The festivities all out of the way, so time to wait for the credit card bill to arrive – apparently one of the most popular times of year for suicides. As predicted last month, January tends to be rather dull, although there are a number of potentially exciting albums due out. Sophomore releases from Esben & The Witch, The Joy Formidable and Villagers should all be worth a listen. Hollywood Undead are a rap/rock band I’ve grown to like and their sixth album is out. The one that will blow us all away though is Biffy Clyro’s; I’ve been lucky enough to hear it already and if there’s a better album during 2013, it will be a stonker of a year. On the dodgy side, Adam Ant(pictured above) releases his first album for seventeen years, it includes seventeen tracks and will probably sell seventeen copies – some things need to stay in a place in time.
Clearly, not too many festivals again in the UK, although Butlins at Bognor Regis try to compete with their Minehead site by hosting the Bugged Out Weekender. Purely for those into electronica though I’m afraid, with Dave Clarke the only name I recognise. As indication of just how dull January is, here are some of the ‘special’ days coming up: – Festival Of Sleep Day, National Kazoo Day, Cheese Day and National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Maybe Bognor Regis isn’t so unexciting after all.
Equally bereft on the sporting front too. The Australian Open will interest you tennis lovers and us supporters of rubbish football clubs can look forward to the FA Cup and possibly playing a proper team. Speaking of Australia, they do have their national day coming up, commemorating the arrival of all those British convicts in 1787, maybe time to send a few more over.
A good month to be born if you want to be an author, with AA Milne, JRR Tolkien and Raymond Briggs all having January birthdays, the latter still going after 79 years. Born almost exactly one year after him was a certain Elvis Presley – now what would he be recording if he was still around? Oh that’s right, the same rubbish he released in the seventies.
Well that’s it for another (rather boring) month. I’m off to get my hamster dressed up, practice on my Kazoo and check how the cheese is coming along. Hope you’re planning something more interesting.