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Tom Waits and Scarlett – a perfect combination

One of my favourite artists, in fact one of my top five favourite artists is Tom Waits. Ever since I first heard ‘Small Change’ about ten years ago, I was compelled to get a whiskey and listen to the rest of the LP (which is now one of my most treasured possessions), and I’ve since bought nearly all of his albums. If someone like Springsteen captures the heart of the ordinary working man, then Waits has its soul.

For a brief explanation of why he’s one of the greatest lyricists ever, you can read this, which I totally agree with.

However, Waits is an ugly bastard. It doesn’t really matter at all, but when I heard today that Scarlett Johansson is going to release a Tom Waits covers album…I couldn’t help thinking that God gets it right sometimes.


Jamie T on Radio 1

One of my absolute favourite artists is Jamie T, who I first heard on the radio about a year ago and it was one of those ‘stop what your doing’ moments.

For me, he’s like a new Weller/Bragg/Skinner hybrid, with a little bit of ska mixed in to spice it. Some would say a new, urban Southern Artic Monkeys but played out to a more delicate touch. Sometimes he plays live with just acoustic bass, other times with a great band, but always sensational. And he’s only about 20.

He’s also getting plenty of mainstream recognition at the moment, and I’m gutted I’m missing out on all the new gigs. So I’ve got a request –

He’s hosting a show on Radio 1 on Monday January 15th, at 7pm. If anyone out there knows where I can get an MP3 of that, please let me know down below. Because somethings are worth spending a million hours in a sweaty Sylhetti internet cafe downloading.


Christmas is Cancelled

This Christmas has been remarkable in that it hasn’t really felt like Christmas at all. Not just because of the hot weather, the total lack of any decorations, booze and mince pies consumed. The biggest difference is the silence. No Christmas music. Usually the biggest Pavlovian trigger (in England anyway) for Christmas is around early November, when it’s a horrible cold grey day and you retreat in to a shop on the high street and they’re playing Slade. And would you believe it, It’s Chriiiisstmaaaaaaasssssss again. This time here in Bangladesh I’ve yet to hear any Slade, Wizzard, Bing, George Michael, or any of the usual shite. I quite miss the gentle warbling of some pubescent choristers, but other than that, it’s been incredibly refreshing, and an experience I would recommend to everyone – sorry Noddy.

I’m about to go to Dhaka for the day itself, where we’ll have a real home-made Christmas pudding which Tom has spent nearly a month over, The Muppets’ Christmas Carol, The Great Escape, and the new Bond film to watch (I’ve already seen it, just to ensure that it will be a repeat for me on Boxing Day. Love that tradition.). And we’re getting real cheese, which has come all the way from England especially with Georgia‘s mum.

I don’t know about the main course, but the main point of Christmas dinner is less what it is, more that you eat too much of it, so I can guarantee that’s going to happen. All in all, I’m looking forward to it. And then back to work for everyone (you only get one public holiday here – which is fair enough).

I hope everyone reading this has a lovely old Christmas too – and I want to leave you with my one of my own favourite Christmas songs. Maybe this is apt for our situation in Muslim Bangladesh, but it came out for last Christmas 2005 and is still for me the best modern Christmas song ever, taking over from The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ as a fantastic sing-along story of domestic break-up, depression and misery and loneliness, with a beautiful plodding bass riff, rock solid beat and of course the obligatory Christmas bells over the top. It’s a bit like how the Strokes might sound now if they were any good. Find it, buy it, download it, enjoy it – ‘Christmas is Cancelled’The Long Blondes. Cheers.

Bromheads Jacket album out today!

Probably the best new band I saw last year, Bromheads Jacket have got thier new album out today. I’m gutted I’m missing it, but one of my mates is picking up a 12 inch copy of it which I pre-ordered. They’re absolutely brilliant, along with Jamie T and The Holloways definitely my favourite things of 2006 and I want it on record that I’ve loved them since I first saw them at Kings Cross Water Rats last November. So when I get back and they’re huge, I’ve got the right to be a smug bastard. So there. Buy their album, be a cool kid.

The only thing I don’t like about them is that they don’t use an apostrophe for ‘Bromheads’. I’m not being careless