Robyn Hitchcock Dancebase, Edinburgh 2001-08-22 Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Andy Kershaw show, 2001-08-24 FM-Radio > SB-16 > WAV > CD-R CD-R > XLD > FLAC-16 Sound is occasionally slightly buzzy, but generally pretty clear. Setlist: 1 Gene Hackman 2 Cheese Alarm 3 Arms Of Love 4 Surgery 5 I Often Dream Of Trains 6 Autumn Is Your Last Chance 7 Freeze 8 (Interview with Andy Kershaw) Support was The Bhundu Boys. Recorded and transferred by Stewart C. Russell - scruss.com (who also has a mono AUD on minidisc of this - enquire if interested)
Robyn Hitchcock The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 2001-08-05 AUD AUD > lapel mic > Sharp MD-SR50 MD (mono mode) MD-SR60 > Marantz PMD-620 > Audacity > FLAC (analogue connection from MD to PMD-620) Note: recording is *MONO*, and is 24-bit FLAC. Partial set - had to leave to catch last train home ... but this was the last night of a great three gig series, and Robyn was on top form. Setlist: 1 talk: "he went elsewhere" 2 Mexican God 3 talk: "meat ... meat ..." 4 The Devil's Coachman 5 talk: "when you die" (*** truncated) 6 When I Was Dead (*** mostly) 7 Raining Twilight Coast 8 talk: "god came along, and the mars bar was ashamed" 9 1974 10 talk: "pumpkin A and pumpkin A" 11 Chinese Bones 12 talk: "frank recorded this" 13 My Wife And My Dead Wife 14 talk: "intro to your feelings are the last thing to die" 15 Your Feelings Are the Last Thing To Die 16 She Doesn't Exist Any More 17 talk: "special strings made for him by a halibut" 18 I Feel Beautiful 19 talk: "madonner of the bees" 20 Madonna Of The Wasps 21 talk: "see how much of it I can remember" 22 La Cherité No encore recorded, though one was likely played. Tracks marked '***' have MD dropouts from faulty Maxell XL-II 74 MD. Audience recording by Stewart C. Russell, http://scruss.com/
Robyn Hitchcock The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 2001-08-04 AUD AUD > lapel mic > Sharp MD-SR50 MD (mono mode) MD-SR60 > Marantz PMD-620 > Audacity > FLAC (analogue connection from MD to PMD-620) Note: recording is *MONO*, and is 24-bit FLAC. Setlist: 1 talk: "not horribly caramelized or mellow" 2 Surgery 3 talk: "clint eastwood, for it is he" 4 A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs 5 talk: "exciting and miserable time" 6 Wax Doll 7 talk: "a totem of misery" 8 The Veins Of The Queen 9 talk: "watch out for igor the dragon" 10 Viva! Sea-Tac 11 Glass Hotel 12 talk: "the only reason we can have, um, courtney cox" 13 Queen Elvis 14 I Am Not Me 15 Raymond Chandler Evening 16 talk: "good news: charles knocked out" 17 Sally Was A Legend 18 talk: "that amp contained a dybbuk" 19 Only The Stones Remain 20 Nightfall Encore: 21 encore intro: "got another half hour" 22 Gene Hackman 23 The Ghost In You 24 talk: "already preparing to go somewhere else" 25 Think For Yourself Audience recording by Stewart C. Russell, http://scruss.com/
I finally got around to transferring the first of the Robyn Hitchcock shows I recorded back in 2001 in Edinburgh: Robyn Hitchcock Live at The Assembly Rooms on 2001-08-03 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.
There are three more. Two of them (plus the one I just uploaded) have dropouts from dodgy Maxell MD media.
I did transfer these back in 2001, and distribute them on CD to several people. Audacity and a solid-state recorder makes this a lot easier. My old workflow was:
- Save the recording to wav through the sound card and GramoFile.
- Burn the recording to CD-R (yay, 2x CD writers …)
- Delete the wav file (I don’t think I had space to keep multiple copies)
- Listen to the CD, noting track end times in a text file
- Rip the CD with CDDA Paranoia, using the notes as a cue sheet
- Burn the final CDs.
Just a few of the guitar picks I’ve tried (though the one at the top is a felt uke pick). I got a bunch of Fender celluloid picks at The 12th Fret today, and they could be good. The huge one at the bottom is indeed homemade, made from two sheets of wood veneer laminated together with the grain offset 90°.
There’s a tale about the Kinky Friedman one.
Shawn Micallef on Edinburgh: “… it’s easy to be knocked over by street after street of fairy-tail [sic] landscape”. What?! Edinburgh’s a grubby, cold, stinky place, and best avoided.
So there was a stramash that the RSPB published a map showing where the Lewis wind farm would reach if it started in Edinburgh. Oh noes! Looks like it’d go all the way to Methil.
I’ve been working on a couple of medium-sized wind farms in Ontario. For top laughs, I tried overlaying them on Scotland, using streetmap.co.uk for the measurements.
Since I’m a weegie, I started at George Square. One of the farms would stretch all the way west by Wishaw, near Murdostoun Castle (and the comically-named town of Bonkle). The other would run north to somewhere between Fintry and Kippen, in Stirlingshire.
For those of you unlucky enough to be based east of Falkirk, I tried the same starting at Edinburgh Castle. The first wind farm would run west to the hamlet of Gilchriston, which is just north-west of Dun Law Wind Farm, which I worked on in the distant past. (If you run the farm west from Edinburgh, you end up in Bo’ness, which no-one would want to do.) The other design would end up somewhere between Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, near Thornton — and not that far from Methil, a distance that the RSPB would have us believe is just too far for a wind farm.
So, where’s the news, RSPB? How did your land get somehow more precious than ours?
Says the Guardian: Edinburgh residents reject c-charge plan.
Och well, their loss. I still think the best thing to come out of Edinburgh is the train to Glasgow …