Re-visitation and re-evaluation

I’ve not posted anything much on The ‘Spill for ages, apart from a few comments here and there, work has been taking up lots of time and I am conscious that although I am listening to lots of music, I am not really writing about it. So, I thought that I’d better do something about that state of affairs.

Anyway, this piece is all about how sometimes a band can surprise you and make you go back and re-evaluate their back catalogue.

I made a comment on The ‘Spill ages ago about changing my mind about being someone who liked Radiohead to realising that I was someone who actually just liked The Bends and OK Computer.

That was based on the fact that I didn’t like Kid A, an album I’d bought, listened to once or twice and then just dismissed as electronic doodling.

I’d basically not bothered to keep up with what the band were doing, yes, I heard stuff on the radio but most of it I didn’t really get involved with and then King of Limbs came out. I heard “Lotus Flower” on the radio and thought it sublime and “Little By Little” also sounded like a good song to me, one that crept up and grew on me, in a way that Radiohead hadn’t moved me for a long time. So I bought the album and yes, I really liked it a lot. I liked the shifting, elusive quality of the music, the skittering electronic drum patterns, the layered sound and the enigmatic vocals. The music had a maturity that demanded attention. It reminded me of something else.

It engaged me in a way that I thought Radiohead weren’t able to do any more. Even more interestingly, the blend of sounds; electronica, guitars, brass, treated vocals and other instruments sent me back to Kid A. I thought that it finally deserved a re-evaluation. There were things that I thought needed placing in a context.

However, I didn’t go straight at it. I had a whole afternoon of Radiohead. I played King of Limbs, then went back and played The Bends and OK Computer. I had a bit of a think, realising that what I’d previously loved about the two earlier albums didn’t necessarily move me in the same way. I still liked the anthemic rock tracks and the dislocated ballads but the two albums sounded, how can I put it, a bit too straightforward and lacking in subtlety, compared with the slippery, jittery, layered music on the newest album.

So, then I approached Kid A again. Right from the off, the opener “Everything in Its Right Place” clicked. The dissonances, the samples, the avant garde string arrangements, the punchy, discordant brass (that sort of reminded me of some of the brass used on some of King Crimson’s albums) and the electronic treatments finally made sense. I listened to the album and then I listened to it a second time. It still sounded right and, weirdly, because everyone always says how much of a departure it is from what came before, I could hear elements of continuity with OK Computer. Not large elements, but subtle ones, things to search out. Now, listening to Kid A, I don’t hear wilfully difficult experimentation, I hear musical maturity, I hear musicians stretching themselves, re-inventing their band into something beyond the anthems, something mysterious, something deep.

The band has always shunned, rightly I think, the tag of being a “prog” band. I can see that, because they haven’t done anything that I’d call prog. There was always that hype about OK Computer being a Dark Side Of The Moon for the nineties, which was really just hot air. I am not sure that the nineties needed a DSOTM, any more than any other decade ever did, the original doing a perfectly good job by itself. However, there is something in the experimentation, the use of the avant garde and the way the music on Kid A is structured that is really progressive in a real sense. It is progressive because it marked genuine musical progress for Radiohead. It took them away from the stadium rock that would have been a straight-jacket. Plenty of bands would have probably been happy to carry on cashing in on “Creep”, “The Bends” and “Paranoid Android” for a couple of decades, but Kid A gave Radiohead a whole new language and landscape to explore. In a way, I am kind of glad that it took me this long to make the connection. It is nice to be surprised occasionally and it is always good to have a prejudice overturned.

So, can I call myself a Radiohead fan again? Well, I think the answer has to be “Yes” to that one.

The only problem now, is what do I think of the guitar-based albums now, as opposed to the electronic ones? I am currently thinking that the electronica is what I want to hear most.

So, back to the basic premise again. Can recent music by bands and artists make you reassess their back catalogue and see their output in a different way? We are used to seeing music come out in a linear way. Is there real worth in approaching a body of work in reverse? What can it tell us about the artists to look at their past music through the filter of their present work?

I don’t have an answer necessarily, but maybe there are other views here?

Earworms – October 31

'This may be one musical journey that's a step TOO incredible', thought kitty...

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats”
Albert Schweitzer (via glasshalfempty!)

Juan y Junior – Anduriña
This duo came about from the demise of the sixties four-piece Los Brincos and went on to have a number of hits. This one is about a teenage girl who has run away from home and is a plea for her to come back. Inspired by too many real life cases, many of which were never solved.
Mrs Maki

Gene Vincent – The Day the World Turned Blue
Written by Gene himself, the world turned blue for all of his friends, family and fans on Oct 12, 1971.

Shara Nelson – One Goodbye In Ten
The ‘Escape’ topic made me think of (and nom) Shara’s “Down That Road”, which reminded me how crammed full of classics her debut album was. This one is a particular favourite. Co-written by Saint Etienne, dontcha know. With their retro-pop smarts and her soul, how could it not be brilliant?

Joe Bonamassa – Black Lung Heartache
I’ve just “discovered” Joe Bonamassa. He’s American, only 34 but a fabulous blues / rock musician who cites his influences as largely British and Irish including Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff and Jimmy Page. Apparently he opened for B.B. King at the age of 12, and is a fourth-generation musician having been given a guitar at the age of 4. I love his strong voice, which is unusually melodic for a blues singer.
Ali Munday

The Twilight Sad – Made to Disappear
One of those brilliant Scottish indie bands who make lots of lovely noise and sing in their own accents, usually tangentially enough that it takes a bit of effort to figure out what they’re on about. I heard a different song on Radio 6, which prompted me to get the albums… this is the one that sticks in my head, mainly because of the repetition of the lines “honest one” and “honest fun”. I haven’t quite figured out what it’s all about, but I think it’s about someone cheating on someone else.

The Legendary Shack Shakers – Ichabod!
After dissing the Too-Smooth-For DsD Earworms t’other week, I jiggled my mp3player round to play me some raga-metal as an antidote to the cloying suffocation I’d felt listening to that list. But, bless it, the very next song my Walkman threw at me after Bullyrag was this old favourite; even better.

Please send submissions to – thanks! It’s that time again when I point out that stocks are running low…

100 Greatest Goth Songs?

For Halloween, I suppose, the local alternative rag has listed the 100 greatest Goth songs of all time. The other 90 are here. What say you, my Gothic friends? Over to you. And a very Happy Halloween to you all as well.

10.The Birthday Party -Release the Bats
9. The Cure – Disintigration
8. The Chameleons – Swamp Thing
7. Ministry – (Every Day Is) Halloween
6. Alien Sex Fiend – Now I’m Feeling Zombified

5. Joy Division – Atmosphere
4. Christian Death – Romeo’s Distress
3. Siouxie & the Banshees- Spellbound
2. Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion
1. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Transatlantic Sessions season 5

Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain - they're in charge

Looking through my iTunes to find songs about Sara reminded me that Sara Jarosz is my discovery-of-the-season from Transatlantic Sessions. Season 5 that is.

As usual I’m enjoying TS very much. This season has Danny Thompson in the house band, though he’s the odd one out being neither Scottish, Irish nor American. Maybe he’s an honorary member of all those nationalities. All the music is terrific – this week’s one which I’ve just watched on iPlayer ends with Eric Bibb and Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down, a sentiment with which I heartly concur, featuring a blues mandolin solo by Sam Bush. It’s wonderful.

I know not of all of you are able to watch TR. Currently it’s on BBC2 Scotland on Fridays at 7.30 and then on the iPlayer; I expect it’ll be shown on ordinary BBC2 later on. There are videos from earlier seasons on YouTube – again, these may not be available to everyone. Please, if you can, do give it a watch even if you think you don’t like folk/country music. You never know…

Here’s Sara Jarosz not on TS singing her song Come Around.

Solid Gold Classics

It’s been a fair while since I last found time to produce an episode of Radio Abahachi, but this week’s theme has made it an irresistible prospect; I’ve taken the trouble not only to comment on the historical plausibility of a number of this week’s suggestions but also to grade their contributions….


I realised recently that Sara (or Sarah) may be the most represented name in my music collection. WHy? I don’t think I personally know a Sarah myself. Are there any other names that often come up in your collection?

Sara – Fleetwood Mac
Sararevé – Bumcello
Sara – Chad VanGaalen
What Sarah Said – Death Cab for Cutie
Sara Perche Ti Amo – Ricchi E Poveri
Sarah from Sahara – Eubie Blake Trio
Sarah – Frankie Paul
Sara – The Good Ones
Sarah – Bob Dylan

Ancient Shoehorns

1. Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
2. Trent Reznor / Karen O – Immigrant Song
3. Outkast – Babylon
4. Smashing Pumpkins – Siva
5. Iggy Pop – Caesar
6. Rage Against the Machine – People of the Sun

1. Bob Dylan – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
2. Pogues – Wake of the Medusa
3. Miles Davis – Pharaoh’s Dance
4. Roxy Music – Avalon
5. Renaissance – Song of Scheherazade

Old Time Hits

Stranglers – Nice ‘N Sleazy
2 Badcard – Leaving Rome (Parts 1 & 2)
BEF & Billy Mackenzie – The Secret Life Of Arabia
Stump – Charlton Heston
Wevie Stonder – The Wooden Horse Of Troy
Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Murcof – Ulysses [Fax Mix]

Mountain Goats – Up The Wolves
Tanakh – Pharaoh’s Lonely Daughter
Virgin Prunes – Pagan Love Song
Ungdomskulen – Spartacus
The Fall – Theme From Sparta FC

Housekeeping: We are out of WP Media space for any more mp3′s. Can some of you please take down your old stuff (Dashboard/Media/Library/Audio tab, scroll to last page & work backwards, check the boxes against your old mp3 files & delete them)? Don’t delete any pictures as the archives wouldn’t look as pretty, but we will soon run out of space for any new pics if we don’t do some clean-up. Anyone who wants to post a new playlist may have to host files from Dropbox until the cleaners are done. Cheers!

Weekly ‘Spill Challenge # 24 – Whistle While You Work

I hope I’m not cutting in line here by having a turn, nobody shouted me down when I put my hand in, so here goes…

Rules, rules, blah, blah, blah… know how it goes by now.

As i’ve previously mentioned, for me, any household chore is not complete without a soundtrack to accompany it. I love a bit of Black Metal to go with my ironing and even stick a quick 7″ on to make the bed.

With that in mind, this weeks challenge is to choose a song to do the housework to. Just to clarify, it doesn’t have to be ABOUT housework (although they are welcome too), it’s the soundtrack TO the housework.

Chore and tune please…and don’t forget to whistle while you work!

At the Mudcrutch Farm Festival, 1971

It was 40 years ago today (more or less)

I just discovered this picture of Mudcrutch in 1971 and thought I would post it for your delight – and for a serious medical purpose! I specially like the way most of the colour has drained away leaving the red leaves matching TP’s jacket…It’s a scan from a book that I didn’t want to flatten too much, so that’s why the drummer, Randall Marsh, on the left, isn’t showing up very well (sorry, Randall). Then there’s Mike Campbell and then a teeny Tom Leadon just showing in the gap, and then TP.

Notice TP’s posture – it’s very poor. It’s even worse than it looks in fact because the photo is crooked. This may be because of TP’s teeth: as you may know, his top teeth are at the wrong angle. And did you know that your teeth can affect your posture? Well, they can. I already knew this because my nephew’s orthodontist told my sister so, back when Ruairidh was a teenager and having his braces fitted. (If you don’t believe me, just google teeth and posture.) But I’d forgotten, till I was looking at this picture and thinking “cripes, I don’t know how TP can even stand up at that angle.”

So now, as well as worrying about his smoking, I also have to worry about TP’s long-term musculo-skeletal problems. It’s a hard life. For those of you with difficult teeth, or whose children have difficult teeth – think on.

You can’t tell from a photo what the music is, but it might have been this:

High School Confidential. This is the 2008 Mudcrutch, not the 1971 version. Same people though – plus Benmont Tench on keyboards.

Earworms – October 24

“I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.”
H.A. Overstreet

Elbow – Great Expectations
This week, I have mostly been listening to… Elbow. In fact, you can call me obsessive if you wish, but I don’t think I’ve listened to anything but Elbow during the entire month of October! This little ditty, taken from the 2005 Leaders Of The Free World album, stood out like a sparkling diamond in a sea of very sparkly things. It also contains the immortal words ‘The Stockport supporters club kindly supplied us a choir’, so how could it possibly be anything but a gem?

Iona – Chi-Rho
Mr Munday reminded me about a band called Iona – they’re a Christian/Celtic band, but don’t let that put you off. Joanne Hogg, the lead singer, has a superb voice and the rest of the band aren’t bad either. Chi-Rho is a Christogram made up from the first two letters of Christ’s name, in ancient Greek (Chi and Rho). Still with me? Well, Wikipedia has a lot to answer for. Anyway, even if, like me, you’re not religious, you have to admire the ability of the band and the uplifting-ness of the song. No, you do, really.
Ali Munday

Fitkin/Wall – Snow Clamp
I was lucky to spend the heatwave in Cornwall. On a cliff walk at Logan’s Rock I came across a little cafe selling CDs from minimalist composer Graham Fitkin. I believe in serendipity, so – never having heard of him before – I bought one. Here’s a sample, which is quite earwormy when it gets going at 1:15.

Visage – Fade to Grey
The ‘Toy’ theme sent me back to Visage, and any excuse will do to revisit Fade to Grey, one of the great singles of an era that was marked by great singles, the early 1980s. Driving electro beat, mysterious French muttering – what’s not to like?

Camille Bazbaz – Hors de Prix Titles
This comes from the closing credits for the film “Hors de Prix”. I don’t really know why it makes me smile so much (maybe it’s Audrey Tautou on the back of a motor scooter) but I find this irresistible. Perfect for morning coffee or a sunlight afternoon tea.

Pyotr Leschenko – Miranda
I only bought a CD by Pyotr Leschenko “the King of Russian tango – June 1898 to July 1954″ because Amazon said he did a version of Gloomy Sunday and I must have every possible version of that song. Sparing you this delight – and it is a delight to me – may I offer “Miranda” which is about, well, I expect it’s about Miranda. It might take two or three listens but you’ll like this. No, you will. I tried it, I liked it.

Please send submissions to – thanks!

And we got nothing to be guilty of… (Part 8)

I’m loath to label this one even remotely a guilty pleasure, because I genuinely think it’s a great song – and from a much underrated band. But seeing as others may disagree…

As we all know, a-ha appeared in the mid-80s, all leather wristbands, ripped jeans and posh pop promos. Along with many other 13-year-olds, I begged for their debut album for Christmas, seduced by the ginormous pop choons of their first two singles, “Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines On TV”. However, after repeated listens on my crappy bedroom boombox, it was the title track, “Hunting High And Low”, that I came particularly to love. Something about the juxtaposition of Morten’s keening vocal and the warmth of the musical backing rendered it irresistible to me: I understood the yearning but craved the comfort.

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Gig alert!

I spent ages writing a post yesterday, only to have it disappear when I went to publish it. I have, however, just heard from Anthony the WordPress Elf that everything is back in working order, so I’ll try for a précis…

Festive ‘Spill favourites the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band are in England NEXT WEEK (!), playing Sheffield on Monday, Bristol on Tuesday and London (Shoreditch) on Thursday. Then they’re off to Ireland for a bit before returning to Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Worthingbury and Newbury in early November – I’ll supply venues and dates in the comments if anyone’s interested.

Also at the beginning of November Pearl and the Beard, earwormed with Reverend back in July, are playing Manchester (Nov 5th) and London on Nov 3rd, 4th and 7th.  Again, I can tell you venues in the comments if you’re interested.

None of these gigs cost much more than a tenner, some even leave you change for a pint. I am Too Far Away to just pop over for a gig and they’re not playing anywhere near me, so I need ‘Spill volunteers to go along and vicariously enjoy the music for me, possibly downing an ale or two while they’re at it. Any takers?

The Great Escape (part one)

Gary Clail & On-U Sound System – Escape [On The Mix]
Audio Active & Bim Sherman – Free The Marijuana
2562 – Escape Velocity
Underworld – Ring Road
Zombie Zombie – Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free
Yello – Tied Up In Red

Grauniad continues to get TP’s age wrong shock

Sigh. Last year when the Graun said it was TP’s 57th birthday I wrote and pointed out it was actually his 60th. Did they take any notice? Nuh uh. I shall have to write to them again. Happy 61st, TP.

Here’s one of your favourite bands playing one of your favourite songs. Present from me.

I’m A Man by the Yardbirds in 1967, with Jimmy Page playing the guitar with a bow – I was hoping Mike Campbell would be using his e-bow in the TP&TH version but unfortunately he doesn’t.

I’m A Man by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 2006. Bo Diddley wrote the song in 1955.

The Koto – The Sound of the Geisha

Geisha are often confused with prostitutes, but this is actually very far from the case.  They were entertainers and hostesses who would be skilled in telling stories, dancing, playing musical instruments, conversation and of course most importantly – listening to men ! ! !

The Koto was one of the traditional instruments played by Geishas and even today is more popular with women players than with men.  The Koto is a Japanese traditional string instrument.  I think in some ways it is like a zither  or something like that.

It developed from Chinese  Instument called a Guzheng which came to Japan in about 800 AD.  It traditionally has13 or  17 string which are tuned by moving the individual sliding bridges that each string rest over.  Modern instruments now can also have 20, 21 or 25 strings.  There is also a bass Koto.  It is played by plucking the stings with plectrums fixed to the thumb and index and second finger and on the right hand and pressing down the strings and also plucking with the left hand

The first track I want to share with you is a traditional piece called Tegoto by  Michio Miyagi.   Michio Miyagi was the person that popularized the Koto in Japanese music in the last century.  He was born in Kobe in 1909 and even if he was blind since a child he became a great performer of the Koto and wrote many great songs for the instrument.

Tegoto is a genre of music for traditional flute from post-Meiji  era just after western influences became more common.  The piece is variations on the themes from this genre.  It is performed by Kaori Kimoto

The Koto is a versatile instrument  is used in modern classical music, jazz and experimental music as well as traditional folk music.

Kazue Sawai is one of the Koto players and composers who has worked hard to push the limits of the Koto.  She studied under Michio Miyagi when she was only 8 years old and later went on to graduate from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.  She has tried to take the Koto to modern classical music and free jazz improvisation.  She is internationally very wekk known and has worked and performed with American composer John Cage and arranged many of his works for Koto.  She has a school here in Tokyo and has trained many of the best traditional and experimental Koto players.  Here is one of her graduates Michiyo Yagi doing a live improvisation with  Miya Masaoka in a Jazz club in Tokyo.

The Koto is also used in some pop music.  The  group Rin uses traditional instruments like the Koto to make like new age pop music.  They have made the sound tracks for several films and Anime features.  They have toured internationality and cooperated with several other pop groups.  Here they are with the track Sakitama from their first album.

I would like to finish with a traditional track, as really for me this is what I most associate the Koto with.  This final track is performed by Nobuko Baba a famous player and teacher of the Koto performing in the beautiful Kamakura Palace gardens.

I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for reading.

‘Spill Challenge 24# – Oooh, you are awful . . . but I like you!!

Last week, at SpottedRichard‘s behest, we ran amok in the ‘Spill Library of rules: shouting, giggling, repeating ourselves, grabbing double portions, blowing ink pellets through biro peashooters *, and so on. So this week, I thought I ought to bring back a little order, by returning the Challenge to its original 10pm Tues slot. [Er, nothing to do with the fact you were too tired last night, and have only just got in from work today, then, DsD? - Deadline-nervous Ed.] 

++ahem++ Er, moving swiftly on …

But don’t think I’m being all goody-goody for Teacher: oh no! Let’s own up, we all enjoyed trashing the place just a little last week, didn’t we? And that got me thinking. So here’s this week’s homework:

Find me a song about a wicked, Wicked Person (that’s a Rank Bajin for those north of the border) whom actually, you just can’t bring yourself to condemn.
Despite the obvious criminality, possibly evil intentions, and definitely unreconstructed BADness of their behaviour, you secretly just want to be their friend, to get a little vicarious tingle. Or maybe they’ve got enough cheek to get away with it, or such charisma that you can’t help but forgive them.

Whatever it is, I wanna hear about them. In fact, let’s put together the baddest gang of mean muthaf……. ever to walk through the valley of the shadow of death unafraid.

You won’t be surprised to hear mine, but I’ll reveal that later – bonus ‘Spill points to anyone who guesses it up front.


* OK, maybe not that one.

Steenbeck’s got a brand new blog

Hello, everyone! I’ve got a new blog, and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s called Out of the Ordinary, and this is what it’s all about…

One of my greatest pleasures in life is making dinner, drinking wine, listening to good music and talking with my friends and family. All at the same time! Out of the Ordinary is going to be like that. Recipes; ideas about tastes that go together in an exciting fashion; music to listen to you while you cook; music about cooking; and any other thing that catches my magpie eye.


I thought I’d share it here, because we’ve talked about starting blogs, and because we’ve talked about music and food quite a bit, and … Of course, this is old news if you’re on the facebook RR page, isn’t it?

Take a look, if you like, and pass it on to your friends if they think they’d like it!

Birthday Playlist

I had a birthday sometime during my period of Exile from the cyberworld earlier this month. Meant to get this up and done before my exile stretched out longer than i expected it to. Anyhoo, these tunes are my gifties from you all over the past year and a half or so i’ve been on RR and the Spill. Many missing tunes for sure, but these are songs that have stuck in my mind that i remember, and that i first heard in this community. (I think, anyway. I think i knew at least the Pavement tune, and a different version of the Stones.) Thanks for my prezzies!

1. Pavement – Cut Your Hair
2. Peter and the Test Tube Babies – Transvestite
3. The Queers – Girl About Town
4. Fatima Mansions – Happy Shiny People
5. Blur – Song 2

1. Pentangle – The Hunting Song
2. Decemberists – The Rake’s Song
3. Steeleye Span – Black Jack Davy
4. Stone Roses – Elizabeth My Dear
5. Imagined Village – Space Girl

1. Trouble Funk – Drop the Bomb
2. Python Lee Jackson – In A Broken Dream
3. Gary Clail / Doug Wimbish – Toes Tapping
4. Rolling Stones – Cocksucker Blues
5. Organized Konfusion – Releasing Hypnotical Gases

1. Love – The Red Telephone
2. Gram Parsons – $1000 Wedding
3. Julian Cope – Head Hang Low
4. Tindersticks – The Turns We Took
5. Eels – Things the Grandchildren Should Know

little boxes

It’s my youngest son’s first birthday on Friday (how did that happen?)*

As ever we will give a child of ours a box – because boxes are great, or a crate – how ever you want to look at it.
Well, we look at it as an aeroplane, or a racing car, or as the eldest was doing this morning – a tortoise shell.
Boxes they are brilliant and reusable and environmentally friendly – no batteries, no electricity – no packaging.. it’s a box – what would you put it in, another box?

Didn’t everyone play with boxes when they were little? Isn’t a child’s imagination enough to create whatever they want from a box –

Whoever is at the back murmuring ‘skinflint’ I say what a load of cobblers.. I am going to wrap up a stick too.

*by: how did that happen? – I mean getting to be one already – I was show how I ended up with a son after the first one – illustrated with stick drawings and weird puppetry involving play-doh and a plasticine morph. (I didn’t really get it, but the Ms. came home with another one a while later – what was it again? – leave plasticine out in the air and it goes hard – play-doh needs to be moist to be properly malleable) nope … think I’ve got it all mixed up again.

Some (but not all) of the toy tracks… if you click on the bit here>
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Earworms – October 17

“Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.”
Paul Simon

It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home
A friend gave me a mixtape some years ago and this was on it. It has enough of an earworm quality that it stuck in my head and recently re-emerged. On top of that, I thought there’s enough spillers who can relate to it personally.

JJ Cale – Carry On
It’s rather odd to hear the outsider’s outsider recording with female backing singers, but that’s what he’s doing and who can fault him, really?

Doves – There Goes The Fear
Because iTunes tells me it’s the song I’ve listened to most out of my entire music collection – and because it’s perfect in every way imaginable.

The Heart Throbs – Kiss Me When I’m Starving
Given the pop clichés and naff rhymes (e.g. starving/farthing), I should hate this but I have been devoted to all of The Heart Throbs’ Cleopatra Grip since it first appeared. Maybe it’s down to the involvement of ‘genius’ Martin Hannett? This is the ‘Mastodon Mix’ from the Spongy Thing EP.

Love Psychedelico – Abbot Kinney
Abbot Kinney Boulevard is an artistic street in Venice, CA. I have pleasant memories of the street from when I was living and studying in CA. This song is the title track of the latest Love Psychedelico album. They usually sing in a mixture of Japanese and English but this track is completely in English. It has a relaxing west-coast vibe and a nice hook and I love the words as they remind me of the feeling just before you get together with a guy.
Hoshino Sakura

Little Feat with Bonnie Raitt – Get Out The Way
In Week 7 of the ‘Spill Challenge, I bemoaned a 20-year wait to hear this. treefrogdemon conjured it up from somewhere, for which I thank her very much. I defy you to tell me that there’s a single person on that stage who isn’t having a great time playing this.

Please send submissions to – thanks!