June 30, 2008
Folk Rising 2
Blatant commercial plug really; for Folk Rising 2, a two CD sampler from those nice people at Proper, featuring lots of people who've been nominated for the Horizon award for emerging folk singers or who ought to have been. I like sampler CDs because they come at a great price; in this case £6 for 23 tracks. Of the 23 up and coming artists, I've seen 9 live (some, like Mawkin, I've been following for years, and others, like Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley, I heard for the first time just recently). And of the nine I've heard, I like eight (no, never telling!). So that's a pretty good hit rate. Out on July 7 but using the Snazzy Intarwebs Proper have given me a widget that lets you hear all the tracks. Luckily, it doesn't autoplay; if you want to hear the music you'll have to hit the play button.
June 11, 2008
The Dark Lord's Tower
Our train pulled into Northampton station, which was odd in itself, because it wasn't supposed to go anywhere near Northampton. I'd asked to sit at a table; I like the tables, and they seem to be dying out. They foster conversation on trains, which is, on the whole, a good thing. And I was whiling away this slow and deviated journey by conversing with the other people at my table. The man sitting next to me pointed to the tower, and asked us to guess what it was. We were all wrong. Repeatedly. But I was wrongest, with my explanation that it had fallen through a rift in the space-time continuum from one of those fantasy worlds where the evil-doers build very tall and largely featureless towers. All the better to drop things from a very great height, you see.
Like, say, lifts.
Photo from Simon Hammond's Flickr stream; CC licensed for which thanks