In which, as the year comes to it's end, our friends and collaborators look back and share their moments;
listening: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Burial. The very best of Éthiopiques. Skull Disco Soundboy Punishments. the Tectonic Plates comp. Pacific!. Anna Järvinen. Brazil 70. Holy Fuck. Studios remix of Brown Piano by A Mountain Of One. Battles. Aretha Franklins demo of Sweet Bitter Love. Weatheralls Sci-Fi Lo-Fi comp. Euros Childs The Miracle Inn. The Good, The Bad & The Queen. Robert & Alfie Wyatt. Edwyn Collins Home Again (live at The Arts Theatre). This is Lovers Rock on Greensleeves. The Proclaimers Life With You. Chaz Jankel My Occupation comp. both the George Jackson tracks on Kents Can’t Be Satisfied compilation. Tea & Symphony. R Kelly. Bill Brandon On The Rainbow Road comp. Jim Ford Sounds OF Our Time. The Pastels & Tenniscoats at Triptych. Any Lindström DJ-set. And both The Fire Engines and Young Marble Giants finally compiled.
reading: Philip Roth. Tracey Thorns lyrics to Hands Up To The Ceiling. David Peace Tokyo Year Zero. www.shiversinside.com. Paradis Magazine. Fantastic Man. Roger Deakin (thanks Jeff!). Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach. Paul Gilroy Black Britain. rediscovering the awesome short stories of James Salter.
watching: the fist two episodes of BBC4s Jazz Britannia series on BBC4. The Street. Control. the opening shot of The Darjeeling Limited set to The Kinks This Time Tomorrow. And, obviously, The Wire.