Let your light so SHINE…

Let your light so SHINE…

"Now That's What I Call Music..." reached its centenary this year. Nobody really cared. In the era of Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and YouTube the compilation album is largely redundant...I'm not sure that anyone other than sales reps and desperate middle-aged children on Father's Day morning actually buys them any longer. I say this, of course, [...]

Have You Ever Been This Low? Coming Up with Suede

Have You Ever Been This Low?  Coming Up with Suede

When I attended the Edinburgh International Book Festival appearance from Brett Anderson a few weeks ago he discussed the early, formative moments of Suede and how they had placed an ad in the music press looking for a guitarist...an advert that brought two applicants, one from Ken and another from Bernard Butler. I wonder what [...]

Living in Extraordinary Times – James (Pre-Review)

Living in Extraordinary Times – James (Pre-Review)

We are one week away from the release of the fifteenth studio album from James. Yup. Fifteenth. Let's put that into some sort of perspective before we go any further. The first of those albums was released in 1986...thirty two years ago. "Stutter" was a fragile, folky, flirtatious call from the fringes of the indie [...]