The Caretaker

John Peel played a track by The Caretaker earlier this evening. It’s good stuff and you can download some MP3s from his album. All legal like.

The tracks are very, very slow, heavy on the surface noise. In fact you should probably give Each Today Doesn’t Lead to a Tomorrow a miss if you’re after a tune. Or rhythm. Or anything pretty much, as it’s just a single noise, like the background hum of a dangerously computer-controlled building from an old movie.

If you want to try just one, go for Cloudy, Since You Went Away, the ghosts of a crooner and his band, still smiling and performing to a long-abandoned dancehall. Friends Past Re-united is a forgotten choir, fading in and out on the breeze blowing through their ruined chapel. A Stairway to the Stars drifts back through layers of salty seaside time to find a wurlitzer still playing, hoping that one day, some day, holidaymakers will return. You get the idea.

16 Oct 2003 in Writing

Looking as cheerful as any man could do…
“I went out to Charing Cross, to see Major-general Harrison hanged, drawn; and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition.”
Changing jobs
The Guardian’s special report on changing jobs, and how great it is to hear about people making the break…
Delancey and 2nd St
Eddie Morton, ‘The Sound of Vaudeville’, and my photo of his neighbourhood.

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