The Babies Have Left The Crib – Big Joanie live

Big Joanie / Ghum / Rachel Aggs – Mono, Glasgow – Saturday 14th January 2023 It’s been 4 years since we last saw Big Joanie play a headline show and it’s fair to say, pandemic notwithstanding, they’ve used the time well. Not only have they delivered a second album which was a step up from…

2022 Playlist

To conclude my look back at last year, here’s a 52 Spotify track playlist based on 2022 releases but including a handful of tracks from the year’s best re-issues. Most of these are singles of some kind from this year’s albums but almost a fifth are singles which preview releases this year:

2022 Albums

People at this time of year seem fond of not doing lists because no-one is interested. Well, I may be the exception, but I AM interested in other people’s lists and I always enjoy trying to make sense of what I’ve bought in the course of the year. There was nothing quite as startling as…

2022 Live

2022 was a year for quality over quantity. Whilst the numbers of shows we attended, started to creep up again, we were still well below pre-pandemic levels. But within that reduced number, I saw three shows which ranked amongst the best I’ve ever seen. Pride of place just about goes to Asian Dub Foundation for…

Pain Barrier – Mogwai live

Mogwai / Rev Magnetic – Barrowlands, Glasgow – Friday 23rd December 2022 I’ve long been clear, in my own head at least, that what I write here is my own personal experience of shows and that these words rarely constitute reviews. That’s especially true of Friday’s Mogwai gig at the Barrowlands, My general lack of…

Late for the Disco – Jill Lorean live

Jill Lorean / The Worst Friend – The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow – Friday 9th December 2022 Every year, there’s one weekend early in December when just about everyone seems  to be playing. So it was again this tear and, on the night of this show, we could have taken in Randolph’s Leap or Whin in…