Category Archives: Music

Tom Waits Day, Again…

Colder and brighter, and I think I preferred yesterday’s rain. Rain sends the weather presenters into a rehearsed grump, briefed as they are to hero the tedious slab of a sunshine that’s not logically, hemispherically, ours – to pout at … Continue reading

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Girl, Dancing

A guitarist in a trilby hat (or is it a pork pie? There’s an hour to be lost in the researching), plays and sings to backing tracks; tonight’s entertainment on stage in the big pub in W_______. He cleverly segue-ways … Continue reading

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Blur: This Very Wet, Rainy Town

An ice cream cone is held aloft; a torch still carried for Hong Kong. Skipping the street grid of the television’s guide, I chance upon New World Towers; a last year’s film about the band, Blur, and the making of The … Continue reading

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Chicago Notes, 3. Records

On North Milwaukee looking for a breakfast without a mile-long queue (the french toast is that good – really?) we stumble upon Reckless Records. We give it a quick reccy, get the layout, and then slip into Filter Cafe next door. … Continue reading

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Starfish and Coffee…

“If you set your mind free, baby, maybe you’d understand…” Prince

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High Visibility (of your Love)

This morning I came across a Country and Western number I wrote in January 2013 under the deliciously boot-scootin’ moniker of Situation Steve. It’s the (confusingly uptempo) story of a man who… well – see for yourself. I’ve provided the … Continue reading

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…and many more

Not Ziggy Stardust on vinyl, or the trio of Berlin albums; not a single 45: but rather a ‘Best Of’ cassette from K-tel, borrowed permanently from an older sister, 1981. This was my first immersion in Bowie – aside from … Continue reading

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