Tag: music

July 20, 2017
It was while I was looking for potential better DNLA clients that I came across Plex. Plex is a server you set up yourself – either on a spare computer, or perhaps a Raspberry Pi, or even (with a paid subscription) on the cloud. From it, you can stream your music and video, with clients available for most platforms. My android phone has a client, my Windows 10 desktop has a client, both my Blu-Ray player and my Amazon Fire Stick will run it.

July 20, 2017
February 2, 2017
February 10, 2013
Having heard a track (”1957”) on some Radio 4 show or other, I ordered this album – Milo Greene by Milo Greene – pretty much on a whim.

Just put it on to read to, and had to put the kindle down, as I wasn’t concentrating on what I was reading. Really, really nice.

December 16, 2012
Folk in the UK will have probably seen this in the news already, but I thought it was fun enough to mention it here.

1980’s pop star, Kim Wilde – together with her brother Ricky, on guitar – singing their way back home on the London Underground after an apparently boozy MagicFM Christmas Party.

September 23, 2012
Had fun last night attending a house concert hosted by

Tricky Pixie were stopping by briefly on their way to perform at FilkCONtinental, in Germany. They gave a great performance. I was unfamiliar with their material, but really enjoyed it, and came away with a couple of albums.

August 22, 2012
One of my set-top boxes (not the YouView one) does a decent job of playing YouTube over the TV, so on odd occasions, I sit and browse for amusement or inspiration.

I was doing this before heading for bed last night, and came across the video of Seal’s Kiss From A Rose. I have always liked this song, so I followed some of the links that came up when the video ended, and found the following two videos, both wonderful, for two very different reasons.

July 9, 2012
People reading this blog will think I have two obsessions – BBQ and 3D. Believe me, I have a lot more than that!

One of them, of course, is music; and I’ve been fond of Peter Gabriel for quite some time. So I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get hold of this Blu-Ray disc of his 2011 Hammersmith Odean concerts, shot over two night in 3D HD.

March 5, 2012
A while ago, in June last year, I backed a Kickstarter project by Julia Nunes. I’ve mentioned Julia before as being a YouTube genius. She has released a couple of albums in the past, but was looking to raise $15,000 to do a proper studio album. Within 24 hours she had received pledges of $19,000, and by the time the project closed, she had pledges of $77,888, with 1,685 backers.

I think one of the reasons that Julia is so popular with her fans is that she is so… well, interactive. She has used the Kickstarter site to the fullest, with regular updates and even videos of part of the recording process and her giving an impromtu concert in the Kickstarter office.

February 21, 2012
Not sure if I mentioned it, but I bought one of these as a birthday present to myself.

A Denon M38DAB, it is a micro CD player, DAB/FM/AM radio and amp combined. I’ve had it running for the past few weeks, balanced on a pile of books on a chair, and plugged into my monitor speakers. However, over the weekend, I moved some bookcases around, and now it is in its home, and connected up to a pair of old – but excellent – speakers that were my dad’s.

December 11, 2011
Had a fairly quiet weekend, as I’ve been nursing a bad cold, and this close to Christmas, I want to make sure I get rid of it quick.

It was a good excuse to watch some Fringe. I picked up the third season on DVD a few weeks ago, so today I watched the last two episodes of season two again, and then watched the first DVD of series 3 straight through. Brilliant stuff.

November 12, 2011
Had great fun at Stamford Corn Exchange tonight, watching Ade Edmonson and The Bad Sheperds. A wide range of punk and other music from the same era, rearranged and performed as folk.

I have to admit that a few of the songs didn’t quite work for me, but there were some real gems – including the Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”, Squeeze’s “Up the Junction” and The Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the UK”.