Just for you!
- Big & Rich – Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)
- The White Stripes – Fell in Love with a Girl
- Orchid – Mouths of Madness
- Al Green – Tired of Being Alone
- Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Scooby Snacks
Just for you!
Here are five more tunes that stood out from my listening over the last week. Enjoy!
Forget using your super smart, internet enabled portable phone as a means of playing music. And forget iPods, too – sadly the swines at Apple have decided to sacrifice their master product, in order to concentrate on their vile mutant phone. My mate Greeny has a much better music playing machine than any of those.
Greeny has a jukebox.
The jukebox is named Florence. After Florence and the Machine, as she’s a machine, obviously. Florence stands proudly in the corner of the lounge, neither dominating the room or sitting back like a wall flower. But Florence has presence: when the lights are on and the tunes are spinning, you will be drawn magnetically to this wondrous device.
He’s been collecting 7 inch singles since he were a lad, has Greeny. Now Florence is a treasure trove packed full of delightful vinyl gems. There’s a wild variety of musical genres in Florence, spanning the decades. She’s regularly re-stocked and/or has the records switched out and replaced with others, keeping the music selection fresh and entrancing.
Florence holds around 84 records. Don’t forget that there’s a song on side A and B, so that’s a generous amount of music to enjoy.
It’s a lot of fun gathering around the jukebox in Greeny’s front room, with a few beers and spinning some records. I would love one of my own, one day – though they cost a few hundred quid, so it’s unlikely. I’m collecting a few cool 7 inch singles just in case, though…
Here’s a list of the records that are currently stocked inside Florence. Remember Greeny has to rotate the records, as he has far more than this! Which songs would you choose to play?
And if you’re interested, this jukebox is a Rowe AMI RI-3.
It’s been a long while since I shared a random playlist with you.
I recently went out for a skate, split between riding my Mindless longboard and spending some time on a classic old school Santa Cruz Street Creep. Whilst skating around, I switched the iPod onto shuffle and these are the tunes I heard.
Not a bad selection by the iPod there.
Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 26th February 2016
Welcome back to the Queen’s Head in Mold, North Wales! Get yourself a pint and make yourself comfortable, ‘cos you know what time it is. That’s right, it’s Bring Your Own Vinyl Night again!
Remember the rules: there’s a fifteen minute slot for each person; play whatever you like, so long as it’s vinyl.
Only Greeny and myself made it this time – Adam and Ben the Swede were both unavailable. No theme for my set this time, just a few songs I really had a yearning to play…
Ennio Morricone – The Ecstasy of Gold
This song is of course from the soundtrack for the classic Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. My version came from an album called “This is Ennio Morricone”. You don’t need me to tell you how great that film is. And Morricone’s soundtrack is stylish and ground breaking. In particular, this track (which plays while Eli Wallach’s character runs frenziedly through a Civil War graveyard) is sheer class. It builds magnificently and captivates the listener. A bit over the top, I admit, as the first song in my set – but never let it be said that Platinum Al doesn’t do drama.
Ramones – Surfin’ Bird
If I was going to recommend a Ramones album for a novice to start their education of NYC’s finest, I’d go for “Rocket to Russia”. I thought that this frenetic cover of the Trashmen’s surf rock gem would be a suitable place to go, after the majesty of the last track. I love the Ramones and this song was a ton of fun to play.
Soundgarden – Fresh Tendrils
This song, from the simply fantastic “Superunknown” album, is probably my favourite Soundgarden song ever. And I’m a bit of a Soundgarden nerd – I’ve collected tons of their stuff. Rather than play a more obvious, well known song, I decided to go with my top tune. “Fresh Tendrils” has an epic, classic rock sound that I love. No idea what Chris is singing about, however. The version I played was from the “Spoonman” 12″ single (on clear vinyl!).
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Originally I was going to play a Stooges song, but then I remembered that 26th February was Johnny Cash’s birthday. So I decided to play a song by the Man in Black. “Folsom Prison Blues” is a legendary track, one of Cash’s best. And I’ve already stated how big a hero this guy was to me. The album this came from – “Original Golden Hits Volume 1” – was my Gran’s. After she passed away, it was given to me. I’d heard a lot from bands I was into how Cash was an inspiration, so I checked the record out. I loved it, and my Johnny Cash fandom was born. The first Cash record I heard, but not the last!
That’s my list for the night. There were may great songs played through out the evening, though. Budgie! Hawkwind! Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy! Anthrax! Check the link below for the complete list.
Wax is back – get spinning those tracks! Thanks for a great night!
I’d also like to thank my old mate Graham, who turned up with a couple of Suicidal Tendencies records for me. You see, I’d sold these two exact albums to Graham some twenty years ago, when I was a broke student. Although I could’ve tracked the records down on eBay, I decided to message Graham and see if he’d sell them back to me (if he still had them). The reason being that one album, the awesome “Join the Army”, had been given to me when I was 15 by my friend Kelvin Bedford, who I used to skateboard with every day. Sadly, Kel passed away a couple of years ago. So it was cool to get that actual copy back in my record collection, as a nice memory. It even had the same plastic protective sheet over the album – and the selotape strip I patched up the inner sleeve with many, many years ago! Graham gave me both records for free – so I bought him a pint or two. Thank you!
The Halcyon Dreams blogspot is here.
The Halcyon Dreams mixcloud page is here.
The Halcyon Dreams Facebook page is here.
Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
Queen’s Head pub, Mold
Now here’s a fantastic idea: take along any vinyl records of your choice, and you get a fifteen minute slot to play whatever you like. There’s a regular such evening at the end of every month at the Queen’s Head pub in Mold, North Wales. It’s a great night’s entertainment combining music and, of course, beer.
I spent a little time raiding my vinyl collection and putting a playlist together. Then my buddies and me travelled up to Mold. The Queen’s Head is a pub like any other, but on these Bring Your Own Vinyl nights there’s a set up in the corner with two turntables, mixers etc, and people take turns to spin their wax. No CDs, cassettes or any other funny business – just beautiful vinyl.
The variety of music to be heard is reassuringly eclectic, with examples from across various genres and ages. It’s great fun, whether you take a turn on the decks or not – and you’re guaranteed to hear some old favourites or (even better) some new aural treats to research.
I’ve never used DJ equipment before, but no need to worry – the guys were very helpful in using the tech. It’s quite fun, selecting your track and fading between decks, though I could do with more practice…
Here are the tunes I selected for my turn on the decks:
Ramones – I Just Want to Have Something to do
The lead track of the Ramones’ fourth album, Road to Ruin, this song features a great riff and lyrics of teenage boredom. Though not considered their best record, I have a real soft spot for Road to Ruin and this song was a no-brainer.
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
An obvious Cash song to choose, but there was no way I wasn’t going to play something by this guy and Ring of Fire is always a popular choice. The song that made me a fan of Johnny Cash. This is off a random Best Of album that I picked up from a charity shop, and has a wild cover.
The Damned – Stranger on the Town
More punk rock, not that you’d know it – this song from their Strawberries album is some kind of 60’s psychedelic homage complete with brass section. Possibly my favourite Damned song, the version I played was from The Light at the End of the Tunnel compilation (because it’s the first song on side 2, and easy to find…).
Beastie Boys – Sabrosa
I wanted some more variety for the last track, so went for this jazz funk masterpiece from the Hip Hop masters. This funky instrumental is off Ill Communication, which I am very glad I have on vinyl!
Despite a few shaky moments with my DJ skills, the set seemed to go well and I really enjoyed it!
Dig out those vinyl albums kids – vinyl is back big time. The Bring Your Own Vinyl night is an excellent concept – where can you go wrong with classic tunes and some beer?
The next night is on Friday 27th February 2015.
The Halcyon Dreams blog is here, where you can find listed (very helpfully) all the songs played on the night.
The Halcyon Dreams Facebook page is here.
The Palomino, Connah’s Quay
Welcome to the frontier, the Wild West of Connah’s Quay. No, the Quay isn’t that wild – but there’s a taste of the Big Country at The Palomino.
Once it was the Wepre Inn, now it’s reborn as The Palomino. A Western themed bar and restaurant that’s decked out in all manner of cowboy paraphernalia. There are life size statues of cowboys and Indians (including a full size John Wayne on a horse); dreamcatchers and pictures on the wall; plus numerous models of Native Americans and what not all over the place.
I think it’s very cool. The very first time I went there, they even had Clint Eastwood classic Hang ‘Em High showing on several television screens around the room.
There’s an extensive menu that covers a wide range of steaks, burgers and hearty meals to fill up any gunslinger. There are of course salads and vegetarian options for the weirdos. Plenty of drink choices too, though sadly no Sam Adams or Brooklyn lager – they would’ve been more suitable. I tried Kozel, a Czech beer, which was very nice (though sadly not cold enough!).
On our most recent visit, Mrs Platinum Al opted for the Chicken Espetada. Never heard of this before; it’s pretty impressive. Two large chicken and veg kebabs hang vertically down from a metal support over the plate. Served with chips and salad, It looked great and the smell was enticing. Luckily I got to try some. I loved it, one to try next time.
For my own choice, I went for the full rack of ribs. A massive plate was served to me, with chips, salad, coleslaw and corn on the cob. The ribs were extremely tender and fell apart nicely, delicious sauce too. Despite the vast amount of food, I made a valiant attempt and finished nearly everything – leaving just the corn half eaten…
Speaking for myself, I really enjoy going to the Palomino. The food has always been good, with large portions and a good choice on offer.
Of course, what makes The Palomino unique is the decor. You can see from the photos here what the place is like. Unfortunately, I hear that the place is having a make over soon – so there’ll be no more Western memorabilia. This makes me very sad. Like a cowboy who’s had to shoot his lame horse.
I’m sure the food will continue to be great. It’s just a shame that such a fun, different venue won’t be the same. If you want to experience The Palomino as it is, better saddle up soon.
Food Quest Test
The Palomino Bar & Restaurant, Wepre Lane, Connah’s Quay CH5 4JR
The Palomino website is here.
The Palomino Facebook page is here.
A cheeky little playlist from a few weeks back. You know the score: hit shuffle, see what music provides the soundtrack for my bike ride. This adventure was around fifteen miles.
The last few songs…
OK, so I know it’s not even New Year any more. It’s almost May. But we’ve only just got round to finishing off this A – Z playlist game, so I’m posting it no matter what.
The idea was to play one song by an artist, moving alphabetically through the iPod list. No repeats. This time however, we had to repeat the artist – as there’s only one band in my iTunes beginning with X.
That’s the end, sorry it took a while to finish the list off!
The can read Part 1 here.
And Part 2 is here.
Today I’m commemorating the birth of Johnny Cash, born 26th February 1932.
Below is a picture of some of my Cash memorabilia. This includes vinyl albums, CDs, books and t-shirts. That’s quite a few pieces I’ve collected over the years. The music is timeless and will last longer than the items shown, however.
One more point: the black record sleeve you can make out at the bottom right of the photo is my first Cash album. It was my grandmother’s originally, and became mine when she passed away – so it has a special place in my vinyl collection. It’s a great record and introduced me to Johnny Cash’s music.
Check out: JohnnyCash.com