Hater – S/T

This record is a strange thing to behold.  When I started out doing this blog, this was one of the ones that was always on my mind to include, but it always ended up slipping through the cracks and I went off to do something else.  Until I next heard a bit of it pop up at random intervals either in the car or walking about, and once more the.. 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

Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing

The other night’s Old Grey Whistle Test-a-thon on the ludicrously-endangered BBC4 was a lovely throwback to those rare nights where a very young me got to stay up very late to watch this strange programme.  Lots of beards, lots of Whispering Bob Harris, and lots of music that simply didn’t get played anywhere during hours when most people were usually awake.  This was the realm of Album Bands in all.. Read More

The Head and the Heart – S/T

*cracks fingers* Right.  Due to a combination of a bunch of vouchers and a rush of high-quality releases of late, I have A Backlog.  And with more stuff arriving in the mail today and a lipsmacking array of goodies due over the next fortnight, I’d better get a shift on.  Although I promise I won’t be going on about the surprise new Radiohead until it’s had plenty of time to.. Read More

Daniel Martin Moore – In The Cool Of the Day

Something that is becoming increasingly rare in today’s music industry is the Short Album.  With CD capacity expanding and digital space almost limitless, artists seem hellbent on filling as much room as possible with their thoughts and ideas whether or not all of those ideas were especially good ones.  It’s as if a fear has gripped recording types the world over, inducing a panic that if they increased the quantity.. Read More

Daniel Martin Moore – Stray Age

It’s been a strange, serendipitous last few days. I was watching political argument show Question Time on the TV last Thursday, broadcast from the lovely surroundings of the De La Warr Pavillion in the English South Coast town of Bexhill-on-Sea.  It was in this venue in December 2008 that I saw a brilliant Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan set (ably supported by The Miserable Rich), which put the tin hat.. Read More

Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet

Blimey, this album’s twenty years old this month… I didn’t pay an awful lot of attention to this album when it came out, mostly due to the cover – nothing wrong with it, but when almost all of Sub Pop’s other covers had been kinetic, frantic onstage affairs, this pic of Mark Lanegan sat on a chair didn’t really sell it to me. It was the following year, when I.. Read More

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore – Dear Companion

Following on from last night’s rant, here is something from this year that similarly wears its heart on its sleeve in terms of being angry about specific issues, but puts its point across in a more gently reasoned way. It’s also one of my favourite albums released so far this year, and stands out for me as it’s one of those records that I could not see my younger self.. Read More

Screaming Trees – Change Has Come

Getting hold of this record was definitely a pivotal “right record, right place, right time” thing for me.  Those early days of Sub Pop were a genuinely exciting time, as with so much to pick and choose from in those heady days before the internet came along and spoilt every last vestige of surprise, you were never quite sure what you were going to end up with.  It didn’t help.. Read More