Tuesday, 13 February 2018

PREP FOR THE KEGWORTH WAM SHOW 2018

This year the Hifi Wigwam show has moved from its regular home at Scalford to a new location @ Kegworth Hotel and Conference Centre, not far from Derby and the M1.
So a new era, hopefully the show will still be well received.  I'm still experimenting with which system to run, but at lest the most important bit is sorted - the tracklist.
If you visit Audiophile Musings in Room 203, please say hello, but most importantly, please select a track or 2 to listen to.  See you there!

www.thehifishow.com

Sunday 18 March 2018


APPROX GENRE ARTIST TRACK YEAR
Acoustic José González Crosses 2003
Alternative Nils Frahm Ode 2015
Alternative Country Lyle Lovett North Dakota 1992
Alternative Country Lyle Lovett Penguins 1994
Alternative Country Lyle Lovett Record Lady 1994
Alternative Country Lyle Lovett She's Already Made Up Her Mind 1992
Balearic/Downtempo The XX Reunion 2012
Blues Blues Company Cold Rain 1997
Blues Blues Company Dark Day 2007
Blues Blues Company Red Blood 1997
Blues Chris Jones & Steve Baker Damm Good Run 2005
Blues Chris Jones & Steve Baker God Moves On The Water 2003
Blues Chris Jones & Steve Baker Roadhouses & Automobiles 2003
Blues Chris Jones & Steve Baker Vigilante Man 2005
Blues Devon Allman Strategy 2013
Blues Devon Allman Time Machine 2013
Blues Doug MacLeod Serious Doin' Woman 2015
Blues Doug MacLeod You Got It Good (And That Ain't Bad) 2015
Blues John Lee Hooker The Healer (with Carlos Santana & The Santana Band) 1989
Blues Pete Alderton (She Said That) Evil Was Her Name 2012
Blues Pete Alderton Jesus In A Bottle 2012
Blues Renegade Creation Bullet 2012
Blues Renegade Creation Too Much Of Nothin' 2012
Blues Robben Ford Make Me Your Only One 2002
Blues Robben Ford & The Blue Line I Don't Play 1993
Blues Robben Ford & The Blue Line Mystic Mile 1993
Blues Son Little Loser Blues 2016
Blues/Rock Alberta Cross City Walls 2009
Blues/Rock Joe Bonamassa Feelin' Good 2009
Blues/Rock The Jeff Healey Band Blue Jean Blues 1988
Chill Nitin Sawhney Broken Skin 1999
Chill Nitin Sawhney Letting Go 1999
Classical Tchaikovsky 'Dance Of The Reeds' From The Nutcracker 2003
Classical Georges-Emmanuel Lazaridis Grandes Etudes de Paganini Etude III 2007
Country Jenny Lewis Bad Man's World 2008
Country Jenny Lewis Pretty Bird 2008
Country Mary Gauthier Falling Out Of Love 2005
Country The Wailin' Jennys All The Stars 2011
Country The Wailin' Jennys Swing Low Sail High 2011
Country Willie Nelson What Is It You Wanted 1993
Dance Deadmau5 Avaritia 2014
Dance Funkerman Speed Up (ATFC Remix) 2012
Dance X-Press 2 Lazy (Original) 2002
Electro Bob Moses Tearing Me Up (RAC Mix) 2016
Electro Bob Moses Writing On The Wall 2016
APPROX GENRE ARTIST TRACK YEAR
Electronic Black Mighty Orchestra Ocean Beach (Cybophonia Cinematic Remix) 2008
Electronic Daft Punk Giorgio by Moroder 2013
Electronic Daft Punk Lose Yourself to Dance 2013
Electronic Deadmau5 Gula 2014
Electronic Felix LaBand Black Shoes  
Electronic Ganga Don't Wake Me Up 2006
Electronic Ganga Down But Up 2006
Electronic Ganga You Are My Sun 2006
Electronic Kiasmos Looped 2014
Electronic Kiasmos Thrown 2014
Electronic La Roux In For The Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix) 2009
Electronic Massive Attack Three 1994
Electronic St Germain Dub Experience II 1995
Electronic St Germain Montego Bay Spleen 2000
Electronic Tiny Tunes Will You Catch Me (Twin Tunes Mix Edit) 2001
Electronic Tomboy Flamingo (Trentemoller Remix) 2007
Electronic Trentemoller Vamp 2006
Electronic Underworld Banstyle, Sappys Curry 1996
Electronic Yello 30'000 Days (24_48) 2016
Electronic Yello Blue Biscuit (24_48) 2016
Electronic Yello Dark Side (24_48) 2016
Electronic Yello Indigo Bay 2003
Electronic Yello Kiss In Blue (Feat. Heidi Happy) 2009
Electronic Yello Petro Oleum 2009
Electronic Yello Stay (Feat. Heidi Happy) 2009
Electronic Yello Takla Makan (feat. Dorothee Oberlinger) 2009
Electronic Yello The Rhythm Divine 1992
Electronic Yello Till Tomorrow (Feat. Till Brönner) 2009
Electronic Yello To The Sea 1997
Electronic Yello X-Race 2009
Electronic/Jazz Malia & Boris Blank Magnetic Lies 2013
Electronica Bob Moses Far From The Tree (from the 2013 'Far From The Tree' EP) 2015
Electronica Ficci & Laura Hahn Ficci - Breathe You In (feat. Laura Hahn) 2014
Electronica Jakatta American Dream (Afterlife Mix) 2001
Electronica Samantha James Breathe You In 2007
Electronica Schiller Das Glockenspiel (Schill Out Mix) 2004
Electronica Slovo Killing Me 2004
Electronica The Black Smoke Organisation Danger Global & Warming (Trentemoller Remix) 2007
Electronica Thievery Corporation Amerimacka 2010
Electronica Thievery Corporation Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes (feat. Emiliana Torrini) 2004
Electronica Zero 7 Destiny 2001
Electronica Zero 7 In The Waiting Line 2001
APPROX GENRE ARTIST TRACK YEAR
Electronica Eric Prydz Pjano (Dana Berquist & Peder G Remix) 2009
Electronica FAC15 Stay With Me Til Dawn 2007
Electronica Goldfrapp Let It Take You Away 2005
Electronica Goldfrapp Ooh La La 2005
Electronica Royksopp What Else Is There (Trentemoller Remix) 2007
Electronica Samantha James Right Now 2007
Electronica Samantha James Rise 2007
Electronica Slovo Whisper 2002
Electronica Sofa Sweeper Voice Of Core 2009
Electronica St Germain Mary L. 2015
Electronica St Germain Voilà 2015
Electronica Tep No Me And My Guitar 2016
Electronica Underworld Sola Sistim 2002
Folk Agnes Obel Fuel To Fire 2013
Folk Brendan Perry Death Will Be My Bride 1999
Folk Chris Jones Darlin' Cory 2003
Folk Chris Jones Fender Bender 2003
Folk Dead Can Dance All In Good Time 2012
Folk Dead Can Dance Amnesia 2012
Folk Eddi Reader Dear John 1994
Folk Eddi Reader Hello In There 1992
Folk Jesca Hoop Peacemaker 2012
Folk k.d. Lang Constant Craving 1992
Folk Kiki Dee Amoureuse  
Folk Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart  
Folk Nick Drake 'Cello Song 1969
Folk Nick Drake Fly 1970
Folk Nick Harper The Kilty Stone 2002
Folk Richard Thompson Easy There, Steady Now 1994
Folk Sinead O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U 2003
Folk Stephen Fearing Carsten 1989
Folk Stephen Fearing Out To Sea 1989
Folk Stephen Fearing Welfare Wednesday 1989
Folk Thea Gilmore Bad Moon Rising 2003
Folk Thea Gilmore Ever Fallen In Love 2003
Folk Willy Porter Jesus on the Grille 1995
Folk/Rock Calexico Crumble 2003
Folk/Rock Damien Rice Cannonball 2003
Folk/Rock Damien Rice Cold Water 2003
Folk/Rock Damien Rice Delicate 2003
Folk/Rock Death Cab For Cutie Doors Unlocked And Open 2011
Folk/Rock Eva Cassidy Fields Of Gold  
Folk/Rock John Martyn A Little Strange 1996
Folk/Rock John Martyn Feel So Good 2000
Folk/Rock Nils Lofgren Black Books 1997
Folk/Rock Peter Gabriel Don't Give Up 2012
APPROX GENRE ARTIST TRACK YEAR
Folk/Rock Ane Brun Words 2011
Folk/Rock Ane Brun Worship (Feat. Jose Gonzalez) 2011
Folk/Rock Calexico Man Made Lake 2008
Folk/Rock Chris Jones No Sanctuary Here 2003
Folk/Rock Damien Rice Volcano 2003
Folk/Rock Emily Barker Nostalgia 2012
Folk/Rock Fink Perfect Darkness (Live from Union Chapel, London Oct 5 2011) 2012
Folk/Rock Fink Warm Shadow (Live from Epicerie Moderne, Lyon â?? Oct 28 2011) 2012
Folk/Rock Holly Cole Train Song 1995
Folk/Rock James Taylor Gaia 1997
Folk/Rock Peter Gabriel Mercy Street 2012
Folk/Rock Sarah McLachlan Ice 1994
Folk/Rock Sarah McLachlan Sweet Surrender (DJ Tiesto Mix) 1997
Folk/Rock Sarah McLachlan Wait 1994
Folk/Rock Tom Robinson The End Of The Rainbow 1993
Funky/vocal/disco/club house Sofi Tukker Moon Tattoo 2016
House Furry Phreaks with Terra Deva Soothe (Charles Webster 2008 Mix) 2008
Indie Elbow Mirrorball 2008
Indie Elbow One Day Like This 2008
Indie/Rock Gotye Don't Worry We'll Be Watching You 2012
Jazz Hue & Cry Makin' Whoopee  
Jazz Ian Shaw A Case of You 2006
Jazz Ian Shaw A Good And Simple Man 2008
Jazz Ian Shaw Barangrill 2006
Jazz Keb’ Mo’ For What It's Worth 2004
Jazz Keb’ Mo’ Wake Up Everybody 2004
Jazz Keb’ Mo’ What's Happening Brother 2004
Jazz Tom Baxter Night Like This 2007
Jazz Tom Baxter Skybound 2007
Jazz/Classical Marta Gomez Lucia 2009
Jazz/Reggae Dean Fraser Big Up/Armageddon Time 1997
Jazz/Reggae Dean Fraser Dick Tracy 1997
Jazz/Rock Steely Dan Cousin Dupree (24/96) 2001
Jazz/Rock Steely Dan Hey Nineteen 2000
Pop Dirty Vegas Days Go By (Acoustic Mix) 2003
Pop Jennifer Warnes Big Noise, New York 1992
Pop Michael Jackson Liberian Girl 2001
Pop Talking Heads Road To Nowhere 2008
Pop Tears For Fears Mad World 2007
Pop The Farm All Together Now 1995
Pop T-Rex Get It On 2001
Pop Was (Not Was) Papa Was A Rolling Stone 1992
APPROX GENRE ARTIST TRACK YEAR
Pop Annie Lennox Why 1992
Pop Flash And The Pan Walking In The Rain 1990
Pop Gorillaz Superfast Jellyfish 2010
Pop London Grammar Wicked Game  
Pop Lorde Royals 2013
Pop Ten Walls Walking With Elephants 2014
Pop Rock Calexico Woven Birds 2003
Pop/Rock Elvis Presley Fever 2015
Pop/Rock Ray LaMontagne Be Here Now 2006
Pop/Rock Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs; Ray LaMontagne This Love Is Over 2010
R&B Erykah Badu Next Lifetime 1998
R&B Erykah Badu Rimshot (Intro) 1997
R&B Joan Armatrading Love And Affection 1976
Rock Black Sabbath Planet Caravan 2000
Rock Chris Rea Looking For A Rainbow 1989
Rock Chris Rea Texas 1989
Rock Daniel Lanois I Love You 2003
Rock Daniel Lanois Shine 2003
Rock Dire Straits Fade to Black 1991
Rock Dire Straits Planet Of New Orleans 1991
Rock Dire Straits Six Blade Knife 1978
Rock Eagles Hotel California (Live) 1994
Rock Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way 2011
Rock Fleetwood Mac The Chain 2011
Rock I Am Kloot Hold Back the Night 2013
Rock I Am Kloot Let Them All In 2013
Rock Joan As Police Woman Get Direct 2014
Rock Justin Currie No, Surrender 2008
Rock London Grammar Hey Now 2013
Rock Nils Lofgren Wonderland 1997
Rock Rhodes You Are The North Wind 2013
Rock Semisonic Closing Time 1998
Rock The Blue Nile Let's Go Out Tonight 1989
Rock The Blue Nile The Downtown Lights 1989
Rock The Killers Human 2008
Rock/Indie Gotye Puzzle With A Piece Missing 2012
Rock/Indie Gotye State Of The Art 2012
Soul Seal Killer 2004
Soul Seal Kiss From A Rose 1995
Soul Seal Love's Divine (Acoustic) 2004
Soul Seal Prayer For The Dying (Acoustic) 2004
Soundtrack Thomas Newman Still Dead 2000
Soundtrack Tom Jones Thunderball 2002
Swing The Ray Gelato Giants Exactly Like You 1995
Swing The Ray Gelato Giants That Old Black Magic 1995
World Blues Hugh Masekela Stimela (The Coal Train) 2006

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gorillaz Feel Good in Manchester Nov 2017

I probably play some Gorillaz 2 or 3 times per year. So I suppose it was a bit of a surprise to find my family and I spending some time with Damon and several thousand of his best friends at The Arena last week. The trip was a request from my daughter as a treat for such great GCSE results.
Rapper Little Simz and her DJ acted as the warm up. I suspect that she's very good at what she does, but out and out continuous rap isn't my thing. She uses some naughty words too - probably to try and shock and prove how 'street' she is. Yawn.  Little Simz did a guest appearance in the Gorillaz set in their normal style - rap to add interest and flavour to a track, not as an aim in itsself.

During the break, lighting smoke continued to disperse into the arena from the floor around the desk. Looked rather like the desk was going into meltdown.

It looked pretty much like a sold out crowd, although if you'd fancied your chances we did happen across someone outside the gig offering a couple of the £48 tix for a tenner each, just 5 mins before kick-off.  No way to say if they were genuine or not of course.  We were there 5 mins before the start rather than 30 mins because Manchester seems just as hard to get into in the early evening as it is to get out of...

So the Gorillaz themselves didn't dress up as their cartoon characters. In fact,the band (apart from the rappers) were very understated. A full band tonight including 2 (very hard working) drummers and 6 (excellent) backing singers.  This modest approach was compensated for by a massive back of stage screen showing the cartoon stories for all but one track.  Decent light show too.

The set was a decent length - best part of 2 hours, with the 'encore' being 30 minutes of that.

The band are very much a whole. Tight, clearly very well rehearsed and very much skilled musicians and singers.  Crucial when playing along to csrtoons which include characters singing along in time with the band.  Albarn swapped between a atandard mc and a CB mic to suit the sing. Best thing though was their complete enthusiasm for what they're doing. That's infectious and helps overcome the arena's somewhat sterile concretiness.  The crowd in the 'mosh pit' on the arena floor were having a great time in what was soon a party atmosphere. At one point Albarn walked up one side of the arena floor to treat some of the faithful to a laying on of hands.

The set was mostly the upbeat stuff but a few slower tracks were chucked in for contrast. Several rappers were involved along the way, some with a rather interesting choice of gear.  They added to the music rather than dominating.

Surprisingly, Feel Good Inc was part of the main set. Clint Eastwood was in the encore but kept short and sweet. In a departure from the normal bombastic big finish, the band gradually departed the stage during the last track, effectively delivering a track fade out. Different.

So that was a good night. We spent a good bit of time on our feet, singing along, arms swaying in the air and other joining in type stuff.  Far better than I was expecting and very enjoyable.  I'd do that again. Might have to wait for about 7 years if the last gap is anything to by...

Friday, 13 October 2017

At Last - YELLO Live Blu-Ray and CD

Some great news here from the Yello camp - there will be a video disk and CD from the Berlin concerts last year.

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This was filmed at the Kraftwerk gigs in October 2016, as reported by Audiophile Musings HERE

3rd November 2017 can't come quickly enough.

Monday, 2 October 2017

INDULGENCE SHOW LONDON 2017 - SOUND OF THE SHOW - ARCAM AND KEF Q SERIES

KEF Q SERIES / ARCAM ATMOS


The picture above isn't so helpful really!  But this was a full ATMOS home system in a darkened room, so photography with a phone wasn't very easy.  You can see though (if you're up on your German electronic/techno stuff) that the disk playing was the Kraftwerk live blue-ray from a recent tour.  The system here was based on the Arcam "G Series Amplification" AVR860 - a reasonably recent new product.  I heard it at the Chester show in March and was underwhelmed.  But that must've been down to the B&W 800 series speakers, system set up or a bit of both.  Because here, with the recently introduced KEF Q Series it put in a superb performance.  The Q's are not really very expensive by today's standards but here they were musical, taught, full of non-abrasive top end detail and great fun to listen to.  But the biggest attribute of this system / the way it was set up was the completely integrated sound across all the speakers.
Front we had some large floorstanders (£1450) and the centre speaker (£650). Sides and rears were smaller floor standers (£1150), I can't remember if there was a centre rear speaker or not and 2 (£600) subwoofers sat along the side walls between the side and front speakers.  £400 Atmos speakers firing upwards to bounce overhead effects off the ceiling.  Steering across this lot was stunningly seamless, far better than that achieved by the expensive Reference system elsewhere in the show.  We really thought we were going to find a whole rack of top end Arcam processing and separate power amps powering the system - but no, just a single receiver backed up by a small 4 channel power amp for the extra atmos channels.
Superb, resulting in a first for an AV system:

FULL SHOW REPORT HERE

Sunday, 1 October 2017

INDULGENCE SHOW LONDON 2017 - HIGHLY COMMENDED - AVM and PMC

AVM and PMC



PMC were, as last year, playing various products to a timetable, published outside their room.  A great idea to get through several products in the day.  Unfortunately I was on a tight schedule this year, so only managed to make one visit, missing out on the opportunity to hear the new PMC cor integrated amp.
So when we hit this room the rather beautifully built (but £12k!) AVM all in one machine was playing into a set of FACT8 floorstanders - probably a good financial match for the source unit. Its a big room this, and I thought the FACTs might struggle a little.  But no, they acquitted themselves very well indeed.  This is not the first time I've heard the 8s, but it is the first time with the AVM electronics, and it was a good pairing, rather like the AVM and Twenty5.26 heard at Munich.  The FACTs still tending towards a dry and reserved kind of performance, but no doubting their ability to play a tune and make the best of the details being provided by the electronics.

A nice match.


FULL SHOW REPORT HERE