Baby names

Been a bit of a chaotic week with minimal surfing (aaah) but I got sent this (click here), which made me laugh and play alot. Very very clever way of showing popularity of different names through the ages…. Having a bit of a shocking name like David, it always interests me to see what the world’s more exciting people get up to.

Three Peaks fell race

IngleboroughThought I’d better get populating this blog cause otherwise it’ll go stale and I’ll get out of the habit. I did the Three Peaks Fell Race on Sunday, my first attempt at the classic race (it’s been run 51 times now).

It’s 24 miles and 4,500 feet of ascent and descent…

I magaed 51st position (freaky?) out of over 400 starters, and was a bit chuffed with this. Results, with all the check point times are here:
I had a bad time of things from the top of Ingleborough (the last mountain) because of recurring cramp.

MP3 Boards of Canada blogs

Thanks to Simon, my mate who also should be getting on with his work, I’ve found some not-reasy-to-come-by Boards of Canada MP3s that surely can’t stay on line for ever…. Dozer mp3 blog has some old tracks that you simply can’t buy anywhere any more, so that’s good use of the internet, and honourable mention to Scissorkick, who posted a BoC remix of a Beck tune. It actually works really well.

Going away for the weekend

Well I thought I’d better make a start…. been looking at a few blogs and thought it’s not all take take take you know….. I’m (we’re) off to Oxford this weekend to see Dips (- a friend – who is multi-faceted, but) who was involved in the Cheeky Guides. Great books. I got my photo in the second edition, wearing a fez.

CD: Metamusic 2004

MetamusicWith ten more tunes as slack as an old man’s pants, Minnellium have peeled back the layers, rolled back the years, and found their feet in the sounds of yesteryear. Some analogue synths, some more of the classic organ and electric piano, and even a few horns. But don’t worry – there’s still enough abrasive beats to sand the floorboards of a larger than average victorian semi.

Best enjoyed with some chilled meal and a nice plate of wine.

It’s still my favourite album I’ve done and think that all the tracks ork well together – less electric and more eclectic Continue reading “CD: Metamusic 2004”

August 2004

France 2004Our trip to France; a week on the beach at Grimaud, near St Tropez, and then a week in the Alps, near Alpe d’Huez, watching the Tour de France.

CD: “Living with the Pond Life”

Living with the pond life
After a long break, the fouth collection of Minnellium tunes comes just in time to avert the US war against Iraq and the other countries who are members of the ‘axis of evil’. President George Bush the second of the United States of America is believed to have said that this music is the only chance of world peace. Tony Blair then added that world peace is possible and that this album is the only chance of it.

Gone are the days when Minnellium have collaborated with other artists. For a change, very little on this fourth album has been stolen under the guise of sampling. Well, apart from a whole track from Frou Frou remixed by the minnellial hands themselves.

Downbeat and a times down-right lazy.

12 tunes which would sit as easily in the ‘dining room’ category as ‘lounge’ are held together by a plastic compact disc which is housed in a free case. Continue reading “CD: “Living with the Pond Life””

CD: “The Great Egg Race” (2001)

cd_egg.jpgThe third album is always a tricky one to pull off. But the plucky lads at minnellium have managed it with calm assurance.
At least as strongly themed as “Comfy”, “The Great Egg Race” scores over its older cousin in the variety of influence and variety of input used. The work of other contributors has been folded in to the mix effortlessly.
Featuring for the first time, some bass by Richard Hannaford and some Harmonica from Phil Haygarth.

‘Minnellium found a bucket load more freshness and spontaneity from working with other people and sparking ideas’
Whether the other people concerned agree is not known. Continue reading “CD: “The Great Egg Race” (2001)”

CD: “Comfy” (2000)

cd_comfy.gifFollowing the nonsuccess of the “Me Me Me” album, and a growing confidence in the popularity of Minnellium’s style, a second selection of looser-limbed tracks was quickly released.

Entitled “Comfy”, it celebrated warm, relaxed happiness and contained five completely new tracks, as well as a mad ‘plugged’, dance version of the stand-out track from the first collection, the accoustic “I Lost My Hair and I Lost My Job”.

The garage/barn style remix was ‘part joke, part scary reality’ according to Minnellium’s notoriously bad dancer Dave Haygarth. Continue reading “CD: “Comfy” (2000)”

CD: Me Me Me (1999)

First things first. Minnellium’s first album getting a few experimental things offa our chests. It’s quite electronic and quite harsh now.

I really enjoyed making it though because the technology was so new to me and creativity flowed in torrents. Looking back, it was the naivete that made it special – I could’nt go back and make tracks like that now – I’ve become too refined and perfection-seeking.

Cover artwork was done by Simon – my brother in law – in his spare time. He was very busy at the time and I really appreciate the job he did. The tracks were all titled based losely on the concept of selfishness and self-obsession. Some of them were taken directly from titles of Jerry Springer shows. (“I lost my hair and I lost my job”, “You’re too fat to dress like that”). The self-obsession thing seemed an obvious route to take on a first ‘solo’ album.
It’s not for sale any more – contact me if you want a copy and we’ll come to some reasonable agreement, proably centering around me burning you a copy for free.