So in my travels I stumbled across this article on the 150 albums created by women.

This prompted me to write a long, angry, ranty blog post about how badly I think female artists have been treated by music critics (indeed by critics of all the arts), which I then deleted. I then wrote another much more moderate blog from scratch, and that also turned into a long angry ranty blog post. And so this time I showed it to Hannah, and said: can you just have a look at this for me? I’m not quite happy with what I’m saying here, but I’m not quite sure why.

And she said that, whilst it would basically be fine to publish with maybe a few tweaks, there was perhaps a very outside chance that some readers might interpret it as… possibly… mansplaining Feminism.

Which is exactly the thing I was worried about but couldn’t quite put my finger on.

Being male, my second-hand outrage is of no real importance to anyone, even me. And it wasn’t even supposed to be my original point. So here I go one last time, with that pitfall in mind. Continue reading

I’ve been meaning to recommend this 2010 album for ages. I can still remember the car journey when I was sitting in the back and had to lean forward and ask: ‘excuse me, can you tell me what the fuck this music is right at this very moment, if you’d be so kind?’

I’m pretty sure the track being played was ‘Riot Rhythm’. As someone who spent their formative years trying (and failing miserably) to record music that sounded terrifying heavy, it’s not that often that music just blows me away through sheer force of sound. But this was a way of creating that oh-my-god-the-speakers-are-going-to-explode that I’d never heard before. Although there are some great lyrics too, and a really good sense of angular but catchy melody.

This has definitely been one of my go-to albums for those “I must destroy the world, but thoroughly this time…” moods we all get.

Current Favourite Track:

Despite them doing HEAVY so well, my favourite track as always been the least heavy on the album: ‘Rill Rill’.

The tagline of the Eulogize This site is ‘Praising the peaks of culture’.  Culture is music, literature, drama, cinema, painting, ceramics, architecture… it’s the epic artistic statements that form the basis of tourist attractions, pub quizzes and Monty Python sketches.  But of course it’s also much more than that.  Aside from ‘timeless’ culture, there is also everyday culture: advertisements, jingles, internet memes, gossip, and the style of television documentaries known as reality TV.  These things are generally not given the same acclaim, and they’re not designed to get it.  They’re built to be kind of disposable: the Amazon packing cardboard of our shared experience.  But in this article I would like to sing the praises of one such reality TV show — DIY SOS : The Big Build. Continue reading

This month’s folky recommendation is the 2014 album Wide Awake by Joy Kills Sorrow.

And it appears courtesy of Spotify changing my music-listening habits and stopping me from listening to the same 12 albums over and over again.

Great songwriting. Great singing. And sort of developing a theme of recommending mandolin virtuosi

Current Favourite Song:

Fun though their cover of The Postal Service’s 2003 hit ‘Such Great Heights’ is, it’s actually the first track: ‘Was It You’.

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!

DOESN’T EVERYONE LOOK YOUNG!!

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

I was looking on YouTube for Playford tunes*, and I stumbled on this.

Arranged and recorded by Bear McCeary, composer to the stars and general musician-at-arms for (amongst other things) the TV series Black Sails, which is kind of Pirates of the Caribbean meets Game of Thrones. I haven’t watched any of the episodes (I’m not sure how to get it in Ol’ Blighty) but it looks like a lot of fun.

The Parson’s Farewell has always been one of my favourite Playford tunes, and many many people have done versions of it. I’ve never heard a Hollywood version before. Continue reading