Time to crack open another ‘vaults’ artefact. From way back in February 2015, in the Vaults in central Oxford, this is a version of Tom Waits’s magnificent Fish & Bird by Faceometer and myself, that’s very dark (photographically) and a bit insane, and we both seem to be competitively shooting up and up into the highest registers of falsetto. “Is it a fish? Is it a bird? No! It’s… the only way we seem to be able to wind this song up.” To be fair, I started it…

Anyway, if you haven’t heard the original song before, it’s on Waits’s album Alice, and I think it’s one of his best. (And from me, that’s saying something.)

I’m starting early with the Half Moon All Stars nostalgia.

Personally, I think this was one of our most fun gigs.  We still had Jane, we still had Mark — I think we might have even still had Kate!


Anyway, that’s great… it starts with an earthquake…

Don’t think I’ve yet shared this live version of March’s bonus tune.

Spring doesn’t usually come until mid April in these parts, but it really seems to be busting out all over, and currently – writing as I am from my boat on the river – I would have to say I concur with this tune’s sentiments.