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
This image is of ‘The Magic Crystal’ or ‘The Crystal Gazer’, by Gertrude Käsebier, 1904. It’s from the the Royal Photography Society collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford I know it, of course, from the cover of ‘Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops’/ ‘Spangle Maker’ EP by Cocteau Twins.
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 thought I’d take a look at my ‘Most Played’ playlist because, on a day-to-day basis, I listen to my music via iTunes more than through any other medium which makes it’s interesting (to me) to see which songs have cropped up most often over the seven or eight years I’ve been using it. All … More My ‘Most Played’ iTunes playlist
This popped up in the inbox today. A very nice touch and it contains more than a hint that the recent gigs have persuaded her to return to live performing. On twitter, one of her backing singers said she thought more were planned for next spring. Elizabeth Fraser A Message From Elizabeth With each passing … More A message from Elizabeth Fraser
My review of the two Elizabeth Fraser concerts is now on Wales Arts Review here. While you’re there, set aside at least half an hour for all the other goodies available for your reading pleasure.
Nothing I’ve ever posted on twitter has ever been more retweeted than this! I thought it deserved a more permanent home. It’s the set list from Elizabeth Fraser’s first ever solo gig at Bath Pavilion on 4th August 2012. However it’s exactly the same running order as for her two performances at Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown … More Elizabeth Fraser set list
It seems very timely to dig this out, given that I’ve just seen Elizabeth Fraser perform live for the first time in nearly two decades. More than two decades ago I saw her for the first time and bought this. The gig was at Bristol Studio. It was October 1990 and this was the Heaven … More Relics 2: Cocteau Twins Poster
I’ve been listening to this song a lot over the last week. It’s ‘Blood and Fire’ by Niney the Observer and although it’s a good song in its own right, there’s an added interest for me because PJ Harvey sampled it in one of the best songs on her latest album, Let England Shake. Well that … More An unlikely music chain.
These are my favourite songs that were released in 2010. Well they are at the moment anyway. I notice they’re mostly very downbeat and mostly sung by female vocalists; hardly a surprise. I do listen to lots of upbeat music with male vocalists, honestly. Not that you could tell that from this selection. Ah well, … More 2010 Top 10 Songs