Sunday Whatever

Hope  you like the new look of the place!  There’s still much tinkering to be done as I had to put in a whole new theme at very short notice when it turned out that the one I’ve been using for the last four years didn’t want to play, and I’m not 100% sure about the one I chose in a moment of “that’ll do for now” late on Friday.. Read More

Best of 2013, Favourite Tracks

Albums are all well and good, but what of the individual songs contained within?  A silly question to be sure, but it’s a bit more complicated than merely going “well that was the best record, so it had the best songs on it” – that works sometimes, but not always.  Sometimes, a song in its right place in the context of its album home is a euphoric, emotional high; but.. Read More

Best of 2013, That Top 50 List in Full

Before I start this bit, something of an apology is due for a bit of an error while doing what little I do to publicise anything on here.  When tweeting each page as I’d finished them, I got my numbers wrong in haste, and pegged Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood’s wonderful Black Pudding album as Number 5, when it was actually Number 6.  Whoops.  And before I had any chance.. Read More

Best of 2013, No.2: Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

One thing that 2013 will certainly be remembered for is the amount of Event Releases – those records that arrived with masses of fanfare, or even none at all.  I remember reading a tweet or two along the lines of “has anyone heard that David Bowie might be releasing a single tomorrow?” followed by “nah”, same with My Bloody Valentine.  I suppose the trouble that comes with such events is.. Read More

Not The Mercury Shortlist 2013

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 an extinct telecoms company (which must really irk the current sponsor who never get mentioned), it’s awarded variously to people who either don’t need the publicity or who we will never hear from again.  Although.. Read More

Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

I was going to do something else today, but events such as the opening of a new vinyl/soundtrack forum over at Spin The Blackest Circles (a venture hosted by Death Waltz Recording Company, One Way Static Records and Light In The Attic. And who is that mysterious figure helping out on the admin/moderation side of things? That’ll be me) and this record taking up all of my spare time, I.. Read More

Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest Liveblog

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 a gander at by popping over to  I have no idea how this is.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Somehow, I have managed to amass 302 spam messages overnight.  Looking forward to reading them all, but sadly I can’t promise to reply to all of them.  I’m a busy man.  Of course I say busy, I’m looking forward to spending a night outside with a telescope and a cheeky bottle of red while staring at planets various and marvelling at the majesty of it all.  Unless it’s cloudy, in which.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

This is taking a while to type as my right arm, as is its wont, is dangling somewhat uselessly and painfully to the side of me.  That I am having to take extra care and consideration about what I type means that not only is this taking a lot longer to do than usual, there’ll probably be fewer spelling mistakes as well as I’m paying proper attention. I could be.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

I usually do these things when I’ve nothing else to do and want to keep my brain in some sort of gear.  This time, I’m doing it because I’ve got a pile of stuff on the go and I want to slow the grey matter down a bit, giving myself time to sit down and properly listen to the things I’ve already posted on rather than moving onto the next.. Read More