Right. If I get this done within the next *checks* 34 minutes, I’ll only be one day late.
Got hold of a whole bunch of stuff this past week that’s either brand new or brand new to me with more to come in the next couple of days, so have had a lot to soak up. Will endeavour to get at least two more updates and a possible reminiscence in during the next few days before the World Cup and other doings start and completely bugger up any semblance of getting anything done.
Ed Harcourt – Black Feathers
Lovely swampy blues oddity from one of Britain’s finest singer-songwriting talents. New album Lustre out next week in Uniteds both Kingdom and States (as I’m typing this in a hurry, Emirates and Republic of Tanzania will have to be checked at a later date), will be one of the highlights of the year.
Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine
This particular album will have a future post all its own, but warrants mention this week as when we had our summer here this year (last Friday, if I remember rightly. Can’t wait till next year), I was driving home through a very posh town with this blaring out of my windows-down car, and got some really funny looks. And this is one of the more straightforward tracks on the record.
Graham Nash – Be Yourself
Bought last week in anticipation of the (as far as the UK is concerned) upcoming tribute album, this hasn’t quite sunk in with me yet due to the volume of new stuff listened to this week, plus the sheer autobiographical depth of the collection of songs here. What I’ve heard so far is something I know I’m really going to like, as well as making me anticipate the new version even more. And it’s always nice to hear someone from my home town make such great music, unlike one of Girls Aloud, who doesn’t.
Elbow – Switching Off
Because it contains the line “You are the only sense the world has ever made“, and that alone makes it one of the best songs I have heard in a long time.
Duckworth Lewis Method – Ireland, Ireland
Apparently challenged by an Irish newspaper to write a new national anthem for the country, DLM did. And it’s a very jolly affair that seems to be loved by those who don’t mind a bit of the sort of self-depricating gentle ribbing that most countries don’t seem to be capable of at the moment, and treated as treasonous slander by the sort of armchair irritant who simply have to have their say on national news websites.
Personally, I have to describe myself as ‘Homeopathically Irish’ in that the tiniest fragment of my genetic makeup probably once went there for a weekend, but this still makes me proud to be so.