Monday morning and back to work. Before the holidays I’d got into the habit of trying to catch up with my cuttings. I’d go out to the garage which is home to my newspaper store and try to work my way through at least a six inch pile. Most days I managed something over 9 inches but with maybe a 200 foot tall pile to work through, you can see my problem. Today, I had the usual problem of finding the odd paper-slide (a newspaper avalanche) but what really got me was the cold. 3 degrees outside and although the garage seemed warm enough, I am now freezing!
Over the course of the day, I’ll pull out any music related articles. Anything relating to a specific event – court cases, arrests, births, deaths, marriages, etc – goes straight into a box for inclusion in the almanac. Other general items like interviews and reviews get put to one side and will go back to the garage although they will eventually find their way into a filing cabinet.
Playing on my iTunes just now: Windmill‘s wonderfully titled, “Puddle City Racing Lights”. If you hate Mercury Rev, don’t even think of listening to this. But if you have a soft spot for them, this may well help fill the long cold winter nights. Windmill – or Matthew Thomas Dillon, from Newport Pagnell in Bucks – is a welcome change from the new generation of English male singer-songwriters who seem to drip angst from their overly intense and serious vocal style. Unlike a lot of them, this isn’t just one man and an acoustic guitar, the album has great production. Ok, I own up! I am a sucker for anything with a cello and an acoustic piano. Give it a go.
From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 7th January 2008):
1942. Paul Revere (Paul Revere And The Raiders) born Paul Revere Dick in Boise, Ohio.
1982. Marquee Club : The Meteors.
100 Club : Lone Ranger + Tristan Palma.
Royal Albert Hall : Elvis Costello And The Attractions.
1976. Former record company executive Kenneth Moss is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County jail and four years probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter which led to the death of the Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
1982. Eric Clapton is admitted to the Hazelden Foundation in Minneapolis for treatment for alcoholism.
1958. Gibson Guitars register a patent for the unique “Flying V” guitar.
1972. The Partridge Family (U.S.A.) with the episode entitled, “Where Do Mermaids Go?”
1964. British R&B man Cyril Davies dies from leukaemia, aged 31.