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Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends: “Return To Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” – a great reminder of the Scottish genius

Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends: “Return To Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” – a great reminder of the Scottish genius

Ross McGibbon January 16, 2020 0

CHEMIKAL UNDERGROUND 24th January 2020 Let’s just start by saying that Ivor Cutler was a pure and unalloyed genius. His perfectly individual vision was beautifully expressed in a series of recording, books and pamphlets.

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DAVID KEENAN – ‘A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BRAVERY’ – A great Irish voice

DAVID KEENAN – ‘A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BRAVERY’ – A great Irish voice

Ross McGibbon January 6, 2020 0

RUBYWORKS               10th Jan 2020 What a voice! Whatever David Keenan was singing would sound like poetry but, as luck would have it, he is big on the sort of street-life poetry favoured by Danny George

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The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

Ross McGibbon January 2, 2020 0

Fika Recordings                        10 January 2020 The opener, ‘Hey Ho Let’s Not Go’, says it all, delivered in a Malcolm Middleton modern Scottish miserablist voice; “Let’s stay home – the TV’s good and the weather’s

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Nu jazz from Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

Nu jazz from Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

Vanguard Online November 13, 2019 0

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I was a regular listener to Giles Peterson’s Worldwide show in the early twenty-first century. The nu-jazz sound of Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst would have fitted beautifully on Peterson’s show. Their album These

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Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘Mummer Love’ – incantatory, hallucinatory summoning of Rimbaud

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘Mummer Love’ – incantatory, hallucinatory summoning of Rimbaud

Ross McGibbon November 5, 2019 0

BELLA UNION 10thNovember 2019 These are great time for avant-garde spoken word albums. Just last month, Laurie Anderson released a recording of her reading the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, now Patti Smith reads

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Spearmint – “Are You From The Future?” – clever pop, big tunes, this band is a hidden gem

Spearmint – “Are You From The Future?” – clever pop, big tunes, this band is a hidden gem

Ross McGibbon October 29, 2019 0

hitBACK 1 November 2019 Quality, clever pop is always welcome and that is what Spearmint have here. A mature and wise pop, like a longer-in-the-tooth Pulp and part of the British tradition that holds

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MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

Ross McGibbon October 16, 2019 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS       18th October 2019 An absolutely fascinating album, combining spoken word, songs, poetry, structured jazz, a country fiddle and freeform jazz. Riveting me to the sound, Matana Roberts weaves fragments of the life of

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Grade 2 shake up the Graveyard Island with latest album

Grade 2 shake up the Graveyard Island with latest album

Stuart Hayes September 27, 2019 0

A preview of Grade 2's latest album Graveyard Island out Oct 13th under Hellcat records and produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid

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Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier – “Corpse Flower” – packed full of respect for a giant of French music

Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier – “Corpse Flower” – packed full of respect for a giant of French music

Ross McGibbon September 26, 2019 0

IPECAC RECORDINGS 13 Sept 2019 I feel the love and respect dripping from this. It’s a serious pastiche, an utterly focussed hommage, yet all-new. Once the singer with Faith No More, Mike Patton has

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Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and Jesse Paris Smith – “Songs from the Bardo” – high concept art

Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and Jesse Paris Smith – “Songs from the Bardo” – high concept art

Ross McGibbon September 26, 2019 0

SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS                 27 September 2019 At this point in their career, most artists don’t have the ability to surprise but this release shows that Laurie Anderson does. Fans of Laurie are tuned into her

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