Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ready... steady...


Starting the holidays with a marathon of my fave sitcom of all time, Father Ted. The episode next in the queue?

And, of course, I must not allow this bit o' the year pass without spinning this ditty, which is really my sole holiday tradition at my casa (sad, I know... ):

B/W "Bad News" (1987)

Friday, December 12, 2014

All in a day

A bit of this, that, and some of those in the studio tonight. Closing this current stint of "awakeness" with a glass or three of Chianti and one of my favourite albums released this decade. So, there!

Songs from the Shipyards (2012)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

From left field

A trawl through the web (firmly grounded in vanity and boredom) yielded the discovery that the tracks from the first full-lengther released by my long defunct group, The Fellow Americans, are available on YouTube, apparently courtesy of the site's automated "video discovery system". YouTube's automated system had created a channel for session musician Malcolm McNab, under which the videos can be found. The correlation between a musician who has worked with Spielberg and Zappa, and a mediocre garage rock band hailing from north Texas? CDBaby, it seems, as both of us have products on the site that we're peddling (which, admittedly, I have forgotten about). Technology can make strange bedfellows...

Presenting "Exhibit A":

Search For Numb (2007)

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Continued work on a Pop Clearinghouse project which originally began back in the spring of this year. For various personal reasons, this particular round of mucking about in the studio has been going at a pace slower than Phil Gramm doped up on goofballs. Two tunes have been completed, several scrapped, and one that is currently being reworked for the third time. These are not complex ditties, mind you, but the development of ideas has become a somewhat laborious and tedious process for yours truly over the past few years. Whinge, whinge, whinge, I know...

In the meantime (and since this is the month of generally blowing loads of dosh), a track from last year's release. About as festive as I will ever get:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Adieu, Ian

Small Faces, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (1968)

Ronnie Wood, The First Barbarians: Live from Kilburn (2007)