heard on the wire

Songs on the radio playing like fire

Another day another beach

I’d describe my blogging style as lazily enthusiastic. Posts may be infrequent, but that’s as much to do with the effort that goes into putting them together as it is to do with, well, idleness and a vague dislike of typing.

Lazily enthusiastic, it seems to me, could also be a prerequisite characteristic of the combos, crooners and computer kids who appear hereabouts, though I expect that’s not in the least bit accurate, just the impression given by their immaculately but unfashionably turned out records.

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I’ve seen a million things


There are some artists who appear to genetically incapable of making a bad record, whose LPs are bought without so much as a 30-second preview. Laura Cantrell is one of them, a member of an elite club that includes New Order, Nick Cave, the Fall, Ballboy, Belle and Sebastian and Helen Love.

So it’s frustrating that No Way There From Here is Cantrell’s first original material since 2005’s Humming By The Flowered Vine. The wait has been long, but well worth it.

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At the mountains, at the birds, at the ocean, at the trees

Looking to Pilatus

I don’t know when it happened, or began to happen, but there has been a sea-change in my music accumulation of late. Where once probably 90% or more of the music I bought was male-voiced, women now dominate. In the 30-ish–strong list from which I’ll pick my record of the year the number of male singers can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

So, four records from this year, each fronted by a beautiful female voice, each equally fantastic.

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You know that I don’t care, wind in our hair

This was the first pop song that caught my ear this year, a slice of indie guitar loveliness from LA-based Best Coast.

One side of a vinyl-only single shared with Jeff The Brotherhood, this has never had a digital release and only came to my attention thanks to the fantastic Burning World.

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