January 2007

Download this month’s podcast (20Mb). It contains all these good songs… (click ‘read more’)

I went to the Zero Degrees of Separation tour of folk artists this month, which has heavily influenced this month’s selection. However, there’s also blues, latin, electronica and even some rock. Let me know what you think with a comment. if you want to sue me, then also, please feel free to leave a comment.

Kokomo Blues – Scrapper Blackwell
This geezer plays amazing guitar. I’m sure the guitars they had back then weren’t as easy to play as modern ones, which makes it all the more impressive.

Lowdown – My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket’s latest album, ‘Z’ was my album of the year on 2006. This is from a previous album.

Running Thoughts – Deerhoof
This may be a bit too experimental for some people. A favorite of Stuart Maconi’s Freakzone.

Clandestino – Manu Chao
I was quite surprised to find Manu Chao on an emusic free download because the freebies (with a notable exception)usually live up to the price. This one’s not bad.

┬┐Quien? – Juana Molina
Even my anorack friends Paul and Steve hadn’t heard of Juana Molina when we went to see the show. I think the consensus was that she was good.

The Pioneers – Tunng
I got into Tunng on the basis of a 2 inch review in Uncut when their first album came out. All their stuff is available on emusic as far as I can tell.

Children Of Stone – Espers
Espers make very moody and dark psychedelic folk.

I Know No Pardon – Vetiver
Another band at the gig. Paul had some things to say about their dress senses being less than original, and you could say the same about their music, but I think that would be disrespectful.

Rainbow River – Vashti Bunyan
Katie’s by her own admission obsessed with Vashti at the moment. I was taken aback this weekend when having just sung the first line to “Just Another Diamond Day” Katie’s fifteen year old stepbrother carried on with the next line. When I asked if he was a fan of her he said “Who’s Vashti Bunyan?”. Apparently it’s been used on a mobile phone advert. I’m very happy for her, because that should secure her retirement.

Boble – Hanne Hukkelberg
I’d not heard of this artist until I stumbled across this album on emusic (it’s good for that sort of thing), however I don’t know how I missed this release as it fits right into my current musical niche obsession like a hand in a cosy little glove. I imagine it will wear off me but for now, I quite like this album.

My Monthly Music Podcast

Each month this year I’m going to make a compilation of my favourite finds of the month. These may be old or new tunes, but they’ll all be new to me.

The link will always be http://archive.edshome.co.uk/podcastfiles/edspodcast.mp3, and I will update the file each month.

For more details about the first podcast, (January 07) click here

To subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, you need to go to Advanced->Subscribe to Podcast… and paste in this link:

Baby Features

We just got back from Sheffield where our nephew, Katie’s brother’s son was being given thanks for in a church (apparently Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkeys). Katie got a video of cinefilm from their childhood and I was struck how the little one looks exactly like his dad did at the same age.

Join the Dots

Today we had Sushi from a conveyor belt in a shopping centre. I should stop right there. Now why do people think that is normal? But hey, it works; you grab it, you try to identify it, you eat it and they coin it. No, I’m being unfair, actually it was generally easy to identify. And the 50% off voucher made it as light on the pocket as on the stomach (there, I’ve compensated for the highly digestible food with a nausea-inducing “joke”).

But the fun doesn’t stop there, ho, ho. Not in our life… we also met an Italian and a lesbian, put up a chandelier and walked six miles.

Dear David Cameron

I’ve figured that going on marches doesn’t seem to make any difference to politicians these days. 1.5 million people marched past Parliment against the Iraq war and where did that get us? Well, I’m going to try a different approach, and well see what happens. My first issue: they’re closing down BAC. My method: an email to David Cameron. I’ll keep you posted.