Concert Reviews

Sunday 29th November

November 29, 2009

So I spent yesterday evening in Bristol, without an umbrella, which means I got extremely wet on more than one occasion. If they didn’t hide the concert venue in the most unfindable of places then I might not have spent the concert sat in an unpleasantly moist puddle, but hey ho, this is England. A […]

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Saturday 28th November

November 28, 2009

So Just a brief post now as I am about to head out the door in a Westerly direction for the Compost and Height concert over in that there Bristol. I’ve had a great morning, fresh bread dipped in home made broccoli and stilton soup while listening to the new Toshi Nakamura / Tetuzi Akiyama […]

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Friday 27th November

November 28, 2009

Every now and again I look at the stats for this site. (Barring the final implosion of the webhost’s servers by this time tomorrow the site should have gone over 75,000 visits since it moved here fourteen months ago, thanks for that) Its always intriguing and sometimes amusing to see how people get to these […]

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Thursday 26th November

November 27, 2009

Between the ages of 16 and 18 I studied ceramics to A Level standard in school, before this I had never touched a lump of clay, but only had wistful dreams of becoming the next Rodin. When I first set about trying to build my first dramatic sculpture however I quickly learned that it really wasn’t […]

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Wednesday 25th November

November 25, 2009

Strangely, I’ve had a bit of a backlash against the endless stream of new CDs here the last few days and so spent much of this morning, as really horrendous winds and hailstorms whipped around the house, making it impossible to go out again, burning Cathnor CDrs and listening to Radio 4, (a spoken word […]

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Tuesday 25th November

November 24, 2009

Still not feeling great today, I think my body has finally realised its not had to go to work for a few days and has decided to switch off a bit. Still, I didn’t have much to do today so I spent it reading (finished Ben Goldacre’s excellent Bad Science for the second time,  read […]

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Apologies…

November 24, 2009

… for the site downtime yet again today… This is none of my doing once again and the fault of the webhosts, who are really beginning to frustrate me now. All seems to be back up and working now, a daily post later this evening.

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Monday 23rd November

November 23, 2009

The headache I went to bed with last night stuck around for most of today as well, and only this evening after a decent meal do I feel a bit fitter. I have managed to listen to some music today though, quite a bit of it actually, though I am only going to write about […]

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Sunday 22nd November

November 23, 2009

I’m not feeling so great tonight, really weary after a busy twenty-four hours. Last night I went into London to catch a concert that saw me have to take seven different trains in one night due to assorted tube line closures. More on that concert in a minute, but then last night I managed all […]

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Saturday 21st November

November 22, 2009

Today was pretty exhausting, despite it containing no work and lots of enjoyable moments. I began the day with Julie, and one county walk, (in the rain) one pub lunch (by an open fire) and one jigsaw puzzle (don’t ask) later I then headed alone into London, on a journey that saw me get soaked […]

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Friday 20th November

November 20, 2009

Look, I’m sorry, I know I’m meant to be writing more this week because I’m on holiday, but today I had planned a review or two for tonight but instead something has come up and I am going over to Julie’s for the night. I’ve managed five reviews this week so far anyway so I’m […]

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Wednesday 19th November

November 20, 2009

After yesterday’s exertions (I drove to Birmingham and back with my parents after just three hours sleep) I slept until gone midday today, and then sat around watching The Wire episodes until Julie came over to pick me up and  we went and had dinner. Despite being on holiday then, and despite really needing to […]

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Wednesday 18th November

November 19, 2009

I have recently been reading a lot of Eddie Prevost’s writing, both going back over his two  earlier books of improvisational practice and also reading his contribution to the new Noise and Capitalism book made available by Mattin and friends. I don’t agree with everything he has written, in particular parts of Minute Particulars, his […]

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Tuesday 17th November

November 17, 2009

So new CDs are piling up unplayed here again, five more arrived this morning, Brian Olewnick is reviewing things before me and Simon Reynell has heard things before I do. I must be slipping 😉 So what do I decide to do today to try and alleviate this situation? I choose to listen to and […]

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Monday 16th November

November 16, 2009

I didn’t wake up until midday today, my body taking its chance to grab some rest. When I did wake the headache from last night’s bad wine kicked in. So suffice to say that today was less productive than yesterday. Today I listened to one of three new releases on a new label from New […]

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Classical Sundays

Sunday 16th November

November 15, 2009

To quote Ice Cube, Today was a good day. I don’t often quote Ice Cube, but then don’t usually have good things to say about my day so that’s probably why. The first day of a holiday is always good, but today was extra good. This morning I drove my parents to a nearby village. […]

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Saturday 14th November

November 15, 2009

Today was the last day at work for a couple of weeks, which I am very glad about. It was a long tough day though, somewhat exhausting, particularly because I knew I would be off of work for a while and had a  lot to finish up first. I did get to speak to David […]

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Friday 13th November

November 13, 2009

Blimey I worked hard today. Physical work this time, my body aches, but I am consoling myself with the fact that I have to work tomorrow but then have two weeks off with little more than listening to music and writing about it planned. I’m going to be counting the hours… Today I have been […]

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Thursday 12th November

November 12, 2009

A day off today, spent tidying and cleaning mainly, but also waiting for the endless pounding rain to stop for long enough to walk to the post office and back. The postal strike is very much over here now, and over recent days I have been inundated with new CDs to listen to, enough to […]

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Wednesday 11th November

November 12, 2009

Its been great to see wider exposure of the music on the Wandelweiser label recently. As well as a full page review of the last round of releases in The Wire they seem to have been picked up by a few more distributors and their music discussed quite frequently around online discussion boards. While this […]

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Tuesday 10th November

November 11, 2009

Its just gone midnight and I have only just got home. I have to be up very early in the morning so I really can’t spend much time tonight sat listening and writing, sorry. For some reason I thought you might like to know that right now I am eating some lovely cream daifuku cakes […]

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Monday 9th November

November 10, 2009

Tired tonight. Only four more working days until I get a couple of weeks break though. It would be an understatement to say I am looking forward to it. Anyway today I have been listening to a new CD by the Berlin duo of trumpeter Axel Dorner and guitarist Erhard Hirt, released on the previously […]

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Classical Sundays

Sunday 8th November

November 9, 2009

I was in Oxford earlier today, wandering around bookshops mainly, but enjoying a little time  in the fresh, cold but rather beautiful weather. I love the Autumn in general, for all the clichéd reasons, brisk cold air, beautiful reds and browns in the trees etc… This week I have been listening quite a bit to […]

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Saturday 7th November

November 7, 2009

Apologies for the miserable outlook of last night’s post. I didn’t have the best of days yesterday, and when you write every day I guess there has to be days when you’re just not in the mood. Anyway today was spent doing far more constructive things than moaning, and I managed to wrap my ears […]

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Friday 6th November

November 6, 2009

Writing up the IHM compilation over the past couple of days was quite an exhausting exercise. I listened to both discs through three times each before setting my thoughts into type, at the same time as working ten hours a day and dealing with familial issues going on here at the moment. So its probably […]

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Thursday 5th November

November 6, 2009

So to the second disc of the IHM compilation, nicknamed the “lampshade” disc because of the associated, somewhat random artwork.The first disc tends to be called the “rollercoaster” disc for similar reasons. This one opens with a track by someone using the name Bad command or file name. Is it already this late is a fitting […]

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Wednesday 4th November

November 5, 2009

Twenty years or so ago it was a lot harder for a young musician, particularly in this area of music to get his or her music out into the world for people to hear, and even harder for them to get any exposure for it if they managed a release. If there was enough money […]

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Tuesday 3rd November

November 3, 2009

I am working through the night again tonight, so I am afraid I’m going to have to palm you off with a brief post now and then write at greater length tomorrow to make up for it. To be honest my mind is elsewhere today anyway so anything I might commit to a page here […]

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Monday 2nd November

November 3, 2009

I reckon that when the post office finally gets itself sorted after this current strike they will need a forklift truck to bring just the parcels of CDs I am missing here alone. I am worried that Brian O might start writing about things before I do at this rate! 😉 A few words tonight […]

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Sunday 1st November

November 1, 2009

All a bit stressful and strained here at present. My father is unwell, and I have spent today with he and my Mum, making sure they are OK and comfortable etc… I haven’t had too much time to listen to music though, but as I had to kill a couple of hours while cooking a […]

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Saturday 31st October

November 1, 2009

So today I have listened to the second new disc by Lionel Marchetti and Yoko Higashi to arrive here in recent weeks. This one is released on Entr’acte, the London based label whose releases I have listened to quite a bit of late. Recorded between 2007 and 2009, Pétrole consists of six pieces of musique […]

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