Site work and Bette Davis

I upgraded my WordPress account tonight from the basic plan to premium because it was discounted. With the premium plan I get to choose from a whole bunch more themes, and I also have the option to fiddle with the CSS which is something I have wanted for ages. Now I can get the site looking the way I want it to, so I am chuffed.

While going through the site tidying things up I realised Bette Davis is not in the MBMS Page of Fame, so I quickly rectified the problem. Aces is Bette.

Here she is hawking my favourite bourbon…

2014 CD end

Putumayo Presents: Louisiana Gumbo, Cuba & Summer Party Sampler – These three CDs are from the Putumayo series, which generally sell in hippie clothing stores and cafes. They are so-so. Bit too modern for my ears but not too shabby.
Ron Sexsmith: Blue Boy – Jaunty stuff from Ron. Album number 5, I have another one of his records, both are ace.
Tulear Never Sleeps: This is a great compilation of Tsapiky music from Madagascar, loads of beats and crazy guitar. Top stuff.
Jason Lytle: House Show – A live recording of Jason of Grandaddy singing his tunes solo. Good stuff.
Ash: Intergalactic Sonic 7”s – 2 cd set of fast poppy tunes. Kung Fu is of course the pick of the bunch. 2 minutes of guitar bliss.
David Bryne – This is 20 years old! Tops stuff from Dave.
Nuyorican Soul: This is a compilation, did not know anything about it, got it for $5 at a very good market in Wanganui. I would not pay anymore than that.
Weather Report 5 CD bonanza box: A Warehouse special! Including their most well known record Heavy Weather.

And finally I am through my 2014 list. Not quite as many CDs as last year but this year will be more I think (not including my 200+ vinyl acquestitions), so I’d better try and get through this year’s list before the year is over…

Album count 2014: 166

New thing

The old thumbs up/down thing still is not working, so I got rid of it for the moment. In it’s place I have a simpler plugin that seems fine.

So if you have seen, listened, or agree with something just click on “Consumed”, or “Might check it out” if not.


The Naked and the Famous: Passive Me Aggressive You – This is quite unoffensive. From Auckland, had no idea they were from NZ when I got this from the library. Worth a spin.
Wynonie Harris: Jump Mr Blues – This guy had 15 number 1’s between 1946 and 52, and is often considered one of rock and rolls forerunners. This is a 50 song 2 CD set, I’m guessing it could be almost his whole output. Tracks like ‘Who Threw The Whiskey at the Wall’, ‘I Like My Baby’s Pudding’, ‘Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee’, ‘Good Morning Judge’ and ‘Drinking Sherry Wine’ gives you an idea of the subject manner.
Fountains of Wayne: Fountains of Wayne – Debut record from these New Yorkers, from 1996. Not too shabby. A two-piece when this was recorded, now a regular old four-piece.
Snow Patrol: Final Straw – Super popular back in the day this band, I know not much about them but their tune Run is good (if you like that rousing kind of thing in songs), the other tunes are much of a muchness. How to be Dead is good.
Faithless: No Roots – A very well known British electronica threesome, who split a few years ago but occasionally regroup (20 year anniversary this year), not bad. Not really my thing. One of them, Rollo, is Dido’s brother. Fancy that.

Album count 2014: 140

2014 CDs

The Newton Boys: This is tooting good stuff. No idea what the movie is like.
The Middle East: I Want That You Are Always Happy – The cover of this record does not depict what is inside, it’s all very nice and comfy.
Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future – English band. What you would expect from an English band these days.
Battles: Mirrored – Cracking good experimental stuff this, an American band who use weird noises and are noisy. Ace.
Minor Threat: Complete Discography – 48 minutes is Minor Threats output. Most excellent 48 minutes it is too.
Dead Kennedys: Mutiny on the Bay – Pretty good quality live recording of the DKs in full fury.
Franz Ferdinand: Self titled debut from these Scottish lads. It’s bounce music. Stonking. I saw them live and was unfortunately in the seated area as all you want to do when listening to this stuff is bounce.
Jet: Get Born – This is some good old dirty rock and roll. Another band who wish they were The Rolling Stones.
Flaming Lips: With a Little Help From My Fwends – John would love this, George probably wouldn’t care, Ringo would have found it odd but great and Paul would have probably wanted to be on it. But Miley Cyrus is instead. And it’s genius!
Died Pretty: Doughboy Hollow – I vaguely remember this record from my youth. Saw it at the op-shop so thought why not? It’s OK. Bit dated.

Album count 2014: 127