Pastelism

A wonderful climax to last night’s Pastels gig. As fey and as ramshackle as ever, their charm remains infectious to the extent that boys and girls (although mainly boys) of a certain age grow a little tearful whenever they play – especially as traditional set closer ‘Baby Honey’ and all its heavy reverb starts echoing … Continue reading Pastelism

Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

Should any Significant Albums series be looking at the 1970’s, Bowie’s constantly-shifting silhouette would be tagged across the walls of that decade as if the ubiquitous spray-painted logo of a particularly hip and pernicious underground movement. As it is, anything post-1980’s Scary Monsters has to be questioned against a whole range of musical and thematic criteria – from fandom’s … Continue reading Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines, or dates by which bills must be paid – Frank Zappa And whist Zappa wasn’t specifically speaking about 1989, I’ve always been terribly smitten with the concept of recorded sound as punctuation. As some sort of definite context; the significant albums … Continue reading The Deliberate Omission Of The Stone Roses: The Most Significant Albums Of 1989

The Very Definition Of Swoon: The Most Significant Albums Of 1987 – Part Two

It’s impossible to fully quantify why something works to the detriment of something else – and that’s if you’re a protagonist, an intrinsic component in any creative process. From our perspective – that’ll be on the outside gazing in, like Dan Ackroyd’s drunk and destitute Santa staring forlornly into the window of the yuppie restaurant … Continue reading The Very Definition Of Swoon: The Most Significant Albums Of 1987 – Part Two

To Rococo Rot + The Pastels / Platform, Easterhouse, October 2011

Having said I don’t write gig reviews, I appear to be doing just that. But then again, some nights are so infused with magic, it would be remiss of me not to apply some words; the indie kids’ field trip to deepest, darkest Easterhouse, and the quorum of good company, delicious sounds and ripping performances … Continue reading To Rococo Rot + The Pastels / Platform, Easterhouse, October 2011