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RIP Glen Campbell
RIP Glen Campbell. Glen and songwriter Jimmy Webb were responsible for one of the greatest pop songs ever. I’ve joked before that it’s my favourite song about telegraph poles (which it is) but that engineer up on his pylon in the middle of nowhere trying to maintain communications is one of the most poignant symbols of the human condition in a three minute tune…and Glen’s rich voice renders it perfectly without overstating the lonesomeness. Absolute class.

New Music

I’ve settled on the final masters for the new tracks. I’m using Soundcloud to make streams of songs available and hopefully get some feedback. The songs will be on rotation with a few available at a time. To get going and blow the cobwebs away, the first track is the awesome in-your-face Parasite which is a sort of abstracted protest song.

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Playlist, December 2014


King Crimson – The Elements – album

Pere Ubu – The Tenement Year – album

King Crimson – Fallen Angel – Red

Pere Ubu – Turpentine! – Worlds In Collision

The Beach Boys – Long Promised Road – Surf’s Up

Medicine Head – (And The) Pictures In The Sky – The Very Best Of

The Yardbirds – You’re A Better Man Than I – The Very Best Of

The Kinks – Dead End Street – The Ultimate Collection

The Who – Join Together – Rarities 1970-73

Love Affair – Rainbow Valley – The Best Of

Gentle Giant – Funny Ways – Playing The Fool

The Monkees – The Porpoise Song – The Definitive Monkees

The Beatles – I’ve Got A Feeling – Let It Be…Naked

Gentle Giant – The Power And The Glory – album

Pixies – Greens And Blues – Indie Cindy

The Ghost Of A Sabretooth Tiger – Midnight Sun – album

Playlist, November 2014

The Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine – Pure Psychedelic Rock

Grace Slick – Daydream Nightmare – That’s How It Is

Redbone – The Witch Queen Of New Orleans – The Best Of Redbone

Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow – album

Pink Floyd – The Endless River – album

Grace Slick – Darkly Smiling – That’s How It Is

Lola Colt – Driving Mr. Johnny – Away From The Water

David Bowie – John, I’m Only Dancing – single

Cockney Rebel – Mr. Soft – The Psychomodo

Alice Cooper – Luney Tune – School’s Out

David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed – album

St. Vincent – St. Vincent – albumGrace

The Endless River

Endless River

Endless River

I’m revisiting a lot of early Pink Floyd in anticipation of the release of their final album The Endless River this month. It’s a return to the long format play-it-as-a whole approach which flies in the face of the pick and mix track sifting encouraged by digital downloading.

The photo above reminded me of certain Floyd imagery of the past and is one of the first shots in the new Alternative World 5 gallery started this week.

Playlist, October 2014

Pere Ubu – Carnival Of Souls – album

Neu! – Hallogallo – Neu!

Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye – Grace

The Black Keys – Just Got To Be – Magic Potion

Fifty Foot Hose – Red The Sign Post – Cauldron

St. Vincent – Rattlesnake – St. Vincent

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Shifting Sands – Part One

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Smell Of Incense – Volume Two

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin II

Pink Floyd – Chapter 24 – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

The Beatles – Anthology 2 – Disc 2

Lola Colt – Vacant Hearts – Away From The Water

The Wytches – Wire Frame Mattress – Annabel Dream Reader

The Pop Group – We Are Time (John Peel Session) – Curiosities

Goblin – Suspiria – album

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour – album

The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good And Evil – Y

The Pop Group – Trap – We Are Time

Playlist, September 2014

Goat – Hide From The Sun – Commune

Goat – World Music – album

John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You Again – Kongos

Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory

The Wytches – Wire Frame Mattress – Annabel Dream Reader

David Bowie – After All – The Man Who Sold The World

T. Rex – The Slider – The Slider

T. Rex – Cadilac – The Slider

King Crimson – Lament – Starless And Bible Black

Amplifier – Black Rainbow – All The World’s A Stage

Joy Division – Shadowplay – Unknown Pleasures

David Bowie – Low – album

Slade – Do You Want Me – B-Sides

Jimi Hendrix – Angel – Cornerstones

The Beatles – Dear Prudence – The White Album

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child – Electric Ladyland

Gangahr – Powder – Transgressive 10

Underworld – Dirty Epic – Dubnobasswithmyheadman

Neu! – See Land – Neu! ’75

Playlist, August 2014

Amon Duul II – Lemmingmania – album

Amon Duul II – Duulirium – album

David Bowie – The Next Day – album

Cocteau Twins – Head Over Heels – album

Cluster And Eno – Cluster And Eno – album

Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing – Axis: Bold As Love

Jimi Hendrix – If 6 Was 9 – Axis: Bold As Love

Santana – Batuka – Santana 3

Richard And Linda Thompson – The Great Valerio – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

Augustus Pablo – 555 Crown Street – The Melodica King

The Beatles – Sexy Sadie – The White Album

Talking Heads – Fear Of Music – album

Mogwai – Waltz For Aidan – Come On Die Young

Mogwai – May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door – Come On Die Young

Playlist, June 2014

Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera – Salisbury Plain – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

The Phantom Band – No Shoes Blues – Strange Friend

David Byrne & Brian Eno – One Fine Day – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Dusty Springfield – Little By Little – The Silver Collection

The Rolling Stones – My Obsession – Between The Buttons

Yeasayer – O. N. E. – Odd Blood

Jeff Buckley – So Real – Grace

Pixies – Where Is My Mind – Surfer Rosa

Sharon Van Etten – Your Love Is Killing Me – Brand New Noise

Wire – Eels Sang Lino – Document And Eyewitness

The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldier – Broken Boy Soldiers

Led Zeppelin – Dazed And Confused – Led Zeppelin 1

Bat For Lashes – Horses And I – Fur And Gold

Bird – I Am The Mountain – My Fear And Me