Ole Smokey's Midnight Mix For Halloween →
Ole Smokey is one of my all time favourite DJs and purveyors of fine Re-Edits. This is a spooky little mix he’s knocked up for Halloween. That said, remember, an Ole Smokey mix is not just for Halloween.
Seconds Out Grapple Fans →
Painting of Catweazle by Luke Haines for his forthcoming ‘Luke Haines 1978 Grapple Calendar’. More here. I’ve listened to the new Luke Haines album “9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970’s And Early 1980’s” eleven times. So what’s it like? I must start by declaring that I am a huge admirer of the music of Luke Haines,...
Has hugging become oppressive and limiting? →
Ok, let’s get one thing clear from the start. I love Adam Curtis. He’s one of those wonderful mavericks who consistently create thought provoking work. If you don’t know him, then I urge you to seek out his documentaries, and also to regularly visit his blog where you will discover a trove of stimulation and different perspectives. The link above is just the latest...
Refried Beans For Paul Weller →
OK, so I’m still getting to grips with the new Luke Haines album. In the meantime I give you his recipe for Refried Beans from his ‘Luke Haines Outsider Music’ blog. His preamble to the recipe (which resembles a Mod target) had me chortling like a good un. Here it is…. “So we’ve just come out of glut of Bank Holidays, bad news for me - can’t stand the...
Mojo Filter: A Path through the Ambient Forest →
Just caught up with this latest Mojo Filter Mixtape via AOR Disco. Once again Mojo Filter proves why he’s one of my favourite DJ and Re-Editers. Eclectic, original and downright wonderful. The world’s a better place for mixes of this quality. Shine on Mr Filter. Shine on.
Bert Jansch RIP →
I had no idea - until a few minutes ago - that Bert Jansch had died. I had the pleasure of seeing him live at The Green Man Festival a few years ago. He was very wonderful. Farewell Bert - and thank you. RIP.
The Ultimate John Barry
I am listening to a compilation called ‘The Ultimate John Barry’. It’s very good. I also own ‘Themeology’ (the one put together by Jonathan Ross) and ‘The Best of the EMI Years’. At this point I must fess up and explain that I am far from a John Barry expert but it strikes me that none of these compilations does the man justice. For example...
Larry David, the Social Assassin →
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ is genius - as any fule kno. Season 8 is maintaining the high standards set by the previous seven seasons. I’ve just watched Episode 3 in Season 8 - ‘Palestinian Chicken’. So many great moments - my favourite being when Larry was in bed with the Palestinian woman. Full of brilliant lines. Here’s a few… Jeff: He has no...