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Best Videos of 2015
December 24, 2015, 5:52 am
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from a series of four … the other three plus key links here

filmed live and in one incredible take – you need to know that….

the more you get to know about Ariel Pink the more that you want to know more  – from my 7 songs in 7 days post

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April 3, 2015, 10:42 am
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BWH Stop at Good Company

Wish I had bought this when I saw online that it was in the reduced box at Andrew Sinclair’s Good Company record shop. At the time I only thought it had a nice cover but never got around to listening to it and I have now and its a total Double A

Sandra, Sylvester and Ralphi
February 8, 2015, 3:54 am
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sandra bernhard sylvester crop



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Claude Mono Top Ten of 2013
December 19, 2013, 2:47 pm
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Here are my top ten favourite songs for 2013 (unless I change them). Because I listen to a lot of music across a lot of sub-genres these songs are the ones that when I listen to them they just stick in my head…I think that is a scoring formula that is entirely honorable and respectful of the artist’s creative process and one that can be tested by others who may be interested in my little self-indulgent list…

Near misses…

Express Rising – Worry Your time

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus – Come Holy Spirit– a reissue

Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune

Tomorrow’s World(Jean-Benoît Dunckel)  – So Long My Love  – still love this but its actually 2012

Spazzkid – Forgiveness (Live in my bedroom) – or 40 Winks – one of these really should have got in Top Ten…


10 – Bill Withers – Can We Pretend True buried treasure I only just discovered this year

9 – Jessica Pratt – Night Faces Echoes of Laurel Canyon with her crystalline voice  and acoustic guitar – buy the album

8 – Nimble Animal – Back n Forth I am pretty sure I am the only one who thinks this is special as I had to load up a Youtube myself!!

7 – The Limiñanas – My black Sabbath – this years Jean-Benoit Dunckel

6 – Psychemagik – La Paix Est Une Fleur How could such an amazing track me previously unreleased (just sitting there)  and also one that is so full of respect to the 70s original

5 – Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You Shuggie meets Cody meets Prince meets OutKast

4 – Saint Pepsi – Hit Vibes Trailer Its only 57 seconds but what a 57 seconds

3 – Oneohtrix Point Never – Zebra You know that feeling when you here a certain incredible  song twice but don’t catch the artist (I mean here think back pre-digital streaming and playlists)

2 – Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy

An acoustic-psych wonder that just builds and builds


1 – Pharrell Williams – Happy I am probably hearing it a bit too much now but when I first heard it I thought it was an old soul single just touched up – love the video also – this nailed it for me and even became a huge hit too – rare

Right Look Right Moves
July 27, 2013, 9:16 am
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Girl in video

Melody’s Echo Chamber

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Jonathan Jeremiah
April 20, 2013, 12:42 pm
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How did I miss Jonathan Jeremiah?

Almost universally panned by the critics but slowly becoming an anti-star thanks to some really nice videos out on the interweb and managing to keep a low profile I love this guy.

Jonathan Jeremiah is like a magic mix of Neil Diamond, The Peddlers, and Nick Drake, I love his AOR meets folk meets soul sound – even if no one else does…

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Michaels Jackson’s Roller Skating Disco Party
April 14, 2013, 6:16 am
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