Monday, 24 December 2012
wishing you the very bestestest festives sweet dears... here it'll be rainy beaches with pudding as the tide comes in and whatever brilliant oddity of italian seventies cinema the missus has dug up next with a bag of pic'n'mix. be good now
jill scott - golden
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
on one of those glaring blinding beautiful days last week that make winter sneak into my favourite bits of the year i trained past the old kodak factory crumbling and shoddy and blew it a kiss of thanks for all that film that caught days just like this and sobbed at the horrid loss of elitechrome slide film most especially my very bestest camera pal... so let's have a week of colour
blossom dearie - long daddy green
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
oooh it's bitter out... bitter missus... you wrap up warm sweet dears and do remember that unless you are a very small child or a sticky peruvian bear your duffle should be large your toggles wooden and your loops ropey. there are no exceptions i'm afraid. strict i know but it's for your own good.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Friday, 23 November 2012
i do love ol' flannery's stories and hearing her reading one her very self in that voice i'll always read all her stories in from now on is an astounding wonder. treat yourselves sweetpeas...
flannery o'conner reads a good man is hard to find (1959)
much more at the indispenable open culture
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
more treats for your hearts and feet... miraculously we've managed to cobble together the records emma played at october's 99p hoohah and my they sound fine. i hope we see you down the stairs on the 1st dear pals
Friday, 16 November 2012
round about january or so most years i'm determindly not making resolutions not drinking less or running about more pretty darned sure there'll be let up in the putting off mooching about atery and brain thickening but i'm think this time or perhaps the time before i may've mummbled something about animal facts. i was going to learn some animal facts. possibly even learn some things aboout other things too but that seems insanely overenthusiastic. i have learned some animal facts too. well i've read a book and i thought it'd be nice to share the highlights. well done the observer's book of wild animals of the british isles. every home should have one.
"in kensington gardens and other parks in the london district a light grey squirrel may be seen, and thought to be a colour variartion of our native species. it is really an american visitor, distinct in colour and without tufts to the ears. some years ago the caged specimens in the zoological gardens, regent's park, had become so numerous that some of them were given their liberty. their numbers increased among the trees of the gardens, and they overflowed into the park, where they became so familiar as to accept food from the hands of delighted children. gradually, some of them developed exploring tendancies and made their way to the wooded grounds of suburban residences. british naturalists of a not-distant future will probably have to include two species of squirrels in their lists."
if you're good there'll be more top animal facts in the weeks to come
alton ellis - live and learn
Monday, 12 November 2012
Friday, 9 November 2012
it's the 99p soul winter fete. well it's not really a fete it's some dancing in a small basement but all that overly jaunty flyer thingy has gone and got me carried away. it'd be lovely to see you if you're about.
lovely rob has done another of his mixcloud whatsits... it's his 99p soul top twenty and it's just as bloody marvelous as you'd expect. very obviously...
Thursday, 8 November 2012
sister ray garage girl group soul 45 anyone? how could you ever resist?
we had the flip side somewhere roundabout a time back i'm sure but record recordingless like i am just at the mo it's taken a while to track down a way to play this and send you scurrying off scrunched fiver gripped tight ...
available on a record from honest jons
a soul-source ad for the original..
Softiques - Two Kinds Of Boys/Bashful - Sheldon (Audition Record) Excellent minus condition a few very light sleeve marks visible under light. One of rarest Chicago girl records, two great sides Minimum bid £1500
Thursday, 1 November 2012
so this was supposed to be a halloween doohickey but heavens i'd all but worn my poor old self out mischief nighting knock a door running hedge jumping gate meddling ooooh untold milk bottle related catastrophing and hanging around outside the chipshop so yesterday was mainly first aid vitamins and timothy spall being scared of the sea. i did manage a pop down the co-op for sweets but the local youth were clearly too pampered to brave the rain and gales so now i'm lumbered with treat sized bags of buttons and no one to frighten right back with terrifying noise... happy november
cabaret voltaire - a thousand ways
the first gggrrrrmmfffffmmnnn of this and it's thirty years ago in a teenage bedroom. in the dark. and there are few scarier places than that.
Friday, 26 October 2012
it's feeling wooly and wrapped up all of a sudden out there and these nights closing in send me even soppier ... this popped up the other day and i'm sure it must've come via one of you lovely people but quite who and when i really haven't a clue. the lonesome musicers is my guess what with it being just their sort of beautiful. keep warm dear hearts...
linda perhacs - hey, who really cares
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
heavens to betsey they've only gone and listed the forton services tower. i know. i never thought english heritage had it in them. well done you. really. even the list entry is full of glories...
"distinguished by its unique landmark 22 m tower with cantilevered restaurant and sun deck... a new popularist architecture ideally suited to the democratic new aesthetic of the motorway, the Pennine Tower Restaurant acting both as a beacon to attract the passing motorists and as a glamorous vantage point from which they were able to enjoy spectacular prospects of the motorway below and more extensively over the miles of surrounding countryside through which they passing... evoking the modern glamour of 1960s air travel and also drawing on the progressive urban movement of this period of constructing towers with restaurants and observation platforms"
it's a top class bit of motorway too that bit of m6 between preston and lancaster. nice bridges. and don't give me any of that madison county nonesense neither. full of spikey youth squashed into all parts of pete's just about motor to chinatown and diner and breathless and all those picture house reels of wonder and orange juice at the sugarhouse memories teas and bensons and penine towers
now please save preston bus station
the pharoahs - freedom road
the full english heritage listing is here
more forton ...fortonservices.webs.com/
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
super rob ryan has mixclouded a pile of records to send you swooning and swinging. where he finds them no one knows...
Monday, 17 September 2012
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Monday, 3 September 2012
sorry it's been such a while honeypies but oh you know what with the rain and the wind and mopping the mrs's brow through the endless terror of windows 7 installation and all it's accompanying me moaning i couldn't work/find anything anymore and the sunny day grabbing and the not having a thing to wear no no what this old thing... and then the font madness the mad obbsessing the trawling through thousands and thousands of fonts fonts fonts only for it to be clarendon lt std bold all along. lovely lovely clarendon lt std bold. there are days i wish i'd tried to do cutting out and sticking on and moving that just the teensiest bit that way a whole lot better. you know with teachers and books and those funny pens that always block up and propelling pencils. oh propelling pencils. perhaps in my impending dotage. anyway all that fonting got me nowhere real slow for a while there and i gave up ever pinching an idea off of franko grignani and reached for the glorious sleeve of the tamba trio tempo lp the soul jazzers have just reissued and pinched a bit of that instead only to finally hit clarendon lt std bold just as the last bit of helvetica neue lt std went on all squidged close and unreadable just the way i like it so now we have two adverts for the next 99per and your thoughts on which we should go with would be a very helpful thing. very. things are swinging towards the one that tells you stuff and may possibly be legible when it's printed badly but i do like that little windmill really i do. it might just have to get saved for another day though. sorry to go on
the free design - now is the time
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
Friday, 3 August 2012
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
please please please be right little weather forecaster please please just this once this damp and gloom is kinda getting in these poor old bones and my it'd be grand to see the sun again some stars too and moonlight hey remember that lovers... in thanks and hope we offer you great wonder... rocksteady murder ballad mariachi horns and a spit in the jones's eye
sing it horace
horace andy - delilah
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
the softiques - two kinds of boys*
*get yours from the lovely people at honest jon's
Friday, 13 July 2012
oh for sweeping arches razor angles bus seat slashes...
here it's a wretched battle with untamable brutes... psychotic twins desperate for their individuality...
blossom dearie - the shape of things (live at ronnie scott's)
buy blossom at honest jon's. they've still got that 45 of i like london in the rain too
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Friday, 29 June 2012
this week has been try to get a grip on the beach boys week courtesy of an all bases covered selection flung this way with the all the aplomb we've come to expect from the very davy his lovely self. i wish i could say i was any grippier but still all i hear are those too tight trouser notes and all too perfect harmonising and occasional funny looking gent in a swimming pool bananasnesses. i nearly get it nearly nearly but can't quite find the wobbliness that always takes me or hits the part where the tears well. maybe it's just that when don't worry baby plays there should always be castanets...
ronnie spector - don't worry baby
now buy ronnie
Monday, 25 June 2012
i like washing up. there. now you know. i've just finished the pots and pans and plates and knives forks and spoons and the lemon squeezer and colander and chopping board and mugs and glasses. come to think of it there weren't any pots. just pans. anyway i like washing up. in the sink with a co-op foam scourer. a dishwasher here would be given the mrs doyle teamaster treatment merciless and ruthless. this stillness and sunshine must have thrown me mind you cos as a rule it's an in the morning thing radio four nattering or the windows wide to the tweety birds almost certainly the only thing all day i'll start and finish. i think that's why i like it. the ah yes that's all done then thing. the last teaspoon clanking into the rack. that and the splashing about obviously
lonnie smith - move your hand
Friday, 22 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
oh i know i rattling on about 99p soul again but oh you know i just can't help myself. i blame the four tops obviously. i'm afraid i do so like the idea that it's something for all the indoor far away past my bedtimers just as much as the troll along the farringdon roaders and that there can be record playing and hip swinging and very possibly old fashioned swilling for all of us.
to give you a sneak peek at the goings on i'd be awfully suprised if some of this sort of loveliness didn't fill the saturday night air...
carmel will be playing this
jackie wilson - try it again
rob will be playing this
willie gresham and the free food ticket - i cried boo hoo
mick will wish he could be playing this
young ladies - i'm tired of running around
and the mrs will be playing phyllis while i drink too much and dance appallingly
phyllis dillon - leave it in the hands of love
have an absolutely darling evening where ever you are dear things
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Friday, 8 June 2012
99p soul next saturday dear hearts and i've been having a small rummage...
oh you know barbara sings this number true but here's a version for the dancers well at least the early arrivers the foot tappers the hip swingers... i do so hope we see you there my sweets
the capitols - hello stranger
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
the very first tinkle of a note of this and it's a cold dark rainy monday night up the rickety stairs of the bass clef red stripe norman jay's original rare groove warm up hours ready for the lights to dim and aretha's rocksteady the leather boys hot pants and brollies and the london apprentice cream cheese beigels endless night bus waitings but it's just the thing for bank holidays too day out wishing and tea drinking with nothing to see here and willing another sunny day
donald byrd and the blackbyrds - places and spaces