Tuesday, May 15, 2007

"We are pleased to announce neurons in the human brain, bubble trouble." (Rifle Nice)

"There is no control there is no control there is no control there is no control there is no control..."

Bubble Trouble, Rifle Nice (Listen)

When I'm feeling troubled, RN jerk my girdle.

Slicing up eyeballs, ha ha ha ho!" (The Pixies)

"I am un chien andalusia,
I am un chien andalusia
I am un chien andalusia
Wanna grow up to be
Be a debaser."

Debaser, The Pixies

For Rob.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Framing my Switchskies

I now own two, count 'em, TWO amazing pieces of collage work by the most-talented Switchsky. A reason for celebration.

Song: I'm Happy
Artist: Ivor Cutler

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Less is more - Indiana

I had the immense good fortune of seeing Indiana doing a searingly intimate gig at a venue just round the corner from chez Gravy. Absolutely blown away by these guys. Listen to 'em, see 'em, doff your caps.

Song: Less Is More
Band: Indiana

Friday, March 30, 2007

Same old shit, day in and day out? Snap.

It's kind of sweet we way we all live our lives according to empirically positivist mantras like 'onwards and upwards' and 'everyday in every way I'm getting better and better'. Truth is: we never change, do we?

Song: We never change (Coldplay)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I spy...a lot of people desperate to be seen and heard (the human condition).

Song: My Declaration
Singer: Tom Baxter
Drawing after Blake.

Welcome to Barcelona

Group: I'm from Barcelona
Song: We're from Barcelona
Why you should listen to them: Almost puts Seroxat out of business. Almost.
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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Where gravity is dead

Laura Veirs, Where Gravity Is Dead

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Here comes de backlash: CRASH!

'We live in de world that time BeGATT
Time to check de data debris an change de format
All de way from de frontline here comes de backlash
Bad news outnational announcing de crash!'
(Asian Dub Foundation: Crash)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Just be thankful

"Though you may not drive a great big cadillac,
Gangster whitewalls tv antenna in the back.
You may not have a car at all,
But just remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall:
Just be thankful for what you've got..."

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Your Ghost (Kristin Hersh)

"So I pad through the dark
And call you on the phone
Push your old numbers
And let your house ring
Till I wake your ghost...."

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Falling Slowly (The Frames)

So the Guardian wants to know about our undiscovered musical treasures. If I told you that the missing link between the current batch of pan-ethnic troubadours (Bonnie Prince Billy, Damien Rice, Sufjan Stevens) and the epic noisemeisters of the 90s (Pixies, Nirvana, Flaming Lips) was an Irish band whose lead-singer played Outspan Foster in Alan Parker’s ‘The Commitments’ and had Jeff Buckley pitching in as his roadie, you’d tell me to feck off back to Shamrocksville.

But Glen Hansard and The Frames are this band, and ‘For The Birds’ is this album. Their new one, 'The Cost', ain't half bad either.

I’m not Irish, I’m certainly no Bonophile, and I don’t need obscurities as an external validation of cool. I just know that if this album doesn’t make your secret weapons list, we may as well remove the word ‘ecstasy’ from the dictionary and replace it with ‘critical consensus’.

Falling Slowly, The Frames [LISTEN]

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Quiet, I am sleeping, in here, need a little hope. (Smashing Pumpkins)

"Be ashamed
Of the mess you've made."

Quiet, Smashing Pumpkins

Friday, September 29, 2006

"I'm over the ocean, over the hills, over the dell, over the fireline." (Low)

You can't get much quieter than a Low song. Not sonically quiet, because Mimi Parker is whacking that snare drum laconically but fairly insistently. But quiet in a slow-down, quell the monkey mind's insistent chatter manner.

I used to go to sleep listening to lullaby-Low, I'm sure we all have. It's music that encapsulates that moment when you're just about to drop off and bed is the best place to be: cosy and quiet and agreeably empty. Like the grave.

Over The Ocean, Low

Sunday, September 24, 2006