Goodbye, Mr. Jones.
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (1967)
Listening to Loose Ends on Radio 4 this afternoon brought to my attention the group, Portico Quartet, who has apparently been kicking around since 2005 (better late, etc. etc.). On today's programme they performed "Steepless" from their self-titled third album (2012). May have to invest more time in listening to these lads.
Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)
Portico Quartet (2012)
Came down with my annual late winter/early spring creeping crud on Thursday (my respiratory system doesn't handle the roller coaster-esque weather changes during this time of year so well) and as a result I missed "zen time" in Denton and the chance to hang with Mr. Horn in the fort on Friday. By Saturday evening I did manage to quell the sinus rebellion and went to see my compadres in Big Rig Dance Collective perform at TCU for a benefit show supporting the AIDS Outreach Center in Tarrant County. As always, they (on this occasion it was the "GT" version of Big Rig: founders Whitney Boomer, Crysta Caulkins-Clouse, Amanda Jackson, and Lily Sloan) were absolutely brilliant.
After the show, I headed home for a wild night of laundry and the continuation of work on a new tune for Repository: 2012. I believe the song is finally complete. Not a complicated ditty, mind you, but I seem to have the hardest time mixing songs with my vocal on it, getting it to a stage where hearing myself "sing" doesn't make me cringe.
And, on that note, I present to you the new tune:
1. Running on two hours of sleep.
2. Just finished recording vocals for a new song.
3. Listening to "Through the Night" on Radio 3 (specifically, Bach's "Keyboard Concerto in F minor").
4. Polishing off a bottle of Rutherford Hill 2005 Merlot.
Along for the commute today: Blur's Think Tank (2003). Though the group was on life support at this point, with band relations at an all-time low and the departure of Coxon during the early days of the album's recording (his sole recording contribution is found on the final track, "Battery in Your Leg"), Think Tank is one of my "Top Ten" releases from the noughties. In my opinion (obviously), Blur on their worst day is better than the majority of bands on their best.
To paraphrase the great Gene Hunt (and used in a totally different context):
Friday: Met the "Beardy-Sketchy Master" and his teaching colleagues for a few pints at Ye Olde Bull & Bush. Relocated to Tokyo Cafe for dins, and then set course to Cut.Hair Salon for setup of Terry's exhibition.
Saturday: Went to the opening of the exhibit featuring Mr. Horn's short film, Nightmare. Later... Grabbed a meal with him and his wife at an Italian; Gathered one of his friends from The Rainbow; Had some drinky-drinky at Ozzie Rabbit Lounge.
Sunday: The climatic end of the weekend... laundry, pizza, wine, and Downton Abbey.
The soundtrack was created by yours truly under the JATSDFM moniker, and has also been added as the second track to the "collection box" album, Repository: 2012, which is available for your listening pleasure/displeasure/indifference: