Monday, January 29, 2007
Anyway, first things first: was given a copy of a demo by a Glasgow band called Serpico to review. please, please, please - the tracks you will hear on their myspace page show a band who are ready and waiting to go. If you have the know-how, sign 'em. If you don;t but want to hear a band who remind me of Indie rock at it's epic best, with belief but not bluster, then go here and be their friend:
Serpico's myspace page
Speaking of great scottish bands, if you haven't voted at www.jocknroll.co.uk what are you waiting for? If you haven't checked their site for a while, please do so.
Finally, my current favourite scottish blog is the Vinyl Villain. The music on this site is just SO DAMN GOOD. (and now it's even got a link!!)
Hope everyone's well. remember, January's nearly over, and the Shins album is now out in the UK (review to follow...)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This post is now a week old and I have removed the links. If you want to hear it, go and buy it!
Buy The View on Amazon
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Quasi-'The Rhino.' mp3
Quasi-'Drunken Tears.' mp3
Quasi-'It's Raining.' mp3
NB This post is now over a week old. If you want to hear Quasi...
...then as ever, go and buy Quasi, at Amazon (UK) or Ampcamp (US)
Quasi on MySpace
Quasi's record label Touch and Go
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Have been off for a few days with 'flu (like most of you, prabably!) but I few days ago I picked up the Pretenders' 2003 album Loose Screw...and this track particularly, seems to have lodged itself in my brain. I know received wisdom seems to be that they were never as cool after the first two albums, but this is a subtle wee gem. Wherever you are, if there are sales on, do check the bargain bins, 'cos there are some goodies out there!
The Pretenders -'Complex Person.' mp3
If you cannot pick this up for a pound (hint to UK readers, mine was from Fopp), then there are copies very cheaply here on Amazon.
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you may be!
Monday, January 08, 2007
I know, I know, a lot of people have had virtually no time off over the Christmas holidays (having worked in retail for many years, always as a lowly shop assistant, I do sympathise), but it's back to teaching tomorrow...
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
NME have brought it to the world's attention that there is a rather fine new track from Stellastarr* called Warchild over at their MySpace page. Listening to this and other tracks reminds me just how good they are. A new album is due sometime this year.
Get yourself over there, check it out and then go buy yourself some Stellastarr* here
Meanwhile, having been nosing around several online record stores the other day, I am pleased to remind you of the existence of two tracks you have to hear. One is a classic debut from 1990, the other an overlooked gem from last year:
This can be heard on Teenage Fanclub's A Catholic Education album. Buy here.
Now; I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you like the tracks you here; GO AND BUY THEM and support the artists involved (see them in concert, get the records etc..) It's only fair. The record companies may, especially if large conglomerates, be out to rip people off, but these are generally wonderful, hard-working people trying to make a living.
Speaking of supporting hard-working people, I have been hugely enjoying the Complete Peel Sessions by The Fall, which was one of my Christmas presents. It horrifies me to think that there might be people out there who haven't heard of The Fall, so -courtesy of Insound here is a Classic, which can be found on the rather wonderful 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong compilation which is an excellent primer to their work 1978-2003:
(NB Couldn't find a MySpace for the Fall. Somehow, I'm not surprised...)