Before getting to the main business of the day, a huge thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes last Saturday.

18 June 2022 came at the end of a really busy period which began with a four-day trip to Ireland to visit my late brother’s memorial (first time since 2019 thanks to COVID restrictions) and then hosting a ten-day visit from my Florida-based niece and her friend, some days of which involved me happilly traipsing around scenic parts of Scotland.  All of this was the reason the Indietracks series was pulled together in advance, and I was pleased/relieved that it went down well with many of you.  Things should be now getting back to normal except…….

…….It was back in late-May when the workies arrived to wrap this ridiculously impressive piece of scaffolding around Villain Towers.  It’s been a long time due as the house, which was originally built in the late 1800s/early 1900s, has needed a replacement roof, along with guttering and downpipes, to prevent the increasing problems of water getting into the Towers, as well as the property of the family living in the bottom half of the building.

I’ve never lived on a building site before, and had no idea what to expect.  The scaffolding took two days to put up, after which the roofers went to work on a six-week contract, starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm, Mondays – Fridays.  The noise has been incredible, all sorts of battering and hammering right above us, which has made it impossible to do anything creative around the blog, which means I’m busy at the weekends, while musically I’ve been reduced to listening to music via the i-phone and wireless headphones.

It’s also been the case that, at the height of the summer and the long periods of daylight we enjoy in Scotland at this time of year, that the blinds have been draw and the curtains closed to maintain a degree of privacy as you can never tell which part of the walkways around the building you will next spot someone passing by at a height you can’t quite fathom.  All in all, it’s been a strange time, although I’m not for a single second having a dig at the roofers, as they have been doing an outstanding job.

As such, the turntable has been neglected somewhat, and so, for now, the regular Monday series will need to be be shelved for a couple more weeks.

Here’s Tracey with an appropriately titled number:-

mp3: Tracey Thorn – Raise The Roof

The closing track from the 2007 LP, Out of The Woods, it was also released as a single.  One of the remixes, originally made available as a b-side, was included on Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982–2015, a compilation CD I picked up a while back and referenced in this post a few months back:-

mp3: Tracey Thorn – Raise The Roof (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation)

I had to look things up on those involved in the remix.  Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve is the name adopted by Erol Alkan and Richard Norris, two of the UK’s leading dancefloor gurus.  They certainly deliver a beguiling and interesting take on things.



  1. I can empathise, JC. We’d booked in a roof replacement just before we all went into lockdown in 2020, so the whole of Clan K was working at home whilst the crew were at work. Sonically and socially a challenging few weeks, but again they did a brilliant job. Having had snow inside the house the previous winter, it wasn’t a job that could wait…!

    I really enjoyed the Indietracks series and have been inspired to check out more on their Bandcamp page. And any post which provides an excuse to post music from both Tracey Thorn and Richard Norris is good enough for me.

  2. I posted another track that you might deem suitable yesterday… I also left you a birthday greeting but had problems posting it. It didn’t appear, but when I tried to repost it, I was told I’d already posted it! So happy belated birthday if you didn’t see it at the time. Hope the new roof is in place soon.

  3. That’s some elaborate scaffolding there JC. I’ve been through similarly disruptive roof work in the past and can empathise. It’ll all be worth it in the end though.
    Really enjoyed the Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve mix.

  4. I don’t envy you with the building works. Beyond The izard’s Sleeve are excellent and their remixes always take the source artists somewhere interesting.

  5. I am totally empathizing with you here, JC! In two weeks we have new floors installed in our home, and the last month has seen me pack up almost everything in our home and box it for short term storage in a pod in the driveway during the first week in July [we now know the installation date]. This includes all of the music, which has been staying with our kind neighbors in their spare room for a few weeks already. Only the approx. 30 titles which were pulled for recent listening on CD remains in a small box to listen to. By Thursday, even the TV/stereo equipment will be boxed up completely and any entertainment will be iPad only for those four days.

    But the week prior to the install will have us painting and patching the Record Cell. Hopefully not also shoring up the floor from the weight of the music! We had painted the house last fall, apart from that room, which would have taken far longer than the entire rest of the small home to deal with. Now, since we have to clear it out, the painting can finally commence – not that the walls were visible in any case! And we’re also hoping to get the texture off the ceiling in there, since that’s a job best done with the room empty, but that’s still not finalized yet.

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