This is just gorgeous. Twangy guitar and a haunting melody – just my cup of tea and perfect for an autumnal Sunday night. It’s by the Color Waves, which is the new band of Glasgow-based Alison Eales who’s also a member of the excellent Butcher Boy amongst all the other things that she does. She’s also … More The Color Waves, ‘Chirology’
Here are the twenty albums released this year which I’ve enjoyed the most. They’re in no particular order. The albums I’ve listened to obsessively are those by Yo La Tengo, Nick Cave and Waxahatchee. Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law Yo La Tengo – Fade Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away … More Top 20 albums 2013
Sometimes I’m surprised by my own record collection. I just came across this 12″ ‘Shotgun’ by Bleach. I don’t remember buying it and have no recollection of the music itself. It’s rather good, in my favoured genre of fuzzy guitar and female vocal but with a real edge. It dates from 1991 but they don’t … More ‘Shotgun’ by Bleach
I may have mentioned, but surely no more than once or twice, that I’m a mite obsessed by Cocteau Twins. I’ve been listening to and loving them since I first heard ‘Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops’ when I was 15. That song is the purple 7″ single you can see on top of the pile in the … More 30 years of buying Cocteau Twins music in one picture
I’m reading a book. It’s a wonderful book: Salman Rushdie’s memoir ‘Joseph Anton.’ And the thing itself is beautiful: well-printed and bound with a vellum-feel to the cover underneath the dust-jacket. Just look at it. It’s just the sort of book you’d want to own, to cherish and to keep for the rest of your … More Why don’t books come with a digital version?
Last week I was playing some of my old favourites which I only own in the form of 7″ singles. The one I most wanted to hear was Fatal Charm’s Summer Spies. Back in 1984 I had to wait three or four weeks to listen to it after placing an order with Rockaway, the record … More Fatal Charm: Summer Spies