I was new to the office and there was a person crying about how they weren’t getting the shifts they wanted, or something. I wasn’t really listening. But I was pulled in, momentarily. Targeted. What did I think about all this on my second or third day? I thought nothing. I couldn’t speak to it […]
I watched the footage of a reformed Porno For Pyros playing a couple of songs for the virtual version of Lollapalooza – and it wasn’t shit! It was pretty good. It filled me with nostalgia. I love this band. Or more particularly, I love the album also called Porno For Pyros, the band’s self-titled debut. […]
Taylor Swift folklore Taylor Swift This is easily my most favourite of Taylor Swift’s albums. An instant 10/10. Her best work? I can’t fault it. (Though that’s almost entirely because I have not heard it. Also the reason it’s my favourite. Subject to change).
The Beatles, Ticket To Ride [Single] (1965) I don’t have that many singles by The Beatles so when I saw this I had to grab it. Ticket To Ride is a song for the ages for the innovation of the drumbeat alone. One of the many examples of Ringo’s brilliance. Sample Track 1: (Side A): […]
All play and no work makes Jack a broke boy. All play and no work makes Jack a broke boy. All play and no work makes Jack a broke boy. All play and no work makes Jack a broke boy. All play and no work makes Jack a broke boy. All play and no work […]
Moodymann Taken Away KDJ Kenny Dixon Jr has been better known for the last quarter century or so as Moodymann, a deep house legend, Detroit-based label-owner, DJ, producer, remixer, integrator of digital and analogue sounds. He’s like if Sly Stone kept on in the vein of There’s a Riot Goin On and Fresh and stayed […]
Eddie Henderson Shuffle And Deal Smoke Sessions Records The redoubtable trumpeter and flugelhornist Eddie Henderson is 80. And he celebrates in fine style with his knock-it-out-of-the-park session featuring an all-killer line-up that includes the great Kenny Barron on piano and Mike Clark on drums along with Gerald Cannon on bass and alto-sax wiz Donald Harrison.
Where are the new friends since we’re all in this together? The team – which is all of us – banded together, forever bonded, when’s our next meeting? (Which is also the first). Who is making the potato salad and which one will bring the pav – also who’s pouring the sav at the BBQ? […]
Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell! Polydor Records In the past I have not liked the music of Lana Del Rey. And I have cracked open that walnut with a sledgehammer. In reviews of both Ultraviolence and Honeymoon I was near-apoplectic, like I was the only one that really got it – the fraud of […]
I’ve seen Calexico four times now. Which is a lot. Particularly since I don’t own any of their albums. The first time I saw them was super disappointing – and that’s when I had the most invested in it, I’d heard about a great show they did a few years earlier and I didn’t go. […]
The Tammys Complete Recordings Master Tape Records There were so many girl-groups and so many one hit wonders, so many curios – there’s a graveyard of alternative 60s pop gems, maybe several. And every now and then something gets a look in again – or for the first time – due to placement in a […]
What would Bill Hicks be doing if he was alive today? Scratching at the inside of his coffin. What would he think of this world right now? He was a smoker, he’d have died again – and yet again. Wouldn’t his refreshing take make the world of difference? You can get cod-philosophy anywhere and everywhere […]