This week: Beyoncé takes a giant artistic leap forward and Chris is smitten, Graham’s repping of Mulatu Astatke’s Mulatu of Ethiopia leads to wider discussion of ‘African’ music, and we flick through a few of the past month’s more notable releases, including Actress, Warpaint, Bruce Springsteen and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
This week: a bumper month for new music finds three recent releases up for review – Chvrches’ eagerly anticipated debut The Bones of What You Believe, Janelle Monáe’s eagerly anticipated second album The Electric Lady and Elvis Costello and The Roots’ eagerly anticipated collaborative album Wise Up Ghost. EAGER ANTICIPATION ALL UP IN THIS ISH. Elsewhere, Graham talks the Darkside album and James Blake live, while Chris swoons over new records from Bill Callahan and Neko Case but is nonplussed by Justin Timberlake’s second release of the year. Continue reading
This week: new music co-host Graham Fulton returns from two years in Australia to talk new singles from Daft Punk and Thundercat, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and music he discovered on his travels, whilst Chris reviews gigs from The Weeknd, Yo La Tengo, Japandroids and My Bloody Valentine. Continue reading
I don’t think I’ve ever been to another live show quite like Miguel’s, which peacocked into Glasgow’s ABC last night in a swirl of strobe lights and sleeveless t-shirts. That’s not to say that the show is unique (with all due respect to the man and his skill as a performer, I’m fairly certain it isn’t), just that opportunities to see its like in Glasgow are limited. As a city, Glasgow’s live music scene – indigenous at least, and maybe to an extent that colours touring acts – is still dominated by indie, folk, pub rock, singer songwriters, genres that largely, for better or worse, place a great deal of value in the nebulous idea of ‘authenticity’. Musicians aren’t meant to seem too rehearsed, too artificial, too flashy. It’s all about the music, man. Feelings, an’ that. Continue reading
You might not know it to look at/listen to what little coverage I’ve given music this year (out of what little coverage I’ve given anything, honestly), but I heard 78 albums, mixtapes and EPs released in 2012. That’s excluding reissues, of which you can add at least another ten to that number (seriously, everyone go get the four Archers of Loaf albums). Excepting those only available digitally (like the second Death Grips record of the year – y’know, the cock one), I bought or was gifted all but one on vinyl or CD (the Stanley Odd album, if you’re wondering, which arrived out of the blue from a PR). By and large, I’m happy to have spent that much. It’s been a good year. And I like buying music with my own money, because it means I don’t feel beholden to anyone for a decent review if it’s pish. Continue reading