Argonaut – What’s Your Perfect Day?

I was going to do this a week or so ago, but I must admit to constantly being sidetracked every time I try to do the thing that I tend to call “research”, but which in all honesty actually equates to “going on the internet for a bit”. During that extended period, the main thing I have researched is that There Are A Lot Of Bands Called Argonaut.  Which leads.. Read More

Mark Kozelek – Like Rats

It is of little surprise to anyone who has breezed through these pages before that I’m rather partial to the Cover Version.  Reasons for my love of this particular form of expression are many and have no doubt been mentioned before – a new slant on old favourites, a previously unseen roadmap/blueprint from much-appreciated artists, a way of discovering previously unknown material or sometimes just goofing off for entertainment purposes… Read More

The Revival Hour – Scorpio Little Devil

There’s much been said about the classic Side 1 Track 1s of musical history, and rightly so.  However – and this my be a bit weirdly compulsive of me – when I have a quick sample of something completely new to me, it’s not the first track I head for.  Instead, I decide on blind buys on the strength of a record’s second piece; introductions are all well and good,.. Read More

Petra Haden – Petra Goes To The Movies

It’s Shrove Tuesday!  And while the rest of the world celebrates the onset of Lent by indulging in big sparkly parades with shenanigans aplenty, we Brits pretty much fry glue.  Ah well, each to their own. But enough of this, I need to get this typed out before the unremitting misery of Ash Wednesday befalls us.  This quirky gem is from an artist who appears on quite a few of.. Read More

I Am Kloot – Let It All In

It’s been a silly old 2013 round here.  Stresses, strains, constant six-day weeks and a bit of soul-searching have been hammering away at the back of my head, with somewhat inevitable results.  The weather not bothering to make its mind up about what it’s doing hasn’t helped the general feeling of unspecified malaise either, although that might just be the horsemeat in the lasagne talking (or neighing). Thankfully a couple.. Read More

Sound City

Men.  We do like our gadgets, don’t we?  Of course we do.  And the more things that a gadget has to tinker about with in a knowing fashion (“knowing”, usually meaning “what happens when I do this?” – generally leading to “honest, it was like that before I came in” mumbled excuses), the better it is, because Tinkering has long since replaced Hunter/Gathering in our genetic makeup, much to the.. Read More