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Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 6)

Mostly instrumental – but AWESOME!

Explosions in the Sky – Last Known Surroundings Official Music Video in HD
MONO – “Follow the Map” Official Video
Hammock – Breathturn (Official Video) {HD 720p}
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65DAYSOFSTATIC – Prisms (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
The Album Leaf – There Is a Wind [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Sigur Rós – Valtari [Official Music Video]
El Ten Eleven – “Yellow Bridges” (Official Video)
This Will Destroy You – Black Dunes (HD – Official Video)
God Is An Astronaut – Reverse World
Collapse Under The Empire – The Great Silence (Post Rock)
Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
65daysofstatic – Retreat! Retreat!
Explosions in the Sky – Be Comfortable, Creature Official Music Video in HD

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Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 5)

Well I have reached 5 Episodes, which is quite a good start really. Give it a listen, you never know, you might like it.

Bonobo : Cirrus [Official Video]
Flying Lotus – MmmHmm
Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear (feat. Mr. Lif)
RJD2 – Let There Be Horns
Nightmares on Wax – Be, I Do (Official Video)
Lali Puna: Move On
The Missing Suitcase – The Herbaliser
DJ Shadow – Six Days
Tricky – ‘Hell Is Round the Corner’ (Official Video)
Blockhead – The Music Scene – Official Video [HD]
Burial & Four Tet – Moth (Official Music Video HD)
Boards of Canada – Reach for the Dead (from Tomorrow’s Harvest)
Tycho – See (Official Music Video)
DARKSIDE – Metatron (Music Video)
Yppah – Film Burn feat. Anomie Belle
Múm: Hvernig á að særa vini sína
Eskmo – Cloudlight (Official Video) HD

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Vinyl Wall App

I use an Android phone and have started using it to keep track of my vinyl. The reason for using it is because I have found myself buying records that I actually already have, which is dumb I know, but it has happened twice now.

The app I’m using is called Vinyl Wall and their site is here: http://vinylwallapp.com/

It’s available for Android and Iphone and I’m finding it to be pretty good. Here are a couple of screen shots I took on my phone:

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FEATURES:
– A easy to use interface for managing and editing your collection and wish list
– Collect your records using our extensive (and clever) search database
– (Almost) all records comes with a record cover
– Follow your friends and other collectors
– Tag the record store where you bought your record
– You can access your collection from any Android/iPhone device with your VinylWall account
– Rank up with our VinylWall badges
– Share your records with friends and family

Adding albums is easy using a standard search function, although it is necessary to occasionally go for artist and album as your criteria. You can also add albums that aren’t in the database so everything is pretty much covered. The only flaw I’ve found with it is the inability to multi-select. To expand on this, let’s say I search for Bjork, I will get offered up all the Bjork related releases the app finds and I select ‘Post’, I then say what format it is, condition and some other options, including adding my own picture. I then add it to my collection. To add ‘Volta’ I have to search for Bjork again, including typing the search criteria in all over again. It would be so much better if the app were able to let me select everything at once.

One thing it does do, although I haven’t tried it as yet, is export your collection to a spreadsheet and send it to you via e-mail, which seems quite a handy thing to do.

It is a good app and I’ve no doubt it will stop me from the idiocy of buying records I already own.

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What’s in the bag? (72)

While in town yesterday buying used LP’s I also a bought a new one, at FULL PRICE! I know, crazy right? It was an old one but recently re-released on 180g vinyl. Now I’ve read up on 180g vinyl and apparently it has little bearing on the sound, however, this does not mean it doesn’t have benefits. It is less lightly to warp and it does have the feel of a more premium product, it can also reduce the amount of wow and flutter audible on a record as the larger mass enables the platter to move at a more continuous speed, but my ears probably wouldn’t notice this.

I like 180g records, which I understand to be more likely to be virgin vinyl and there’s a thinking that they quality control is a bit better as it is a premium product, however, they are cut from the same masters, the grooves are no deeper and it’s doubtful that most people can tell the difference in sound between 130g and 180g. They do add to the ceremony of vinyl I think, so the experience of removing the record from its sleeve, placing it on the platter, lifting the arm etc. is somewhat enhanced from it being that heavy vinyl.

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Back to the album, it was the début from DJ Shadow, ‘Entroducing…’. Originally released in 1996, It is primarily made up of samples (which are all listed below if you are interested) but still critically acclaimed, cropping up in dozens of critics year end lists and now considered to be a classic of the era. Listening to it today it still sounds fresh and new, as though it was just released rather than first appearing almost 20 years ago. Which is almost apt, as it is, to use a well used phrase, considered to be a ‘Sgt. Peppers’ moment for the genre, it’s influence still resonating now.

I can’t say I was there at the beginning, or even interested in this musical genre 20 years ago. I first heard this album a couple of years ago, but having done so, it seemed a must own on vinyl for me.

Tracklist with samples listed:

1.“Best Foot Forward” – 0:48

2.“Building Steam with a Grain of Salt” – 6:41


Contains samples of:
“I Feel a New Shadow” by Jeremy Storch[82]
“Planetary Motivations (Cancer)” by Mort Garson[83]
An interview with drummer George Marsh[84]

3.“The Number Song” – 4:38
Contains samples of:
“Orion” by Metallica[84]
“Baby Don’t Cry” by The Third Guitar[85]
“Corruption Is the Thing” by Creations Unlimited[85]
“Quit Jive’in” by Pearly Queen[85]

4.“Changeling” / “Transmission 1” – 7:51
Contains samples of:
“Invisible Limits” by Tangerine Dream[82]
“Klondyke Netti” by Embryo[85]
Prince of Darkness[23]

5.“What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)” – 5:08
Contains samples of:
“The Vision and the Voice” by The Flying Island[82]
“Monica” by The People’s People[85]

6.Untitled 0:24
Contains samples of:
“Grey Boy” by Human Race[85]

7.“Stem/Long Stem” / “Transmission 2” – 9:22


Contains samples of:
“Love Suite” by Nirvana[82]
“Freedom” by Murray Roman[86]
“Tears” by Giorgio Moroder[83]
Prince of Darkness[23]

8.“Mutual Slump” – 4:03
Contains samples of:
“Possibly Maybe” by Björk[82]
“Love, Love, Love” by Pugh Rogefeldt[85]
“More Than Seven Dwarves in Penis-Land” byRoger Waters and Ron Geesin[85]

9.“Organ Donor” – 1:57
Contains samples of:
“Tears” by Giorgio Moroder[87]
“Someone” by Tim and Bill[88]

10.“Why Hip Hop Sucks in ’96” – 0:41
Contains samples of:
“There’s a DJ in Your Town” by Samson & Delilah[89]
“Snap” by Cleo McNett[89]

11.“Midnight in a Perfect World” 5:02


Contains samples of:
“Sower of Seeds” by Baraka[82]
“Sekoilu Seestyy” (English: “The Madness Subsides”) by Pekka Pohjola[82]
“Releasing Hypnotical Gases” by Organized Konfusion[90]
“The Human Abstract” by David Axelrod[91]
“Dolmen Music” by Meredith Monk[29]
“California Soul” by Marlena Shaw[92]

12.“Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain” – 9:23
Contains samples of:
“Pon a Hill” by Tyrannosaurus Rex[85]
“Space Oddysey – 2001” by Daly-Wilson Big Band[85]
“A Funky Kind of Thing” by Billy Cobham[85]
The Aurora Encounter

13.“What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 – Blue Sky Revisit)” / “Transmission 3” – 7:28
Contains samples of:
“The Voice of the Saxophone” by The Heath Brothers[82]
“All Our Love” by Shawn Phillips[93]
“Nucleus” by The Alan Parsons Project[94]
“Joe Splivingates” by David Young[95]
Prince of Darkness[23]
Twin Peaks[31]

Total length:
63:26

9/10

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What’s in the bag (71)

Head Records in Leamington had a load of used vinyl in this weekend and I bought a few, one of which was ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ by David Bowie.

It plays perfectly and cost £5, which is not bad at all really. I well remember ‘Ashes to Ashes’ hitting the number one spot in the UK with, what was then, a rather a startlingly odd promotional video. Now it looks like something that might have been done on somebody’s smart phone. It was very influential though as the usual videos we would see back in 1980 where pretty much just the band playing or running about.

Side 1 is amazing, packed with brilliant tracks and Side 2 keeps the quality high, albeit with tracks that might be less familiar.

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Side One
1. “It’s No Game (No. 1)”
2. “Up the Hill Backwards”
3. “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”
4. “Ashes to Ashes”
5. “Fashion”
Side Two
6. “Teenage Wildlife”
7. “Scream Like a Baby”
8. “Kingdom Come” (music and lyrics by Tom Verlaine)
9. “Because You’re Young”
10. “It’s No Game (No. 2)”

Here’s a whole documentry on Bowie – ‘Sound and Vision’

8.25/10

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Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 4)

and why not?

Leon Bridges – Coming Home
James Davis – Co-Pilot
Sachal – No More Tears
Macy Gray – I Try
Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
Curtis Harding – “Keep On Shining”
Raphael Saadiq – Let’s Take a Walk
Robert Glasper Experiment – Calls ft. Jill Scott
Snarky Puppy – Thing of Gold (groundUP)
Valerie June | You Can’t Be Told
Nick Waterhouse – This Is A Game (Official Video)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Stranger To My Happiness”
Lianne La Havas | Lost & Found (Official Video)
Thievery Corporation – Take My Soul
Gorillaz – Stylo
Nightmares on Wax – You Wish
Cody ChesnuTT – Til I Met Thee

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Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 3)

This post was what set me off on this video playlist:- barrettbites

They are quite fun to do as I often have to find things that are new to me to be part of the episode, and this is good, although I have listen to a lot before finding something that I think fits.

Tracklist:

Leon Bridges – Coming Home
James Davis – Co-Pilot
Sachal – No More Tears
Macy Gray – I Try
Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
Curtis Harding – “Keep On Shining”
Raphael Saadiq – Let’s Take a Walk
Robert Glasper Experiment – Calls ft. Jill Scott
Snarky Puppy – Thing of Gold
Valerie June – You Can’t Be Told
Nick Waterhouse – This Is A Game
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Stranger To My Happiness
Lianne La Havas – Lost & Found
Thievery Corporation – Take My Soul
Gorillaz – Stylo
Nightmares on Wax – You Wish
Cody ChesnuTT – Til I Met Thee