I caught up with both parts of ‘The Band’s Story’ episodes last night. It has really ramped up my excitement for seeing them at the Hydro in October.
Their world tour starts in one month’s time (exactly one month away today!) in Toronto.
When listening to the various members of the band talking about the active years and their memories, I couldn’t help but find myself giggling over the fact that two Geordies were talking and only one of them sounded like one. I’d never heard Paul Thomson talk before.
Anyway, both shows are great and there is a “Fan’s Story” too and they speak to Jim for it. I wish he’d have been given more time. His part of it seemed short, so I’ll add my own little exchange with him about Roxy – just at the point when the bug finally bit me and I got myself listening to them.
I recommend all three shows. They’re broken up into three separate hour long shows, so you can time your time listening to them. I’ll endeavour to separate out Jim’s piece on Roxy so it’s quicker to get to.
The two Edinburgh shows are less than two weeks away now and thoughts are turning to the New Gold Dream anniversary. I’m going through a lull right now with listening to them. I know! It’s all a very sad state of affairs, isn’t it? For nearly 8 years I listened to them every single day. EVERY DAY – FOR HOURS! Now I am lucky if it is once or twice a week. Natural ‘burn out’?
To be fair, it isn’t just them. I don’t know when the last time I listened to a Bowie album was either. And he was my be all and end all before the SM flame was (re)kindled.
In thinking about NGD and wanting something to listen to a few nights ago, I checked through my list of bootlegs and this one most appealed. The only way I am ever going to experience them ‘back home’ is a fantasy nostalgia trip…dreaming of a fun anecdote that I wish Jim had shared with me at the Paris soundcheck.
For me, Hunter And The Hunted and King Is White are highlights at this gig. Room ain’t bad either…
Roll on August 12th and 13th. (Incidentally, Aug 12th has significance to me…it’s my mum’s birthday. Ironically, she’d have been turning 84…passing away when she was 81.)
OMG…I don’t even know where else to begin or what else to say here other than …. SQUEEEEE!!!
Russell Mael guesting on a track! Fucking hell! That is so fucking awesome! I’m betting Jim would have been like a kid in a candy store with that one. Jeez-o!
And, they are performing in Leeds on Sept. 17th for this BBC Radio 2 weekender thingy going on there!
I want to pre-order EVERYTHING! But I need to keep money for Saturday’s gig at Blenheim Palace, so it’ll have to wait. I missed out on a test pressing for Walk Between Worlds. The same will happen again. Never mind. Doesn’t matter.
Anyway…all the info is on their social media. I will never get to be armed with any exclusives. I’m ‘just another fan’ – but hey ho. That’s okay. I love this band to the moon and back no matter what.
Vision Thing has now had an official release. Here’s the video. Enjoy! And happy pre-ordering. (I’ve yet to get a cassette for ANYONE that has bought out a cassette – Pathfinders excepted – it was the only option in that case. I am SOOOOO getting a cassette copy of this!)
….and very much vice versa! Old fancies die hard, eh? I was in need of a bucket at one point! Lol. It was getting a bit sickly. (Moi? Jealous? Don’t be daft! As if I could compete with the magnificently mellifluous Mariella…ever, let alone “sometimes”)
Nice to hear him say her name more than a few times. The combination of the ‘r’ ‘e’ and ‘l’s near to my own name means I can enjoy it rolling off his tongue and dream a little…
For those outside the UK or those within not knowing the ways of BBC Sounds, here is a YouTube video of Jim’s “Legend In Their Own Lunchtime“ interview with Liz Kershaw on 6 Music.
Liz needs to find a new researcher as she had some of her facts wrong – but I guess that’s what happens when people who exude the notion they are a massive fan but in actual fact couldn’t give two flying forks about you get to interview you…
Unlike the Mark Millar XSNOIZE interview, which was stellar. (Yes, I’ll keep referencing that!)
There were some little nuggets of niceness in this one. Jim is ALWAYS good value to listen to, even if I can finish his sentences for him. Lol
Okay, that makes the acronym of ‘HUNT’ – but hey, it’s Friday and I am in a jovial mood!
The Minds will be performing exclusively for Radio 2 as part of the “Piano Room” sessions at Maida Vale studios in London. That’s bloody exciting within itself! (I will share the link to BBC Sounds after broadcast.)
Also, yesterday, Cherisse mentioned on her social media that she’d be here in Glasgow over the weekend doing rehearsals. Yay! And GG (Olivier Gerard – sound engineer) shared a photo of the plane he had arrived on landing at Glasgow Airport last night. It’s all stepping up a level! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Finally, on a personal note, I am ecstatic to have been able to get a swap of my meet and greet from the Bordeaux gig (which we now cannot attend) to the Paris gig. And I am PRAYING also that it means those meet and greets WILL go ahead. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
I had been reading on Gary Numan’s FB page of how he was going to be conducting his meet and greets and have been praying that SM’s M&Gs will take a similar line – ensuring you have your vaccines and booster(s), making sure you’ve taken a negative LF test prior to arriving, wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance from the band – all fair enough under current circumstances. Okay, It means no (snogging…ahem) hugging…but hey ho. A few precious minutes with them in a room, albeit socially distanced, is worth it as far as I am concerned. I’d have not been in a room with them for TWO years so…I will be more than happy with that. Jim will probably be VERY thankful for the physical distance! Lol. And at least my mask will hide all the shame and embarrassment that would otherwise be visible on my face.
It’s getting exciting, but kind of scary too. I’m still worried about all the logistics of the travel to Paris. Still. And I’ve not been on a plane for two years, either. Last flight I was on was our massively delayed flight from Copenhagen back to Edinburgh.
Anyway, I am waffling with nervous anticipation of just how close it is all getting! Before I let myself run away with all that though, I have my first uni assignment to hand in! Still cannae believe I’m a uni student and I am about to hand in an assignment!! Fuuuuuck!
This one sneaked in under the radar last night. I was otherwise engaged watching the 1963 version of Cleopatra as part of my coursework. So while I was watching Liz Taylor’s “little Egypt eyes”, someone else was waffling away, choosing music that has had significance to him in some way or other over the years.
The actual music has been heavily edited to avoid any copyright infringements. The most important element to it is hearing Jim’s reason for his choices anyway.
With all the excitement that was going on yesterday with the release of the book, Themes For Great Cities, and then radio interviews taking place simultaneously on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 6 Music (more on that shortly!), I just didn’t end up with time to devote to this.
It was a special day for Sarah Brown yesterday. It was the release day of her debut solo single. Sarah chose the date specifically as it marked the 50th anniversary of Mahalia Jackson’s passing.
There are no tears that come from this wonderful song (perhaps only those of happiness) – just pure joy. You know, the stuff that makes your body tingle and your soul sing! Gospel! But done with a light jazz/bossa nova twist. Absolutely uplifting!
Listen to it again and again. It’s magic. Sarah is magic!
Sarah’s debut album is set for release later in the year. I am very excited to get my hands on it.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to highlight this – a programme on BBC Sounds. One on Mahalia Jackson’s life that was originally broadcast in 2012. Called “Conjuring Halie”, you can listen to it by clicking HERE