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Wednesday, 21 March 2018


We are off on holiday so nothing to see here for a few days.
It gives me an opportunity to relax, recharge the batteries and hopefully pick up some new purchases to subject you to upon our return.
As the above map suggests we are not in fact off to Cambodia but rather to Portpatrick in Galloway in the South West of Scotland.
As far as I am aware I have no songs about Portpatrick or Galloway  and this was the first holiday related song which sprang to mind.

Dead Kennedys -Holiday in Cambodia

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Boy Wonder in Dreamland

I'd picked up Grandaddy on Friday in my local charity shop and decided to pop in again on Saturday on the off chance. Good job too as I picked up Dreamland by Aztec Camera which was not on their shelves the day before.
Aztec Camera's 5th album from 1993 ten years after the release of their mighty debut album High Land Hard Rain.
It is not one that I was familiar with other than the track Spanish Horses which has features elsewhere on the blogosphere on a few occasions.
Produced by Robbie Frame and Ryuichi Sakamoto it was released to mixed reviews. For what it's worth I quite like it on the first listen.I'd be interested to hear what others think.

Aztec Camera - Birds

Aztec Camera -Spanish Horses.

Monday, 19 March 2018


I was pretty chuffed the other day to pick up Sumday the 2003 third album by Grandaddy for 50p in my local charity shop.
My introduction to Grandaddy was The Broken Down Comfort Collection a compilation of some of their early stuff.
It probably put me off them for a bit and it was not until about 18 months ago that I picked up The Sophtware Slump which was much more to my taste.
On the first listen Sumday, which is the follow up  to that one, sounds even better.
It looks like there are a further three for me to explore including last year's Last Place.

Late to the party but enjoying what I am hearing.Lovely cover too.

Grandaddy - El Caminos in the West

Grandaddy - Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Quay Sessions

On Wednesday night courtesy of my good friend Euan I got a ticket to be part of  the audience for the BBC
Radio Scotland Quay Sessions programme which was going out on Thursday evening . For UK readers
details here
Compared by Roddy Hart, adopting a lovable buffon role, there were live sets from two Scottish artists.

First up were 6 piece Edinburgh based guitar band Broken Records who after a break for parenthood are celebrating their 10th anniversary with an album What We Might Know scheduled for release at the end of March.
To steal a phrase from Drew I found them not unpleasant but just not very inspiring
It was the second time this year I had seen lead singer Jamie Sutherland as he had previously supported Siobhan Wilson with an acoustic set

Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year Rachel Newton on the other hand was absolutely brilliant.
Flitting effortlessly between English and Gaelicand playing her harp beautifully she and her band put on a great show. A red sousaphone, which you can probably just about make out in the picture, even featured at some stage.
As if that was not enough a cover of Jolene was thrown into the mix as well!
Here 2016 album Here's My Heart Come Take It (sometimes mistakenly called Here's My Harp Come Take It!) is a high new entry on my must have list. Available along with a download of Jolene on her Bandcamp page.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

You Can't Beat a Bit of Bully

Never mind Brexit or the spat with the Russians (whose bots are not yet boycotting me) it has been a sad week in the UK given that we have lost three cultural icons.

First there was a comedy genius in the shape of Ken Dodd dying at the ripe old age of 90.
Finally we all got a topical opportunity to wheel out the old joke.

"Ken Dodd died today"
"Did he?"
"No Doddie"
The old ones are the best.

Then we lost the  mathematical genius Stephen Hawking at the age of 76 .Rol posted a fine Top 10 tribute over at his place on Thursday.An intellectual giant, socialist and an inspiration for anyone with a disability.And Stephen Hawking was pretty impressive as well!

Finally we lost a comedy AND a mathematical genius in the shape of  former teacher Jim Bowen the brilliant host of the Bullseye  darts game show at the age of 80 or twenty, twenty, double tops if you prefer.

Sadly the above news is the opposite of one of his many great catchphrases - Great, Smashing, Super

Rest easy gentlemen

Say Zuzu - Bull's Theme

Darts -Daddy Cool/The Girl Can't Help It

Friday, 16 March 2018

Derry on the Telly

I don't know if any of you saw the comedy series Derry Girls on Channel 4 recently.
Set in the 1990's and featuring a group of Catholic school girls (and an English boy  being taught in a girl's school for his own safety) navigating life in Derry during the Troubles. It's well worth a watch.

Tonight it is the turn of the Derry Boys as Feargal Sharkey, John and Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty collectively know as The Undertones feature on the  regular Friday night BBC4 music slot.
Again it should be well worth a watch.

The Undertones - Here Comes the Summer

The Undertones - Get Over You

Thursday, 15 March 2018

If You're Feeling Sinister

I thought that I had featured more of indie favourites Belle and Sebastian than I actually have.
I also thought that I had featured this album and the title track before (I have however featured The Stars of Track and Field in a themed post).
It seems that I was wrong there.
From 1996  (22 years ago for goodness sake) on the Jeepster label this was their second album and the one which shot them to fame.

Tweemendous stuff

Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister

Belle and Sebastian - Me and the Major