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Sunday 22nd March

March 23, 2009

I’m really only leaving this here as a placeholder until tomorrow when I’ll write more on the train home. It’s been a hectic couple of days involving an awful lot of intense music and a lot of saying hi to good people so there just hadn’t been time to write more. A few drinks inside […]

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New UK and Ireland Concert Calendar Page

March 15, 2009

If all has worked you should notice a link up there to a new page here that contains a calendar of upcoming improvised and experimental music concerts that have caught my eye here in the UK. Including it here  serves two purposes. Firstly there are a good few readers here from the UK that might […]

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Thursday 12th March

March 13, 2009

Sigh… Well first of all apologies for being such a miserable git in last night’s post, but I really was not feeling well at all. Felt fine this morning after a solid seven hours of sleep though, which is a good thing because I spent twelve hours at work today and worked my backside off. […]

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Monday 9th March

March 9, 2009

I’m on a train from Oxford to London right now. I thought I’d better post something here while I have the chance, just in case I’m just too exhausted or merely far too late home later to be able to write anything then. I was up at seven this morning, have done ten hours in […]

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Saturday 28th February

February 28, 2009

Ugh. really tough day at work today, so I have a throbbing headache tonight. My head means I’m just not in the mood for any challenging music this evening, so a CD of Benjamin Britten’s cello suites performed by Mstislav Rostropovich is playing very very quietly behind me. I’m sure there could be readers out […]

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Thursday 26th February

February 27, 2009

I need to sleep. Feels like I’ve been awake forever. I went to bed about 1.30AM last night and then was back on a train into London at 7AM, so I had about four hours sleep in the last twenty-four. I finished in London much earlier than expected, and as I didn’t need to go […]

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Wednesday 25th February

February 26, 2009

Wow, that was good. Even though I had to go to Basingstoke to see the concert tonight it was a fantastic experience. (For anyone that doesn’t know the place, Basingstoke is like Slough without the charm. For anyone that doesn’t know Slough its where the original UK series of The Office was set) I am working […]

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Tuesday 24th February

February 25, 2009

Today was an unusual day in that I didn’t actually listen to that much music. Early this morning I began a piece of work I should have started long ago- transcribing three and a half hours of audio interview I did with John Wall last year into a first draft text, a piece of work that has […]

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Monday 23rd February

February 24, 2009

Well I only managed to get around to listening to two of the discs I hoped to play last night, the Fuhler/Bennink/de Joode disc from 2002 and the Andrea Polli disc of field recordings from Antarctica. If you asked someone that knew my taste well which of those two CDs I would prefer to listen […]

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Thoughts on running a label

February 22, 2009

A week or so back in the comments of one of my daily posts Graham suggested there should be more talk about my involvement with the music through my Cathnor label, and specifically threw a few questions in the air. Although they probably weren’t meant to be answered literally I’m going to try and do […]

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Thursday 19th February

February 20, 2009

Tonight’s post is a bit of an experiment in that I’m writing it on my way home from London via the WordPress for iPhone application. As I mentioned yesterday I’ve been in London for the Small but perfectly formed concert but I’m not going to attempt to write any kind of review of it this […]

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Wednesday 18th February

February 18, 2009

Busy busy busy… I went to bed at 1.30AM last night after posting here, fell asleep halfway through the Michael Pisaro / Barry Chabala piece Unter Eichen (sorry guys) then was up again at 7.30AM working on Cathnor duties, went to the shop, the post office and the dry cleaners, came home, ate something briefly, […]

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Tastes of things to come

February 17, 2009

Because people seem interested… 😉 There’s an eight minute fragment from the ever forthcoming (hopefully before the summer is over) Keith Rowe release on Cathnor called A Response to Treatise on a compilation called Spectra released by the Quiet Design label. You can hear an even smaller fragment of the fragment at their site. Also, […]

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Monday 16th February

February 17, 2009

So another day another dollar. Or another pound at least though the way things are going there won’t be much to choose between them before too much longer. Today was somewhat unremarkable. I left for work early, but I did listen to some music while I was in the bath this morning, Dan Warburton’s new […]

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Saturday 14th February

February 15, 2009

I unexpectedly ended up working until very late tonight. So this post finds your brave blogger feeling very tired and ready for bed, but a strong coffee made with my new bean grinder (a Valentine’s present from a lovely woman) is keeping me going long enough to spew forth tonight’s post. A quick plug first […]

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Tuesday 4th February

February 4, 2009

It’ll probably be days like this that really test my resolve to keep this daily posting going. I got home from work tonight a little before 1AM, having left at 11AM and having struggled to get very far very easily because the UK public transport system grinds to a halt when a few flakes of […]

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Saturday 31st January

February 1, 2009

This afternoon, tired of trying to listen to quiet music at home at the same time as having Bruce Springsteen albums blasted at me from a room on the other side of the house I took a long walk out into the countryside. I made the decision to leave my iPod at home so as […]

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Friday 30th January

January 31, 2009

First of all, apologies for last night’s uncoordinated drivel… that’s what comes of trying to write ambitious blog posts when you’re completely exhausted and only really fit for bed. Tonight’s post throws up a different problem, albeit one I was going to have to face at some point. What happens if I haven’t managed to […]

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Wednesday 28th January

January 29, 2009

Just for the record, and for the benefit of certain New Jersey based pedants 😉 I often don’t get home before midnight or just before it, and whilst the body of the posts get written on my iPhone on the way home they might not appear here until after it is technically the next day. […]

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Tuesday 27th January

January 27, 2009

The other slightly mad option by the way was to post even less here but change the website design daily. Maybe that wouldn’t work so well though… So travelling into work today at about midday I was again accompanied by the Yoshimura/Okura disc. Something occurred to me today though as I listened to this again. […]

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Every day is the 29th February.

January 26, 2009

Its Brian Olewnick’s fault by the way, just so you know who to blame later. Blame for what? I hear you cry dear loyal, slightly mad reader that checks in here every so often to see if I’ve got off of my lazy backside and written anything new in the last couple of months… Well, […]

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A vintage year

January 2, 2009

From a personal, non-musical perspective 2008 was not a good year for me and I am very glad to see the back of it. The uncertainty brought by illness to those closest to you is more than enough to take one’s mind away from trivialities such as music. Add car accidents, a busy dayjob and […]

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Coming up for air

November 26, 2008

Just checking in briefly midway through a crazy seven days of concert-going. I’ve no idea how or when I am going to be able to write up all these gigs but I’ll do my best. Taking a break today, getting some much needed sleep and reminding Julie who I am. For anyone that might happen […]

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Several new arrivals and one departure

November 14, 2008

Life has been pretty hectic here again, hence the delay in getting that last post up online, and I’ve been to see another very good gig since then too that I need to write up before I forget all about it. One thing at a time I guess. This time of the year is always […]

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Engrossed in one’s own little world

October 30, 2008

A quick post to say that a new review has gone up at Bagatellen, this time a piece on the first three releases on the Swedish Bombax bombax label. You can read it here. The photo above has nothing to do with this, or anything else in this post. I just really like it. Annette […]

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Closing time

October 11, 2008

I heard the sad news early this week that Sound 323, Mark Wastell’s record shop in Highgate, London is to close its doors to the public next weekend and from then on continue operations as an online mail order only service. The Sound 323 shop has been a very important place for me down the […]

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Reading, writing and autumn wandering

October 5, 2008

Well I feel I should be writing something new here, but quite frankly I’ve spent the last week working my backside off since returning after holiday, and when I’ve not been at work its been pouring with rain. One or two nice pieces of music have come my way, the new Masafumi Ezaki compositions disc […]

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Running up that bill

September 28, 2008

Not that I needed much confirmation of the lack of worth of Martin Creed’s Work No.850, (See British Bacon post below) but any degree of credibility to the “piece” went out of the window yesterday when it was hijacked by Sebastian Coe and the 2012 Olympic debacle to apparently launch something called the 2012 Cultural […]

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Wright-Up

September 19, 2008

It was nice to get some quality time to spend with my CD player over the last few days. In the morning I’m off to London with Julie for a weekend break but I leave you with a new review, my first in ages, over at the new look Bagatellen. My thoughts on Seymour Wright’s […]

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Just listening…

September 19, 2008

Today was the first day that, after getting all of those jobs done that you’ve been meaning to do but don’t get time to do when you’re at work every day, I actually kicked back a little, put my feet up and started to work my way through the inevitable pile of CDs littering my […]

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Say hello, wave goodbye

September 15, 2008

Well the last two or three weeks have been full of goodbyes and hellos for me, so it made sense to start off this new home for my blog-writing right now, wave goodbye to the old place and say hello to the new and catch up a little with what I’ve been up to. One […]

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Pier today, gone tomorrow

July 28, 2008

I heard a sad piece of news driving to work today. the Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare, one of mine and Julie’s favourite haunts burnt down early this morning, leaving only the base of the Grade II listed Victorian structure intact. What is it about piers and fires? Something to do with water and […]

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An epiphany a day keeps the stress levels at bay

July 26, 2008

All this last week my drive into work every day has been a nightmare. Something called the CLA Game Fair has been taking place at Blenheim Palace. I have no idea what this event may actually be, but it has made my usual 40 minute drive take at least twice as long every day, and […]

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Listening in the dark

July 22, 2008

Now I’ve often been known to close my eyes at concerts, partly because I have very sensitive eyes and the glare of certain stage lighting or even the strain of trying to see in the dark can be a pain, and partly because I find it easier to concentrate that way. (It used to be the case that the smoke from people’s cigarettes in the hall would irritate my eyes a lot as well but thankfully the one decent law this government has ever passed corrected that problem) Many a time people I have sat beside have nudged me, thinking I may have drifted off to sleep when in truth I have merely remained very still, eyes closed. But let’s go back a few lines there, I have often closed my eyes at gigs “because I find it easier to concentrate.” I wonder why this is? Does shutting down one of the senses make it easier to respond to one of the others? I’m no biologist, but I suspect not.

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Soundtrack to a pleasant day

May 25, 2008

Just a brief post whilst I mull over what to write here next… Yesterday I had a rare day to myself. A day off from work following a very tough, exhausting week, and with Julie away for a few days I spent the day catching up on things at home, finishing that long post for […]

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April 27, 2008

If a word is worth a coin, silence is worth two… Hebrew proverb

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The Irish Post

March 29, 2008

I’m in Ireland right now, posting from a little internet cafe that would be a really nice place if they didn’t insist on playing Chris Rea records at you. I’m here for the i and e festival again, my third year in succession here. I nearly didn’t make it over this time, with other stuff […]

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Extra large briefs

March 20, 2008

Right, there’s so much good music and stuff here right now. I wish I had time to write in detail about everything that’s moved me in recent weeks, but as I haven’t, I figured that (not for the first time) I’d take a page out of Brian’s book and take the lazyarse route of mentioning […]

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Bumbling apologies

March 10, 2008

Its not been much fun around here of late. My long suffering other half Julie has been back and forth to hospital getting prodded about by any number of doctors and consultants. Despite early fears of cervical cancer we found out for sure today that she has nothing immediately life threatening. A significant and somewhat […]

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The post formerly known as placeholder

February 18, 2008

Hmm now I just need to think of something to put here that will make the following comments look even stranger than they already do! 😉

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