I know it's a cliched and grumpy old man complaint but Christmas starts earlier every year and it gets on my wick- the shops have been full of Christmas tat for weeks, the adverts on telly are non-stop Christmas related, the shopping frenzy begins. Whatever joy can be gleaned from our winter festival has been sucked and spat out even before advent.
It's not all bad news though- the nice people at Occultation Recordings have sent me an advance copy of their Christmas single, shortly to be released on 7" vinyl. A 7" single is one of the best Christmas presents. The A-side is by Factory Star, whose debut album came out in the summer and was reviewed here. Factory Star are led by ex-Fall guitarist Martin Bramah and turn in a lovely little tune here, musically reminiscent of the point when post-punk became 80s indie. A little ramshackle, not really that Christmassy at all, it's a good 'un. Go get, and then order the vinyl.