Alternative music reviews

August 30, 2006

Cool Noise on an advert

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The Distants advert
Well, this is a first. A quote from me on an Advert. What you see is just a picture so you will have to click on The Distants to actually see who I was talking about. It is worth doing by the way.

What I like is when I do a review that the band feels has captured something of what they are about. Click here for the full review.

By the way, I’ve never heard of the L A Times.

August 27, 2006


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I was just checking my Favourite Videos over at YouTube. I noticed that two of the people who I subscribe to have been suspended and checking through I find that a number of videos I have marked and also embedded in blog posts have been removed because of suspended accounts. It looks like YouTube have been forced into action

The (now removed) videos I embedded on this and another blog were 70s stuff such as Van Der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant, and Alice Cooper. Sadly the poor quality video of Alice Cooper getting a pie in his face while playing Voodoo Doll in the early 70s is now lost to us. Most of this stuff is promotional videos for a song/album/artist. Cutting off your nose to spite your face is a phrase that springs to mind.

Every day I hate the Music Industry more.

Let me rephrase that:


August 24, 2006


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I followed a link on LastFM to someone who is classified as a neighbour of mine because of matches in musical taste. I saw he had a blog and I had a look at Egotists Anonymous. The entries are fairly infrequent but what a read! He even promotes gigs. Here I am struggling with every word I write and EA seems to just breeze through expressing himself about music. I suspect that he puts a lot of effort in to every post and it really pays off.

August 15, 2006


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HendrixFor some reason I’ve been thinking about guitarists. I think this was started by listening to “Sounds Of The Sixties” on Radio Two – something I often do on a Saturday morning while driving. There was a Three In A Row feature that featured a track by Free and then Red House by Jimi Hendrix. Free’s guitarist Paul Kossof was a wonderful craftsman of bluesy rock guitar and any aspiring guitarist should listen to him. Also starting out in the Sixties were some other very good guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Richie Blackmore. For a while there was a sort of parlour game that involved naming who, in your opinion, was the best guitarist alive. What ended that game was the arrival of a young American guitarist on these shores: Jimi Hendrix. I heard that Eric Clapton’s reaction to first hearing Jimi Hendrix, he was invited up to jam with Cream one night at Chas Chandler’s sugestion, was a classic of someone being first stunned and then going off in a sulk (for a few years). The game was up. From then on there could be fastest guitarist or best Metal guitarist or some other sub-category but not the best. Other guitarists ‘played’ the instrument, but Hendrix was just a Man and Guitar combined – the man didn’t end at the fingers, he ended at the machine heads.

Somehow, the ending of the ‘best guitarist’ competition has brought freedom. It isn’t how fast or technical you are with a guitar but what you do with it. That’s why Paul Austin (ex-Willard Grant Conspiracy and now in The Transmissionary Six) is my favourite guitarist. He mainly just strums an acoustic guitar but he achieves such a clarity with every note that it amazes me ,as a rather mediocre guitarist myself. Goes without saying then that I’m not a great lover of guitar solos. One exception is the solos on The Stooges first album – turn on the distortion, hit a string, hold the note until you feel like playing another. No attempt to show off, just play because it sounds good sonically. Nomad 67 sometimes use almost exactly the same sound and dynamic with their solos, which is what first kicked me in the stomach when I heard them.

Perhaps we should try another game: the best dual guitar attack. Sadly, that will be a short game as well. Anyone who has heard Looking At You by the MC5 will already know the answer – it’s what stereo was invented for.

August 9, 2006

Avebury’s Unruly Teenagers

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Two CDs from California’s Avebury Records (the label I love to love). The MySpace generation has taken over and both are by groups of teenage girls. I did check them out at Avebury’s suggestion a few months ago in grainy live videos.

Dammit, Eat Your Pudding by Fallopian has the pure energy, dislocation, and enthusiasm of 1979. The Studiofix Will Change Your Life is Rock and Roll at its best and it doesn’t stop there. I was even sent posters of both bands (but I’m afraid the Fallopian poster is not suitable for a man of my age!).

Reviews to follow fairly soon. In one I will make a comparison to the greatest soulful Rock and Roll voice, in the other I will get to insult the lead singer of Simply Red…

The Studiofix
Avebury Records

August 7, 2006

BBC Radio

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I picked up on the start of the BBC Coventry local music show Sounds – but I notice that my MySpace Friend request (19th July) hasn’t been acknowledged – get a grip and live life online! Is it so objectionable that someone that someone who lived in Coventry for more than 10 years does an add? I thought I was quite complimentary in my review.

This weekend I have heard the BBC Berkshire and the Radio Stoke show. I have to say that Stoke sounds really lively at the moment and for Indie as well as the Punk I was introduced to with Unsigned Magazine. I was unsure about the giggling presenting style on BBC Berkshire but then I even insulted Dan and Andrew’s show The Friday Session on BBC Hereford and Worcestershire when I first heard it.

I did hear an acoustic track on that Radio Berkshire show by The Heartwear Process that was pure passion: the song was Humble Pie and it made me weak at the knees.

The fact that local music shows are now growing across the BBC is great. It’s spreading and all the other local radio shows need to understand that this is their future.

The Heartwear Process

August 5, 2006

Punk band ‘drags town out of the Dark Ages’

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Nomad 67 are the big story on the front page of the Ludlow Advertiser. After last week’s article about Nomad being banned from future Streets Alive festivals and the petition from local traders complaing about the ‘ear-splitting racket’ the Editor was canny enough to invite responses when Graham (the band’s manager) questioned the article. The letters (and my email response) have taken over the letter pages and the whole issue has been worked into a very nice article by Michael Baws.

I hadn’t realised that the day was actually called ‘Music, Madness, and Mayhem’! Well, what do you expect then? But this isn’t really one of those Sex Pistols moments. Nomad were not too loud from my position right in front of them and they didn’t set out to annoy anyone. It is great publicity though. Hopefully it will alert all of the youngsters of that area that music isn’t just about the Charts and MTV but that great music is being made by locals bands as well.

Nomad 67
My review of The Art Of Individuality by Nomad 67

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