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The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:21:06 am »
Spotted a poster on the side of a bus at the weeknd, for a West End revival of The Pajama Game. I've seen the poster before, but never really paid any attention to it, as I can't abide that particular musical! But I noticed the poster featured a review quote... "a pure adrenaline rush of pleasure". But isn't adrenaline the hormone that's secreted through fear/pain/stress?!?!?!

The Concert Hall / Re: Dave Smith playing in April + June
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:51:39 am »
Some lovely Smithy goings on last night down at Schott's.

A fine collection of pieces beautifully played, and, as one has come to expect of young Mr Smith, obvious attention to the order of the pieces to give a good structure to the evening. Hard to pick out a favourite piece, but it would probably be a choice between Quasi Tambura and Frivolous & Vexatious (the latter, particularly, feeling barely a fraction of the 34 minute running time advised up front).

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:23:17 pm »
Have had a spin of the Finnissy - much to get one's head round, and I'm looking forward to getting to know it better in time.

But probably not just yet, as the latest purchase has just arrived from Germany; Stockhausen's Samstag aus Licht. Can't wait to find time for a spin of that. :)

The Opera House / Re: Stilhaus Kitchens Reviews
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:00:01 am »
Has the time come when the mods might want to entertain the notion of pre-modding new members? Even if it's only to the extent of maybe pre-moderating new members' first posts?

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:13:27 pm »
So the Penn is mightier than the pun, yes?...

Maybe the pun is rightly, er, ignored?

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:58:51 pm »
Good to see the contestants on Round Britain Quiz aren’t afraid to make fools of themselves.  Having failed to identify Jimi Hendrix’s sublime The Wind Cries Mary, one of the contestants, when the song was named, asked ‘oh…is that the same as They Call the Wind Maria’?  She had, beforehand, candidly described herself as ‘a Hendrix-free zone’ but I bet she has some friends who will, perhaps for the rest of her life, delight in telling her just how dissimilar those two songs are!

That'll Lerner.

That's a new Loewe for R3OK puns.
Somebody had to say it...

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:06:38 pm »
Not entirely sure when I'll have the time to spin it, but I finally coughed up the readies for Ian Pace's recording of Finnissy's "The History of Photography in Sound" which has just landed on my desk...

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:38:27 am »
I suppose this isn't barking at all if you believe in the Icelandic elves...
It doesn't get much dottir than that.

OK, I've got me coat...

Would criticising that pun make one a hekla?

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:18:51 am »
I don't mind the occasional neological portmanteau, but I've just received a rather corporate-speak company-wide email that contains some information about some new branding that's going to be discussed a series of seminars to be conducted via internet-conferencing. They're going to be called webinars:scream: shudder.

Television / Re: Rik Mayall RIP
« on: June 09, 2014, 05:24:38 pm »
What a real sock to the stomach that news was when it came through earlier... (can we get his name right, though? - it's Rik).

I'd been at secondary school for all of two months when the first episode of "The Young Ones" was broadcast. I watched it, with my brother, upstairs on a portable b&w television; I'm sure my mother would have had a fit if she'd known what we were watching.  :laughter3: My generation's punk explosion, I think. And the first couple of series of "The New Statesman" five or six years later were bloomin' amazing.

A very sad loss indeed.

The Concert Hall / Re: Dave Smith playing in April + June
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:36:25 pm »
Get away with you!  He can't be knocking on the door of 65!?

He'd better not be, the concert's happening at No. 48... ;)

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:32:43 am »

Evidently he is a stranger to embarrassment.
And to own goals, it would seem.
to be or not ... Two own goals ... Just taking the P! bonniegergyev aka Ariosto ...

I think it was right the first time... As in He is a stranger to embarrassment, and [he is a stranger] to own goals, n'est-ce pas?

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:18:49 am »
At your Service...

...the LSO’s partnership with their neighbours at the Barbican Centre, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama allows this scheme to operate on a much bigger and ongoing scale. Together, they could be creating an early 21st century musical equivalent of the Manchester United dream team who all played together as teenagers and changed the footballing world, with Cobb and Moore as the Scholesy and Giggsy of the brass section.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Sought recordings thread
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:06:51 pm »
Had a very quick listen to a couple of things, and yes, I'm inclined to think "dull" is probably my first reaction too...

Found "A Sound Year" on Spotify - I've had a listen to "January", and it's not dreadful. It's no "Legende d'Eer" by any means (but then what is?!), but it's certainly got a bit more going for it than the 30 second extracts suggested. It certainly didn't feel like an effortful 30 minute of listening. And while I don't think it's going to rock my world completely, it sounds like something I'll enjoy, so I think I probably will get that £8.50 download next payday.

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