Friday, January 12, 2018

Tonight! Live! The Day Ends and Balaban and the Bald Illeagles!



Sadly it's a little too far for me to make these days but if you're in or around the Stourbridge area tonight get along to Claptrap for a trio of bands, including the incomparable The Day Ends. It's just £2 to get in too. TWO ROTTEN QUID. Now that's what I call a January sale.

I suspect The Day Ends may well have a totally new set and line up tonight, that's the kind of band they are, but here's a Sleaford Mods baiting cut from last year.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Black day indeed...




Many will know that today's the second anniversary of the death of David Bowie but it's also the date on which Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) suffered the devastating brain injury (in a car crash) that ended his life a couple of weeks later. I'm reasonably convinced that, had he lived, Colin was ripe for rediscovery. Of course Wonderful Life's a pretty great song to be remembered for but his entire back catalogue's littered with low key but mournfully beautiful tracks, like this little gem:



"Life should never feel small"...wise words. RIP.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Go! Team - Mayday




Pretty sure I'll be preaching to the converted (or quite possibly the perverted) here but if you haven't heard some of the fruits of The Go! Team's new album do your ears a favour and get stuck in. Pretty much every track they've ever done's an absolute belter and this one, Mayday, is quite possibly the best since the mighty T.O.R.N.A.D.O



Thursday, January 04, 2018

Tune-Yards - Look At Your Hands




Okay so the tune's been around for a few weeks now but the album's out this month so that's a good enough excuse to pop Tune-Yards' Look At Your Hands up on here. It's a little bit soulful, it's a little bit 80s...well quite a lot 80s actually...and more than a little bit brilliant. If nothing else it should make this first week back at work just that bit easier. Enjoy!

PS: Here's the rather awesome vid for ABC, another track from the album. Probably best not to microwave your own head though...just a suggestion.



Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Arise Sir Marc...




Chuffed to hear that Marc Almond's finally been recognised in the New Year's Honours list for his almost 40 year career and charity work with Headway. Okay so it might not be a Knighthood yet but at this rate he'll be Sir Marc before he gets his telegram from the Queen / King...

Friday, December 22, 2017

It's the annual Chris-mix!




As has somehow become the tradition at Baron Towers I trawl the internet to find a suitably funky Christmas mix for everyone out there who's a little bored with the Now That's What I Call Christmas tape that gets dug out every year. This year some generous soul called Bill Brewster's come up with the goods. Whatever you're doing have a cool yule y'all!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Squeeze - F-Hole




Dug out my vinyl (vinyl...it's the future) copy of Squeeze's East Side Story on Sunday and I'd forgotten just what a gem it was. If you think you know Squeeze cop a listen to the psychy/proggy/Beatlesy F-Hole. Ruddy good innit?