Seeing us through to the end of the year we’ve reached out to a number of our favourite artists to join us in celebrating good things. A bunch of five things that make their world go around, inspire them or just need celebrating for what they are. There’s no theme here. It’s no kind of “best of year” round-up. These are just five things of the many things identified as making the world a better place to be. We’re all about positivity. Almost all of the time. We promise…
Anthony Reynolds was the lead singer and songwriter with the indie band Jack whose debut album Pioneer Soundtracks is a kind of lost classic of the 1990s. Subsequent to Jack breaking up he has recorded numerous solo albums as well as writing books on musicians including Japan and Leonard Cohen. He recently started publishing short autobiographical recollections of his escapades in the days of Jack. Self-deprecating and very funny, the most recent of these recounts the band’s time on tour with Suede in their pomp.
Las Vegas Tango by Gil Evans.
The pause between the piano intro and the track proper contains the universe and more.
The Valiant Book of Mystery and Magic, 1976.
The perfect annual.
The female arse.
A source of mystery, pleasure and obsession since before Christ was corporal.
Image: Marble female figure, 4500–4000 B.C, Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo: Marc Hope
Dogs barking in the distance at dusk.
Always brings me home.
Image: A dog barking in a landscape. Attributed to Adriaen van de Velde, 1662.
Without it I'd be long dead.
Image: Foyles, London, 1906.
Anthony Reynold’s memoir Per-Suede is available here alongside the previous volumes in the series.