Look! The National have got a new album coming out in May! First new song ‘You Had Your Soul With You’ features Gail Ann Dorsey and sounds pretty good, and there’s a short film to go along with the album, directed by Mike Mills. Oh, and tour dates too (I’ll be at Kelvingrove Bandstand in August). *end of public service announcement*
Over on the Festival or Jestival thread, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin get a mention, and it reminded me that they are responsible for one of the few songs I know of to feature my first name – Stuart. A quick google suggests Green Day and the Dead Milkmen also have Stuart songs, but that’s about it. Mrs Wilson Wilson is a Laura, and has more choice. So, are there any songs featuring your name? Do we have any Roxannes or Lolas or Sharonas here?
I’m supposed to be seeing Nils Frahm in Glasgow tonight but it’s been cancelled due to the weather. Which is a relief as there’s no way I’m getting into the city from my snow-bound suburb. I’ve also been unable to get to work for the last two days, which is less upsetting.
Is there anything you’re meant to be doing that the beast from the east has prevented.
I had a big birthday the other week, and my colleagues very kindly got me some Fopp vouchers. I haven’t bought much new this year, so this my chance to catch up. Are there any recent releases I should be checking out? For context, my last couple of purchases were The National, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai and Feist.
New album, Sleep Well Beast out September 8th, and a tour too. First new song ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ sounds pretty good to these ears.
Nick and his Bad Seeds are touring the sheds – I mean arenas – of Europe in September. Tickets on sale next week.
Kraftwerk have just announced some UK dates next June on their “3D” tour, and I turn to the Massive to ask, did anyone see these shows when they were last here? Is it worth it? Does it matter that Ralf Hutter’s the only original member left, or are Kraftwerk beyond petty concerns such as who’s actually on stage?
Mogwai have a new album, Atomic, coming out on April 1st. It’s the soundtrack to Mark Cousin’s documentary about the atomic age. Of course it is…
Texan post-rock superheroes Explosions in the Sky are back! And playing over here in April. No details on a new album yet, just a cryptically short video on their website and the message “we’re coming out of hibernation”. I’m quite excited.
Last time Ride played at the Barras, I was a floppy-fringed fourteen year-old with no chance of getting in to see my favourite band. And 23 years later, the setlist probably hadn’t changed much: Black Nite Crash was the only song featured from their last two albums, although I doubt anyone was much bothered. Some of the criticisms levelled at ‘shoegaze’ bands possibly still stick – they’re not the most dynamic performers, and there’s not a lot of chat with the audience. But the music is great. Vapour Trail and Twisterella are great jangly pop songs, and they seem to enjoy stretching out the noisier numbers like Seagull and Drive Blind. Loz Colbert is a brilliant drummer and drives the whole thing. Andy Bell keeps his Oasis-regulation parka zipped up to the neck throughout. Mark Gardener’s ever-present George Galloway hat suggests his floppy fringe has gone the same way as mine. They end with an epic Leave Them All Behind, and I head home like a giddy 14 year old again.
Mainly 30 and 40 somethings, with a few younger faces.
It made me think..
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