Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Well according the pundits the other 31 teams are better off heading home as England have just about won the World Cup following their comprehensive thrashing of Tunisia in a game that both Gary Lineker and Gaby Logan actually described at one stage as "the greatest game of the tournament so far"
Obviously posted missing when Spain and Portugal were playing on Friday.
Here are some musical contributions from another two countries who sadly never made the Finals -the Democratic Republic of Congo and Wales
Mbongwana Star - Malukayi
Super Furry Animals - Y Gwyneb Iau
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
The more observant among you may be aware that there is currently a World Cup going on.
This may mean that some posts could be in danger of derailment.
There may be a danger of cancellation, some postponements and of some posts operating with reduced carriages.
CCM apologises for the inconvenience to passengers ,who as always remain our top priority, for any reduced service which may occur.
The Derailers - Someone Else's Problem
The Derailers -The Right Place
Monday, 18 June 2018
These Songs from the Key of Life were originally scheduled to feature yesterday but were overtaken by events.
So instead of relaxing on a Sunday with the dulcet tones of Stevie Wonder you get nearly 10 minutes of brilliance from the great man to ease you into the working week.
Isn't he lovely? Isn't he wonderful?
Stevie Wonder - Have a Talk With God
Stevie Wonder - Ordinary Pain
Sunday, 17 June 2018
I woke up on Saturday morning to two really sad bits of news.
Firstly there had been another major fire at the Glasgow School of Art, the second in four years. It looks this time like the iconic Mackintosh designed building will not survive which is devastating news.
Secondly as I started my daily blog round up I read that Drew from the equally iconic Across the Kitchen Table was hanging up his blogging boots.
Again devastating news but after nearly 10 years it is understandable that he has lost his mojo and enthusiasm for something that can take up much of your precious free time.
When I started I turned to Drew, Swiss Adam and Ernie Goggins for inspiration and advise.
I will miss Drew's excellent soul and garage selections and of course his brilliant rants. I will also miss him introducing me to countless new bands.
Here are two who would not be on my shelves but for Drew.
I also had the pleasure of meeting him at the now legendary Glasgow Bloggers Convention. Hopefully not the only time that our paths will cross.
Kid Wave -Wanderlust
Slowclub - SufferingYou, Suffering Me
Saturday, 16 June 2018
I'm following up on my theme from last Saturday by pondering about artists and albums I would probably invest in if money was no object.
Again I am revisiting and reassessing a previously featured compilation in this case Into the Mystic an Uncut CD from May 2015.
First time round I picked out Waxahatchee, This is the Kit and Torres as the pick of the bunch.
In this instance I actually put my money where my mouth for two out the three subsequently purchasing Ivy Tripp by Waxahatchee and Bashed Out by This is the Kit.
This leaves Mackenzie Scott who records as Torres as the odd one out. New Skin is from her 2015 album Sprinter the second of three that she has released and it is also probably worth pursuing.
I have about half a dozen Calexico albums but most are burns. Indeed the only one I have actually purchased is Feast of Wire. They have slipped of my radar somewhat but on the strength of this song from 2015's Edge of the Sun they still continue to produce the goods
Torres - New Skin
Calexico - Falling From the Sky
Friday, 15 June 2018
You were supposed to be getting a couple of tracks by The Sadies from their album Favourite Colours today but for some reason the burning software didn't seem to like it.
Time for plan B then. Don't worry you are still getting The Sadies but by way of compensation for the inconvenience I am throwing Jon Langford in as well
From 2002 on the ever wonderful Bloodshot label Mayors of the Moon sees yet another Langford collaboration.
Newport meets Toronto via Chicago in a fine example of multinational collaboration.
Jon Langford & his Sadies -Looking Good For Radio
Jon Langford &his Sadies -What Makes Johnny Run?
Wilco - Via Chicago
Thursday, 14 June 2018
I believe that the World Cup kicks off in Russia today. It's amazing what money can buy.
I'm old enough to remember when Scotland actually qualified for the finals. Indeed I took in their 3 games at Italia 90 and the Scotland v Brazil opener in Paris in 1998.
Needless to say we are not one of the 32 teams featured this time round.
I organised the work sweep stake and drew Panama so you will forgive me if I support them against England.
I've not got that many songs about football and thankfully no World Cup songs so I 'm going to concentrate on the domestic game with songs about teams from another three countries who never made the finals - Hungary, Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic.
Half Man Half Biscuit - I Was a Teenage Armchair Honved Fan
Real Sounds of Africa - Dynamos vs Tornados
Half Man Half Biscuit -All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit