February has been a pretty decent month for me on the ol’ arts front. I broke my gigging duck for the year (48 days in – a new record), saw a whole THREE films at…View Post
I’ve been thinking a lot about why we still go to see our favourite artists live after spending time with two of the ones that mean the most last week (Jesse Malin, and the Weakerthans’…View Post
Regular readers will be aware that I’m working on something of a bucket list as I bid farewell to my 20s. On the 9th of each month – or thereabouts – I check in on…View Post
In which, even when she is being the world’s most rubbish and lazy music blogger, Lis puts together a selection of songs that have caught her attention through the joys of iTunes shuffle this month.…View Post
Photo by Dustin Rabin Photography I went through this phase of listening to a lot of Canadian indie, influenced mostly by the likes of the Weakerthans and the entire Broken Social Scene collective. There’s something…View Post
I’m quite proud of what I’ve come up with on this little series of pictures, so I’m going to attempt a little bit of mp3 blogging/self-portrait crossover based around a current music-related sub-project within a…View Post
Surprisingly to nobody, in the end I couldn’t steer clear of the “best of the decade” chat that is dominating the blogosphere at the moment. Last time around, of course, there wasn’t a “blogosphere” –…View Post
If I was wanting to change the subject to something more cheerful, it really doesn’t get any better than wandering round the most amazing sweetie shop in Glasgow with my good friend Sarah – something…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 so glad to see the back of this week. It’s been a strange one, and I sense that things are only going to get stranger. Four things that did make me smile today: fairy…View Post
In honour of (my pitiful attempt at) NaNoWriMo, this week I’m presenting you with my “favourite songs” going by play count on iTunes in lieu of a theme. In this post you’ll find out that…View Post
I don’t know if it’s better going back to work after a really good weekend, or worse (because you really know what you’re missing). Friday night is my favourite lazy TV-watching night, and you should…View Post