Sunday, September 23, 2007
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
It's been an odd week really. Lots of fun and excitement, most notably celebrating my brother getting a great new job and a wicked DJ night on Friday, but also the bittersweet melancholy of Autumn settling in. As I've mentioned before I actually rather like Autumn. It's easily my favourite season (or at least it's certainly in my Top 5). I remember remarking to a friend that I liked it because everything was dying. He told me to "have a Mars bar and cheer the fuck up". But I meant it in a good way! Noone understands me, etc.
I've spent the evening snuggled up with John Peel's Margrave Of The Marshes autobiography. A book I just love reading and rereading. And oddly, this time round, more than the music, the dry wit, the anecdotes, it's the bits about his family that grab me. About how his kids came into the world, and his struggles to adjust to them being around the house. It's revealing and honest and happy and heartbreaking all at once. I don't really do hero worship, and I have a healthy contempt for celebrities, but I still have John Peel's picture on my wall. I really miss his show, but more than that, I miss the fact that he's not around any more, just being John Peel. The next Peel day is coming up soon on October 11th. Glass of red wine please.
Anyway, as always, this sort of comment must end in a list of records. But just a handful this week. These have genuinely hit home. Treasure them. I do.
1. Rilo Kiley - 'A Better Son/Daughter'
2. My Bloody Valentine - 'Paint A Rainbow'
3. Interpol - 'Slow Hands'
4. Camera Obscura - 'Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken'
5. Rilo Kiley - 'Silver Lining'
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