Songs

The Song is the Single

Here's another song for you- The Song is the Single by Barr. It originally came out when I was at university, and then ten years later, Brendan did a show at Power Lunches out of the blue, because he was in town for an art event anyway…... Read More...

That Cat’s Something I Can’t Explain

I would describe this as essentially a Bond theme about a Siamese cat. I'm a big fan of Syd Barrett, but have a deep pool of loathing for Roger Waters. I would call it an irrational hatred, but I feel like I could come up with plenty of reasons for my loathing. My mother is a big Pink Floyd fan, so I've had plenty of exposure over my lifetime to fuel it.... Read More...

I just wait, I just think

I debated which Codeine song to use, the competition was strong. Codeine are often described as Slowcore. Slow songs in Stephen Immerwahr's (a fitting name- his surname is German for "Always True") clear voice with vivid images about the small despairs of everyday life and relationships. A long evening alone in the Winter. I imagine a lot of people will hate this and find it dreary, but as far as I'm concerned, it's anything but.... Read More...

Ponder this to get nearer to nothing

When I wrote the 50 Things About Me entry a little while ago, I started creating a playlist of 50 favourite songs. It got unwieldy and didn't flow well though, so I gave up. Instead I'll write a little bit every so often about songs from the list. The Van Pelt are not famous or well-known outside a small niche. The singer/song-writer  Chris Leo's brother Ted Leo is much more well-known, and bass player Toko Yasuda has had success over the years playing with Enon, Blonde Redhead and St Vincent, but they never hit the big time. Instead they released two quietly treasured albums in the mid-90s (Sultans of Sentiment and Stealing From Our Favourite Thieves) and then disbanded- they've released a collection of sessions that were intended for a third album (Imaginary Third) and done the odd reunion tour (I was lucky enough to catch one in London-it was a very special evening) but I'm guessing only a small selection of my readers will know them.... Read More...