Schoolkids Records not only has some RSD Noctorum – Offer The Light vinyl but also has a one-month sale on the CD version ($5.99). It seems that this price is about right for older CDs, as they fall from grace, having said that the word is that they are starting to sell more and the vinyl sales resurgence is a reality – as it is for cassettes. Did I even see someone releasing an 8 track? I wonder, will they be onto 78s soon?
Noctorum – OFFER THE LIGHT (LP)
Noctorum – OFFER THE LIGHT (CD)
After a very late night last night (after 5 AM) I did my best to stay asleep as long as possible and had breakfast for lunch. I opened the front door to see a copy of Shindig! in the mailbox and put the snooker semi on. I was possibly going to meet American fans on holiday on a cruise, Chris and his wife Barbara couldn’t make it in the end as their time in Porto was restricted to a timetable probably imposed by the tour. So, I didn’t manage to get out and soon Australian builder Brad (yes, really) was coming to get some keys and talk about renovating the space. We’ve done some things ourselves, like getting the security gates, a working toilet, internet, cold water and electricity, but walls need rendering and painting, floors need renovating, the bathroom, the kitchen and the distribution of power sockets that will keep us safe from an overload as I play hot licks on one of my Rickenbackers.
We hope to go South American with the colour scheme, that is sunflower yellow, turquoise, fire engine red, and Greek blue. We may be mistaken for a kindergarten but after all, this is a serious playground for music, a library of preservation and inspiration, a library of learning, and a creative space where people can come to unleash their ideas or find inspiration in the ideas of others. Yesterday I got a message from Luke in Ireland asking if I wanted his collection of old music papers from the late seventies into the eighties. He is coming to Porto and will bring them in extra suitcases. I saw a 1977 NME in the pic. Carl in Wales has lots of Record Collector magazines and Graham in Scotland also asked me about this. Mark in Brighton brought mags to the London show. We have had lots of record donations, too many to mention here, but most recently Mikko found me the new 22-Pistepirkko album (2023), Thomas has found me the Ian McCulloch – Slideling LP (2003) from RSD. William in Houston found me the Beatles‘ White Album (1968) from Indonesia with the banned and omitted track Happiness is a Warm Gun. Noel a while back donated a whole collection from him and his late friend. I’ve been donating for years, it’s pricey keeping it up but I’m doing my best to put all the money that would have gone into cigarettes and alcohol into records (and some).
At 6 PM I had a sesh with NJ Brian and was trying to get a conversation with Stephen at Schoolkids Records in between Brian and the next sesh with Noel but we were unable to make contact. It seems that the Noctorum album made it to a lot more places in the world than previous RSD albums did. I know it wasn’t everywhere including in places where you might think it would be, but it did cross some borders. So what about Honey Mink Forever?
Music today has been Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous (1978), ooh those duelling guitars, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson’s pizzazz, the pounding drums of Brian Downey and Phil Lynott’s poetic lyrical Rock stardom. Never has anything so easy to criticise been so great.