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One for the guitarists out there.....

Was watching this weeks Later with Royal Blood, a duo with what looks like just Bass guitar and drums, yet it sounded like he was playing the bass as a lead guitar... Is this done with effects pedals etc etc

Obligatory clip from YouTube

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A very Afterword festival line-up

Having enjoyed last year's Stockholm Music & Arts festival so much, I've been eagerly awaiting news about this year's edition, but I was almost starting to believe that it wouldn't happen when I finally received an e-mail this morning announcing the line-up so far.
And very Afterword friendly it is...especially the line-up for the final day when the acts include Goat, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Richard Thompson, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse gets to close the festival.
Other names over the three day weekend are Television performing Marquee Moon, Goldfrapp, Beth Orton, a bunch of big Swedish names and some more acts to be announced later (and if they're as good as the late additions last year, they'll be fantastic).
Personally I'm no fan of Neil or Richard, but in a festival setting I'm sure I'll get in the spirit of things and try my best to hum along...especially if the weather is as wonderful as it was last year!
So I will have to roll out of bed early for once on Friday to secure my weekend pass within the first half hour before they sell out...keep your fingers crossed!

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*Insert name* The *Insert adjective*

Geoff Lloyd was discussing Ming The Merciless on his wonderful radio show tonight and it got me thinking.....

I would be Dave The Persistent, you?

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Postcards from the Edge of Glasgow

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Tune-Yards - Water Fountain

This song has gradually crept into my brain, like many others, but in this case it's starting to take me over. Bit of Iko Iko, bit of Tom Tom Club, bit of LOUD - WOOHAW!

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Tycho

What's it called?: 
Awake
What does it sound like?: 
In the past, Scott Hansen, the sole member of Tycho has given the impression of someone who has analysed and adapted the mysterious softness in certain Boards Of Canada tracks and moulded his research
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Normally Instrumentals By Vocal Acts

Following on from Tiggerlion's post, this subject came to mind after hearing the Mission Impossible track on the Brian Matthew show recently. Instrumental tracks with lyrics added or possibly had lyrics but never made it onto the recording. Okay these are television theme tunes but there must be lots more. The lyrics for the Star Trek theme are written by Gene Roddenberry.

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Overcoming the completist gene

I read quite a bit of science fiction, and as a genre, whether in books or on film, it tends to love series. If you've created something that's popular then the temptation to extend it rather than create another original idea is strong. I've just finished Forward the Foundation, the seventh Foundation novel, the last written by Asimov, and written fifty years after the first. Now the original trilogy I like a lot. They're dated sure, but they have a charm, warmth and humanity that endures. But this? It's virtually unreadable. As a prequel virtually all suspense and jeopardy is removed, and the overwhelming sense is of character and plot tiles being creakingly winched into place for later on. So...and here's the wider point I think. It's sat not on the shelves with the other six, but in the charity shop shelf. My Foundation set remains incomplete.

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Instrumentals By Normally Vocal Acts

They often appear as an album track. Sometimes, they are especially designed as a mood-setting overture. At others, they are buried towards the latter end of a side of vinyl, almost as though the producer was hoping no-one would notice. I often felt they jarred. After all, a key personality is missing, the lead vocalist. On first hearing, it's easy to assume they are mere fillers as they had run out of ideas having drained the lyric well dry. It's easy to fall into the trap of despising them and paying them less attention.

However, I've grown to love them. In fact, I've come to believe these little pieces (they are usually brief) actually represent the band more accurately. After all, this is the way songs are recorded most of the time, starting with the instrumental track before adding vocals later. They represent the exposed heart of the band.

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Rumination – a sketch rather than a post

In 1950, aged 15, my dad sailed out of Aberdeen harbour on a small trawler bound for fishing grounds off Iceland. It was his first job after leaving school.

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BBC to serialise more du Maurier titles.

News reaches us that the BBC is set to commission further Daphne du Maurier titles over the coming months, and filming is expected to start in Cornwall shortly.

Titles so far announced include Frechmmnnns Cree and Mecussn Rchl, with the possibility of an adaptation of Thouseonth'Strnn early in 2015.

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Poor Relation Albums

Many artists have some accepted classics in their catalog, and a whole bunch of others that are OK, or don't quite match up to their best. Sometimes, there is a real gem that is "ok, I suppose" because it came after something completely outstanding.

I believe, along with others, that Frank Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours, and Only The Lonely, are two of the best records ever made. They both create cinematic images of heartbreak, and of a lonely man drinking in a bar to forget his troubles (and perhaps plan revenge). There were other more upbeat albums released in the same period, but the third album of the set is Where Are You? Nobody mentions this one. It was the first without Nelson Riddle, opting instead for Gordon Jenkins arrangements for a larger orchestra.

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Birdwatching with John McLaughlin

...a gentle 1 minute 46 in the company of a window ledge, two pigeons and a couple of small interlopers:

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St George's Day Today

and Shakespeare's birthday (probably) and death day.How English can you get? If we were Scots, Welsh or Irish, we'd be having a knees up. I suppose ignoring it is the quintessentially English way of celebrating it.
Happy St George's Day!
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Wookalily need your money...

...Wookalily are the best band in Northern Ireland, bar none. Adele's songs are compelling, Lyndsay's voice is the best I've heard in years, Liverpool Lou is 'a bit of a character' and Instrumental Sharon looks a bit like Anne Briggs. Unlike Snow Patrol, they have mastered the upstroke AS WELL as the downstroke. But they don't have as much cash in the bank. Actually, neither do I - so bar the odd fiver in their collecting tin (yes, they have one) I won't be getting involved in their Kickstarter thing. But spread the word...

And here, if you missed my posting of it back in December, is one of Adele's songs in full:

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Personalised numberplates

In an era where it is unfashionable to do so, I have a prejudice to declare. It is against people who own personalised numberplates. It appears to me to be an almost fail-safe way to identify someone who is a total bell end.

Please help me - is this an irrational predjudice or largely justified?

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Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk

Author: 
Ben Fountain
It's about: 
The Bravo Squad are national heroes after surviving an ambush in Iraq. They are paraded across the US on a "we are winning the war" tour.

What type of music do I listen to?

OK - this is not really about the genre of music but is about the format it comes in. I grabbed hold of my box set of the early Genesis albums the other day, and realised that there were 2 discs for each album (I must have noticed this before, but had forgotten). I usually listen to these on the ipod, but thought I'd have the full surround experience while the wife was out. One disc is SACD, and the other is DVD audio. I have a Sony blu-ray player, which also plays SACDs - this has 5.1 surround. I normally play the SACD, but I thought I'd give the DVD audio a go. It only went and gave me options for DTS or Dolby Digital. Hmm - which do I go for? To be honest, I'm as deaf as the next man when it comes to hearing (see previous mentions of tinnitus) so I can't really tell the difference. Can anyone tell me which format I should be listening to this in (SACD, DVD, DTS etc etc?), based on the equipment I have? Same applies to films, really. There are too many options. I tend to leave those to fight it out amongst themselves, assuming the player will know which is best. Am I being a bit naive here?

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The Sonics / The Primevals - Arches, Glasgow

I am thrilled to say that the Sonics are coming to Glasgow.

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ATM: Childrens Party Music

My son turns 5 in a few weeks. I'm in charge of music. Well I have some ideas from endless parties over the last year or two for the playlist, but some suggestions would be very appreciated.

I did do a search on here to see if we'd covered this before, but I only came up with this:

http://theafterword.co.uk/content/atm-my-daughter-having-her-4th-birthda...

A few things: the majority of the party will be boys, but some girls too. The boys are all superhero mad and are going to be in costume, possibly some of the girls too, but from what I've seen they're all a bit princess mad. Some of the Frozen soundtrack is already on the list. I'm hearing Let It Go in my sleep at the moment. I will end up hating that song.

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