I once went from Birmingham to Norwich by coach. Have you ever done that? It takes seventeen hours, stopping everywhere. Bicester and Peterborough and, I don’t know, fucking Oldham or
I didn’t hear System of a Down until 2002 and when I did I had something of an epiphany. Maybe two epiphanies. A bipiphany, if you like. As I say,
Here we are then, at part two of DOUBLE POINTS WEEK. Bands beginning with E from everywhere except Europe. Let’s do this. EEK – Kahraba (Egypt) At seven o’clock this
I reckon I’ve got this teaching thing down now. Not actual teaching. I’m not claiming that I’m qualified teacher now or anything ridiculous like that. But quarantine-style home schooling. I
I decided to make E a DOUBLE POINTS WEEK to spice things up a little. Did it work? Let’s see… Einsturzende Neubauten – Halber Mensch (Germany) Two people (Adrian Slatcher
They have something of a bad name, sparrowhawks. I blame Ian Botham. I know that may sound odd, but Google – Ian Botham sparrowhawk – and see what you find.
Are you familiar with Hemingway’s Iceberg technique? Briefly, for those who aren’t – You know iceberg’s, yeah, lots more under the water than is visible on the surface? Well, Hemingway
Can we talk about G.O.D. Pt. III for a second? Because, oh my, that song is a work of art. It is has a deceptively simple backing, a drum loop
It was quite the day today. A record fifteen recommenders and an unprecedented level of quality throughout. Well done to all of you. Thumbs up all round. Djeli Moussa Diawara
So that’s the Easter holidays over then. Fine. I suppose I had better get back to it again. There wasn’t a huge difference between the Easter holidays and the rest
It’s week four of lockdown and by the sound of the choices today, you guys are in a bit of a gloom. This was definitely the most serious selection yet.
Mate, you know what a robin looks like. It looks like this You know, like on Christmas cards.
There was a time when I thought doing a series of posts about the best albums of the nineties would help me get better at writing about music and that,
I saw the Super Furry Animals three times live. I think. Maybe four. Festivals aren’t the easiest thing to draw distinct memories from twenty years after the fact. I definitely
It’s Easter Sunday. I have drunk a glass or two of fizzy wine and eaten at least one creme egg. Let’s do this. Crowded House – Woodface (New Zealand) Russell
Been up to much? No? Well, I have. This week I visited friends, bought non-essential items from the shops, went on several walks every day, and even popped off for
So… Week 3 eh? Everybody who scored points in the first week failed to score any in the second so there are already twenty or so people fighting for this
Muriel Spark, Robinson.
I struggled to read this week. I managed half a short story and a comic. So, you know, I don’t have a book to tell you about this week. Well,
After Lock, Stock and Snatch were massive hits, it was Vinnie Jones, not Statham who seemed set for the big time. Hollywood fell in love with him, what with his
We all want to be remembered for a food. To join the illustrious ranks of the Earl of Sandwich, Richard Cox, Rudolph Hass, Per Janzon, Dame Nellie Melba, The Colonel,
I don’t want to insult you. I am willing to accept you might know what a sparrow looks like. Brown and grey, live near houses, cheep quite a lot, eat
I would be the first to admit that the Love Symbol album isn’t a model of consistency. It starts strongly and then begins to flag a little. But that start,
It is easy to fall into the trap of seeing Car Wheels on a Gravel Road as the set up to the pay off of Essence. Or it is for
Well, well, well. Over the weekend, twenty of you recommended albums, most of which I hadn’t heard before. This is turning out to be one of the best ideas I
Do you believe in divine intervention? Fate? Coincidence? How superstitious are you? How much money would it take to make you spend a night in a cemetery? Would you display
Björk – Debut (Iceland) We start with an absolute classic. Suggested by jummo70 (@jummo70), Debut is obviously a great way to start the day. Get the kettle on, let’s have
Again, I watched The Mandalorian and Better Call Saul, like everybody else, and I started that Tiger King documentary on Netflix, like everybody else. And what else? I watched BMX
This isn’t a review really, just a straight up recommendation. I love this book. It is very good. I think that if you read it you will enjoy it. I’m