This week I thought I'd pick the Lana Del Rey song, Video Games, off the pending pile but, after some background listening, I've realised that just about any Lana Del Rey song will do. That's the thing with this singer; all her songs are gorgeous but they all sound much the same. So, for my Track of the Week,…Read more Love
There has been a sea-change in politics recently: Britain is leaving the EU, right-wing 'populist' parties have been gaining support across Europe and America has an inward-looking, protectionist president. All the economics experts said Britain will be worse off if it leaves the EU but the people feared immigrants were stealing their jobs and destroying the British…Read more Where’s the Revolution?
Brand X are back. And how! Here's a splendid live version of Malaga Virgen from their 1977 album Moroccan Roll. This was recorded just a few months ago on the band's reunion tour of the US. https://vimeo.com/195527081 If that performance doesn't leave you panting with excitement and aghast with admiration I'll ... I'll ... errm ... I'll…Read more Moroccan Roll
This is the second instalment in my campaign to introduce a new term into the dictionary of musical styles: orchestral beats. That tag first appeared in my review of the Archipelago album by Hidden Orchestra in November of last year. Then last week's Release Radar included something that sounded very similar: Cantorum by Penguin Café. As far as…Read more Cantorum
Rules, they say, are made to be broken. My self-imposed timeline for this blog is supposed to start at 1963 but this week I've chosen to go back a little further. My Track of the Week is a song that caught my attention before I realised that an indelible streak of music flows in my veins. The original was composed and…Read more What Now My Love?