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

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

Steve Gullick – Nirvana Diary

I consider myself very lucky to be the age that I am.  Not now of course, as that’s awful.  But the age I am allowed me to be the age that I was at the back end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s when there was so much wonderful chaos in the world of music, and I will always be amazed that it was all going on.. Read More

Best of 2014, No.1: Myriam Gendron – Not So Deep As A Well

  On the last day of the year, it’s my favourite record of the year.  When I first heard this in April by accident, I was pretty sure that this was going to end up on the top of the 2014 pile.  After a small amount of doubt in the middle of Summer, I can’t believe that I thought that it could have been anything else at any point.  All good.. Read More