This week, I have mostly been listening to, Cat Power – the stage name of American singer songwriter Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall. Before this project started, my only exposure to Cat Power was her song Sea of Love, used to wonderful effect in Juno. What I didn’t know is that there are eleven studio albums…… Continue reading Music Jar – week 3
Here we go. Each week, I take the name of an artist or band from a pickle jar, listen to them and try not to be quite as ignorant to the work of female musicians. This week was the turn of New Zealand singer-songwriter, Aldous Harding. My thanks to Jamie for the recommendation. I wasn’t…… Continue reading Music Jar – week 2
A new year means a new jar. I’ve got an actual pickle jar from Katz Deli this time around. The aim is to introduce myself to new music, specifically music made my women. Each week, I’ll take one of 52 pieces of paper from the jar and listen to the artist featured. This week was…… Continue reading Music Jar – week 1
In 2020, I stole the concept of using a music jar to expand the music I listened to by putting the names of 52 musical artists or bands in a pickle jar, taking one out a week and listening to them, learning about bands I hadn’t taken the time with before. It happened to coincide…… Continue reading Music Jar 2022
Not flying anywhereAs clichéd as it may be, I am guilty of having previously listed “wanderlust” in my Instagram bio. Given everything that’s happened (or not) this year, it’s no surprise that I have not flown. I’m trying to think of the last year that went by prior to 2021 where I didn’t get away…… Continue reading Unexpected in 2021
On Sunday, I was released from COVID captivity and took my godsons (8 and 10 (I know, shit names)) to see Spider-Man: No Way Home with their dad. It sometimes helps to have the pair of us there to wrangle them. The vast majority of the time, it is like herding cats. Now, NWH (as…… Continue reading No Way Home: a spoiler-free review
I’m writing this from my sickbed, a stack of magazine, books and Lemsip Max at my side as I ache my way through a third day of the symptoms that haven’t completely wiped me out but reduce me to something less than. I am not very good at being ill. For the last two years…… Continue reading COVID In The Bingo Hall.
It seems like an insane amount of time but it has been ten years since the band I was previously a third of, Negative Panda Society, released their second EP and played their last gig together. I sometimes think about the version of myself I was ten years ago. Would I be happy with what…… Continue reading Trendy Denim Hymns
It will come as little surprise to anyone that I am a huge Wes Anderson fan. The first time I was exposed to his work was when, at college and obsessed with The Catcher in the Rye, a friend lent me his VHS copy of Rushmore, which he sold to me as “the film version…… Continue reading The French Dispatch Exhibition
It feels like we have all been waiting a long time for this film to arrive. This is in part due to the global pandemic. I’ve seen the trailer for NTTD so many times that set pieces in the film made themselves apparent before the plot had a chance to do so. It was like…… Continue reading No Time To Die.