Today was ‘catch up’ with the record store orders after being out of the country, across the border in Spain, playing, driving, getting back, finding shelving. A week away from the record store is a long time and orders are coming in. It was also Black Friday, which is a good weekend for discounts, handy if you buy a lot of records. Outside it was raining again, but we were waiting in for the arrival of Olivia’s Mamma anyway and Aussie Pete was coming too. Frustratingly, the doorbell doesn’t seem to work, it rings where you press it but not inside, quite useless.
We went via the lightbulb shop, but the lady (Margarida) with the perfect English wasn’t there. It was two older Portuguese guys who seemed to struggle with Spanish, and English was completely out. So I managed to explain to them that I think it best to wait till Margarida returns tomorrow to pick up my order of lightbulbs for The Archive. We did manage to drop off some old bulbs with them that they can dispose of, so it wasn’t a total language disaster. Olivia was with her mum at the Cat Café, Sarah and I carried on to the music store to get some strings for the Shergold that luthier Jorge will be setting up for me.
Next, the record store and the list – The Beatles Box, the expanded ‘Blue’ and ‘Red’ albums (1973). Then there was the EP compilation from Slowdive – Blue Day (1992), Khruangbin’s second album Con Todo El Mundo (2018), Norway’s Motorpsycho – The All is One (2020). I bought the 295th-anniversary issue of King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) for the In the Court of the Crimson King wall, except we probably won’t have much wall space when the records are here. So we have these strange windows at the top of the sectioned-off walls so they are living there at the moment.
Dylan at Budokan (1978) with unreleased performances, two ridiculously cheap Lemon Twigs albums – Go To School (2018) and Songs for the General Public (2020). Then there’s the classic Irish doom folkers Lankum whom I wrote about a few days ago and their album False Lankum (2023). Robin Trower’s new album Joyful Sky (2023) where he seems to have fallen in love with a new vocalist, Sari Schorr. Yes have released a Steven Wilson remix and box of The Yes Album (1971) and another Steven Wilson mix of songs from the War Child sessions (1974), War Child II by Jethro Tull – I saw that tour in Liverpool at The Empire in the seventies.
Wandering off into other places I ordered Yasmine Hamdan’s Jamilat Reprise, a remix album of her album Al Jamilat (2017), she is Lebanese and lives in Paris, I’ve written about her before here. I have also discovered Sevdaliza – Shabrang (2020), Night Colours in Persian. She is Iranian, living in The Netherlands, and reminds me of FKA Twigs with her experiments, it’s trip-hop electronics, strange ideas. Last but not least Nick Cave’s Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus (2004). A Nick Cave album I particularly liked.
Music today has been Maa Ilmasta – Kaunis Kesäkaupunki (2023). Excellent Finnish instrumental music, guitar-heavy, with grooves and melodies, sounds like real songs. A great new discovery, finding a vinyl copy of this and the previous releases may be nigh on impossible outside Finland.