Vinyl – Enough Said!

28 04 2015
Rega RP1 Turntable

My new Rega RP1 Turntable

 

I was 36 last week and with that in mind and after much discussion and procrastination with my wife about the relative merits of going back to a turntable she bit the bullet and bought me one!

So I am now the seriously proud owner of the Rega RP1, as pictured, what a piece of equipment, and what a sound – I had genuinely forgotten the warmth and range that vinyl offers.

I had an old Garrard about 12 years ago but had gotten rid of it when we moved house along with the majority of my vinyl, I have been undergoing a musical renaissance of late and really just fancied it again. The Rega is bloody easy to set up pretty much plug and play. Not only was it easy to set up but is simple to use and more importantly (not really but to some maybe!) is great to look at with really modern styling.

Currently I own 6 pieces of vinyl so I know for a fact I am going to be off record hunting this weekend to see if I can add a few bits and pieces.

The best thing I own so far is Valtari by Sigur Ros and that is a delight, something I really want though is the latest Godspeed You! Black Emperor offering but I may need to save a few pennies first.

Buying records in their physical form has undergone a resurgence in the UK, I have probably gone on about this numerous times previously on this blog but I still buy CDs (yes god damn it they still exist!), most of my collection is in this digitally recorded format, and I will continue to buy in this way until I physically can’t anymore. Vinyl is different though it is not for everyday listening. I know that sounds kind of stupid but what I mean is that vinyl is special, it takes effort to listen to music in this way, but with it comes feel, texture, smell and the delight of gently handling that piece of plastic before placing it in the spindle. That experience is why I will be switching and buying certain key albums in vinyl, those albums that will either sound great or are intensely personal to me.

What would you recommend?





On Rotation

14 02 2013

I now have what I consider to be a vast CD collection, over 1250 titles now. A collection that is actually situated in my office, which can be a distraction. From time-to-time I grab a pile of CD’s and put them on my desk to play on rotation, most days I can only get through one album due to how busy work is but there are times when I can put stuff on back-to-back when it is that little bit quieter. Lets have a look at what I am continually playing at the moment.

I have always loved Godspeed but this album has taken me a bit of time to get into, still the same Godspeed sound just less fluid in my opinion – they are still on my list to see live however!

My favourite album out the bunch above has to be XX – I know I keep going on about this band but their music is so fragile something within it has really resonated with me, the standout track on the album in my eyes is Infinity and I have posted a video of The XX performing it live at Glastonbury in 2010 just below:

What are you currently listening to on repeat? We all have something! please post your thoughts in the comments.





Merry Christmas – a little belated

26 12 2012

Merry Christmas – I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, I know I did, very relaxing with my family. Of course I got a load of music to listen to but as yet have only managed to get through one album – comes from the demands of an 8 year old son!

I received a link to a video on YouTube via the comments of this blog and I thought it was so good I would embed it for your pleasure below. The band is Under Byen, a group I wrote about earlier in 2012.

The track is a very haunting and somewhat disturbingly beautiful interpretation of the Leonard Cohen song I’m Your Man. It is performed live and sung in Danish and the Danish title translates as Jeg Er Din Mand. You can watch and listen to it below, thanks to Morten for the link.





A Bit of a Spending Spree

26 11 2012

It’s obviously the lead up to Christmas and during this time I start to play a bit of catch up with my music buying. In fairness I may be there to purchase them but I still doubt get my hands on them until the big day!

So with that in mind I thought I would list what I managed to pick up over the weekends trip to Bristol, on a side note Bristol is a great city for shopping with a number of decent record shops and numerous books shops to browse and purchase from.

They are listed in no particular order:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
The Macabees – Given to the Wind
Ed Harcourt – Lustre
Linkin Park – Live in Texas
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
The Vaccines – Come of Age

Would be great to hear what you think of the selection in the comments below, have you heard any of these albums? (I realise the Linkin Park albums have been out for years) How would you rate the purchases?





A New Band to Start the Week: Under Byen

8 10 2012

Picked out The Listener by Howe Gelb as my first listen of the week and this great Americana album from 2003 features a track called Torque (Tango De La Tongue). A slow moving track with a definite jazz hint from the bass and piano licks. I wondered who the female singer was that duets on the track.

Henriette SennenvaldtThe album notes told me it was Henriette Sennenvaldt, I was of course at a loss with that having never heard of her before so I put trusty Google to the test and it turns out she is the lead-singer with Danish band Under Byen. The title of this post is a new band to start the week but in this respect it is simply new to me, so forgive me if you are already well-versed!

So a quick click across to Spotify and I find two tracks, a  very miserly number considering the band have 4 studio albums to date plus a remix album and a soundtrack to their name.

The two tracks available on Spotify are also the same two tracks available for download on Amazon MP3 so I am going to have to do a bit of searching to find the four albums. the two tracks in question are Pilot and Sort Vinter [affiliate links] both of which come from compilation albums.

Have to say from the limited listening I have had so far I am very impressed with a sound very reminiscent of both Sigur Ros and another Icelandic act múm in places.

Under Byen (Danish for below the city) started in Denmark back in 1995 but didn’t release an album until Kyst in 1999 and this was followed up with Det er mig der holder træerne sammen in 2002. Since then there have been two further albums which includes the last release in 2010 titled Alt er Tabt.

If you are a fan of Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, múm, Bjork or even post rock bands like Mogwai then Under Bye could be worth a listen. If anyone can find any more tracks or official downloads online please let me know.





The Power Out

2 07 2010

I came up with a cunning plan yesterday to try and get me to listen to more music. I finally put one of my stereo’s on my office desk so that whilst I am editing or writing I can listen to some tunes.

This will mean re-igniting the passion hopefully and re-discovering some artists that have been tucked away on the numerous shelves.

The first such artist is Electrelane and I listened to their second album called The Power Out (2004) this morning. In hindsight I wonder why I hadn’t really given it much time. Tinged with blues, jazz and a certain hint of Stereolab the album is great.

Now going to go off and listen to the debut album again called – Rock it to the Moon, 2001.

Going to have to check on more releases now.





Socialisme Ou Barbarie?

13 04 2010

Socialism or Barbarism as it translates in english is the debut album released in 2003 by Monade.

Monade are a French post-rock band that features Leatitia Sadier, one half of Stereolab. It has been a while since I have listened to this album and you can certainly hear the Stereolab resemblance. The album is very down beat with Sadier’s well known hushed vocals.

Sung almost exclusively in French the album is a real delight.

From what I read Sadier has said that a September 2009 concert would be her last under the Monade name and she was moving onto to specialist solo projects.

I only have the first album but there are three in total with the last released in 2008.

You can find them here:








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