17 songs by inspiring women that shaped my life

My favourite songs of all time by female artists

Although the world is full of amazing female musicians I always come back to songs by these women because they are particularly amazing and always inspiring. I hope you will also share your favourites with me too in the comments below. The Knife - A colouring of Pigeons A colouring of pigeons by Swedish Electronic…

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

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 it…

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

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 to…

Emerging genius: Wolf People - Ninth Night (2016)

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.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eafkYEXJKg4 Pagan witchy rock from the woodlands, riverbanks and…

Emerging Genius No. 1: Tibetan Night Terrors - Foreplay (2017)

Emerging Genius No. 1: Tibetan Night Terrors – Foreplay (2017)

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.1 on the Cosmic Jukebox the band Tibetan Night Terrors and the single Foreplay.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72c_zgaJUts Tibetan Night Terrors  are an unsigned Calypso Disco band from Norwich in the UK. They fuse 70's disco…

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

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 to…

Orkestra Obsolete’s magical and nostalgic rendition of New Order’s Blue Monday

New Order's Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983 and changed the face of pop music, and rode triumphantly on the tide of synth, new wave an electro. But have you ever considered what synth music would sound like if it was made in the 1930's before the synthesiser was in common use? The…

The cosmic beauty of Cate Le Bon's music will stick to you like lichen

Music Review: The cosmic beauty of Cate Le Bon’s music will stick to you like lichen

Cate Le Bon is a bit like a remixed, post-post-post modern love child of Bjork and David Byrne. She hails from Carmarthenshire in Wales, a sleepy part of Britain with a lot of fond memories in my heart. There's a gentle tinkling and slow-burn epicness to this LP 'Mug Museum' from 2013, which latches onto you…

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 more…

Vale David Bowie: Goodbye to the Best Part of the 20th Century (Bowie’s Music, Art, Fashion)

Today the world received the most devastating news. David Bowie died at age 69. This news is monumental to anyone who is a lover of avante-garde art and rock music. Anybody who respects and reveres a life lived to its fullest would feel sad about the passing of David Bowie. A man elegant, humble and…

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to a circuitboard of a theremin

A pictorial history of electronic music mapped to the circuitboard of a theremin

This pictorial history of electronic music adapted and mapped on the circuit board of a theremin was created by the quirky folk at Dorothy. The theremin is thought to be one of the world's first electronic musical instruments along with the Moog synthesizer. Our Electric Love Blueprint celebrates over 200 inventors, innovators, artists, composers and musicians…

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

I love my music fast, furious and energetic. Electronic music of all kinds certainly rocks my boat. It's been a long term companion soundtrack to my life from the late 90's until today and for the foreseeable future. So I happened upon an amazing channel on YouTube the other day, called MA Lite, or Most…

Gig Review: Mark E. Smith of The Fall: A Fly in the Ointment of Music 

Gig Review: Mark E. Smith of The Fall: A Fly in the Ointment of Music 

Forgive me all of you die-hard Fall fans but Mark E Smith is a bit of an annoying idiot if you ask me. Of course – nobody has asked me and nobody gives a shit about what I think, thus why I’m saying something on my own blog about it. After attending a baffling gig…

Climate Change: Four Scenarios and none of them are good

Historic Jukebox: Pink Floyd & Haldor Laxness’ The Clock at Brekkukot

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. They are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text. 3. Daydream.   …

Sleaford Mods: The Gobbiest Rock Band in the World

Sleaford Mods: The Gobbiest Rock Band in the World

The best punk comes from pissed off lads who are burning for making the personal political. By their own description Sleafod Mods are electronic munt minimalist punk-hop group. Their music is souped up and infused with rage. A veritable cornucopia of verbal onslaughts. Intricately woven into this piss and venom speech is the hammer of low paid…