heard on the wire

And the Salvation Army band plays

My favourite song of the season. Happy Holidays!

Helen Love and Richard Autobahn :: And the Salvation Army Band Plays

We’ll have fun, fun, fun, wherever we run


Gutted. No sooner had I googled¹ the first band in this latest selection of top tunes from 2012 than I discovered that the wonderful Two Wounded Birds had died from their injuries.

Still, in two and a half years they made one very fine LP, which is more than most bands manage in two and a half decades. Certainly few manage to accomplish such a wonderfully eclectic rock ’n’ roll smorgasbord, with a delicious side order of surf guitar.

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Eight reasons why I’m starting to hate iTunes 11

Oh Apple, what have you done? iTunes 11, in its current state, is a mess. You’ve broken my heart.

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And the ass saw the angel

Nick Cave

Author, screenwriter, soundtrack composer, essayist, former heroin addict and one of the finest songwriters of his or any other generation—Nick Cave is the post modern renaissance man.

And while some of his more recent musical offerings may not have lived up to the incredibly high standards he has set over more than three decades, this, the first single from a new LP to be released next year, hints at a magnificent return to form.

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He couldn’t believe that everyone in the world liked their songs


Apologies for the absence of posts recently, it’s been rather busy at SmithSockTowers. In lieu of some hot contemporary tunes, here are some videos I like.

First up, the ever-wonderful Helen Love and a five-star single from 1997.

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