WORDS: Neighbourly John Hartley
When a group of your neighbours decide to form a local reading group, well, things can only go one way. Although it seems churlish to refuse you declare there is little point in poring for hours over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Undeterred, the group continues to invite you, and when it’s the chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch Committee’s turn, and he suggests ‘Crime and Punishment’ it is clearly time for drastic action. Oh, you tell the group, as luck would have it you know a song about Dostoyevsky… Continue reading
WORDS: John Dobson
As you probably know by now, these tidbits to ease the pain of not being able to knock off early on a Friday and to accompany that last hour or so of clockwatching have had a theme running through them. Sometimes, inspiration comes from the news, but I can’t find anything in the news that really seems worth mentioning. So when all else fails, fall back on some remixes…
Klangkuenstler – ‘Man On The Moon’ (Miguel Campbell remix)
Superfew – ‘Jo Gurt’ (Stephan Bodzin remix)
Timmy Thomas – ‘Rainbow Power’ (DJ Fizz soulful mix)
Cheval Sombre – ‘Couldn’t Do’ (Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s Remix)
Conscious Kalling – ‘New Awakening’ (Akasha remix)
Now let’s have a look at the paper… OH MY GOD SCOTLAND HAS DONE WHAT???
Have a nice weekend.
WORDS: Bryan Drummond
‘Loor’ is the sound of Ivor Cutler’s distant southern cousin politely gate-crashing a Boards Of Canada bonfire, before proceeding to softly recite poetry to a requited Anglo-Saxon wife. ‘Loor’ is the sound of ambient swimming in a naked morning sun, as mercury boils in a tepid ghost-like dream. ‘Loor’ is the sound of distorted robots crying as the moon awakes us. ‘Loor’ is the sound of a floating piano bobbing further from the metallic shore. ‘Loor’ is mad as the night, as a metaphysical oceanographer pulls on the blue anchor, setting sail for the quiet waves, exploring the world through a turquoise-coloured window.
‘Loor’ is released through Front and Follow on October 27.
Swedish siblings who sing and play in an American west-coast style, First Aid Kit, made their debut appearance in Belfast last night for the second date of their five-date UK/Irish tour to promote their brilliant ‘Stay Gold’ album. Big fan– and now even bigger fan– Seamus, was one of those happy punters in attendance. Continue reading
WORDS: John Hartley
Matt Bailey is sat at his kitchen table, sipping tea from a KitKat Senses cup. He is surrounded by piles of clean garments, wearable but stacked purposefully for impending ironing. This is the reality, but could also be a metaphor for his band, The Salient Braves. It is almost a year since their last release, the ‘Somewhere Sordid ep’ was brought to the world via indie label Dufflecoat Records. The ep consists of four original songs and a cover version (The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’) and has the same effect on the listener as that nice hot cup of tea on a cold, grey, rainy day. There are more songs too; however, these have yet to be honed into the crisply-creased garments that will eventually see light of day. Continue reading
The Justin Vernon-produced ‘Blood I Bled’ EP is out at the end of October from Watford three-piece sister-act The Staves. The lead track– available to download right now via iTunes– can be heard below. ‘Blood I Bled’ is released through Atlantic Records.
These days Domino Records is considered a ‘major indie’, its records distributed all over the world, shifting a decent amount of copies (Arctic Monkeys, Anna Calvi, and Franz Ferdinand are on the label), and loved by everyone from the Guardian newspaper to the Mercury Awards (it’s rare these days for a Domino-released album not to be nominated). Continue reading
Greg Parmaterre keeps us up to date with the goings on at Riduna Records (……are you still there?)
Tuesday 12th February 2013
It has been raining for three days. Today is the fourth. It is quite depressing. This morning I awoke to find a leak in the studio. I have spent most of the day armed with a mop, sponge and several tea towels trying to keep the flow of water away from the mixing desk. I can’t afford to lose the mixing desk, not with so many promising projects on the horizon. Continue reading