Category Archives: Rock

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down  a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which recently …

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MOSKUS-ULV ULV.

MOSKUS-ULV ULV. The roots of pioneering jazz trio Moskus, can be traced to the prestigious Trondheim Conservatory of Music. That’s where bassist Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson first met drummer Hans Hulbækmo and pianist Anja Lauvdal. Little did they realise at that first meeting, that they would go on to form one of the most innovative groups …

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FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN.

FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN. In 1973, Gram Parsons and The Fallen Angeles headed out on tour. Little did anyone realise that this tour would be Gram Parsons’ swan-song. By then, he had an insatiable appetite for drink and drugs. Sadly, this would result in Gram Parsons’ death on September 19th 1973.  The cause of …

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RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES.

RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES. Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, RM Hubbert made his first  tentative steps into Glasgow’s vibrant musical scene when he joined Me, Hubby and Thom. Since then, the man that’s known to all as Hubby, has become a stalwart of the Scottish music scene. He’s been a club promoter, and a …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Most people haven’t heard of Castle Douglas. Why should they? It’s a small market town in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland. However, Castle Douglas has been home to some famous faces over the last 224 years. This includes a potter, politician, footballer and two rugby players. However, they’ve …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process …

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GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK.

GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK. This year, more than any other, Record Store Day seemed to divide the opinion of record buyers. There were a number of reasons for this.  Partly, it was because many veteran record buyers felt Record Store Day was being hijacked by the major labels. Their …

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BRIAN ENO-THE SHIP-COLLECTOR’S EDITION.

BRIAN ENO-THE SHIP-COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Back in the early seventies, having recorded and released an album, bands headed out on tour. These tours could be gruelling, and last over a year. Some bands embraced touring, and the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle that came with it.  Bands partied through the night, consuming copious amounts of drinks and …

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COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE.

COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE. By 1975, it was all change for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. After releasing four albums for Paramount, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen moved to Warner Bros. They were hoping …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. 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 …

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RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. At this time of year, Scottish musician’s thoughts turn to the most prestigious prize in  music, the Scottish Album Of The Year Award.  Albums released between  April 2015 and March 2016 were eligible for the 2016 Scottish Album Of The Year. However, now only twenty albums remain. The ‘great and good’ of …

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NICOLETTE LARSON-NICOLETTE/IN THE NICK OF TIME/RADIOLAND.

NICOLETTE LARSON-NICOLETTE/IN THE NICK OF TIME/RADIOLAND. Although Nicolette Larson was born in Helena, Montana in 1952, growing up, she led something of a nomadic existence. This couldn’t be helped. Her father worked for the US Treasury, and was often transferred to other towns and cities. By the time Nicolette graduated high school, the Larson family …

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CAUSA SUI-RETURN TO SKY-VINYL EDITON.

CAUSA SUI-RETURN TO SKY-VINYL EDITON. Nowadays, not many groups manage to release eleven albums in eleven years. Instead, they spend two or three years ‘perfecting’ their future Magnus Opus. It’s changed days indeed.  Back in the early seventies, bands were often contracted to release two album each year. Groups like Yes rose to the challenge, …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION. One of Ace Records’ longest running and most successful compilation series is their Songwriters’ series. It looks back at the careers of some of the most successful songwriters in the history of modern music. This includes Bacharach and David, Goffin and King, Serge Gainsbourg, Dan Penn, Laura …

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TUXEDOMOON-HALF-MUTE.

TUXEDOMOON-HALF-MUTE. Success came quickly for Tuxedomoon. They were formed in 1977, and released their debut single in 1978. A year later, Tuxedomoon’s sophomore single No Tears was hailed a post punk classic. Tuxedomoon were one of music’s rising stars.  So it was no surprise that in 1980, Ralph’s Records signed Tuxedomoon and they released their …

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FIRE! ORCHESTRA-RITUAL.

FIRE! ORCHESTRA-RITUAL. For their fourth album Ritual, the Fire! Orchestra has undergone  a change in lineup. This isn’t unusual. Many groups, including Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Rolling Stones and even The Beatles’ lineup changed. Usually, this happened when one member of the group left. However, what has happened to the Fire! Orchestra is very different. …

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STIAN WESTERHUS-AMPUTATION.

STIAN WESTERHUS-AMPUTATION. Over the last few years, Stian Westerhus has established a reputation as one of Europe’s most accomplished and innovative abstract guitar players. This has been the result of a lifetime’s work. That is how long it has taken Stian to hone and tame his unique sound. This dedication has paid off, and nowadays, …

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THE BLUE NILE-A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS.

THE BLUE NILE-A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this particular blog, I decided to revisit one of my favourite albums of all time, The Blue Nile’s debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops. This is an album I’ve treasured and loved for over three decades. It’s been like an old friend, and has been …

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SKADEDYR-CULTUREN.

SKADEDYR-CULTUREN. Between the late sixties and the early eighties, a musical revolution took place in Germany. Groups like Amon Düül II, Ash Ra, Can, Cluster, Harmonia, Kraftwerk, Neu! and Popl Vuh released truly groundbreaking music. Sadly, much of that music was way ahead of its time, and passed the German record buying public by. It …

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I HAVE A TRIBE-BENEATH A YELLOW MOON.

I HAVE A TRIBE-BENEATH A YELLOW MOON. Back in 2013, Patrick O’Laoghaire was a member of Slow Skies, the group he had formed with Karen Sheridan and Conal Herron in 2012. They released their debut E.P., Close in May 2013. Close was well received by critics, and a great future was forecast for the Dublin based …

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