State of play, August 2017


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Song of the day (the old and the new) – 13. The Plan and Miaow


What is excluded from history is more important than what is included. Read the rest of this entry »

The Goon Sax, live in Brighton (a partial tribute to Chris Cornell)


The Goon Sax


I have never felt very comfortable with my body. Read the rest of this entry »

My albums. And songs. Of 2016



I sat in a convivial pub the other night as around me convivial sorts chattered and laughed. I could barely hear a word. Every so often, the sound of what appeared to be a band tuning up threatened to break down even that little of my personal space. I do not need, not REQUIRE an excess of noise. I love music but not when it no longer sounds like music. The first few in this list are walk-homes, and have been played in any number of situations – on the train, on the train, in a car, late at night, for comfort, for company, for challenge, for conversation. Sometimes, even my family has heard them. The rest fade into silence, or a default Anticipation Is So Much Better category where my imagining of their sound is always comforting than the sound itself (assuming I have heard it). Some of these are here because I wholeheartedly approve of them. Some are here as a nod to my lost community. Some are even here because they make me happy. If you still require a rating system, then using the one patented by Scott Creney several years back all of these rate One (out of One). I have provided links to where I wrote about the music in question, if applicable.

Biggest disappointment? Easy. Dexys.
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I listened to them so you don’t have to – 2. Elbow



Seems like enough people reacted to the first entry in this series that I can justify a second entry.  Read the rest of this entry »