Fancy a Stanley Donwood’s screenprint, giclee print or sundry items such as apocalyptic drinking vessels and jigsaw puzzles unsuitable for the young?

In case you don’t know Stanley Donwood, fellow art school student of Thom Yorke,  is the man behind Radiohead’s sleeve art since the historic days of My Iron Lung.

In 2002, Donwood and Yorke won a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for the Special Edition for the album Amnesiac

Check out his site as you may find that perfect gift or xmas present for your favourite Radiohead/Atoms For Peace/Thom Yorke fan. Find it here

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Neil Young

Great news for lazy-arses like me… Neil Young is back on streaming/download sites. On the one hand I admired his stance about the quality of streaming not being good enough but hey… Remember, we used to listen to mono vinyl and 2nd hand tape recordings… People debate whether vinyl is better than CD, so it’s all pretty personal and subjective.

Then there is the inconvenience. When you start to use streaming sites (Apple Music is my penny-pay-stream of choice) you choose from what’s there, and if it ain’t there, it ain’t there. Neil Young has been missing from my life but now he is back with a glorious catalogue of width and breadth. I suggest you play him on loop to reward him. After all, the Pono music player thing he set up has been offline for a few months now so he might be grateful for the pennies and cents!

Neil Young’s new album ‘Peace Trail’ is arriving December 9th on CD, vinyl and regular dowload sites

iTunes | Spotify | Amazon | HDtracks | Google Play | Tidal


After listening to Lazarus (Original Cast Recording) I had to see what was on Vevo or YouTube. I found this… Lazarus (Live at The Arts Club) Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus. I love the sax… Enjoy!


Friday 21st of October 2016 may go down as the last time a new David Bowie track was released. As any self respecting Bowie fan will know this was the date that ‘Lazarus (Original Cast Recording)’ was released. At the end of a total of 23 tracks we have three previously unreleased David Bowie tracks – ‘No Plan’, ‘Killing a Little Time’ and ‘When I Met You’. Performed by the cast, they appear earlier on the album in a more ‘musical’ style, lots of clear vocals without treatment or tuning. They make an interesting comparison.

But cast your mind back… When David passed away there was talk of more… “There are five more songs from these sessions that have yet to be released. So look forward to next Christmas and hope for a deluxe edition.” Tony Visconti, producer of ‘Blackstar’, was quoted as saying.

To the Telegraph Visconti said… “He told me on the phone that he couldn’t wait to get back in the studio again. I said: ‘I’m on tour with [Bowie tribute act] Holy Holy, but wait till I’m off tour.’ David said: ‘Righty-ho!’ That would have been happening in February.”

Bowie died in January, but not before telling his producer he’d recorded home demos of five new songs. Last we know Visconti hasn’t heard them, and wasn’t even sure if they have vocals.

There was also talk of album offcuts being asigned to the Lazarus musical. I suspect it’s just these three and the five Tony talks of are sitting (hopefully investigated by now) in David’s ‘little portable recorder!’ Let’s hope they do have vocals and lets hope that Visconti can complete them as Bowie would have envisaged.

There’s a really good article about Lazarus co-author Edna Walsh’s experience of working with David Bowie here


Links: iTunes: | Amazon | HMV | David Bowie Store | Limited Edition Colour LP | Barnes & Noble | Google Play



Football is a shady world full of deals done with brown envelopes. The Telegraph are shooting fish in a barrell really but that shouldn’t stop them revealing the dark truth behind the sport. Resident cartoonist Matt made me laugh with his view on the affair. The original can be found at The Telegraph web site here