heard on the wire

Happiness is a discount store


I have to declare an interest. Joe Cook, the songwriter and singer from the Prague-based but very English Latimer House sent me a copy of the band’s second LP.

But there’s no hint of a favour returned in my decision, easily made, to mention it here. There’s so much to admire in the record — and that’s before we even get to the lush orange vinyl and beautiful packaging that speaks of a band that cares.

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From the dreamers and the sweethearts


Writing an intermittent and widely unread blog on the extreme margins of the musical landscape is a labour of love, so it’s always exciting when I find myself being followed by a genuine rock ’n’ roll artist, especially when it’s one I haven’t mentioned.

It’s certainly a pleasant change from those artists too rude eve to acknowledge that I’ve given their record the smithsockseal of approval.

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