Tim's Twitter Listening Party
April 16, 2020 3:18 PM   Subscribe

Tim Burgess from UK band The Charlatans invites you to listen along on Twitter to some classic albums.

Tim started the listening parties as a way to fill some of the hours during lockdown, inviting a few of his friends to virtually stop by and talk about their music. Past bands have included Oasis, The Fall, The Cocteau Twins, New Order, Orange Juice, Super Furry Animals, Pulp, and Blur; upcoming are British Sea Power, Elliot Smith, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Pogues, The Coral, Gomez, The The, Teenage Fanclub, Aztec Camera and many more.

My Twitter listening parties are like gigs - but nobody nicks your beer. The Guardian
Tim Burgess on the power of listening to music, 'together, apart' BBC
posted by plasticpalacealice (16 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
I first read the name as *Mark* Burgess and got super excited. But Tim Burgess is still cool enough.
posted by NoMich at 3:44 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


Yes! These are the best. I've been meaning to make a post about these, because they're so fun just to listen to new music and to hear what they're like.

I was sorry to miss Ash's 1977 last night, heard Exit Planet Dust all the way through for the first time 10 days ago, and am looking forward to The Boy With the Arab Strap before too long.
posted by ambrosen at 3:52 PM on April 16 [3 favorites]


My, that's scheduled depressingly but realistically far out. I've been meaning to listen to some British Sea Power, so this seems like a good of an excuse as any, and I'm always down for some Belle and Sebastian. Thanks!
posted by mollweide at 4:00 PM on April 16 [1 favorite]


Argh BST. I'm still at work for the weekday ones. Elliott Smith this Saturday looks good though.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 4:04 PM on April 16


Matt Johnson lined up for the Infected one next week. I'm very there. Many thanks for the post plasticpalacealice!
posted by biffa at 4:09 PM on April 16 [4 favorites]


Back in the day I had the Charlatans' "Up To Your Hips" on heavy rotation, I see that's on the list. (Some of us stateside knew them as "Charlatans UK" due to a temporary name conflict with another group.)

I can always listen to Dig Your Own Hole again. I assume times are GMT?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 4:56 PM on April 16


British Summer Time rather than GMT.
posted by biffa at 2:04 AM on April 17


I assume times are GMT?

It's in current UK time which is British Summer Time now. Just one hour difference, but it could make all the difference ;)
posted by vincebowdren at 4:29 AM on April 17


So psyched for the Avalanches!
posted by Otter_Handler at 4:42 AM on April 17


Tim Burgess/Mark Burgess Charlatans/Chameleons has confused me more than once. Slightly different eras though. Tim should contact Mark and they could do Script of the Bridge!

Looking forward to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Rattlesnakes today.
posted by plasticpalacealice at 8:28 AM on April 17


I truly don't understand how to keep up with hashtags—Are you supposed to read 'em all or just contribute? I guess I get overwhelmed by the volume—but this is great, because it captures some of the social aspect of music and it's always nice to see people with tastes like yours. Britpop was my entry into music that felt like mine, so I have formative memories of several bands profiled. Just doing a quick scroll through the tweets conjured up some deep feelings.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
posted by xenization at 8:31 AM on April 17


I truly don't understand how to keep up with hashtags—Are you supposed to read 'em all or just contribute?
I found this hard too. Even following Twitter feeds of multiple artists (e.g. for Pulp). In the end I found just following only Tim's feed worked best because he retweets very quickly.
posted by NailsTheCat at 5:55 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Yes, it's tricky to follow. Enough of my feed is retweeting that it works for me during my normal Twitter use. And also my concentration span works best with about 70% distraction anyway.

But a website/app is being developed which will allow replay, which looks great. And yes, it's all for free.

This whole thing just makes me so happy. Especially if I end up listening to new music from it.
posted by ambrosen at 4:27 AM on April 18 [2 favorites]




I just joined in for The Boy With The Arab Strap, and, boy, did I forget about everything for a while. I love these.

I missed the first bit, so I may go for the rewatch.
posted by ambrosen at 2:43 PM on April 27


The replay page is a game changer! I've been aware of these from the start and never managed to follow properly on Twitter - this makes it all so much easier.
posted by jontyjago at 5:14 AM on April 29


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