Friday, 31 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
adventures close to home
tomorrow is finally take the caught by the river book back to the library day. it's a lovely thing even for the desperately terrified of the countryside and wish that fishing was a bit more about fish spotting than fish hooking bashing and eating homebody type. in a desperate effort to show willing we set off last week on a real life river expedition all packed lunches and sturdy brogues photocopied bits of the valley of the dead cars bit of book and thanking the heavens that the mrs can do directions and maps and paying attention cos at first it looked like everything had been lost to the olympic farce till she bravely led us past 1000litre tubs of hydrochloric acid dumped in the middle of the road to a little gap in the buildings and sunshine and the river.
i think we'd probably missed our best chance by about a quater of a century now that most of the hackney end has been swallowed by stadiums and mile after mile of developers cheap nasty already crumbling wet dreams but there was still someone cleaning out the pool of the old big breakfast house and ducks and the bryant and may matchgirls strike factory through the trees and a nice sit down at three mills's bizarre towers and eventually too the ghost of bow gas works and long lost memorials hiding in the bushes and scrap yards and pylons and deadly battery recycling and flyovers and 'alright darlin' scaffolders and on all the way to the thames and lighthouses and diners. and a river i never really knew was there all these years. cheers chaps.
larry jon wilson - ohoopee river bottomland
roy orbison - river
and there's more - orbison acts! without glasses! has anyone ever seen this?
Friday, 24 July 2009
down by law
a bit of sherlocking after a bunch of stop this now you evil evil woman notices led me straight to the fine folks of ace records reissuers extraordinaire who i've clearly upset with my scratchy crackly ain't this just lovely versions of hits for free we should all've been buying on their fine cd packages. and i'm sure we have been buying them too. for dancers only most especially is a wondrous thing for which i will love them forever. and this lot too obviously.
the impressions - we're a winner
chuck jackson and maxine brown - love is hurting thing
the delfonics - hey love
timi yuro - hurt
lorez alexandria - baltimore oriole
king curtis - instant groove
the marvellos - in the sunshine
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
so it's goodbye moon for another decade or until some hero or other pops off but we know don't we children that the wonder never stops and every snatched glow swells our hearts oh yes indeed.
so let's pour a large one and pray for a little break in the cloud and let bobby dylan play us some fine fine music
theme time radio hour archive pick episode 32 and i'll catch you on the flip flop
Monday, 20 July 2009
after the flood
post traumatic stress just about wearing off happily developing a healthy window closing obsession and barely letting the little beauties out of my sight after last weeks watery horrors and giving a few classics i'd been cruely neglecting a play out most especially this folk funk favourite
ellen mcilwaine - toe hold
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
brink of disaster
it rained last week loads and loads and loads. buckets. we were giggling like idiots eating ice cream soaked through ooooohing and ahhhhing at the duck pond in regents park wandering if it really was nice weather for ducks and getting wetter and wetter and not being able to think of another place we'd rather be dripping than just there with the little waterfall and the ducks and all. as long as the lightening didn't get us and it didn't so that was alright.
home all squelchy and some clever clogs had left the windows open. okay i'd left the windows open and it was just the sort of rain that bounces in in huge dollops and turns your bed into a much less comfy and inviting spot than it should've been and your piles of 45s into things that really don't think that having paper covers was quite the bright idea they'd always thought it was and that if they'd wanted a wash they'd bloomin' well've asked for one. and with warmer water at that. so they all had to get stripped and naked and dried off tenderly their poor sodden sleeves dripping and pathetic not sure at all if they'd ever see little chunks of black plastic ever again.
and now all but about twenty of the brave little soldiers are back snug and smart if a bit crinkled and curled at the edges. and washed. and there'll be brand new threads on the way for the worst hit too don't you worry sweethearts.
so let's let the little lovelies do what they do best
lamont dozier - why can't we be lovers
and a little bonus
lesley gore - brink of disaster
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
still reeling from saturdays overload of superheroes tears in the drizzle internationale singing moon powered mile wide smiles banners and books and booze buzz buzz buzzing
a huge roar of righteous organ groove anthem sounds like the only thing to play
clarence wheeler and the enforcers - right on
Friday, 3 July 2009
torture in my heart
it's that time again duckies for a shameful linger in the murk of dansey place or perhaps a nice furtive lurk in the shadows of piccadilly arches. or jimmy somerville in trafalgar square if you're that way inclined. me i''l be saluting brigadistas and then getting overexcited about being in the same room as the second man on the moon. but i'll be thinking of you.
johnnie ray - just walking in the rain
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
saturday the 4th of july jubilee gardens on the southbank one o'clock that's where you'll find me getting all lip trembley and fist clenchy and international brigadesy. do come along if you like a bit of commemorating.
pat kelly - try to remember
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