So, my mini-run of summer festivals starts here. But why is it that two of them have the word ‘Sundae’ in the title? An accident of circumstances I guess. But maybe not. I can understand the first one – the Ben & Jerry’s sponsored ‘Sundae’ festival on Clapham Common on Saturday. After all, they are [...]
I’ve had an ongoing disagreement with my mate Dan about Low. I’ve gone on record with my opinion that the Minnesota band’s best album is their most recent – The Great Destroyer from last year. He doesn’t agree, and doesn’t really like it. I think he felt some justification when ATP announced that Low would [...]
Back to the Jockey Slut Disco Pogo series. This one’s number 8 from July 2003. Three whole years ago. On the front of the mag (as you can see – along with my Tube map jigsaw) were the Neptunes. Inside we were introduced to little-known producer Danger Mouse (then part of DM & Jemini), said [...]
Today I’m celebrating two welcome comebacks. One is a Brit who’s had a sojourn in the American south and is now returning home. The other is a guy from the American south who’s been the in the UK for a while and has now headed back to Texas.
These people are of course Cerys Matthews and [...]
OK, I know my blog is in danger of having to be renamed The Daily Lily Allen, but allow me one further post on the girl who some journalists in this country unbelievably still refer to as ‘Keith Allen’s daughter’ (thankfully the Americans and others overseas don’t have this problem).
It’s just to say that [...]
The other week I bumped into an old friend I hadn’t seen in ages recently, and amongst other things, he raved about Fields, a band who had blown him away at a recent gig. Then oddly enough, a couple of days later, they popped up on my myspace with a friend request. Well, that was [...]
Another week, another Pipettes post. Forgive me, but despite my radio-session-post last week, I do feel the need to do another on the girls in dots. There is the small matter of their new album – We Are the Pipettes – out in the UK this week. Needless to say I have it now, [...]
Bush Hall is probably the furthest London venue from my house, but it’s not really that difficult to get to. Just sit on the Central Line for half an hour or so, then walk for 5-10 minutes and you’re there. As one of my favourite London venues, it’s usually worth the trip. Especially tonight. You [...]
I’ve been waiting for this album for a couple of years at least, and then all of a sudden, out it pops, reviewed and released and in the shops before I had time to take a breath and utter “is this really the long-promised Johnny Cash album of songs recorded after June Carter died?”
Well, that was quick! The news that Sufjan Stevens is playing at the Barbican on 3 November has been around since the start of the week, but the tickets only went on sale on Thursday afternoon (probably just after I was told that I could get them ‘later in the week’). By the time I [...]