One day, I promise, I will get bored about writing about Rats on Rafts. But not yet. Rats are unstoppable at the moment.
Continue reading “Plein Open Goes Bazart Goes Paard van Troje 25/7/15”
Some of my Dutch pals look at me like I’ve just announced that I’ve converted to satanism when I say I love Frans Bauer.
Continue reading “A Memory of Some Free Festivals – Houtfest and Park Pop 2015”
Somehow things ended and a room full of people with a second wind ran around wondering what on earth to do next. Some night!
Continue reading “King Ayisoba, Blue Crime, Spoelstra – AA NIght, Gebr de Nobel Leiden 26/6/15”
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.
Continue reading “John Doran – Jolly Lad”
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”