Monday, 28 November 2011

Spotified - 25-26-27 Nov

For 20 years i have thought of Prince as a: a numpty, b: an unfunky numpty at that. The rhythms were so strict, so rigid, compared to the lose '70s funk of, well everybody else pretty well.

OK, Friday night was an orgy of Prince, admittedly early Prince and the singles mainly, but oh it was magic. What a funny guy (i've heard he got religion now so that would explain a lot), and how sort of home made it is, and really funky. i think Darling Nikki was the winner.

Why why do the radio always play ruddy Tom Jones's lame-arse version of Kiss and not the original. Its a crime.

So, following  on  from this we wondered whether other people were actually good . So, here goes:
  • Queen: equally marvelous and hilarious, but what a voice. I porbably didn't need to hear 7 Seas of Rye, but the greatest of the greatest hits were great
  • Madonna: meh! just about made it through Borderline.
  • The Monochrome Set: Did one song, can see  that many bands made a career out of copying  them (stand up  Franz Ferdinand)
  • Magazine: maybe later
  • Smiths - never not liked them - apart from the time when i hated them, ie when they existed, came to them late, 1993, but goodness what songs. I won't share you - heaven.
  • Donna Summer: Love to love you Baby. Fantastic
  • Jesus Christ Superstar - listen jesus - ok
  • Aretha Franklin: say a little prayer nice
  • Jean Knight: Mr Big Stuff: still good
  • Jacksons: (Stop) The love you save  - great
  • Michael Jackson: alright, i guess, Billy Jean anyway, gave up  after that
  • Annie - Give a little love - well i love it
By which time the Logitech was having  a hernia and turning  off every 2.5 minutes so we gave up  and listened to Bon Iver's new album again. God they were good live.

Also listened to Raime, Soft Moon ( i think?), Do you  realise by the flaming  Lips (brilliant) and lots more that i can't remember now.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Do shaver blades get worse when the next number of blades come out?

Last night, as i shave in  the bath, i binned my worn out Gillette Ultra Max Man Trio Blade head or whatever its called, and reached for a new one. But with my new pack of 5 blades, that for some reason now costs £7, came a 6 Blade head.

Which needless to say annoyed me.

And reminded me of a thought i had back in  the late '80s that i should patent 5, 6 ,7 ,8 ,9 10 blade heads before they made them and if any company asked for patent i could then say: 'No, make better 1 or 2 blade shavers'.

Because it was really starting  to annoy me that as they brought out the 3 blade shaver the 2 blade seemed to get worse as had the 1 blade before it.

Now the manufacturer will say that that's because the 3 blade was so much better. But i am not sure that that's true. I suspect they also made the single blades slightly worse.

And now we are on 6 blades and i imagine that the 3 blades will start to be made blunter.

So, each year i look at my grandfather's cut-throat razors and think: will i start using  them?

Its just the name: Cut Throat. Couldn't they have named them 'You  will definitely die using  these?' or something slightly plainer.

Anyway, If i can  work out how to sharpen  them (if they need it) i may give them a go.

I guess this could be my last post. But the walls of the bathroom are red so there's no need to worry about redecorating.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

All been quiet on the Spotify Front - Damn You Logitech!

Our evenings of listening  to new music on Spotify have been problematic of late. And it turns out we are not alone.
A quick search brought up  our problem: PureFi Anywhere 2 Speakers Cutting Out/Turning Off.

It seems, that though the speakers get excellent audio reviews, as soon as you  plug an external source of music into the speakers they can start cutting  off.

The problem seems to be that the sleep mode that protects the batteries from being used up (its portable too - for those camping moments??) still gets applied even when its plugged into the mains, and somehow after two and a half minutes it will just start turning itself off.

This does not happen with an iPod plugged in , just when a computer or other source of music is plugged in.

Lovely speakers - hopeless to use for spotify or playing  music from your server/computer.

Luckily we have a lovely new hifi on its way after christmas from DabHandRadio. Well i hope its lovely. It will look lovely, its a PHILIPS 141U BAKELITE WIRELESS RADIO, sorry about the caps. Its one of these: