10 Years of MPT #4 – 2013/14

2013 Albums Remarkably 2013 provides a list that stretches to no fewer than FIFTY albums (and a fair few were left out.) But, it’s a bit of an odd list. Whilst more than half the acts that made the top 10 appear in a top 10 for the first time (a good thing), it doesn’t feel that strong a…

Manic Pop Podcast – March 2015

So, no good reason that this has appeared now and, as ever, it’s pretty scrappy, but, hey, at least the music’s great! Tracks this time are: The Cathode Ray – Resist (Stereogram Recordings) Tuff Love – That’s Right (Lost Map) Githead –Bringing The Sea To The City (Swim Records) Le Thug – Paints (Song, By…

Weird Like Popeye – The Phantom Band live

The Phantom Band – Buskers, Dundee – Sunday 8th February 2015 If there’s one band in the last 12 months I wish that I’d seen play more often it’s the Phantom Band. ‘Strange Friend’ has been one of my favourite albums of the last few years but, before Sunday evening, I’d actually only seen two…

Bunker Busters – The Phantom Band live

The Phantom Band / Adam Stafford / River of Slime – The Tunnels, Aberdeen – Friday 6th June 2014 Friday night at the Tunnels was a good reminder of why I don’t go to that many shows in Aberdeen. Even with the show finishing at 11:30, it was still nearly 2 a.m. until I got…

Forthcoming in 2012?

Field Music – definite release date Thought it might be worth turning my attention forwards to 2012 having spent much of the last month or so looking back. Let’s start with records I know that are definitely coming out this year. Chemikal Underground will be releasing the next LP from Malcolm Middleton – the self…