So, the difficult second album! Always a curse right - how'd you follow up on a genre defining first album? Do you rest on your laurels? Wait 5 years, miss the boat and the impact and then release another one? Or do you waste no time, get right back onto it and go again? Well … Continue reading The Second Coming…Brits and Pieces II
So, what does it take to be a great Rock Band nowadays? Is it the same as it ever was? Or does it need something modern, or even something futuristic included? My view has and probably always will be made up of the following… A great front man and singer, a kick arse, virtuoso guitarist, … Continue reading Welcome to The Heavy North
So in this disposable life we are living now, does anyone listen to albums anymore? In full? Yeah Tim's listening party and the like have brought back the interest in the LP and certainly vinyl sales have increased as well, but overall do we sit down and make the effort? Well I do, as I'm … Continue reading From Reading with Love – Via Belfast – Album Reviews – The Coronations and Mirror Pictures
So as the dust settles from an amazing weekend of music and fundraising I'm left thinking what now? What's next? So despite my own little session being a disaster, the Inyourearsmusic sessions supporting #FBWMusic was a triumph...pulling together the great and good from a burgeoning new music scene from all over the country and into … Continue reading When the Music’s over…play another record.
Every new music scene always has a few bands that totally represent the fans, the masses, the community that supports them. They defy the snobbish music industry and their packaged and carefully marketed acts. They aren't forced on us. They are chosen by US. Bands like The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis all chosen to … Continue reading Hot Track of The Week – The Shed Project – Feel My Love
One love we dont need another love - Love is all you need - Love is a four letter word - Love is all around us. Apart from my family and friends - my main Love is music - playing music, vinyl, cd's, tapes, listening to as much music as I can - all my … Continue reading The Valentines Red Hot Love List
The JMC are someone that have been on my radar for a while now, just because the name is interesting and echoes such artists as The Spencer Davis Group and of course The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Well this full named artist isn't a group, it's just the main man John's solo recording tag. Anyway John … Continue reading Album Review – The John Michie Collective – High Vibrations
So you get two scoops this month which is just great isn't it. What have I been listening too? What's hot and cool? Who should be on your new playlist? Well I'm going to do a monthly blog or blogs of some of the finest so you can check them out. I'll also do a … Continue reading The Hot List – A New Flame – January Part 2
I hope I die before I get old sings 75 year old Roger Daltrey. Age. Is it just a number. Does it not matter anymore ? When is too old? Ever since I was a kid, I was taught to believe that music was a young man's game. That if you didn't make it before … Continue reading What’s my age again?
It’s kinda apt that the best album of the year comes at the end of 2020 - the year we will all want to forget for so many reasons - but a year that will live long in the lives of the few that dared, that tried, that rose up and did something. Was it … Continue reading Album of the Year – Brits and Pieces – Various Artists
When I first wrote about TW back in August it was off the back of hearing the awesome Leaving Berlin single - it was/is different to anything I was listening to at the time. It was hard to pigeonhole, it reminded me of so many other artists music but without actually being able to name … Continue reading Love and Chemicals – Teenage Waitress – Album review
Back at it - for number 4 of the cool list - the best of the newest new tunes to check out and I'm hoping there is a nice variety of music for you to listen to and share with the world. I'd like to the teach the world to sing. So lockdown and lock … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 4
The thing about hot lists, is that as soon as you finish one, you gotta do another straight away. Its like a never ending episode of TOTP - I'm very obsessed with TOTP'90 at the minute - great seeing again Indie taking over the Pops studio. Anyway focus Tanner. So flying out of the blocks … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 3
This article first appeared in issue 3 of the excellent Speakeasy Fanzine that I recommend you all subscribe to. Baggy – A term that for a while made music fans snigger – wasn’t it all a bit naff – all that funky drummer beats, wah-wah guitars, baggy clothing (natch) and the drugs – Oh it’s … Continue reading Flowered Up – A 30-Year Weekender
Boys, Boys Boys - that's all you hear. Well not so much anymore - the girls are back - making it to the front, to the top, setting the bench mark. Following on from my piece on Men Solo Singers - I promised I would do the same for our Soul Sisters, highlight the best … Continue reading Sistas are doing it for themselves.
Some artists write albums that are a tough listen. Some are so truthful they hurt when you listen. They hit hard. You want to turn off but you can't. They reach deep inside your soul. Pulling at feelings you didn't know you had or were struggling to control. When I think of these artists and … Continue reading Introducing – Milo Gore – Tougher then the rest
I'm gunna try and do a more regular piece on what new tracks I've been listening to, that you should all listen to at least once. Hopefully much more. We all need to do our bit especially as lock down continues and gigs seem further away then ever. Please try and buy physical copies of … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List
I'm back after a short rest and recharge. I haven't been resting too much though, been trying to catch up on all the good music out there brothers and sisters and by jingo there is plenty. So just a quick piece on some of the new bands, artists and tracks I've been listening to over … Continue reading Dig The New Breed! Papas got a brand new bag!
There's a hole, a stadium filling sized hole, a hole that is Kasabian sized. It needs filling. Enter Apollo Junction.... If your looking for your next indie superstars with the tunes to fill your stadia (if we ever get back to that) - then you look no further then Leeds favourite sons of the stage. … Continue reading Up the Apollo Junction
So where next? - I was quite sad yesterday - its been another emotional week - I don't take death well - who does I guess - but it seems the end of things whilst inevitable is really having a go this year. Recent weeks we've lost an incredibly talented soul singer in Denise Johnson, … Continue reading We can be the avalanche!
It seems that Yorkshire is a rich haven for talent at the moment - as well as having great tea. The Rosadocs are another new band that you may not heard of, a 4 piece hailing from Sheffield. They have been around since 2017 releasing songs, gigging and getting better all the time. I have … Continue reading Single of the week – The Rosadocs – Say Something
So our favourite Wolverhampton wonders have been a bit quiet of late, whilst they continue to entertain on socials like all great bands their quest for World Dominance has hit pause somewhat. However taking the opportunity to get some new tunes down - they recently decamped to one of the most legendary studio's in the … Continue reading In The Studio With – Citylightz
A couple of new artists to me that are about to release new albums. So what did I think? Read below. Joe Adhemar - Found Ourselves This is Joe's 3rd album and recorded by himself during lockdown where he sings and plays all instruments. It starts of with the melodic and uplifting Be My Coastguard … Continue reading New Artists – New Albums – For Your Consideration
So returning, with the start of a new hot list. What have I been listening too? What's hot and cool? Who should be on your new playlist? Well I'm going to do a monthly blog or blogs of some of the finest so you can check them out. I'll also do a playlist for you … Continue reading The Hot List – A New Flame – January Part 1
So we start again, full of hope and optimism The previous year is a full stop and a chance to reboot the system. Take stock and do things different. So what did we learn these last 12 months? Are we better people? Do we care more? Are we there for each other? Or once we … Continue reading 2021 the Reboot of 2020
Liverpudlian Sunstack Jones are new to me this year, but they have been around for a few years and this is their 4th album to date. Recorded live with ex The Verve man Simon Jones at the desk and produced by Paul Den Heyer, the chaps asked me to take a listen and review for … Continue reading Album Review – Sunstack Jones – Golden Repair
So, what makes a pop star nowadays? The looks, the style, the voice, the songs. Same as it ever was, I guess. But it doesn't have to be prefabricated, created on a reality show, groomed, and polished and the soul sucked out of it. It can be cool, and real, relatable but still be all … Continue reading Joe Astley – Television Fantasy – Pre-release Review