Category Archives: Pop

LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1983-1989.

LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1983-1989. The Lloyd Cole and The Commotions story began in 1982, when Derby born Lloyd Cole was studying at the University of Glasgow. Twenty-one year old Lloyd Cole had moved to Glasgow to study philosophy and English. Previously, Lloyd had studied a year of law at University College …

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THE BATHERS-SWEET DECEIT.

THE BATHERS-SWEET DECEIT. Usually, the music business is quick to celebrate anniversary. Especially, a thirtieth anniversary. That usually, is a cause for celebration, and would result in a reissue of all the band’s albums.  Each album would be remastered and released in various formats. Usually, there’s lavish double albums, featuring outtakes, unreleased tracks and live …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second album …

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WOODENBOX-FOREIGN ORGAN.

WOODENBOX-FOREIGN ORGAN. When Woodenbox entered Chem 19 recording studio in Blantyre back in August 2011, the Glasgow based sextet were fuelled by the sound of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Kayne West. They set about recording End Game.  Four years on, it was a much more subdued Woodenbox that began recording their latest album …

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KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA.

KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA. Nearly fifty-eight years ago, on 5th September 1957, Jack Kerouac published his seminal novel, On The Road. Since then, On The Road has influenced several generations. That’s just as true today. Nico Saba and Bruno Bellatin of Kanaku y El Tigre can relate to Jack Kerouac. They describe themselves …

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LESLEY GORE-CALIFORNIA NIGHTS.

LESLEY GORE-CALIFORNIA NIGHTS. Lesley Gore’s rise was meteoric. Her career began in June 1963, when she burst onto the scene with her debut single It’s My Party. It reached number one in the US Billboard 100 and US R&B charts. This resulted in It’s My Party being certified gold. The following year, It’s My Party …

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KEEP A HOLD ON HIM! MORE GARPAX GIRLS.

KEEP A HOLD ON HIM! MORE GARPAX GIRLS. Nowadays, record companies don’t waste time releasing the sequel to a successful compilation. Often, only six months to a year passes, before volume two is released in a blaze of publicity. However, that wasn’t the case with Boy Trouble: Garpax Girls, which Ace Records released back in …

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SECOND HELPINGS-SEQUELS TO THE SONGS THAT LEFT ‘EM HUNGRY FOR MORE.

SECOND HELPINGS-SEQUELS TO THE SONGS THAT LEFT ‘EM HUNGRY FOR MORE. Nowadays, people take for granted sequels in the film industry. Most movie goers will remember the sequels to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. However, who remembers the sequels to Carrie, …

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LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD.

LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD. The automobile is one of the most celebrated of American institutions. That’s been the case for nearly 100 years. Right back to the days of the blues, the automobile and the highways they travel down, have been celebrated by musicians. That’s the case on Lonesome Highway-An …

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TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 2.

TOO SLOW TO DISCO VOLUME 2. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, musical genres have fallen in, and then out, of fashion. That was the case as the seventies dawned. The sixties had come to a disappointing end. It may have been a musical age of aquarius, but it ended badly.  Undoubtably the …

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I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P.

I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P. Ever since 2012, Patrick O’Laoghaire has been one of music’s rising stars. Patrick first came to prominence as a member of Dublin based band Slow Skies. They were founded in  2012, and  featured Karen Sheridan, Conal Herron and Patrick O’Laoghaire. Less than a year later,  and Slow Skies were ready to …

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SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK.

SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK. Ever since it was built in 1931, The Brill Building was synonymous with the music industry. Its eleven floors housed music industry offices and recording studios. The Brill Building was also home to some of the greatest songwriting teams in musical history. Especially during the …

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ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE.

ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE. After weeks of speculation, the long-list for the Scottish Album Of The Year Award 2015 was recently announced. Most of the albums that made the final twenty got there on merit. Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Phantom Band, Withered Hand, King Creosote,Twihlight Sad and Kathryn Joseph all deserve their place on the long-list. …

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NICK CAVE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

NICK CAVE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. For the fourth volume in Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First series, the latest artist in the spotlight is shawn on  Australian troubadour, Nick Cave. On Nick Cave Heard Them Here First, there’s twenty-two tracks that have influenced the career of Nick Cave. His career began over thirty hers …

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LABFIELD-BUCKET OF SONGS.

LABFIELD-BUCKET OF SONGS. Five years after the release of their sophomore album Collab, LabField, one of the leading lights of the European improv scene make a welcome return. Their genre-melting third album Bucket of Songs, was recently released on Hubro Music. Bucket Of Songs marks the start of a new era for LabField. Not only …

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TOUCHING THE VOID-LOVE, LONGING AND LOSS.

TOUCHING THE VOID-LOVE, LONGING AND LOSS. Andy Oppenheimer and Mark Warner formed Touching The Void back in 2010. Two years later, Touching The Void released their debut single Parallel Lives, in 2012. It was well received by critics. Great things were forecast for Touching The Void.  So, a year later, in 2013, Touching The Void …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE. Over four years have passed since Belle and Sebastian released their eighth studio album, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love. Since then, Belle and Sebastian’s only release was The Third Eye Centre, a nineteen track retrospective released in August 2013. It featured rarities, remixes, B-Sides, non-album tracks …

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STORNOWAY-BONXIE.

STORNOWAY-BONXIE. It was nine years ago that Brian Briggs first met Jon Quin, at a Freshers Week at Oxford University. Brian’s first words to Jon were that he looked like a member of Scottish indie rock band Teenage Fanclub. That broke the ice. Brian and Jon realised they both shared a love of music. So, …

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KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE.

KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE. At this time of the year, Scottish artists start to think of the Scottish Album Of The Year Award. It’s the most prestigious Scottish musical award. So the great and good of Scottish music wait with baited breath the announcement of the long-list of twenty. It’s then narrowed down to just ten albums. …

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ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE.

ERRORS-LEASE OF LIFE. Errors have come a long way since they were formed in Glasgow, in 2004, by Simon Ward, Greg Paterson and Stephen Livingstone. Back then, Errors’ makeshift studio was a bedroom. That was the Glasgow based musical alchemists laboratory. Through experimentation and innovation, Errors sound began to evolve. A years later, in 2005, …

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