Squarepusher — Just a Souvenir

The premise of Just a Souvenir is most intriguing. “This album started as a daydream about watching a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig,” says Tom Jenkinson on his website. He goes on to describe the mad japes that the band got up to in his daydream, setting out a vision of an eccentric, […]

Battles on the BBC

I went to see Battles a couple of weeks back. I already wrote about it the first time I saw them, so I won’t go on and on about it. Full reviews of the gig by Last.fm users are here and here. In my view, this performance was even better than the one at Glasgow. […]

Why I hate The Proclaimers

Nothing against them personally, you understand. I’m sure they are perfectly nice gentlemen. But their music… oh my goodness. Despite being ostensibly a pretty average folk-pop band, The Proclaimers are, for some reason, held up as some kind of pseudo-Gods in Scotland. Living legends, if you will. I mean, if you were to do a […]

Battles — Mirrored

I don’t usually listen to leaks. I’m old fashioned that way. I prefer to wait until I have the physical object in my hand before listening. As Armando Iannucci said, “there are only two things in the world that give us absolute happiness: one is unwrapping a newly bought CD.” But for the first time […]

To my shame, I own Feeder CDs

I have a confession to make. Last week there was a programme on Channel 4 about Feeder. I found it interesting. Because, whilst today I wouldn’t buy a CD unless it sounded like somebody shoving their laptop through a cheesegrater, back in the day (I can’t remember precisely which day, but it was during 2000) […]

Franz Ferdinand and Justice

I don’t know how cool it is to admit it these days, but I am really getting into Franz Ferdinand. I’m not usually interested in these indie bands because let’s face it — most of them are basic, bland clones. But Franz Ferdinand really do seem to have something. I borrowed their first album off […]