The Royal County Arbiter

23 October 2005

Wayward Hum

Vashti Bunyan in 1967 and 2005

Vashti Bunyan! I cannot get enough of this woman's music. Her new album Lookaftering has just been released and features Arbiter favourite Joanna Newsom playing harp on a couple of songs. Indeed, it was through the Joanna Newsom LiveJournal community that I reached this rad blog hosting a new Bunyan mp3: gorilla vs. bear. One listen and pow!

Both this record and Just Another Diamond Day, first released in 1970, are beautiful; Vashti Bunyan's voice is clear and delicate like snowflakes or sleigh bells. The songs are gently melodic and there's plenty of subdued lush instrumentation going on in Lookaftering. Listening to these records is a rare treat - there are few albums that can make a wet autumn night seem magical or that can make you dream for hours.

So don't be a schmuck! Get hep to Vashti Bunyan like all the other cool kids in town.

anotherday: Bunyan's website with lyrics, pictures and lots of fascinating stuff about her life and experiences through the 1960s
Spinney: label created to re-release Just Another Diamond Day
FatCat Records: her new home


Blogger Tim Lazyhour:

Thank you for getting me down with Vashti Bunyan! It's nice when, just occasionally, people like this are from Britain. Almost makes the place seem bearable.

7:21 pm  
Blogger ben:

I hate you Joanna Newsom so but I love you Myrtle Peacock so. I AM TORN AND CONFUSED. HELP ME.

1:05 pm  
Anonymous routard:

psst...wanna buy some filthy hippy sounds?

8:23 pm  
Blogger Myrtle Peacock:

Tsk. I'm already on the Linda Perhacs bus, dude. Parallelograms is a great record. I first heard her on Andy Votel's compilation, Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word; that record has introduced me to some really great music and I highly recommend.

9:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous:

The revolution will be cut and pasted. O, it's already arrived. Are you a hippie? O,

1:18 am  

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14 October 2005

Small Objects

nude Loop Troupe figures made by The Small Object

I've been admiring the little faces and lovely items of Sarah Neuburger's online shop, The Small Object, for some time. Her new Loop Troupe collection of wooden guys and gals are simply adorable for their organic, tactile cuteness. How wabi sabi.

"Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. ... The closest English word to wabi-sabi is probably 'rustic'. ... Things wabi-sabi are unstudied and inevitable looking. .. unpretentious. .. Their craftsmanship may be impossible to discern."
-- Leonard Koren

There's a whole network of crafty folk out there making stuff and selling online. Check out or If'n Books + Marks for owls, boats and cats. Now to the workshop!


Blogger ben:

The Royal County Arbiter is very much the wabi-sabi of the occasionally updated internet website about slightly unusual aspects of World (in particular that of Japan) both past and present culture. Gorgeous, immovable, joyful.

Although personally, I just come for the tits and swearing.

I heart you bad Myrtle P.

9:49 am  
Anonymous routard:

I can imagine one of those poking out of someone's bum. If they made them with a large turnip like bulb at the base it might prevent C.I.A (curious insertion accidents) and F.B.I (funny bottom incidents)

8:28 pm  

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