February 28, 2010


Playing about with I discovered this page which shows the top 18 artists it has captured me listening to via the ‘scrobbling’ gadget… the mighty Prefab Sprout have a pretty commanding lead there!

Page 2 is below


Love at the Five and Dime – Nanci Griffith

February 14, 2010

I posted about the Nanci Griffith concert Mrs Fleet and I attended a couple of weeks ago. The sound quality isn’t great, but this video gives a nice view of the Griffith concert experience, with a nice little tale about the wonders of Woolworth stores before the song. I suspect the video dates from the early ’90s.

Imogen Heap – Half life

September 25, 2009

I can’t wait to go and see Imogen Heap play live again – Mrs F and I have been to see her twice before, and she is truly magical presence on stage. This beautiful track, entitled Half Life, is from her new album Ellipse.

Marillion – Tux On

June 28, 2009

Apropos of nothing much at all, here is the wonderful Fish-era Marillion track Tux On.

Blue Nile – New Album?

June 27, 2009

232607 BigRab at the Ben Lomond Free Press brings us the fantastic news (as reported on the Today Program) that The Blue Nile are planning a new, fifth and (it sounds) final album, and a tour. The Blue Nile are not exactly prolific, having released four sublime albums in 30 years, so this is quite a big event.

For those who are unfamiliar with the band, the film below marries their track Saturday Night to the paintings of Edward Hopper… a marriage made in heaven.

Hopefully the album will include the fantastic new track in the clip below, which the band played at their live gigs a couple of years ago, although given the glacially slow gestation of Blue Nile tracks and the extraordinarily high level of quality control it’s more than likely that this track has been long discarded!

UPDATE – Neither BigRab nor I noticed that in fact this Today segment dates from a year ago, so too much excitement might be premature. Oh well. I stick by my prediction of 2013.