Only Follow These Hands – Throwing Muses compilation review

For such a seminal band, Throwing Muses don’t seem to have the sort of legacy that you might imagine they should have. Maybe that’s because there were never hit singles, maybe because there’s probably no consensus on what’s their best album. So in that regard the 2CD collection ‘Anthology’ is a timely reminder of how…

A Work of Obsession – Kristin Hersh/Throwing Muses interview

Kristin Hersh performing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 16 August 2011 Five years ago, before the blog, I pretty much knew no musicians. Musicians were people who played on stage and disappeared by back doors. Despite getting know a good number of Scottish bands in recent years, there still seemed a huge gap to…

The Exhausted Journalist Moves Warily On – Kristin Hersh live at Unbound

Kristin Hersh – Unbound, Spiegeltent, Edinburgh International Book Festival – 16th August Last night saw Kristin Hersh’s first performance of the week at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The show was part of the Skinny’s ‘Unbound’ free and unticketed series of events within the Spiegeltent. And the first positive of the night was how quickly…

With Love From The Men’s Room – 50 Foot Wave E.P. review

There’s always been something primal about 50 Foot Wave, something emphasised by new EP ‘With Love From The Men’s Room’. The key words here are exhilaration and abrasiveness. For the uninitiated, 50 Foot Wave is the other band of Throwing Muses singer/songwriter Kristin Hersh who of course has also has an extensive solo career. Originally…

Things You Might Want to Know

The sets of all the bands who played the T Break stage are now available to stream here, along with interviews with most (if not all of the bands). You can also download one track from each performance from the appropriate place. Bands featured include Cancel The  Astronauts, Boycotts and PAWS. The Retreat Festival, fourth…

Calm Down, Come Down

Just published in the UK is Kristin Hersh’s remarkable ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ (‘Rat Girl’ in the USA).. ‘Paradoxical …’ is funny and heartbreaking, heartwarming and terrifying – this is an astonishing human story. Even if you are not a fan of Kristin or Throwing Muses, you must read this. The book is autobiographical even if it…