A record of moods, of little show and an unfussy nature. This reticence shouldn’t disguise its quality, and maybe you could overlook this record, but you shouldn’t.
Continue reading “Glockenspiel – Dupleix”
Bludgeoned by an avalanche of facts and images and layered, quirky sounds, (not to mention fucking weird noises popping up when you least expect them) the best thing is to have patience, and hold on.
Continue reading “Pepe Deluxé – Queen of the Wave”
I suppose all this waffle should lead you to realise that they were fantastic. It was a blast. They’re brilliant. Next time they’re in the playpen of Western Europe you need to see them.
Continue reading “Pakjesavond! Repetitor, Sweet Release of Death, Wolvon – SUB071 Leiden 4/12/12”
It is a testament to the power of stardom’s siren’s song, that a man who has suffered acute stage fright in a drum circle agreed to appear before a mass of baying students.
Continue reading “How Not to be in a Band – Opportunity Rings”
When our earnest author, free from the burden of drunken associates, was finally ready to enjoy the gig, an adversary, one he’d buried years ago, manifests to test his fortitude.
Continue reading “Fear and Loving in Heaton Park: Part Four – I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud”
Unnervingly one of Joe Orton’s holiday snaps adorns the cover, but after diving into the album’s beguiling waters, immersing myself, I emerged reborn, no longer threatened by the strangely alluring photography. In fact, I rather like it.
Continue reading “Uncle Stephen’s Christmas Hamper”
Oh yeah, talking of the Voorstraat, what the bloody heck is that rabbit statue about? I think it’s shit and I need to be convinced of its place in the scheme of things.
Continue reading “Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht 1/12/12”
I say this over and over; great music is informed by personality and intelligence – whether emotional or intellectual – coupled with the seizing of a moment to make the work itself. Not enough dudes take this on board nowadays, preferring to seek comfort in non-arguments and pseudo stylings. Well fuck that, Clinic were killer.
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Still, despite the book’s disarming nature, the list of memories are incredible: blazing and funny descriptions of Mudhoney’s and Nirvana’s first UK gigs, the debunking of the Oasis fight incident, and wide-eyed recollections of the Pixies and Throwing Muses double header…
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