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Verlaines Death And The Maiden - Cover Art - 1983

20/9/17 – The Verlaines – Death And The Maiden – 1983

From Aldous Harding to Neil Finn, New Zealand, like Iceland, brings forth more crucial artists than their population might expect. The Verlaines, led since their formation in 1981 by singer songwriter and guitarist Graeme Downes, first appeared as part of the Flying Nun label’s early Double Dunedin EP release that also featured The Chills, Sneaky […]

Wings Of Desire still

4/7/17 – David Bowie – Sons Of The Silent Age – 1977 / As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson AKA Sam – 1942

Nine hours on a bus from Berlin to Cologne/Bonn airport where Olivia’s Dad Gerd is picking us up. On the bus, a driver that told us we couldn’t eat and only use the loo in an emergency. “No crumbling food” he said in German, “kein krümeliges Essen”. So I provocatively pulled out my cadbury’s flake […]

Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

21/4/17 – Nick Cave And Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow – 1996 / Charlie Monroe – Down In The Willow Garden – 1947

Where The Wild Roses Grow was written by Nick Cave with Kylie Minogue in mind. I’m not sure he planned to murder her but the concept fitted nicely onto his Murder Ballads album released in 1996 on Mute records. Inspired by Down In The Willow Garden (also known as Rose Connelly), Irish in origin and adapted in […]

Cream Denmark 1968

10/4/17 – Cream – World Of Pain / We’re Going Wrong – Copenhagen – 1968

Staying at Anekdoten singer and guitarist, Nicklas Barker’s flat in Stockholm comes with a list of privileges for which we are truly grateful. It’s a lovely place in a great location and apart from harbouring a real mellotron it also is home to a wonderful record collection. Over the next two weeks I will be […]