Life Under Lockdown #8 – Mitchell Museum

Bloody hell. Doing an intro for this piece has made me realise it’s more than 10 years since I first saw Mitchell Museum. Racking my failing memories, I’m thinking it was at a charity show on the Renfrew Ferry (with De Rosa) and around the time of their brilliant debut single ‘Warning Bells’. I could…

Song of the Week #14 (2020) – De Rosa

Well, 2020 may have so far managed to outshit the dreadful recent years exponentially, but at least there’s a new De Rosa single. ‘Mystery Walks’ has been a staple of the live set for the last couple of years and is the latest in a long line of gorgeous De Rosa melodies (think ‘New Lanark’,…

Song of the Week #6 (2020) – Henry and Fleetwood

A new EP is imminent from Henry & Fleetwood as part of Olive Grove Records’ Archipelago series. The record is due out on 20 March and contains EPs 5 and 6 in the series on the one disc. Circle Meets Dot provide vol. 5 whilst the Henry & Fleetwood songs make up vol. 6 on…

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…

2019 Playlist

To conclude my look back on 2019 here’s a playlist of 50 of my favourite songs of the last 12 months, mainly new but with a handful of classics from  reissues thrown in for good measure.

A Seat At The Table / Withdrawn Traces – Book reviews

Amy Raphael, A Seat At The Table. Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music (Virago) Sarah Hawys Roberts & Leon Noakes, Withdrawn Traces. Searching for the Truth About Richey Manic (Virgin Books) These are two very different books (writes Andy Wood). Amy Raphael’s book is a collection of interviews with female musicians, writers, producers…