Song Of The Day #36.


Metronomy – The Bay

Now despite not winning the Mercury and it in fact going to an artist who probably produces much better music, there is no denying this is a good song. It’s irritatingly catchy, mainly because I didn’t like the rest of the album much, but see what you think of this one. It can be listened to on repeat.

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Song of the Day – Folk Special.


Seeing as how it actually feels like summer now, festival season is definitely here, and I’m cursing the days I have to be at work when I should be outside, here is a folk playlist for you all! It was too hard to pick but one song, so there’s plenty to choose from. I did spend quite a while “doing the garden” this afternoon, as might be mentioned in a Steeleye Span song, but I was using a power tool. Which sounds more appropriate for Peatbog Faeries maybe. Like I said, something for everyone.

Folk times

(This is Bellowhead by the by)

KINDLE KINDLE! A new literary venture.


For me that is, I have been directed this week to look into throwing things out onto Kindle as it cuts out the “middle man” and you can, by the looks of things, publish whatever you want.. I might be wrong on that one as I’m new to this and there’s much to explore, but I have tried my hand at it and signed up. I have flung my first short story out into the world, and, as Kindle won’t let you price anything lower than $0.99, it can be yours for a mere $1.14. For some reason it comes up as this much on the Kindle Store. Obviously it would be whatever the current conversion would be in pence. It would appear I managed to sign up to Amazon.com.

This short story centres around two main characters, one pretty young, one pretty old, the former looking after the latter and the latter the resident of a nursing home. I think it’s quite bleak, like most of my creative stuff, so if that’s your thing (and you have a Kindle) then head over to here..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aunt-Evelyn-ebook/dp/B005AVA6EE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317596389&sr=1-1

And search ‘Aunt Evelyn’. It comes up with my name and everything! It’s all rather exciting. Will be putting more up there in future times, happy reading!

A Thought For A Sunday


Actually, this is more of a conundrum. Currently, Benchlad and I are King and Queen of Benchland, and this means doing all the shopping too. Which is a lot more fun than it sounds, especially when you get free money to do it with. But – and I haven’t actually thought of this one before – as we were rooting through the bakery section (clearly the best place of a supermarket), trying to decide whether the sliced tiger bread would be easier than the non, we realised that, even though we were shopping – primarily a female activity – it was still the male who should hold the bag. Because that’s the male’s domain – he carries the bags because he is the strong man, not the weak female, who is given to shopping. As tradition and gender roles would tell us, anyway. So what is one to do? Really, what’s the answer here? Of course, we could be ridiculously cute and carry a handle each, but that’s impractical and vomit-worthy. I would still prefer to not carry the basket anyway.

The Tuesday Muse – Classic Albums.


I am currently working my way through the vast expanse (seriously, it’s bloody huge) of ‘classic’ albums that exist but I’ve never actually heard. i started with Radiohead’s ‘Pablo Honey’, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’, which all proved to be pretty damn good really, an awful lot better than I was expecting. Then I delved onto albums I’d never heard as albums (only individual songs), including Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ (I can safely say every song is a hit here) and David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ (obviously, the same can be said for this album). Moving onto Talking Heads’ ‘Talking Heads ’77’, I wasn’t as impressed as some of the other albums, but it’s still pretty good really. Perfectly listenable to, but not really amazing, and David Byrne’s voice kind of grates after 11 songs. Sorry Byrne, it’s true.

Anyway! The point of this blog was that it got me thinking of the classic albums of the first decade of the ‘naughties’. And yes I understand it’s not always possible to see what will be deemed classic and widely influential now, but what can we site as fantastic and those that will stand the test of time now? I can see very few, but then I don’t have the power of retrospect and all that. Anyone got any ideas? And don’t you dare say all music from this generation is drivel, because it’s not. There’s just a lot of drivel to sift and wade through before you get to the good stuff.

Song Of The Day #24.


The Decemberists – Down By The Water

I think I am completely in love with this song. A new offering from what has to be one of the best bands around at the moment – really, they are epic, and so worth a listen – AND I’M GOING TO SEE IN MARCH – and who have a new album out on January 11th, making that one of the best weeks for music in a hell of a long time. Last time this happened, British Sea Power released ‘Man Of Aran’ and the Manics released ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’. That was a good week. And as it starts the year off, I am very excited about January, as Sea Power are releasing Valhalla Dancehall on the same date. You won’t be seeing me for a few evenings, but you’ll probably be reading a lot about these new musical pieces.

On a slightly different tangent, the album title is ‘The King Is Dead’. This, I believe first made me think of Wishbone Ash and their album ‘Argus’, and also conjures up images of battles, farming, Thomas Hardy, mediaeval times – and the like. But thinking about it, there’s only one word that’s different from the title of The Smiths album ‘The Queen Is Dead’. And yet this makes me think of political things that I’d rather not thinking about. Is that because we currently have a queen atop the throne? Or because queen doesn’t say ‘traditional-horseback-flags-death-battle cry- etc’? Just a thought.

Anyway, this song was thrown in my direction by BenchLad, and we were both unaware of its inclusion on a new album, so as it takes a slightly different direction from most other Decemberists songs (as far as I’m aware, no characters die in this song), we presumed it to be early. But no! It’s fantastically catchy and yet retains good Decemberist roots in its traditional stance, as well as being quite fitting for the modern ear. Oh just listen to the bloody thing. You’ll probably listen to it five more times before sleeping. I LOVE THIS BAND.