Black Whales – Through The Prism, Gently

It’s all a bit “fits & starts” here at the moment I’m afraid.  Blame work.  The upshot of all this is that instead of getting to spend time doing this, I’m currently waking up, going to work stupidly early, getting home stupidly late, soup and then bed.  For six days a week.  Ah well, it’s infinitely better than what I was facing this time last year. On the plus side,.. Read More

Smoke Fairies

It always seems a bit strange when a band goes eponymous some way into a career.  The usual way about things is to self-titlingly announce yourselves right at the start and then take it from there, wherever “it” takes you.  When it does happen though, it’s an eyebrow-raiser.  Why now?  Why this? It does all become rather apparent once attention is paid to what the Smoke Fairies have achieved with.. Read More

The Soundcarriers – The Other World Of The Soundcarriers

Frankly, it’s been far too nice to be faffing about indoors listening to stuff and then scribbling about it when I could be outside listening to stuff and then forgetting to write about it when I come back inside.  That’s the joy of Outside though, and given the forecast for the next few days, I’m glad I made the most of it.  So now that I’m back in from the.. Read More

Mary Epworth – Snow Queen EP

Yeah, I know I’m either slightly late or incredibly early with this, but it’s fairly pertinent to be a-writing about this EP in the middle of January; for one thing there is a large supermarket chain who have already started hoovering up money for next year (by selling chocolate Easter Bunnies on Boxing Day and who are now taking orders for 2013 Christmas Turkeys), for another thing I don’t think.. Read More

Mid-Afternoon Saturday Compilation: Echo And The Bunnymen – Songs To Learn And Sing

When I first started to do these weekend asides around this time two years ago, I had this particular record in mind.  Grand Procrastinator that I am though, I never got round to doing anything about it and it wasn’t until last week that I remembered what I was going to do. In the previous Sunday Whatever, I highlighted a track from Echo and the Bunnymen’s Porcupine, mentioning that the.. Read More

Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow

We in Great Britain are rubbish at weather to a ridiculous degree.  One of the most boring and temperate climates in the world, and the country goes into meltdown at the first sign of anything slightly different.  I use the term “meltdown” in its loosest sense of course, as that would imply that something would have had to have been frozen in the first place, which of course it hardly.. 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

Microdot Gnome – Low Flying Bird

I do like singles.  Honestly.  It’s just that they’re an absolute sod for me to go on about on here due to the nature of how I do things around here, which is basically Put record on Type Stop when record finishes Check spelling (not necessarily in 100% of cases) Check sense made (this one might actually be a massive lie) Send! Wine It’s a system that has served me.. Read More

Thomas Dolby – A Map Of The Floating City

This one should really be entitled “what I dun on me Summer Holidays”, given that this album is released in the aftermath of one of the strangest and most involving marketing campaigns that I can remember.  Eschewing the usual “hello, buy my new thing” standard method of selling stuff, Thomas Morgan Dolby Robertson assembled a crack team of writers, artists and game designers to come up with a mysterious world.. Read More

Nirvana – Nevermind

Well, everyone else is doing it.   This isn’t the first time I’ve done something on a record that’s twenty years old, and such is the amount of stuff from that period that shaped the way that I listen to music even now, it probably won’t be the last.  Where this one is largely unique is in the amount of revisionist hyperbole from ‘serious’ newspaper articles in publications who want.. Read More