Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

In the migration back to things altogether more vinyl-based (in this house, anyway) there’s been a bit of an intriguing sideshow in the form of the download card.  For those who have seen the future of how music can be best bought, the combination of big records and teenytiny bits of code (CD players are already starting to be phased out of new cars and computers, they’ll be joining the.. Read More

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 2011, 30-21

Hooray, past the halfway point!   Sort of, anyway – the top ten will be a lot more in-depth as befitting something or other, as tradition dictates.  Anyway, the futility of this sort of thing has become apparent today as there are things not on this list because they only arrived today, have yet to show up in the post or – in at least one case that struck me.. Read More

Okkervil River – I Am Very Far

Maybe if I hadn’t read other reviews by more learned and professional types of this album, I’d have got it done sooner. Aside from a single or two, I’d not really heard much from this Austin, Texas group.  So in order to make it look like I knew what I was on about, I did a bit of background reading.  Frankly, it was all a bit daunting.  “Collective” this, “Concept.. Read More