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Everything posted by Futtocks

  1. Van Morrison - Ringworm. From the Bang Records Contractual Obligation sessions. His finest hour.
  2. The top of the dashboard is astroturfed. There's been some brilliant promotional vehicles over the years. Do an image search for "Oscar Mayer Wienermobile" for one of the most famous.
  3. This car was parked outside my local branch of Borders yesterday. Put a smile on everyone's face.
  4. Just bought one of these. It transmits audio wirelessly from computer to hi-fi, without requiring a wireless network. It took 2 (two) whole minutes to install at most, but that would have been even quicker if I hadn't got the mains lead tangled. Connection was swift and automatic - ready to go before I got my media player started. The sound quality is, perhaps a little inferior to my previous setup, but the Logitech removed the background noise that, with my old DAC, was always present when running the laptop off the mains. It still sounds very good, and miles better than the soundcard output. The remote control didn't work, though, but I already have a full-feature remote for the laptop, so I wasn't planning to use it anyway. BTW, the silver stand thing on the left of the photo is optional; you can plug the transmitter dongle directly into a USB socket. In short, highly recommended.
  5. Ry Cooder - I, Flathead. Pandora's Box - Original Sin. OTT? Oh yes... even by Jim Steinman standards.
  6. The Residents - Commercial Album. 40 tracks of nasty, wierd and plain warped sounds on a single LP. What's not to like?
  7. Wayne Toups & Zydecajun - Blast from the Bayou. Skip the dreary Van Morrison song on side one and you've got yourself a fine piece of fun.
  8. The full version of the theme from 'Taxi', Bob James - Angela.
  9. A bit of a Frank Zappa session, with 'Zoot Allures', 'The Grand Wazoo' and disc 2 of 'YCDTOSA 5' featuring heavily.
  10. Mike Campbell. Still with the band, and also played on Petty's 'Mudcrutch' album. Brilliant guitarist.
  11. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes. The first LP I ever owned. Still great.
  12. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse have collaborated on an album, 'Dark Night of the Soul', to accompany a book of photographs by David Lynch. Unfortunately, EMI have slapped a ban on it being released, as one of the artists is contracted to them. Consequently, the book comes with a blank CD-R, and the instructions to "do with it as you will" (i.e. download the album if you can find it). Given the line-up of guest stars, this might be worth checking out. Tracklisting is as follows: 01 Revenge (featuring The Flaming Lips) 02 Just War (featuring Gruff Rhys) 03 Jaykub (featuring Jason Lytle) 04 Little Girl (featuring Julian Casablancas) 05 Angel's Harp (featuring Black Francis) 06 Pain (featuring Iggy Pop) 07 Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) (featuring David Lynch) 08 Everytime I'm with You (featuring Jason Lytle) 09 Insane Lullaby (featuring James Mercer) 10 Daddy's Gone (featuring Mark Linkous and Nina Persson) 11 The Man Who Played God (featuring Suzanne Vega) 12 Grim Augury (featuring Vic Chesnutt) 13 Dark Night of the Soul (featuring David Lynch)
  13. I've been digitising a few choice LPs for portable listening, starting with some oldies but goodies: Joe Walsh - The Smoker you drink, the Player you get Paul Simon - Graceland Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Weld Frank Zappa - Apostrophe ( ' ) The Persuasions - No Frills
  14. Ooo, a promising-looking Steely Dan download on the BigOZine site! Complete performances of the albums 'Aja' and 'The Royal Scam'.
  15. In the post this morning, courtesy of that obliging Mr Amazon: The Angels' eponymous debut album. Recently-ish re-released. David Oistrakh - The Complete EMI Recordings. Seventeen CDs of pure violin mastery for about 30 quid. Bargain.
  16. Years back, I read a review in a UK magazine of 'Under the Sun' and gave it a try. His stuff can be a bit over-earnest sometimes, but when he's good, he's very good. Usually the upbeat stuff works best, in my experience. It also led me on to try out some other Aussie music - The Angels, the Triffids, Cold Chisel, Black Sorrows etc. - bands that didn't get much promotion outside their home country.
  17. I don't know if this has been posted already, as this is a long thread and I'm not intending to read it all from the start. Anyway, for some good photoography, check out Microsoft's new search engine, called Bing. Every day the backdrop is a different photograph. Mainly landscapes, but also nature shots too. So far, some of them (I've had Bing as my homepage for about a month) have been superb.
  18. Excellent! Dub Colossus have released an EP 'Return to Addis' which serves as an addition to their recent album 'Dub Colossus in a Town called Addis'.
  19. Hayseed Dixie's version of 'Ace of Spades', currently available as a free download from Amazon.
  20. Just arrived in the post: Strauss/Kempe/RPO - Alpine Symphony & Horn Concerto (Testament re-issue) Donald Fagen - The Nightfly Trilogy Box Set (Seven Discs). Not remastered, alas, but with lots of extra audio and video bonus goodies.
  21. Nice - I recently bought the 'Citizen Steely Dan' box set. And I've just transferred Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly' from vinyl to lossless wma, so I can listen to it on my morning commute.
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