A Sort of Homecoming

The Phantom Band / FOUND – Oran Mor, Glasgow – 21st November 2010 After touring all over, most recently in the States, last night’s 90 minute plus set signified a triumphant homecoming for the Phantom Band at the Oran Mor. The show was further evidence that the Phantoms are now a reliably awesome live act…

She Ran Off With An Elephant and a Reindeer

Keeping up with Robert Pollard must be an exhausting business. I reviewed his ‘… Is Off To Business’ LP last year and thought that ‘We All Got Out of the Army’ was his next release. Except it appears there have been 2 LPs after OTB and even another one since ‘… Army’ was released. On…

In Between (Birth)days

A couple of current American LPs over the weekend starting with ‘Majesty Shredding’ by Superchunk. Now, much as I love her, there is one area that I wouldn’t trust Mrs MPT as far as I can throw her. Identifying music for me. Firstly there is the taste thing and then there is the fact that…

A Bit Odd

Just finished reading the ‘Franz Ferdinand and the Pop Renaissance’ by Hamilton Harvey, which is strange because I’m not an FF fan at all. It’s an odd book with three main strands to it. The first (as the title would suggest) focusses on Franz Ferdinand but given that the book was published before they had…

The Sound of Young Scotland 2010

The Sound of Young  Scotland 2010 definitely involves Scottish accents, acoustic guitars and a strong folk influence. The latest proponents to emerge into daylight are Randolph’s Leap, who release their E.P. ‘Battleships and Kettle Chips’ today on Olive Grove Records. The label name might not be familiar (since it’s their first release) but one of…

Coming Round Again

When I discovered Ash‘s A-Z series earlier in the year, I was more than a little frustrated that the band had played in Dundee last year early on in the associated tourand missed it. The announcement of what was effectively two Scottish warm up dates for their London headliner this evening allowed me to right…