That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

It Has to be a Loose Fit

It Has to be a Loose Fit

It's time to start again. Again. Just when I think I've worked "it" out I am hit by some event, some word, some person, some feeling, some thing, that strips me of that notion and leaves me sobbing, hopeless and broken on the floor. Again. It's almost as if life, whatever that means, is not [...]

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Hell may well be other people but Hull is real people. Forget, for a moment, that Philip Larkin was, initially, dismissive and even cruel about the town after he arrived in the 1950's, what is important is how the city soon began to work a strange magic on this rather dour man.  He came to [...]

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOYPwMCd4fQ "We're fooled by first impressions, they're not always true..." Back in 1979 soul diva Thelma Houston released a single entitled "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" which was, and remains, a genuinely thrilling disco classic.  It's the sort of song that should have been number one and that should be the only correct answer to the [...]

Lost Highways – The Wants, Motor

Lost Highways – The Wants, Motor

Home is where the art is. Start spreading the news because those of us a sensitive, maybe hyper-sensitive, disposition have a new home. That home is The Wants. Brooding, bold, belligerent ghouls who craft the sort of post-punk, new wave, indie-pop, electro soaked music that thrusts the grotesque and lonely, or the grotesquely lonely, onto [...]

Gimme More of Kiwi Jr.

Gimme More of Kiwi Jr.

Hold onto your hats because the debut album from Canadian pop 'n' rollers Kiwi Jr. is on its way.  This is good news.  I'll go further, this is really good news.  You know what, to Hell with it...this is fan-bloody-tastic news.  At least it is if you have even a passing interest in music that [...]