heard on the wire

Sleeping like a weeping willow


Hospitality is the act or service of welcoming, receiving, hosting or entertaining guests, which is what I feel we do here at smithsocksimon.net, by providing a comfortable seat for the rich and rewarding audio journey that awaits.

Today’s journey has little rhyme or reason, save that the first six songs below all come from LPs released in 2014. It’s been a quiet year, music-wise, on this blog. Either there’s not so much exciting new music out there or it’s not finding it’s way onto the smithsockstereo. It’s a worrying scenario, one that ciould lead to overlong wallowing in musical nostalgia, which must be avoided at all costs, lest I end up subscribing to Mojo, nodding in agreement when I read Q Magazine’s review pages and turning to The Guardian to find out which “albums” I should be buying this week.

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H is for handball, which has to be intentional


I first became aware of Nat Johnson and the Figureheads last year, mistakenly including a track from the Sheffield-based quintet’s 2010 release, What the Heart Pours Into, among the candidates for my top tune of 2011.

Spared the embarrassment of selecting it ahead of the eventual winner, I can safely include the band’s most recent offering among my favourite records of this year.

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