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Breaking News #2: Dignity Action Day

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Amongst the mundane criminals being locked away in that barn under Operation Less Pricks in the Half Man Half Biscuit song ‘Breaking News’ can be found “an organisation who declared an awareness week for awareness weeks”. You’ll be pleased to know that John Hartley has found their laptop, so here’s some songs to help you celebrate those invaluable awareness days.

February 1st is Dignity Action Day. It is hard to argue with an event that supports the dignity of those using care services. When I’m old and requiring care from others, I hope they will treat me with dignity. Certainly more dignity than I will probably deserve as I spit out the food they try to feed me or, more entertainingly, clamp my jaws around the plastic spoon upon which the mashed mush is piled. And when I lose control of my bodily functions and leak at both ends, I hope that the awareness of dignity is sufficient at the very least.

Here’s a song that provides a suitable warning, just in case you are unfortunate enough to end up looking after me in that care home. “Prepare to lose your dignity as I ride to victory down the aisles at Tesco wearing nothing much at all…”

SINGLE FOCUS: 29.01.16 ft Pet Shop Boys, Underworld, Bleached, The Range and Gesetz Der Oktaven

Each fortnight we handpick, err, a handful of newish single releases, stick the kettle on, bang said 45’s on the turntable, and share our thoughts. This edition our very own Philip Neeson and John ‘Dobbo’ Dobson take up position. 

Pet Shop Boys — Inner Sanctum

Bit of a club banger in the 1998 vogue, but a touch let down by vocals that are watered down to the point of breathy. If there’s not an instrumental version on the single release, they’re doing it wrong. What chance a Chris Lowe solo LP? I’d buy that. (JD)

Neil Tennant’s voice seems to be more airbrushed with each new release, here half ruining a decent, hiNRG clubber fit for the Royal Albert Hall, leaving the impression that noone– not even them– know what PSB stands for some thirty years into their career ( which in itself sounds as unlikely as just plain wrong). (PN)

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Breaking News #1: Squirrel Appreciation Day

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Amongst the mundane criminals being locked away in that barn under Operation Less Pricks in the Half Man Half Biscuit song ‘Breaking News’ can be found “an organisation who declared an awareness week for awareness weeks”. You’ll be pleased to know that John Hartley has found their laptop, so here’s some songs to help you celebrate those invaluable awareness days.

January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day in the United States of America. It’s great that the US Citizens get to celebrate their native grey squirrel. I’d like to be able to appreciate the red squirrel here in Hertfordshire. Unfortunately I just get to be irritated by the contortions of the grey squirrel as it manages to burgle the bird feeder (note to squirrels reading this: BIRD feeder – there’s a clue there.)

That said, it is quite amazing how clever and tenacious the grey squirrel is; not only does it hide nuts, it watches other squirrels hide their nuts and then goes and pinches them, and then PRETENDS to hide those nuts to fool any other spying squirrels. It’s true; Chris Packham proved it.

Here’s a song with which to appreciate squirrels.

SPINNING: The Best of 2015 featuring Christian Fitness, The Chap, Fold, Sauna Youth and I, Ludicrous

Continuing with our favourite music selections from 2015, below John Dobson shares a handful of his own. Still no sign of anything by Lamar or Holter, though. (is that the sound of distant cheering we hear?)

Christian Fitness — ‘The Harder It Hits’
Andy Falkous’s between-Future-Of-The-Left-releases side project returns with a second LP ‘Love Letters In The Age Of Steam’. It’s all staccato and falsetto and things that don’t end -to. Great stuff that fills the gap until next 2016s FotL album.

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SINGLE FOCUS — 15.01.16: ft Surgeon, Hinds, DIIV, Thug Entrancer and Food Court

Each fortnight we handpick, err, a handful of newish single releases, stick the kettle on, bang said 45’s on the turntable, and share our thoughts. This edition our very own Philip Neeson and John ‘Dobbo’ Dobson take up position. 

Surgeon — ‘Dynamic Tension’

There’s a new album coming up entitled ‘Farthest Known Objects’ and ‘Dynamic Tension’ is, I suppose, its preview single. I was expecting a bit more if I’m honest. It plods along a bit without really changing course. I know with this kind of thing that’s sort of the point but I just felt a bit unfulfilled. Not exactly a floor shaker though, more a temperature gauging, wonky house warmer-upper. (PN)

Wait, what? What the hell was that? Another level of dark techno brilliance. You could probably call it many things and use several portmanteaus of different genres, but sod that. Brilliant. That’ll do. (JD)

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The Flatmates — You Held My Heart

By John Hartley

Record Store Day is on the 18th April this year. I’m starting the official backlash now, here. As we search the internet for rumours of exclusive limited edition double gatefold heavy vinyl (coloured, naturally) releases by artists on major labels desperate to jump on the bandwagon, someone high up at Clinton Cards is already working out which part of their store to dedicate to RSD cards to send to our vinyl-loving friends and loved ones. And it totally misses the point.

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