Here’s a confession: I have Americanaphobia. I fear that if I allow into my life too much of it then, before I know it, one day I’ll find myself enjoying, say, Lady Antebellum. And that would be a terrible fate. The trouble is, I keep coming across artists who can clearly be labelled ‘Americana’ whom I … More Song for Saturday: ‘Old Black Hen’ by Songs:Ohia
Another one from Edinburgh’s National Gallery of Modern Art but this time a very recent image. It’s of electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram, who co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Orchestra. The artist is Glasgow-based Victoria Morton. I think the mish-mash of bright colours probably match the strange new sounds she was producing in that studio.
I’m posting this week’s picture a little early because I’m expecting my Friday to be a little busy! I’m in Edinburgh covering Scotland’s independence referendum and managed to snatch a couple of hours to feast my eyes on this jaw-droppingly beautiful city as well as to pay my first visit to the Scottish National Gallery … More Friday Picture: Pablo Picasso, ‘Mère et Enfant’
There are only two members of Honeyblood but they make such a big sound with just a guitar and drums that you think they must be a larger band. If you like your guitars fuzzy and skuzzy, vocals drenched in reverb and gorgeous melodies, you’ll love their debut album. It’s difficult to pick one … More Song for Saturday: ‘Choker’ by Honeyblood
I snapped this recently at the Virginia Woolf exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I stood, stared, went away and came back again, several times. Wonderful. More thoughts here.
If you’re remotely interested in Virginia Woolf, the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition is both utterly fascinating because of the historical artefacts and images on display and worth experiencing for the quality of the art. I saw it in the summer but it’s on till the end of October so I’m hoping to make a return visit. I’m … More Virginia Woolf exhibition, National Portrait Gallery
At times of stress or distress, I always turn to Cocteau Twins. For the last week or so I’ve listened to virtually nothing else. On Twitter I said that they was keeping me on an even keel. ‘But they make me soar,’ said somebody. Me too, but more than that, I know the songs so … More Song for Saturday: ‘Fotzepolitic’ by Cocteau Twins