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I tried to paint you something

A Tragedy In The Tithe Barn – Alison Cotton (from ‘All is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre’ tape. Bandcamp)
Parachute – Thee Lakesiders (from 7″ single. Bandcamp)
Whisper – Still Corners (from ‘Slow Air’ LP. Bandcamp)
The Wood – Paul Haig (from ‘The Wood‘ LP)
Stjärnor som – Testbild! (from ‘Stad’ LP. Bandcamp)
You Can Hide Your Love Forever – The Fortuna POP! All-Stars
Make Time 4 Love – The Goon Sax (from ‘We’re Not Talking’ LP. Bandcamp)
Best Laid Plans – Lost Ships (from ‘Best Laid Plans’ EP. Bandcamp)
World’s Last Payphone – Dot Dash (from ‘Proto Retro’ LP. Bandcamp)
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – MARY + STEW (flexi disc. Bandcamp)
Oh Helen – Terry (from ‘I’m Terry’ LP. Bandcamp)
Cut Knuckle – Monnone Alone (7″ single. Bandcamp)
Lord Of All I Survey – The Chills (from ‘Snowbound’ LP. Bandcamp)
I Don’t Know About Love – SOB STORIES (from ‘debut EP’ Bandcamp)
Stumble – Picturebox (from ‘Escapes’ LP. Bandcamp)
Pull The Plug – Jactars (available on ‘C89’ box set. Cherry Red)
Son of Nothing – The Wolfhounds (from ‘Hands In The Till’ LP. Bandcamp)
Kill Kill Kill Kill – The Death of Pop (from ‘Reverse Play: C86 re​(​dis​)​covered’ LP. Bandcamp)
Sixty Second Window – Alison Statton & Spike (from ‘Bimini Twist’ LP. Bandcamp)
Books I’ve Read – Alpaca Sports (from ‘From Paris With Love’ LP. Bandcamp)
Katie Dear – Mapache (from ‘Lonesome LA Cowboy’ EP. Bandcamp)
Snowblind – The Room in the Wood (from ‘The Room In The Wood’ LP. Bandcamp)
Leaving Detroit – The Jayhawks (from ‘Back Roads and Abandoned Motels‘ LP)

our fingers grew numb with cold


Are you familiar with the movie ‘Grosse Pointe Blank’? Of course you are. And because you are familiar with that movie you are naturally also familiar with the concept of Shakubuku: “a swift, spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever.”

Well, every so often we all need a bit of that. I need it now.

I glanced/scrolled through this blog and found myself mildly depressed by a couple of things.

  1. There’s been no writing on it for an eternity. Well, not since the end of 2017 when the ever-unpopular Advent series kicked in during December. Before that, another year back to the Advent series of 2016 and the conclusion of the ’50/50′ project.
  2. There’s been nothing except Mix Tapes since the start of June when the 2018 version of the Double Negative photography series petered out in a befuddled pfffft of inertia.

So come on, kick me. Kick me. KICK ME.

I kick myself. I kick this blog. The blog kicks back. Just write. Right.


Just write.


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You and I were young those summer nights

From Philip Roth to R Zimmerman – Amy Rigby (from ‘The Old Guys’ LP. Bandcamp)
This Train – Moscow Circus (digital single)
An Air Conditioned Man – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (from ‘Hope Downs’ LP. Bandcamp)
Clothed in Ivy, Obscured by Dust – The Left Outsides (from ‘All That Remains’ LP. Bandcamp)
Self-Destruct Reality – Jetstream Pony (from ‘Self-Destruct Reality’ EP. Bandcamp)
I Never Learn – the Orchids (from 7″ single. Bandcamp)
Want You – Tight Knit (from forthcoming 7″. Bandcamp)
Summer Days – ALPACA SPORTS (from ‘From Paris With Love’ LP. Bandcamp)
The Saddest Story Ever Told – The Magnetic Fields (YouTube)
Roller Disco – Jonathan Bree (from ‘Sleepwalking’ LP. Bandcamp)
Black Lagoon – Still Corners (from ‘Slow Air’ LP. Bandcamp)
Graffiti Hen Ewrop – ILU (single on Libertino records)
Aperture – L. Valerie (from ‘Arranged Marriage’ EP. Bandcamp)
Saltillo – Mapache (from ‘Mapache’ LP. Bandcamp)
Me & Magdalena – The Monkees (YouTube)
Kathleen – GospelbeacH (from ‘Another Summer Of Love‘ LP)
Kathleen – East Village (YouTube)
Kalinda – Papernut Cambridge (from ‘Outstairs Instairs’ LP. Bandcamp)
Gaze – Marlaena Moore (from ‘Gaze’ LP. Bandcamp)
Never Let Me Go – Swing Out Sister (from ‘Almost Persuaded‘ LP Japanese bonus tracks version)
LETS BE CLEAR – Oliver jackson (digital single. Bandcamp)
My Dear One – Nick Garrie (from ‘The Moon And The Village LP. Bandcamp)

All that was between us was the sound of the rain

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our music is the best

She Passes Through The Night – David Lance Callahan (from ‘7 and 77’ collection. Bandcamp)
Thinking About You – Jübl (digital single. Bandcamp)
W.X.J.L. Tonight – The Human League (from ‘Reproduction’ LP)
Kowalski – Primal Scream (from ‘Vanishing Point’ LP)
Berlin – Chaos Chaos (from ‘Chaos Chaos’ LP. Spotify)
Wounded – Claudia Brucken & Jerome Froese (from ‘Beginn‘ LP)
That Way Again – Mazzy Star (from ‘Still’ EP)
Crush – Cigarettes After Sex (digital single. Bandcamp)
Was That Love? – the Catenary Wires (from 7″ single. Bandcamp)
Ghost at Cockcrow – Señor Alec Thompson (from ‘Mouche’ LP. Bandcamp)
A Hymn For The Postal Service – Hefner (from ‘Breaking God’s Heart’ LP reissue.)
Disgusted E7 – The Wolfhounds (from ‘Hands in the Till – The complete John Peel sessions’ LP. Bandcamp)
Sister’s Jeans – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (from ‘Hope Downs’ LP. Bandcamp)
Complex – The Chills (from ‘Snowbound’ LP. Bandcamp)
(I Wanna See U) All the Time – GospelbeacH (from ‘Another Summer Of Love‘ LP
Our Country – Ray Davies (from ‘Americana Act 2’ LP)
A Little More Love – Juliana Hatfield (from ‘Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton​-​John’ LP. Bandcamp)
Love My Boyfriend – Princess Chelsea (digital single. Bandcamp)
Catatonic – The Essex Green (from ‘Hardly Electronic’ LP. Bandcamp)
Listening To Another Sunny Day Makes Me Forget You – Butterbeer (from ‘Obliviate’ LP. Bandcamp)

you just don’t need the rest

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Give the sun half a chance and it will shine

Figure It Out – Chaos Chaos (from ‘Chaos Chaos’ LP. Spotify)
Vanishing Point – New Order (from ‘Technique’ LP YouTube)
Fast Boys and Factory Girls – PORT SULPHUR (from ‘Paranoic Critical’ LP. Bandcamp)
You Supply The Roses – Memphis (7″ single. YouTube)
Do You Wanna Hold Me? – Bow Wow Wow (on ‘Your Box Set Go‘ box set)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – John Howard (from ‘Kid In A Big World’ LP. YouTube)
Situation Comedy Blues – Momus (from ‘The Poison Boyfriend’ LP. YouTube)
Model Village – The Penny Peeps (7″ single b-side YouTube)
Different Drum – The Stone Poneys (YouTube)
The Old Guys – Amy Rigby (from ‘The Old Guys’ LP. Bandcamp)
Charity – Courtney Barnett (from ‘Tell me How You Really Feel’ LP. Bandcamp)
She Knows – The Goon Sax (from ‘We’re Not Talking’ LP. Bandcamp)
Falling Down the Stairs – Even As We Speak (from ‘Feral Pop Frenzy’ LP. Bandcamp)
Chains – Vital Idles (from ‘Left Hand’ LP. Bandcamp)
Beauty Is Truth – The Verlaines (from ‘Untimely Meditations’ LP. Bandcamp)
Disown – Colour Me Wednesday (from ‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ LP. Bandcamp)
Folk Song – The Sundays (from ‘Static and Silence’ LP. YouTube)
It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts – Tracyanne & Danny (from ‘Tracyanne & Danny’ LP. Bandcamp)
Rhythm Of The Rain – The Pooches (from ‘Heart Attack’ EP. Bandcamp)
Civil War Lament – The Left Outsides (from ‘There Is A Place’ LP. Bandcamp)
Trapeze Boy – Jack Frost (from ‘Jack Frost’ LP. YouTube)
Death of a Party Girl – TV Girl (from ‘Death of a Party Girl’ LP. Bandcamp)

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