To Die By Your Side

Well that was a dramatic pause

April 15th, 2010

Hi, hello and welcome to TDBYS Version 2.0. Resurected from the grave after the sudden, unexpected and premature termination by the powers that be at Blogger, The DMCA and whoever else it was that had a hand in it’s demise.  Not that I’m bitter. Never was. Shocked? Yes. Gutted? Definately. Angry for a little while, but not bitter. Like I’ve said a few times before, I never really had a leg to stand on and they were well within their rights to pull the plug. Whether they could have given me more of a warning and allowed me the opportunity to save five years worth of writing is another matter entirely. Though not one that I feel needs to be addressed. Not anymore. No point. It’s all water under the bridge now. Besides, if the cull hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have this lovely new site. I also wouldn’t have learnt how valuable it is to archive and backup your work. Proof if it were needed that everything happens for a reason.

Now, before I go any further, I must take this opportunity to say a few thanks. First and foremost to Pip and Rachel from Untitled Records without whom, you would not be reading these words. Their enthusiasm, encouragement, hard work and web expertise has made all this possible and I cannot thank them enough. Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone who got in touch when the blog disappeared. Your words were very much appreciated. Finally I’d like to thank you for dropping by today. Whether you were a regular reader, a sometime passer-by or you’ve just stumbled here for the very first time, it’s good to see you. Feel free to pop by and say hi anytime.

So, where do we go from here. Well, to be honest I’ve not really thought that far ahead. I’ve considered a variety of directions in which to take the blog but haven’t made any concrete decisions. Chances are I’ll continue where I left off. Posting random waffle and ill considered opinions about the music that’s exciting me. How good that writing will be is open to question. It has after all been 3 months since I last wrote anything, so chances are I may be a bit little rusty. Not that I’ve ever made any claims about the quality of my writing. You’ll either enjoy it or you won’t. Either way, the only thing I can be certain of is that posts will appear sporadically, as and when I’m inspired to write something. There’s also the likelihood that, in an attempt to stay under DMCA radars, some posts may not have any music attached to them. In other words, I make no rules, no promises and no guarantees.

So here endeth the introduction. For the next few days I shall be getting this house in order. Most of my time will be spent archiving some of the old posts that I was able to rescue from the old place. Therefore new posts may be a while coming. Or they may not. Depends how I’m feeling. Either way, feel free to have a wander round the site and click on any links and pages that take your fancy. Feedback is more than encouraged, so feel free to comment on things you like, things you don’t and anything that doesn’t seem to be working properly. Hope you like and hope to see you around here again sometime.

In the meantime, lets kick things off with a track I posted before on the old site but which seems appropriate for both a beginning and an end. After all, is it really broadcasting if there’s no-one there to receive?

Shellac – The End Of Radio (Live Session Version)

Filed Under Album Reviews, Link, Live Review, Music

Pip posted the following on April 16, 2010 at 2:56 am.

Woohoo!! Our boy is all grows up!

Rach posted the following on April 16, 2010 at 5:37 am.

This is so exciting. I am so happy to read and listen to your words again. Cheers to version 2.0!

Good to see you back (and thanks for the shout on Songkick to let me know of your return). I shall give your new home a mention on my blog.

Rol posted the following on April 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm.

Welcome back.

Tricia posted the following on April 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm.

Welcome back! So glad to be able to follow your terrific take on music.

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