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David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock – Album Review

The BBC is currently screening an intimate documentary on the life of David Gilmour to accompany the ex-Pink Floyd guitarist’s new solo album Rattle That Lock and his first tour in nine years.

It reveals a portrait of a man both ruthless and reticent, shy but expressive, and provides a fascinating insight into the process of turning decades’ worth of half-arsed ideas and demos into a solidly produced album and expansive stage show.

The bedroom bands that he continues to inspire will marvel at how a guitar sample he impulsively recorded on his iPhone made it on to the album, because he couldn’t recreate its improvised rawness in his state-of-the-art studio boat. (more…)

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#Throwback Thursday – Warren Zevon

If you’ve only listened to Werewolves of London, you are missing out on a ton of great songs by an often overlooked and very under appreciated singer songwriter. Guilty as charged, I like most, was first introduced to Warren Zevon by the aforementioned tune. I might have stopped there if it were not for some musical divine intervention by David Letterman.

Warren Zevon was one of Letterman’s favorite artists. He had often been on the show and first appeared with David Letterman in 1982. Unfortunately, Warren also made his last public performances on David Letterman’s show in October of 2012. Almost a year later to the date, Zevon died of Mesothelioma, a disease brought about by exposure to asbestos. (more…)

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Frank Turner – Concert Review – Barrowlands, Glasgow – November 13, 2015

Halfway through his gig at Glasgow’s Barrowland, Frank Turner makes an apology for releasing an album called England Keep My Bones.

The album bombed in Scotland, he admits.
Released in June 2011, a month after the Scottish National Party began its march towards an ultimately unsuccessful independence referendum, there was probably little appetite for such an open love letter to England and even less impetus for the record company to promote it in such a febrile atmosphere.

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#Throwback Thursday – The White Stripes – Ball and Biscuit 

Sometimes I forget how insane of a guitar player Jack White is. The White Stripes, in my humble opinion, never get the credit they deserve. Simply put they are the best two person band ever. Not even close. Jack White’s guitar playing is so ridiculous, it’s hard to put in to words. Luckily we saw him earlier in the year and he is as advertised. Sometimes you just need a Ball and Biscuit. Turn it up to 11!

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Song of the Week: Grimes “California”

Congratulations to Grimes on one of the best pop albums of the year. Maybe it’s about time she gets more credit than some of her more overrated peers.  It’s amazing she produces and writes everything herself.

She won’t be playing on the MTV VMA’s anytime soon, but she will be playing on the headphones of millions of people who know talent.  “California” is a perfect example of exactly that.

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Top 10 Quotes from Noel Gallagher’s Esquire UK Interview

Noel Gallagher continues to be the best interview guest ever.  You can find no better Rock star, or any celebrity for that matter, that provides so much entertainment and humor in an interview.  The self proclaimed Last Rock Star sat down with Esquire UK to give one of the best interviews I’ve read in along time Full Esquire Article.  If you have ADD or just want the footnotes here are Noel’s 10 Best Quotes from the interview. (more…)

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The Stone Roses Return

Tickets for The Stone Roses latest Manchester homecoming gigs sold out within minutes this morning, with their latest comeback fueling speculation that they’re about to unveil a new album.
Guitarist John Squire said he and singer Ian Brown began “writing songs in heartbeat” when they buried the hatchet in 2011, and bandmates have since confirmed that ideas have been kicked around but nothing has yet emerged.

The latest gigs will come almost exactly four years after their triumphant Heaton Park comeback, and if I’m honest I would feel a tad cheated if they didn’t have some new audio-candy to serve up.

Fans at Heaton Park were simply elated to see the original line up on stage for the first time in over 20 years. They didn’t need new songs. (more…)

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#Throwback Thursday – Pulp – Common People

Last week marked the 20th Anniversary of one of the defining albums of the Britpop era. On October 30, 1995 Pulp released their decade defining album Different Class. Like many of the Britpop acts that achieved massive success in Britain, Pulp remained relatively unknown in the USA.

While this song became a Top of the Pops hit for Pulp, it became a battle cry for the younger generation of Brits that were involved in their own cultural transformation.  Mark Beaumont of NME perfectly sums up the influence this song and Britpop had in Britain in the 90’s. Click here to see his whole article NME Pulp Article (more…)