Song of the Week (15) – Lee Ranaldo

There was a run of great records in the autumn, including the Dream Syndicate, Brix and the Extricated and Lee Ranaldo. And it’s that last one that still has its melodic hooks snagged on me the most at the moment. Which is perhaps evidenced by the fact that Lee is the first artist to be…

Song of the Week (8) – Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo – Summerhall, Edinburgh – November 2016 The release of a new video from Lee Ranaldo’s wonderful ‘Electric Trim’ album is not just an opportunity to give the fomer Sonic Youth man the latest song of the week but also to offer a review of the record. First off though here’s the new video…

In Their Prime #1 – Sonic Youth 1986-88

Any long-standing artists are bound to enjoy some creative peaks (and troughs) over the course of their careers. It’s those peaks that sustain your interest when their output tails off – the hope that they will reclaim former glories at some stage. So, to initiate a potential new series, I’m starting with Sonic Youth and…

Saturday Morning Shorts #6 – Sonic Youth, The Big Sleep, Mercury Rev

After a planned hiatus (honest!), SMS returns today – hopefully not just for 1 week! It’s funny how rarely I actually listen to classic albums – but I did that last weekend and this is the first track on one of my absolute all-time favourite albums: Staying in New York, I’ve been listening to all the…

Ten Years of MPT #1 – 2007/8

To mark the blog’s 10th anniversary I thought I’d have a quick run through of my favourite albums from the blog’s history. Since one of  my first posts on the blog was my top albums of 2006, this post will features the lists of 2006, 2007 and 2008. It’s interesting to look back to the…

Songs of the Resistance – Lee Ranaldo live

Lee Ranaldo & El Rayo / Richard Youngs – Summerhall, Edinburgh – Wednesday 16th November 2016 Wednesday marked Lee Ranaldo’s first gig in Scotland in a good few years but I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to when he last played Edinburgh (maybe The Venue with Firehose?). Change was the order of the…