As true tales go, this is armchair-grippingly good and completely barking mad. The story of Smalls Lighthouse is one that begins in an odd fashion before turning tragic, gruesome and almost comically macabre in fairly quick succession. It also changed the law regarding Lighthouse Keeping in Britain so that three, rather than two, people manned such buildings […]
Guten Abend, Bonsoir, Ohayou Gozaimasu, Hello and I hope there’s someone out there… So, after the best part of a decade waiting and a couple of months after the treasure hunt started, there’s a new Boards Of Canada album just around the corner, and the livestream of Tomorrow’s Harvest is upon us, which you can have […]
After a few months of trying its very best, the Great British Summer’s best once more wasn’t quite good enough. Nights are drawing in, waking up for work in the morning in the dark is just as much fun as it sounds, and it’s still raining. Thankfully I’ve got more than enough to keep me […]
Early this year, I braved the Mancunian cold to witness a wonderful show from A Winged Victory For The Sullen. Not only were the headliners incredible, but I was also somewhat enchanted by the support act Sleepingdog, comprising Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of the aforementioned AWVFTS, and Chantal Acda. I was converted to a fan immediately, […]
And to think that I nearly didn’t go to this show. For shame. In fairness, I had a decent enough excuse in that I seem to have had a succession of bad colds from around just after Christmas that pretty much only completely cleared up last night. I had my fellow gig-goers’ best health in […]
As a musical genre, the dreamy and ghostly music dubbed by the press as shoegaze never really got off to much of a start in the 1990s. Probably most notable for that fateful day in Reading when Chapterhouse appeared higher on a bill than Nirvana, it was swiftly crushed between the arrival of Grunge and […]
I’m fond of ambience in pretty much the same way that I am fond of the environment. I live there. To be in a physical space is all well and good, but the definition of a place’s character can be something far more interesting given the right combination of events, recollections and colour to bring […]
Or, for the first bit anyway: What I Did On My Holiday.