Paul Bowman

Paul Bowman Follow

Life, family, Youth Ministry & Music

https://livingloud.typepad.com/bowmanblog/

725 Followers  576 Follow

Share Share Share

U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb / 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind re-established U2 as the worlds biggest rock band.  Four years later and it was time for the follow up... HTDAAB still has the shimmering epic sweep of ATYCLB but it is a much more grungy & loud affair.  This is U2 playing direct, straight-ahead rock music & every second of it is glorious!  I’ll argue that this is one of U2’s most underrated records.  It was the one I hoped they would make, & I’ve always preferred it to ATYCLB.  Some fabulous songs on this one: All Because Of You, City of Blinding Lights, Original of the Species, Crumbs From Your Table. “Unos, dos, tres, catorce!
Turn it up loud, captain” 
#recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #u2 #howtodismantleanatomicbomb #redvinyl #bono #theedge #larrymullerjr #adamclayton
Romantica / Live at Fitzroy / June 2019 #romanticamusic #benkyle #fitzroychurch #belfast #livemusic
Romantica - live at Fitzroy / Belfast / 17 June 2019 / if you were there tonight you’ll know that you witnessed something very special... A terrific set of songs, moments of quiet & understated beauty, those delicate harmonies, and the high lonesome sound of the peddle steel.  What a night indeed!  Thank you @ben_kyle #livemusic #fitzroy #americana #americanamusic #romanticamusic
Midnight Oil - Olympia Theatre / Dublin / 11 June 2019 / The power and the passion is still burning bright!  Midnight Oil is one of the very best live bands I’ve ever seen & heard (they make my top 5). It’s been a rough week but this gig was good medicine.  Swipe & enjoy a few snippets of the Oils #midnightoil #theoils #olympiatheatre #livemusic #petergarrett
Midnight Oil - Capricornia / I’m gearing up for The Oils gig in Dublin tomorrow night, so I’m giving this one a spin.  Capricornia is inspired by Xavier Herbert’s epic novel of the same title, and Midnight Oil have captured the socio-political essence of the book.  Musically, those guitars still bite & snarl, and it is packed with scorching hooks and that anthemic Oils sound.  It’s as fine a record as they have ever recorded. 
Of course with this band it’s been about so much more than the music; they have never wavered in raging against injustice and raising awareness about environmental issues, and with so much political instability, global warming and the state of the worlds oceans their songs are just as relevant today as they have ever been.  Peter Garrett said in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I don’t want to be too grandiose about it, but they have a strong, prophetic strain about them,” he is absolutely right!  Long may The Oils burn on!  Capricornia remains their last studio album but hopefully that is set to change in the near future. #recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #midnightoil #midnightoilband #capricornia #petergarrett
My girls, beautiful & ready to celebrate Katie & Denver’s wedding! #wedding #family #mygirls
Primal Scream - Give Out But Don’t Give Up - The Original Memphis Recordings / now spinning / Screamadelica was one of the seminal albums of the 90’s: a near perfect fusion of Stonesy rock & acid house.  For the follow up Primal Scream went to Memphis to record with Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, but those recordings were never released.  The songs got rebuilt with a new producer but despite some great moments like ‘Rocks’ the ‘Give Out...’ album didn’t meet the high expectations at the time.  The original mixtapes were long lost in a basement until they were rediscovered and what a discovery they are!  Back in ‘94 these tracks would have sounded out of place & time, but 25yrs later the Gospel, soul & blues of the original recordings is quite simply sublime.  The BBC have a brilliant documentary about the original recording sessions & the remastering of this record, it’s well worth checking out.  #recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #primalscream #giveoutbutdontgiveup #giveoutbutdontgiveuptheoriginalmemphisrecordings #muscleshoals
The Head And The Heart - Living Mirage / now spinning / their last album Signs Of Life marked a move in a more mainstream direction and while I thoroughly enjoyed it I did miss the rootsy indie-folk sound of their first two records.  Yes, Living Mirage continues in the radio friendly direction but it sounds more assured, less glossy and the indie-folk roots shine through more clearly.  @theheadandtheheart have given us a joyous record; all heart & packed with infectious melodies, quality songwriting and those gorgeous layered harmonies. It even gives a nod to Fleetwood Mac & eighties era Springsteen.  We’ll be spinning this one all summer long! 
#recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #theheadandtheheart #livingmirage #newmusic
Another day another hospital / the quest for answers continues.  It’s been a two year journey & sometimes I wonder if it will ever end.  Holding fast to hope & thankful for the great staff at Belfast City Hospital today. #anotherdayanotherhospital #hospitallife #nhs #roadtohealing #health
Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires / now spinning / Snow Patrol play Ward Park in Bangor today.  It’s sure to be a triumphant homecoming gig & a celebration of N. Irish music.  I was there for Ward Park 2 back in 2010, and I wish I could be there today, but with my health situation I get a bit anxious going to Big gigs like this.  To everyone bound for Ward Park 3... fill your lungs up & sing your hearts out!  For the day that’s in it I’m spinning my favourite Snow Patrol record.  An album that could be best described as epic melancholy.  Fallen Empires is a resilient & uplifting record and includes one of their finest songs with the pastoral brilliance of ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’ “Then in one little moment
It all implodes
This isn't everything you are
Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn't everything you are
Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn't everything you are
There's joy not far from here
I know there is
This isn't everything you are.”
#recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #snowpatrol #fallenempires #garylightbody #thisisnteverythingyouare #wardpark3 #snowpatrolband
The Awful Truth - The Awful Truth / now spinning / this was their one and only album but what a terrific slice of progressive metal it is!  Melodic with wonderful harmonies & monster riffs.  It was a glimpse of the sound of things to come... out of the ashes of The Awful Truth Monty Colvin & Alan Doss would take flight with The Galactic Cowboys. #recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #theawfultruth #progressivemetal #montycolvin #alandoss #davidvonohlerking #galacticcowboys
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight / playing this one loud today / this month marks a year since we lost Scott Hutchinson... what a voice!  And what an album The Midnight Organ Fight is! 
His family recently announced a new mental health charity in his memory - Tiny Changes - it is named after a line from Head Rolls Off: “And while I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to Earth.” The charity will raise awareness about children and young people’s mental health issues; such a positive & fitting legacy.  Life is beautiful, and yes it is sometimes/often hard for many of us.  It is okay not to be okay, ...we’re not alone, let’s try to make those tiny changes. #recordcollection #recordcollector #recordcollectionpost #records #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcommunity #vinylcollectionpost #myrecordscollected #vinylcollective #myvinylstop #instavinyl #vinylgram #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylrecord #myrecordcollection #vinyllife #ilovevinyl #vinylpost #nowspinning #onmyturntable #frightenedrabbit #scotthutchison #tinychanges #frabbit #itsokaynottobeokay #themidnightorganfight