August 2013

Tracks Pulp – Sunrise Share Confession: I was going to finish this playlist with another Pulp song, Bar Italia, but as evocative as that song is, it's messy and in the gutter. And if … >>
Reviews Laura Veirs – Warp and Weft Share Warp and Weft is Laura Veirs’ ninth studio album, and the second on her own Raven Marching Bands label. Her first self-released title was 2010’s July Flame; between that … >>
Tracks Aztec Camera – Good Morning Britain Share Aztec Camera plus Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite: an above average combination. Wikipedia claims that before Stray Roddy Frame's lyrics were the subject of … >>
Tracks The Smiths – The Queen is Dead Share Take me back to dear old blighty... It begins with a World War I music hall number about returning home from the front, interrupted by feedback and drum rolls, … >>
Tracks PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose Share Since her 1992 debut, Dry, PJ Harvey has variously been raw and angry, scratchy and angry, a lover scorned by Nick Cave on their duet Henry Lee (they also … >>
Tracks Gene – Sleep Well Tonight Like The Eton Rifles, Sleep Well Tonight is a tale of dust-ups and differences; this time it's not class warfare as such, more the small-town mindset versus anything that dares to act different, think different, be different. >>
Reviews Matt Berry – Kill The Wolf Share When I first heard Matt Berry had an album out it was from a commenter somewhere below the line on The Guardian’s web site. As it was a suggestion … >>
Tracks The Jam – The Eton Rifles Share Hello, hooray, what a nice day! Is it OK for me to like this? Should I ask Paul Weller for permission? I think he'd be alright about it, I … >>
Reviews Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Share It’s appropriate enough that opening salvo of Franz Ferdinand’s fourth album is a found lyric, a moment of brilliance that isn’t quite matched by what follows. The words ("Come … >>
Tracks Belle & Sebastian – The Stars of Track and Field Share Hello Basingstoke, hello HMV, hello listening post. At their worst, listening posts only encouraged a lazy sort of music purchasing strategy; the amount of effort given to assessing an … >>
Tracks Public Service Broadcasting – Dig For Victory Share Some stirring Sunday nostalgia to savour courtesy of Public Service Broadcasting. Raiding the national archive for their War Room EP, here they rework a Ministry of Information and Ministry … >>
Tracks I Am Kloot – Not A Reasonable Man Share A beautiful live version of one of I Am Kloot's many finely crafted vignettes. Nice to see a suitably respectful quiet from the crowd. Presumably some noise has been … >>