In a time of year when established Christmas hits are already everywhere and you might be at risk of getting tired of Noddy Holder (in fact, when is that not the case?), Craig Ogden is offering an alternative with this classy Christmas release. Having already won Classical chart number 1′s with summer releases in recent years, guitarist Ogden has turned his hand to a festive release this time. (more…)
Nat Lyon is a literal one man band living somewhere in the hills of Connecticut, where he allegedly spends his time renovating an old farmhouse and frolicking with the local livestock… or something. He played all of the instruments on this character-filled DIY release, which in my book is reason enough alone to give it at least one listen over.
Listener are a three piece ‘spoken word rock band’ from Arkansas in the States. Time is a Machine is their latest release, coming out just a few days ago on the European side of the Atlantic, and just shy of a week prior to that for our American chums.
Despite the trio having been together since not long after the dawning of the new Millennium, and having since trotted their way across the globe, this album is unlikely to feature on many hipster run down lists of the year… but could well be one of the most interesting for those who have ears to listen.
When Must Die Records wrote in to say that they were a small DIY label that usually dealt with ‘experimental/outsider music’, but that their latest release was ‘fuzzed out garage rock’, I had to at least have a quick listen.
When I saw that the band described themselves as ‘fuzzy scumbag rock’, things got even better. (more…)
Archive picture – 2010
The prospect of going out tonight seemed like a chore. Having to wake up from my comfortable slump on the couch and trek across Glasgow wasn’t something I relished after a week of zero motivation or energy. However, this wasn’t just any old gig. This was Marnie Stern – and if it had been anybody else I might not have bothered moving at all. (more…)
NGOD – Photograph by Lee Jones
Tall Ships. Where have they come from? A few months ago folk were rating them so highly that I guess I was just automatically put off. I’m sometimes guilty of shutting myself off from bands & films that are hyped and thrown in my face, and I never give them a chance. This has forever been the case with even some of my all time favourite bands… Maybe I’ll learn one day? (more…)
What a great name for an album… and one that could only have come from the positively wonderful Marnie Stern. (more…)
Photo: Allan McLeod Roney
According to Wikipedia, ‘Brontide is a type of rumbling noise heard occasionally in some parts of the world, probably caused by seismic activity.’
Brontide – Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Glasgow – 4th January 2013
Photos: Allan McLeod Roney
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People often talk about Glasgow as having a vibrant music scene, and in a lot of respects that’s a fair assessment to make – we are a UNESCO world music heritage site after all. However, the past few years have seen the reputation Leeds rocket – particularly with regards to new and so-called underground music. The dirty, scuzzy, slightly obtuse bands that I tend to be drawn towards seem to have been spawning, or at least end up connected in some way to the Yorkshire city at an alarming rate. Castrovalva is one such band, so I took the chance to hop on a train to join some of the other popdodger writers for the weekend and see what things were like on their home turf. (more…)