dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 08:43 pm
An interesting blog post from a fan of black metal, neofolk, and oi! genres - all genres that seem to have a certain attraction for fascists. The author also doesn't like fascists, and doesn't want to abandon their preferred music genres to fascists. For a number of reasons, although this is one;

"We shouldn’t let nazis have nice things."

'Cede no ground to fascists'
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 01:02 pm
Today is, once again, World Goth Day. So now you know.

As a result of this, the papers are full of photos of emos and spookykids, and the occasional article asking "what happened to the goths", and "12 things you'll recognise if you were a goth in the 90s". However, filtering through all of this there is some common thread of the gothic, and some articles asking "where did they come from" (although few asking "if you're a goth, where were you when we sacked Rome?").

Among these, the METRO put together a list of "the top 13 goth songs from the 80s", together with links to the videos. You may disagree with their definition of "top 13" and the order in which they're placed, but there are definitely some fine tunes here ...

13 - Fields Of The Nephilim - Moonchild
12 - The Mission - Tower Of Strength
11 - Love And Rockets - So Alive
10 - Xmal Deutschland - Incubus Succubus
09 - The Damned - Anything
08 - The Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion
07 - The Birthday Party - Release The Bats
06 - Joy Division - Transmission
05 - Siouxsie & The Banshees - Night Shift
04 - The Cult - Rain
03 - Bauhaus - She's In Parties
02 - The Cure - A Forest
01 - The Sisters Of Mercy - Alice

Original listicle, with video links, is here.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Monday, February 6th, 2017 06:17 pm
If you find background noise useful for helping you relax, or concentrate, then this site could be useful. It has several shedloads of dynamically configurable noise generators, of a whole load of types.

myNoise - also available as Apps.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 04:46 pm
In post n of an ongoing so-called series, here's the current load in my CD changer. I'll probably reload it later today, as I've got some more CDs since, but for now it's got ...
  1. Various artists - NCIS: Benchmark (soundtrack album)
  2. Poe - Haunted
  3. Show of Hands w/ Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton - Centenary: Words & Music of The Great War [CD1 - poetry]
  4. Show of Hands - Centenary: Words & Music of The Great War [CD2 - songs]
  5. Wardruna - Runaljod - Yggdrasil

A variety of genres - soundtrack compilation, indie (including some strange atmospheric elements - her brother wrote House Of Leaves), poetry (with folk music), folk, and some odd atmospheric Nordic stuff inspired by the runes of the Elder Futhark.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Friday, June 15th, 2012 01:57 pm
As the next one is coming up soon, a quick retrospective of last year's DV8Fest festival. Some of these acts will be playing again this time, including The Savoy Ballroom (rather fine) and Utah Saints (bloody awesome).

The festival is held across three venues in York - two roughly next to each other, and one a brisk walk away, which makes venue-hopping possible.

Photos from last time are here, or, organised by venue and date ...

2011 07 21 - The Duchess - Rhombus, Eureka Machines, Deviant UK, Nosferatu
2011 07 22 - Stereo - Last July
2011 07 22 - The Duchess - Partly Faithful, Cold In Berlin
2011 07 22 - The Barbican - Gary Numan
2011 07 23 - The Park Inn - Luxury Stranger
2011 07 23 - Stereo - The Savoy Ballroom, Alice Moving Under Skies, Rome Burns, Voltaire
2011 07 23 - Fibbers - Utah Saints
2011 07 24 - Fibbers - Spucktute, Deathboy, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Mesh
2011 07 24 - The Duchess - Dyonisis, Anne-Marie Hurst, The March Violets

And some general photos, including a couple of Ed Alleyne-Johnson busking (he had no idea there was a festival on, he was just in the area).

And just a few sample pics ... )
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 08:50 pm
A couple of weeks ago I, and a few of my colleagues, made the short walk to St Olave's Church in London, site of Samuel Pepys' grave and also the inspiration for Dickens' "St Ghastly Grim", in order to attend one of their regular recitals. This time the performer was our former colleague, the medieval harpist (harper ?) Leah Stuttard, playing a programme of 15th Century harp music based on research made into the records of George Cely, son and nephew of the principal builders and benefactors of St Olave's.

George was a meticulous note-keeper (possibly to prove to his father his fitness to carry out the family mercantile business), and not only did he note the sums paid to his music teacher, Thomas Rede of Calais, for his harp, lute, and dancing lessons, he also noted the titles of some of repertoire the songs that he learnt. These notes are now in the Public Record Office, and formed the foundation for some extensive research by Leah into the tunes, which were mostly songs well-known at the time in England, appearing in manuscripts across Europe, although rarely in English translations. In addition, he notes learning some European tunes, including a dance from Flanders - presumably useful accomplishments for a young merchant whose life would have required a fair amount of cosmopolitan travel.

Leah's instrument is a replica gothic bray harp, so named for the 'bray pins', pegs attached to the soundbox against which the strings vibrate, a musical effect which fell out of popularity in Europe but continued elsewhere, and producing a sound reminiscent of a sitar.

Samples behind cut )

Main gallery is here.


Examples of some of Leah's playing can be found here, on SoundCloud.

(On seeing the photos, Leah's response was "I didn't realise I looked so hardcore! There wasn't a mirror in the vestry!")
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Thursday, October 1st, 2009 08:42 am
It appears that my general aversion to the genre known as 90s BritPop is weakening. I feel ... dirty. And not necessarily in a good way. [grin]

(Admittedly, at the moment I'm only encountering it on compilations, so I'm probably getting the best examples, but I caught myself wondering whether the rest of Supergrass' ouevre is as fun as Caught By The Fuzz and Alright (a song I wasn't overly keen on at the time it came out). Skunk Anansie still aren't BritPop, though, however many times they end up on those compilations. And Shed 7 are still pants.)
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Friday, September 18th, 2009 07:53 am
Have recently got home from work, and still sniffly. However, I have some recent musical purchases to sustain me, and I thought I'd share what they are ...
  • Go Cat Go! (A tribute to the Stray Cats) - Various Artists
  • Galore - Kirsty MacColl
  • 5 - Red Sky Coven
  • Today is a Good Day - New Model Army
  • 3 - Nouvelle Vague
  • No Man's Fool - Rachael McShane
  • Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury - The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Assorted ramblings about the above. )

That's it for this post - if anyone's interested, I might review the as-yet-unlistened albums later.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Thursday, September 17th, 2009 10:03 pm
Have recently got home from work, and still sniffly. However, I have some recent musical purchases to sustain me, and I thought I'd share what they are ...
  • Go Cat Go! (A tribute to the Stray Cats) - Various Artists
  • Galore - Kirsty MacColl
  • 5 - Red Sky Coven
  • Today is a Good Day - New Model Army
  • 3 - Nouvelle Vague
  • No Man's Fool - Rachael McShane
  • Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury - The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Assorted ramblings about the above. )

That's it for this post - if anyone's interested, I might review the as-yet-unlistened albums later.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 12:09 pm
My colleagues were complaining that it was too quiet, and that they wanted some music to listen to. I've got speakers on my monitor, so helpfully offered to unplug my headphones and listen to music out loud. I even helpfully removed the album I had been listening to (Data Plague by Primary Slave¹) and put in Odyssey (1992-2002) by Juno Reactor.

This did not, apparently, meet with their approval - they wanted something like Heart or Magic FM. [sigh]

Headphones back on. [grin]

(I've also got the best of Suzanne Vega (Retrospective) and the best of Peter Gabriel (Shaking the Tree) in my bag, but I happen to like Juno Reactor.)

¹ No, I'd never heard of them either - charity shop purchase - semi-industrial metallish, dating from 2000, on the Visible Noise label. [livejournal.com profile] ephemera might like them.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 08:42 pm
Yep, it's still the 90s ... I've just ordered a ticket for Therapy? (Islington Academy on Tuesday 5th May)

Huzzah.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: (Words)
Sunday, March 1st, 2009 03:29 pm
I've had the rather fine Joolz & New Model Army recording of this going through my head (although I think they drop the last two stanzas) ...



'Song to the men of England' - Percy Bysshe Shelley )



I can recommend the above-mentioned recording, if you've not heard it. Actually, even if you have ...
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 02:09 pm
That wasn't cunning.

Having bought the latest Prodigy album earlier this week (see post passim), I discovered that my copy appeared to be lacking a booklet (it's a digipac, i.e. cardboard, therefore it's not obvious). I didn't know whether or not there was supposed to be a booklet in there, so I went back to Rough Trade East to check, and to see about getting the booklet if I was missing it. Also, I had decided to pick up Matachin by Bellowhead, having enjoyed Burlesque so much.

While in there, several other CDs appear to have jumped into my hand ...
  • Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Seasick Steve - I Started Out With Nothin and I Still Got Most of it Left
And to top it all off, the swine had the War Child album on the counter in front of my while I was queuing. [sigh] Although I must admit to having been curious about some of the covers. I did at least manage to resist the special 15x7" double-A-side box set, which includes all fifteen tracks on 7" singles, with the original versions of the songs on the other sides.

I'm blaming Mssrs Ross, Radcliffe and Maconie on Radio 2 for most of those. I knew that listening to more modern music would be bad for me.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Monday, December 29th, 2008 01:01 am
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ephemera for picking this up ...

Firstly, farewell to the Astoria, confirmed to close on 15th January.

But, more invidious is this, "Form 696", an eight a four-page form for licensees to complete, giving all details of performers and the anticipated audience at live music events. Currently it applies in 21 London boroughs, but it could well spread.

There's a copy of the form here, for the especially curious.

On [livejournal.com profile] ephemera's post, one comment noted the 6 year retention period, the 14-day advance requirement (what happens with a late substitution - would that be illegal? and walk-on and open mic nights?), the (in)security of email as a route for personal information and the fact that it'll also hit private events in licensed premises too. I'm sure others will find more to comment on - not restricted to the "ethnic background make-up of likely audience" question. ("It's OK, officer, they're all nice white boys." ... pity it's a Skrewdriver covers band.) Unless they're talking eyeliner ...

Letter to the MP time again?
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Thursday, November 13th, 2008 12:29 am
Janice Long has just played the DNA mix of Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner.

It's been a while since I've heard it, and I don't think I even own a copy (which is an oversight that I should really rectify - possibly by seeking out a copy of her greatest hits, as she's recorded some fine tracks).

And every time I hear it, it takes me back to one specific moment - a teenage party at a friend of a friend of a friend's house. His parents had gone away, and he'd locked all of the furniture into a couple of rooms and hung plastic sheeting over all of the walls and put it down on the carpet. I was chilled out upstairs, and that song was filling the house.

Does that track have a similar "single memory" effect on anyone else? I suppose that for me it could be because it wasn't the type of track that my teenage self (Iron Maiden t-shirt, big white Hi-Tec trainers) would normally have sought out, thus restricting the number of associations the song has.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 10:20 pm
Well, that's one reason why Metallica's latest album sounded so drab. Have a look at the clipping shown by the graphs on this link (from September, but I'd not followed to it before). Far far too much compression. Ouch. Maybe with a re-mixing, it might sound less average. Although I (obviously) think that they should have let Mr Trujillo put his own bass approach to work ...
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Monday, May 19th, 2008 01:40 pm
Has anyone else got the 2CD box set of Blood, Brains & Rock'n'roll by Zombie Girl.

According to the official tracklisting (back of the box, also seen on Wikipedia), track 8 is Elsie and track 9 is a cover of Sex (I'm A). Except, listening to the tracks, it sounds a lot like they've got them transposed. Anyone else encountered this?

Oh, and if you haven't got it, it's a rather good album ...
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Friday, April 4th, 2008 02:00 pm
If you don't want to know the scores, look away now. If you'd like to have a go before you look at the answers, it's here - when you've done so, comment on that post so that I know.

In advance, I'd like to commend everyone on their efforts - some of you scored higher than I might have had I been doing this cold, and it's my MP3 drive.

Scores )

The answers )

Hope you enjoyed that, and I might do another one sometime if anyone would be interested.
Tags:
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 01:53 pm
After meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] cookwitch for a bite to eat in Yo Sushi (damn, that place is expensive!), we had a slight moment of ticket hassle - not quite sure how it happened, but it all got sorted out - in the process meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] ephemera and [livejournal.com profile] emmelinemay (who tried to persuade me that I wanted to become a RollerGirl referee while we were waiting).

Once all was sorted and we headed into the gig, we encountered the support act. We hadn't heard their name, and they seemed rather young (and emo-coiffed), but musically it was like a cross between 90s shoegazing indie and emo, with additional Englebert Humperdinck t-shirt on the singer. They were also enamoured of painfully sudden song endings, which jarred somewhat. And then they ended, suddenly, and left the stage. The interregnum was rather long, during which [livejournal.com profile] cookwitch had to retire from the field (and proceeded to make friends with the woman on the merchandise stall, later helping assorted skinny boys choose t-shirts which suited them - skinny, because they'd sold out of anything bigger than Large long ago - odd for t-shirts whihc say "VAST" across the front ...). [livejournal.com profile] emmelinemay continued to prove her point about her sight-line being a magnet for tall people.

And then VAST took the stage... )

Only their third gig in the UK, and apparently they'd been having trouble finding promoters willing to put them on. I'd definitely see them again if they come over again.
Tags: