The Gnomecast could have been called many, many things. It could have been called The Widecast after Wide Days, the Edinburgh-based music convention I attended in the middle of last week, and from the showcases at which two of the songs on this podcast were chosen. Equally, it could have been called the Witchcast, due to the fact that the vicious old Fucker of Working Britain is now a thing of the past.

In fact, now that I think about it, a whole podcast dedicated to anti-Thatcher songs would probably have been a distinct possibility, but my feelings on her death are not quite so clean cut. Yes, I am glad she is dead, but it's more of a sense of relief, just a sort of feeling of peace now such a vindictive, spiteful cause of so much harm is finally gone, rather than the sort of air-punching, high-fiving glee which was in evidence after Osama Bin Laden was finally rubbed out.

But make no mistake, Thatcher was far more evil than Osama Bin Laden. Never mind domestic politics, her support for despots around the world was directly involved in the deaths of many, many more people than amateurs like Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden.  The fact that these people were mostly brown, or at least brownish, leads us to underestimate the horror for which she was responsible, but responsible she most certainly was. To be fair, of course, I don't doubt that Hussein and Bin Laden would have been capable of far, far worse deeds had they had the power to actually carry them out, but I am not sure that should really be an excuse for the likes of Thatcher, Reagan, Bush and Blair.

Sorry, that really had nothing at all to do with gnomes, did it. Ah well, move along.

01. Judy Garland - Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead (00.19)
02. M.J. Hibbett and the Validators (01.07)
03. eagleowl - Not Over (12.24)
04. The Pictish Trail - Wait Until (17.46)
05. Numbers are Futile - Justice is Light (and Blood) (27.37)
06. Law Holt - Hustle (34.30)
07. Garden of Elks - Floaty (42.07)
08. Siobhan Wilson - Reading You (45.10)
09. Kid Canaveral - Who Would Want to be Loved? (51.31)
10. Virgin of the Birds - Evening of Light (58.09)

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It took me ages to name the Cranecast, primarily because it's a tenuous name, doesn't really pertain to the podcast at all, and there weren't many other options immediately springing to mind either.

It turned out that the answer was literally staring at me the entire time. At the Scottish Tattoo Convention last week I met a friend of a friend who runs Venus Flytrap Tattoo in Edinburgh. In amongst her sketches was a really nice one featuring a Japanese Red Crowned Crane. The image was awesome, but it is already someone else's tattoo unfortunately, so I couldn't just get one myself.

So I've spent a large part of the day looking up images for old Japanese crane images, images of the bird itself, and some Art Deco stuff, because the combination of Japanese and Art Deco styles in her stuff was one of my favourite aspects.

So yes, nothing to do with the music, just what happened to be right in front of my nose at the time, sorry.

01. Hookworms - Away Towards (00.24)
02. Dolfish - Grown Ups (11.02)
03. The Hundredth Anniversary - Pressure Sphere (19.01)
04. Lonesome Leash - Pelican (26.05)
05. Jane Bolts - Magnet (30.57)
06. Father Sculptor - Ember (36.02)
07. Hemlock Shaw - She in the Backyard (41.32)
08. Lou Breed - Hospital Ward (50.23)
09. Elim Bolt - Farm Kid (53.22)
10. Nia - Doctor Doctor (1.00.30)

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