They said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but considering how some people avoid paying them, I’m no longer sure about taxes. But, yeah, we will all leave this mortal coil, one day. What’s never certain is what we can do with our time on this greeny Earth. I never had the honour of meeting Jane Howden, but the amount of people her life changed is flabbergasting. Continue reading “Songs for Jane Howden”
“Just once, I’d like to face an alien menace that wasn’t immune to bullets!”
We’ll take a moment from our usual music rants to remember this good fellow, who acted with all the Doctors from the past in one of the shows we enjoy (mostly) at the site, Doctor Who.
I’d like to take a moment to remember a dear family friend and a great musician and songwriter, Don Partridge (affectionately known as the ‘King of the Buskers’). Don is well known as a busker and has played all over the world; he was the first person to make the one man band famous on the streets of Europe.
Don was probably the first ever busker to make it into the Top Ten UK singles chart in 1968 with single ‘Rosie’ reaching #4 and this was closely followed by single ‘Blue Eyes’. Despite his success in the 60’s Don decided to return to busking and travelling the world and he never looked back. He has played with many great musicians and has supported and played with artists such as British Sea Power, Lemon Jelly, Status Quo and guitarist Gordon Giltrap. His song ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ was included on the 2005 film of the same name, starring Cillian Murphy. He has also appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks twice.
Continue reading “Tribute: ‘King of the Buskers’”
The world loses another troubled genius: multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous A.K.A. Sparklehorse took his own life on March 6. Linkous has collaborated with artists such as The Flaming Lips, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits as well as producing Daniel Johnston’s record Fear Yourself in 2003. He’s been recording lo-fi, laidback, melody driven sweet indie rock since 1995. Here is Sloucher’s little retrospective and tribute to Mark: … Continue reading Tribute: Sparklehorse