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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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New song: Unspecified Incident at Sea

December 4, 2011

Here’s a new song for today’s Atheist Advent, about some troubling incident at sea. I don’t know where, if anywhere, this plot line will go.


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.


24 December: Santa Claus’ Curse pt. 3

December 25, 2010

Today’s song is a new episode of last years’ retelling of the legend of Santa Claus. Click here to hear the song, and for some stuff I’ve written about it.

Happy New Year! The solar new year — for the Northern Hemisphere — starts today!

Thanks for tuning in.


December 22: Beadnell Bay video

December 22, 2010

15 December: Love During War Time

December 15, 2010

15th December marks the halfway point for Atheist Advent 2010. Lands have been engulfed with ice; Wikileaks has pushed its battle with the US Empire to the limit, so it seems, of its astonishing strength; fires were lit around Parliament as students tried to block the passage of an iniquitous Bill; greater unrest resounds across Europe and the world. I’m glad that I’ve been forced to pay more attention to current affairs that I otherwise might due to this songwriting stuff. Though if I wasn’t writing all these songs I may have had been more informed.

By accident I became caught up in the student protests; and since then I’ve been a more intentional participant. Last night I spoke to a teenager, now at 6th form college, whose plans for university had been ended by the rise in fees. What place now for someone who thinks that it is not right to accumulate debt? And if I eat bread on borrowed cash, where is that loaf-equivalent?

As I write this, the internet has slowed to the crawl of a wounded snake. Does this mean that some other great event has occurred, since I last checked the news, eating up the server space? Is Sweden being submerged by Assange’s partisans? I feel like a pathetic superhero, on the look out for evil-doing, so I might write a song about it.

In the course of trying to come up with the songs I’ve got so far, I’ve now got a list of ideas and tunes which I’m hoping to develop by the end of the two weeks. I want to write another Mummers-style song, on the theme of Santa Claus’ pt 2, from last year. I have an idea it might involve the character stuck in his car in the snow drift; and might involve other characters from the Mummers rosta. But I don’t know if it can be done. I also have a fantastic spooky Christmas melody that I want to use for the 21st, but it’s so damn hard to fit anything to it.

And I’ve been dogged by a feeling that the songs this year aren’t as solid or as sparky as last year. I’m struggling to fit them in around work and other stuff. Last year I sat alone in that miserable house, shivered, penniless, and there was nothing else to do. I always thought it was wrong to try to better myself.

So for you who may complain that the iconic window on the back yard is missing from this years’ AA, or that the acoustic in this house isn’t as good. I agree, yup – but wound me not, oh AAophile.

Thanks so much for listening!


14 December: James Bond Will Return

December 14, 2010

Click here to listen to James Bond Will Return.

2010 fades to black. The last pitched battle of the year has been fought, and Drax is still in government, surrounded by goons, plotting our downfall. Worse: the dastardly organization to which Drax owes allegiance has spread its tentacles over the Earth. Yes, as twilight falls on the year, the Northern Hemisphere seems locked in darkness deeper than night. The fires in Westminster Square have been put out; the rebels have melted into the fog, scattered into the unmonitored byways of Britain. The year ends on a bleak and desperate note; the ice melts and refreezes, leaving the pavements as slippery as glass; when we slip over, the mocking laughter of the villain reverberates around us.

And yet – there will be a second reel.

These things and others fed into this song, which I will be sending to the James Bond crew forthwith. Britain, a wasteland of spectres; the evil villain lurks in Beadnell Bay, sucking chill Northumbrian air, burying the good guys in a decaying caravan park, crowing with victory – for Santa has delivered him: The World.