“If there’s any doubt there is no doubt”: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (2016)

Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since Sturgill Simpson released Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.  His second album found him dragging outlaw country right into these troubled modern times (and drawing comparisons to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard and the likes).  It was a far better album than the hype would suggest (yeah, I … Continue reading “If there’s any doubt there is no doubt”: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (2016)

“I’m the burning bush, I’m the burning fire, I’m the bleeding volcano” – The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue (1980)

This was the first Rolling Stones album I bought on vinyl.  Not one that folks hold in high regard, but I've always had a bit of a soft spot for it. Don't get me wrong, there are times I just can't be bothered with it at all.  See, the thing with Emotional Rescue is that … Continue reading “I’m the burning bush, I’m the burning fire, I’m the bleeding volcano” – The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue (1980)

“Staring at the stars wondering what it’d be like to get to go that far”: Burning Tree – Burning Tree (1990)

I picked this one up recently cause it was £4.99 on Discogs and I've been looking to add this long forgotten album to my record collection.  It's strange when you listen to albums like this.  Y'know, the type that are largely ignored and become forgotten until, in 2121, the Indiana Jones of record digging uncovers it … Continue reading “Staring at the stars wondering what it’d be like to get to go that far”: Burning Tree – Burning Tree (1990)

“Not before Christmas!”: The December Record Round-Up

It's been quite a year. The last few months have just whizzed past ... a blur, you could say.  Brilliant, though.  Truly brilliant.  I still haven't done too much of the crate digging shenanigans, but browsing eBay and Discogs at lunchtimes and in the wee small hours has made up for it.  I did also stretch … Continue reading “Not before Christmas!”: The December Record Round-Up

“That’s the best record you’ve brought into this house”: The November Record Round-Up

November turned out to be something of a swift month (much like this month!). Time has just gotten away and loads of stuff appears to have crept up.  No jaunts to record stores to report, either.  I did, however, use the internets to add two records to the collection. Walking Papers - Walking Papers (Sunyata, … Continue reading “That’s the best record you’ve brought into this house”: The November Record Round-Up

“Hurrah! for Discogs”: The August Record Round-Up

I love records. Discovering new ones and re-discovering old favourites. I've said this before, right?  This month I've ticked off a couple of 'need to hear' records and, more importantly, nabbed a few of my grail list items (one of which is somewhere in Royal Mail's system as I type).  Not particularly difficult to get … Continue reading “Hurrah! for Discogs”: The August Record Round-Up

“I need something to help me chase the Devil away”: Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio (2014)

Before he explored a more eclectic and brash sound, Mark Lanegan was establishing himself as the 'grunge' generation's Johnny Cash.  Prior to a stint in Queens of the Stone Age, Lanegan had released a bunch of stellar albums that explored that rich tapestry of dusty Americana.  Like Cash, his songs focussed on the darker side of … Continue reading “I need something to help me chase the Devil away”: Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio (2014)

“Prehistoric phenomenon”: Headless Kross – Volumes (2015)

I never much liked metal or any of the prefixes, suffixes, genres or sub-genres.  Especially the stuff with the screaming.  Lordy, that's always been a bit too much for me.  However, despite my dislike of metal, I started to really dig the whole 'doom' thing about ten years ago after discovering the awesome sounds of … Continue reading “Prehistoric phenomenon”: Headless Kross – Volumes (2015)