Tuesday, 23 August 2011


Go and have a look at another website of mine, where I've posted about some music I like and added links to some of my own vocal performance.


Friday, 8 July 2011

Katell Keineg - High July

'High July' is a great album, by one of the world's greatest and most original musicians. Hear everything recorded by Katell Keineg, because she seems incapable of recording music that is not tinged with genius.


The Downer Party - Country Kids

I love this song. I heard 'Country Kids' by the Downer Party via mySpoonful, my favourite source of new music.


Saturday, 2 July 2011

The Spinshots - Pride Before Fall

I just downloaded 'Pride Before Fall' from the Spinshots website and am now listening to it for the fifth time. I can't wait to hear the album that's coming out in September. This song really does sound like summer has come and it makes me smile and it makes me want to dance.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Paul Simon - the Roundhouse - 01-07-2011

We saw Paul Simon at the Roundhouse tonight. He played a great cover of Jimmy Cliff's 'Vietnam' followed immediately by 'Mother and Child Reunion' - a song it was thrilling and moving to hear live.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Mynabirds - What we lost in the fire we gain in the flood

This is a great album. I fell in love with ' numbers don't lie' the first time I heard it and bought the album 'What we lose in the fire we gain in the flood' as a consequence. I listened to the CD for the first time this afternoon...And then I listened to it again...and again after that. This is an album that has become an instant favourite and one to which I will always listen.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Winter's Bone music live

'Winter's Bone' is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. The music is a significant part of why it is a masterpiece. I would love to see this concert.


Saturday, 21 May 2011

My favourite album of the 90s

I adore ' Recovering the Satellites' . It has been one of my favourite albums since it was first released.

another great 90s albums

'Road Apples' One of the best albums of the 90s and indeed of all time

Endelessly - Mercury Rev

'Endelessly' from 'Deserters Songs' came on at random, while driving through the hills trees of West Sussex this sunny afternoon and was the perfect accompaniment.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Stanley Kubrick - a filmography - an animation by Martin Woutisseth

This was on Dangerous Minds. It's an amazing piece of work. A piece of genius.

Stanley Kubrick's filmography in a short animation.


Dick Heckstall-Smith - A Story Ended

Esoteric Records has issued a lot of very good albums from the 70s. There's very little in their catalogue I wouldn't want. ' A Story Ended' is a too little known masterpiece of progressive leaning heavyish rock.


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Holy Door (stereo records) - Martin Draax

This is by Martin Draax, one of my favourite artists.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Alessi's Ark - Notes From The Treehouse

Having heard a couple of tracks by Alessi's Ark I bought 'Notes From The Treehouse' and listened to it for the first time tonight. I love this album. I'm an instant fan.

Birgit Zartl - Alone Again Or

This is a new work by one of my favourite artists.

Birgit Zartl - Alone Again Or

2011 - oil and mixed media on paper.

I love this picture. Is the robot lost in the forest or exploring ?

Friday, 22 April 2011

The Byrds - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1971

I heard this album for the first time tonight on Spotify.
I'm a huge Byrds fan and have been for more than 30 years.
This is the best live recording that I have ever heard by the Byrds and without doubt one of the greatest live recordings by any band.
'Jamaica, Say You will' is sublime. It has become one of my very favourite pieces of music.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

You will return - the Mutton Birds

The Mutton Birds are one of the best bands that ever played and recorded. This is probably my favourite of their songs. Breathtaking and heartbreaking every time I hear it.


Things are better in the East - Jefferson Airplane

I adore Jefferson Airplane. They are one of the very best bands that ever existed and hold a place deep in my heart and soul. This has probably been my favourite of their songs since I heard it on the 'Jefferson Airplane Loves You' box set, when it was first officially released.


Bachdenkel - Lemmings

‎'Lemmings' is an amazing album, that should be celebrated as one of the very best albums of the early 70s. There is a good article about Bachdenkel on Last.fm

Friday, 15 April 2011

Helmut Müller & Monika Bühler

The tracks on this page are breathtaking. I was entranced.
Go and listen now.


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bold Marauder - Kendra Smith

This is only the 3rd cover I've heard of Richard Farina's masterpiece. The others are by Plainsong and John Kay. This is in their league. I'd be very interested to hear any recommendations of other great cover versions of the 'Bold Marauder'.


Saturday, 2 April 2011

Wanderlusting - Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast

I just listened to to 'Wanderlusting' by Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast, which was recommended by mySpoonful, which is proving to be one of the best sources of new music I know. This is a great song, which I had to play again as soon as I'd heard it for the first time. Now I'm playing it for a third time. This is one of those discoveries I always hope to find - music that thrills.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Phil Ochs: there but for fortune


It is so good to see that Phil Ochs' music is going to be part of the lives of a new generation who discover him through this film. He was one of the saddest and most truly brilliant singer songwriters of his era.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Metal Mountains - Orange/yellow

This band was recommended on the psychedelica mailing list. I'm an instant fan.


Friday, 18 March 2011

Playlist - 18-03-2011

Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre – On the road to freedom
Jake Holmes – So very far to go
Aunt Mary – Delight
Maury Muehleisen – Wintry morning
Dog Soldier – Looks like rain
The Peddlers – It's so easy
Spanish Prisoners – Kiss the lawn goodbye
Elliot Smith – Angeles
Dog Solider – Several people
David Lewis – On a day like today
Mompox – Feel alright
Frumpy – Duty
Morka – Fair Lady of 1860
Goliath – No more trash
Mike Maineieri – Connecticut Air
Grootna – Customs (is it all over)
Abscondo – Tomorrow
Avi Buffalo – What's it it for ?

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Avi Buffalo - What's it in for?

I can't get this song out of my head. It has sunk in deeper into my consciousness then almost anything I've heard, for quite a while. The harmonies at the end of the recording are astonishing.

Born to win

This is a very interesting film that seems to have largely forgotten. I was pleased to find it because Ivan Passer's later film 'Cutter's Way' is one of my very favourites. This isn't in the same league but is not that far away in its themes. I'm surprised its been so neglected because it stands up besides better known contemporaries. Probably the closest in feel that comes to mind would be Bob Rafelson's film of the early 70s, ' The King of Marvin Gardens'

Friday, 11 March 2011

Black Death

This is a very very good film. One of the best I've seen, in the very niche genre within a genre of medieval horror films. It's very well written, well acted, well directed, with some very brutal moments. It's a deeply pessimistic film with a very downbeat,bleak ending. At times I was reminded of 'the Seventh Seal' and at others 'Witchfinder General' (a film occupying another niche with a nice-civil was set horror films).

Motion Demon - Silent Hill - January 28th 2011

Here's something from Silent Hill a few weeks ago.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Peter Frampton - Shepherd's Bush Empire - 5th March 2011

This was an amazing show. Two and three quarters hours of great rock music. This may be the longest show I have seen. Peter Frampton was playing with a superb band and playing heavy music. The spirit of Humble Pie was shining through. One of Frampton's guitars hadn't been played by him since he was a member of that band. I hope there is a soundboard recording of this show because it has to be one of the best rock shows I have ever seen. It would make a classic live album.The sound was mixed perfectly and the amplification was just right. Frampton is one of rock's great guitar players and tonight he was playful with genres and time periods and accompanied by a superb band. New instrumentals sat beside rockers from 40 years ago and stadium favourite. Frampton was at ease and in command of an audience of adoring fans. The encore of 'I don't need no doctor' and 'while my guitar gently weeps' were spellbinding. Its very rare I am so exhilarated by live music. If you get the chance to see the 'Thank you Mr Churchill' tour, you should. You would be missing something very very special if you didn't.