When we woke up to the news on a Monday morning last January that David Bowie had died, his final album had barely hit the shops. We shared a solitary weekend; revelling in an unexpected return to form, wondering – … Continue reading One More Time With Feeling, and early musings on Skeleton Tree
Ah, 2015. You were, let’s face it, an utterly awful year all-round. At least the music was something of a saving grace, though, with among other things: the hip-hop album for a generation, the final pushes into the mainstream of … Continue reading 2015
It often requires a scintilla of the hard-sell when it comes to championing acts over a certain age – especially when they’ve been on the periphery for the best part of three decades – but Jim Jones, whose eponymous Revue … Continue reading Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind’s “Boil Yer Blood”
A lot has been made out of Courtney Barnett’s apparent discomfort at being admired as someone of genuine societal value. In “Pedestrian At Best,” arguably her foremost song and one of the very, very best cuts of 2015, she insists … Continue reading Courtney Barnett at the O2 Forum, 26/11/15.
In retrospect… These songs were not written about or for one lady or two or even three… They are a composite of all my memories of ladies, since I became aware of memories and ladies… After breathing in and out … Continue reading Five Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard #1: Requiem For An Almost Lady — Lee Hazlewood (1971)
Not unlike a lot of people, I used to be a little bit scared of Ron Mael. Curiously, however, I was always even less comfortable with his fey younger brother Russell, for I could think of no fairly handsome, somewhat … Continue reading Sparks at the Barbican Centre, 19/12/14.