Citizen Helene – How Can You Find Someone to Love

The internet’s rubbish these days. Social media has now become boiled down to a mere two concepts: people with something to sell, and everyone else.  The first lot are becoming so distractingly annoying in their pursuit of the latter’s cash that most of them forget to even say “hello!” occasionally, making the likes of Facebook and Twitter (and Ello if they promise to stop emailing me) a means of soul-free.. Read More

Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp

This would probably have been written several days sooner, but I was trying to be so careful getting inside the thoughtful wrapping from Yellow K Records.  Sadly of course I buggered that up about halfway through, the sound of yellow tissue paper giving way under my clumsy thumbs making the most heartbreaking sound.  Ah well, it was a really cool thing to do, and helps to further the notion that.. Read More

Hintermass – The Apple Tree

Spring’s here!  Well, not at the moment because it’s horrible out there.  But changes are happening.  Lambs are out and about, geese are getting very territorial (this humble scribbler was attacked by one last week.  A row of teeth on a tongue is something I never want to see again), the trees are starting to bud and it’s just a few short hours before the clock in my car once.. Read More

6 Years From Whatever.

I’m now a whole six years into what was a sort of twelve-month “get yourself in order” exercise, and I’m still none the wiser.  As results go, I’m pretty happy about it.  Well, five years and a complicated hiatus anyway but never mind that. I had no idea how I was going to mark this anniversary, as I had no plans for there to be an anniversary at all.  The.. Read More

Jessica Curry – Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

Sometimes, it does the power of good to step outside of what you would normally listen to and immerse yourself in something a bit different.  Even better, it’s when you look sideways and notice that there’s something already there that you’ve not previously paid attention to.  For me, this is found in scores and soundtracks, not just from the usual film and televisual sources, but from videogames.  Even back in.. Read More

An Interview With the Soulsavers, Pt.1

  Over the very varied course of their recorded history, the word Cinematic is one that has been applied constantly to the Soulsavers, and with good reason.  Whether it’s the VHS pulp noir of their Tough Guys Don’t Dance debut, the Wim Wenders outsider Americana of their It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land follow-up or the full-blown epics of Broken and The Light The Dead.. Read More

Mark Lanegan Band – Zurich Plaza, March 6th 2015

This was a weird night indeed, and not just because I’m in Switzerland. I can’t remember quite how many Mark Lanegan shows I’ve been to, but it’s A Lot. Which seems kind of creepy, but there is method to all of this. It all kind of started in 2003(ish) when a bunch of us on his short-lived official message board decided to meet up and hang out, so visiting several.. Read More

The Local Strangers – Take What You Can Carry

I think it’s fair to say that February wasn’t  a great month here.  But never mind, it’s gone now and what started out as a rather mundane and unremarkable day somewhere in the middle of it was brightened up by an email received from a band whose debut EP I had in these pages a mere few years ago, offering me a listen of their brand new (and second) full.. Read More

Mark Lanegan – A Thousand Miles Of Midnight

Back in the days where people weren’t too fussed about genre labels, when experimentalism regularly hit the high points of the charts and when nobody really gave much of a stuff how much records weighed, remixes reigned supreme.  These were mostly shuffled off to the margins of b-sides and exclusive 12″ singles, but there was the occasional album of rejigged and reworked music for our pleasure.  Remixing was all over.. Read More

Moon Wiring Club – Leporine Pleasure Gardens

Blimey.  The post-Christmas slump went on for a bit longer than I thought it would this year, so here we are in the middle of February with the first mention of a record this year.  Whatever passes for normal service will resume whenever, but at least I have much to be going on about until I catch up properly.  All of this is of course an entirely opposite approach to.. Read More