Sunday, 5 July 2020

Chop’s Journal - 5 Jul 2020

This was my Birthday week and it went pretty well. I had the day off work, went for a run (5.2 k), watched a film (Bait featuring Georgia Ellery from Black Country, New Road) and ran a Top 5 of other people who are 52. 

Then we drove to Shoreham to buy a 2nd hand bike (a gravel bike to replace my old & decrepit mountain bike) getting home in time to watch Fulham beat QPR 2-1 (rare chance to see my team play on my birthday) and eat a takeaway curry from the wonderful School of Spice. 


Up The Nurses - Silverbacks

Music I’m enjoying

A mixed bag this week as the B & C artists from the A2Z thing start to take over. There was new music but I only managed a single listen of most of those. 

Birthday Top 5

▪️ People Born in 1968

  1. Matt Le Tissier
  2. Gillian Anderson
  3. Thom Yorke 
  4. Barry Sanders
  5. Hugh Jackman 

Chop’s A2Z - Week 2: B 

Albums I’ve not heard:

  1. Chris Bell “I Am Cosmos” @caroline_binnie - This one will need further listens to totally win me over. I don’t think it sings to me in quite the same way as Big Star but I can see Chris’ influence on his former band. It’s a lovely blend of gentle folksy tunes and all out rockers. You & Your Sister is the tune that really stands out for me. Goosebumps when the harmony kicks in.
  2. Broadcast “The Noise Made By People” @cjl__73 - I really love this. It’s got a soundtrack vibe about the instrumentation and Trish Keenan’s vocals are wonderful. Dashes of John Barry mixed with elements of Stereolab.
  3. Broncho “Double Vanity” @kazashton - Scuzzy guitar driven rock with echoey vocals that at times, oddly, reminded me of Angel Olsen. I Know You & New Karma my fave tunes. Oh, 2016 release too for @perfectsoundpod fans.
  4. The Bubble Project “The Technicolour Dream Machine” @millie_ran - This might be my favourite of the 4. Very little info about them online but @SLUG_MrIBlack was involved. It’s an explosion of colourful noise with a great ear for melody & very much up my street.

Albums I own:

  1. British Sea Power “The Decline of British Sea Power” @pahudson - This is a pretty significant album for me. One I know & love every track on. Great to play it again, this is exactly the sort of album I don’t listen to often enough. 
  2. Built To Spill “Keep It Like A Secret” @elhozzo3 - Love this one too though I know it less well. I saw BTS on this tour supporting The Flaming Lips and bought the album that night. It’s been ages & lovely to hear it again. 
  3. Big Joanie “Sistahs” @_sandywishart - This is such a great record. I found them late in the year but I think it would now be in my 2018 top five. They all also do so much good work to encourage young girls & black musicians to make music. ‬
  4. Bilge Pump “We Love You” @mightybilgepump - First entry to be nominated by the actual band. This was the album that introduced me to Leeds legends Bilge Pump and it’s an absolute corker. Worth catching live if we ever allowed to do gigs again. 

Perfect Sounds Whatever:

Will Butler “Friday Night” @psp - A live album recorded after Butler got drunk at a winery & promised the owner he’d record a record just for him. Opens with the band playing a song they’d never performed before as an encore. Ramshackle but fun.

The full list: 

๐Ÿ”บI Am Cosmos - Chris Bell - @caroline_binnie 

๐Ÿ”บDouble Vanity - Broncho @kazashton

๐Ÿ”บThe Technicolour Dream Machine - The Bubble Project @millie_ran 

๐Ÿ”บThe Noise Made By People - Broadcast @cjl__73 

๐Ÿ”นKeep It Like A Secret - Built To Spill @elhozzo3

๐Ÿ”นSistahs - Big Joanie @sandywishart 

๐Ÿ”นThe Decline of ... - British Sea Power @pahudson

๐Ÿ”นWe Love You - Bilge Pump @mightybilgepump 

๐ŸŒ€Friday Night - Will Butler @perfectsoundpod 

▪️Mother of My Children - Black Belt Eagle Scout @waj1

▪️Bangs & Crashes - Go West @seankchambers

▪️Happiness - The Beloved @scott_steve

▪️Stupid Things That Mean The World @peteuh70

▪️Jessica Bailiff - Jessica Bailiff @wcboggs

▪️Lust - The Becketts @bodlingboy 

▪️A Cork Tale Wake - Chris Bathgate @vicaviber 

▪️The Sky Is Falling & I Want My Mommy - Jello Biafra with Nomeansno @pablooplywiss

▪️Some Dusty - Birdie @apostatehymnals

๐Ÿ”นKeep It Like A Secret - Built To Spill @elhozzo3

▪️Black Dog Productions - Bytes @davidkbruce 

▪️New Funky Nation - Boo Ya Tribe @sirsidneyp 

▪️Pandemonia - The Bathers @dubhead77

▪️Docks - Amanda Bergman @realruskus

▪️Swagger - The Blue Aeroplanes @ambnorwich 

▪️Got It Made - Brassy @superjules84

▪️It’s All True - Bellatrix @preservation76

▪️Lights Out, Words Gone - Bombay Bicycle Club @drums_wires

▪️Exodus - Bob Marley & The Wailers @fredngingabuns 

▪️Apples & Oranges - Blue Ox Babes @sharkastic 

▪️Between My Ears ... - Baby Bird @johnynocash 

▪️Violostries / Bidule En Rรฉ / Capture ร‰phรฉmรจre - Bernard Parmegiani @greatestalbum70

๐Ÿ”บI Am Cosmos - Chris Bell - @caroline_binnie 

▪️Endless Scroll - Bodega @theedgeofthesea 

▪️Baby 81 - BRMC @zakw123

▪️Atomizer - Big Black @artyassassin 

▪️Beach House - Teen Dream @darrell_clem

▪️Red - Black Uhuru @danred71

▪️The Bollywood Breaks Sampler @adespink

▪️Couchmaster - The Bats @simonfarrier1

▪️Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO - Besnard Lakes @sineadmcq

▪️Walking The Ghost Back Home - The Bible @lokessimon

๐Ÿ”นSongs About Fucking - Big Black @the_mattron 

▪️Zima Junction - Mark Burgess @thesweetcheat 

▪️Explicit Material - Blue in Heaven @greenedermot67

▪️All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace - Bravecaptain @brinyhoof 

๐Ÿ”บDouble Vanity - Broncho @kazashton

▪️Ben Hur - Bitch Magnet @heelysteve

▪️King of Madrid - Peter Bruntnell @westburtonlad 

▪️Crooked Timber - Babel @sipperana 

▪️Cold Water Songs - Broken Family Band @williemcalpine 

๐Ÿ”นSistahs - Big Joanie @sandywishart 

▪️Let Me Come Over - Buffalo Tom @aussieguy11901

▪️ Soidemersol - La Buena Vida @weloveallthat 

▪️Sing in a world that’s falling apart - Black Lips @jakepalmer04

▪️tryhard - The Band Camino @thelovelyilgwu 

▪️Heart of my Own - Basia Bulat @andrewlockwood 

▪️Shame - Brad @spooner_daniel

๐Ÿ”บThe Technicolour Dream Machine - The Bubble Project @millie_ran 

▪️A Walk Across The Rooftops - Blue Nile @girlshirl1 

▪️Welcome The Worms - Bleached @glpne73

▪️ The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night - Besnard Lakes @jonnyshoegaze

▪️The Forgotten Art if Saying No - Beneath Utopia @pfybrown 

▪️Let Me Come Home - Broken Records @agarr45

▪️A Guide To The Daylight Hours - Ballboy @stillhonest 

▪️Modern Guilt - Beck @citizen_jc

▪️Justments - Bill Withers @davidpeters__ 

▪️Songs from the Big Pink - The Band @sbriceland920 

▪️Bradley’s Barn - The Beau Brummels @durutti74

▪️We Are Ever So Clean - Blossom Toes @d_grayer 

▪️Love Your Self Abuse - Baby Chaos @emdehaney

๐Ÿ”บThe Noise Made By People - Broadcast @cjl__73 

▪️Raytown Revisited - The Blades @joefinegan1 

▪️Deportation Blues - BC Camplight @tmulraney

๐Ÿ”นThe Decline of ... - British Sea Power @pahudson

▪️Bigger Than Life - Black Marble @catanddrumsc 

๐Ÿ”นBCUC - The Healing @brown_ak 

▪️Untrue - Burial @nomorefin

▪️Gone Now - Bleachers @atomryan

▪️Manic Magic Majestic - Band of Holy Joy @gigticket 

๐Ÿ”นWheel of Yew - Bilge Pump @mightybilgepump 

▪️GANDHARVA - Beaver & Krause @sulaviedilejo

▪️Tales To Be Told - The Bookhouse Boys @ramblinmagnolia 

▪️Normal For Bridgwater - Peter Bruntnell @riverboatcapt

▪️By The Sea - By The Sea @hertfordsoul

▪️BRMC - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @neilc79

▪️This Is Big Audio Dynamite - Big Audio Dynamite @bullantics 

▪️Check Your Head - Beastie Boys @davidrogmoor

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