Christmas projects

I have all sorts of things planned this Christmas, some of which may happen and some of which may take a little longer to reach fruition. Albums of the year (which I always do), and which will be ready on or around 31st December. One movie a day, where I will watch one decent movie […]

Albums of the year 2009

Calculated using the same algorithm as the last two years, and only including albums actually released this year. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love Wilco – Wilco (The Album) The Horrors – Primary Colours Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist Florence and The Machine – Lungs Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications The Big […]

A brief life update

This week I’ve largely been: Listening to the new albums by The Flaming Lips, Atlas Sound, Charlotte Hatherley and Broadcast (all of which I’m really enjoying) Updating my main workstation to Ubuntu 9.10 Learning about Google Wave Trying to juggle various work tasks (and not dropping anything hopefully). Oh, and I still hate this time […]

Flaming Lungs and Flaming Lips

At various points in the last few days I’ve been fairly convinced that I’m ill. I’ve had a sore throat, various wheezing fits, and a general sense of tiredness that sleep does not fix.  The annoying thing is that each “episode” only lasts a few hours and then I feel fine again. Maybe it’s my […]

A brief history of love

I’m really taken with the debut album by The Big Pink. It reminds me of all sorts of other things, but above all it sounds like a record that really belongs on 4AD records. I’m partly reminded of The Wolfgang Press and Dif Juz, but also a lot of 90’s shoegazing bands. It’s certainly well […]