Archive for May, 2013
Dive For Your Memory
May 29th, 2013

Dick Diver – Calendar Days – Official Video from Mia Mala McDonald on Vimeo.

Claire Adams, who played bass with me on the Margins tour, tipped me off about Dick Diver, a band whose name either makes people laugh or exclaim that it’s also the name of the main male character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s amazing Tender Is The Night. Actually, perhaps the latter urge is mine alone.
They remind me of so many great Australasian bands, like The Go-Betweens or The Clean, with their loose sound and random, affecting lyrics that tell stories of distinct lives being lived.


Bridget St John has a soothing voice, not dissimilar to her male contemporary Nick Drake. The songs on this 1974 LP meander along rather nicely, although the opening song, Sparrowpit ,sounds, weirdly, like a rollicking hippie precursor to Eleanor Friedberger:

Hell Yeah
May 29th, 2013

On set of Hell is a City

Stanley Baker in 1960’s gritty Northern noir Hell Is A City, standing on the roof of one of my favourite buildings in Manchester, now the Palace hotel.