Book Review: Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Genre: Fiction, Coming of Age Novel, Historical Novel. Publisher: Faber & Faber Review in one word: Halcyon (and On and On) *Contains no spoilers This is both an unsentimental and deeply emotional novel, a book about past, present and future friendship set over the course of 30 years. It’s beautifully written, witty, funny and like a sweeping,Continue reading “Book Review: Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan”

Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #50

Hoooooey! the 50th edition of 10 Things! In this fat and bulging edition, we take a foraging foray into some rude relics, some ethereal ambient music, a few risque clips from the olden days, some inspirational animals of past and present and we journey into trippy realms with scientists. Hope you enjoy it. The rare,Continue reading “Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #50”

Medieval bangers and tavern stompers circa 2020

Treat thine ears and eyes to a new genre of music – bardcore! Perhaps you’re looking for that tavern banger that you enjoyed back in 1365. Or perhaps you want to reminisce on the summer solstice when you gathered with jolly folk at Stonehenge, got wasted on mead and were visited by a strange celestialContinue reading “Medieval bangers and tavern stompers circa 2020”

Six of the best electronic and experimental channels on YouTube

Six of the best electronic and experimental channels on YouTube

Boring Yet interesting: Drone Music

Drone music doesn’t change much in tonality or tempo. The nature of this means that it can confuse some people and attract others. Unlike most other types of music, drone cultivates a unique emotional soundscape that allows people to sink deeply into it. Some drone music is less like a warm fuzzy hug and moreContinue reading “Boring Yet interesting: Drone Music”

Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists @RobGMacfarlane

Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy this one. It’s a compilation album inspired by the themes and evocative words in celebrated nature writer Robert MacFarlane’s book Landmarks. The book focuses on showcasing poetic landscape words, gathered from the dialects of Britain and Ireland. The book Landmarks separates out words into types ofContinue reading “Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists @RobGMacfarlane”

Welcome to Big Biba: A Legendary Department Store in London’s Swinging 60’s

Big Biba was an outrageous cornucopia of weird fashion on the London high street in the 60’s. Before H&M, Topshop or Harvey Nichols there was Biba. Invented by IT girl of the time, Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki, Biba started out as a mail order store that sold one dress available in one size. Very rapidly itContinue reading “Welcome to Big Biba: A Legendary Department Store in London’s Swinging 60’s”

Emerging genius: Wolf People – Ninth Night (2016)

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.8 on the jukebox, from the English prog/pagan rock band Wolf People it’s the single Ninth Night from the new album Ruin.   Pagan witchy rock from the woodlands, riverbanks and theContinue reading “Emerging genius: Wolf People – Ninth Night (2016)”

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

In 1989, Depeche Mode came to Detroit to hang out with Derrick May and Juan Atkins. The two early techno pioneers had been mixing the band’s songs into their sets at clubs in Detroit like the Music Institute. So Depeche Mode’s David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher ventured from Essex in the UK toContinue reading “Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989”