Archive for November, 2009



I have been enjoying “The Last Bus” by Patch William a lot recently. I came across them via the BBC website (, but I had some trouble embedding the video here (so I reverted to YouTube yet again):

[embedded video from BBC/YouTube of The Last Bus]:

“The last Bus” starts out all St. Vincent, but it changes as soon as you hear the very English vocal.  The track builds nicely, it works it’s magic not unlike  Grizzly Bear or St Vincent, but without their sadness or edginess, the interesting arrangements, acoustic and electric, folk and rock, lush strings — it’s all there, but with Patch William it’s warm and comfortable and easy listening, relaxing and like a well-known breakfast cereal, by the end you have to have another listen; they’re ludicrously tasty!

The Patch William LP is due out this month, and it’s meant to be super — we shall see.

[embedded video from BBC/YouTube of Morning cars]:

Morning Cars is plugged-in.  It has elements of soft punk at times, some interesting timeshifts, dynamics, and even touches of Deacon Blue or Prefab Sprout (maybe because of the girl vocal part). To me, they always seem to start off a song sounding young and mature as they go along! It is nice to see indie still alive and kickin’ — and it’s great to see the yanks getting some competition.




[Picture of Keigo Oyamada aka Cornelius]When I need to cut off from background noise at work I wear headphones.  What I listen to depends on mood as much as the work itself.  Lately I have been chillin’ to Cornelius — quite simply, the guy’s brilliant and very original.

[embedded video “Music” from “Sensuous” on youtube:]

Keigo Oyamada chose “Cornelius” after the ape character  in the “The Planet of The Apes” movie. His own son is named “Milo” — which is also the name of the baby ape son of Cornelius in that film!

I have only two albums — Point (2001) and Sensuous (2006), and both are top quality creations.  To my mind, Keigo makes his music in a similar way to Steely Dan and The Blue Nile, it’s about sound experiences, noises, stereo imagery, an aural experience, as well as about rhythm and melody.

Cornelius albums are filled with audio craft — the works are art and compiled like a painting might be.  Let’s be frank here, this is innovative, creative and also Japanese — yet it remains accessible and wonderful.




I must say that I have always loved pop-up books; they’re pretty damn clever — and are a category or genre of their own. Recently my interest have been rekindled by reading pop-up children’s books at my kids’ bedtimes.  Sadly, my little boy is in the middle of the terrible twos and so likes to destroy anything that has flaps or pop-ups.  Oh well.

Maybe when they’re older, and can appreciate the art of the pop-up, I will be able to get them something fabulous — possibly something like the works of Marion Bataille — check out

The abc3d book is just wonderful, despite it’s simplicity, it remains creative and ingenious.

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This is Marion’s first UK publication, so I wish her all the best. It’s available on