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The Howling Hex - $2 EP
That’s right, $2. But the price is immaterial. The five tunes here (especially “Fool’s Watch” and “Lord Gloves”) are absolutely killer. I’ve dug the latest incarnation of Neil Hagerty’s Howling Hex project quite a bit over the past few years, but this EP (some of which is also available on a Drag City 10-inch) might just be the best effort yet, with clanging guitar, Hagerty’s deadpan vocals and unstoppable Norteno rhythms taking you on a trip you didn’t even know you wanted to go on. If you haven’t been Hexed yet, the $2 EP is a great (and cheap) place to hop on board. I think the EP will only be available until the end of this month (July) so act now!  

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doomandgloomfromthetomb:

The Howling Hex - $2 EP

That’s right, $2. But the price is immaterial. The five tunes here (especially “Fool’s Watch” and “Lord Gloves”) are absolutely killer. I’ve dug the latest incarnation of Neil Hagerty’s Howling Hex project quite a bit over the past few years, but this EP (some of which is also available on a Drag City 10-inch) might just be the best effort yet, with clanging guitar, Hagerty’s deadpan vocals and unstoppable Norteno rhythms taking you on a trip you didn’t even know you wanted to go on. If you haven’t been Hexed yet, the $2 EP is a great (and cheap) place to hop on board. I think the EP will only be available until the end of this month (July) so act now!  

Juliana Hatfield - Oh

Love the guitar sound on this.

Can’t believe Ms Hatfield is 47 today!

Why did no-one tell me that Johnny Cash submitted a song for the Bond movie, Thunderball?

Peter Buck/Simpsons action figure.
I sort of want this.

Peter Buck/Simpsons action figure.

I sort of want this.

Glen Hansard - Say It To Me Now

This song popped into my head earlier & it reminded me of the time I saw Glen open a Swell Season gig in Dublin with this a few years back.

He sang it unplugged & off - mic to a packed, but silent Olympia Theatre. 

That was a special moment.

Tom Petty

Go & play around with the dial.

5 new songs there at the moment.

Always good to have Mike Campbell nice & high in the mix.

This woman does not age.
At all.

This woman does not age.

At all.

Live Now: Ryan Adams, Live In Concert

Sounding good!

Really liking the Petty-ish new stuff.

#tbt Back at the folks’ house with my first guitar. Inherited from my uncle who also taught me my first two chords - C & G7. 

#tbt Back at the folks’ house with my first guitar. Inherited from my uncle who also taught me my first two chords - C & G7. 

This year I’ve found myself regularly buying vinyl again. ‘Why?’ is a question I sometimes ask myself. My turntable set-up is not particularly high-end so even though some heavyweight pressings and remasters sound great to my ears the scratched second-hand stuff I often buy doesn’t always compare favourably to CD quality, so it’s not entirely about the sound itself.

It’s partly a fetish type thing, I suppose - the packaging, the feel, the smell not to mention the physical act of taking the record out of the sleeve, putting it on the turntable and then having to turn it over. And of course there’s an element of nostalgia to it as well, but listening to something on vinyl also seems to change the way I listen to music. For the first time in what seemed like ages I spent evenings sat reading or surfing the ‘net while listening to complete albums. In fact on more than a few occasions, I’ve found myself putting down what I am reading and just listening to a song or part of a song, my focus entirely on the music.

The demands of everyday life being what they are mean this kind of listening experience is simply not an option all the time, but given the chance, I often grab the opportunity to immerse myself in an album just like I would when I was a kid discovering great music for the first time.

Don’t get me wrong, CDs & especially digital formats like MP3 are a big part of my listening life. Portability is not vinyl’s strong point! However in a world of ‘skip’ buttons, cherry-picked playlists and background music, it feels good to reconnect with the things that made me truly love music in the first place. Those little things buried in a mix that make your neck hairs tingle, those songs that you may well skip on CD or MP3 as they don’t necessarily jump out on first listen, but can grow to mean so much more than those that do. 

Thank you, vinyl :-)