Ryan West’s music is like Kingsley Amis’s great quote about boozing and having fun; “I want more than my fair share before anyone else has had theirs”.
Continue reading “Rival Consoles – Howl”
Raumschmiere’s newie also captures that sense of disconnect in real time that you get when staring out on a still, clear autumn day. Brilliantly.
Continue reading “T. Raumschmiere – S/T”
Dan Deacon. Where do we begin? With the Crocodile Dundee led dance off? The bizarre tai-chi contest. The drummer? The drummer! The cat noises?
Continue reading “Incendiary Go to Haldern Pop 2015 – Day 1”
Someone should make a plaque when they stick the shiny new building up. ‘You probably don’t know it, but this is where “greatest rock and roll bike shed in the world” was.’
Continue reading “Requiem for SUB071”
Both bands contributed to a great night, and a lot of new people turned up and realised that there is another world outside the 3fm bubble that is actually a creative drip-feed for it.
Continue reading “Crows, St Tropez, SUB071, Leiden 21/7/15”
The gig was also sort of dressing up game indulged in by two grown men whilst singing about your pals, eating, sailors, and bodybuilding.
Continue reading “Ein Abend Mit Kapitein Rummelsnuff, WORM, Rotterdam 8/7/15”
WORM had filled up nicely with a mix of Ethiopians, trendies, part time punks and Roffa dossers, existentialists, and the odd emissary from the world music chin-stroker club.
Continue reading “The Ex, Fendika, WORM, Rotterdam 10/7/15”
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”