Now there are very, very few “bloke with guitar” acts I can be arsed with but there’s something about Mangum; it’s his phrasing, the folk-inspired intervals, the dynamics of his vocal melodies as much as the words. He is at once voice and instrument.
Continue reading “Primavera Sound 2012 Part 5 02/06/2012”
No, it’s not exactly the same, but who wouldn’t like Peter Solowka back in the Wedding Present, Hugh Cornwell in The Stranglers, Jah Wobble in PiL? Sometimes you just have to get over it.
Continue reading “Primavera Sound 2012 Part 4 01/06/2012”
Now for years I have delighted in instructing younger music fan friends in the insurmountable fact that Mudhoney were better than Nirvana. This might sound like arsey music snobbery, but in this case it’s not, it’s just true.
Continue reading “Primavera Sound 2012 Part 3 31/05/2012”
God knows how, as the ID checking process is roughly akin to the border controls of a country that doesn’t trust foreigners, the result being the slowest we’ve ever seen a sold out venue fill up.
Continue reading “Primavera Sound 2012 Part 2 30/05/2012”
I used to shrug at those who bought Glasto tickets every year without a clue of the line-up. I guess you just have to find your festival..
Continue reading “Primavera Sound 2012 Part 1 29/05/2012”
What a strange night – some incredible highs and some frustrations it has to be said, but yet again SUB071 came up with something memorable. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a boring gig this past 5 years.
Continue reading “SCMB + Badspeller + Shock Tapes +DebMaster + Donné et Desirée SUB071, Leiden 11/5/2012”
The most striking thing about Save Your Season, though, is its unfailing coherence. Don’t spotify this one if you can help it – the ads will ruin it for you.
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Once you just allow the record some space – always a problem with a set of covers, you’re mining some gold in amongst the ore. Fucking good fun, playmates.
Continue reading “The Primitives – Echoes & Rhymes”
These are raga pieces, parts of a whole and in some ways should be viewed as passages in one long dissertation. If approached in that manner then I’ll wager this is a great LP, and one to put on at an intellectual garden party near you.
Continue reading “Eric Chenaux – Guitar and Voice”