Stephen Chapman

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Music recommendation: Heron Oblivion – Beneath Fields

When I run, I either listen to the birds and the traffic or when I know it will be safe I listen to music and podcasts. I was listening to … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Recommended: Sufjen Stevens – No shade in the shadow of the cross

I heard this song on a podcast a couple of weeks ago and I made a mental note to revisit it as the unusual vocals interested me. Then at the … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

New from DCFC

This is a new song from Death Cab For Cutie, a band I like very much – they actually feature in my Desert Island Disc selection. This track called Black Sun … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment


As I type this, it’s Sunday and the TV has been turned off and the lighting is just from a couple of lamps. It’s relaxing time in our household. And … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: Bastille – Things We Lost In The Fire

Played on the French radio over and over and over. It’s now in my head for the rest of my life.  This is British Band Bastille and their catchy song … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: Ezra Furman – My Zero

Every few weeks I check out Amazon to see what free songs are available and occasionally small record labels give away a whole album featuring songs from various artists on … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Music recommendation: Bell X1 – The great defector

I heard this song on BBC 6Music on Sunday and as I wasn’t listening too carefully as I made soup and pasta sauce, I thought it might be an old … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: Beck – Blue Moon

On Friday while driving, I listened to a podcast from NPR in America featuring an interview with Beck and he was eloquently talking about his musical life and new album called Morning … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: The Shins – Simple Song

The last recommendation I made was for a duo that go by the name of Broken Bells. The singer is James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: Broken Bells – Holding on for life

A few years ago I heard a really excellent song called The High Road by this band Broken Bells.  You can hear the song here (and avoid the awful Joss … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Music recommendation: Rodriguez – Crucify your mind

A month ago I reviewed the film Searching for sugar man and now I’d like to recommend one of the tracks from Rodriguez’s 1970 album Cold Fact.  I am sure that … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music recommendation: Night Beds – Even if we try

A simple song that starts acapella and develops gradually into a lovely harmony led track.  It’s one of those gentle songs that you don’t need to concentrate on to enjoy. Night … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music recommendation: Dolly Parton – Jolene

Here’s a extremely unusual recommendation – the classic song by Dolly Parton simply slowed down by 25%. It shouldn’t work, but it does!   See other recommendations here  

August 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Music recommendation: Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

This recommendation is from the revcently released album by Vampire Weekend called Modern Vampires Of The City and I am not sure whether I like it or not! Pete is … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music recommendation: Barenaked Ladies – Off his head

Barenaked Ladies released their 11th album last month, called Grinning Streak.  So I thought I would select and share a track with you that’s a good representation of the album … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy

This track came up on the iphone when on random the other day and I remembered how great it is. From way back in 1993, this almost lazy sounding song … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Music recommendation: Dry The River – Lion’s Den

Here’s a lovely song for you… it starts slowly and understated before moving gradually into an amazingly atmospheric masterpiece.  I heard this on a radio station in passing and I had … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Music recommendation: Brice Conrad – Oh La

I know nothing about Brice Conrad other than he is French and this catchy track was playing on the radio during our holiday in France. Luckily most national radio stations … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Music recommendation: Blair Dunlop – Less The Pawn

I first saw Blair Dunlop at last years local world music festival (which sadly has lost it’s venue and has been postponed this year). He is a true folkie but … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

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