If you were the kind of person to be interested in all things magical, mystical and occultish, you might recognise the power significance of the number 23. On April 5th (we presume) twenty-three years ago, Kurt Donald Cobain lead singer of Nirvana, husband to Hole frontwoman Courtney Love and father to Frances Bean, committed suicide by … [Read More...] about The worst crime is faking it
Depeche Mode? ‘No thanks. I mean its New Romantic, isn’t it?’ All synthesizer and drum machine. As Saxon were telling me back in 1981, it was ‘denim and leather’ that ‘brought us all together’ not blouses and leather. My musically-myopic metal obsession passed mercifully swiftly but I’d still never given Depeche Mode a proper listen, until … [Read More...] about Nothing blithe about Depeche Mode’s Spirit
This month we’ve got some absolute crackers for you. First off, we revisited Manchester punk scene’s favourite haunt for an evening of face shredding skate punk with Guildford’s Darko, and out-of-country label-mates, Straightline. We were at … [Read More...] about Words from the Underground: Shredding Faces, and a Night at the Flicks
When you listen to a great song you listen to it alone, no matter how many people are in the room. To hell with a sense of community- to hell with revolution- and to hell with music being the food of love. Music is monstrous, manipulative and … [Read More...] about ART FOR EVERYONE
It's really hard to comprehend whats going on in the music business at times. We have reports that the future could be ownership by the consumer again, ie the vinyl boom that hit us last year with record sales being talked about, … [Read More...] about Whats the future?
Today was good. I went to meet my mate Paul in the pub in town. I hadn’t seen him for nearly a year so we’d some catching up to do. There’s something I like about the gaps in relationships. They’re a form of time travel. When I meet someone … [Read More...] about Like a Dose of the Douglas Adams
Rum Shack Glasgow 31.03.17 You may not be aware of the name Esperanza in other parts of the UK, but in and around central Scotland they have delivered high tempo Ska for a number of years now leaving dancing audiences happily exhausted after each … [Read More...] about Bar Stool Preachers & Esperanza
This evening I got to witness something rather breathtakingly magical in the tiny (yet mightily impressive) form of Ms Jesca Hoop – a California born singer-songwriter residing in drizzy Manchester after being lured here by the touring manager of … [Read More...] about Jesca Hoop