m-orchestra ‘More Ghost Stories EP’ released today

The new m-orchestra EP is out today in all good digital stores, featuring four tracks: Swim With Me (Drowning Child) – A woman recalls the feeling she had as a child, that something in the house was trying to lure her…

That gig meme that’s been knocking around on the Facebooks

FIRST GIG: Cliff Richard at the London Palladium in 1983 with my parents. LAST GIG: Incredibly luckily just sneaked in before lockdown it was me as m-orchestra supporting Pye Corner Audio at the Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow. It was…

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in January 2021

Nobody has asked for this. Tough luck. It’s a new monthly series. I’ve marked LPs that I’d never heard the whole way through before with a 🆕 icon. The links go to the album on Spotify. Fat Boy Slim You’ve…

m-orchestra – More Ghost Stories EP and live shows

Regular readers will know that I make cursed and haunted electronica about the paranormal under the name m-orchestra, which has been my regular recording name since *gulp* 1987. Jesus. Anyway, I’ve got a new EP coming out on 15 February…

Have yourself a Womblin’ Christmas

Have yourself a Womblin’ Christmas

What a lovely end of year treat a #TimsTwitterListeningParty for the Wombles’ album Superwombling was. That was my Wombles album as I kid. I suspect the vinyl is still lurking at my parent’s house somewhere. The passage of time is…

The definitive answer to the Fairytale of New York lyric controversy

In 1987, “Fairytale of New York” was beaten to Xmas #1 by Pet Shop Boys with “Always On My Mind”. This was the correct verdict by the British record buying public. Shane MacGowan is reported to have said of this…

m-orchestra at Halloween

You might think that Halloween would be the perfect time to be a musician making spooky haunted electronic music. And you would be right. If you’ve never seen or heard my Fortean electronica, then over the next couple of weeks…

Anneliese Michel

I released a new single on Saturday in all good digital record stores. It is called Anneliese and tells the particularly grim story of a woman, Anneliese Michel, who died in the 1970s. To contemporary eyes it seems most likely…

Unused The Fall ticket for cancelled Koko gig

Mark E Smith

In recent years I always went to The Fall gigs with the assumption that it might be the last time I’d ever see the band. And then suddenly it was. When the news broke of Mark E Smith’s death yesterday,…

“Vinyl revival” stories are the worst fake news stories of all

“Vinyl revival” stories are the worst fake news stories of all

This is a real bugbear of mine, but people keep writing about it, so I’m going to keep moaning about it. There’s another round this week of stories about “the vinyl revivial”, because apparently vinyl sales have out-stripped digital downloads…