Really, Really Well Adjusted – Randolph’s Leap album review

Spirit Level – Randolph’s Leap (Fika Recordings) No matter how good the solo shows and the solo recordings are I’ve always felt that Randolph’s Leap songs are heard to best effect in the context of the full eight-piece band. Yet, for understandable reasons, the number of full band recordings is quite limited with the ‘Real…

2020 Albums

2020 was a weird year in so many ways. But one definite outcome was that I bought fewer albums than I’ve done in previous years, albeit my spend on EPs (and live albums) probably went up significantly. Partly that was down to a lack of visits to record shops. Whilst my pre-order shopping would be…

2020 Singles/ EPs

2020 is the first year that I’ve not concentrated on singles that I’ve bought but have included songs from streaming to compile this list. To qualify a streaming track has had to be released as a single AND received a number of plays as a single in the MPT household . Taking Bob Mould’s singles…

2020 Live

Despite 2020’s gigging being necessarily curtailed, we still squeezed in 8 different shows in to the restricted calendar, 7 before lockdown and an unexpected open air encore in September. Show of the year was undoubtedly Sleater-Kinney at the Barrowlands (above) (even more so if I can count STOOR at Mono the same evening as their…

Greatest That Petrol Emotion Song?

Some of you may recall me running a Twitter event last year to find the Greatest Bunnymen song. Well, from Friday 2nd October, I’m doing something similar with That Petrol Emotion. The event will follow a similar (but tweaked) structure to the Bunnymen version last year. As far as possible it will be dealt with…

That Petrol Emotion Listening Party – 19 July 2020

One week today there’s going to be a listening party for That Petrol Emotion’s classic debut album ‘Manic Pop Thrill’. The plan is, at precisely 2000 BST next Sunday (19th July), to drop the needle onto the most recent version of the record, the double 10″ vinyl edition from 2016 with various members of the…