Archive for December, 2013

Some say…

December 25, 2013 1 comment

… that social media is pants. They don’t want to know what people have had for dinner or see pictures of kids and animals.

And that’s fine.

I see it differently. With social media I get to stay in touch with far flung friends; make new friends; learn things; access new ways of thinking; get new music, films, books etc.; am challenged; am allowed to vent; write a little bit; see pics of kids and animals… animals are best but I have learned through friends’ offspring that kids can be pretty awesome as well.

Social media has also given me access to a support network. I have a great one in real life but sometimes I can’t handle real life. At those times I can handle the net cos it’s a ‘safe’ way for me to interact. And I know so many great people in cyberspace. There are my meatspace friends, of course, and I’ve met so many other wonderful folk who I’ve never seen (yet!) but count as proper friends. They have been there for me and others and I hope I have been there for them.

I sort of feel writing this at this time is a bit of a cliche, that we should always have goodwill in our hearts for others. I believe we do but as well as being subject to the hammering of festive niceness we also have an instinct to come together and celebrate life and each other when the nights are darkest and the wind is rattling the windows. We’ve been doing it for thousands of years, after all.

So, Merry Whatever This Is to one and all. Stay safe and be happy, you lovely buggers x


How The Trickle Down Theory Of Economics Works

December 15, 2013 Leave a comment








It doesn’t.








In no particular order…

December 8, 2013 1 comment

… here are my top 10 albums of the year with a track from each. Makes a change from political rants, eh?

Hellfyre Club – Dorner vs Tookie

For all who say modern rap is a comercialised pale shadow of its former self, I give you this collection of leftfield joints from the collective led by MC Nocando. Already a huge fan of Busdriver I am now on the way to being a huge fan of Milo, and here he is:



Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

After their surprising inclusion in the London 2012 soundtrack (listed as F Buttons) you’d maybe expect them to capitalise on the exposure and become a tad smoother. No. This album battered me and I loved it.



Factory Floor – Factory Floor

The long awaited debut from the long admired sonic terrorists of the stage, some former fans went ‘meh’ as they told us about the new new thing in town. Balls to ’em.



Cian Ciaran – They Are Nothing Without Us

As is often the case when Super Furry Animals are on hiatus Gruff Rhys (more of whom later) has been doing wonderful things on his own and with other people. But he’s not the only one. This is Cian’s second solo album and it’s chock full of good tunes and angry politics. I have played it LOTS.



Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Opinions on this seem to be split between those who have ‘moved on’ from BoC and those who haven’t. I haven’t.



Neon Neon – Praxis Makes Perfect

And here’s that Gruff fella along with Boom Bip making a concept album about an Italian Marxist publisher. Of course.



Steve Mason – Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time

The former Beta man hit us with an album as varied as it is great. With added angry politics. Which I like.



These New Puritans – Field of Reeds

This album seems almost pastoral at times, a psychogeographical journey across the Thames estuary. Better taken as a whole rather than something to pick individual tracks from. Nonetheless, I have:



Daniel Avery – Drone Logic

An album recently punted my way by a friend who knows my love of techno. I’d never heard of Avery cos I am old and out of touch. I don’t mind that as long as friends keep on uncovering gems like this for me.



James Holden – The Inheritors

And speaking of techno, here Holden takes it and places it in a washing machine with pink socks but instead of ruining your lovely white shirt creates a snazzy new heliptrope one.