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?
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
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
Another week gone and the first where I had to WFH in a long while. However that does have it's benefits - yep I get to listen to loads more music. And that's lucky because this week has been a stonker and I have been inundated with great songs from all genres. So despite sitting … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 5 – WFH Tunes.
So lets get back to Indie, the kinda indie that was always underground, always going to be off kilter, maybe never going to be world beating, maybe never going to be a club banger, no parkas here thats for sure. I've always looked for the arch, the different, the outsiders, something to challenge my preconceptions, … Continue reading Strange Noise from another World – New Indie for Old Ears
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
One thing I've learnt over the last 6 months is that if you don't ask you don't get and if you don't do it for yourself no one will do it for you. Obviously you should be kind and considerate and nice with it. So when Ashley asked me very nicely to listen to his … Continue reading New Artist – Album Review – Ashley Stacey – The Sun still Shines on you
So here we go again a quick round up of what 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 the artists … Continue reading The Rebirth Of Cool Hot List 2
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.
So when I offered to write a piece on my 800th follower that was a musician, I kinda worried it would be some strange eastern Mongolian band. Now don't get me wrong I'm all for the Mongolian scene but I was relieved when the winner was someone closer to home. Even more relieved I'd heard … Continue reading 0800 Aly MacPherson – The Magic Number
So here it is - something many of us had asked for, for years and years. A solo album from one of THE greatest soul voices this country or any country have ever produced. The release of this album was supposed to be a huge celebration, a time when the singer was finally paid her … Continue reading Album Review – Denise Johnson – Where does it go
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