heard on the wire

The world is filled with silly love songs


Mooted themes for this post included, places I have lived, the reasons we like the music we do (and don’t like the rest), the nature of change and the futility of staring at a blank document and hoping for inspiration.

Whereas the theme should really be, here are some records I’ve listened to over the past few months that I’ve liked a lot. Plus none that I haven’t. Which, in the light of the nature of this blog, is about as relevant as it’s possible to be.

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As dead as diamonds


Regular readers will know that I’m not a great fan of music streaming. While I can certainly see the appeal of being able to listen to all the music in the world, whenever and wherever you like, I baulk at the prospect of paying record labels £10 a month for music that’s ethereal, that I don’t own.

For £10 I can buy a stack of “name your price” records from Bandcamp, knowing that 70% of that money goes directly to the artist. I can choose the format my music comes in — 
anything from tin-can MP3 to uncompressed ALAC — and it arrives unencumbered by restrictions.

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