Sunday, 11 January 2009


External factors
that restrict our happiness;
would it were not so.

Saturday, 10 January 2009


No drink and no drugs;
I'll stay under the shower
to escape the world.

The Cultural Year Ahead

In 2009, I'm looking forward to...

albums from Bob Mould (title: tba; release date: April 06 2009) and Pet shop Boys (title: 'Yes'; release date: March 23 2009)

and the latest offering from Pedro Almodovar (title: Los Abrazos rotos; UK release date: August 28 2009)

That's all for now.

2008:Year in review

A review of 2008, originally posted over on

albums of 2008
'Wilderness' by Brett Anderson (yes, I'm still banging on about that one, using every opportunity I get to do so becaue the press coverage is destructively negative or barely there; the album is a heartfelt, moving, brave and uncompromising piece of work).
'Seventh Tree', Goldfrapp (listen to it as a whole rather than cherry picking tracks; atmospheric and soothing, and deserving of acclaim)
'District Line' by Bob Mould (at least 3 tracks on here would be welcome on a best of compilation- surely a sign of a strong album)

Tracks/singles of 2008 (in alphabetical artist order)'Chinese Whispers', Brett Anderson'A&E', Goldfrapp'Paris is Burning', Ladyhawke'Tell Me What It's Worth', Lightspeed Champion'Kids', MGMT'Very Temporary', Bob Mould'Supernatural Superserious', REM (arguably, too little-too late, but it reminds me why REM's music touched me so much all those years ago)

Films of 2008 (alphabetically)
(I'm sure there are others, but I only managed to watch 6 or so new ones... 'Lust Caution' and 'Happy-Go-Lucky' were disappointing)