“and all that remains of our rich union is a question mark”




firestarter in memoriam

I think keith would have appreciated this mash up by RM. I did when I popped up unexpectedly on my playlist today. Cheers Keith, you gave me many great moments.

warofnature’s singles of 2018

The top tunes, in a list…and a Spotify playlist…just in time for new year’s eve!

1. Idles – Danny Nedelko

2. Childish Gambino – This is America

3. Courtney Barnett – Nameless, faceless

4. Ghetts – Preach

5. Holy – All these worlds are yours

6. Parquet Courts – Almost had to start a fight /in a out of patience

7. Maribou State – Turnmills

8. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek – Üç Kiz Bir Ana

9. John Hopkins – Emerald rush

10. Sonny Smith – Burnin’ up



warofnature’s albums of the year

The 10 best albums of 2019. All featured in a handy Spotify playlist amongst many other fine tunes.

1. Holy – All these worlds are yours

Second from little-known Swedish creative Hannes Ferm – perfectly judged worlds of trippy psych-pop to get lost in.

HOLY - All These Worlds Are Yours

2. Erlend Cooper – Solan Goose

Samples from the birdlife of the far north (Orkney), coupled with soft strings and electronics full of beauty and longing. Brought back memories of working in Ultima Thule.

Erland COOPER Solan Goose vinyl at Juno Records.

3. Idles – Joy

Funny, joyous, honest, emotionally intelligent and loin-girding battle anthems for tough softies, remainers and left-leaners everywhere.

Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

4. Young Fathers – Cocoa sugar

Another YF album on the end of the year list? Oh yes. The original 00s genre hoppers – still so original, and so good.

Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

5. Beak> – >>>

Superlative kraut-inflected grooves inspired by obscure places in Somerset, wouldn’t you know.

Beak> - >>>

6. Maribou State – Kingdoms in colour

Luscious, cavernous dance music infused with soul, Afrobeat, Bollywood and come down sessions on sunrise beaches.

Maribou State - Kingdoms In Colour

7. Courtney Barnett – Tell me how you really feel

Far and away her best record – worth it just for Nameless, Faceless (contender for single of the year?), its a stack-o-tracks full of pop meathooks…clever, slanting lyrics and great angular, grungy guitar.

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

8. Trembling Bells – Dungeness

My gawd this is a beautiful record. Doom-laden folk-metal from the edge of the world. ie Kent.

Trembling Bells - Dungeness

9. Peter Kernel – The size of the night

For fans of Amanda Fucking Palmer, Deerhoof,  Ut and other avant-pop. Check out the great drumming too.

10. Gnod – Chapel perilous

Like this year’s endless coverage of Brexit: hypnotic, repetitive, dark, terrifying…and perilous indeed.

Gnod - Chapel Perilous


finger memory

I picked up the guitar for the first time in months, years, at the weekend. How was it that I could play, without much struggle, songs I wrote over 2O years ago? I put it down to finger memory but what’s that, and why can’t I recall piano in the same way despite being able to play to a higher standard?

Here’s a definition I found. Turns out there is some disagreement in the combination of processes involved but repetition is key, as is avoiding disrupting the retention of motor patterns by moving too quickly to another practical task. It’s also considered important to correct mistakes straight away so they don’t replace chunks of the retained memories. Phew. Still, amazing ain’t it.

“Motor learning is considerably more than just muscle memory. It relies on the establishment of complex neural networks throughout the human movement system fostered through considered practice repetition in appropriate environments.”

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