Monday, 20 October 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014


Hello! Long time no posty.

Just a quick note of a post to say I'm resurrecting this blog as a music-and-books-blog over on tumblr, here:

See you there!


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Welcome To Night Vale

Welcome To Night Vale is really bloody strange.

It's like H.P Lovecraft had a kid with Douglas Adams, which was then adopted by Lemony Snicket and raised on those Fact or Faked! shows that SyFy does.

I should explain. WTNV is, in case you haven't heard about it, a free podcast done to sound like a community radio show. There's Cecil, the narrator, Carlos, the scientist he has a occasionally stalkerish crush on, The Apache Tracker, Old Woman Josie and the angels-who-aren't-meant-to-exist, the dog park, the hooded figures, the Sherrif's Secret Police...

It's funny, weird, sometimes scary, often creepy, and occasionally existential.


And now, for the weather.

Talented bastard. Co-writes weird podcasts, plays guitar, writes songs, sings...I bet he can juggle geese, too. Some people have to, I suppose. Joseph Fink, These And More Than These.

A slight departure from our regular programming, here. Nerdcore Rap, I believe. Satellite High - The Bus Is Late.

 Really, really, really love this. Two Gallants, Despite What You've Been Told


In the words of Cecil:

"There is a thin, semantic line between weird and beautiful, and that line is covered in jellyfish."


N.B. The pilot episode is very good, but I feel, as with most things, that it properly hits its stride after episode 2 or 3. So if you like it but you're not *sure*, give it a couple of episodes. Also, it's done in a way that I'm told is very NPR - that is, monotone. Cecil gets more animated after the first few episodes, though.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

It's Sunday. Cut Me Some Slack.


So, no theme. But it's Sunday and I feel far too sleepy for ten-past-six. I'm relying on black tea to keep my eyes open, and themes are hard, so I'm just going to do a load of songs I've been meaning to share and leave it at that. How's that sound?

Wonderfully sunny electro-rock, with a few splashes of rain here and there. The Dodos, Substance

The nineties called, they wanted their C86 back. Mikal Cronin, Shout It Out

I love this. Not that I don't usually like the songs I post, but I don't always want to climb onto the roof and shout about it. Anyway, here, have a bit of rockabilly. Ida Maria, Cherry Red

Perhaps I should start labeling posts that feature music recommended by that friend I keep mentioning. Yo, Heather, you have good taste. Jeffery Lewis, Anxiety Attack

Also. I mentioned to my Dad earlier today how eclectic this blog is - that yes, I often post the same kind of music, but it's not as if I've never posted any hip-hop, because I have. Once. In a post-script. So, here's a bit more. Aesop Rock (yes, I know it was Aesop Rock last time, too), Zero Dark Thirty.


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Thursday Blues

Actually, no. I've been okay today. Though I was surprised to find it was Thursday and not Tuesday, because this week's gone crazy fast, even if this morning felt like it was on pause for three hours.


Blues songs. Three of 'em. Because I'm good to you like that.

This is fabulously awesome. A bit of blues, a bit of soul, a lot of brilliance. Jessie Mae Hemphill, Standing in My Doorway Crying.

Okay, yes fine, I lied, it's not three blues songs, it's two blues songs and one Tom Waits song, but I don't know how to classify Tom Waits. Drunk-folk? Anyway, I'm not a big fan of yer man Tom, but there are a couple of songs I really like, and this is one of them. Tom Waits, Hold On

And a return to our regular programming to give you a bit of regular, wonderful, good old-fashioned blues. Robert Johnson, Crossroad Blues


Monday, 24 June 2013

Eight Tracks From 8tracks

So, of late, I've been all over 8tracks, and I'm not sure why.

I mean, you can't see tracklists, so you've no idea what's coming up and whether you'll like that particular playlist or not. But then again, you don't have to start with more than just a vague idea in mind of what you want to listen to, and the whole playlist thing makes it easier to narrow it down than or Jango.

So I like it, I do - there are just a few kinks I think it needs to work on.

But onwards and upwards with the Eight Tracks from 8tracks!

I've been listening to a lot of what gets tagged as 'southern gothic'. Essentially, it's blues rock with swampwater in its shoes. Firstly, The Silent Comedy - Bartholomew

Secondly, The Devil Makes Three - Old Number Seven. Which is blues rock with swampwater in its shoes and a directions to the nearest crossroads.

Thirdly, Noah Gunderson - David. I wasn't so keen on this at first but now I always go yess! when it comes on. Reminds me a bit of a raspy voiced Conor Oberst.

Fourthly, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals - Nothing But The Water (I). I have this going in two tabs at the same time the delay sounds awesome. It's all the above plus a bit of soul.

Fifthly,  Frank Turner - Love Ire and Song. I heard this once on 8tracks, I think, and I loved it, so. It's British, so it's not blues, it's folk. That's your general rule of thumb, by the way - on one side of the Atlantic, it's blues, on the other it's folk. Though this really is folk, complete with wordy lyrics and strum-my acoustic guitar.

Sixthly, The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow. Yes, more southern gothic. Shush. Also, one of the singers looks like Johnny Depp.

Seventhly, The Heavy - How You Like Me Now. I honestly don't know whether this fits or not, but I like it, so there.

Eighthly, Delta Rae - Bottom Of The River. I had no idea this was as popular as it is, but she has a hell of a voice, so if you haven't heard it, go listen, and if you have, go listen again.

Also, I recently watched Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. It's so good. I mean. So good. Also I finished it with a crush on Felicia Day, so, fair warning.


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Apparently I've Lost My Knack For Titles

An extra long post for you today, just to clear my list. So, eleven songs from all corners of the interwebs. There's no order to it; There's electronica. There's folk. There's rock. There's blues (sort of). If anyone ever wants you to define 'eclectic', send them here.

I'll start off with something pretty normal for me, just to ease you in. Nice hat, Lucy. Lucy Spraggan - Lighthouse

Ah, Franz Ferdinand. This is the problem with a band who only really have two well-known songs. You forget they've ever done anything else. Franz Ferdinand - Bite Hard

Is it blues? Is it folk? Who cares, eh? It's very good, either way. Castanets - Sway

Straight up alt-rock. Fab. Mike Mains & The Branches - Noises

I adore this. Sort of Faustus-meets-Mawkin-Causley-meets-The-Lumineers-with-a-girl-behind-the-mic. Lovely, lovely, lovely song. The April Maze - Don't Let The Bastards Bring You Down

I suppose it's pretty electro-rock-ish? Very nice. MS MR - Hurricane

Black Keys-ish blues rock. Hanni El Katib - You Rascal You

Hazy, sixties tinged folk-pop. Amarante - The Manic

Very far out for this blog - very eighties, but hey, pretty good. Sick Gemini - Discolo
A bit more eighties electro for ya. Color Theory - What You Said

A return to my more usual fare - rather nice summery folk-punk. I'd say at points it gets to be a bit of a cacophony, but nice regardless. The Tin Can Collective - I Can't Hold On

So that's that, folks! Remember, if you ever want me to listen to something (as you can see, I have rather varied taste) whether that's a new band you've heard, a new band you're in, or an old band you'll adore until the end of time but no-one else seems to know, GET IN TOUCH!! I won't bite, I promise. Either email me: musicalmartyrdom(at)gmail(dot)com, or tweet me, @EmEmBlog.

Also, new chapter of Gargoyle!

Thanks everyone!