Little Big League – Tropical Jinx

Onto the second part of this visit to the State of Pennsylvania, which I now discover is more of a Commonwealth anyway.  No idea what that means, but there you go.  And after having my hearing and nerves shattered by 4 and 5am fire alarms here, I am in no state (or commonwealth?) to find out properly.  Little Big League are a band from Philadelphia, Tropical Jinx is their second.. Read More

Cayetana – Nervous Like Me

Should all go to plan, this should be the first of three consecutive posts about new stuff from three different sets of artists from the same US state.  In the pantheon of “big areas where sounds come from” Pennsylvania’s not the first place that would spring to mind, fairly or otherwise, yet here I am with a trio of really good records each with something different to say.  And as tradition.. Read More

Half Man Half Biscuit – Urge For Offal

At work, I am involved in the office Fantasy Football League.  I’m not doing very well if truth be told, but that isn’t the cause of my despair as far as this little competition is concerned.  My consternation lies firmly in the fact that I am incessantly finding my team name to an ever-expanding group of people who go “I don’t get it” whenever I extol the etymological origins of.. Read More

The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There

It’s probably worth pointing out that I started writing this one on the 2nd of March.  I needed a break. I probably still do, but there you go.  So I suppose it’s kind of apt that as I appear from my short hiatus bleary-eyed and woolly-headed, the cobwebs are well and truly blown away by a record that is pretty much perfectly qualified to be doing so.  And in any case.. Read More

The Bad Shepherds – Mud, Blood & Beer

It’s a fine state of affairs when Adrian Edmondson’s happy band of folky punk interpretationalists can come up with a third album of great anti-pop songs of yesteryear and everything still sounds fresh, classic and above all fun.  The combination of picking the right songs and giving them the right twist sounds like it shouldn’t be as hard as it is, but there’s definitely a knack to making it sound as.. Read More

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – White People And The Damage Done

What a strange week this has been.  If it wasn’t enough to be told by all and sundry that apparently most of the socio-economic history of the 1980s (including pretty much all the bits I remember growing up, mostly spent in abject terror of impending nuclear war while the TV was full of images of shocking deprivation and adverts offering shares in utilities that we used to own anyway) was.. Read More

Mudhoney – I’m Now

First of all, a heartfelt “Happy 25th Birthday!” from this idiot scribe to the lovely people of Sub Pop Records.  Which feels kind of strange in a way as, to put everything in an awful “how on Earth did that happen?” historical context, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon was a mere 15 years old when Touch Me I’m Sick was recorded. I’ll just let the older viewers allow that.. Read More

Bad Religion – True North

What a strange week this is panning out to be.  All excited about a new year, and both new albums I’ve received so far this week are from bands I used to listen to 20 years ago.  This Is No Bad Thing.  Mostly because I can one again revel in my own daily little triumphs over Growing Up, but also because it’s a genuine thrill to see and hear those.. Read More

Best Of 2012, No.5: Bob Mould – Silver Age

The promise I made myself that I would not listen to any more new stuff until I got this list finished is starting to get a bit stretched, although on the plus side it’ll mean that I have plenty of presents to open on Christmas Day and I won’t have to disconsolately hope that someone’s still got the receipt somewhere.  So, as the pile gets bigger, I am starting to.. Read More

Samhain – Initium and November Coming Fire

                  Happy Halloween, one and all!  ‘Tis the season for religious types to get all whiny about “well, it’s all a bit pagan, isn’t it?  Corrupting young minds and all that” when they’re not that hugely bothered about all the paganey goings-on at Christmas and Easter…  Anyway, hope everyone’s having fun extorting foodstuffs from pensioners and all that – or, for the.. Read More