I found my old Sony Mini Disc player. It still looks shiny and brand new. I wish I could also find the recording of Alex Chilton I made with it when he played our local Art Centre back in the 90s. He performed a set of cover versions with a couple of Scottish musicians and I’m sure it would be of interest to collectors (if I ever found it). 🎵
Here’s a bit of joyful reading for a Sunday. 🎵
🎵 Farewell, Tina Turner. A true rock’n roll legend. Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83
I never really listened to Terry Hall’s band The Colour Field that much. Which means I’d never heard their gorgeous cover of The Roches’ Hammond Song until today. Hammond Song on YouTube 🎶
With November marking 50 years since their debut album, we pick the best of the band’s idiosyncratic output, with tales of capitalism, drug dealers and mid-life crises.
Nice list. Deacon Blues is my fave. 🎵
The Marillion show was rescheduled to the following night but at a different venue. This was my view of the stage and the reason I have a sore neck today. It was a great show though. The usual mix of high emotion and laughter from live Marillion. I loved it. Setlist. 🎵
I expected it but next Monday’s Marillion show in Glasgow has been cancelled. It’s disappointing but understandable. I could have done with the uplift after such a stressful summer. New date to come. Marillion ‘The Leavers: V. One Tonight-Live At The Royal Albert Hall 🎶
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu
I love the joyful chaos of DJ Stashu on WFMU. She brightens up Friday nights.
Trigger warning for polka music. 🎵
I’ve got two live shows coming up this month. Marillion and Steve Hackett. The last two shows I attended were to see… Marillion and Steve Hackett. I. know what I like as someone once sang. 🎵
Wonderful BBC Proms concert on TV tonight. Public Service Broadcasting and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performed their tribute to the BBC centenary. The ending was powerful. A moving reminder that nothing lasts forever but also a symbol of what we’d lose if the BBC disappeared. 🎵
Currently reading: Sound Within Sound by Kate Molleson 📚🎵
I haven’t been able to concentrate on any reading over the last few weeks due to the major stuff going on in my life but I seem to be settling down a bit now. I have a pile of music-related books to get through.
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…” 🎵
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. 🎵
Read: ‘They didn’t go round the corner for beer’: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella (The Guardian) 🎵
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. 🎵
This a great little story.
A rock star’s favourite guitar was stolen. One of his biggest fans tracked it down in Japan.
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.
A great unreleased (as far as I know) live version of my favourite Genesis song. 🎵