Mark Lanegan – A Thousand Miles Of Midnight

Back in the days where people weren’t too fussed about genre labels, when experimentalism regularly hit the high points of the charts and when nobody really gave much of a stuff how much records weighed, remixes reigned supreme.  These were mostly shuffled off to the margins of b-sides and exclusive 12″ singles, but there was the occasional album of rejigged and reworked music for our pleasure.  Remixing was all over.. Read More

Best of 2014: 40-31

I have absolutely no idea when I’m going to finish this.  Usually, I try to get it all out of the way as close to this side of Christmas as possible, but that’s not going to happen I don’t think, especially as I have a couple more things to park here & elsewhere in the meantime.  Never mind, the whole point of these things is to take in the whole.. Read More

Best of 2014: 50-41

What a strange year this turned out to be.  Leaving aside the various inconveniences and horrors that have kept me away from this place for much of 2014, it’s also been even harder for anyone to get their blogs out there thanks to the concerted efforts of the sort of places that were originally set up to be all social and sharing.  Ah well, I wasn’t comfortable with tarting this.. Read More

Not The Mercury Shortlist 2014

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 oh hang on, this is the intro blurb from last year.  Sorry.  Nice to see the Jazzers getting back in again to this year’s list, but it’s still a bit same old same old in order.. Read More

Pye Corner Audio: Black Mill Tapes Vol.4

In an attempt to keep the body employed while the rest of me isn’t, I’ve taken to long walks all over the place.  Which, it has to be said, isn’t a great idea in this weather.  Gallivanting about the environs with a set of headphones on does seem to be a strange, dissociative way of doing things as taking in the sounds can get in the way of taking in.. Read More

Singles Night

Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now is celebrate that oft-ignored thing, the single.  Back in the day, these were the most important thing in the world for artists at either end of the success/cash spectrum as they were cheap to both make and buy, and of course the singles charts were the only thing that anyone ever paid attention to.  Although that also might have had.. 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

Moon Wiring Club et al – Down To The Silver Sea

Summertime, amazingly, remains among us.  Albeit in a rather violent fashion, as the past two weeks have been either very hot or very thundery.  Usually both.  Mustn’t grumble though, as another day not spent looking in cupboards for The Big Coat is another triumph for the Great British Summer. As accompaniment to this glorious meteorological period, this record has rather suddenly appeared.  Heralded just the other week by a strange,.. Read More

Pye Corner Audio – Superstitious Century

What constitutes an actual definition of an EP nowadays is clouded in mystery. It’s probably written down somewhere, hidden away from the rest of humanity and guarded constantly by successive generations of big men with no eyebrows. It all used to be so much easier back in the day when it used to be defined by the simple epithet of ‘7″ at 33 & 1/3, 12″ at 45rpm’, and when.. Read More

Best of 2012, 20-11

Whoops!  A bit late with this one, but that’s what a combination of Food Poisoning and the Norovirus will do for you.  Technically, this means that I’ve had even more time than I would otherwise have done in order to get this out of the way, but oh you don’t want to know how that time was eventually spent. Anyway, this is the last of the grouped ones, the final.. Read More