Monthly Archives: October 2013

Westwards to Wales: January 1990

Despite the lack of bluebirds, as first impressions go, seeing the white cliffs of Dover appearing out of the mist isn’t a bad introduction. In my childhood I was in no position to escape my Mum’s musical taste, so I’m … Continue reading

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Musical Micropause: P

Grant-Lee Phillips: Mona Lisa (2004) I first came across Grant-Lee Phillips when he was the front man and songwriter for Grant Lee Buffalo, and began another campaign to convince friends that GLB were the next big thing. Everything was on … Continue reading

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Musical Micropause: O

Okkervil River: Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe (2007) Another band that I’ve discovered through the pages of Word and Uncut, Okkervil River are sometimes labelled indie-folk, sometimes Americana. Being named after a short story by a Russian author hints … Continue reading

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To Brittany and beyond: January 1990

Maybe it’s the sheep jokes, but for some reason I feel a certain affinity with Brittany. I wasn’t aware that Brittany enjoys a similarly unfounded reputation for their hospitality to sheep as my homeland. The younger crowd in Bordeaux do … Continue reading

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Musical Micropause: N

New Pornographers: Myriad Harbour (2007) Another band that I’ve discovered through Word and Uncut magazines, the New Pornographers formed in Vancouver in 1999.  This track was one of the singles from Challengers, the CD that the were promoting when they … Continue reading

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Last train to Lannemezan: November 1989

When three french heads simultaneously stop their conversations and look at you, you know that something is up. In fact, I’m up – up in the Pyrenees, when I should be getting closer to Bordeaux. How did that happen? And … Continue reading

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Musical Micropause: M

Unintentionally all old school today. Tales from the M drawer… Bob Mould: See A Little Light (1989) This is from Workbook, Bob Mould’s first solo album after the break-up of Hüsker Dü in 1988. After the volume of Hüsker Dü, this … Continue reading

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