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Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp

This would probably have been written several days sooner, but I was trying to be so careful getting inside the thoughtful wrapping from Yellow K Records.  Sadly of course I buggered that up about halfway through, the sound of yellow tissue paper giving way under my clumsy thumbs making the most heartbreaking sound.  Ah well, it was a really cool thing to do, and helps to further the notion that.. Read More

How to try to be nice: A rant of sorts.

This is an odd place. The reasons for me being here doing whatever this is are my own and occasionally littered across posts.  Primarily, it’s to cheer me up – to get my brain pointed away from the drudgery and misery of the usual and towards things more positive and beautiful; the sort of stuff that doesn’t usually fill the course of a normal day.  Otherwise I’d just look out.. Read More

Hintermass – The Apple Tree

Spring’s here!  Well, not at the moment because it’s horrible out there.  But changes are happening.  Lambs are out and about, geese are getting very territorial (this humble scribbler was attacked by one last week.  A row of teeth on a tongue is something I never want to see again), the trees are starting to bud and it’s just a few short hours before the clock in my car once.. Read More

6 Years From Whatever.

I’m now a whole six years into what was a sort of twelve-month “get yourself in order” exercise, and I’m still none the wiser.  As results go, I’m pretty happy about it.  Well, five years and a complicated hiatus anyway but never mind that. I had no idea how I was going to mark this anniversary, as I had no plans for there to be an anniversary at all.  The.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Yeah, I did it again.  I forgot to switch of the Auto-Renew thing on the web hosting front page and I’ve accidentally paid for another year.  Whoops.  A fuller state of the place will probably follow in a week when this place turns six (!) years old, but doing this as a solitary endeavour hasn’t been quite as much fun as it once was and various other “this & that”s.. Read More

Jessica Curry – Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

Sometimes, it does the power of good to step outside of what you would normally listen to and immerse yourself in something a bit different.  Even better, it’s when you look sideways and notice that there’s something already there that you’ve not previously paid attention to.  For me, this is found in scores and soundtracks, not just from the usual film and televisual sources, but from videogames.  Even back in.. Read More

An Interview With the Soulsavers, Pt.2

  Following on from the revelations on and about the Soulsavers’ new Reconsidering the Madman album, the conversation with Rich Machin turns to more general matters regarding work previous and planned, with a bunch of questions that veer towards the eclectic and back again, as well as me just noticing as I was putting this bit together that I’d asked the same question twice.  Moving swiftly on from that faux.. Read More

An Interview With the Soulsavers, Pt.1

  Over the very varied course of their recorded history, the word Cinematic is one that has been applied constantly to the Soulsavers, and with good reason.  Whether it’s the VHS pulp noir of their Tough Guys Don’t Dance debut, the Wim Wenders outsider Americana of their It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land follow-up or the full-blown epics of Broken and The Light The Dead.. Read More

Mark Lanegan Band – Zurich Plaza, March 6th 2015

This was a weird night indeed, and not just because I’m in Switzerland. I can’t remember quite how many Mark Lanegan shows I’ve been to, but it’s A Lot. Which seems kind of creepy, but there is method to all of this. It all kind of started in 2003(ish) when a bunch of us on his short-lived official message board decided to meet up and hang out, so visiting several.. Read More