We’re having a Banjo Party Time in our house as provided by the Geoff Love Banjos. I got this from a charity shop about 15 years ago because the cover is so ace! I haven’t listened to it in a long, long time and finally got round to digging it out from the pile of records hiding behind the guitars in the spare room. It’s all very jolly, instrumental banjo versions of 1920s songs and sounds as good as it looks.
Ralph is away camping so I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to just sit and listen records which is such a rare treat. These days I normally only listen to music while performing some other tasks.
So far I’ve listened to:
- Shreds and Patches by John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris
- Buckfast Bottles in the Rain by The Just Joans
- Deliverance by A Hawk and A Hacksaw
- Out of Sight, Out of Town by Standard Fare
- Below the Salt by Steeleye Span
- Holst’s The Planets performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Today I got a wooden recorder from a charity shop. I’ve never played a wooden recorder before and I expected it to sound different to a plastic one but it sounds the same to me.
The language in the instructions is quite old fashioned: “A wise player keeps his recorder in a case or carton. He blows a new recorder only a short time in the first days. If protects it against stove- and sun-heat and against a rapid change of temperature”.
I also got a couple of records: an lp of French harp music that sounds like the soundtrack to every 1930s black and white film and an lp of early medieval music that unfortunately jumps too much to be listenable.
Songs about robots are the best kind of songs.
I think you should too: http://catnaps.bandcamp.com/
“I Sat on the Edge of My Bed and I Sang You Velvet Underground Songs” is the best name that I’ve heard for a song in ages and it’s a great song too.
My favourite on the album is “It’s Bad Enough” – it has trumpets! Not enough indiepop bands have trumpets.
The first new Velodrome 2000 practise with all of us there. It was so much fun – I’d forgotten how much I love playing in this band! Remembering the songs was easy – it was like falling off a bike!
The Wendy Darlings were amazing at the Chameleon last night too. Here’s a picture of Markie acting as an improvised music stand during their rather marvellous version of the Primitives’ Really Stupid.
My legs hurt now from dancing too much to Horowitz and The Wendy Darlings but it was worth it!
Pete rocked so much he crashed my camera and I could only get a photo of him in the quiet song!
The Trianglegrams (which is The Parallelograms without Meriel as she is currently on maternity leave) are playing at The Chameleon in Nottingham tomorrow evening (15th April) with the wonderful Wendy Darlings and marvellous Horowitz. It’s an early evening show (5.30pm to 9pm).
We’ll be doing a few Parallelograms songs and then a bunch of covers of old indiepop songs. We’re a bit nervous about playing because we’ve not practised anywhere near enough but you should come down anyway because the other two bands will be amazing!
I’ve just found out that The Popguns are playing in Brighton tonight! I want to go so much! I wish I’d found out sooner…