On his debut release, there was a distinct folk element to his retro soul music, but on his new EP Michael Kiwanuka brings that right to the front, and in doing so stakes his claim to be the young British Terry Callier. Which is really saying something. The I’m Getting Ready EP is made up [...]
The next installment in the ongoing adventures of Gruff Rhys. The last two years have seen him go from sports car-inspired electropop to huge psychedelic rock jams in his day job with Super Furry Animals and now back to teaming up with Brazillian eccentric Tony Da Gatorra playing huge psychedelic rock jams. Sort of. With [...]
Remember mash-ups? Quite the thing, back in 2002. Only they weren’t called mash-ups then - that came later when you couldn’t move around the Hype Machine for them. The good old-fashioned ‘bootleg’ was what they were called back then. And their very own ‘Now’ compilation was The Best Bootleg Album in the World Ever, which [...]
I couldn’t let this one pass without some kind of tribute. After all, the first CD I ever bought (not my first ever album kids - I’m not that indie) was a combo of Big Star’s first two albums #1 Record and Radio City. Boy, that makes me feel old. It was way back the [...]
This month I’m back on MAP after the previous two paternity ghostwritten jobs. So my first selection of the year is the irrepressible Stairs to Korea. How could I not have chosen him? Regular readers will know who I mean, and the true nerds may even recgonise the blurb cut and pasted from previous blog [...]
It’ll be no surprise to anyone that having a new baby in the house is not conducive to a gig-going habit. But although night-time pursuits are off the agenda for now, any withdrawal symptoms I have are being staved off by Pure Groove’s lunchtime gigs. A couple of weeks ago I went to see Broadcast [...]
When you see a tour called Shred Yr Face, what would you expect. Something loud, raucous and messy, comin’ atcha to blast yr face right off. And that’s kinda what we had on the two previous SYF tours, with bands like No Age, The Bronx, Times New Viking, Fucked Up and Rolo Tomassi, and the [...]
Left With Pictures have revived one of their old songs and re-recorded it as their new single. They’ve obviously had an eye on the seasons though, because here’s a song arriving slap bang in the middle of August, which couldn’t say ’summer’ more if it came with a free pair of sunglasses, aftersun and one [...]
It’s MAP time again. This month I’m enthusing about Blue Roses, as I have here quite a lot already. The more I hear that album, the better it gets. But there’s a lot more of good worldwide stuff here. Check it out.
More good news from the End of the Road Festival camp. Another 12 artists announced yesterdy. They are, in order of appearing in the alphabet, Bob Lind, David Thomas Broughton, Darren Hayman, Dirty Projectors, First Aid Kit, Herman Dune, Iain Archer, The Leisure Society, Neko Case, Richmond Fontaine, Tiny Vipers, Wildbirds & Peacedrums.
No more big [...]