Afterword favourite? Well, she blinkin’ well ought to be. The rather splendid Kathleen Edwards has a new album out in August. After 8 years of coffee shop owning – Quitters in downtown Stittsville, Ontario since you asked – Kathleen Edwards has been enticed back into music making. If this track is anything to go by it’s a very welcome return.
Some may of course disagree. But for sheer class from an artist at the top of his game, Jason Isbell’s new one takes some beating. The quality trails off a little towards the end maybe, but I’d be surprised if this doesn’t make it into the AW top 10 of 2020. Here’s one of the best tracks on the album, a guitar-led slice of 70s Laurel Canyon-esque melancholia with some insightful lyrics. What’s not to like?
I’ve not visited HMV for ages, mainly because all my local branches have disappeared either as a result of the latest receivership and rescue, or because of closure forced on them by unreasonable rent costs. However, visiting a branch yesterday that has relocated because of rent issues was a salutary experience. It was empty; not a single customer passed through the door in the 20 minutes I spent browsing. Even visiting a record shop felt like a step back in time. They were well stocked too – masses of vinyl, racks and racks of DVDs. DVDs for heaven’s sake, who buys them any more? Prices were generally pretty competitive, equally anything online, but you do wonder how long this can go on. Okay, so it was a Tuesday morning in a small provincial town, in a location not likely to generate passing trade, but even so….
I bought a couple of DVDs (2 obscure World Cinema flicks since you asked), and noticed by the till enormous quantities of Garth Cartwright’s Going For a Song, a rather good book about the demise of the record shop. Slashed to £4.99, and irony upon irony, clearly not selling. It was all rather sad » Continue Reading.
Gents, if you’ve had one you’ll know exactly what I mean. Not the best way to start a Friday, but mercifully brief and thankfully clear, although I’ve been worrying about the procedure and the results for the best part of two weeks.
Amongst my trawling of Dr Google, I discovered that tests have been carried out in South Korea that show that music played during the er, probe, is the best way of soothing the furrowed brow of the cystoscopy patient. Which of course got me thinking…..what songs would be most appropriate to this, or indeed any other anxiety inducing situation?