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  1. Yes, Handsworth Revolution is a fantastic record...

    Yes, Handsworth Revolution is a fantastic record - really formative for me back in the day - & one I still spin often!
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    Don't know if this has cropped up... ...just...

    Don't know if this has cropped up...

    ...just watching the "making of" special feature accompanying the bluray of Logopolis, Tom Baker's final appearance as Dr Who - & Matthew Waterhouse, who...
  3. Wow - fantastic stories, Chris - & what a lovely...

    Wow - fantastic stories, Chris - & what a lovely thing to have!! (as I recall, Counter Eurovision had a relatively low rrp - maybe £1.50?). Did you ever call him?!

    Steel Pulse always used to put...
  4. Definitely check the downloads out, Chris - I've...

    Definitely check the downloads out, Chris - I've worked through the June 1st, 2nd & 3rd shows, & I'm just now listening to the show from the 4th - & I can definitely endorse Valen's assessment -...
  5. Thanks for taking the time to share this, here -...

    Thanks for taking the time to share this, here - I got about half way through your blog post/review, & immediately bought all four shows.

    Currently slipping into the groove of the 1st June show, &...
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    Do you know whether this is the US title of what...

    Do you know whether this is the US title of what was published in the UK as Night & The City? - or whether it's a different book entirely? (Night & the City is one of the absolute classics of "Soho...
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    Glass Pearls by Emeric Pressburger - in the...

    Glass Pearls by Emeric Pressburger - in the splendidly quirky new Faber — Editions series (with lovely retro covers evoking Faber books of the 50s & 60s).

    Of course, Pressburger was one half of...
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    Maror by Lavie Tidhar. Stylistically, it...

    Maror by Lavie Tidhar.

    Stylistically, it evokes American Tabloid era Ellroy, but set in Tel Aviv.
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    Better than Bill McLaren? Better than Richie...

    Better than Bill McLaren? Better than Richie Benaud?

    Really?
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    The Books of Jacob by Nobel laureate Olga...

    The Books of Jacob by Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk. I'm only a short way in, but it is already mesmerising.
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    The Thirteen by Honoré de Balzac.

    The Thirteen by Honoré de Balzac.
  12. That's not how it came across to me, Aymeric....

    That's not how it came across to me, Aymeric. With the usual proviso that the OGWT was a strange gig, performing "live" in an empty studio, this performance comes across as vibrant, a band having a...
  13. The whole set is available to watch (possibly...

    The whole set is available to watch (possibly only in the UK) on the BBC iPlayer. The song that precedes this set closer is a gloriously joyous version of Battle of Evermore.
  14. Plant & Krauss at Glastonbury - When the Levee Breaks

    Possibly the highlight of the festival:


    https://youtu.be/vNkXoS3zutw
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    Cathal Coughlan

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/may/23/cathal-coughlan-frontman-with-irish-indie-bands-microdisney-and-fatima-mansions-dies-aged-61

    Microdisney & Fatima Mansions singer Cathal Coughlan has...
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    Lost Illusions, by Balzac (in Kathleen Raine's...

    Lost Illusions, by Balzac (in Kathleen Raine's translation). Admired by many as the supreme achievement of Balzac's "human comedy", into which I've been recently dipping my toes.
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    From Jim (Bucka001) C's site: Unfortunately...

    From Jim (Bucka001) C's site:

    Unfortunately the remainder of the European tour has been cancelled. Peter Hammill was taken ill and is currently in hospital. We are told that he is doing well....
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    Really sad about this - having had to miss them...

    Really sad about this - having had to miss them earlier in Manchester & Edinburgh due to my partner getting hit by Covid, I'd been really looking forward to catching them in Leuven.

    No British...
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    3552507018 It's like a Gondwana supergroup! -...

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    It's like a Gondwana supergroup! - the sax player from Mamal Hands with the bassist from the Porticos.

    And it is brilliant!!!
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    Trane - as you may recall, I'm over in Leuven for...

    Trane - as you may recall, I'm over in Leuven for the VdGG gig - if you'd like, I could order any of the cds you're interested in, & bring them with me. PM me if you're interested...
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    How Long This Time is gorgeous! - & also agree...

    How Long This Time is gorgeous! - & also agree about the two versions of Geoff (as it were) - it's astonishing to think just how rapidly the music was evolving (as, indeed, it did with the Softs at...
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    I've listened to this album a fair bit over the...

    I've listened to this album a fair bit over the last fortnight - & the more I listen, the better I think it is!

    What do you think, Munster?
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    I took Eno to be speaking positively about the...

    I took Eno to be speaking positively about the early dub producers - as if the lack of preconceptions, the lack "this is the (right) way to do it", was a major factor in the radical new soundscapes...
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    Start with Augustus Pablo, Frankie - especially...

    Start with Augustus Pablo, Frankie - especially the classic King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown. I'm a big fan of Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub is a perfect place to start. It was reissued by Blood & Fire...
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    I have read the first 4 or 5 in this series - & I...

    I have read the first 4 or 5 in this series - & I have found it to be a case of severely diminishing returns. Herron has to progressively amplify the already over the top (or under the bottom?!)...
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    Back in the day, when I was at school (in...

    Back in the day, when I was at school (in Edinburgh), Mirage was one of those lps that seemed to be permanently being shared around - it was always noticeable in the transparent record bags. So,...
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    Have you received yours yet, Munster? - mine...

    Have you received yours yet, Munster? - mine popped through my letterbox this morning (accompanied by the new Molly Tuttle album!), & I'm just listening through for the first time now.

    First...
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    Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji. It's space opera,...

    Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji. It's space opera, where the concept & world building detail are fun & fine; but where the narrative & characterisation has all the depth & sophistication of a cardboard...
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    How're you getting along with this? - it's my...

    How're you getting along with this? - it's my first time back to Gosh since I bought his first two albums...

    I'm not sure there's quite enough for a full double album here - but, when it's good,...
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    https://youtu.be/dsmL-C19ebw A sort of minimal...

    https://youtu.be/dsmL-C19ebw

    A sort of minimal supergroup...an infragroup, perhaps?
  31. 1346972660 Released today

    1346972660

    Released today
  32. It's all Bucky & Red Bull now.

    It's all Bucky & Red Bull now.
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    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/mar/31/simp...

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/mar/31/simple-minds-jim-kerr-interview

    Here to perform the Munster duties
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    This made me chuckle - I share exactly this...

    This made me chuckle - I share exactly this frustration with the months of tease - I want my product, & I want it now!!!!
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    Yep, already pre-ordered - along with the...

    Yep, already pre-ordered - along with the download of the Graham Collier gig.
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    I think the trilogy works very impressively,...

    I think the trilogy works very impressively, taken as a whole. There's a kind of "wow" moment, somewehere around the middle, which is one of this conceptual penny-drops, when your take on reality...
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    So, I started on Eliot's first (proper) novel,...

    So, I started on Eliot's first (proper) novel, just over a year ago - & yesterday, finally finished her last novel (Daniel Deronda) - her complete fiction (around 4,500 pages of it) in just over a...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxU-6NmkBc0 ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxU-6NmkBc0

    Can't recall how I discovered this - but it's just arrived in the post, as part of a three-albums-on-two-cds compilation.

    This is classic late 60s...
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    2766421721 More new material from the Porticos...

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    More new material from the Porticos (although, in fact, the tunes were recorded during the sessions for the lat record).

    A perfect drop to accompany these first days of spring :)
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    I love the sound of Vital - it's so, well,...

    I love the sound of Vital - it's so, well, "vital" - raw, edgy, from those first clipped chords, it's like your room has become the Marquee. I can't think of a more "punk" sounding record.

    (I know...
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    I'll add another rec for Pulsing Signals - it's a...

    I'll add another rec for Pulsing Signals - it's a fantastic record of this band playing brilliantly! The opening "You Can't Kill Me" taps straight into classic Gong; then segues seamlessly into the...
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    Just ordered this yesterday, Ian. I think...

    Just ordered this yesterday, Ian.

    I think Wareham slightly lost his way over the last few years - but this one sounds like a real return to form.

    I remember a raw, raucous, brilliant night in a...
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    So, now, due to my partner's ill-health with...

    So, now, due to my partner's ill-health with Covid, I am also not going to be able to get to the Edinburgh show for which I had a ticket. :(

    But - I have talked with her, & she's given me the "ok"...
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    I'm going to see if I can get over for this. I'm...

    I'm going to see if I can get over for this. I'm very fond of Leuven as it is, having been able to work at the University there in the past. And, who knows, it may be the final live show VdGG...
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    Damn. I was due to be there tonight as well - but...

    Damn. I was due to be there tonight as well - but my partner has been infected by the Covid virus, so I'm having to stay put for now. Hoping that I can make it to Edinburgh for Saturday...
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    Burns was from Ayrshire, in the southwest of...

    Burns was from Ayrshire, in the southwest of Scotland - so the nearest distillery would be Springbank (not contemporary with Burns) - which produces a brilliant whisky.

    I'd say the arguments in...
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    Happy Burns Night, proggers & poetasters alike. ...

    Happy Burns Night, proggers & poetasters alike.

    It's an 18 year old Glenmorangie that's doing the duty here with my (vegan) haggis (MacSweens, natch), neeps & tatties.
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    Have you ever been Hughie Green? (Hughie Green...

    Have you ever been Hughie Green?

    (Hughie Green was no Eamonn Andrews, btw)
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    Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. The last lap!!

    Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. The last lap!!
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    Totally agree - Breda Reactor is a significant...

    Totally agree - Breda Reactor is a significant step down from Noisette.
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    Autobuy! - actually buzzing for this!...

    Autobuy! - actually buzzing for this! (oftentimes, I find myself thinking the Softs incarnation as a Quintet, betwixt the second & third lps, is their best. The show from the Fairfield Hall that...
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    My take on Stephenson, for what it's worth,...

    My take on Stephenson, for what it's worth, Scott, is that the later novels show diminishing returns - I think that the Baroque Trilogy is a magnificent achievement, but everything since has been...
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    Ingliston was/is a horrible place all round - but...

    Ingliston was/is a horrible place all round - but especially for music.

    I was (still am!) a huge fan of Micodisney. I saw them play an incendiary set, again at Coasters, again in 1984. A year or...
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    I went to see The Smiths at Coasters, in...

    I went to see The Smiths at Coasters, in Edinburgh, in early 1984 - just when they were on the cusp of going huge. The venue was rammed, & everyone was piled up the front in a seething crush.

    I...
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    Currently drinking this: 15668 I'm used to...

    Currently drinking this:

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    I'm used to drinking the magnificent Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but this gloriously smokey Doppel Bock takes things to a whole new level.

    15667
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    I have forty or fifty books from this imprint -...

    I have forty or fifty books from this imprint - there are few duds in there, & many small classics. Please do pass on my enthusiasms to your (sort of) friend!
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    https://illconsidered.bandcamp.com/album/liminal-s...

    https://illconsidered.bandcamp.com/album/liminal-space

    Ok - this one is a monster! - I was alerted to it by the Bandcamp end of month review of recent jazz releases (which featured Ghost Rhythms &...
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    Far From the Light of Heaven, by Tade Thompson

    Far From the Light of Heaven, by Tade Thompson
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    Ian - did you check out Liminal Space by ILL...

    Ian - did you check out Liminal Space by ILL Considered from this list? - https://illconsidered.bandcamp.com/album/liminal-space

    I think that it will be right in your wheelhouse!
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    "What haunts are not the dead, but the gaps left...

    "What haunts are not the dead, but the gaps left within us by the secrets of others."
    —Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, The Shell and the Kernel
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