I’m aware that i use more ellipses than E.L. James (i haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, i’m just aware of it’s ellipses notoriety. These brackets were necessary, deal with it). It’s something i will work on.

Also, readers, i love interaction. Here at Tough Hugs Central, i’m feeling the communicative back-pat, but i want a sweaty, uncomfortable embrace, comments wise. Ask questions, agree with me, disagree with me, tell me what was great, tell me what was awful, but then tell me something that was great again, i’m only human. compliment/improvement sandwiches.

Also, if you’ve got an album you want to see reviewed, comment below and let me know.

Also, have some Cass. On the house


Housekeeping – 2nd Apology

2 consecutive apologies doesn’t make for good reading so i’ll keep this short. Sorry for being neglectful, i don’t know where June, July and August went. My girlfriend told me this story once about her relatives in the USA that own a tortoise, and they put it in a box every winter and force it to hibernate. Well, Tough Hugs was forced into a hibernation box by my girlfriend’s relatives in the USA, but the warm spring air is pumping life through its icy, reptilian veins once more.

Over the next few weeks i’m gonna try and post everyday, no matter how trivial and uninteresting- that’s how much you mean to me, ok? Prepare for a bombardment of intensive-2012-catch-up-posting. I’m going to mechanically pump out some short and sweet and bitter (like a bi-polar midget) Live Reviews, Album Reviews, bands to check out, etc until we get back into the swing of things. Cuteeeeeee.


Housekeeping – Apology / Snacks to Bide You Over

Just when i was building some consistency, i fold like a Ben.
I’m a current victim of the end-of-semester student serial-butt-head. But i’ll be back and regular in a few days time, with a frequency that could heat your food with questionable safety.

In the mean time, here’s a few special treats i picked up from the servo just for you:

Breakbot feat. Irfane – 1 Out Of 2

My ben-friend Ben (not Folds, he’s not a folder, in fact he hates folders, he’s more of a binder-kinda-guy) introduced me to the deadly Breakbot – Irfane combo one night and i swear i didn’t poop for a week, in a good way. I think it was because everything inside of me wanted to keep listening to Baby I’m Yours, including my fecal matter.

Well they’re back and so’s the Metamucil. Disco-droppin’, Club-bangin’, Romp-pomp-a-chompn’ berry-bliss-balls.

R.L Jones – Everybody wants to be your friend

Sound Doctrine were kind enough to share this beaut; Rohin Jones from Middle East fame has released a Kurt-Viley, The War On Drugs-ish, poppy-er, track and i don’t care what you say- i’m double dipping.

Speaking of The War on Drugs and Ben Folds and not pooping, Harvest got announced this week!

Again, poaching quality over quantity, they’ve nabbed Beck, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear, The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, Beirut, Santigold and some other cool dudes. Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane is oddly high on the bill as well, either my perceptions of musician’s status is out of whack or maybe it was like a condition of playing- own trailer and ego-massaging 3rd spot on bill.

And i also got you a curly-wurly :)

Shout Outs

Massive props to my main man Mickey T for the Tough Hugs logo. Michael is my muse, my inspiration, my soul-sister. We rarely hug, but when we do, heads turn. He has also shared with me incredible, life-changine music over the years (Mew, Mars Volta and Autolux to name a few), the guy even got me into Radiohead for goodness sake. So without Michael James Thurbin i’d probably be a successful sports journalist by now.

Also, you can now like us on FB, another avenue for my shallow insights and wistful drivel (and spam).  

the miracle of birth

This is my fourth blog now and my fourth ‘first entry’ blog posting. It usually doesn’t get much further than that.
The good ol’ new years resolution blog. A couple of January entries, the previous year lists, and then pulverised by apathy, the decaying domain becomes a forgotten Lets go one better this year and make February.

I usually get stuck on the aesthetics when starting these things- fonts, images, colours, layout, etc. But the thing that topples me most is the name. ‘Tough Hugs’ works because it’s how i want my writing to feel. Like you’re being lovingly embraced by perspiring, inked-up hulk. A better name might come, or Tough Hugs might stick; it’s important not to get too caught up with these things, i just want something so i can get started.