‘Homing’ at Hidden Door Festival

so we’re now pitched on site at hidden door festival with some music and spoken word going on during the day



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Why I am not Charlie

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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LPs 2014 – Part 1 (Nos 11-30 and Honourable Mentions)

an honourable mention at no21

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And now the start of the MPT countdown. Looking down the list there are some great records in here and, as last year, there’s a good few here which would have made the Top 10 in previous years.

So without any further ado here’s albums 11-30:

11. Withered Hand – New Gods

12. Randolph’s Leap – Clumsy Knot [Review]

13. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

14. Thurston Moore – The Best Day

15. Malibu Shark Attack! – Malibu Shark Attack

16. Algernon Doll – Omphalic

17. The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here …

18. Honeyblood – Honeyblood

19. The Mirror Trap – Stay Young [Review]

20. Synaesthete – Array [Review]

21. The Grand Gestures – Third [Review]

22. The Last Battle – Lay Your Burden Down [Review]

23. Hagana – One Year [Review]

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Study of writer Tim Cornwell, conte on paper 40 x 30 cm




Study of Eliza Cornwell, conte on paper 40 x 30 cm

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Keeping The Thread – The Grand Gestures interview

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As, hopefully you already know, the third Grand Gestures album ‘Third’ is officially released this Friday 19th December. It’s a worthy addition to the Grand Gestures canon and, having been fortunate enough to get a promo of the record, it’s was reviewed on the blog a few days ago.

Ahead of the record’s release, TGG main man Jan Burnett kindly gave up his time to discuss aspects of the new record and also take a look back at his musical year.

Rather than being a radical departure from the past albums Jan feels that ‘Third’ builds on the previous albums.

“I wanted to continue to explore creating moods and atmospheres, often chopping away rather a lot from the original piece.

‘Third’ once again adds to the range of singers who have contributed to Grand Gestures albums and Jan admits that it took a little while to pluck up the…

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Christmas Half Price Sale!



50% off EVERYTHING in our Etsy & Folksy stores.

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