“So this is the new year…”

“…and i don’t feel any different.” – Ben Gibbard

Last year i promised myself that I’d actually put some effort into my old blog, but didn’t quite manage it. It’s rather sparse, as you can see.

But that’s all in the past now! Welcome to the all-new (I’m hesitating to add ‘and improved’ just yet) WHTB, moved over to a new site for a new start. Please excuse the shabby surroundings for the time being; hopefully the place will be redecorated and considerably more homely in the very near future.

In the meantime, let’s get the ball rolling. Here’s some of the things that have been exciting my eyes and ears of late. Enjoy!

George Orwell – The Road To Wigan Pier

For some reason I’ve neglected Orwell for a long time. I read Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four back in school, and for some reason never quite managed to pick up anything else.

I read Down And Out In Paris And London last summer, however, and it’s given me the impetus to pick this one up. Not too far into it just yet, but it’s off to a cracking start.

Portastatic – Some Small History

Like most sane fans of US indie rock, I love Mac McCaughan, chiefly for Merge Records, Superchunk and Portastatic. This singles and rarities compilation may not be the best place to start investigating his oevre, but its lo-fi warmth, homely charm and superior tunesmithery should still win over prospective fans.

Lupe Fiasco – Food And Liquor

I never pay as much attention to hip-hop as i should. Ever. But sometimes all it takes is for a friend to say, “You’ll like this; the songs are good and he raps about skateboarding and giant robots.” SOLD.

The Book Of Genesis – illustrated by R Crumb

It’s a very strange concept – underground comics legend R Crumb applies his immediately-identifiable artwork to the first book of the Bible – but it works surprisingly well.

That’ll do for now anyway. Thanks for reading. Peace x

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One Response to ““So this is the new year…””

  1. oldrope Says:

    Dunno how I missed this post. THe Crumb thing sounds interesting and the Orwell mention reminded me I need to read RWP! As for the redecorating, gerronit. Send the gear and OR will appear!

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