LGM’s Favourite Albums of 2015, #1 – ‘O Shudder’ by Dutch Uncles

I’ve read a great deal about this album. Reviews, opinion pieces, many lukewarm, others drifting away from the complementary altogether. Common inferences that as a proposition, the band have always been a little bit too clever for their own good. Too arthouse; too busy with unconventional time signatures and stalactite posturing to truly resonate with … Continue reading LGM’s Favourite Albums of 2015, #1 – ‘O Shudder’ by Dutch Uncles

Dentist Drill Prokoviev: Celebrating the Glory of ‘Rush Hour’ by Jane Wiedlin

Something’s coming over me. I’m so dizzy I can’t see… Previously on LGM, and a trawl through the innards of great pop. Lithe. Ebullient. Thrilling – I think that’s the key; if we’re to receive but a brief moment on this planet, it’s best to celebrate it. My heart is beating faster now, as the … Continue reading Dentist Drill Prokoviev: Celebrating the Glory of ‘Rush Hour’ by Jane Wiedlin

Hidden In Plain Sight: Thoughts on ‘The Sensual World’ by Kate Bush

Certain acts are a breeze to write about. Sitting down with pen and a headful of thought is to see the words appear on page almost before they’re written, the fluid patterns intuitive, such understanding of back catalogue sharp, embedded with clarity. Other artists, and it’s more of a challenge. Too many intangibles. Too much … Continue reading Hidden In Plain Sight: Thoughts on ‘The Sensual World’ by Kate Bush

Since when has Hunter S Thompson started scripting modern British politics?

If David Cameron’s “piggy in the middle” moment confirms anything – besides the rather obvious point that rich posh boys don’t make for very nice human beings – it’s that social media is at its worst when big news flops onto the doormat. There was once a time when comedy required wit and verve. Timing, … Continue reading Since when has Hunter S Thompson started scripting modern British politics?

There is a Place in Hull for Me and My Friends: Morrissey, Hull Arena, 18 September.

We live in strange times. Britain, and an old-school socialist – one resembling a college lecturer fired for inappropriate behaviour, and thus left to spend his days down the local Wetherspoons – has somehow become leader of the Labour Party. In the US, the world’s most vulgar man is still a serious candidate for the … Continue reading There is a Place in Hull for Me and My Friends: Morrissey, Hull Arena, 18 September.

Review: Mogwai/Loop/Prolapse/Pye Corner Audio, Glasgow Barrowlands, 20 June

So… your favourite band turns up. It’s been sixteen, seventeen years since that last live experience (maths dictates that you’ve seen them sixteen, seventeen times, but not for many a year. Prolapse split at the turn of the millennium. They went off to do grown up things – like the rest of us). And because … Continue reading Review: Mogwai/Loop/Prolapse/Pye Corner Audio, Glasgow Barrowlands, 20 June

Footsteps Sounding Closer – Sun Kil Moon’s ‘Universal Themes’ Reviewed

Over to Lazer Guided Melody’s Mark Kozelek correspondent @profcolinclark, who’s penned this fine review on another difficult album… It’s the uncensored story of the travelling salesman blues; a revealing ethnographic diary of Kozelek’s uniquely crafted thick description set to mellow yet caustic instrumentation. Although only eight tracks long, the disc running time is over seventy … Continue reading Footsteps Sounding Closer – Sun Kil Moon’s ‘Universal Themes’ Reviewed

Diary of a Music Hack

Spoiler. I enjoy writing about music. Almost as much as listening to it (and even then, there remain occasions when banging away at the keyboard grows so all-encompassing that I’ve failed to notice that needle hit the run out groove minutes ago). So I flounced out of the job like some Victorian dandy would have … Continue reading Diary of a Music Hack