♫yoga then stone ants and I are waving♫

Robyn Hitchcock – Trilobite – Live At Sonic Boom Records In Toronto

YouTube’s automatic transcription is not quite there yet:

… it’s got a different feel to it it’s um
I write this in a shower in Thunder Bay
I mean you know like a shower that you
clean yourself in not a shower of rain
or you could clean yourself in a shower
of rain but you don’t always know it’s
gonna rain and you’re not necessarily
dirty at precisely the right time to go
out into the rain but it would be great
if people could time their dirt so they
went out and obviously if you’ve got
small kids and you need to bathroom
regularly because they’re not old enough
to voluntarily shower or bathe you could
just wait for for the shower that would
doom for you none for the infants anyway
I wrote this in Thunder Bay and it’s
about a creature that’s been extinct now
for about 100 million years but it
lasted about 400 million years which is
a lot longer than we are likely to
nonetheless we in our brief lifespan
have already named this creature and
it’s it looks kind of like a ladies
shaving device from the 1940s but
obviously it made a stone because it’s
fossilized it’s called a trilobite
because it has three lobes three
sections to it and you can find a lot of
these still fossilized trilobite sand
cliffs in various parts of the world
they may even be on on the moon for
honor but it’s very hard to prove either
way but you know we’ve called it this
thing the trilobite but long after it’s
like as if somebody dug one of you up in
years to come and said these are the
bones of Gloria Swanson you know you
always who remember you sir particularly
and not Gloria Swanson um as far as I
know because you haven’t proved you on
but I’m assuming you are for all I know
all of you are actually called Gloria
Swanson which only proves my point the
chorus of the song refers to
refers to Elton John buying cheap
confectionery in a down market cafe in
the late 60s before he became famous and
wasn’t able to do that had to get
someone else to do it for him and it has
no connection with the rest of the song
so ok that’s set the scene for this
anyway
trilobite right Dwight’s in the light by
trilobite right in the light by Dwight
trilobite right Dwight’s in the light by
trilobite right in the light by Dwight
basking on the shores of time the little
Stein creature ain’t dead to the world
they call him trilobite right rights in
the light by trilobite right in the
light by Dwight trilobite right rights
in the light by trilobite brighten the
light by Dwight Weldon Johnson but real
name is Richard wood creaking away for a
second of Fame a billion years later
they give it a name they call a
trilobite right and whites in life by
trilobite right in the light by Dwight
when I’m too wasted these rocks to
clamber then lean me on the cliff and
encase me in amber and the creature from
the future in way out when can clop my
fossil and name me span that’s a nice
day
built for a world where nothing needs
shaving yoga then stone ants and I are
waving trilobite right and whites in the
light by trial of pipe right in the
light by Dwight let’s hold a clicking
championship the trilobite wins and
everybody else loses
trilobite try to buy

Robyn Hitchcock, Trilobite, as transcribed by YouTube

The chorus in real life is:

Trilobite, right Dwight’s in the Lite Bite
Trilobite, right in the Lite Bite, Dwight

If death is not the end …

Alan Rickman reads Robyn Hitchcock’s poem “If Death is not the End …¨

Update: Robyn posted a better recording via twitter: audioBoom / Alan Rickman reads If Death Is Not The End

you say homage, I say ripoff

Can you tell the difference?

(awesome sleuthing by fegmaniax)

Robyn Hitchcock Live at Dancebase on 2001-08-22 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Robyn Hitchcock Live at Dancebase on 2001-08-22 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.

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 Live at The Assembly Rooms on 2001-08-05 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Robyn Hitchcock Live at The Assembly Rooms on 2001-08-05 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.

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 Live at The Assembly Rooms on 2001-08-04 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Robyn Hitchcock Live at The Assembly Rooms on 2001-08-04 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.

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/

Robyn Hitchcock Live at The Assembly Rooms on 2001-08-03 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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:

  1. Save the recording to wav through the sound card and GramoFile.
  2. Burn the recording to CD-R (yay, 2x CD writers …)
  3. Delete the wav file (I don’t think I had space to keep multiple copies)
  4. Listen to the CD, noting track end times in a text file
  5. Rip the CD with CDDA Paranoia, using the notes as a cue sheet
  6. Burn the final CDs.

Robyn Covers Syd

Robyn Hitchcock plays The Drake this weekend. Last night he covered Syd Barrett’s Terrapin. His Fylde has never sounded better.

Robyn Hitchcock - Terrapin

Robyn Hitchcock Live at The Mod Club on 2007-11-14

Internet Archive: Details: Robyn Hitchcock Live at The Mod Club on 2007-11-14

Set 1: 81′ 28″

Balloon Man
Autumn Is Your Last Chance
Uncorrected Personality Traits
Olé! Tarantula
Only The Stones Remain
I’m Only You
I Something You
Glass Hotel
Cynthia Mask
No, I Don’t Remember Guildford
Alright, Yeah
Full Moon In My Soul
Swirling
Creeped Out
Queen Of Eyes
Are You Experienced?
You & Oblivion

Set 2: 21′ 24″

Visions of Johanna
(A Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs
Adventure Rocket Ship

in the running

Almost ‘Best of The Year’ time. In the running are:

A Hawk and a Hacksaw – The Way the Wind Blows
A.C. Newman – Souvenir of Canada – EP
Beck – The Information
Calexico – Garden Ruin
Casper & the Cookies – The Optimist’s Club
Colin Meloy – Colin Meloy Sings Shirley Collins
Eels with Strings – Live At Town Hall
Elf Power – Back To The Web
Erynn Marshall – Calico
Faun Fables – The Transit Rider
Grandaddy – Just Like The Fambly Cat
Grant-Lee Phillips – nineteeneighties
Hidden Cameras – Awoo
Joanna Newsom – Ys
Jolie Holland – Springtime Can Kill You
King Biscuit Time – Black Gold
Mayor McCa – Cue Are Es Tea You
Peter Stampfel – The Jig Is Up
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Olé! Tarantula
Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas – Volume V: Peace
Sufjan Stevens – The Avalanche – Outtakes And Extras From The Illinois Album
The Be Good Tanyas – Hello Love
The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
The Essex Green – Cannibal Sea
The Flaming Lips – At War With The Mystics
The Handsome Family – Last Days of Wonder
The Instruments – Cast A Half Shadow
The Sadies – In Concert Vol. 1
The Wailin’ Jennys – Firecracker
Thom Yorke – The Eraser
Thomas Dolby – The Sole Inhabitant
Wendy Arrowsmith – Crying Out
Yo La Tengo – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

Miraculously, all of them fit on my iPod Nano, so they’ll be in heavy rotation over the next week or so while I decide.

dimeadozen.org :: Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – The Mod Club, Toronto – 10 November 2006

I uploaded a torrent of Friday’s show: “Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – The Mod Club, Toronto – 10 November 2006”. There will also be MP3s, if you give it about an hour or so.

anniversaries

Today is:

• the 12th anniversary of Catherine and I meeting (on a boat from Aberdeen to Lerwick).

• the 9th anniversary of my first post to fegmaniax, the only-vaguely-Robyn Hitchcock-related mailing list.