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’
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
I was listening last night to the first two Colorblind James Experience albums, the first time in a long time. The songs really stand the test of time, particularly ‘Considering a Move to Memphis’ and ‘A Different Bob.’ They’re still quirky, amusing, endearing and strangely catchy. I’d completely forgotten, that my copy of the second … More Colorblind James
Here’s my lovely Cocteau Twins box set of the first four albums, remastered and pressed on heavy vinyl in new sleeves and a sumptuous Vaughan Oliver-designed box. What a birthday present! One of only 700, but sorry, purist collectors, I had to take the discs out of the cellophane and play them. And they sound … More Cocteaus. In a box.