Monthly Archives: June 2012

Restless Thoughts From A Revived Soul (or How Joni Saved Me Part 3)

        For me, ‘Hejira’ is the pinnacle of Joni Mitchell’s many LPs. Musically it was very different from anything else she had previously attempted whilst lyrically she unexpectedly returned to a first person narrative for the majority of the songs. It is no accident that the front cover shows Mitchell, artistic beret […]

Daily Playlist 29/06/2012

Alkhar Dessouf – Tinariwen Stagnant Pool – Felt Any Day Now – Elbow Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos She Can’t Sleep No More – Hefner Insight – Joy Division Rod Of Iron – Relaxed Muscle Sitting Still – REM Riley – The Corin Tucker Band Wholesale Lies – East River Pipe Bleep – Pylon A […]

The Cosmopolitans – (How to Keep Your) Husband Happy

          The Cosmopolitans had a strange evolution, emerging from a dance troupe, led by Jamie Sims, a music composition student at the University of North Carolina, who would get up on stage with any bands playing in their area and go-go dance to them. At a benefit gig designed to raise […]

Daily Playlist 25/06/2012

Earwig Town – Chairlift Sebastian – Cockney Rebel Get Used To It – The Czars Those Pockets Are People – Electrelane Franz Schubert – Kraftwerk I Only Think Of You – The Horrors Making Plans For Nigel – Nouvelle Vague Tonight – Iggy Pop Thinking Out Loud – Emiliana Torrini Drum Beat For Baby – […]

Furniture – The Wrong People At The Wrong Time

        If anyone remembers Furniture now, it’s for their brilliant single ‘Brilliant Mind.’ And yet they produced equally brilliant work in the two LPs they produced, both cruelly undervalued. Whilst the second LP, ‘food, sex and paranoia’, should beĀ  the title of my autobiography, their best realised record is ‘The Wrong People.’ […]

Daily Playlist 21/06/2011

Suspended Variation IX – The Tomasz Stanko Quartet Seven Years – The Cowboy Junkies We’re All Mad Here – Tom Waits Nico’s Children – Jack Brother Woodrow / Closing Prayer – The Afghan Whigs No Hidden Path – Neil Young

Pete Doherty – The Human Slug

          Jonathon Ross, Kirsty Wark, the NME, the French, Charlotte Corday and many others have all, at one time or another, been taken in by the artistic pretensions of Pete Doherty. I liked The Libertines and their vignettes of London life; I bought a couple of Babyshambles CDs thinking there would […]

Daily Playlist 18/06/2012

Why Are People Grudgeful – The Fall Lost In The Woods – Pete and the Pirates New Thing – Saint Etienne I Was Wrong – Badly Drawn Boy New York Is Killing Me – Gil Scott Heron Incubation – Joy Division Take Care – Big Star Dance To This – Roxanne Shante Funeral Tango – […]

McCartney Free Monday

Following Paul’s call for all schools to ban meat products for one day a week (Meat Free Monday), I would like to call on all radio stations to ban Paul McCartney’s music for one day a week. A McCartney Free Monday would mean there is no risk of dragging yourself out of bed at six […]

Late Night Thoughts From A Heartbroken Soul (or How Joni Saved Me Part 2)

          After ‘Blue’, Joni Mitchell had to save both herself and me. However, what ‘Blue’ gave me was a sense that the artist had gone through what I was going through and come through the other side (she was still alive; she was still making music). Maybe I could survive this […]

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