Caught by the River


19th July 2020

A roundup of our favourite internet nuggets from the last couple of months.

Rubika Shah’s film White Riot follows the Rock Against Racism movement of the 1970s, revealing both the nastiness of the rising National Front at the time and the amazing power of music, activism and real desire for social change at a grassroots level.

Beautiful Music In The Night: for Aquarium Drunkard, William Tyler has excavated and compiled the late night radio broadcasts of Nashville’s WAMB 1160 AM. This playlist of Aquarium Drunkard’s favourite summery tunes is great too.

Mackenzie Crook speaks to CPRE about his love of the English countryside.

Get lost in Mohamed Hassan’s stunning Welsh landscape photography.

‘If there is a more beautiful summer bird in Britain […] then its name escapes me. The male’s back is the colour of dark limestone. There is a circle of basaltic grey around the face and a flake of quartz at the forecrown, but his breast is the warmest, softest orange in an English spring.’ For The Guardian’s Country Diary, Mark Cocker writes on the common redstart.

Via Dawn Chorus, listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus recorded and shared by people from all over the world.

Occasional Rain And Other Projects From The Pub: over on The Social Gathering, Ace Records Label Manager Liz Buckley reflects on working with Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs on their seminal ‘Presents’ compilation series.

On his blog, Alistair Fitchett introduces The Modernist magazine. ‘A bit like Caught by the River for architecture and design lovers, The Modernist ploughs a very specific furrow and is assuredly beloved by anyone who cares for a spare aesthetic of concrete brutalism/minimalism and the ghosts of 1970s urban planning.’

Let Me Take You There: for BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, writers including Alice Oswald, Evie Wyld and Inua Ellams share their internal places of refuge in times of crisis. Thanks to Sue Brooks for the recommendation.

And last but not least, Jannis of the terrific Habibi Funk label puts together a guest mix of records and tapes from Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Oman and Tunisia for My Analogue Journal: