Thursday, December 23, 2010

seasonal greetings :)

so much for recent half-arsed promises of further imminent "posts of substance" - mmm, stop me if you've read this here before; more computer troubles, on top of all the usual predictable stuff, and the heightened stress and hassle which accompanies the approach of a toddler's christmas... oh yes, and then there's always the "arctic" weather currently strangling the united kingdom, weather which of course is not arctic in the least, temperatures of zero to minus six-to-ten celsius being standard at present in my region; all of which is hardly unheard of in britain and would never merit a mention in many other parts of the world. but, bizarrely... it has brought the entire british isles to a near-standstill anyway, and for some reason it feels a great deal colder than the thermometer says it is. the cold just seems to have seized the landscape, right down into its very substance and texture.

anyway... the cold severely messed up the postal system for the best part of a week, and prolonged our wait for a replacement laptop charger (i expect i will have a rant about this whole business in a comment)... but on the other hand it did provide my daughter with a rare white christmas for her first memorable winter... it's an ill wind, and all that... i didn't manage to sort out my own xmas present in time for the weekend, but there is a fat package of cds on its way, more than half of them by mr b, so i expect to report on those in partial detail in due course... and by now anyone who is reading will surely know the long rhythms which govern my posting habits, and will therefore not be surprised to hear that the promised live review and longer-promised next braxtothon post are on their way also... no, really... "some time soon"... 

... meantime, best festive wishes of the season to anyone who is out there, whatever that means to you. go well in the world :)

c x

3 comments:

centrifuge said...

i'm now really too shattered physically and energetically (after seeing off to bed a psycho toddler) and too mellowed out to have much of a rant, but it concerned the apparent conspiracy to rob laptop owners whenever a flimsy, poorly-designed battery-charging unit conks out... fuckin'ell, the look on my face when th guy in th shop told me how much for a real one - eighty quid! - and still sixty for a generic one, just a license to print money. the computer is less than a year old. i reckon apple may have started this blatant ripoff trend (though i could be wrong about that)

anyway fuck it - merry xmas everybody - whoever you may be :)>->)

Lucky said...

Anthony Braxton 65th Birthday Benefit for the Tri-Centric Foundation [no label, 3CD]
Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York, June 18, 2010. Excellent audience stereo recording.

free dl:
http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=668

salute, lucky ;)

centrifuge said...

thanks, lucky - actually i knew about this already, someone else drew it to my attention a few days ago, but other readers may not have been aware of it.

the three sets with braxton playing were available elsewhere of course, shortly after the concert - and i put my own (indexed) version online with my post of august 14th. however, as far as i know this is the first time any of the other pieces (i.e. the ones NOT involving braxton!) have been made available.

[NB contrary to bigozine's listing, reut regev was not in the gtm 'tet on this occasion - again, details are in my earlier post]