Best albums of 2014

  Ahoy there! We have another one of them fancy lists for your reading pleasure. Since everyone and their mothers (and farmers’ mothers) have a “best of” list by now, we asked our readers and collaborators for their choices. Some heard the call and voraciously, viciously and vividly described what they enjoyed (or not – more on that later) in this year of our Lord … Continue reading Best albums of 2014

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Radio Chaneque : Bandas infravaloradas de los 90s (pt 2)

Nuevo especial de Radio Chaneque, esta vez con Claudia Ramírez y su servilleta, Sam Valdés. Continuando nuestro cariño por los 90s, ahora con más canciones y menos coherencia en los comentarios. Es la nostalgia. Introducción: Stone Temple Pilots – Pretty Penny. Con música de Collective Soul, Letters to Cleo, Bush, Candlebox, Counting Crows y muchos, muchos más.   Continue reading Radio Chaneque : Bandas infravaloradas de los 90s (pt 2)

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Tales of the Pill Generation : Angels of the Silences


1996 was a weird year for me. I can’t pinpoint how or why, but I knew a change was coming. A severe one. When I arrived to Louisville in 1995, I met this girl named Chloe and we instantly hit it off. She got me into the music scene back then, so I was all over bands like June of 44, Ruckus and Rachel’s. Plus a couple more, but those were the ones we enjoyed best. She always chastised me for not arriving earlier, when Slint were wowing a chosen few. Time would prove her right on that band. Continue reading “Tales of the Pill Generation : Angels of the Silences”

Review: Counting Crows @ Manchester Apollo


It’s weird how life works. The one band that means so much to the book that your life becomes sometimes waxes and wanes in your attention, but when it’s back, it hits hard and fast.

In the case of Counting Crows, my interest waned once but when they came back, they never left. Heck, even revisiting the albums where I decided to let go, it became clearer that it was a question of not being the right age. Continue reading “Review: Counting Crows @ Manchester Apollo”

Kvetching in Sheffield – #1

Art: Glenn Miller.
Wet Nuns. By: Glenn Miller.

Waddle, waddle, waddle, it’s Springtime for Hitler and Germany…no, wait, that’s from The Producers, the best pisstake musical ever. After Spamalot. I think. Hey, that’s no ordinary rabbit.

Right-o, no more Percol Americano for me. It’s off to Tamper Coffee to write this excuse for a preview. Continue reading “Kvetching in Sheffield – #1”

The Great Dust Bowl

This story was written to this tune, Counting Crows’ ‘Sullivan Street’

It was October 1994 and I was walking down that dusty little hill in my high school. I usually walked to the beat of whatever I managed to cram on those TDK 90 audio cassettes, but I was running out of money paying for batteries, so the walkman stayed at home. No worries, my memory is quite good and remembering the lyrics while walking to the tune in my head is always a good exercise in memory.

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Lost notes – 3

Previously, on Lost Notes…

Lost notes – 3

As the bus (sorry, coach) stops in one of those greasy food joints along the M1, I think about my green notebook. It has one of those elastic bands and it’s filled to the brim in notes and ideas for books and short stories that I will never write.

Even if its summer, I go for an Americano at Costa Coffee. It’s okay, it’s England. It’s the English summer, see the rain clouds?

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I never travel far, without a little Big Star – RIP Alex Chilton

A proper tribute

“Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”

— The Replacements’ ‘Alex Chilton’

But I’ll fall if I don’t fight/ And at my side is God/ And there ain’t no one going to turn me around/ there ain’t no one going to turn me round/Just hold on”

Big Star’s ‘The Ballad of el Goodo’.

I swear to God, poor Adam Duritz from Counting Crows is cursed. First Mark Linkous and now Alex Chilton.

I’d like to say that I’ve known Big Star for a big while, but no, I discovered them just last year, when I saw Counting Crows live. They started with a cover of ‘The Ballad of El Goodo’ and I knew I recognised the song. A quick search afterwards made me realise I had it, in Evan Dando’s great version from Empire Records.

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