Travel: Where I’ve Stayed

2019 marks my 20th year of being ‘on the road.’ A Kerouac reference which follows on nicely from Lonesome Traveller which I used for Perry Blake‘s blog. Nowadays we are spoilt for choice between hostels, hotels, and now Air BnB, here’s a selection of places I’ve stayed over the last 20 years of independent travelling. At […]

Perry Blake: Lonesome Traveller

‘You must be a big fan of Perry Blake’ says the French store assistant in English on my asking about something Japan related. ‘Umm yeah’ I say having only heard of him because Steve Jansen played on (at that time) Perry’s latest recording Still Life. Though I’m also aware of his first album which had […]

Icehouse: Big Wheel Still Spinning (Re-evaluating Sgt. Iva’s Magical Mystery Tour)

In the early nineties many bands born of the post-punk generation hit a creative brick wall (Duran Duran’s Liberty, INXS’s X and Icehouse Code Blue come to mind). Only U2 and Depeche Mode played their cards correctly. The slate was effectively wiped clean for the aforementioned trio of acts. All did better on their second […]

A Lyrical Oasis: Press Release

Originally released in April 1997, A Lyrical Oasis is one of the best examples of a collection specifically written as a (near) sequential poetry book, owing much to the art and music that then inspired me during its creation (David Bomberg, Cocteau Twins, Peter Kingsbery etc). Writing commenced in the starving poet’s garret in Newport, […]

Barcelona: Music for Libraries

*above photos from Nou Barris library Barcelona possesses some pretty swanky libraries and some great pieces which given time I’ll get round to listening to (obviously I know the debut Duran album above) but there’s much to bathe my ears in – time and decent headphones permitting. Here’s a quick rundown of the libraries I’ve […]