• Tangents from listening to too many records

And All Those Wistful Patterns: LGM vs Whirlpool By Chapterhouse

When it comes to records held dear there’s always the risk of cheap nostalgia interfering with the bond. Because musical appreciation is an evolving construct. A subtle process, for sure – nudged by circumstance, experience, and whatever was on the stereo that time your would-be lover first took you in their arms – but a … Continue reading

LGM’s Ten Rules Of The Successful Cover Version

What with the girls and guys over at 6Music busy celebrating the joys of the cover version this week, the thought bubbles springing up in the LGM compound suggest that it pays to be wary. It pays to be wary of most things, of course, cynicism good company when the nights are long and the … Continue reading

Your Cheap Addams Family Jibe: LGM on Adore, By The Smashing Pumpkins

“The problem with this particular Smashing Pumpkins disc being…” Actually, that’s not a grand place to start; should you be named Billy Corgan, and therefore harbour an understanding of life, love and miscellaneous that doesn’t necessarily segue with the views held by the rest of us, messy records full of oblique context are invariably one … Continue reading

Is There Time? Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1994), Revisited

Records. And resonation. Because it’s never just a slab of vinyl you hold in your hands; it’s an integral part of who we are. And who we were, back when the sunlight fell in different patterns, and a fresh face always smiled back from the mirror. Below, Comrade Colin over at And Before the First … Continue reading

Coltrane (Regretfully) Not Invited – LGM vs Giant Steps. By The Boo Radleys.

Just your usual noise machine beat combo blow-out; invention and unorthodoxy blasted apart by the perambulations taken by career trajectory. “Shoegazing poo with trumpets”, laughed the band (which by any measure was never entirely the case); fascinating records cloaked in fug, and reverb, and Sice’s immaculate, vernal-doused vocals. The early EPs, Icabod and I (now … Continue reading

John Moore: ‘Lo-Fi Lullabies’ and ‘Floral Tributes’, Reviewed

Another late-night bar. Always late-night bars (by soundtrack if not by actual presence). Give me Gitanes; black coffee after the cheap gin. We’ve exhausted all The Cramps discs on the jukebox – nothing remaining but the Jake Thackray before we call it quits. And all the merchant seamen have set for sail, the hookers, the … Continue reading

The Twisted Name On Garbo’s Eyes: LGM on Bowie’s Hunky Dory

Records as opening point. As gateway; the route straight through. Beneath mould-coloured skies and the bricolage of teenhood, back when no-one cared for vinyl and Camus was read in his native tongue – each word understood, the sentiment less so. The devils were busy downgrading to compact disc, their LPs dumped like never-loved puppies; these … Continue reading

Confessions Of An Ageing Record Whore

I get home. Pour a large glass of wine (red; a preference for malbec), stick a record on. Any record will do; I’ve long since quit any pretence at alphabetising. LPs sit on shelves, in stacks on the floor by the turntable, lost in alcoves after hiding them whilst a little tipsy, ready to be … Continue reading

Announcing LGM’s Favourite Album Of 2014, Just A Few Months Early

Because I’m a music blogger, and therefore possess zero imagination, you’ll usually find me each December penning over-elaborate paeans to LPs released during the previous twelve months. Culminating in a 2,000 word treatise with an Album of the Year bent. This year, however, is different. Because I already know the title of 2014’s best in … Continue reading

The Wisdom Of A Permanent Inking; The Sisters Of Mercy / Vision Thing, Revisited.

Life’s simple rules. Be nice to people. Read a good book once in a while. Listen to Mogwai. Don’t – as French chanteur Claude François discovered – change a light bulb whilst standing in a bath full of water. Don’t get the Eye of Horus tattooed on your shoulder – and if you must, don’t … Continue reading

LGM’s 50 Favourite Début Albums Part Five: #10 to #1

<<<<< #50 to #41 <<<<< #40 to #31 <<<<< #30 to #21 <<<<< #20 to #11 The business end of this proposition. It’s all a wee bit personal; records lived to, loved to, cried along with (although I’m not admitting to the latter). It’s actually difficult to write about much of the below (or at … Continue reading

LGM’s 50 Favourite Début Albums Part Four: #20 to #11

<<<<< #50 to #41 <<<<< #40 to #31 <<<<< #30 to #21 We could have done the tasteful route. The cute set of coffee table records, polished into shape by consensus . A world in which Searching For The Young Soul Rebels is the pinnacle of long-player appreciation. Yet this would be phoney; not that … Continue reading

LGM’s 50 Favourite Début Albums Part Three: #30 to #21

<<<<< #50 to #41 <<<<< #40 to #31 Label this the “Hello, you – that’s a smashing blouse” introduction. I’ve spent far too long wading through this début albums thing. I have a life, you know. Things to do, people to meet, shins to kick. The publisher who showed interest in my novel now thinks … Continue reading

LGM’s 50 Favourite Début Albums Part Two: #40 to #31

<<<<< This way for #50 to #41 (also for the arcane exclusion rules). A series in which I sit here growing steadily more inebriated whilst a conviction swells that I’ve got all the right records, but very much in the wrong order. Next episode out soon. #40 Wire / Pink Flag “Pink Flag was a fractured snapshot … Continue reading

LGM’s 50 Favourite Début Albums: #50 to #41

Meanwhile on Twitter, individual breakdowns of favourite début albums has been a “thing” on my timeline for a while – and jolly good reading all this has been too. There’s little for me to bring to the party… only that someone from a long ago twisted my arm to come up with my own interpretation, … Continue reading

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