In reverse order, the dentist, Pete the carpenter, the record store, and sessioneer Bob in Boston. I woke up late and was still eating the last vestiges of my ‘value for money’ Lidl bran. I’d wondered why the Bran brand version (Kellogg’s) was so expensive. They must be making millions off how they have convinced the public that theirs is the only one that is worthy. Granted there are some crap bran brands out there but not all of them are bad and they are all way cheaper. Here’s the explanation from your ever-trustworthy internet: “Kellogg’s lifts the price of popular breakfast cereals including Coco Pops, Nutri-Grain, Froot Loops and Special K due to ‘unprecedented drought conditions’, Kellogg’s blames devastating drought conditions trickling from farms to shelves as the reason for jacking up prices on its well-known breakfast cereals”. Consequently, a cardboard box of contents that tastes like cardboard is fleecing the consumer, they’re not increasing the price to cover costs, they are increasing the price to maintain the gigantic profit margin that has unexpectedly decreased by conditions. If the profit wasn’t huge on the product, they would discontinue it.
I seshed with Bob in Boston, trying to get the hardware set up for doing some demos and being able to try out ideas and work on songs with a rhythm going instead of just on a guitar. Songs often need different things for them to develop, depending on the song. I came out of Sesh Land to find Pete putting up a whole lot of framed posters on the walls, phase one, he had to leave before everything was up but will continue after his hols and fix the broken chair. We’ll know more about wall space when the whole shebang is here.
I nipped down to Tubitek, Wednesday is a pretty good day for any orders coming in either from the Friday before or the middle of the week. I went there not expecting to buy what I bought, but there were some real bargains that were hard to leave behind when you know that they won’t be available in the future and if they are, they will be very expensive. I picked George Harrison’s double Live in Japan album performed in 1991 and a reissue of Electronic Sound (1969). I picked up the new Lloyd Cole – On Pain (2023), the new Ben Folds – What Matters Most (2023), and the new Sigur Rós – Átta (2023). Then, Daniel Lanois’s record with Rocco DeLuca – Goodbye to Language (2016) and two classic German reissues, Faust – The Faust Tapes (1973) and Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 (1984).
Then I went to the dentist…
Music today has been King Crimson’s seventh album Red, a true classic and the last King Crimson album for me. From there on it all changed, seven years passed, and then came the Fripp, Bruford, Levin, Belew version. Belew blew the whole eccentric Englishness of the whole thing away. For me, it was like Bob Seger joining The Smiths, and Jaco Pastorius joining The Jam, haha. I appreciate it with a different brain, but not the same heart.