The Railroad Band – Ultratumba
My friends from The Railroad Band have released a new album, Ultratumba, which I helped recording and producing between December 2020 and January 2021. It’s a beautiful record featuring 12 exciting brand new songs which we are now attempting to press on vinyl. To do this, a crowdfunding page has been set up. Don’t miss…
The Bedsit People. Part 5.
It’s not until you move away that you realise how utterly bizarre the place you grew up is and how different life is elsewhere. Unless you choose to live in some kind of bubble, surrounded by people of your own kind, your brain will be rebooted. Which can only be a good thing. The one…
The Bedsit People. Part 4.
Giuseppe is a stocky, balding man, in his early 50s. A nervous, straightforward kind of guy, a bit of a brute. Quintessential Italian, laddish at times, especially when talking about women. An old-fashioned type, an eccentric entrepreneur, a go-getter. When I say stocky I don’t necessarily mean that he’s fat. He keeps himself in good…
The Bedsit People. Part 3.
Lots of first times lately. First time I hear the word concierge. First job, first paycheck. First time I wear a suit and a tie. They didn’t have a suit my size, so they gave me one the next size up. It’s so baggy that it makes me look like an idiot. On top of…
The Bedsit People. Part 2.
It’s like being born again. With no artifice. No fanfare. The howl of burning rubber and the muffled sound of a flight attendant announce the start of a new chapter. I’ve shelved the previous one, twenty years of cute, harmless little events. None of that really matters at this point. There’s a new world, a…
Emitt Rhodes (1950-2020)
Sad to hear the news of Emitt Rhodes’ passing. I discovered his music when I was 16 or 17. His music instantly became an important part of those years and an inspiration for my own stuff. I couldn’t believe that he was my age when he was in The Merry-Go-Round, writing some incredible songs, including…
My top 20 Bob Dylan albums
Inspired by the latest Dylan album and a list by the Ultimate Rock Magazine that I strongly disagreed with, I decided to rank my top 20 favourite Bob Dylan studio albums, from the 39 that he has published in total. I’m not including Bootleg Series and live records. It’s been a hard task, and not…
Bupkis Zine Feature
Some of the photographs I took during lockdown have been featured on the brilliant Bupkis Zine blog. Worth checking these guys out and ordering their beautifully printed issues.
The Bedsit People. Part 1.
Dead end street, W2. Number 34. The carpet has recently been replaced, badly. There are small gaps here and there and the odd nail head sticking out – bright silver dots in a winding river of dark burgundy. Excess matting rests against the wall in every corner. It doesn’t silence the squeaking and creaking, which…
My favourite Film Noirs
In no particular order…. Touch of Evil (1958) Dir. Orson Welles. With Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Wells. -Come on, read my future. -You haven’t got any. Your future is all used up. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Dir. John Huston. With Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen. –People are being cheated, robbed, murdered,…
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