Some musical bits and pieces from the last month or two:
I want to break 'Free'...me on the downside of the so-called Free Economy (regular readers will already be aware of my gripes about this). I think this appeared as an Outside Edge column in the most recent ish of FACT, but I haven't seen an ink edition yet since Yeovil is currently under siege from an unholy alliance of 11th century Vikings and time-travellin' Khinese Korporate Militiamen from the year 2316, so nuthin's getting in or out right now. Anyway, here it is for those of you who, like me, can't find it in yr local record-store. (...pauses to duck as a Mao Corp. buckyball-gun blows off the neighbour's roof, showering 1973 in debris, which is followed by blood-curdling yells in Dark Ages Danish...I think they've just run off with out bar-b-que, the buggers. Oh, well, one of the legs was broken anyway.).
And here I am (better late than never, I 'spose!) on The Stranger's excellent "Bleaklow" album. If you don't own this, then you really should. Most of my blogging compadres wrote about this back in the late spring, but I accidentally deleted the sound-files during an, er, over-rigorous clean-out of my hard-drive...and when I got asked if I'd like to review this fairly recently-ishly it was too good an opportunity to refuse. I totally recommend you check this album. I interviewed The Stranger last year in his other guise of The Caretaker, as part of this.
And the recent Fucked Up album. Which I kinda wanted to like, but not really.
And here's my review of the recent Approximately Infinite Universe Tour show at The Cube, Bristol, which was definitely one of my musical highlights of the year and featured Jan Anderzén and other assorted members of Kemialliset Ystävät, The Skaters, Karl 'Axolotl' Bauer, Samara Lubelski, Merja Kokkonen aka Islaja, Blevin Blectum, Sami Sänpäkkilä from Es/Fonal Records and Tara Burke from Fursaxa.
Some bloke called Cloudboy provided the photos.
My own are considerably more doubious:
(Samara, Islaja, Blevin)
(Tara in ghost-mode)
(Kemialliset Ystävät Vs Axolotl)
(The Dream triangle aka Jan Anderzén with James and Spencer from The Skaters who used modified karaoke machines to create some sort of Pre-Cambrian Era Uni-Mind)