Andrew Mueller is a journalist and author whose books sell badly enough to keep him in journalism. He also does things on the radio, and plays in a country band sometimes.
The guy from The Corrs is asking to excavate South Armagh
11th November 2013
The above is just one of about a hundred plausible contenders for the title of my favourite line from the North Sea Scrolls. You may hear it performed live in London roughly this time last year here. And/or, you can read more about the most recent unfurling of the Scrolls, last weekend at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, here and here. And when you're done doing that, go to the shop section of this here website, and buy the damn album.
Elsewhere, stuff. I've recently written this thing for the Daily Telegraph about the obstinate survival of vinyl, and may still be heard broadcasting re stuff and events on this fine radio station. Also, subscribers to Monocle magazine - and if you don't, you should - can read, if they haven't already, this interview with the new government of Albania.
Also. The literally several people who've asked when/if "It's Too Late To Die Young Now" is going to be published in this hemisphere should watch this space. At the risk of tempting fate, there may be an announcement on this front presently.
Finally, I solicited requests for the From The Vaults section on Twitter this morning, and was met by crushing indifference apart from one responder who informed me that he liked the word "quantum", and another whose favourite subject was breakfast. I couldn't help with the former, as I've never written much about science because I don't understand any of it. But I did find one article that mentioned breakfast, although I don't really understand the record that the article in question is about, either.
Anyway, the From The Vaults section has now been duly updated. Enjoy. And subscribe to Uncut, as well.
Coffee in my coffee cup
11th October 2013
So she didn't play this particular personal favourite, from which the above gnomic quotation is lifted, but it was nevertheless a rare thrill to have the very great Laura Cantrell come and play at Monocle's Midori House headquarters last week. The resulting session, and an interview, can be heard on this edition of Robert Bound's always excellent Culture show. As if that wasn't sufficient, we also had the also very great Slaid Cleaves recording a session: transmission date yet to be confirmed, and hence yet to be plugged in this space. But it will be.
On a semi-related note, the new print edition of Monocle contains a report from Albania by your correspondent, in which I discover that the various dissidents, activists and outsiders I met on my first visit ten years ago are now running the country. Having not been forewarned of their presence in his office, I only narrowly avoided treading on one of the prime minister's turtles. I would be interested to hear from any professional arbiters of diplomatic etiquette about the correct way forward in such circumstances.
Also, I'm trying to be good about updating the new From The Vaults page. Today, I've pasted up a review of Ben Thompson's terrific book about Mary Whitehouse, for no better reason than I was recounting the closing quote to someone the other day, and it still strikes me as one of the wisest observations anyone has ever made about the counter-productive nature of fanaticism.
Also also, if you're in Dublin, buy a ticket for this.
I'll be waiting here, with my arms unfurled
30th September 2013
Yes, with apologies to this guy, welcome to what I think is the third iteration of your correspondent's online existence. It's (hopefully) a slightly less unwieldy prospect than its immediate predecessor, which is to say there’ll be less of my back pages on it at any one time.
What old stuff there is will appear as and when it amuses me to upload it to the From The Vaults section, which is currently running an old Uncut review of Gillian Welch’s “The Harrow & The Harvest”, for no other reason(s) than i) I was listening to it the other day, and ii) it’s great. Requests for things to appear in the slot will be welcomed, and may even be considered.
The blog will be what it always was, ie an almost certainly lackadaisically updated wrap-up of recent doings, most of which will be more frequently echoed in the Twitter feed which you can find over there on the right.
The shop has been updated, principally to accommodate my new book, “It’s Too Late To Die Young Now”, which is presently available in Australia, other territories tb hopefully c. A passive-aggressive dialogue with an indifferent world can be consumed in the FAQ section, and the Gallery is, at time of writing, a work in progress, although I hope to progress with work on it sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, if you’re in Dublin, or in easy reach thereof, buy a ticket for this.
See The Chains Which Bind The Men
15th March 2013
Please assume routine apologies for time since last posting (assuming in itself, of course, that the passing reader has even noticed, or indeed cares). Anyway. Today's headline is cribbed from this enduringly marvellous record by way of drawing attention to this deservedly effusive review of this terrific book by John Sweeney (Church/Church, you see what I did there, etc).
Persisting with the theme of deservedly effusive reviews of things you should own, there's also this, about this. Also, while you're buying music, buy this, because it's amazing, all bias acknowledged.
Elsewhere, I continue to commend tuning into Monocle 24 in general, but especially to this recent edition of the Culture show, which contained my interview with, and a live session from, this guy.
Other upcoming things currently vary between definitely and possibly. The next book, probably entitled "It's Too Late To Die Young Now", will probably appear in Australia and New Zealand circa August, other territories tb hopefully c. Vague ideas are also currently being corralled towards a second album by these people. If you missed the first one, incidentally, there are still a few - quite a few, in fact - available, at shockingly reasonable prices.
I Don't Know What We're Doing Here
2nd January 2013
The above existential reflection is excerpted from this timely song, on the grounds that i) it is, as previously discussed, timely, ii) it's a great tune, obviously, and iii) that one of the highlights of 2012 was enticing the very great Todd Snider into the studios of Monocle 24 to record a live session and interview.
Anyway. A very happy 2013 to the legions who report to this site daily, daring themselves to hope that I might have got it together to update the damn thing at some point in the previous century. While you're here, some stuff from the twilight of 2012: a review of this diverting book, and some considerations, photographic record and motion picture footage of the recent tour in support of this magnificent album.