From The East Neuk With Love… A King Creosote Play-list

Words about music… I was talking to a friend in Mexico City about important records when the subject of King Creosote arose. And because neither the Scottish folk tradition nor any gleeful subversion of those musical conventions are massive in Mexico, at least yet, we discussed suitable points to begin, should familiarising yourself with the … Continue reading From The East Neuk With Love… A King Creosote Play-list

Results Of The Twitter Hive Mind Favourite Reissue of 2013 Vote

December. The month Jesus invented for purposes of logging preference. Of a musical nature. Next week’s vote is for your favourite album of 2013 – hit me with your top four, in order, either here or at @lazerguidedblog. And this week, I sat here attempting to calibrate our favourite reissued LP of the last twelve … Continue reading Results Of The Twitter Hive Mind Favourite Reissue of 2013 Vote

For What We Lack In Immediacy, We Gain In Texture: The Most Significant Albums Of 2002

2002. 2 Many DJ’s. Everywhere. As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2. An involuntary aural companion, at times. Inescapable. Nights out. Days in. Who the hell invited you? became the question planted across my chops. Because ‘No Fun’ by The Stooges and ‘Push It’ by Salt ‘n’ Pepa are the same track, yes? Skee-Lo’s ‘I … Continue reading For What We Lack In Immediacy, We Gain In Texture: The Most Significant Albums Of 2002

Live: Human Don’t Be Angry / King Tut’s, Glasgow, June 16 2012

Whenever a noted solo musician re-emerges behind the safety in numbers setting of just being in a band, there’s the temptation to affix a wry smile as you mention the words “Tin Machine”. When Bowie killed off his Glass Spider persona, then turned up goofing around amid the wreckage of a fiercely anti-commercial and strangely … Continue reading Live: Human Don’t Be Angry / King Tut’s, Glasgow, June 16 2012

Soundtrack to 2012: Forthcoming Releases

2012 it may be, but The KidsTM are still out there busy releasing records (or if not records, then at least their none-dimensional electronic counterparts) at considerable velocity. It’s almost as if there’s a soon-to-be-realised Mayan end-time prophecy – such is the exuberance that exotically coiffured hoards of young’uns are footing it fleetly down to … Continue reading Soundtrack to 2012: Forthcoming Releases

The Sad Story of Jackson C Frank

Following on from yesterday’s words (something scholars recognise as an agreeable music-related tangent, for once), and the sad story of Jackson C Frank; a musician who released but a solitary album, who qualified as obscure well before his untimely death, but whose influence continues to be wide-reaching, underpinning a significant cross-section of folk-tinged guitar music; … Continue reading The Sad Story of Jackson C Frank

FuckedUpFestiveFifty #12: Malcolm Middleton

#12: Malcolm Middleton – Superhero Songwriters (2007) Thinking, thinking. “You’re one in a million. You’re blue”. Against a rippling, iridescent background, the coffee dark and strong, the café where we’re hiding out a quiet, sophisticated kind of place – a mile or two away from the studio where a certain album was recorded – and … Continue reading FuckedUpFestiveFifty #12: Malcolm Middleton

Up Late At Night Again (The Shipping Forecast… Malcolm Middleton)

At forty-seven minutes past midnight I turn the radio on. The Home Service, the Queen’s own Radio 4, and once the last sentence of Book of the Week fades into the ether, the familiar intonations of “Sailing By” linger across the airwaves: “And now the Shipping Forecast, issued by the Met Office on behalf of … Continue reading Up Late At Night Again (The Shipping Forecast… Malcolm Middleton)