Archive:
March 2012

The Seasons

The Seasons is one of those albums widely talked about but seldom heard. I guess you could call it a cult classic. “Discovered” in charity shops about a decade ago, this album has grown in stature but has remained unavailable — until now. Trunk Records (who else?) have managed to sort out a proper reissue. Originally […]

Hanne Hukkelberg — Featherbrain

I have written about Hanne Hukkelberg before. I can’t understand why she is not massive. She is like what you wish Björk was like. Pushing the boundaries, but with the madness toned down. Her music is experimental, but not gimmicky in the slightest. The new album, Featherbrain, is fantastic. As with all of Hanne Hukkelberg’s […]

Spontaneity

When someone says “be spontaneous”, they really mean “change your plans at short notice to suit me”. — Duncan Stephen (@Stepreo) March 17, 2012 I have been thinking a bit about spontaneity recently. For some reason, it is normally described as a good quality. I don’t understand why. Maybe I am biased. I do like […]

A must-follow Twitter account: @sweden

A couple of weeks ago I discovered this brilliant Twitter account, @sweden. Every week, a different Swede is given control over the Twitter account. They have this platform for a week, representing their own point of view, until it is taken over by someone completely different. The results are fantastic. It is diverse, thought-provoking, and […]

The usual, sir?

Most of this advert is rather slick, but I love the fact that in the final shot the cassette tape is squint. Via @lookingspiffy.

Essential listening: More or Less

More or Less is a BBC radio programme dedicated to statistics, economics and the way they are used (and abused) by the media. It skewers statistical misuse and economic illiteracy, covering deeply technical subjects in a breezy, humorous and accessible manner. For many years it has taken taken the form of a half hour Radio […]

Dark times for British motorsport?

At the top of the tree, British motorsport has a lot to cheer about. If the British-based Red Bull Racing isn’t dominant, McLaren are on a resurgence. This weekend in Melbourne, Lewis Hamilton took pole position. Jenson Button took the victory. But nearer the bottom, things don’t seem to be quite as rosy. I have […]

Avoiding spoilers

This weekend was the first time in very many years that I have had to avoid spoilers for a grand prix. I missed quite a few races live during 2007 due to work, but I always watched them as soon as I got home so there was not much problem with spoilers. Today, I had to […]

The music of The Tomorrow People

Recently, I finally managed to get my hands on The Tomorrow People, a CD of music from the 1970s ITV programme. I’ve been meaning to buy it for years. The majority of the music on this CD is from a library album, ESL 104. This contained music by David Vorhaus, Nikki St George and Li […]

Time to take up music again?

I have recently been thinking about getting a new hobby. One option is to reignite my musical chops. I used to play musical instruments. But my history as a musician has been quite volatile. I played the piano and percussion instruments, and a brief flirtation with the guitar. But I gave them up just before […]