Some music I enjoyed in January 2019

Have a listen

Dragons – Food for my soul

Bill Ryder-Jones – Recover

The House of Love – Fade Away (John Peel session)

David Holmes – Kill her with kindness

Warm Drag – Cruising the night

Thousand Yard Stare – Wonderment

Hen Ogledd – Tiny Witch Hunter

Snapped Ankles – Drink and Glide

Field Music – She can do what she wants

Jim Jones and the Revue – SHAZAM

The Wave Pictures – Close your eyes Mike

You Tell Me  – Water Cooler

Deerhunter – Element

Pom Poko – My Blood

International Teachers of Pop – After Dark

Feet – Fat White Family

Rozi Plain – Symmetrical

Lavinia Blackwall – Waiting for Tomorrow

Chuck Berry – Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Ezra Furman – Anything can Happen

Oh Sees – Last Peace

Angelo De Augustine – Time

School of Language – Rockist Part 4

Mott the Hoople – All the Way from Memphis

FEELS  -Awful Need



Some music I enjoyed in August 2018

A mix of old(ish) and new in here but all songs I’ve been enjoying in one way or another in August.

Have a Listen


  • Dive/Beach House
  • Bow Shock/Ben Chatwin
  • Money Folder (Four Tet Remix – Instrumental)/Madvillain
  • I Have Been To The Mountain/Kevin Morby
  • Sentient Oona/Oh Sees
  • Sunrise/New Order
  • E.S.T.W.D/Jellies
  • Staring at the Sun/Wooden Shjips
  • Here with the Hawk/Dead Meadow
  • Fists of Fury/Kamasi Washington
  • Solid Silk/Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
  • Out the Window (Greg Wilson & Che Wilson Mix)/Confidence Man





There, there my Dear by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

I’m a big fan of Spotify. I’m a big fan of their Discover Weekly playlist. I’m a big fan of Searching for the young soul rebels by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

This track popped up on my discover weekly playlist. It’s an absolute gem. I’m leaving it here.

For those of you using the Discover Weekly playlist. Here’s a link to a very handy IFTTT recipe for archiving your playlists.


My 2012 in music

I have spent the last couple of weeks reviewing my year in relation to the music I have been listening to. On the one hand, I found myself listening to a lot more electronic music this year than in previous years. Yet on the other hand, and rather ashamedly, I didn’t go to a single gig. 

In 2012 I discovered that, after an on/off relationship, Spotify could actually play a huge role in how I both listen to and share music. Furthermore, it made a huge impact on the music I bought. Firstly, I am buying less music on a monthly basis.

I have scaled back my emusic account and now only buy 2, sometimes 3, albums a month. This is becuase I use Spotify to act as a filter. I’ll listen to an album before buying it. I then only buy it if I know I’ll give that album the attention I think it deserves or if it really challenges me. 

So, the upside are that my wallet is happy. The downside, however, is that I am taking less risks in my music buying. I think I have played it quite safe this year. 

Listed below are my musical highlights of 2012.  

Best Album.

10. Mark Lanegan – Blues Funeral

9. John Talabot – fIN

8. DJ Food – The Search Engine

7. Flying Lotus – Until the quiet comes

6. Matthew Dear – Beams

5. Spiritualized – Sweet heart, sweet light

4. Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse

3. Grizzly Bear – Shields

2. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance

1. The Men – Open your heart

Honourable Mentions:

Beak>,Swans, Neil Cowley Trio, Here we Go Magic, Django, Django, Alt-J, Porcelain Raft, Dexy’s, Bo Ningen, Goat, Efterklang, Liars, Dustin Wong and Twin Shadow. 

Most disappointing album.

Tame Impala – Lonerism. I notice it is the top of many Year-End Lists but it doesn’t do anything for me. The lead single Elephant is great but the rest of the album just didn’t match it for energy and drive. 

Best Track.

10. Cocanium – Baroness

9. Fitzpleasure – Alt-J

8. Eveningness – Lotus Plaza

7. Taos – Menomena

6. Gooooo – TNGNT

5. Spitfire – Public Service Broadcasting

4. A Simple Answer – Grizzly Bear

3. Motion Sickness – Hot Chip

2. Oblivion  – Grimes

1. Hey Jane – Spiritualized

Best Soundtrack.

The Dark Knight Rises – Hans Zimmer. No shadow of a doubt. Though the soundtrack to Lawless ran it pretty close. 

A couple of EPs worth mentioning

TNGNT by TNGNT. Just hit me at the right moment in the summer. 

Silent Hour/Golden Mile by Daniel Rossen. Grizzly Bear fontman side project. 

Best Music Video. 

I’ve not watched an official music video in a long while, and if I have I certainly can’t remember it. Then Adam Buxton brought his BUG show to Brighton and he showed us this. Make of it what you will. I hope it at least brings a smile to your face.