My Favourite Albums of 2021

Hey, long time no see, Internet. Here I am, re-emerging from my year-long hibernation to participate in the annual record recap/love-in. It’s been quite the year, but you already know that. It’s been a year for music too, which is something you probably also already know. Here are my choice cuts from the last twelve… Read More My Favourite Albums of 2021

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Answering the Question, Fourteen Months Late (On toe and My Favourite Song)

I don’t know how other to start this post than with the line: I went for a drink with a woman once. It wasn’t by definition a date, and I’m not entirely sure that we knew each other well enough at the time to even qualify as friends, but we went for a drink and,… Read More Answering the Question, Fourteen Months Late (On toe and My Favourite Song)

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The CRM Monday Mix #1 (Something New)

This afternoon I sat down to write a poem inspired by Kayo Chingonyi’s recent collection Kumukanda. It’s a wonderful debut collection, rooted heavily in a childhood spent immersed in music. It finds him laboring over mixtapes and old cassette players, spacing the seconds between songs to ensure smooth transitions and optimal exposure. I read it… Read More The CRM Monday Mix #1 (Something New)

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Record of the Day #21 – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Greatest Hits

I’m not a big advocate of greatest hits compilations. I see their merit, but I tend to treat them cynically – not as cash grabs, but mostly just as unnecessary. I can appreciate the appeal of having a record of nothing but hits, in that the experience is normally a much stronger one than a… Read More Record of the Day #21 – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Greatest Hits

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A Lonely Ghost Burning – Oneiric Escapisms

Started in early-2015, the Oneiric Escapism branch of all-things A Lonely Ghost Burning offered something different, the intentions of the compilations varying from those of the counterparts. Here, the emphasis was on finding something sonically absorbing, and the artists considered seemed intent on spellbinding a listener instead of simply soundtracking a mood or moment. It was an… Read More A Lonely Ghost Burning – Oneiric Escapisms

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A Lonely Ghost Burning – Alternative Melodies Aplenty

A Lonely Ghost Burning‘s Alternative Melodies series of compilations seeks to promote the work of artists primarily from the genres of rock and indie, with the many sub-genres covered also. Each release boasts a selection of songs rife with heart and energy, dynamic and anthemic, from the finding-its-feet feel of the initial Alt / Punk moniker to the streamlined… Read More A Lonely Ghost Burning – Alternative Melodies Aplenty

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1,000 words for America, from a quiet English city on a Wednesday night.

“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956. I can’t stand my own mind. America when will we end the human war?” – Allen Ginsberg, 1956 This time last year, I had been living in Columbus, Georgia for four weeks. I was travelling as a student… Read More 1,000 words for America, from a quiet English city on a Wednesday night.

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On the Importance of the iPod, Over the Years

I turned twenty-two yesterday. I heard Taylor Swift’s hit song 22 probably more than twenty-two times yesterday. Probably twenty-three Turning twenty-two means that it’s been twelve years since I owned my first iPod. At ten, to celebrate moving into double-digits, my parents bought me an iPod Mini, in bright blue. I think they bought it… Read More On the Importance of the iPod, Over the Years

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