…I turned 23. And on 23rd April 2002 Wilco (officially) released this record. It changed my life, in a musical sense. And it’s still as important today as it ever was. You can find a piece I wrote about it for Art Star last year here.
A few nice reviews have been rearing their heads with regards to Hiva Oa’s debut EP ‘Future Nostalgia for sale’, released as a digital download via mini50. First up there was this lovely review from Scotland’s finest Song By Toad. Then there was this review from What’s Protocol. A wee foreign review here. And then, most recently, this lovely review from Fluid Radio. Thanks to all those who have taken time to write about it so far.
If you’ve not already done so, you can download the EP from the mini50 records bandcamp page. It is available as “pay what you like” so please do check it out. It only takes a minute to download and is well worth those 60 seconds.
The debut record ‘The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss” is due out later this year.
I have not written much on here for a while. I guess this is partly due to being busy with other things. However, a large part of this has been down to trying to think of new and interesting ways to keep the blog fresh and worth visiting. Now that the internet is saturated with blogs and people writing about music it has become much harder to ensure that readership sustains. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it is I do on this blog and why. It would be easy to say I’m too busy to maintain it. Or that I’ve taken it as far as I can. But the truth is that I’ve not even scratched the surface in the 4 years I’ve been posting.
So, very soon, there will be a new approach to the blog, which I hope will revitalise it and encourage a new readership. I’d love more public involvement from those who do read it also. The past year has been pretty quiet in terms of comments and communication but hopefully as the blog becomes more interesting and diverse more people will be interested and want to join in with discussions and debates. Because I think one of the things that interests me most, is stopping just writing about things I love and actually writing about things in a more critical and measured way.
So, yes, do keep an eye out for changes. New features. Possibly new writers too. Who knows.