Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I think I've finally found the Record Bag I've been after - the Eastpak Tiffer.
I picked it up in TKMaxx for £10 on Saturday and I have to say it rocks ... after its inaugural run looking for vinyl in East Kilbride.
It is a laptop 'tote' with a section for a 15" laptop.
Large main compartment with zipped closure and a padded laptop compartment ... with leather reinforced handles usable on the shoulder and multi-purpose front & back stash pockets. It comes in at 14.6" (H), 13.8" (W), and 5.9" (D) ... and works really well when out and about.
I would highly recommend it ... and will look forward to it accompanying me on many a hunting trip.
Monday, December 16, 2013
I am still on the hunt for the perfect Record Bag. In my search I spotted these two beauties in the Filson store.
Filson is one of these legendary outdoor wear clothing stores that originated in the American Gold Rush of 1897 ... they still make their products in the USA and have a fearsome reputation ... along with some serious cool clobber.
The first bag - TWILL ZIP TOP TOTE BAG (STYLE # 70088) (above) - is made of 22-oz. 100% cotton Rugged Twill with 100% Genuine Bridle Leather and measures 15in. W x 14in. H x 7in. D. It boasts a double layer fabric bottom and a two-way brass zipper for security.
7 inches will hold a fair number of records and the orange, whilst being a bit Marmite, will certainly ensure you won't forget about it. At $180 plus postage, its not cheap but it is a credible alternative to the more traditional Record Bag.
Another option from Filson is the OIL FINISH TOTE BAG (STYLE # 70111) ... According to the blurb, this bag is designed for hauling, shooting and field gear, and is made from our tough, water-resistant oil finish Tin Cloth. It measures in at 4" W x 14 1/2" H x 8 1/2" D ... which means it will hold more records that the #70088 but with it having an open top, it is subject to the weather ... which isn't too good in Glasgow.
That said ... it is still worthy of consideration ... and at $105 plus postage ... it is a cheaper option (more money for records!!).
I still haven't found the perfect bag ... although these bags come close. I'll carry on the search, but in the meantime ... what do you carry your records in?
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I was rather taken with The Art of Penguin Science Fiction when I was sent a link to it by my friend Kevin Lyons. I have a love for both sci-fi books and great cover art ... and this repository does both.
I particularly like it when you click on a cover and the site gives you loads of detail plus some interesting trivia too. Take "The Reefs of Space" ... a book I have and loved reading ... I find the backstory fascinating.
Anyway ... dive in and lose yourself to fab cover art.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
In the month of December, my listening habits move from the 'usual' classic rock, prog, post-rock, ambient etc to more Christmas-orientated tuneage. I have spoken previously about albums I've found and wanted to continue this with three recent albums that are worthy of note ...
First off, you have Karl Verkade's "the world in green& red" ... a wonder ambient guitar-orientated album of versions of traditional hymns as well as new music he has penned. His version of "O Holy Night" is simply stunning.
Verkade says this on his Bandcamp page ...
Christmas has always been a special time for me, and I thought what better way to celebrate than to write a few songs for it, and send love to those in need. So this album will be available until January 1st, and half the proceeds from this album and all my albums this month will go to families in need this Christmas.I'm proud to have supported him in this endeavour ... and you should too. Through him a few bucks and gain, in return, some beautiful music that you'll come back to in the years to come.
Next up ... we have The Lower Lights with another folky Christmas extravaganza - "Sing Noel". I love The Lower Lights and didn't think twice when I found out about this album ... their previous Christmas album - "Come Let Us Adore Him" - gets air time around Advent and this is a welcome addition.
"When your group is built around the idea of exploring traditional songs, it comes pretty naturally to wrap your arms around Christmas songs, sung and beloved around the world. Sometimes that means making a Christmas album. In the case of The Lower Lights, it means making two."I, for one, am glad they did. The CD is $12 plus postage ... and is well worth it.
Lastly, we have Sleeping At Last and their Christmas Collection 2013 ... and delightful mix of familiar Christmas songs like Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and traditional carols. It is a welcome addition to my collection and my iPod.
"Each year I record a Christmas cover song and give it away for free. It’s my version of a Christmas card. This has been tradition for many years now… for so many years in fact that it has accumulated (like snow) into this13-song Christmas album, I call my 'Christmas Collection.'"Christmas Collection 2013 is available for free from NoiseTrade > http://noisetrade.com/sleepingatlast/christmas-collection-2013 < ... here's a wee video of one of the tracks to whet your appetite:
Enjoy ... and if you have any new music recommendations, please leave a comment.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
For December's slightly belated calendar / wallpaper ... I picked a photo from my archive ... a photo from a very cold day in Strathclyde Park.
I hope you will enjoy staring at it as much as I will.
Usual flavours are below.
iPhone with Calendar + iPhone without Calendar
Monday, December 02, 2013
Here's what I've been listening to on my Apple products during the month of November ... except for Panic! at the Disco, that was Dayna ... I let her borrow my Rdio account.
What caught your ear in November?
First up ... we have 2 longer-form ambient pieces from Scott Lawlor ...
"...The Leaves" is a darker, noisier drone that almost overwhelms but ultimately rewards the listener with an immersive experience.
"Meadows In Summer" is a lighter longer-form piece with a haunting and rather surprising ending which I found an utter delight when I first heard it.
We then have a single release from Red Pools - the new project from Sean Cotterill aka Artificial Sun Project ...
Sean's description of his music - swaying, claustrophobic atmospheres - is apt and I welcome it, and him, to weareallghosts.
Lastly, we have a darker ambient piece from Kevin Lyons that is inspired by the ghost stories of Dr. M. R. James ...
Curious Warnings (waag_rel036) is a real treat ... one that captures the deliciously uncomfortable nature of James' writing ... and translates the unsettling atmospheres into sound.