Omnichord

Last week I finally got my hands on something I’ve wanted for a while — an Omnichord. It is a kitsch electronic music instrument produced by Suzuki in the 1980s. It makes a very charming sound and is addictive to play. The key feature that makes the Omnichord stand out from other instruments is the […]

Catching up on the 1990s

I have recently discovered that, via the wonder of Amazon, it is possible to get your hands on old albums on CD for quite reasonable prices. It’s very helpful if you don’t live near a Fopp. I’m particularly keen on hoovering up albums from the 1990s. From the age of about nine I was already […]

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.

Be kind and rewind

It’s been a lean few years for new artists in electronic music. Aside from dubstep, which went down the shitter pretty quickly, there hasn’t been much to get excited about. The IDM glory days are long gone. But one artist definitely bucking the trend is VHS Head. Emerging seemingly from nowhere in 2009, he has […]

The newfangled apostrophe

Outrage has broken out among pedants everywhere, as it was revealed that Waterstones has dropped the apostrophe from its name. Waterstones is hardly the first business to make this move. For instance, Woolworths was, up until the 1980s, called Woolworth. But people called it Woolworths, so the company adopted it. Note how many people also […]

Bob Holness

I was sad to learn that Bob Holness died yesterday. It is no exaggeration to say that Blockbusters was probably my favourite programme when I was a child. As it happens, I have been watching a good few episodes of Blockbusters recently, as it is currently being shown on Challenge. It is striking just how […]

The worst gameshow in history?

I have come to discover that Challenge is easily the most dangerous TV channel in existence. I flick through the channels and end up being sucked in to watching gameshows of the past. Part of it is morbid curiosity about programmes that I can’t remember. The other day I saw that 321 was on. I’d […]