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I don’t bury Paul…

I don’t bury Paul…

Review Electric Arguments The Fireman (One Little Indian Ltd) It’s become a bit of given that serious music people hate Paul McCartney the solo artist. And listening to some of his output, sure, what’s not to hate. But come on, this is Paul McCartney; not everything he does is going to be rubbish, right? Right. […]

Kiss you in four places

Kiss you in four places

(UPDATE: Flop Eared Mule offers some thoughts on the topic.) I’ve noticed a lot of men like the Hunters and Collectors song, ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me‘, and I’ve never been able to figure out why. Not that it isn’t a great song, but it definitely seems to touch something in otherwise reticent males that […]

Marriage made in music heaven

Marriage made in music heaven

Review Written in Chalk Buddy and Julie Miller (New West) Buddy Miller is an alt.Nashville legend–a songwriter, guitarist, producer, performer, singer, session muso extraordinaire on a range of instruments–and it is pretty safe to say that I want to have his babies. He was a long-time guitarist for Emmylou Harris and has most recently been […]

It’s a Boyle over

It’s a Boyle over

I guess this is the Susan Boyle post we had to have. Talent shows are as much a part of television as cops shows, hospital drama and the news and weather. And integral to talent shows is the possibility that a contestant will be awful enough for the judges and/or the audience to say mean […]

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When you came in the air went out

When you came in the air went out

Two of my favourite shows on telly at the moment (well, more or less at the moment) are Damages and True Blood. One of the things that makes them stand out is their soundtracks and interestingly, both shows use as theme songs tunes penned and performed by a guy called Jace Everett.  Nice coincidence. I […]

Dead Wednesday

Dead Wednesday

The song says that if there is a rock n’ roll heaven they must have a hell of a band, and it is true, partly because of the messed-up nature of the beast rock n’ roll itself, and partly because of the failures of civil aviation of 50s.  So there is, in fact, a decent […]

His aim is okay

His aim is okay

Wonder if you’d had a chance to watch the Elvis Costello interview show called Spectacle? It’s on Friday nights on ABC 2, repeated the following Thursday. I first heard about it a while back and mentioned it to a mate who said he doubted he could be bothered given that he could barely stand Elvis, […]

Quick hit

For those of you who like the alt.country/blues zone of the music spectrum, Ninebullets has a review up of an artist who I think will hit the spot. The guy is Scott H. Biram and as Ninebullets says: I know there is a certain amount of danger writing about one of your favorite acts. It […]

Love is crucial but money, that’s everything

Love is crucial but money, that’s everything

Review Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?: Misadventures in Music by Stephen Cummings (Hardie Grant Books) Stephen Cummings was the lead singer of The Sports, which I knew. My old record shop sold a lot of their albums, though I wasn’t personally a huge fan: still, it was pretty hard not to like some of […]

Ugly Myfanwy died on delivery

Ugly Myfanwy died on delivery

Review The Hazards of Love The Decemberists (Capitol) As this is the first CD review for the new blog, I’ve chosen something that I am absolutely gooey in the fork about. I love this album. Seriously love it. Which is odd in that I’ve never listened to the band before and only happened upon it […]