Friday, 20 January 2017

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

As I sit here writing this post to you I'm listening to The Brian Jonestown Massacre's brilliant album Spacegirl & Other Favourites so I thought I'd write a post while I'm at it!

Since I started buying vinyl again, there is one band that I can't get enough of. I had heard of the name before but always left them on the back burner in the hope that one day I might give them a go. Somebody must have been listening to me because they came to me in the form of a theme tune to Boardwalk Empire. I'm not one to sit down to a box set like a lot of people do these days but I gave this series a go and quite enjoyed it. What did stand out for me though was the theme tune. I instantly liked it and googled to see who it was. Low and behold, it was said band, "The Brian Jonestown Massacre". I went onto Youtube to locate the song 'Straight Up And Down' taken from their 1996 album Take it From The Man! I gave the whole album a listen and instantly fell in love with them.

Not long after I bought 3 albums from A Records. I was in look, as most of their back catalog had been reissued. Having said that, their back catalog  is ginormous! Where does one start with a band who releases nearly 2 albums every year for 20 years! I had to have Take it from the Man! I also bought 'Their Satanic Majesties Second Request'. I loved the take on the title of The Rolling Stones album, 'Their Santanic Majesties Request'. The third album I bought was 'Methodrone'. In the reviews it described the album as a Shoegaze classic! I thought to myself, yep that's for me!

Another stroke of luck around that time was they were on tour and they were heading to Dublin. Needless to say I purchased 2 tickets to see them straight way. I was blown away by them. Yeah, Anton Newcome throws the odd mickey fit. For me, it just added to the charm. I remember he started a song 3 times and had a strop with the rest of the band for not playing a particular song correctly!

I saw them for the second time last summer. They done an incredible 2-3 hour set. Not many bands doing that these days. They have a new album up for preorder at the moment. Best search behind the seats of the couch for a few quid for pay for that one!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A musical journey

Apparently I've been away from you for almost 2 years! Can't believe it's been that long! Family life changed with the arrival of my second daughter. This left me with not a lot of extra time to have fun with this blog! A lot of blogs around seemed to be doing more than enough to keep everybody happy with musical nuggets past and present. My musical hat goes off to you all!

A lot has changed in those 2 years I've been away, including my musical tastes. Things started changing when I got a present of a turntable at Christmas 2 years ago . I never had a huge record collection to start with but enough for me to make the trip up into the attic to see what was salvageable. Turns out everything seemed to be in working order. It was then I got the love for playing vinyl again! You can't beat the ritual of  taking the record out of it's sleeve and again out of the inner, minding not to touch my grubby, sweaty fingers off the grooves. Spinning it around to see which side is Side A and then placing it carefully on the platter! Turning on to either 33 or 45 rpm depending whether you are playing an album, single or indeed an EP! Then gently lifting the the arm and moving it across to the edge of the record. The best bit comes next! Move the arm lever down so the stylus gently caresses the record. If it's an old record you might hear a little crackling to start with and then BOOM!

One day it came to me. It was staring me in the face. My blogs name is 'Turn On Your Record Player'! Why don't I take you with me on my musical journey and lets see where it takes us. I have bought over 200 albums in the past two years so I've a lot to stories to share. Most of these albums you may never of heard before (more in posts to come), so my hope is that you will find something you like. Either that or I have a shit taste in music!