Still Corners hypnotise and dazzle on dreamy new LP ‘The Last Exit’

Still Corners ‘The Last Exit’ LP Available January 22 on Wrecking Light Records BACK with their fifth album, transatlantic dream pop duo Still Corners ride triumphantly over the vast horizon on this delightful slice of desert noir ‘The Last Exit’. The title track, also their current single, charts the course for this eleven track collection of gorgeouslyContinue reading “Still Corners hypnotise and dazzle on dreamy new LP ‘The Last Exit’”

Can you dig it? James releases his first gardening book!

JAMES is really proud to announce that, hot on the heels of his first book “Talking About Pop Music”, he has now published his first gardening book! “Finding The Plot: 12 months of garden discovery” brings together some of his favourite horticultural projects and ideas into one handy month-by-month guide to your gardens. James wants toContinue reading “Can you dig it? James releases his first gardening book!”

First listen of Dubstar’s new single “I Can See You Outside”

Dubstar “I Can See You Outside” Released Friday (November 27) ONE of the bright sparks in this dark year for the music industry has been the socially-distanced return to the studio of 90s dream popsters Dubstar. Now the duo of Sarah Blackwood and Chris Wilkie since their return in 2018 with the Youth-produced album ‘One’,Continue reading “First listen of Dubstar’s new single “I Can See You Outside””

Neil Young makes a timely Return To Greendale

Neil Young / Crazy Horse – Return To Greendale Warner Records Out Now DELVING into his vast archives, Neil Young has released his multi-faceted live concert experience from 2003 – ‘Return To Greendale’, which was recorded on the tour in support of his 25th studio album ‘Greendale’. More a rock opera than a traditional concert, it embraces themes of corruptionContinue reading “Neil Young makes a timely Return To Greendale”

Clapton’s guitar festival live recording is a sensational celebration of six-string heroes

IF YOU love the blues, the 12-bar blues, rock, soft rock, country, folk and pop – basically if you love music, then you are in for a real treat with this phenomenal triple live album. It is a Clapton album, but then again it isn’t a Clapton album, because he blends in so seamlessly withContinue reading “Clapton’s guitar festival live recording is a sensational celebration of six-string heroes”

Is he thy kin? How I wrote a book, then discovered I was related to William Shakespeare…

How a debut author, found out he was related to the greatest writer of all time, William Shakespeare, as he published his first book.

Pet Shop Boys’ Behaviour at 30: Tennant and Lowe’s October evolution from singles chart toppers to serious album artists

IT was thirty years ago today, on October 22, 1990, that Pet Shop Boys released their fourth studio album ‘Behaviour’, recorded during the first year of a new decade. With its warm autumnal hues – largely thanks to the recruitment of analogue synthesizer maestro Harold Faltermeyer as producer – Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe struckContinue reading “Pet Shop Boys’ Behaviour at 30: Tennant and Lowe’s October evolution from singles chart toppers to serious album artists”

Eagles extend the summer sun with this glorious LA live double album

WITH a series of massive live shows in England and North America postponed until next autumn, legendary US group Eagles have landed the perfect treat to lengthen the beams of their Californian sunshine into our darker and colder autumn evenings. A new 26-song live album and Blu-Ray concert film ‘Live From The Forum MMXVIII’ areContinue reading “Eagles extend the summer sun with this glorious LA live double album”

The Divine Comedy: Virtual show is best gig I’ve never been to

The Divine Comedy Barbican Centre 14th October 2020 “ABSENT Friends, here’s to them” were the most fitting lines to launch a concert which was, for many of us, our first experience of watching a virtual live gig. “Happy days, we thought they’d never end,” laments The Divine Comedy’s frontman and chief song-writer Neil Hannon. We canContinue reading “The Divine Comedy: Virtual show is best gig I’ve never been to”

James is talking about pop in debut book

S O L I H U L L Observer and Redditch Standard journalist James Iles has popped up with a debut book release he hopes will strike a chord with pop music lovers. James, who is the production editor of this paper, has writtten ‘Talking About Pop Music: An A to Z of Hit Artists’ – an alphabetical journey through some of his favourite bands and solo artists. The 44-year-old’s firstContinue reading “James is talking about pop in debut book”