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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

3..6..9 Seconds of Light

The above picture is the view from our bedroom window on Friday night in the Inn at Ardgour where we had an overnight courtesy of a Christmas present from my brother and sister-in -law. Thank you folks.

A lovely drive there and a five minute ferry journey there and back.Also an opportunity for a quick trawl of the charity shops of Fort William and Oban.
Meagre pickings with the exception of one fantastic find which will feature shortly
The only purchase in Oban was 3..6.. 9 Seconds of Light a 1997 EP by Belle & Sebastian on the Jeepster label picked up for a pound.
I've still to give it a proper listen but tracks 3 and 4 where the ones that made an initial impression
You are actually getting three for the price two as  track 4 also contains an unlisted hidden track Songs for Children. Don't say I'm not good to you.

Belle & Sebastian - Beautiful

Belle & Sebastian - Put The Book Back on The Shelf

Monday, 20 February 2017

A Mass Romantic Car Journey

In the comments section from Burnt Offerings 6 Brian suggested that I give the title track from Mass Romantic the 2000 debut album by The New Pornographers (not a band to google at work!) a listen to in the car.
A band featuring among others Neko Case and the afore- mentioned A.C. Newman listed here as Carl.
The following day  I had  the perfect opportunity given that major road works on the M74 resulted in my normal 45 minute commute taking more than an hour and a half.
Brian is quite correct , it is an excellent piece of power pop.
Not an album  I have listened too in a while and  one I found it a bit patchy in places. I had forgotten how brilliant Letter From an Occupant is . A song which has featured on many a compilation from me.
I have resisted the temptation of posting The Fake Headlines and dedicating it to President Chump.

The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic

The New Pornographers - Letters From An Occupant

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Some Definitive Impressions

Definitive Impressions is one of those career spanning anthologies that the great Kent Soul label specialises in.
Twenty eight songs and everyone a cracker from the Doo Wop of 1961 through to 1968 and featuring the seamless and indeed peerless harmonies of  Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden and Fred Cash.
It was a bit of a dilemma in deciding what to choose but in the end I went for the two  most obvious ones on the basis that you can't improve upon perfection.
You will not hear two better songs today or possibly for the rest of the week.
As the album sleeve says defining moments in 60's Soul from Chicago's greatest group

The Impressions - Keep On Pushing

The Impressions - People Get Ready

Saturday, 18 February 2017


I very nearly bought New Adventures in Hi-Fi by R.E.M. in my local charity shop the other day but I wasn't sure if I had it or not. Turns out I  don't so I'll pick it up next time I'm in if it's still there.
This got me checking and confirmed what I thought. I actually own more post Out of Time/Automatic For The People  R.E.M. albums than pre ones. I suspect that  this is because they are more readily available in charity shops.
The only pre ones I own are Reckoning and the 1991 Best Of from the IRS years.
This is clearly wrong as it is an established fact that their early stuff is much better that their later offerings. Here is some proof.

For all things R.E.M. can I point you in the direction of The Robster

R.E.M. -Radio Free Europe

R.E.M. - I Believe

Friday, 17 February 2017


We have featured Americana here many times before (too many ......  that's enough of that - Ed) and Americana from Canada and Britain. Today it is the turn of Sweden
First Aid Kit comprises of sisters Klara (vocals and guitar) and Johanna (vocals/keyboard/autoharp) Söderberg 
They started out in  their native Sweden since 2007  shooting to international fame in 2008 with their You Tube version of Fleet Foxes - Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

This led to a record deal (first with Wichita and then Columbia) and they have since gone on to record three albums the middle one of which from 2012 is The Lion's Roar

Here is the title track from that album together with This Old Routine.

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit - This Old Routine

I was going to give you the brilliant Emmylou but I have featured that before
They are older than their years

Thursday, 16 February 2017


Another one that is down to The Swede. Just to let you know sir that when my bank manager comes calling I shall be forwarding him/her in you general direction.

Rozi Plain is originally from Winchester where she was born as Rosalind Leydon. She also regularly plays with This is the Kit another act that The Swede first brought to my attention.
She has released three albums on Lost Map the record label from the Isle of Eigg founded by The Pictish Trail.
Here is a song from her excellent 2015 album Friends followed by a track from a Lost Map sampler which you can pick up on Bandcamp for nothing although I would suggest a small donation as small independent labels need all the support they can get.

Rozi Plain - Tap to The Chest

Rozi Plain - See my Boat (Alexis Taylor Remix)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Burn Offerings 6

First the bad news - there has been an incremental reduction in interest for the Burnt Offerings posts over the previous five weeks.
Now the really bad news - there are 32 in the series and  I plan to continue until the bitter end.

You will all be familiar with the first song this week but not perhaps with the singer. Petra Haden is an American singer and violinist who has been a member of That Dog, Tito and Tarantula and The Decemberists.
I shall spare you her acapella version of Journey's Don't Stop Believing

Petra Haden - God Only Knows

A.C. Newman is a Canadian singer/songwriter who as well as performing sol plays with The New Pornographers.
His name is Allan Carl Newman and chose  "A.C." for his solo career because "it sounded like a pseudonym, but it's not a pseudonym." So now you know. Miracle Drug is the first song on his 2004 debut solo album The Slow Wonder.

Today's final choice is a bit of a mystery. I can't find any references anywhere to The Eric Hinshaw Band leading me to suspect that I have totally the wrong name. If anyone can help me out I would be eternally grateful.
All I can say is that they are more classic Country than Americana and he almost certainly wears a hat.

Volume 7 next week whether you like it or not