Plugs

Strata – A discussion with Patrick Farmer

February 19, 2014

An ongoing (maybe five part, who knows?) discussion between myself and Patrick Farmer about an album by Tarab, field recording in general and a wealth of other barely tangential subjects has begun as a serialised exchange at The Field Reporter website. Patrick is an excellent musician, a fine writer, a good friend and a dreadful […]

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CD Reviews

Patrick Farmer, David Lacey – Pictures of Men

November 5, 2013

CD Copy for your Records Its not easy being a reviewer in this minuscule little niche area of music. To begin with, musicians rarely give much away about their work, preferring to “just put it out there to see how listeners respond to it”. This is fair enough, and certainly leaves you with a more […]

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Cassette Reviews

Mark So / Patrick Farmer – Split cassette

February 14, 2013

Windsmeasure Cassette I’ve written before more than once, and most recently in the latest issue of The Wire, about my admiration for Ben Owen’s packaging for his Windsmeasure label. The job he has done for the little cassette tape I am writing about tonight is as nice as ever. Really beautiful use of letterpress, quite […]

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Cassette Reviews

Stephen Cornford, Patrick Farmer, Jason Kahn – Bristol

October 18, 2012

Cassette and Download Pilgrim Talk Caveats first then- this cassette on the Pilgrim Talk label involves three musicians I consider to be friends, two of them very good friends. When Jason Kahn toured the UK back in February I had something to do with his tour, driving him about a bit. I also helped out […]

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Concert Reviews

Saturday 27th June

June 28, 2009

So how many improv  groups are there out there that can boast two members called Phil, two called Ben, a Jonathan, a John and a Jane and still have room for six others? So yes last night I made a hellish, hurried journey in ridiculously hot weather to catch the latest installment of Mark Wastell’s […]

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CD Reviews

Tuesday 21st April

April 22, 2009

Today just seemed a struggle from start to finish, but it was nice to get home this evening and fall in the bath with the latest copy of The Wire and something playing on the hi-fi. More about The Wire in a bit, but first the piece of music I listened to… Around a year […]

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CD Reviews

Monday 30th March

March 31, 2009

First of all thank you to everyone that wished me a happy birthday either here or elsewhere. As birthdays go I didn’t have a bad one at all. Cheers So back to listening to music again today after a bit of a palette cleansing weekend. I played a new release this morning by the UK […]

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CD Reviews

Thursday 29th January

January 29, 2009

Last night, or rather a 2AM this morning when I put the light out and went to bed, despite having been exhausted all day I couldn’t sleep. So I got up and put on a recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (a Simon Rattle / Berlin Philharmonic version on this occasion, I have a good few […]

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