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Saturday 31st December

December 31, 2011

So, good riddance to 2011. I haven’t enjoyed all that much of this past year. I’ll post my thoughts on the music of the year tomorrow, but for now some non-musical, perhaps more personal ups and downs of the year. The big milestone for me personally was turning forty in March, which seemed to be […]

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Friday 30th December

December 31, 2011

I am lucky enough to be able to call Patrick Farmer a good friend, and so, as always I ask you to take this into consideration whenever I write about his music. His new album of field recordings on the Consumer Waste label though, titled Like falling out of trees into collectors’ albums takes me […]

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Thursday 29th December

December 30, 2011

I got home from work tonight a little after midnight, having had to work an unexpected long shift. The temptation to not write anything tonight, given that I am not feeling that well and am flipping’ tired was considerable, but I haven’t written a review for two days so its time to knuckle down again. […]

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Wednesday 28th December

December 28, 2011

Out of respect to Julie’s father, whose funeral took place today, and of course to Julie and her family, I’m not going to attempt to post anything tonight. Everything went very well today, a beautiful humanist service and the chance for so many people that knew John to pay their respects and pass on their […]

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Tuesday 27th December

December 28, 2011

No post tonight I am afraid. Other things more pressing as we prepare for a funeral tomorrow. I returned to work today, to start clearing up the post-Christmas mess, but I also spent a little time beginning one last attempt to resolve the issues I have here with the hacked RSS feed at this blog […]

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Monday 26th December

December 27, 2011

So so apathetic today. I have played the same CD seven times this afternoon/evening primarily because I have eaten and drunk too much to be able to get up and change it. Combine that with the way my body is responding to finally getting a break (with an irritating cough and cold) and my vegetative […]

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Sunday 25th December

December 25, 2011

A week or two back, listening to the radio while driving to work, I caught part of a phone-in discussion about the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Award. Somebody had rung into the programme criticising the shortlist of nominees, and asking why a particular rugby league player had not made the cut given […]

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Saturday 24th December

December 25, 2011

A little delirious tonight, partly because I am just so very very tired after working myself into the ground this week, partly because I have drunk most of a bottle of chablis since getting home at about eight, and partly because I am just very happy that all of the silliness is over for another […]

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Friday 23rd December

December 24, 2011

Home at midnight tonight, and hour earlier than the last two days, but as I have to be in work much earlier tomorrow, and because every muscle aches and my head is killing me there is still no hope of me writing anything solid here I am afraid. I haven’t listened to one minute of […]

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Thursday 22nd December

December 23, 2011

Let’s face it, I’m not going to manage a proper post here before Christmas Day. I will, as I usually do, manage to write something for these pages on the day itself, mainly because I have very little interest in any form of celebration myself and will probably spend the day with a stiff drink […]

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Wednesday 21st December

December 22, 2011

Sorry again… Its 1AM and I have just got in from a really tiring day at work that began at midday. I have been listening to some music as I have driven to and from work, and have enjoyed it quite a bit, but the CD in question has been listening for a forthcoming Wire […]

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Tuesday 20th December

December 20, 2011

No post today as the all-encompassing strains of the silly season take their toll. Today I managed to spend an hour or so wandering around Oxford city centre in an attempt to pick up the few Christmas presents that I cannot avoid buying, and it was hell. It snot so much the sensory overload of […]

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Vinyl Reviews

Monday 19th December

December 20, 2011

I’m not sure how many reviews I will manage to write this week. last year if I remember correctly I stopped even trying until Boxing Day, such is the impact the silly season has on my day job, and subsequently on me. I am exhausted tonight but do not have to be up early tomorrow, […]

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Sunday 18th December

December 19, 2011

No post tonight I am afraid. I was up for most of the night driving my parents to Gatwick Airport, then drifted in and out of sleep for much of the day until I went over to Julie’s this evening. My original plan had been to attend the launch concert of Eddie Prévost’s new book […]

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Saturday 17th December

December 17, 2011

So, so cold here today. Julie and I went for a walk at one point to try and clear the cobwebs a little, headed up onto our favourite old disused railway line, and, as beautiful as it was to watch the sunset and share a couple of hugs, it took me at least an hour […]

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Friday 16th December

December 17, 2011

After a very long, and decidedly difficult few days it has been nice to come home tonight and return to a CD that has been a bit of a light at the end of a dark tunnel of late. Tussling with Explorational, Radu Malfatti and Lucio Capece’s second improvisation duo release on the B-boim label […]

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Thursday 15th December

December 16, 2011

If I am honest I am not really in the mood for writing about music tonight, but as Julie is staying with her Mum for now after their loss I have little to do here other than try and get on with things, and so I have listened a few times to a nice new […]

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Wednesday 14th December

December 14, 2011

I am afraid no post this evening. Today, Julie’s father passed away suddenly.  John was a wonderful, wonderful man- the perfect husband and father  and a man I looked up to as a great inspiration. He was a kind, selfless person of great integrity and a fantastically talented clockmaker and repairer, whose talents I have […]

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Tuesday 13th December

December 14, 2011

OK, so extremely tried tonight. I was up at 4.30AM to go to work, put in nine hours of hard graft, then spent an hour doing stuff for my family before later this evening heading into London to catch a concert in the world’s coldest church, or rather a church with noisy heating, so comfort […]

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Monday 12th December

December 13, 2011

Very tired tonight, and up at four to go back into work, so no post tonight. I have little to write about really, so as when this happens in real life conversation, perhaps I’ll discuss the weather… It has been revolting here all day, heavy rain and really strong winds that meant driving home from […]

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Sunday 11th December

December 12, 2011

Today was fun. I spent much of it in the company of good people- Simon Reynell, plus the musicians Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Ferran Fages, Lee Patterson, Rob Curvengen, Stephen Cornford and Patrick Farmer. When you have just finished a long, very hard week of work there are few better ways to spend a Sunday. Thanks […]

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Saturday 10th December

December 11, 2011

There is only one thing I hate more than Christmas, and that’s Christmas parties. Tonight was my annual work affair and it was, as ever, quite excruciating, but hey I showed my face and did my bit and its over now for another year. Sigh… I’m a bit late home though, so tonight’s review will […]

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Friday 9th December

December 9, 2011

Now, here is something amusing, or tragic, depending on how you look at it. I was recently sent a parcel of CDs by Ernesto Rodrigues at the Creative Sources label. It contained twenty or so CDs, about a dozen new releases plus some older items, I think chosen by Ernesto to try and find items […]

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Thursday 8th December

December 8, 2011

Taking a night off tonight. Work really wore me down today, and its now nearly 11PM and have only just changed out of work clothes. I also have packages containing new releases on the B-boim and Wandelweiser labels here, and the temptation to play one of those rather than something I have been playing of […]

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Wednesday 7th December

December 7, 2011

This may sound like a daft thing for me to say, given what I do and write here every night, but I am really enjoying music at the moment. I never really stop enjoying it of course, but from time to time the energies wane a little. Right now though, as we enter a ridiculously […]

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Tuesday 6th December

December 7, 2011

The first thing that hits you about 音影, the new CD from the Seoul based trio of Hong Chulki, Jin Sangtae and Kevin Parks is the cover image- a photo of cigarette ends and empty oyster shells all thrown together in a pile. The image is striking for a number of reasons, but we wonder […]

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Monday 5th December

December 5, 2011

Bit of an odd CD tonight, or rather, a bit of a strange combination of sounds and approaches to improvisation that kind of works simply because in theory it really shouldn’t. The disc is a duo album by Manuel Mota (electric guitar) and Jason Kahn (percussion and analogue synth) named Espirito Santo and released on […]

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Sunday 4th December

December 5, 2011

Tonight, another in the Mini Kwanyin series of Cdr releases, this time a disc by the label’s owner, the Chinese electronics musician Yan Jun, one of two or three he sent me. I’ll get to the others soon. The album is divided into eight tracks, but after three or four listens I had not realised […]

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Saturday 3rd December

December 4, 2011

OK, so I made it to five successive reviews but there’s no way I can write a sixth tonight. My day was busy- up at 4.30AM, off to work at 5.15AM, home again at three for all of a quarter of an hour before heading out again with Julie to go to London, where we […]

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Friday 2nd December

December 3, 2011

Today is Julie’s birthday and so much of the day was spent pampering her while in a haze of sleep deprivation induced exhaustion. I grabbed a few hour’s kip tonight though, and since waking have been listening repeatedly to a very beautiful set of five pieces of composed music. The recordings, one piece each by […]

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Richard Kamerman – I’m sick of coming up with titles

December 2, 2011

Cassette Copy for your Records Home late tonight. I was up very early, but then went over to see in Julie’s birthday tonight.  So tonight’s review is going to be a brief one, about a relatively brief piece of music. The release in question is another cassette, two sides of music lasting probably six or […]

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