Category: Music


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The year you discovered Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures'?</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1140303023249379328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 16, 2019</a></blockquote>
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It’s that time of the week again and so I’ll be answering Rough Trade’s music question. This week it’s “The year you discovered Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures”?” So as some of you may know this saw the 40th anniversary of the release of “Unknown Pleasures” by post-punk pioneers Joy Division. I don’t remember the exact year I discovered Joy Division but I was teenager and it was after 1997 because I definitely hadn’t heard it before the release of Radiohead’s “OK Computer”. So I imagine it was somewhere between 1998-2000 and I know that it was my Dad who introduced me to the album because he loves post-punk music and was introducing to the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four, New Order etc through my teenage years. It’s definitely an influential and seminal album and its pretty incredible to think that it is now 40 years old.

Let me know when you first discovered “Unknown Pleasures” and your thoughts and feelings about the album in the Comments.

 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Most exciting EP released in 2019 so far?</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1137775689728430081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 9, 2019</a></blockquote>
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So it’s that time of the week and I’m going to answer Rough Trade’s Music Question. This week the question is “Most exciting EP released in 2019 so far? This is definitely one of the easier to answer questions of since I started publishing this series of posts. So there would be two main contenders for the most exciting EP of the year so far and they are “Kokoroko” by Kokoroko and “For Lovers” by Octo Octa. “For Lovers” definitely edges it for me it’s three tracks are top quality modern House tracks with a relaxed and warm vibe to them and the lead track ” I Need You” being one of my favourites of the year and one where I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve listened to it. 

What’s the EP that’s got you most excited this year? Let me know in the Comments.  

Do you still buy CDs? I do.

A lot has been made of the rise and rise of vinyl records in recent years and even I started collecting vinyl about six years ago.

However, at the same time there has been two main conversations going about CDs. One is the old format snobs declaring that CDs don’t sound as good as vinyl. I think that one to bed (though it probably won’t) by saying that CDs technically are the superior format in terms of sound quality (this using the scientific and technical specifications) but that many people prefer the sound of vinyl as it sounds warmer due the fact it doesn’t reduce the highest frequencies in music and therefore the bass seems louder and the sound more appealing to the human ear. But that is not why I’m writing this blog post the fact is that vinyl is expansive, heavy and much larger than CDs. So as someone with a limited budget but almost unlimited desire to buy and collect music and have artwork, sleevenotes etc to hand. So I still buy CDs and I will continue to buy CDs for as long as bands and artists I like are releasing music on the format.

As a quick side interestingly CDs price for new releases have been rising recently as have prices on CDs where there is no vinyl release currently available. I’m guessing maybe the first has come about because some CD releases are being imported from America and maybe because of lower sale and low amounts of stock so the price goes up. Even with these rises CDs are still anything from £4-£12 cheaper than new release vinyl.

Do you still buy CDs? Let me know in the Comments below.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>__________ should write a song for __________.</p>&mdash; Rough Trade (@RoughTrade) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/1135595752397443072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 3, 2019</a></blockquote>
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So I’ve been caught out by Rough Trade again as they posted their question for the week yesterday and not on Sunday but we have for the week and that question is “__________ should write a song for __________.” My answer was “ for Shirley Bassey, in fact he should just make an album with her.” Adrian even liked my Tweet so who knows maybe they’ll be a Shirley Bassey comeback album in 2020. Shirley Bassey actually release an album back in 1970 called “Something” which could be a really good template for an album with Adrian Younge it features covers of The Beatles “Something”, “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat and Tears and the an amazing version of The Doors “Light My Fire”, the bass guitar is very much up front and the drums swing, throw in some held organ chords and fuzz guitar and you’ve got a Adrian Younge production!!! 

Let me know your answer to this question in the Comments below.

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for since the relaunch almost two months ago. It would be part of the month of daily posts but that ended up falling apart/to way side in the end. However, now I’m back to regular posting I can write it.

So for anyone around my age (I’m 34) or older we all grew up with physical music e.g. CDs and Vinyl Records being the only way to listen to music. Obviously that isn’t how things are now and I use streaming services like Spotify as much as the next person but I still own a lot of physical Albums roughly 400-500 CDs and about 80 LPs. I imagine that aside from the new releases I buy that got a good few spins when I first buy them that only a small percentage of those albums get played in a year. Well after watching a YouTube video by the Channel 33 RPM I’ve decided that I’m going to try and change that. Now in his video Channel 33 RPM says he has taken down the 50 LPs that he has out on display near his turntable and replaced them with 50 he hand picked from his collection and he’d be doing this on a regular basis to get the most out of his record collection. He also discussed how he was already getting a lot out of it and rediscovering old albums he’d neglected for years. Once I’ve moved house and unpacked later this year I’ll setting myself my own challenge though it’ll be more like a 20 Album challenge as I don’t have a dedicated music room like Channel 33 RPM.

I hope this post inspires you guys to dig deep into your collections. Let me know about your experiences and rediscovers in the Comments.

You can watch the Channel 33 RPM video below:

 

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