Yeah, I have no reason for posting this photo other than because I like it. It doesn’t reflect my mood right at this minute: if you see me on the internet before the end of…View Post
And so Scotland slowly, blearily, makes its way back to work. At least, some of us do – the bus stop was dead this morning, but by the time I got into town there was…View Post
New year’s resolution: I’m not going to put 2008’s end-of-year mixes together at 5am. But I’m not sure these mixes could have been created any other way. Half of my top ten albums, songs I…View Post
Things have been so busy that it’s pretty late in the game I’ve been able to turn my mind to the traditional end of year festivities: present buying and Christmas cards, seeing friends and the traditional end of year blogs. But now, with the X Factor winner crowned and the monkey firmly in the tree, I’m finally starting to feel a little bit festive.
A couple of weeks ago I thought I was struggling for ten albums to put on this list. And I wasn’t alone. The lovely Carrie Brownstein blogged on the same thing: “[F]ew of the songs [I acquired in 2007] amounted to albums,” she said. “[They] don’t really add up to anything more than a 10 day long mix tape with little thematic cohesion and only a shallow survey of the artists’ work. I have shifted from collecting to compiling.”
But 2007 wasn’t merely a case of a couple of albums by a bunch of old favourites and whatever free download preview tracks my bandwidth could carry, and in the end I was breaking my heart over what was getting left out of the list. To say nothing of the band who ended up top of the list: a band whose equally impressive back catalogue I had merely a passing interest in this time last year.
I was going to call this The Only List To Feature Neither Radiohead Nor The Arcade Fire (At Least In The Album Category) This Year but lovely Heather, bless her, has pipped me to that one. Still, without further preamble – and with 80% less h8 than last year! – let’s get on:
(Unless you’re reading this on LJ or a feed reader – as this post is MASSIVE and I have no way of snipping it and sparing your boredom, for this once I’m going to force you to click through to the blog itself. Aw, c’mon…)View Post
I’m sure you’re all anxiously awaiting my cultural deliberations on the year just passing, in the form of my top ten albums and all the usual rubbish. It’s coming, hopefully this weekend – time permitting.…View Post
This is not a photo of the Beatles. My brother demanded I take annoying snaps from way up in the gods all night. Breathe a sigh of relief, for I will not be subjecting you…View Post
This morning, I did something that I probably should have done days ago: I queued up behind the junkies receiving their methadone at the chemist in the train station to find out from a pharmacist…View Post
I don’t mean to be quite as much of a humbug as I appear about the approaching festivities; it’s just that life shows no signs of letting up and I still haven’t started shopping or…View Post
And now for everything else..! Kaite was in Edinburgh at the weekend – feeling rather poorly, poor lass – but I did get to pop through and see her and sample hot cocktails served in…View Post
Meanwhile, in a dingy basement on the other side of the city, something very different – and very special – was going down. We arrived at Sleazy’s about halfway through Kevin Devine‘s set. I don’t…View Post