Amazing how technology moves at a pace… From the days of being a kid with a tape recorder, finger poised on the REC button, hoping John Peel would play something recordable, to today, where you can get almost EVERYTHING that’s ever been recorded – ON DEMAND…
It’s brilliant… Also a bit sad, as a mission to find something you liked or wanted, was part of the fun… Ordering 7″ singles from dustbin record companies for £2 (including postage)…
Of course, ordering 7″ singles (or vinyl) has once again come back into fashion, and I rue the hundreds upon hundreds of vinyls I sold on eBay all those years ago (despite the filthy profit).
Vinyl has taken such an upturn that I was at a gig the other night and the merch stalls all had vinyl (even cassettes!) and no CDs – also, the bulk of the vinyls come with a unique download code, so you can listen on your iPods etc.

Music is now at your fingertips –
Minus vinyl, the pic above is a ‘scrobble’ on Last FM that details what I listen to thru my PC… this is what I’ve played in the last 7 days…

The Woggles are an amazing 60s style US garage band I heard when listening to a show called The Three Chord Monte on WFMU radio in New York. I downloaded the show in November 2007..! Such is the saturation of music, that gems do go amiss.. Seven years to get round to listening to this show, and it was only by random on the iPod. Check the WFMU website, as this weekly show is still running, and each one is archived (almost 20 years’ worth) for your listening pleasure and education.
This particular show came on in the car on the way to see Converge, Okkultokrati and Martyrdod in Manchester (review) – three bands completely unknown to me and three bands, whose music I now play regularly.

Another batch of ‘new’ bands in my world are Fat White Family, The Growlers, The Wytches, who I saw in Liverpool last week (review). Also Hookworms who were recommended by Andy Garside, who happens to be part of Drum With Our Hands label who have released the excellent EP by Wrexham’s Baby Brave (review).

I also had a hardcore night in Chester last week, with Crossburner and a host of quality acts (review), courtesy of Footloose Records (of Flint) – some great noise and vinyl coming from that neat little label…  (website)
And two artists regenerated and much to my own surprise and ignorance are Gary Numan and Peter Murphy, who, rather than cash in on the cabaret circuit are still out there releasing and touring new (and very good) material.

Oh… and The Holy Bible is 20 years old… the Manic Street Preachers‘ finest hour…