Pick of the Political Pops: Bob Dylan “Ballad Of a Thin Man”

Whilst we were all (understandably) looking the other way an extraordinary political scandal has emerged. Now it makes little difference as to what your personal political affiliations or beliefs are this thing is an absolute shocker. It all stems from a leaked report: Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Bob Dylan “Ballad Of a Thin Man””

Pick of the Political Pops: Richard Thompson “Keep Your Distance”

Well here we (still) are. Here’s hoping that you are keeping well, dear reader, and that you are finding things to keep you occupied if you happen to be self-isolating, social distancing, furloughed or simply keeping the rest of the mad bastards from your door. Of course you might be a key worker and hence busier than you have ever been – a medical worker or emergency services personnel or possibly one of those people who nobody previously realised was a key worker. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Richard Thompson “Keep Your Distance””

Pick of the Political Pops: Larry Sparks “The Testing Time”

Err… well. This is some bollocks happening right here, right now huh? We truly hope you and yours are ok, that you’re managing OK, hopefully making sense of stuff and staying as safe as you can. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Larry Sparks “The Testing Time””

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe

You lucky people: whilst we are all (hopefully) self-isolating – watch how quickly that comment dates – you will have plenty of time to read the latest instalment of “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway” in which our writers and contributors tell us what, why and where they got into Americana. This week top bloke and diamond geezer Gordon (Not A Moron) Sharpe steers into his choices via a jazz route, which is refreshingly different, and tells us of his love for the smaller venue. Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe”

Pick of the Political Pops: “Coronavirus Explained”

Obviously this is no time for levity so we are suspending our usual nark-fest of political tirades and piss-taking. Instead we have found this video which is one of the clearest and simplest explanations we have seen thus far (and unlike some seems legitimate). Stay safe. [Editor’s note: The video is from the always excellent ‘Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell’ series but do watch it until the end or you’ll give yourself nightmares]

Pick of the Political Pops: Richard Cheese “Down with The Sickness”

So how’s it going? You OK? Got enough supplies to self-isolate? Keeping abreast of developments? How’s the official response working for you? You being treated OK? Got any worries or concerns? How’s your bruised head after that twat in the supermarket batted you over the head for that last packet of paracetamol? Hopefully you’ve at least got enough toilet roll to get you through…? Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Richard Cheese “Down with The Sickness””

Pick of the Political Pops: Townes Van Zandt “Waiting Round To Die”

This week down in the bunker we have been ruminating on the possibility that we are in some sort of ‘end of days’ scenario. Every time we put on our cathode ray 14” black and white TV there seems to be another news broadcast which looks like it’s been lifted more or less directly from a Hollywood disaster movie and we are constantly thankful that the door to the bunker is three inches thick and has innumerable locks. Lots of places are taking all sorts of precautions in this regard – Donny John had told the Europeans to do one (except the Brits presumably on the basis that someone told him we are no longer Europeans), The Italians have told everybody to not do one – i.e. stay in your homes until further notice. The Irish and many others have told school kids and other students to be neither seen nor heard and we UKers have been panic buying toilet roll. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Townes Van Zandt “Waiting Round To Die””

Pick of the Political Pops: Spirit “Nature’s Way”

Viruses. Tricky little buggers those things. Getting into stuff and causing mischief as they do. Technically they are life forms but even that is doubted by some experts. They have DNA (or RNA) and reproduce but beyond that they have very little to connect them to what is called the Tree of Life. Also they are small – unbelievably tiny. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Spirit “Nature’s Way””

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Richard Phillips

It’s time, folks, for another instalment of our feature in which the writers of AUK attempt to put into words their personal reflections of what our genre is and why they love it so much. This time Richard Phillips, lover of cheap records and twelve-string guitars tells us where it’s at musically speaking. Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Richard Phillips”

Pick of the Political Pops: George Jones “What’s Money?”

This week down in The Bunker in Americana-UK Towers much hilarity was caused when we watched on our Radio Rentals small screen cathode ray tube TV (look it up kids) a statement from The House of Commons from bus driver’s son Say “Jid” Jay “Hawk”. In it he lambasted his former boss, TV personality’s son Boz The Turk, and took aim at the decision to put bus driver junior back in his box for daring to consider that he should have a modicum of freedom to spend (or not spend) the nation’s money as he saw fit. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: George Jones “What’s Money?””