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

“We’re All Foxtons Now” – LGM’s Election Post-Mortem

Friday, and it was around 8am, waiting for the Ed Balls career change blues to start playing, when I remembered that last sleeping sometime around Tuesday wasn’t going to ward off hallucinations. Beyond the shakes, the nineteen cups of coffee I’d consumed over the last few hours were having negligible effect, and when the clan … Continue reading “We’re All Foxtons Now” – LGM’s Election Post-Mortem

Politics or Rock ‘n’ Roll? (or: Why I’ll Be Voting SNP at the Election)

This is a music blog – which you may have noticed – and as such, other subjects (politics especially) sit uneasy in the narrative. So call this piece a one-off. An experiment; should the forthcoming UK General Election not be your cup of tea or goblet of hemlock, I’ll be returning to overlong screeds on … Continue reading Politics or Rock ‘n’ Roll? (or: Why I’ll Be Voting SNP at the Election)

Music Hack for Hire. Because Writing About Music Is Akin To Dancing About Architecture

“I could keep whoring my heart out, I still don’t think that you’d hear me,” sings King Creosote in ‘Marguerita Red’. A ballad so tender and pure you’d be forgiven for letting slip the odd tear or two, late at night, should the mood take you. Except that it’s not “keep whoring” that he sings, … Continue reading Music Hack for Hire. Because Writing About Music Is Akin To Dancing About Architecture

Why Records Matter: The Unencumbered Joy of the Unexpected Discovery

So, you’re trawling through this site or that, casually clicking links in search of song (or tits, or pictures of kittens). And because the internet has democratised music distribution, there’s a hell of lot of song out there, blowing about like so much sonic confetti. In theory it’s wonderful, having at your fingertips this wealth … Continue reading Why Records Matter: The Unencumbered Joy of the Unexpected Discovery

Adventures in Vocal Mess – LGM Interviews Mick Derrick from Prolapse

Ah, Prolapse. Should you have bumped into me down the pub, anytime over the last twenty years, there’s a good chance I’ll have manoeuvred you into a corner, then ranted at length on how this Leicester sextet are quite possibly the greatest band that ever was. Followed up with “and why the hell aren’t you … Continue reading Adventures in Vocal Mess – LGM Interviews Mick Derrick from Prolapse

Thoughts on Youth, Scene, Nostalgia, and ‘Pop Said…’ by The Darling Buds

Nostalgia. It’s a messy business. The type to get stuck in one’s throat. It wraps itself up in your mother’s net curtains, then proceeds to perform that saucy silhouette dance from Tales of the Unexpected – except that it’s naff, and you’re only impressed because you’ve been at the cooking sherry again. And then there’s … Continue reading Thoughts on Youth, Scene, Nostalgia, and ‘Pop Said…’ by The Darling Buds

The Day I Tried Really, Really Hard To Appreciate ‘Definitely Maybe’

Cards on the table; I’m not one of life’s Oasis fans. In the past I’ve called the Gallaghers a “fifth-rate Rutles tribute act” – in print, should you wish to check the files – and it’s an not opinion I’m inclined to revise. That said, writing mean, dismissive things about band aesthetic (as well as … Continue reading The Day I Tried Really, Really Hard To Appreciate ‘Definitely Maybe’