Day 463 – World’s gone mad

The world’s gone mad.
I have tried to swim against the tide, but I’ve given up and now I’m just drifting along with the rest of them.

Like some sort of… Passenger.

Perhaps surprisingly, this is the fourth best rendition of this song that I have ever heard. But that’s only because I have only heard four versions. Obviously, the correct order is:

  1. REM – (the Jools Holland version)
  2. Iggy Pop
  3. Siouxsie and the Banshees
  4. This one. Although if you have any other suggestions, they will almost certainly slot in above The Hoff.

Wow. So leathery.

Day 456 – Bad Hair Day

One of the albums of the day on 6 Music this week was Miracle by Francis Lung. I love hearing different, new (to me) artists, but they don’t always hit the mark (which is fair enough). However, with a track on each of the shows of the day, and me listening for quite a lot of that particular day, I got to hear three tracks and I liked them all.

Boom.

So I’m going to give the album a go. Here’s Bad Hair Day to give you a taster:

Lots of My Life Story, Gorky’s and even some Mika (remember him?) in there. Maybe even a hint of Belle and Sebastian. Cheery pop with a melancholic undertone.

IT’S GOOD STUFF!

Have a look at The Let Down (fun video – who knew that Francis would morph into Iggy Pop in 40 years time?) and a listen to Lonesome No More (lovely piano ballad) for more. And Dance For Sorrow for a glimpse into the back catalogue.

Day 429 – My music

A quick shout out for a new page added to my site in answer to a number (1) of enquiries about what sort of music I listen to. There are a few playlists that I have compiled for myself on popular music streaming service, Spotify. But while I made them so that I could listen to them at appropriate times in my life, there might be some appropriate times in your life that you think might be better if they had a decent soundtrack.

Don’t worry: the catchily named My Spotify Playlists page is here to help.

There’s a quick description of each of the playlists I have on offer, then you can click through and have a proper look and follow and/or recommend them if what you find there is agreeable.

Quick note: Playlist For A Chilled Braai is my particular favourite goto for many occasions, not just for a chilled braai.

And if you ever want to go straight to that page without having to find this post, then there’s a little Spotify logo button up there in the top right that you can use (right next to the buttons for my Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages).

I know, right? So thoughtful.

Day 400 – Marking milestones

It’s 400 days since SA embarked on its Coronavirus lockdown. Back then, we weren’t even allowed out of our property.
Since that day, we’ve been through two fairly horrendous waves of Covid-19, several alcohol and smoking bans, beach restrictions, economic disaster, and a stuttering, non-starting vaccination programme. Currently, our R number – marking the progress and pace (or not) of viral infections in the country – is sitting at 1.03, meaning that we’re ever so very slightly on the wrong side of where we’d like to be, but equally, that things aren’t nearly as terrible as they have been or could be. And that R number is currently being fuelled by minor outbreaks in the Northern Cape and the Free State. Touch wood, with the major centres doing ok at the moment, we’re still not seeing any sign of the expected Third Wave. Long may it continue.

Which does make one wonder why there’s still a midnight to 4am curfew.
Not that I had any plans for that particular period.
Other than sleeping.
Which is allowed.

Another milestone today: our wedding anniversary. The day each year when I sit back and reflect upon just why Mrs 6000, very much of Champions League standard, is still happily existing in my Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League¬†Second Division company. I’ve no idea either, but I’m very happy that she still seems content with my muddy, clod-hopping, somewhat makeshift agricultural style. Not much skill, but a whole lot of effort. As the actress said to the Bishop.
We’re going out to celebrate at a very good restaurant this evening.
But we’ll be back before midnight, Cyril. I promise.

I have spent much of the day painting. Not in any artistic sense, more in the “I’m not old enough for this Antique Cream to seem anywhere near acceptable in my house” sense.
I’m obliterating it all with brilliant white. Or rather, I was, until I ran out of paint. Very frustrating.

Soundtrack to my endeavours was provided by The Streets. I went for their Spotify catalogue, which has loads of live stuff, remixes and collaborations. Really nice trip (no pun intended) down memory lane, and one which culminated in me singing Fit But You Know It to the somewhat bewildered beagle.

A proper highlight of a milestone day for all concerned.

Day 379 – New Music

I know that music posts don’t always go down very well on here. Different strokes for different folks and all that.

But if you are looking for something new to listen to, here are a couple of suggestions from 6000 HQ:

How about some New Dad? Their latest one, Slowly – following on from their desperate cry against the horrors of depression I Don’t Recognise You – is wonderful alternative indie, almost shoegazy stuff.

Hear more of their stuff on Spotify.

And then The Lathums (it’s a short, sharp A, ok?). Their new one Oh My Love is so new that the video only premieres later today. More indie, but a bit more folky indie. Think The Coral or The Farm, a touch of Arctic Monkeys or maybe even a bit of Doves.

Short and sweet. [Spotify]

I’ve been compiling a Spotify playlist of stuff I have enjoyed in 2021. It doesn’t have to specifically be from 2021 (and indeed, much of it isn’t), but if I hear something and I like it, it goes in.
Both these songs have made the grade. I mean… obviously.

You’ll want to click through on this link.

Please enjoy and share, should you be that way inclined.