The Return of Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie – An Eyewitness Reports

Give me one good reason Why I should never make a change And baby if you hold me Then all of this will go away. Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie – ‘Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie’ Almost quarter of a century ago, when I was almost quarter of a century old (writes Andy Wood), Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie breathed a…

Take to the Skies – Hairband and Pip Blom E.P.s

Hairband – Hairband E.P. (Monorail Music) Pip Blom – Paycheck E.P. (Nice Swan Records) I’ve written a fair bit about my albums of 2018 (writes Andy Wood). To be honest I haven’t really paid much attention to singles and E.P.’s of late but these two vinyl releases in late 2018 got me really excited about…

Book Review – 40 Odd Years Of The Fall

Tommy Mackay  –   40 Odd Years Of The Fall It’s almost a year since Mark E. Smith passed away (writes Andy Wood). Musician, entertainer and blogger, Tommy Mackay had been working on this book since 2006, finally publishing it in late 2018. Although it is a self-published book by a long-term fan, this is…

My Favourite Albums of 2018 by Andy Wood

Another year, another list of albums that have thoroughly rocked my world in 2018. I think I have missed a lot of stuff this year, tending to listen quite deeply (obsessively) to the records that I have fallen for. A few of those have been made by old favourites – Neneh Cherry and John Coltrane…

Coming Home – Spare Snare interview – Part 2

The first Cool Cat Club show of 2019 takes place at Beat Generator Live in Dundee on Saturday 5th January and brings together Dundee lo-fi heroes Spare Snare, De Rosa and Broken Chanter. Ahead of the show Andy Wood spoke to four of the Snare to find out some of their biggest influences. Please name…

Create Your Own World – The Lovely Eggs interview

I arrived at The Lovely Eggs punk-rock-psychedelic-party rather late but rather than stand around like a wallflower I was soon immersed in their crazy world (writes Andy Wood). Rough and raw but melodic and engaging, their third album, 2012’s Wildlife had me instantly hooked as did its successor, This Is Our Nowhere which landed in…