Mid-Afternoon Compilation Saturday: Reason To Believe – The Songs Of Tim Hardin

Try as I might, I don’t think that this will ever be a regular occurrence – in my defence however, Saturday is currently the one day of the week I don’t work, so I tend to sleep right through them nowadays rather than seek out fresh compilations to badly wax lyrical about.  Nice bit of serendipity today though, as this arrived today (ahead of Monday’s release – one of the.. Read More

Best of 2012, 50-41

Ooh, is it that time already?  Well, it probably isn’t but I thought I may as well start early because it all ended up as a bit of a madness last year and I have a huge amount of non-this stuff to fit in as well between now and 6 weeks’ time, so I’m going to pace myself a bit and hope I don’t go mad in the meantime.  And.. Read More

Oh, Go On Then – Alternative Mercury Prize Not Quite Shortlist

I have to say that the real Mercury Prize shortlist this year is a bit of a disappointment this year in the respect that it’s a bit on the vanilla side.  Thankfully this means that everyone can get all in a strop about *their* faves not getting a mention, and this is the real spirit of the competition.  Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way from an award named.. Read More

Diagrams – Black Light

The first record of 2012 is here at last!  Well, the first one I’ve got round to buying, anyway.  I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while after buying their (his?) debut EP on a whim at the end of last summer and really enjoying its baffling stylistic multi-direction, each song suggesting a different direction that this project could embark upon.  Taking on board the spirits of Peter.. Read More

Best of 2011 – Favourite Singles/EPs

I’m trying to ease myself into this gently this year.  Mostly because this is an even bigger pain to do than it was last year, which is a good thing, as it means that I’ve listened to more new stuff (and, more importantly, enjoyed it) than I did last year.  Or, I’ve just been less picky. I suppose that there’s huge advantages and disadvantages to doing this on my own.. Read More

Diagrams – S/T EP

There’s something altogether refreshing about a debut EP.  It’s the whole “this is what we can do and this is how we can do it” nature of that initial introductory gamble that will either endear them to their new audience and leave them wanting more, or confuse the bejaysus out of everyone.  This EP is a great example of how to touch on as many bases as possible while also.. Read More