This picture was taken outside the Warehouse Live venue in Houston where the bands Bad Religion, Against Me and Dave Hause were playing. I had 1 evening free during my 6 days in America, I couldn’t believe my luck that these bands were playing in downtown Houston when I was there on the one night I had free.

I decided not to take my camera as I had no idea how strict they would being allowing cameras into the venue and it was a 40 minute taxi drive in, so I only had my phone.

This was the first concert I have been to where the venue was air conditioned which made it very comfortable watching the bands.


The final run through…until tomorrow when I start my 366 tunes of the day – a new day a new tune…all year…come back and see how it goes and if I can keep churning out new (and old) tunes for you…now – on to the Top 5!

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Continuing the Top 20 albums of 2015 and moving well into New Years Eve…the Red Stripe is going down well tonight…

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So. you all enjoyed my run-down of my favourite albums last year so, as I special New Year’s treat, I’m doing it again…except I ran out of time the last two days so I’m running quite a long way behind – will I complete the list before midnight on New Year’s Eve or will it drag on into the New Year?

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One of the bands I have followed for the last few years (including being thanked on the sleeve notes of their 2nd album) are The Skints. I’ve seen them many times live and will hopefully be seeing them on their forthcoming tour (especially as they are being supported by the rather marvelous Hollie Cook). The last time I saw them live was at the Koko in London – here are a few of my pictures from that concert. Whilst you are looking at those you can have a listen/watch of their latest video which is from their forthcoming album (out on Monday) called FM…I’m really looking forward to it.

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We’ve made it…here you go…the Top 5…

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Part three of my 2014 favourite albums list…

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A little later than planned, here’s the continuation of my Top 20 of 2014.

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You may or may not be interested in this…

I’ve always had a passion for music, starting in my youth, as a Rude Boy and, when The Specials split up, becoming a punk rocker. Most people did it the other way round. I have a large collection of music and add to that all the time. I’ve never had a problem in trying different things, as a boy I used to buy records based on the label they were on when I had never heard the band before – some you win, some you lose.

I used to have books filled with my own charts, for some reason I quite clearly remember The Ruts’ Babylon Is Burning as my Number 1 for 1 week…The Damned’s Friday 13th EP was another I can remember hitting that top spot…I may even still have this book somewhere, perhaps I should dig it out…

So, this year has been a good year for new albums, probably helped by the volume of driving I have done for work allowing me plenty of time to listen to new stuff. So, without further ado – here are numbers 20 – 15;

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That’s told me!