I’m falling out of love with music again.

We all carry our own personal soundtracks with us, everywhere we go. Music soothes us, encourages us, reminds us, heals us and hurts us. How it affects us is up to us – we choose to be soothed, encouraged, reminded, healed or hurt, and there’s probably no other aspect of our behaviour where we can exercise such control over ourselves on a daily or even hourly basis, marking the highs.. 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

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

Mark Lanegan – A Thousand Miles Of Midnight

Back in the days where people weren’t too fussed about genre labels, when experimentalism regularly hit the high points of the charts and when nobody really gave much of a stuff how much records weighed, remixes reigned supreme.  These were mostly shuffled off to the margins of b-sides and exclusive 12″ singles, but there was the occasional album of rejigged and reworked music for our pleasure.  Remixing was all over.. Read More

Best of 2014: 40-31

I have absolutely no idea when I’m going to finish this.  Usually, I try to get it all out of the way as close to this side of Christmas as possible, but that’s not going to happen I don’t think, especially as I have a couple more things to park here & elsewhere in the meantime.  Never mind, the whole point of these things is to take in the whole.. Read More

Not The Mercury Shortlist 2014

I could really just post the intro blurb from when I did this last year as it’s pretty much exactly the same thing… Is anyone really that bothered about the Mercury Prize anymore?  Named after oh hang on, this is the intro blurb from last year.  Sorry.  Nice to see the Jazzers getting back in again to this year’s list, but it’s still a bit same old same old in order.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Sometime during the last couple of months when the hinges fell of this blog (and myself), I made a bit of a discovery.   I’m doing all of this wrong.  What I should be doing by all accounts is to spend more time saying that I’ve written something (or, in many cases, copy/pasted a press release) rather than sitting down thinking of what to say.  And if that’s the wrong.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Things are going a bit slow here at the moment, largely because things are far too full-on elsewhere.  There’s a definite disparity in the work-life balance here, and that can never be seen to be right.  So while I try to address that, this week shall be mostly comprised of EPs and quiet things as that’s all my attention span can cope with while all else goes mad around me… Read More