Happy New Blog

OK, so now the New Year starts proper.

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you like the blog’s crisp new look.

I can’t look to 2012 until I’ve glanced back mournfully at 2011 one more time and thought a bit more about what it gave us, musically first, as is the tradition. You obviously have good taste in music to be milling about on David Gilmour’s webspace still, so who better to ask: what did you enjoy about last year? Albums, singles and gigs, I want it all.

I thought it was a highly respectable year, actually. We had the final album from R.E.M. (Collapse Into Now); welcome returns to form from Kate Bush (50 Words For Snow) and Paul Simon (So Beautiful So What); more catchy little numbers from Kasabian (here’s ‘Days Are Forgotten’, from Velociraptor!, to ‘ahh’ along to) and the one I had on my Christmas wish list because I knew it was going to be good: Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes.

Yet there was so much more. The self-titled Big Talk, the solo album from drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers was a rather nice surprise; Tom Morello returned with impeccable timing as The Nightwatchman with World Wide Rebel Songs; I heard shades of Syd Barrett in Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo; and the Black Keys followed on from 2010’s triumphant Brothers with El Camino. So what if they sound like Free? They rock! Here’s the album’s first single and, amusingly, a man dancing. Try not to laugh too loudly. I don’t know the story behind the video, so can’t say whether he’s a good sport or just a silly fool. Either way, it works for me.

I also embraced Charles Bradley’s soul revival (No Time For Dreaming) and enjoyed occasional moments from folk-rock quartet Dawes’ Nothing is Wrong. The best of the bunch for me, though, came from White Denim. For making music to listen to in a darkened room with eyes shut and thoughts wandering perhaps a little too freely, I found the sometimes dreamy, sometimes trippy D ticked all the right boxes.

The chatroom is open on Wednesday this week, by which time I hope we all will have acquired a list of new music to track down thanks to your recommendations. Then, and only then, can we turn our attention away from music to the books, television and film of 2011, so do drop by if you’d like to reminisce for a little longer with me; I’ll be there from 2pm (UK).

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

75 thoughts on “Happy New Blog”

  1. Black Keys sounding good, as is White Denim.

    Two bands I’ve had the pleasure of listening to are Morpheus Rising and Phoenix Hart. Morpheus Rising is a NWOBHM Band (or I call that Traditional Metal) and I’ve been a fan for right at 3.5 years from ReverbNation. MR released “Let The Sleeper Awake” on Dec. 9th and it was well worth the wait. You can check out their album under the “music” tab on the front page after you check out the music video front and center!

    Phoenix Hart is an original Artist who’s style can be compared to Sheryl Crow and Carol King but definitely Rock. I purchased both Phoenix and MR albums and play them both regularly.

    While Morpheus Rising will Rock you out hard and steady, Phoenix Hart songs will grow on you in about 2 minutes after listening to them. Just two new artists for me to have albums out.

    I like the new format, FEd!

  2. Happy New Year FEd.

    The tinkering is complete, I see. Liking the “Blogging since 2005 and still not David Gilmour” header. (Very crisp.)

    Looking back on 2011 I enjoyed :

    Albums from Adele – 21, Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow, Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto and particularly Steve Hackett – Beyond The Shrouded Horizon.

    As for gigs, the stand-out one for me, was my son’s wedding.

    I also saw Jools Holland at Sherborne Castle, which was a very pleasant way to spend a balmy Saturday evening back in July.

    As for singles, I have to ‘Champion’ The Chevin, who hail from my home town and could be destined for a good year in 2012.

    Enjoy 2012, FEd. I will. Set to become a Grandfather (in May) and marrying-off my daughter in July…

    1. Liking this tune a lot, Ken. Thanks for that.

      All the best for 2012. Sounds like you’re going to be busy.

    2. Forgot to mention another notable gig from last year. How could I not remember to praise ‘The Wall’, still stunning 30 years on, even though David was absent in Manchester?

    3. The tinkering is complete, I see. Liking the “Blogging since 2005 and still not David Gilmour” header. (Very crisp.)

      Did you read the FAQ Ken? Read the answer to the question, “How long do I have to wait before I see my comment?”

      Also in the About section, read how Fed describes himself. 🙂

      :)) Love your humour Fed. Thanks for being here.

      ash

    4. And did you try to click FEd in any of FEd’s reply? You get the message

      “FEd, Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.” :))

    5. So sorry I missed you in the chatroom the other night, Ken. :!

      My best wishes to you for the new year and the happy events to come.

    6. Not your fault, Michèle, it was rather late. Work keeps conspiring to get in the way of me par-taking in the Chatroom as much as I would like. I’ll make it One Of These Days. 😉

  3. Adele- 21 (As ubiquitous as it was and is; it is still very, very good)
    Iron & Wine- Kiss Each Other Clean
    Lykke Li- Wounded Rhymes
    Raphael Saadiq- Stone Rollin’
    Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues
    The Cars- Move Like This
    Death Cab for Cutie- Codes and Keys
    Bon Iver- Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    Theory of a Deadman- The Truth Is… (good if you are in a cheesy kind of mood)
    Blue October- Any Man in America
    Red Hot Chili Peppers- I’m With You
    Mutemath- Odd Soul
    Evanescence- Evanescence
    My Morning Jacket- Circuital
    Peter Gabriel- New Blood

  4. Well done FEd! I like the new design a lot.

    Looking back to 2012 I see two immersion packages and Maiden’s gig in Frankfurt am Main which I attended with my daughter and older son… Not too much, but better than nothing, eh?

    Best regards

    Taki

    PS. 2012 started as 2011 ended for me: a lot of work and responsibilities… I’m still struggling to find some spare time, but I’m not complaining since it was mostly my decision.

  5. I’m scared to send a message in case I dirty it!

    This new look is great Fed. Very clean, and classy looking.

    ash

    1. Think I’ll have to consider a new avatar, my little blue, startled, toothy thing looks untidy somehow.

      ash

    2. Ash, check out Gravatar. It’s free and the instructions are very easy to follow, so it won’t take long to have an avatar you like (and can change whenever you like).

  6. Well Howdy to the New Blog … one thing I’m lovin’ already is the finger saving innovation of my name and e-mail address already being filled in. Also like the fonts and the general whiteness – although please don’t throw me into the Suarez camp for that (cheap shot, sorry).

    My new music acquisition rate is becoming woeful … although I plead idle lack of employment as a financial consideration plus trawling through the back catalogue of the local library.

    Stand-out new album not on your list is “Let England Shake” by PJ Harvey (Mercury award consensus there). I can’t quite bring myself to love Radiohead “King of Limbs” yet though. Quite liked Elbow “Build a Rocket Boys” though it doesn’t quite repeat the trick.

    Left field suggestion … I am checking out Mastodon “The Hunter” as they are kind / unwise enough to include Norwich UEA on their gig-list in February. As Q quotes them as saying “We’re the most unattractive men you’ve seen having a ball” I am looking forward to this enormously.

    Looks like Man U are going to have to win the FA Cup the hard way this year F’ed.

    1. Yes indeed. What a draw. Can’t say I’m looking forward to any meetings between Liverpool and Manchester United this season after all this Suarez palaver. It’s not been handled at all well by King Kenny, I have to say. I’d rather see Suarez sent to Coventry for a few weeks… if I didn’t think he’d offend someone while he was there.

      Let’s hope the moronic minority of supporters of both clubs stay away on the day or, failing that, the decent ones create so much positive noise that nobody notices their stupid, senseless remarks and they eventually give up. I’m so sick and tired of the disgraceful abuse heard (or not) and reported on (or not), be it aimed at players, managers or rival fans. That Liverpool supporters and players are this time in the spotlight saddens me.

    2. Amen to that. Football fans are not something to inspire faith in humanity as a rule.

      Can’t quite understand Kenny & Co’s stance on this one as the club clearly have a good track record on inclusion – although there have been suggessions we haven’t heard the full facts. To round the wagons is one thing but sometimes you have to just accept it (heat of the moment, ill-judged or whatever, and move on … a bit rich coming from the biggest “backs to the wall wagon-rounding outfit” of course.

  7. Ooh – just noticed the sample pics from the Gallery change … that’s a nice little touch as well but surely there is some mistake with the top contributor list – Andrew by 300 odd? My money is on Michèle overhauling him in 2012, especially if we all provoke her with anti-Maths propaganda.

  8. The new blog looks fab, FEd. Well done! It is so nice to see it still going. I feel I have made some good friends here.

  9. Liking the Black Keys but don’t understand the comments re Dancing … “Silly fool”? The streets of Norwich are full of dancers who can only aspire to this standard on a Friday night.

  10. Ummm…. it’s a bit stark for my taste but like everything else I am sure it will grow on me. Do you remember that pinky/purply Blog we had a few years ago… yuch. 🙂

    Are there any shortcuts to browsing past blog dates other than going through “About”?

    As Winston Churchill said “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

    The three best gigs I went to in 2011 were all with the bass player from that old Beat Combo, Pink Floyd. The Wall Live ranks, at the moment, as the best show I have seen. Technology has finally caught up with the album and RW has used it very, very well. I can’t wait for the next one in Buffalo, New York!

    1. Are there any shortcuts to browsing past blog dates other than going through “About”?

      You can sort the blog posts by their specific tag or category, as well as scroll through the archives on a month-by-month basis.

  11. Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds is a nice album… top gig I attended was Alison Krauss and Union Station… some badass playing by these top players!!

    Happy New Year Y’all.

  12. Happy New Year to everybody!! Hopefully, this might be the year that David surprises us with a personal message. 🙂

    Not listened to that much new music in 2011 but I managed to get to a couple of concerts. Went with my wife and two daughters to see U2 in Montreal (great concert, spoiled slightly by the drunken arseholes sat behind us) and Taylor Swift (much to my surprise, another great concert, but spoiled slightly by lots of screaming fans; my earplugs helped in this respect!).

    I didn’t get round to buying the new Floyd re-masters yet. Would have preferred a CD(s) with just the ‘new’ live stuff on or a 50% reduction in the cost of DSOTM and WYWH. Just bought the latest Snow Patrol CD which is good. Unfortunately, their North American tour is only small venues and not in our home city. Still the kids are happy, as we’re taking them to see Taylor Swift again in August and I’m off to see Mr Waters again in June, both in Ottawa. Would prefer to be watching David live again, but I guess you can’t have everything. 🙁

  13. I saw The Wall which was spectacular. Stunning show.

    I saw Manic Street Preachers for the first time, loved the concert and that bass player certainly has character. Anyone else catch their last tour? They had mirrored figures on stage one of which was a dog. Please talk to me about the dog.

    I also saw Crosby and Nash. Fabulous.

    I particularly loved two albums released in 2011, one was Dust Bowl by Joe Bonamassa. I’d never bought any of his work before, I’d heard a few songs and thought I should give him more of a listen. I have six of his albums now. 🙂 So far I’m loving everything I’m hearing and looking forward to his tour in March. This album influenced me to seek out the artist’s previous work, so for me that’s a great thing.

    The second stand out album which also had a cinema release of the DVD, was Peter Gabriel’s New Blood. I can’t describe how good the DVD was on the big screen. Can’t describe how surprised I was at how good Gabriel’s old works, accompanied by an orchestra, were.

    A single that drew my attention was, Diary Of A Soul Fiend by a band called Saint Jude. The girl singer has a fantastic voice and the band are exceptionally good too. I saw them play a couple of months ago, they still have a little to do to get the right mix of songs and styles into their set but I think they are a band to keep an eye on. We’ll see.

    ash

    1. I saw Manic Street Preachers for the first time, loved the concert and that bass player certainly has character. Anyone else catch their last tour? They had mirrored figures on stage, one of which was a dog. Please talk to me about the dog.

      I didn’t catch them this time ’round, Ash, so you’ll have to tell me about it. I didn’t catch anyone last year, sadly (or not, as is the case).

      I’m slightly surprised that people are still apparently packing venues with money being so tight. Although I know the argument in favour of the artist going along with the current pricing levels all too well, I wonder if anyone else here has decided that tickets (not just concert tickets) are too costly, particularly with the plethora of fees added on top. Do let me know.

      Comedians performing in vast arenas, thinking they’re rock stars, also pisses me off…

    2. OK, the dog. It was on the right hand side of the stage near Nicky Wire’s microphone stand. At some point I became aware that the dog kept changing position. I thought it had moved and dismissed the idea but after a couple of such observations, I decided Nicky must’ve been moving it and so far I hadn’t caught him at it. :)) I resolved to keep my eye on him and actually see him doing it. As I said, he’s quite a character to watch, but the music grabs your attention and your gaze shifts to who just made a really interesting sound. It seemed to me that Nicky moved the dog whenever you took your eyes off him! I never did see him or anyone move the dog.

      ash

  14. I think the blog now looks less ‘Gilmourish’ and more ‘FEdish’ (if this makes sense), which is fair enough. Also black and white is a style that is very classy, so perfect.

    We have no more to type our name and e-mail address, perfect too for us, lazy fans. (A ‘preview’ button would have been even more appreciated.)

    Not sure about the ‘top contributors’ thing. Who cares who the top contributor is? Quantity doesn’t always mean quality, doest it?

    Two questions, please:

    – Can we still type 1500 characters like before?

    – I maybe be stupid but I don’t understand how people do post emoticons.

    In 2011 I discovered (and enjoyed) the band Deus and their album ‘Keep You Close’, two female artists: Selah Sue and Lana Del Rey (the voice and style, not necessary the lyrics). Also the live CD of the WYWH Experience Edition.

    My top film in 2011: ‘Intouchables’. Amazing. So moving and at the same time so funny.

  15. I forgot to say, that’s very odd, the blog doesn’t look the same with IE and Firefox. It looks much better with Firefox (a lot of empty spaces with IE). Is it just me?

    1. It looks fine to me in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari. (Do people still use Internet Explorer?)

  16. I like it Fed, not congested at all, and quaint.

    Good job mate!

    As far as music goes, I haven’t heard anything outstanding other than Drake’s “They Know”, I believe it’s called.

  17. FEd,

    The Blog looks great. Plus about 2011, I’m just so glad its over, sorry to say…

    Thomas

  18. I like the new look FEd. You have been very busy I see. I hope you got some rest during your short time off.

    As far as music goes, I still live in the past. Adele 21 is the only new I have. I do like it. I got the DVD as as present.

    Thanks for keeping the blog going! The Tweets are interesting also.

    BarbaraP

  19. Happy new year to all!!

    The standout album of 2011 for me was Steven Wilson ‘Grace for Drowning’ another that was played heavily was by Snowy White ‘Reality’ (I think it was called).

    As for gigs well the ones that stuck more than others were Anathema at the Assembly in Leamington and Gazpacho also at the Assembly.

    Not sure it has been mentioned but, probably like others, I read the rumour Pink Floyd to play at the Olympics… surely not??

    1. LOL – I won’t call you Shirley if you don’t mention ‘sent to Coventry’ again.

  20. Hey,

    A happy new year to you all.

    The top 3 best music experiences to me in 2011 was

    – a concert with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, – they seemed far from burnt out
    – The Wall-concert – a general great experience
    – the annual music festival, we usually attend – many small and larger concerts, over three days.

    The best album I bought, is a Danish one: Imperiet Falder by Magtens Korridorer.

    This is a little taste of it, if anyone’s interested:

    1. We’ve been talking about, and listening to, Denmark’s very own The Blue Van in the chatroom this afternoon, Lene. Good band.

      Thank you for the link.

  21. I hope you like the blog’s crisp new look.

    I do, it looks all grown up.

    Two memorable (for very different reasons) concerts last year for me were Roxy Music – great concert and Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler in possibly the worst venue I’ve ever been in – Braehead Arena. The acoustics were shocking, it’s requires a certain level of concentration to figure out what His Bobness is singing at the best of times without having an echo thrown into the equation too. The ambulance crews trying to resuscitate the bloke who fell down the stairs while Mark Knopfler was on didn’t help the ambience either.

  22. Happy New Year all.

    Sooooooo glad that my name and email addy is pre entered. I always forget who I am!

    Best CD I got from Santa was Noah and the Whale.

    Ian

  23. I was only just getting used to the last one!!!!!!

    Happy New Year to one and all.

    Was somewhat amused at David’s denial about playing at the Olympics so I thought about a set list for him… apologies to those who might not have heard of the athletes involved:

    Mo Farah……..Run Like Hell
    Paula Radcliffe….Sorrow
    400m/800m….Where We Start (is where we end)
    Relay squads….One Slip
    Usain Bolt….Time
    Those who have tickets….Wish You Were Here
    The rest of us slumped in front of the TV ending up…..Comfortably Numb
    Mark Cavendish….Bike

    There was only one gig last year……..May 12th with David and Nick followed by another fantastic evening at the O2 on 17th.

    Best wishes to you all
    Heather

    1. I love when someone posts something like this, thank you Heather. :))

      How about:

      Pole vaulting – Learning To Fly
      High jump – High Hopes
      What the winners get – Meddle

      ash

    2. Here’s a few more Olympian disciplines to ponder:

      Archery – Cluster One
      Athletics (Discus) – A Saucerful Of Secrets
      Fencing – The Final Cut
      Gymnastics (Trampoline) – The Great Gig In The Sky
      Rowing – Signs Of Life
      Sailing – A Pillow Of Winds
      Shooting – The Gunners Dream
      Synchronised Swimming – Smile

  24. Happy 2012 everybody!

    I’m enjoying the look of the new blog, it’s great to read words about R.E.M. and to listen to The Black Keys here too.

    I’m posting to celebrate the anniversary of David’s first gig with the Pink Floyd on this day in 1968, a great day for music… wasn’t it?? 🙂

  25. Happy new year, and happy new blog to one and all!

    The new layout of the blog is very clean and spartan 🙂 and I like the various new functionalities too.

  26. I really liked Fly From Here, by Yes. Probably not a very popular choice, but hey, a good comeback nonetheless. The title-track´s first couple of parts are really impressive in my opinion.

    The live performance was so-so. The singer does a considerably good job but he is not Jon Anderson; and the rest of the crew seemed somewhat uninspired. I enjoyed it, though… Any thoughts?

  27. I like the zenlike simplicity of a white page, Fed, but I really loved your christmas snowflakes: how am I supposed to see if a blizzard’s coming?
    😉

  28. Awesome new look and new features on thid blog. Also pretty cool to know I’m one of the top contributors to this blog.

  29. I wonder if anyone else here has decided that tickets (not just concert tickets) are too costly, particularly with the plethora of fees added on top. Do let me know.

    Yep. But this started a long time ago. In 1996 (or thereabouts) the service charge for my Who ticket ($13.50) was a dollar more than the entire ticket price the first time I saw them in 1982 ($12.50).

    In 1994 when the Oakland Raiders moved back from L.A. I paid $1000/ea. for two seats, just for the right to buy tickets to see them for the next ten years. No, that $1000 per seat did not pay for tickets of any kind. I never bought tickets again after my ten-year stint was up.

    Heck, a David Gilmour ticket to The Greek Theater in Berkeley in 1984 was $14.50. A David Gilmour ticket to the Paramount in Oakland in 2006 was $157.50. Both were reserved seat prices.

    I often complain about high ticket prices to my Dad. He reminds me (every time) that he paid $80 per ticket for my mom and he to catch Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas in 1968. Apparently Harry Belafonte wasn’t much cheaper.

    Time waits for no man, but supply and demand are endless.

    Comedians performing in vast arenas, thinking they’re rock stars, also pisses me off…

    Just like poker on a sports channel.

    Love ya FEd . . . I appreciate the Spartan new look too!

  30. 45 years to the day, Games For May.

    Polly is taking on a Marathon task in Walk the Walk.

    I’ve made a donation to this most worthy of causes. Do any other Irregulars feel inclined to do so too?

    1. Oh dear.

      That said, it’s still not as alarming as the piece I read in yesterday’s Mirror:

      In Britain, one in three children does not own a book and one in four adults had not read a book in the last year.

      “Ministers are being urged to provide free books to children under five living in care or whose parents are in the Armed Forces.”

      If they just stopped closing down libraries, for goodness sake, it would help.

    2. Don’t worry Tim, the government is on the case:

      “The British government is studying the American experience in dealing with gangs, unruly young people and juvenile justice in the wake of the riots in England.”

    3. “Ministers are being urged to provide free books to children under five living in care or whose parents are in the Armed Forces.”

      Brilliant campaign, indeed.

      But maybe it would be more helpful to offer them the possibility of reading e-books

    4. But surely this is a waste of resources. We could just arm the teachers with pepper spray, tazers and sub-machine guns (in Glasgow), couldn’t we?

      That said it might be an excessive use of force just to get them to listen to a bit of Jethro Tull (although possibly necessary).

  31. Belated new year’s greetings to all of you. Six years of blogging and still not David Gilmour? Now that would have been some kind of transformation, FEd! 😉

    Music from 2011 … let’s see what I can come up with.

    Florence and the Machine ~ Ceremonials
    Fleet Foxes ~ Helplessness Blues
    Kate Bush ~ 50 Words for Snow
    Iron and Wine ~ Kiss Each Other Clean
    Adele ~ 21
    Mumford and Sons ~ Live from Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    Bruce Springsteen ~ The Promise
    Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project – EP

    The last two are actually from November/December 2010 but close enough. 😉

    I hope the new year is good to each and every living thing sharing this planet called Earth.

    Peace ‘n’ Love!
    Gabrielle

  32. I wish everyone of the Irregulars a Happy New Year. It’s been crazy in my neck of the woods, and I have not had time to stop by the chat in a long time. Hope to be there soon.

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