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December 26, 2012

Thanks for listening to Atheist Advent!

The last few songs are up, including some guitar work of which I’m rather proud, intended to give all those family gatherings across the Christian world a wee bit of extra lubrication for the end run; and my surprise at finding I can sing overtones.

See also the evoution of Atheist Advent song seeds into Reason Breeds Monsters creations, and buy one of our special discs. And read about our adventures on Yorkshire radio.

Atheist Advent is over: now its Reason Breeds Monsters‘s turn.

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Songs for late December 2012

December 20, 2012

Just posted up three more songs on Atheist Advent 2012

After a disturbed songwriting week I’m now getting back into the swing of things. I look forward to the last week of AA more than anything else in the year, as it’s when the ideas that were buried under the middling ideas I’ve used up finally get aired.

These latest three are a bit ropey, I guess, but I hope there’s some good stuff to follow. Of course, it’s not up to me, but god.

Happy Atheist Advent


Atheist Advent 2012

December 14, 2012

Atheist Advent is on this year!

Already about a dozen songs written. Something of a birds and war theme going on this year; some songs not so good, some I think not bad. Also some revamped tunes of yesteryear now on MP3, including the classic animal rights saga, Bear on the Loose.

Head over to for all the music and etc.

This year there are even things to buy — Reason Breeds Monsters‘s first single, which is music originally from Atheist Advent, and The Story of the Story of the Dragon, a musical story for 4 year olds with a Chomsky/Zinn theme.


Atheist Advent 2011

December 2, 2011

I’ve started this year’s Atheist Advent! Two songs up so far, and a third currently in my head and about to be recorded. The third one is not exactly the po-faced nu-folk that I normally prefer to write. I’m not going to do much writing on this blog this year: please check out

and you can subscribe on iTunes off that page too. I’m podcasting more than filming this year. I don’t know why I got so fixed on film when music is so unarguably about sound.

for songs, chat and discussion. But I’ll come back here from time to time, certainly.

Happy Atheist Advent.


27 December: Atheist Advent 2010 is over!

December 27, 2010

Thank you so much for tuning in to Atheist Advent 2010. A final song is now up: Lord of Misrule, along with some blurb about that song and the whole project generally.

I am not sure where I will go with this next. Reckon I’ll sit on it for a while and see what comes to mind. In the new year I’ve got a non-musical political project planned: I need to get my brain back in gear about the games playing out around the world. Hopefully I’ll play some more concerts with the amazing Atheist Advent bank which played on 7th December, though I’m not yet sure how we’ll pitch ourselves when it’s not Advent.

I hope you’re well, wherever you are in the world; and I really do think that this is a good year to cause trouble. Whatever you care about it, press your cause. The only rule is: make sure someone knows you’re doing it. No point addressing god or the higher powers. That line is dead.

Things are happening. 2011 could be remembered like 1968; only this time, it might not all run into the sand. The media is not leading this; politicians are not leading. As Robert Foster says, it’s up to us.


Solstice Eclipse

December 20, 2010

Astronomical coincidences full of beauty, and laden with portent for the sublunary realm. There’s a total lunar eclipse on the morning of the Winter Solstice. The Moon begins to pass through the cone of Earth’s shadow at 6.32am; the eclipse becomes total at 7.40am. The further north you are, the greater the opportunity to see the full eclipse before the moon sets. It may also be possible to see the rising sun and the eclipsed moon setting, both in the sky at once. You may need to be on Arthur’s Seat, or another handy mountain, to do so.


Atheist Advent Sabbath

December 6, 2010

Tomorrow is the seventh day; Atheist Advent’s Sabbath. We’re celebrating with a cover of a very special song by my once-favourite band from the 1970s; filmed in its natural location, on the toilet.

I walked along the canal on my way back home this evening; all the river’s birds were congregated in the last remaining patch of unfrozen water, crying disconsolately and flocking under the bank where I was standing. I went over the road to Morrison’s, looking for bird seed. But bird seed was not what they wanted; the supermarket didn’t sell it. What it did sell was dried worms and slabs of beef fat. This is what birds want, apparently. So I spent 15 minutes trying to get the broken up bits of fat to the hungry birds in the water.

It must be -10. I thought the swans had died; but they were tucked up in their own feathers. At what stage will the birds freeze in their funky flight?

I’ve done six songs and those are the songs I’ve done; there’s nothing more to say about it. Meanwhile, world-shaking events pile themselves one upon another; as if crags were shedding chunks of stone which, in descending, gather ever more massive broken slabs among them. Where it will end, and how it will be judged, is of course unknown.

The ice factor has moved. Picture of a sign taken in York the other day.