13 September 2013

King Missile - Martin Scorsese

Great run this evening. Shouldn't have been.  I should have been angrier than a scotsman with a papercut on his helmet. But I was happy the whole goddam time. I had been looking forward to a run all day and nothing was going to stop me.

To get yourself in my head listen to this.  I was.

Now thats the uncensored version. Odd isn't it? I'll shove the original video (with no swearing) at the end today. It's even stranger.

How much love and appreciation is in that song. Tons. How much horrid visuals and violent language is there? Even more. I take it as a tribute to his visual storytelling style (up until recently anyway) think of how shocking mean streets was. Great stuff.

And thats how I felt this evening. I was looking forward to a run at the end of the week. I had got some Chai seeds, new running shoes had turned up and a new head torch.
It's been dark when I run in the morning and in the evening and I would like to live a little longer. Being seen would help. I'm still in two minds about Chai seeds. If you don't know they are supposed to be "The mystical runners secret food". Who knows. You soak them in water and they get gelatinous. Like frogspawn. Or if you add milk to it, it looks like Shreks man juice.
The shoes though are nice.  I've been running in Karrimor trail shoes. So I bought a real pair of Nike things. And they bounce nicely, there is no unevenness to them - they do let the water in, but you can't have everything.
Does that look a bit like a penis?

Whether it was the seeds or the shoes, or the pint at lunchtime, or the built up anger, or the fact it was Friday - I don't know.  I managed best time, distance and felt great. Ran for about an hour (on for 1 min / off for 1 min) and was buzzing. I could have gone longer but it was pissing down and dark. I was soaked to the skin and the roads were at best dangerous, at worst, suicidal.  I certainly got wetter from the cars than the sky...
Yeah - basically that. But not fake. I have no idea what my pace was like compared to other people - don't care. Was faster than usual - and no exhaustion. Which is a good sign.  Hopefully I can get to 10k this weekend. YEAH!!!!!


10 September 2013

The Orb / Keiichi Suzuki - Satellite Serenade (Transasianexpress Mix)

Not a running tune today - a calm down dear tune. And a true beauty at that.

I know Les Bell writes the Orb off as "Ten minute songs with all introduction and no body" but this is a little different.

Now - admittedly if you want a bass line - you will have to wait until at least five minutes are up before this remix kicks off. But that's the joy of ambient dance/dub music.  The slow development, the way little lines grow and mold into each other - the fun David Attenborough sample at the beginning, the delicate plucked guitar notes ringing out across a seemingly open plain.  And if you wait until 8 and a half minutes in, it changes again into a form of Goa Trance.

I know why I really like it - it sends me back to another time, of comfort, ease and happiness. However, it is a truly great tune - it relaxes me. As does the two albums it appears on - Sacha and Digweeds "Northern Exposure" and The Orbs "Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call of Duty (The Orb Remix Project)". Go and buy both of them for a great mid nineties kickback.  If just one - get the second. It has great Primal Scream, Material and Killing Joke mixes too. Mmmmmmm.

Enjoy this Zodiac Youth mix as a calm down....

What super 90s graphics.  I used to own tons of videos of that crap...

However, I'm also wanting to write about running apps today. I've been through a few - and some just plain annoyed me. Save your time...

1. Couch to 5k (Active.com) - A great first running app. Pros - You can change the voice of the feedback - it gives great help in keeping going, timing and the plan appears to be well thought out. Cons - Absolutely no leeway - if you can't follow their timetable you are likely to fail - I nearly did.

2. Zombies! 5k. A zombie version of the above. Nope. I bought it, tried it. Uninstalled it the same day. Now don't get me wrong - I like running, I like zombies - they managed to ruin both of them.

3. Runtastic Pro - Was great, now sucks. Hell - I paid for an app! Pros - you can nicely record various exercises - walking, running, bike racing - it plots your route you can look at it after - nice. Cons - Or rather you could - now maps are only available for subscription. Now I don't have a problem with charging for things - not, however, when they were available, then take them away. Not cool. Also the voice feedback on your planned training could only be changed slightly. Really bloody annoying being told you were too slow, 30 seconds to go, 20 seconds to go, 10 seconds 3, 2, 1 - EVERY minute for 40 minutes of impact training. Had to uninstall for that reason alone.

4. Map my Run + Seems a good idea - had it on for a few days - Pros - it shows locally uploaded routes by other members, their times and challenges you to beat them. Cons - you can't add in training schedules - it merely records and compares routes.

5. Runkeeper. Now this is something I like so far. It understands training schedules, has scores of it's own (5ks to 50 miles and all abilities) the way it allows you to write your own is great and it allows you to turn on and off feedback happily as well as customise it. It records nicely - you can define your own routes, name them, share them - clean interface, fast GPS pickup. Cons - so far only that one voice is available and that there isn't an integrated music player - you have to start it up before you hit GO.

That said, managed to strain my groin today, pegging it though the backroads of home. Days like this, I wish I wasn't single. Really could do with a massage...

02 September 2013

Les Paul - Little Rock Getaway

Woop - a couple of great little celebrations.
Number 1 - managed 5k this evening. 46 minutes, I admit, but I bloody managed it. I will have to find a better route rather than the bizarre double figure of 8 I make around the village at the moment.

However the last track on the run was good old Les Paul....

Ok - I can't find video of him playing it - and for a pretty good reason. Les Paul invented how we record music.  No really. He invented Multi-Track recording, reverb, delay, pioneered low-impedance pickups and really disliked amps.
Huh?  No amps?  Yup, when playing in a club, he would just plug into the mixing desk and PA.  Nice.
He hated anything that got in the way of the string.

So why no video? Well, as well as multi-track recording, he found you could record at half speed, play the low notes, speed it back up and it sounds an octave higher. So.... you could play many fiddly guitar parts at half speed, lower down the neck, speed it up and sound amazing.  In fact, as he was the first to do it, everybody else sounded like him.
Cartoon music, incindental music - all came out of studio jockeys trying to sound like Les.
And this happy little number is just the thing to cheer me up after a day of failed, crappy Google Chrome implementation at work. too many people trying to use a system without (a) the correct computers (b) the bandwidth (c) any training.

I am hiding tomorrow upstairs to keep away from the monkeys. Balls to that.

And tomorrow mornings run should be amazing. Got to beat the 5k, 46 mins.....
What do people then measure? Rate? Or "Pace"? More distance?
God knows.  Not going to do a marathon.  Have some more Les...


27 August 2013

Rage Against the Machine - Kick Out the Jams (Live)

Evening all.
Mix of things again. The chune - this bad boy.  You know RATM and how they really were quite the most fantastically rebellious band - 20 years ago.  Which makes this cover on their final studio album (of covers) even more poignant.




Bit manic. And notably far more listenable to than the original by MC5 back in the 60s.  The MC5 were a sort of proto - hippy -punk anarchist band that were so objectionable to "the man" that they jailed their manager to stop them performing.  It kind of worked - they managed one album and it all blew up.

The ideology keeps ticking with RATM, and such like.  In fact, very few bands have ideals which they so proudly wear.

That must have terrified Mr and Mrs Normalton in the 60s. However - you can see the inspiration they made to bands such as the Stooges and the rest of the noise/punk aspect of American music in the 60s and 70s.

So why this track?

I've been running.  I've been quite happy with the "Couch to 5k" app, which has done me proud. - No complaints from my end. It's a great idea - working you from the Couch, through 12 weeks of 3 days a week of running to 5k.  Well - in theory that is correct.  In practice I have reached a certain point twice which nearly stopped me stone cold.
The ideology is that interval training is the way forward to get lard asses like me super-fit.  Well - have I got news for them - I don't want to run a marathon.  I just want to (a) be healthier and (b) live a bit longer. If I wanted to be sexier, I would get surgery. If I wanted to be thinner I would take speed.
I don't.  I want to enjoy myself and be healthier.

The intervals started off fine - a minute on, 2 off, working slowly up to 3 on, 3 off - then a mixture of 3 on and 5 on, with 2 minute cool downs.  However the following week it just jumps straight up to bloody 8 minutes, twice, with a 3 minute break in the middle.  Well - let me tell you - No. Bloody. Way.  The first set of 8 minutes I managed - but the second - not a chance. The very next day, it happily told me "20 minutes - GO!".

Well, bullshit.

No way Jose. It's worse than that, in fact. The disappointment I felt being physically unable to run that far just stopped me. Kicked me in the guts and brought me back down to earth.
"You are a failure" it said to me, "Just give up you fat, ugly sack of balding shite"

I went and updated my XBox, played on Minecraft and ate crisps. "Fuck this" I thought. Brought me right down.

Except I know that sometimes we do fail.  I knew there was no way someone who has done no exercise in 16 years could follow a non-specific training program and win.  I'm smart enough to know my limits and how I can increase my stamina.  I say 15 seconds extra a day.  Thats an extra minute in 4 days. However, increasing at a decent rate - not doubling overnight.

So at the moment my morning regime is 5 minutes warm up, 7:30 min run, 5 min cool down, 7 min run, 5 min cool down, 5 min run, 5 min cool down. My idea is that I will increase the first 2 by 15 seconds a day. Each day. The last 5 minutes is equivalent to having a "healthy pudding" after a meal. A bit of fun and sweat.

Every evening I am now going to do rapid interval training. 5 minutes warm up, then 1 minute fast run and 1 minute walk for about 16 reps. This is supposedly good for fat burning and building stamina. The truth is somewhat weirder.

I'm getting a kick out of this exercise lark. A physical and mental kick. Very odd. It's even quite addictive. I need to run in the evening after a day at work to get rid of the energy and anger. This track came on and it was JUST the right pace. It was the right length, the right volume and the right time signature. The right anger. Anger is an energy as Mr Lydon once sang.  How right he was.

24 August 2013

Back once again it's the Renegade Master...

Well. Am I back? I don't really know.

A lot has happened in the last year and this bitchy moany thing about music doesn't cut it.

I've changed my life beyond all recognition - and it had to be done.

A grotesque lump of self-deluded lard who slumped in his own feculance day after day, not doing shit.  It's funny how depression is self-feeding.  The more you fall into it, the worse it gets.

So I stopped this. It didn't seem healthy. I dieted. I have taken up running. I changed my job.  I've stopped doing certain things which were unhealthy. However, bad things happened too. I spent 3 months nursing a relative through their last days.

What this means is that this site is no longer completely relevant to my life.  In a way it was all I had, as I had cut everything else out. But I had to add things back in.  I spent 16 years essentially hiding from the outside world. Not progressing myself at all. I spoke to people, but it was a puppet, making acceptable noises.
So what to do.... I get addicted quickly. All sorts of things. I got addicted to healthy eating. To the point of borderline OCD and malnutrition. I got addicted to running. Bust my knees, blisters covered my feet. It's not healthy.  The good is that I lost a lot of weight and am a bit fitter. The bad is that my mind is all over the place all of the time.

Getting serotonin running through your veins instead of non-prescription medicine is an odd thing to get used to. I'm more emotional, sensitive and my moods go higher and lower. Yes, yes, I've turned into an even bigger woman than I was before. You win a prize Mr comedian.

I found writing helped with some issues I was dealing with before, and perhaps it will again. So I will be writing about music again. And weight loss and running and dealing with shit.  When and how often - I do not know. But I start now.

The Who - Behind Blue Eyes.


I had spent an evening browsing YouTube (at this point I still hadn't re-joined My Single Friend) and came across just the bass of john Entwhistle playing Won't Be fooled Again. Great stuff.  And YouTube bing YouTube - an hour later you are still there clicking around.  And I came across this beauty.

I had forgotten what a great song it was. Heartbreaking first half then certainly the live version without the shitty solo rocks amazingly well.
I must have listened to this a dozen times the next day.

Brilliant.






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