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Live 8 Tickets

So the Live 8 ticket lottery winners have all got their text messages and I didn’t get one. My stepdaughter’s boyfriend did tho’, so they’ll be off to see it together.

I’m slightly jealous. But I suspect I’ll get a better view on the TV.

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Pink Floyd

I didn’t really have much interest in going to the Live 8 concert. Those kinds of gigs where there are far too many people and you only really want to see a third of the acts have very little interest for me. But I sent a text message in to the draw away – just in case.

But now I read that Pink Floyd will be reforming for the concert. And I mean that Roger Waters will be playing with them. For the first time since 1981.

I saw Waters playing with Pink Floyd on the Wall tour in 1978. But in some ways that doesn’t really count as they just played the Wall from start to finish. I’d really like to see them play a proper gig.

Now I’m actually starting to hope that my text message wins me a ticket to the concert.

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Cooking Vinyl

It’s nice and sunny today and that always makes me think of World Music.

The first time I remember coming across the term “world music” when I bought the album New Roots in 1989. It was a very well-planned album as it had a number of artists that I already knew and liked (Billy Bragg, Michelle Shocked, The Pogues) alongside a number of names that were new to me. Looking at the track listings I found that a number of the interesting new names were from a record label that I’d never heard of – Cooking Vinyl.

Investigating further, I found another compilation called Hootenanny which was produced by Cooking Vinyl to showcase their artists. The cassette version of that which I bought is possibly one of the most played recordings that I’ve ever owned. Over the next fifteen years listening to Cooking Vinyl records has introduced me to some of the most interesting music that I’ve ever heard. At one point I was even signed up for a subscription service where they automatically sent you a copy of each CD they released (I only left that service because they withdrew it).

So yesterday I pulled out all of my old Cooking Vinyl compilations and started ripping them and listening to them. I was surprised to see how few of them I was missing – and a quick visit to the Cooking Vinyl shop filled most of the holes. Unfortunately, my original copy of Hootenanny went in the Great Cassette Massacre of 2003 and I can’t find a copy for sale anywhere. I’d love to get my hands on a copy (tho’, to be honest, I probably have most of the tracks on other albums now).

It’s been a lot of fun listening to those albums again. I don’t listen to anywhere near enough world music. Thank you Cooking Vinyl for releasing them.

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Eternal Flame

According to an article in today’s Guardian, the Bangles are back. And it’s not a second too soon as far as I’m concerned.

I’m now going to have Going Down To Liverpool stuck in my head all day.

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politics

War (What Is It Good For?)

Anyone remember Tom Robinson?

Well he’s got a good page on his web site about what we can all do to protest about the forthcoming war.

I particularly like the Clone of the Attack poster.

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Marillion

I wrote a while ago about how I’d shared some of my early memories of Marillion with an author who was writing the definitive history of the band.

Well the book has been published. It’s called Separated Out. I picked up a copy in Borders today. The piece I wrote has been used almost unedited as a sidebar.

So now I have a credit in a book about an almost forgotten progressive rock band. I’m trying to work out if this is a good thing :)

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Joe Strummer RIP

I spent all day today in an office with no internet access, so it was only when I got home that I found out that one of my musical heroes had died.

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Tubular Bells

Whilst I was in HMV yesterday, for some reason I noticed the Mike Oldfield section. It’s frightening that Oldfield is still pumping out the same music that he’s been producing for thirty-odd years but that doesn’t detract anything from the genius of Tubular Bells.

This reminded me that it had been far too long since I’d listened to Tubular Bells so I put it on when I got home. It still sounds as great as it ever did. I had one slight problem with it tho’. I was playing a CD that I bought several years ago, but obviously for most of the time that I’ve been listening to it, it’s been on vinyl. This means that there’s a natural pause at the end of side one when you go and turn the record over (hey kids, gather round and listen to Uncle Dave tell you about the good old days). The end of side one is very intense with the Master of Ceremonies introducing all the instruments (“two slightly distorted guitars”) and it’s nice to have that break before launching into side two. One the CD it doesn’t work like that as “track one” leads straight into “track two” with no pause. Because I’m so used to the vinyl version that sounded very strange to me.

Also, has anyone noticed that the shouting in the middle of the second side sounds a lot like Klingon? I reckon that’s where Paramount stole the idea from. Don’t forget that Tubular Bells predates the first Star Trek film by several years.

Afterwards, I also listened to Tubular Bells II. I still can’t work out what the point of that was.

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CD Shopping

I feel so dirty. I’ve just bought CDs from Sainsburys of all places.

But hey, they were £9.99 each which is a good $pound; cheaper than most other places.

If anyone’s interested I bought the new Coldplay album, the new Peter Gabriel album and the Avril Lavigne album. The last of those was a complete impulse buy as I’ve heard her single on MTV a couple of times and really like it. She sounds like a mini-Alanis. This is a good thing.

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Daybreaker

Yay! New Beth Orton album.

Colour me chilled :)