Should I Be Happy About This?
Posted on Oct 29th, 2007 by Alan @ 4:14 pm

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Bob Dylan – Most Of The Time
Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:17 am

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I’ve never been a fan of Bob Dylan, although I’ve always found his music interesting to listen to – I just don’t enjoy it all that much. The nasal whine just gets on my nerves.

But this track is one of my all time favourite songs by any artist. A friend put it on a compilation tape for me back in the days when people actually made compilation tapes for each other, and I loved it straight away.

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Shameless Plug
Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 by Alan @ 8:00 pm

Get yer keich here!

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Jason Falkner – Don’t Show Me Heaven
Posted on Oct 26th, 2007 by Alan @ 9:30 am

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Jason Falkner was the guitarist on Jellyfish’s first album “Bellybutton” (an absolute classic that everybody on the planet should own) and since then moves in fairly eclectic musical circles (see his Wikipedia biog for details).

I’d been meaning to fill in the gaps in my post-Jellyfish collection for years, and finally got round to checking out Jason’s solo material this summer. And I was impressed. This track is from his first solo CD “Author Unknown”, and takes a more conventional path than Jellyfish’s music. Falkner plays pretty much everything on this album, and does a very good job of it all too.

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Elliott Smith – Georgia, Georgia
Posted on Oct 25th, 2007 by Alan @ 1:15 pm

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I can’t help but associate this song with the fortunes of the Scotland football team over the last month… and it’s not just the title. The lyrics seem to be written not by Elliott Smith but by a disheartened Scotland fan, and suggest that the only silver lining in our pished cloud is that there is no doubt about the result we need in a few weeks time against Italy at Hampden!

“When you walked out on the savannah shoulder
With your veins all full of beer
Thinking well at least now everything is clear
But oh man
What a plan
Suicide”

But that’s not all… Elliott seemed to have a premonition about our performance in France last month, and how it would only raise our expectations to an unnaturally high level before being shattered by the piss-poor performance in Tbilisi:

“Three weeks ago you were all grace and charm
And now I know it was just a false alarm
Georgia Georgia
I can’t understand your sickness
You have no forgiveness
No attention left to pay
The quiet way you leave
And just forget it all
Just takes my breath away”

Yeah, well, how am I supposed to feel?

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Marillion – Toxic (Britney Spears cover!)
Posted on Oct 24th, 2007 by Alan @ 3:58 pm

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This is awesome, absolutely awesome, I wish they’d release this as a single!!!

Buy one of the best live CDs of this (or any other) year here!

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Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Posted on Oct 11th, 2007 by Alan @ 1:58 pm

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I got my download of “In Rainbows” yesterday and it seems like the world doesn’t need yet another instant review of it so I’ll keep my thoughts to myself for now. Suffice to say that after two plays through I make it the best thing they’ve done in a decade – I reckon it’s better than Hail To The Thief, Kid A and Amnesiac; as good as OK Computer and Pablo Honey; but not a patch on The Bends. But then again, hardly anything is.

So here is a reminder of just how good that album was.

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If you googled to this page and were hoping to hear the new album, stop being a cheap bastard – go and order your own £0.01 copy here. The downloads are only available as 160kbps mp3 files, but that’ll keep you going until the CD you order gets delivered.

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Porcupine Tree – What Happens Now?
Posted on Oct 9th, 2007 by Alan @ 12:18 am

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Porcupine Tree recently released an EP called “Nil Recurring”, which consists of four tracks from the Fear Of A Blank Planet sessions which didn’t make the album. I’m always skeptical when a band says that the tracks that didn’t make an album are as good as those that didn’t, but in this case they’ve got a point.

The final track of the EP in particular is as good as anything that made the final cut, and it’s also something I think is about as representative of Porcupine Tree as any other single track I could choose – so it’s ideal for sharing with PT newbies. In fact, the intro sounds more like No Man (Steven Wilson’s previous band) than anything PT have done in years… the pace then picks up and reminds me of the Lightbulb Sun era, before ending up in the heavier, darker feel of the last couple of albums. This is an incredibly complex track but it’s apparently on the setlist for the current US dates – it’s difficult to imagine this ever being played outside of the studio, but I guess I’ll hear it for myself when they play the Barrowlands in December.

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Nil Recurring is only available from Burning Shed at the moment – either as a CD, or as an MP3 or a FLAC download.

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Fish – Open Water
Posted on Oct 4th, 2007 by Alan @ 3:30 pm

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I got Fish’s new album 13th Star two or three weeks ago, and wanted to post something from it straight away, but decided to wait until I was further through the site rebuild first – I’d always been reluctant to post new releases, but now that the files are in an embedded streaming player rather than being available for download I’ve relaxed that rule.

13th Star is a really top class albu, Fish is right at the top of his game and this one is up there with Sunsets On Empire as one of the finest things he’s done since going solo. The album was jointly written with his bass player Steve Vantsis, and as a result it’s a very rhythmic record. There’s not a weak track on it, my favourite tracks are probably “Zoe 25” and “Arc Of The Curve” (the first runs almost seamlessly into the second, although they both work well in isolation) – but as those two tracks aren’t truly representative of the album I’ve chosen a track from side 2 (showing my age now!) which is a more typical taste of the album.

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The album is only available direct from Fish’s web shop at the moment, but a retail release (without the companion DVD) is planned for early next year.

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Badly Drawn Boy – Disillusion
Posted on Oct 1st, 2007 by Alan @ 3:59 pm

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I bought Badly Drawn Boy’s “The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast” CD a couple of years back, but only got round to listening to it all the way through this past weekend – I must have bought a few albums at the same time when I got this one. As a result it was a bit of an undiscovered gem until Saturday morning when I decided to take it in the car with me before braving the roadworks on the Forth Road Bridge.

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Right, I’m away out to buy a tea cosy so I can be just like him. Enjoy the track, and if you like it as much as I do buy the CD here:

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