“The drunks at the bar talk over the band”

Where are your great posts on obscure modern music, retiredmartin, we love themsaid no-one ever you all ask.

What a good question.

Last year my posts on melancholy melodies at the start of the first lockdown seemed to strike a, ahem, chord with my more discerning readers, but writing about music is about as useful as writing about beer in my experience.

Anyway, I’m cataloguing my albums at the moment. Here’s a classic from my collection, which Discogs reckons might be worth as much as 40p.

Someone make me an offer (sold as seen).

Actually, I haven’t bought a physical record since that Maria McKee CD a year ago, and have been receiving refunds on gigs postponed twice and then abandoned. I feel sorry for the artists.

If someone shows me how, I’ll download the new Julien Baker record, which is better than I dared hope.

Moving away from the sparse, almost “Pink Moon” plucked guitar stylings of “Sprained Ankle”, there’s a fuller sound here but the same intensity of lyrics (I just copied that off the Record Mirror review).

This track is a classic.

That line at 3:15 about the drunks at the bar talking over the band reminds me I last saw Julien at London’s Lexington in 2019 with Mrs RM in front of a reverent crowd who barely breathed.

Similarly at End of the Road, my annual music festival of choice (early Sep, PLEASE be on), crowds at the front are notoriously well-behaved, shushing the chatterers at the rear, and the loudest things are the shirts;

But I’d tolerate the talkers at a pub gig anywhere right now.

Incidentally, Julien comes from Germantown, Tennessee, whose top beer pub the Flying Saucer Emporium seems ill prepared for social distancing,

and drunks playing darts could do some damage to those plates, never mind each other.

Looks great.

NB No prize whatsoever for naming the pub at the top.

16 thoughts on ““The drunks at the bar talk over the band”

  1. Can’t wait for the world to get back to (semi) normal again even if I can’t imagine how a lot of pubs have survived the last 12 months. I don’t want pre booking, table service, social distancing, hand wash, etc. I just want to walk into a sleepy boozer at mid day, get my pint of bitter, find my seat along the wall and watch the world go by.

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  2. The Flying Saucer in Nashville is excellent and the staff are better. Didn’t really take to the one in central Memphis though, the beer was still excellent, the staff less so.

    As the Nashville one says on its website. “The Flying Saucer is open, come and hang out 6 feet away from us”

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  3. I’m back! (I’m going to skip the Guess the Pub post from today as I’m never any good at that). πŸ™‚

    “What a good question.”

    Blimey. This might be as, um, interesting as Guess the Pub. πŸ˜‰

    “Someone make me an offer (sold as seen).”

    The shipping costs alone for me would be too much! Besides, YouTube or Torrent should do the trick. πŸ™‚

    “and have been receiving refunds on gigs postponed twice and then abandoned. I feel sorry for the artists.”

    Sigh. This so called New World Order is definitely not ordered to my liking. 😦

    “If someone shows me how, I’ll download the new Julien Baker record, which is better than I dared hope.”

    I will see what I can do.

    “That line at 3:15 about the drunks at the bar talking over the band reminds me I last saw Julien at London’s Lexington in 2019 with Mrs RM in front of a reverent crowd who barely breathed.”

    Talk about juxtaposition.

    “and the loudest things are the shirts;”

    (slow golf clap)

    “But I’d tolerate the talkers at a pub gig anywhere right now.”

    They’re certainly good at getting us to lower our expectations. πŸ˜‰

    “and drunks playing darts could do some damage to those plates, never mind each other.”

    Yikes!

    “Looks great.”

    Agreed! πŸ™‚

    Cheers

    PS – I’m back from our rebellious trip over Easter. My darling wife is currently in Fort Nelson, BC (current temp; -16C with the wind chill). She’s on her way to Atlin, BC to quarantine for 2 weeks before seeing family and checking out how to help small communities with food safety, such as keeping food fresh for the winter. Next time I see her will be mid-May when we both fly by helicopter, past six glaciers, into a mining exploration camp for the summer. Never a dull moment with my better half! πŸ™‚

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      1. I reckon we might get proper live music around September/October, but it’s going to be UK only acts for this year, or foreign ones who are only touring here. I can’t see anybody being allowed to do full European tours, that was one of the first spreaders last year.

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  4. “If someone shows me how, I’ll download the new Julien Baker record, which is better than I dared hope.”

    The below works (I tried it) but I would suggest having malware detection on.

    Go here on YouTube for a list of the 12 songs on the album:

    Click on each song on the playlist, then once it’s playing (after any ads) highlight all of the gobbledygook in the address and paste it here:

    https://www.y2mate.com/en31/youtube-mp3

    Hit ‘download’ highlighted in green, then hit it again in the popup. It will be downloaded to wherever your downloads go.

    And yes, you’ll may get a new spam tab each time you try this depending on your antivirus. πŸ˜‰

    Cheers

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      1. “No, lost me with your technical words. I’ll ask the wife.”

        Fair point. Doesn’t she do IT stuff for the NHS? πŸ™‚

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      2. Seriously, Russ, I’m grateful for your help. It’s just over my head. It was so much easier when you just paid a tenner, went in a basement room, bought a pint and had the singer sing the songs before all this tech came along !

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      3. “Seriously, Russ, I’m grateful for your help. It’s just over my head. ”

        Go to Amazon.co.uk and search for Little Oblivions. You can download each song for 99p I think, and even have the option of buying the LP or CD. πŸ™‚

        Good luck!

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