Monthly Archives: April 2007

>Don’t ask me (about Toykult) – #6

>Some family. Jane Hamlyn (Mum) is one of the world’s leading salt glaze potters. A couple of years ago, I said “Of course, someone as famous as you are…” to which she said “I’m not famous” I sent her the … Continue reading

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>A boy named Massimiliano

>Now, I don’t think that I have a particularly dirty mind, but this architect’s name did catch my eye…. If I were him, I think I might have been tempted to change my name. To Bill. Or George. Any goddamn … Continue reading

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>31 songs – Part 3

>Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop” is ten and a half minutes of genuinely terrifying industrial noise, a sort of aural equivalent of “Eraserhead”. Like David Lynch’s film, it conveys a chilling, bleak, monochrome dystopia, full of blood-curdling shrieks and clangs although I … Continue reading

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>The Midweek Mixtape – 25 April 2007

>Slight gravity-induced delay. Sorry about that Mix and Match #5 Well, I’d like “Thunder and Lightning if that prick Collins wasn’t singing it. But there’s some choice stuff on here. The Spoonful, who wrote so many perfect pop songsBonnie Raitt … Continue reading

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>Simon says

>Simon (8) and Sophie (6), our neighbours and young friends from up the road turned up the other day in a state of moderate panic. Someone gave Simon an iPod with a couple of songs already loaded and forgot to … Continue reading

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>The death of disintermediation

>This fits nicely into a discussion I’ve been having off and on with Andrew Dubber at New Music Strategies – that the laws of economics have been turned on their heads in the digital world. The discussions frequently end with … Continue reading

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>Don’t ask me (about Barry McKenzie) #5

>Oh I hope all your chooks turn to emus, And kick your dunnie down flat to the grass, I hope your balls turn to bicycle wheels, And backpedal up your arse. I hope every la-di-da pommie like you, Gets the … Continue reading

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>Through a glass, darkly

>Our windows get washed twice a year. Whether they need it or not. Always on All Saints Day (November 1) and Good Friday (which can be whenever, but sort-of six months later). Easy to remember In a less tolerant society, … Continue reading

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>31 songs – Part 2

>Bought the book yet? Shame on you if you haven’t Although John Peel didn’t much care for 31 Songs. But I’ll forgive him. (Did you know that Rod Stewart was John Peel’s best man? No? Then don’t play me at … Continue reading

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The incredible hulk

I kind of like Paul Carrack. I rated Ace for the honest pub-rockers that they were. (I loved any pub-rockers back then – it was like having people play in your living room..) I tolerated Mike and the Mechanics, mostly … Continue reading

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