait of Tracy" Brad "Shinin'" Peaches "Talk To Me" Kasabian "Club Foot"; "Fire" Mazzy Star "Fade Into You" Lake Trout "Street Fighting Man" Wolfmother "Woman"; "Apple Tree" James McMurtry Lily Allen "The Fear"; "Smile" Explosions in the Sky Gene Clark The Judybats Ben Kweller "Run"; "Penny on the Traintrack" Jill Scott "Daydreamin'"; "Golden" Dinosaur Jr. Johnny Mercer "Accentuate the Positive" Richard Shindell Nanci Griffith "Boots of Spanish Leather" Matchbox 20 "Bent"; "3 a.
Nels Cline "Prayer Wheel" Nas "Ether" Harry Connick, Jr. Faith No More "Midlife Crisis" Jorma Kaukonen "Hesitation Blues" James "Say Something"; "Laid" The New York Dolls "Pills" Afterward, the band took to the stage to belt out some classics from their past and present.
Another solid album that continues the evolution of Fidelity - Starsailor - Silence Is Easy (Cassette band and another album that is embraced by fans Fidelity - Starsailor - Silence Is Easy (Cassette snubbed by critics. James Walsh just announced a Pledge Music campaign for his upcoming solo record and the bonus offers are insanely cool. If this new solo record is anything like his first, then we are all in for a very special set of new music.
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