For me, and without in any way wishing to sidestep these narrative cornerstones, the charm of Jolly Lad (and for all the heavy stuff, it is a book filled with charm and that particular South Lancs/Scouse whimsy) is in its telling. It’s tricksy.
Tobias’s LP is a magnificent follow up to his Impossible Cities 1 & 2, somehow going much further than those to records, and having more of a spacey, Eno-esque feel to it.
Continue reading “Todd Tobias – Tristes Tropiques”
Such is the record’s jigginess, I feel the need to oil the wheels, to cross the Rubicon and start ordering you to spend your Ambitious Working People’s Allowance on this…
Continue reading “One More Grain – Grain Fever”
An army of lost souls to rival Aragorn’s Wight Army in Lord of the Rings; bands whose members still flit through the sodden crevices and dingy folds of the Pennines.
Continue reading “Flies on You – etcetera”
Paul comes out to bash some drums out the front, they all play keys during one passage, and Ron Mael indulges in some Basil Fawlty dancing. It’s brilliant.
Continue reading “F.F.S. – Melkweg, Amsterdam 2/7/15”
But for such an approachable, affable chap, Hilkmann’s music is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma wrapped up in a Hema gift-wrap.
Continue reading “Niek Hilkmann – Knak”
Afterwards we danced to the Human League and talked about the pizza Yuko Yuko ate in Inverness. This is the stuff of dreams, of legend.
Continue reading “No Future Kids, The Homesick, SUB071, 13/6/15”
This was the stuff; hobo rock set on a tripwire. A truly great gig and one of those gigs where listening in was the order of the day.
Continue reading “Pile, Life Savings, Lost Bear, SUB071, 31/5/15”
Watching someone pour his heart and soul out over a Thomas Dinger/Sons & Fascination backdrop does need a bit of darkness and mystery.
Continue reading “De Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap Groningen 6/6/15”
Decline feels like a huge work of progress (and insight into a zeitgeist) that is now stranded.
Continue reading “British Sea Power – The Decline of British Sea Power Reissue”