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

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 2013, Favourite Tracks

Albums are all well and good, but what of the individual songs contained within?  A silly question to be sure, but it’s a bit more complicated than merely going “well that was the best record, so it had the best songs on it” – that works sometimes, but not always.  Sometimes, a song in its right place in the context of its album home is a euphoric, emotional high; but.. Read More

Best of 2013, That Top 50 List in Full

Before I start this bit, something of an apology is due for a bit of an error while doing what little I do to publicise anything on here.  When tweeting each page as I’d finished them, I got my numbers wrong in haste, and pegged Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood’s wonderful Black Pudding album as Number 5, when it was actually Number 6.  Whoops.  And before I had any chance.. Read More

Best of 2013, No.6: Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding

As an aside before I even start (is that even possible?), a plea to EP manufacturers worldwide: label your speeds!  The Record Store Day EP that preceded this album back in April features a couple of fascinating reworkings of Cold Molly, not least the one appearing courtesy of the Soulsavers.  As the needle hit the groove (as is the parlance of the young folk these days), I sat there thinking.. Read More

Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood – Black Pudding

Waste not, want not.  Black Pudding is one of those foodstuffs that is fairly ubiquitous worldwide, yet one of those things that doesn’t always spring to the forefront of culinary conversation.  It may be that the high fat content is considered a bit of a no-no in these health-conscious times; it could well be that the current meat scares affecting the nation are making us wary as of the possible.. Read More

Record Store Day 2013 – The Records

Because, quite frankly, my previous post was basically me spending the thick end of 800 words about hanging about outside a shop, when the best bit was spent hanging about briefly (there was a queue behind me!) inside one as well. Yes, I bought some records.  It would have been frankly rude not to have done so.  I just wish I could have spent a bit longer rummaging in the.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Whoops.  After caving in to repeated emails (and much spam, which has now changed from being mostly in Russian to being mostly in French), I caved in and tried to register this site as being a professional something-or-other, only to then having the registration rejected on the grounds of not being too serious in the registration process.  This cheers me immensely. That said, the appearance of these pages elsewhere on.. Read More

Mark Lanegan – Union Chapel, Islington 18-08-2010

I honestly thought that I would struggle to write this one up.  I mean, this is the 4th time I’d seen Mark and David during this tour, how could it possibly be different?  By absolutely nailing down an incredible performance, that’s how. The Union Chapel in Islington is a singularly wonderful venue.  Being an actual church, it’s perfect for carrying sound around the entire room – a small speaker stack.. Read More

Mark Lanegan – Nottingham Rescue Rooms 03/05/2010

“Uh… we’re gonna be doin’ this set acapella” A slight delay with the main act tonight when Dave Rosser’s guitar wasn’t making any discernable noise, although this was soon solved through the application of (technical term, I believe) a small amount of jiggling, and then we were underway for the last show that I would be catching on this tour. It certainly didn’t disappoint.