Best of 2011, 20-11

Last one for this bit, with the remaining ten(ish…) getting a page to themselves.  And thank the stars for that, as it’s such a bugger to go on about ten things at the same time whilst trying (and probably failing) to remember which adverbs I’ve already used.  What I’ve found interesting so far whilst doing this and looking at the many emerging lists from other sites and proper media (and.. Read More

Half-term Musings, Random Favourites So Far

Well, everyone else has done one.   I guess it’s the immediacy of the internet nowadays that lists simply can’t wait until the year end.  I did try to do this properly, but trying to whittle down about 40 or so absolute corkers so far this year I soon realised that it’s all far too much work, especially as I’ll be doing it all again in December.  So the following.. Read More

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi Present Rome

It’s not unfair to say that I have been looking forward to this one for a bit.  I’ve liked a lot of what Danger Mouse has done previously, I’ve enjoyed what little I’ve heard so far of Daniele Luppi’s orchestrated work to date (my fault!), and I really loved their previous album together. And I utterly adore the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and Ennio Morricone’s place in them. On.. Read More

End of Year Doings, Part 3

Yes, quite. Just realised that in doing a top 35 (which isn’t exactly 35 anyway), splitting it into chunks of ten will eventually offend some law of mathematics or other.  Whoops. Undeterred by this, the last five(ish!) will be individually added daily next week from Monday – although as I’m attempting a jaunt off down to the South Coast on Wednesday for three days this might get delayed a bit.. Read More

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul

Musical collaborations can be a wonderful creative experience, both for the artist and consumer.  A coming together of ideas from people already on top of their game, wishing to try something new with either peers or opposites, can bring great results and introduce fans to someone new in the process. Where collaborations become a pain is when business interests become involved – those “…appears courtesy of…”s don’t always appear with.. Read More