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Scubetti

This is ‘Hot Hits 16’, pressed in 1973 by EMI as part of their Music For Pleasure series. It’s two sides of just really, really great and/or interesting covers of everything from ‘You’re So Vain’, through ‘The Jean Genie to ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. Again, they are covers and not the original artists but that isn’t always a bad thing and is often a refreshing thing.

Horsey, horsy, horsie

The new season - the fifth of its name, in case I might have your attention - of Bojack Horseman has been up on the Northflux for just long enough, should you love to both laugh and cry simultaneously. I maintain that everything about this show is gold for the reflective manic depressive and that is exactly what I require.

Dali's Spangly Pants

Paula Yates’ musical drawers are very funny, very tongue in cheek and…illuminating? Both Bob Geldof and Frank Zappa are most impressive (yes, in that way), as are Lemmy Ace Of Spades and Ted Nugent. Bowie/Ziggy and Elton John’s shots might be a little too close for comfort and I’m not certain that we needed those particular angles? As for McCartney, I think there might be such a thing as cheating here.

St Mary's Garden

While the studio has no name as of yet, we would like to proffer, ‘The Hollow Beneath St Mary’ as an option. It’s basically an abandoned crypt and possibly our natural environment. The tools have been tended to, the iron is hot and my body is…ready?

Silver

Anya Silver was 49 and I think it’s entirely reasonable to say that’s too young. I certainly feel that way. I have a few of her books at home on the top shelf and I climb there from time to time, curl up among some dust bunnies and rest in the half light.

Earthsun Cancun

I reley didn’t want to also be the one saying this - as well as every other sweating native right now - but it’s hot. Like, really hot. Like trouble-breathing-moving-eating-sleeping-existing hot. I understand that it is similarly, if not more so uncomfortable elsewhere in Europe Land but we are not accustomed to nor built for this degree of warm.

Kewdown

From what I understand, it is no uncommon thing for people to feel like they were born a little late. This is not merely a tail-end Millennial thing either. I mean, it absolutely is that but it is also a malaise capable of afflicting people at various points along their respective tortured timelines.

Lobos Skyatone

No Man’s Sky NEXT lives and from what I understand, may in fact necessitate welcoming that piece of software back onto my PS4 hard drive. I recall making the space required the other evening but worry that my launch PS4 shall by no means be up to the task.

Super 8 Alkaline

It is Friday and I might be dying. How would I know? Is this what death feels like? It might be. All I can know for sure is that I crashed on a wood floor last night - the resonating sensation of which might mean I had either the best or worst nights sleep I’ve had in years.

Cryptonita

The new part arrived late last week and is currently being fitted by Andy The Technomancer as I type this. Much in the same way that a piano being tuned or bells being hung are fascinating processes to watch, this is simultaneously arcane and voyeuristic. As for the Rosita, she is lain disembowelled about the listening room floor.

Homecoming

That one could always have it worse is usually true; that we could be so much better to one another, even more so. It’s been a week of ups and downs and buoyancy control is difficult when it requires much the same elemental composition needed just to get out of bed in the morning, function and remain standing until it's time to lie down in a dark room for six hours and not talk to anyone.

Wario Blues

Apart from tight and enjoyable game mechanics that gradually ramp up the further one progresses, the game remains cute as all hell today. Cuter still was the tiny brown parcel with personalised note that arrived after I won a copy on eBay.

All Your Apartheid

Vinyl has been back for some time now but this AM record lets all the cats out the bag. In a sense, it never really went anywhere and has just been the elephant in the room all along.

Quarter Queens

Should you not be versed, The Runaways were the first real all American girl rock band. Also - unlike certain spiced ladies - these cats could really play. Their second studio album after 1976’s eponymous debut is full of sticky riffs, wild choruses and - to lay it out plain and hot - growls like it means it.

Westheader

Misrach is a wonderful large-format photographer, both in terms of landscape and portraiture and the characters, animate and otherwise are breathtaking. He can walk into that place and I shall follow.

Them Wizard Feels

Joy Division is always a band I have to be in the mood for. I need to gear myself up and don the appropriate armour prior to submersion. It’s not always an easy thing to do and I suspect I’m not the only one.

Psycho Sombro

We definitely thought about the colours going in, having first laid hands on ‘Lady In Red’, we decided to match it with her ‘Lady Out Red’ and 'We Three', with similar tones of red, yellow and black running throughout. These three belong together and are being kept as a set. I’ll not see them parted. As for the canvas, 'December', well. See for yourself.

Name of The Lion

Having finally cleared most of my current mountain, I decided it was finally time to head back to Earthsea. Like many, I grew up with these books - devouring them in great, dragon-shaped swathes - long before I went to Hogwarts.

Hind Quarters

When I asked him at what point the spectacle would conclude, Pat suggested that this might come to pass once all the horses are dead. I don’t really think he understands it either. Also, there are no skulls on this betting slip.

Space Inversion

The 1970s were a pivot point, or could have been and I get their frustration and anger at the senseless, arbitrary greed of it all. It grinds the molars now more than ever. The 1980s look like the roadtrip I want to take. Just give me a second to stuff a bag with some film and I’ll meet you in the Police box out back.