“More than one has wound up dead”

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I thought I’d post this zombie themed video from The Bonnevilles’ latest album. Bear in mind, it does get a bit gruesome so if you’re squeamish check out this video instead. No Law in Lurgan is from Arrow Pierce My Heart.   I’m one of a whole bunch of authors taking part in an October Frights themed blog hop at the moment. Click on the image for links to the other authors taking part. [“More than one has wound up dead” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th October 2017]

“then molecules were everywhere”

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The Doubleclicks have appeared here several times but they have a new album out and the video for this track is excellent so here we go… Big Bang is from Love Problems and you can buy or listen to it on Bandcamp. [“then molecules were everywhere” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th August 2017]

Belladonna of Sadness

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Finally, Alexandra Savior’s debut album, Belladonna of Sadness, is out. That is all. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [Belladonna of Sadness by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 15th April 2017]

“Flying like a lost crow”

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I’ve forgotten where I found this video but I love the animation and the simplicity of the song by Mike Doughty. It’s from his album- The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I love the title and it’s next up on my Apple Music playlist. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“Flying like a lost crow” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th April 2017]

“Dress me like the front of a casino”

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I’m pretty sure the last music video I posted was Alexandra Savior, but Mirage has been on regular rotation on my playlist since it was released and I make no apologies for posting another one. I’m still looking forward to hearing the full album, Belladonna of Sadness, once it’s finally released. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“Dress me like the front of a casino” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 22nd March 2017]

“In my mind, I’ve acquired a tangle I can’t undo”

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I discovered Alexandra Savior through the True Detective 2 soundtrack (which is excellent) and I’ve been following her releases ever since. Apparently there’s an album on the way soon, but in the meantime, she’s been drip feeding some really good individual tracks, including this one – Mystery Girl. And this one… M.T.M.E. I’m looking forward to hearing a full album once it finally launches. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“In my mind, I’ve acquired a tangle I can’t undo” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 21st December 2016]

“Everybody knows the good guys lost”

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My wife and I were lucky enough to see Leonard Cohen when he visited Vancouver a few years back and it was one of the best gigs we’ve been to. His albums drop into my music rotation on a regular basis and his book, Beautiful Losers, was one of the first I bought when I moved to Canada. His last couple of albums have been a farewell of sorts but I was still very sad to hear that he’d joined the long list of great people we’ve lost in 2016. To quote Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull – “We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.” There’s so many great Leonard Cohen songs but Everybody Knows is my favourite and one that keeps popping into my head these days. And for a bit of variety, here’s a cool cover by a band I need to rediscover, Concrete Blonde. The movie footage in both videos is from Pump Up The Volume which is a fun movie I also need to rediscover.   Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“Everybody knows the good guys lost” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset … Read More

“I don’t recognise who I see”

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A few weeks ago I posted some old school goth by The Mission. Now it’s time for some new old school goth by The Mission. Met-amor-phosis is the first track from The Mission’s new album – Another Fall From Grace. Having listened to it a bunch of times it actually makes me quite optimistic for the new album. It has the familiar Mission feel from their earlier albums but with a more modern feel. The new album is out on September 30th but I’ll probably be pre-ordering through Pledge Music.   Sign up for my newsletter and get a year of stories, completely free. CLICK HERE to get started. [“I don’t recognise who I see” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 14th September 2016]

“Whiskey and the devil and the witching hour”

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I was introduced to The Mission (or The Mission UK if you’re in the US)  in college because I wore a lot of black. A friend of mine gave me a tape (yes, cassette tape) and said “you’ll like this”. The logic behind the gift was that as I wore black all the time, I must be a goth, therefore I must like goth music. I don’t think I’d really heard of any of the bands on that tape before then, but it opened my ears to the wonders of bands like The Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Mission. From then on I was hooked. Music wasn’t quite as easy to get hold of back then (CDs were just on the horizon) so I was basically stuck with vinyl and the odd bootleg recording on tape. I devoured it all though, and I spent hours listening to songs like this:  And watching videos like this. That one is intentionally tongue in cheek, apparently. The band referred to it as “Carry On Goth”. I may have also <cough> dressed like that occasionally. The Mission were at their best playing live, and I’ve lost count of the number of times I saw them … Read More

“I’m going to wrap it up”

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Thanks to Joe Hill (have you read The Fireman yet) for this one – Anna Karina dancing to The Chasers‘ Inspiration. [“I’m going to wrap it up” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 27th July 2016]