2018 – MPT Annual Report

Commencing my review of 2018, here’s a playlist featuring some of my favourite songs of the year. I always find these long playlists a little daunting so, to try and make it a little more accessible, I’d suggest that the 33 tracks can be broken down into 6 sides of vinyl as follows: Side 1…

It’s All Going To Be Alright – Belly live

Belly – The Garage, Glasgow – Saturday 16th June 2018 This show was undoubtedly over-shadowed by the overnight fire at the Glasgow School of Art which also destroyed the show’s original venue, the O2 ABC. As a consequence, we spent the morning fretting and fully expecting the show to be cancelled. So it was with…

Song of the Week #8 (2018) – Belly

Belly have just released their first single in a couple of aeons. ‘Shiny One’ is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Dove’ which is released in May and can be pre-ordered both from the official website here (if you’ve got the cash for the extras) but also in most online retailers. The band return to the…

Song of the Week (9) – Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

So, whilst in Leeds, my trips to Jumbo Records resulted in the purchase of a variety of new CDs. One of those is the joint effort by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta See Lice’. So far I’ve only listened to it the once, so no snap judgement, but one thing that did catch…

An Impolite Number of Songs – Belly live

Belly – The Garage, Glasgow – Friday 15th July 2016 When an audience is having their best time in, what, 20 years (?), you know you’re onto a good thing if the band on stage is actually having EVEN more fun. And that’s how it feels at the sold-out Glasgow Garage on Friday night at…

Reconnected? Super! – Belly reunion

MPT is always a bit behind with the news but last week’s announcement that Tanya Donelly’s 90s post Throwing Muses band Belly have reformed seems worth drawing to your attention. The announcement came somewhat out of the blue but is all the more welcome for that. After a number of quiet years former Muse Tanya…