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  1. Sorry,that should have read Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble. But you all knew that anyway. Thanks for being too polite to point out my error. He/they were very good indeed.Beach House on Wednesday.The fun just never stops...
  2. Gilad Azmon tonight and then Beach House on Wednesday.
  3. I saw Acoustic Ladyland in Bristol on Friday night[Nov 12].A superb set of what has been described as 'punk funk jazz'.Not really an adequate description but covers the general approach-intense and dynamic-tight but loose,if you will!!.Not so sure about the 'funk' element ,although there are tunes that develop into pulverising grooves.'Jazz' is easier-all formally-trained musicians from various music colleges ,playing with an utter lack of coolness or detachment.Sweaty,fierce and despite my rambling,very hard to accurately pin down.Wonderful music.
  4. Books,the newspaper and stuff on the net.Obviously. Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess.The Portable atheist,edited and compiled byChristopher Hitchens and Long Player,Goodbye byTravis Elborough.Those are the books,for now. The Guardian in paper form,maybe once or twice a week.Various websites,including Z net, New Economics Foundation,Richard Dawkins.net,Guardian football,Facebook,just once a week for that one,various local news and entertainment sites,and a Led Zep site that I drop in to once in a while..obviously.
  5. The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor The North of England Home Service by Gordon Burn Those Feet by David Winner
  6. Seldom seen kid-Elbow Dig Lazarus Dig-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Vantage Point-Deus Live at The Filmore-Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  7. I'm reading 'The Manuscript found in Saragossa' by Jan Potocki. Saw the film,which is called 'The Saragossa Manuscript' a little while ago and loved it. So....thought I'd give the book a try. Also reading a history of Tea but can't remember the author.It's at home:I'm at work.
  8. The Blessing at the end of Sept.Very good too,although I think I may have mentioned them here before.Tonight..NeonNeon[last night now,28th]inBristol.Late 70's/early80's electro/dance sums them up.Sort of New Order and Pet Shop Boys-ish.Not going to go down too well here,is it,really?Fine band and very entertaining too. Next is Mercury Rev....bye for now!!
  9. Listening-Vantage Point by Deus,Stax 50th Anniversary Box set and Mezzanine by Massive Attack. Not all at once. Reading-In Europe by Geert Mak
  10. Not exactly sure...maybe Wayne Hussey and Miles Hunt in Bristol,23rd August. Wasn't much of a fan of The Mission or Wonderstuff but a few people I know are/were so it may be more of a reunion,catching up with old friends type of evening. We'll see. Pretty definite is Massive Attack in Manchester in September.Saw them earlier this Summer and just at the moment it may well have been the best show I've seen in a decade,at least. Off to London this weekend so if there's anything interesting on there,that'll be the next one...
  11. Saw The Blessing this afternoon in Queen Square, Bristol. Some of you here may know them because Clive Deamer plays drums with them.Or at least he usually does.....no show from him today[it was yesterday, now, if you see what I mean..] Still...they're a great band and well worth standing in the rain to watch and listen. Recommended-The Blessing.
  12. UK 1)Queen by miles 2)Pink Floyd 3) Zeppelin Euro-really? 'By miles' are you sure? I saw Queen twice in the 1970's and they were just another rock band that you could see if you wanted to. No real sense of significance about their shows.No real sense of occasion or of being at an'event'other than a show by a good band. Zeppelin,on the other hand...the announcement of the Knebworth show[and then the second show,announced just after] was and still is probably the single biggest concert announcement I can recall.Until the O2 show, that is. As has been pointed out here, Queen embraced video technology very early on .They also released and assiduously promoted singles from every album, which boosted their profile and kept them in the public eye in a very professional way. I tend to think of Queen as a very good, hard-working pop group. Their profile and image was almost as big than Zep's by 1979 and these increased on through the 80's But...by 1979 they'd done nothing to compare with the Knebworth shows and their album sales excluding best of/big hits/greatest etc were small in comparison with Zep at that point. The single most significant thing that happened to Queen was that Zep withdrew in 1980,at which point Queen's career takes off and they approach ,but only approach[not actually arrive at,let alone surpass] Zep's popularity here[England]
  13. The next band I'm going to see is Tinariwen, on Thursday. Then, on Saturday,Spiritualized. One band I've never seen before and am very much looking forward too, followed by one of my favourite live bands.Mmmm!!
  14. Here' s the news, in summary...John Henry Bonham is dead, as has been pointed out previously on this very thread. Jason is his son. Here's the big idea..they're not the same person. It might just be possible that they do things in different ways.Maybe. Could some people here just allow that possibility? Please? Let Jason do what he feels is right and let Jimmy,John Paul and Robert be the judges[if any judges are actually required..] of his performance. They were actually onstage with him.All this" I'm a drummer you know.." stuff looks a little over-assertive[and, paradoxically, insecure but the 2 traits do go together, I'm told,]to say the least. He drummed. You didn't. He did it his way. Cue Paul Anka...
  15. Believe me,I know. I wouldn't have it any other way! This board has its own unique charm and feel to it. It's the punters what do it, I'm led to believe...
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