Jim Auton: Professional Cynic #8 - It's the end of the year as we know it, and i feel shite

Jim Auton: Professional Cynic #8 – It’s the end of the year as we know it, and i feel shite

Late on the evening of the birthday of someone’s Lord Jesus Christ, I started to feel a little bit rough. Not terrible, I initially put it down to over indulging and burning the candle at both ends and the middle recently, but a bit ropey shall we say.

A negative LFT earlier in the day meant it was fine for visitors but as we ushered them out the door for their waiting taxi, I felt light headed and woozy, the colours went a bit sepia.

The next morning, I felt no better and maybe a touch worse so we did an LFT as we were out visiting. Something in the back of my mind told me it would be positive and after only a few moments I leant over my bedside table and there they were; two red lines. I had the lurgy, the plague.

I have Covid. To be honest, I’m not that surprised. I had been in London on Wednesday, train, tube, pub, football stadium, reverse.

I was also in London the previous Friday. Train, tube, pub, gig venue, reverse. It was bound to happen.

And so endeth 2021.

I’ve just had the PCR result, its a positive so it’s safe to say I will be seeing the new year in from my sofa in my new Christmas PJs, finishing off leftovers and drinking all the beer and wine. So, it could be a lot worse.

My wife is negative though, and I know other households where it hasn’t spread to everyone which seems strange for such a persistent pandemic.

I shall be missing several football matches and seeing friends and family but there’s always next year. Fingers crossed. I wonder what variant will be about then?!?

Is anything going to change hugely? Will we be collectively paranoid about a new variant, arguing about lockdowns, queuing for a booster and sticking sticks up orifices?

The music industry can’t survive if we don’t start going back to gigs on a regular basis and expecting bailouts isn’t a long-term solution. It has to stand on its own two feet and for that we have to support it by footfall. Be sensible, wear a mask when entering and walking around, get triple jabbed and don’t turn up with symptoms. We can’t lockdown on a long-term basis though.

In the meantime, my Top 10 LPs and Top 5 EPs and Gigs have been posted on this veritable site, but I shall be seeing the rest of the year out with my favourite tracks.

I won’t waffle on about them as I have already on pods and reviews but check these out. They’re all solid gold. Not necessarily in any order.

  • Lowertown – The Gaping Mouth

  • Desperate Journalist – Fault

  • Idles – Car Crash

  • Flossing – Switch

  • Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – New Age Millennial Magic

  • Dry Cleaning – Unsmart Lady

  • heka – (a) wall

  • We are Scientists – You’ve Lost Your Shit

  • Anna B Savage – Since We Broke Up

  • Squid – Pamphlets

  • Folly Group – Four Wheel Drive

  • Bleach Lab – Flood

  • Lizzie Reid – Been Thinking About You

  • Siobhan Wilson – Warning Signs

  • Francis of Delirium – All Love

  • Yard Act – The Overload

  • Drug Store Romeos – What’s On Your Mind

  • Projector – Zero

  • Sorry – Cigarette Packet

  • Johnny Flynn – Ten Degrees of Strange

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