Saturday, 15 October 2011

Friday Diary - including spotified 111015

I just don't remember this but supposedly we ended up  last week listening  Tom  Waits. Certainly we began there last night - but it was like listening  to Daniel O'Doneel with a bad cold. Slick Radio 2light listening, pretty hellish. Must have been a recent album or something.

Luckily i saved the day, which is something  i don't get to say often, by turning  to our lord. Something  else i don't get to say often.

How I converted to our Lord Creator.

Ok the 'our' bit is a bit gratuitous. But it all began couple of months ago when Radio 2 wasn't playing Mama Cass's 'It's Getting Better', and slapped on 'Kingston Town'  (Not NOT UB40's turgid version) but, well, but frankly by who. Rushed off to dig up  the playlist for that hour and found: Lord Creator. And of course forgot his name within  a few days. Until this week when is just sort of appeared as if having  been through a long lost walk in  the woods of my cavernous head.

I have been getting  excited about having  a grown-up  chrismas party in  our flat. It involves me upping  the DIY ante and getting  a lot more done by December, but i will try. I want: Mullet wine (of course), sweetish german white wine, Dress:  Lounge Suits (saw that on  my mothers 80th birthday party invite), Buffet (random odd vegetarian-isms, bhajis, samosas), and Lord Creator on  all night. Much as i would like to inflict Seefeel on  everyone, i just dont think guitar electronica is everyone's cup of tea, but Lord Creator's missing  link between Calypso and early Reggae is fantastic. One minute he's getting  his girl home in  time with 'Don't Stay out Late' with 50's crooner / doo wop but with brilliant brass soloists (but this extra distorted rhythm guitar), then he's calypsoing with Ma & Pa. Genius. Perfect gentle party music. Even earlier than Desmond Dekker, but heading  in  that direction. (I saw Desmond Dekker twice (or three time) in  London, brilliant).

Vegetarian still? Probably not.
I found myself having  a sausage roll yesterday.  This last week has been distinctly lose on the food front. And had more John Dorey last night.

I like this 15 minute recipe we've brewed up:
  1. Fry an onion / and or leek, garlic, chilli - to taste, salt and pepper, with lid on. Not too hot.
  2. Put fish in, in  2 bits. Medium heat, with lid on.
  3. Turn fish after a few minutes. drop a bag of Spinach on top, with lid on.
  4. When Spinach has collapsed / cooked Serve.
So good bye Carol Vorderman, i certainly enjoy vegetables much more, and mainly eat just that, but by heck black pudding's a treat.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Friday Diary - including spotified 111008

Lets begin with something  fishy - a John Dorey. Cheaper than i thought but firm and hick and very nice. Panfried with chilli (too much) , garlic and onions and spinach on top. Very nice. After discovering  Turbet last month things are really looking  up  on  the fish front. Does that make us Piscatorian Immoral Vegans?

Broken Social Scene - listened to the to hits, the latest album and parts of their first album. All pretty good, will have to investigate further.
Wild Beasts  - very curious, he has a voice like all '80s singers in  one: David Sylvian, and Heaven 17, Marc Almond, Spandau Ballet, Limahl, the whole lot, and yet its pretty good, modern sound with these vocals.

But then Spotified ran out. Our 10 hours for October gone. So fast! So we dug out some albums (ripped to harddrive) and got stuck into  - can't remember, was it Bonobo?

In  the mean time we decided on  what albums to buy:
  1. Washed Out
  2. Twin Sister
  3. Beach House - Beach House
  4. SeeFeel
Plus amazon single downloads (DRM free you see) of:
  1. Can - Vitamin C 
  2. Mogwai - Get to France
  3. TV on  the Radio - Wolf like me
Which is very encouraging. Though what to do about spotify? Maybe i will by it for a month? Or maybe try somewhere else - Jamendo?

So, on  hearing  that the best shops were still:
  1. Ebay
  2. Asos
  3. Berties
And now Rokit - for vintage stuff.

The worst shop is TopShop it seems. Doesn't work in  Opera, i crime i heartily agree with.

But an interesting point made is that paying  by Paypal is always better than paying  by credit/debit card. Almost one click and no extra Bank Password messing  about. I don't want to start saying  that this is the end of Banks as thats what i have thought about most big business since 2000, but its a very interesting continuation of the process.

Other things
Well i  am hoping  that a new design  is on  the way for InkBoutique. Nice drawings were witnessed.
An old bedside table has now produced its third bit of furniture - an above-door shelf for the kitchen.

Some painful typos dealt with, plus. While Amazon  was not so great, i bought the albums but the singles downloads now involved installing  a program (though its great that they had 4 different linux distribution installers) why? Why can we not just download the tracks - you  send us the cds, its no different. But installing software ('It is required for album purchases, and makes downloading songs fast and easy') and there was no other option - for singles, or just to say 'no thanks i want my singles delivered slow and difficult thanks very much' seems not to be an option. What happens if you  close your amazon  account, or when amazon  get bought out in  5 years, or if i want to move the songs to my mp3 player? my car? So, no. Not buying  singles from amazon. Petty perhaps but...

Saturday, 1 October 2011

11/10/01 Spotified

SeeFeel - an awful lot of them
Susumu Yokota
Fridge  - Happiness album though maybe not the first track
Neu! - but not the revelation that Can was.
Girls - back to Girls, pretty good though theres a track in  the middle to be missed out