Currently obsessed with Talking Heads back catalogue, after deciding to take the plunge and explore it after realising their song "Once in a Lifetime" is one of my top 5 favourite songs and that isn't changing anytime soon. "Remain in Light" is on heavy rotation on the media player, and as well as various short documentaries about the band (the 1977 Southbank show, which is up on youtube, is especially good. It's also turned into a sub-obsession with David Byrne, who I find so damn clever and engaging.
Here's him doing Talking Heads' Making Flippy Floppy.
He's also/was Autistic - which makes sense to me and I suspected it by the way he carries himself and the way he doesn't make eye contact,
This video has his incredible positive take on it:
In other news I'm drifting in a world of ambient/electronic music I've not explored since the days of Mega Dog ( a big Hippy Rave that used to show up in Leed Uni Refectory, which featured Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Bianco De Gaia etc) in the 90s. I momentarily got over-excited about The Future Sound of London (who are actually from Manchester) releasing an album called Yage, until I realised its an album of remixes of a track off 90s Dead Cities release. Still bloody good, and has reconnected me with the band who have done a metric shit-ton of releases (under various guises) from their 90s heyday.
Finally, on this track, Trent Reznor's and Atticus Ross' Watchmen soundtrack is part of the reason I tune in to watch the current TV series.
On the new music front, I cheerfully put money down for Battle's new lp Juciy Crypts. Now down to 2 members from 4 in the original line up, and three in the last line up, their music remains fluid, yet an intense mix of electronic samples and rock.
The Guvnor once told me radio shows go in here. Personally I’m hoping it gets moved somewhere else.
I just discovered the people that did the “Charles Dexter Ward” podcast have done:
THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS.
I’m not a huge fan of Cthulhu horror or TTRPG adventures but this is clearly done with knowledge, love and skill. An object lesson in Lovecraftian investigation. You could easily lift some of the “tapes” to play at a CoC session. I reckon these guys MUST have played TTRPGs.
I was trying to binge it on BBC sounds but it’s only got 3 episodes up ATM. Highly, highly recommended.
Ozzy Osbourne has been ill and was forced to postpone his world tour. Fans were understandably upset. Then this happened. A new song with the promise of a new album. That's right, while he was recovering from a life threatening illness, Ozzy wrote and recorded new music. The video is very poignant too.