Kings Of The South Seas

In the bit between getting home from work and going back out to work again, I’ve been reading Tom Hiney’s On The Missionary Trail, a true tale of two gentlemen of the London Missionary Society who went on a long jaunt around the hitherto uncolonised parts of the late-18th Century world to see just how their previously-dispatched missionaries were getting along.  While there’s a little bit of “well, what did.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Things are going a bit slow here at the moment, largely because things are far too full-on elsewhere.  There’s a definite disparity in the work-life balance here, and that can never be seen to be right.  So while I try to address that, this week shall be mostly comprised of EPs and quiet things as that’s all my attention span can cope with while all else goes mad around me… Read More

Best of 2013, That Top 50 List in Full

Before I start this bit, something of an apology is due for a bit of an error while doing what little I do to publicise anything on here.  When tweeting each page as I’d finished them, I got my numbers wrong in haste, and pegged Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood’s wonderful Black Pudding album as Number 5, when it was actually Number 6.  Whoops.  And before I had any chance.. Read More

Best of 2013, No.7: Richard Warren – Rich Black Earth

I guess it’s a good sign of the increasing popularity of vinyl that bonus digital copies are more conspicuous by their absence than welcomed for merely being there.  Indeed, for the format to flourish properly as a format for all and not just collectors (so at least then we might stop paying collector’s prices for the bloody things), it needs to get with the program a bit and make it.. Read More

Richard Warren – Rich Black Earth

Four hundred posts in, and I’m still here bobbing about like Steve McQueen on a sackful of coconuts.  Not sure if this is an achievement or a sad indictment of a state of mind, but there you go.  So it’s nice to mark the occasion not with booze (although I am) but with something that goes back to round about the time this rambling nonsense all started. Back in July.. 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

Sunday Whatever

Um. Yeah. Quite. A bit late, but this blog being down for most of Sunday (I pressed nothing! Honest) coupled with it being a bit sunny and me being a bit lazy has meant that this is now so late, it’s almost qualifying as being early for the next one.  So, as it’s a bit of a different Sunday (what with it being late on a Tuesday, for a start),.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Two weeks of awfulness over, now it’s back to mere drudgery.  And now I have a bit of time to myself, I’ve got a small pile to navigate that will start getting bigger after tomorrow plus I’m going to force myself to do the thing I keep saying that I’m going to do and delve back into the 80s and 90s once more to bring back a “From The Past”.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Erm, yes. Well, it feels like one, doesn’t it?  Am already one week late with this thanks to illness, so one more day isn’t going to make much more of a difference…  Not quite sure what’s going to be happening this week as proper work is going to take up almost all of my time, but it’s also the start of what seems to be a very busy period here.. Read More