Saturday, 30 April 2011

Warm fruit salad, Arthur Lowe & Waylon Jennings

I remember having some barbecued cinnamon pineapple in a restaurant in Sao Paulo donkeys ago and it was delia-licious. Lately I've been chopping up fruit (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, kiwi fruit, banana, whatever (make it your own; I'm easy-osy ), sprinkling with cinnamon and squirting a smidgeon of lemon juice and sticking it in the oven. A bit of vanilla ice cream on the side doesn't hurt. There. Flowers and cards to the usual address.

Something else I like apart from warm fruit salad? Erm...I like the fact that someone had the bright idea to ask the late Arthur Lowe to narrate the Mr Men.... and that someone else got the late great Waylon Jennings to sing the theme tune to The Dukes Of Hazzard:

If this was an on-line diary I'd tell you about my yoga class this week.



Thursday, 28 April 2011


"Blow your own trumpet or someone else will use it as a spittoon" (origin unknown)

I shot and edited this video yesterday. It's for a track "Toulouse-Barcelona" from my instrumental album "Maculate Conceptions", recorded while on tour in Europe with Teenage Fanclub last year:

Here come two other videos.


"Aarhus 2":

Hear more music or, golly, buy the album at my website... 

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Cinema Paradiso

Here's something else I like:

Many moons ago I ambled along to the glorious GFT in Glasgow thinking I was going to see "The Cook, The Thief His Wife And Her Lover" (which I have still never seen). I got my dates wrong and instead stumbled upon this gem. I don't care if people criticize it for being sentimental. Not saying I don't agree - just that I don't care. Where would we be if every film was bereft of sentiment? Here's another imponderable; where would "Cinema Paradiso" be if Ennio Morricone had not provided the soundtrack?

Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Hello. I've got a hunch this blog thing might take off so I've decided to be an early-adapting tastemaker. I think this blog will mainly be about stuff I like.


I like Laura Cantrell. I like her new album "Kitty Wells Dresses" - out now and available at / amazon / i-tunes / HMV / etc.

I also like this wee Laura Cantrell promo film, shot on the soon-to-be-defunct Flip camera and edited on i-movies:

I released Laura's debut album "Not The Tremblin' Kind" on Shoeshine over 11 (!) years ago. Crazy. I remember being SO EXCITED that I was going to be working with this amazing talent. Queen Of The Coast..The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter....Genius! Great singer, songwriter and person. And now here we are again. Laura tours the UK next month:

ManchesterClub Academy

0161 832 1111

Bristol, St Bonaventure's

0870 4444 4000

Sheffield Memorial Hall

0114 2789 789

Nottingham, The Glee Club

0871 472 0400.

Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre

0131 220 3234

Gateshead, Old Town Hall

0191 4336965

London, Union Chapel

0131 220 3234

Number 2 - BRAZIL

I like Brazil. I get to go there next month for two shows with Teenage Fanclub. Rio and Sao Paulo. Yay. I played some solo shows in Brazil a few years ago (I know; WTF? etc) and later returned with TFC for a tour. Great people/music/food and these:

Here's a track from Jorge Ben to celebrate (Remind you of any Rod Stewart songs?):

Number 3 - ...

Och that's enough for now.