I had to pay for a digital copy of the WFMU documentary but it was worth the money. It made me feel even better about my recent decision to become a “swag for life” supporter. You need to do what you can to support the art and music you love.
Film log - watched Nobody, 2021 - ***½ 🎥
Dropping everything to read : The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers. I’ve had this on order for a while. 📚
Medicine by Momma. I love this. If you like 90s alternative stuff you probably will too. 🎵
My decision to go default with the DuckDuckGo browser was a little bit rash. Too many little annoyances are popping up already. I imported a large number of Firefox bookmarks and the new tab page became unuseable. This is still very much a beta.
I got my beta invite for the DuckDuckGo mac browser. Initial impression: it’s very fast but there are no extensions installed yet so that might change. I’m going to make it my default for a couple of days for a proper test.
I set up a new domain and theme for micro.blog this week. Wordpress is like a big machine with multiple parts that need oiling, and maintenance, for it to function properly and I’m not sure I want to keep doing that. I feel more at ease just posting a line, or two, to micro.blog.
Marillion have released a special edit, and video, of the song Reprogram The Gene for Earth Day - A Friend Of The Earth (Youtube). Have a listen.
“Listen to Greta T…” 🎵
New pen. It’s the Yookers Gaia fibre-tipped pen that takes fountain pen ink cartridges. I don’t know what fountain pen purists think but I already love the feel and writing flow of this pen. The retro styling looks great too. 🖋
I’ve become a big fan of WFMU over the last few months and having unlimited fast broadband means I can listen in for hours everyday. Knowing that the station has a listeners birding group makes me love it even more. 🎵
Currently reading: The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary 📚
The final season of Brooklyn 99 comes to the UK tonight. I’ve managed to avoid any talk about the episodes so I’m looking forward to it. I just hope all of my favourite supporting “bit characters” get their final appearances too. 📺
Read: ‘They didn’t go round the corner for beer’: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella (The Guardian) 🎵
Finished reading: The Looking Glass War by John Le Carré. It took two attempts to read this gloomy installment of John Le Carré’s espionage series but the ending was quietly devastating.
Preparing for Storm Dudley to hit later on. Storm Eunice is due tomorrow. I think British storm names are being picked to cause the least amount of anxiety.
Can a person have too many sets of headphones? I’m hoping the answer is “no”.
A week of highs and sad, sad, lows. It started with a tremendous Marillion gig and has ended with the tragic death of Big Big Train vocalist, David Longdon. I’m lost for words.
I saw Marillion in Edinburgh. It was a fantastic night and felt like a real celebration. They were clearly very happy to be back on tour. Lovely old venue too. 🎵
Updated everything and, of course, Podcasts is broken on the Homepods. Apple should dump their crappy app and buy something better. Back to Pocket Casts for me.
There are lots of things I like about Drummer blogging and lots of things I don’t. I’m good at following instructions but switching to https/personal domains and even sharing images is a bit beyond me. I’ll keep at it and see how it develops though.
This a great little story.
A rock star’s favourite guitar was stolen. One of his biggest fans tracked it down in Japan.
Link: Randy Bachman’s guitar was stolen. One of his biggest fans tracked it down in Japan. - The Washington Post
Family members have had Covid over the last week. I tested negative but I’m pretty sure I’ve had a mild dose. We’ve all been double-vaccinated so no one has developed serious problems. It’s quite annoying after all the special care we’ve taken over the last 18 months to avoid it.
Hello from Drummer. It’s nice to have new things to play with.
Another MP is murdered in the UK and people are trying to score points in the usual places. Twitter and Facebook have poisoned the well and I don’t think there’s any way back.
I love Steely Dan and this is a great interview. Donald Fagen is supposed to be working on a new solo album. 🎵
Talking Nabokov and Judaism with the Steely Dan co-founder, whose first live album comes out today.
Link: A Conversation With Donald Fagen - Tablet Magazine