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}
a silver mt. zion: Stumble then rise on some awkward morning
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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

What’s in the bag? (70)

Well, my taste in music is best described as eclectic, and this is somewhat proven by my latest vinyl purchase, Jean Sibelius. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic on this Deutsche Grammophon release from 1967, which happens to be the year I was born. The vinyl is absolutely perfect, not a pop or a crackle anywhere, and the vinyl is pretty heavy, 160g maybe.

I had been listening to a podcast on the composition ‘Finlandia’ and found it quite interesting, hence this purchase. I think it may have been a BBC podcast but can’t remember right now.

Here is the overview of Finlandia from Wikipedia, the full article can be found HERE:

Finlandia, Op. 26 is a symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It was written in 1899 and revised in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, and was the last of seven pieces performed as an accompaniment to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history.[2] The premiere was on July 2, 1900 in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus.[3] A typical performance takes anywhere from 7½ to 9 minutes.
In order to avoid Russian censorship, Finlandia had to be performed under alternative names at various musical concerts. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous, a famous example being Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish Spring, and A Scandinavian Choral March.
Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. Towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serenely melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius’s own creation.[4]
Although initially composed for orchestra, in 1900 Sibelius arranged the entire work for solo piano.[3][5]
Sibelius later reworked the Finlandia Hymn into a stand-alone piece. This hymn, with words written in 1941 by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, is one of the most important national songs of Finland (though Maamme is the national anthem).
With different words, it is also sung as a Christian hymn (Be Still, My Soul; also Hail, Festal Day), and was the national anthem of the short-lived African state of Biafra (Land of the Rising Sun). In the spring of 1963, the Rice University student body voted to establish a school song (Rice is Our Home), using the music from the Finlandia Hymn. The song was played at the 1964 Rice Commencement, but otherwise never officially adopted.

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Tracklist
A1 Finlandia – Symphonische Dichtung Op. 26: Andante Sostenuto – Allegro Moderato – Allegro
A2 Valse Triste – Aus Der Musik Zu Arvid Järnefelts Drama »Kuolema« Op. 44, Nr. 1: Lento
A3 Der Schwan Von Tuonela – Legende Für Orchester Aus »Lemminkaïnen« Op. 22, Nr. 3: Andante Molto Sostenuto – Poco A Poco Meno Moderato
English Horn [Solo] – Gerhard Stempnik
B Tapiola – Symfonische Dichtung Op. 112: Largamente – Allegro – Allegro Moderato – Allegro – Allegro Moderto

8/10

What’s In The Bag? (69)

I’m not one for having favourites of anything, mainly because it often depends on how I am feeling on any particular day as to what I consider to be my favourite of something, it is, for the most part, a changeable thing. This does not appear to be the case though when it comes to Beatles albums. I was in Head records in Leamington Spa and before me was the entire Beatles back catalogue re-released on 180g Vinyl. I could have had any of them, but could only afford one. I pondered for a brief while, but quickly discounted ‘The White Album’ as I have long thought it would have made an amazing single album but not a double, also, it was the most expensive. ‘Sgt. Peppers’ seemed an obvious choice as did ‘Revolver’, but no, the album I was repeatedly drawn back to was ‘Rubber Soul’.

Side One

1. Drive My Car
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
3. You Won’t See Me
4. Nowhere Man
5. Think for Yourself
6. The Word
7. Michelle

Side Two

1. What Goes On
2. Girl
3. I’m Looking Through You
4. In My Life
5. Wait
6. If I Needed Someone
7. Run for Your Life

I am at a loss to explain why it was this one and not any of the others, but perhaps it defies analysis. The tracks are all very short, averaging around 2 minutes 30 seconds and one of them I happen to really dislike (‘Michelle’, in case you were wondering). I do have a theory, though I am completely unable to back it up, however, I think it has something to do with simplicity. Let me expand on that.

A very long time ago I was the owner of a cassette tape of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, which I liked, but my brother was the owner of ‘The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl’, which I liked even more, so we swapped. Now I know that on the face of it I ended up with the lesser album, but my 11 or 12 year old mind just seemed to connect with these shorter, catchier songs much more and I was quite happy with the deal. I did try and listen to the ‘Hollywood Bowl’ album the other day for the first time in years and it is really bloody annoying, so much screaming!

I’m not alone in liking this album of course, it’s ranked number 5 on the Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums of all time (if you care about that sort of thing). Above it are the following:

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
3. Revolver, The Beatles
4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan

Which correlates with what I was saying earlier. I don’t want to sound as though I am apologising for my choice as favourite, because I’m not, it is my favourite and that’s all there is to it.

Here is about 8 minutes on the making of Rubber Soul:

9.25/10

Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 2)

Here we go again with another Your Fucking Sunny Day video compilation. It really needs some kind of strap line, but I can’t think of one, not a good one anyway.

Tracklist:

Fever Ray ‘If I Had A Heart’
Lamb – Butterfly Effect
Four Tet – Smile Around The Face (2005)
Morcheeba – Blood Like Lemonade (official)
MØ – XXX 88 ft. Diplo
UNKLE – The Runaway
Nightmares on Wax – Les Nuits
Bonobo – Eyesdown feat. Andreya Triana
Telepopmusik – Sound (feat Mark Gardener) – Official Video
Amon Tobin – ‘4 Ton Mantis’
DJ Shadow – Six Days
Burial & Four Tet – Nova
Prefuse 73 – Love You Bring
Portishead – Only You
Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line
Bjӧrk – Mutual Core – OFFICIAL – Art + Music – MOCAtv
Radiohead – No Surprises

Your F***ing Sunny Day (Episode 1)

Does anybody remember when Music Television would play one good video/song after another and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with reality television? I certainly do, and to help combat this void I have put together the first episode of ‘Your Fucking Sunny Day’ named after the first artist on the first episode, Lambchop, although this isn’t the song included, I chose it because it’s a better title than ‘Gone Tomorrow’, and a great song. Each episode will be about 70 mins long, and I have no idea myself what will be in future episodes, whatever takes my fancy I suppose.

Based on my site statistics this, and future episodes, will be viewed by 0.75 people, which is fine, they are handy for me to chromecast on to my TV, so that’s reason enough. So here goes, I hope all 0.75 of you enjoy this video playlist.

TRACKLIST:

LAMBCHOP – GONE TOMORROW
BON IVER – HOLOCENE
IRON & WINE – BOY WITH THE COIN
MIDLAKE – YOUNG BRIDE
SONGS: OHIA – BACK ON TOP
PHOSPHORESCENT – RIDE ON/RIGHT ON
M83 – WAIT
ARCADE FIRE – AFTERLIFE
EFTERTKLANG = HOLLOW MOUNTAIN
BEIRUT – POSTCARD FROM ITALY
METRONOMY – I’M AQUARIUS
ROYKSOP AND ROBYN – MONUMENT
STINA NORDENSTAM – TRAINSURFING
TAKEN BY TREES – DREAMS

WHAT’S IN THE BAG? (68)

This 1982 release contains one of my favourite tracks by Grace Jones, which is why it’s playing in the video below, ‘Nipple to the bottle’ written by Jones and Sly Dunbar. I spoke more about Grace Jones last month, here: What’s in the bag?(49). In relation to the Island Life compilation. I said then I’d be getting some more and it hasn’t taken long. I only paid £1.75 for it and it plays perfectly, it almost feels like theft!

The first track is the much better known ‘My Jamaican Guy’, actually, it’s a really good side one:

“My Jamaican Guy” (Grace Jones) – 6:00
“Nipple to the Bottle” (Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar) – 5:55
“The Apple Stretching” (Melvin Van Peebles) – 7:08

The second side is good as well, but not as good as side 1, at least I don’t think so:

“Everybody Hold Still” (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 3:10
“Cry Now, Laugh Later” (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 5:00
“Inspiration” (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 4:35
“Unlimited Capacity for Love” (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 5:45

Here again is another great cover, created by her then partner, Jean-Paul Goude, though with with an additional contribution from Rob O’Connor.

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Included is the cover of the single for ‘My Jamaican Guy’ as it is also rather damn good.

Here’s a video of a performance of ‘Nipple to the bottle’, which does actually include an actual nipple, if you watch it and are a sensitive type, then you were warned.

If you just want to listen to it then this is a much better version:

7.0/10

What’s in the bag? (67)

Last time I went to a record fair I picked up another Joe Jackson album, What’s in the bag? (15) which I liked so when I saw this one today I thought I’d better have it, it’s a clean copy, Near Mint I’d say and it was just a couple of quid.

I’ve only had a quick listen through, with ‘Is she really going out with him?’ being the stand out track as I already know it, but, regardless of anything else, I just love that front cover:

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6.5/10

What’s in the bag? (66)

There was a record fair in Leamington Spa today, which I didn’t know was happening, but having stumbled upon it I had to go in. I bought 10 or 11 albums, the last of which, just before I had to leave was this:

I remember well the first single, ‘Just Like Starting Over’, and thinking it was OK, and then, of course, three weeks after the release of the album, Lennon was shot in New York. I was walking into town from school at lunch time and I met somebody coming the other way who told me Lennon was dead. For some reason, my response was to say, “I’ll light a candle tonight”, which is really not the sort of thing I would normally say or do, but I think I may well have lit one when I got home from school.

Upon it’s release the album really wasn’t well received by the critics, but over the coming months the majority did a U-Turn, which is a crappy move really. The album is a musical dialogue between husband and wife, and it’s pretty good overall. I know that Yoko Ono’s own work is not to everybody’s taste but I’ve always quite liked a lot of it. The truth of it is that I like the three tracks that were taken as singles, ‘Just like starting over, ‘Woman’ and ‘Watching the wheels’, but the album itself is doesn’t really stand up as the grammy award winner it was in 1981, I think a lot of that was down to sentiment more than anything. After a 5 year hiatus from recording it was definitely a really good first step on a return to recording and releasing music, but, perhaps, there was more and better to come.

It’s a Near Mint copy and it cost me £3.00, so I really should be happy, and I am.

6.75/10 (yes, ratings now have decimals!)

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