Gig #3 (2020) – Ideas for a New Scotland

Julian Cope / Keeley Forsyth – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – Saturday 15th February 2020 Julian’s new album ‘Self Civil War’ gave him an excuse to get out on the road again for his first UK tour in 3 years with two sell-out shows in Scotland over Valentine’s weekend. As ever, the show was a mix…

In and Out In Three Verses – Julian Cope live

Julian Cope / Tom Hickox – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – Saturday 18th February 2017 Saturday was actually the first time I’ve seen the Archdrude perform in Scotland in about 12 years, although we did manage to catch him at a rearranged York gig in the summer of 2015. It feels very much like the…

2015 Live

Live Band of the Year – Mercury Rev Unusual to make this award on the basis of just 1 gig but haven’t quite knowing what to expect from Mercury Rev in 2015 I was delighted to find that everything I loved about them as a live band was still present and correct including the psychedelic…

Flying In The Face of Fashion – Julian Cope videos

‘World Shut Your Mouth’ from the ‘Saint Julian’ LP To mark last week’s Julian Cope show in York, here’s a handful of videos. Above one of the hits which got a surprising acoustic outing last week. Next a recent live version of the song that was stuck in my head for days after the York…

Pick The Great Tyrants – Julian Cope live

Julian Cope / Henry Raby – The Duchess, York – Sunday 2nd August 2015 There’s not many artists I’ve stuck with over the last, um, 35 years. But Julian Cope is one. Whilst contemporaries such as the Bunnymen seem to be releasing the same song over and over again now, Cope continues to plough his…

2012 LPs – 11-25

As 2012 draws to a close, I feel obliged to draw a line under my consideration of albums from this year although, as ever, I’m still listening to new stuff, some of which will undoubtedly be critical omissions from this list several weeks hence. But enough. As happened last year, I’ve stretched beyond my intention…