NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

Tom Cannavan

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Delighted that there is substantial coverage of Restricted Code in the new book, Hungry Beat, that charts the Scottish independent music scene 1977 - 1984. Lots of quotes from interviews with me, Frank our guitarist and Kenny our bass player, and it tells the story nicely of our career during that period. Of course most of the focus is on Fire Engines, Scars, Orange Juice and so on, but having thought we might only get a couple of paragraphs, there's a lot of more, which feels nice. Available in all good bookstores

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I've been on a bit of a modernist concerto binge again. It started with me becoming obsessed with Ligeti's and Dieter Ammann's piano concertos. Then, because I'm an amateur flautist, I listened to Emmanuel Pahud's disc of Dalbavie, Jarrell and Pintscher concertos like a million times. And now I've moved onto even more obscure stuff. China has a traditional double-reed instrument called Suona and modern Chinese composer Wenchen Qin has written a concerto for it. Amazing stuff. Qin's violin concerto is also amazing and intense and I love it. But here's the Suona Concerto. I somehow feel today's choice of listening won't be to many peoples' tastes. But it's fascinating stuff so be open minded and give it a go! :D

 
Delighted that there is substantial coverage of Restricted Code in the new book, Hungry Beat, that charts the Scottish independent music scene 1977 - 1984. Lots of quotes from interviews with me, Frank our guitarist and Kenny our bass player, and it tells the story nicely of our career during that period. Of course most of the focus is on Fire Engines, Scars, Orange Juice and so on, but having thought we might only get a couple of paragraphs, there's a lot of more, which feels nice. Available in all good bookstores

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Heard Vic Galloway talking about this book the other week. Didn't realise Tom had been involved in a cool band in the past. Think theres a 7 inch single with the book too? Ill order direct from publisher rather than Amazon. I bought Aunt Sally record this week. 1979 Japanese experimental punk/electronica band. Purchased from the wonderful Monorail Music in Glasgow. Great chat from Stephen Pastel about music. He is so knowledgeable and was obviously a huge influence on so many bands. We often talk about folks wine cellars (obviously) on here but what sort of record collection must Stephen have?
 

Tom Cannavan

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Heard Vic Galloway talking about this book the other week. Didn't realise Tom had been involved in a cool band in the past.

Cheers Willie. Yes, buy the book direct while the 7" is available - it's a limited edition I believe. I'm still cool of course, film below from the reformed band's recent gig. :)

I have a fairly big record collection spanning all sorts of genres, but I think I've told the story on here before that in the late 80s I decided I wanted to learn to play piano, and sold my vast punk and post-punk vinyl collection (more or less all of it) to fund buying a piano. So much collectible stuff that's now worth an absolute fortune :) mind you, I did that with my guitars and gear to, so had to re-buy it all later.


Plus we recorded a lockdown track with forumite Charles Mutter adding strings:

 
I'm a big fan of Genesis, predominantly the Gabriel period. However I have been listening to a lot to Abacab recently. At the time I thought it was a step in the wrong direction (i..e Phil Collins Motown) but I'm appreciating it as a prog-rock answer to the sounds of the early 80s and although it's not as successful as Queen's The Works, Rush's Signals or the post-Yes Asia album, it is perhaps more enjoyable as a sign of the times. Mike Rutherford's guitar on the title track is stupendous, Dodo is more avant-garde than is seemed at the time and my 18 year-old loves Me and Sarah-Jane.
 
I've been bingeing on Salvatore Sciarrino's piano sonatas. Probably not to everyone's taste but I find them very compelling and almost impressionistic at times. Some, like the 4th, are just relentlessly powerful.

 
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