St Nick

End of the year. Pause and reflect. These we have loved, and lost. Those who died in 2018 include Aretha and Pete Shelley from music, John Hurt and Bernardo Bertolucci from film. But one other death is more significant for me. Who is the best British film director? Lean, Powell, …

Pete’s Gone, Joe’s Gone, David’s gone … But Keef is still going strong!

It was sad to see that the relatively young man Pete Shelley left us: Most musical of mourners, weep again! There seems to be no rhyme or reason when these icons drop and good old Keith Richards, who has looked dead for 20 years at least is till trucking along.  …

Too Much Blood?

Any reasonably astute reader of this blog will know that we have great affection and admiration for Dylan’s masterpiece: Blood on the Tracks.  But one has to question if maybe the master has gone too far with his latest release: Volume 14 of the Bootleg Series, More Blood More Tracks. …

National Album Day

So, while Max regales us with tales of his sheltered upbringing (he made up for it later), let’s note that it is National Album Day, today: 13 October 2018. It is great to see this celebrated on the BBC all day, with special mention going to the Mastertapes discussion with …

Nick Lowe and His Sound

Sometimes I think The Consul and I live in parallel universes: Squonk Regarding American Squirm I too purchased the single because of the “B” side that was actually sung by the other Elvis. To this day, although Nick Lowe wrote the song, I think Costello’s version is not only better, …

Squonk

I’m lovin it — no, not McDonalds you schmuck; I mean Maxim Max’s post about NL. I remember pur—–chasing that par—-ticular re—-cord back in the day; mainly ‘cos What’s So Funny was on the other side. But yes it fed into the trashing of American mythology along with Radio Radio …

Choices

What a dilemma. I found these two tomes in a bookshop and thought I’d take a photo of them together. Do you care, like Felicity, and give a Fig and put lots of effort in trying to succeed with your goals; or do you, like Mark, believe that striving is …