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

Mark Lanegan Band, Duke Garwood – Hebden Bridge Trades Club, January 24th 2015

Even before I get onto anything else, this was one of those occasions where a special round of applause should be reserved for those least mentioned of a touring company, the bus driver.  How he got that thing there last night must have been little short of miraculous.  After my fun, if slightly concerned drive there (I could be heard going “are you sure?” to my Satnav more than once.. Read More

Best of 2014, No.1: Myriam Gendron – Not So Deep As A Well

  On the last day of the year, it’s my favourite record of the year.  When I first heard this in April by accident, I was pretty sure that this was going to end up on the top of the 2014 pile.  After a small amount of doubt in the middle of Summer, I can’t believe that I thought that it could have been anything else at any point.  All good.. Read More

Best of 2014, No.2: A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos I-XII

This record and the one that follows were pretty interchangeable during the month or so that it took to put this whole Top Fifty together.  I’m pretty sure I have them the right way round though, as I hope to explain tomorrow (yes!  I will might actually get this review of 2014 completed in 2014!).  As it’s a personal statement, it’s only fitting that the ones that made the most.. Read More

Best of 2014, No.3: Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

Genre pigeonholing, don’t you just love it?  Ever since Faith No More were dubbed “Funk Metal” back in the 1980s, mankind’s desire to label things that sound a bit different to everything else has seen labels get sillier and sillier.  Then again, it all started with Rock and Roll, which makes little sense anyway.  I did try to find something all-encompassing to encapsulate whatever goes on during the course of.. Read More