It’s a funny time to be into cars. The rate of change is astonishing, they’re like mobile phones. You buy a car this week and by the next, lookout, there’s a better version available. You can see this through the window into the cabin with things like digital dashboards that are now pervasive, but it’s no less striking under the bonnet. We’ve killed diesel, downsized petrol, added at least one turbo to everything, resurrected diesel, gone to 48v, pre-spooled superchargers and seen all sorts of software hacks.
This week, five tunes from this year(!) with the kind of beat and flow you were seeing 25 years ago. Ace. So many collabs going on at the moment, when I was putting this together it was tough to find something without Anderson .Paak on it. Hit play to hear DJ Shadow, De La Soul, Cordae, Dfonk, Smif n Wessun, Skyzoo, Pete Rock, Barney Artist and Anderson .Paak. Obvs. As ever you’ll need to be logged into Spotify to hear the full length at decent quality.
Here’s how to replace the badge on the front of your T5.1, aka a Volkswagen Transporter built between 2010 and 2016. Don’t try to ‘just twist it off’. Despite what you might have read on forums, unless your current badge is fitted incorrectly this won’t work. You’ll break the badge, or the grille. If it were possible to twist your badge off a your local Beastie Boys fan would have already done that, so follow this guide to avoid breaking anything.
This week a Beastie Boys theme. What’s surprising about this is that nothing off Pauls Boutique has made the cut, despite it being my fave Beasties creation. Please enjoy Brass Monkey, Sabotage, Get It Together, Units and 3 MCs and 1 DJ - The tune that got me listening to scratch DJs, my own turntables and my record collection. Till next time five-fans.
A new series highlighting five tunes for your ears for right now. This weeks choices inspired by the unmistakable appearance of Autumn in the UK. Autumn is great for weekend walks and for camping, but makes commuting to work by bike, train and bus, suck. So please enjoy; The Milk, Captain Beefheart, Lady Wray, Lootpack and Nancy and Lee.
This is a delicious little show which does much more than it says on the tin. It’s how Telly should be. Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse do indeed go fishing, but their honesty, frankness and genuine affection for each other really make it something special. Both comedians suffer from heart conditions and the show is the result of Paul dragging Bob out fishing in real life, following his triple heart bypass.
I had a campervan that you might remember that I was super proud of. It was one of the vehicles that I kept hold of for more than five minutes. I had it - wait - over three years. Oh my! It was a T4 from ‘03 (the last year they made this model). It had a 5 cylinder 2.5l TDI (the good one) and it looked the mutts nuts.