Category Archives: Indie Pop

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN AND BENJAMIN LAZUR DAVIS-LET IT BE YOU.

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN AND BENJAMIN LAZUR DAVIS-LET IT BE YOU. Signing a distribution deal to Reveal Records in December 2005 was the turning point for Joan As Police Woman. Their new label rereleased their eponymous debut E.P. Meanwhile, Joan As Police Woman headed into the studio and recorded their debut album, Real Life. It …

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ARISE KING CREOSOTE.

ARISE KING CREOSOTE. Ever since the birth of modern music, Scotland has constant and consistently produced talented and innovative musicians. That’s been the case since the days of Donovan, John Martyn and Maggie Bell in the sixties, through to the Average White Band and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band in the seventies. Then in the eighties, Scotland produced The …

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VERONIQUE VINCENT AND ASKAK MABOUL-16 VISIONS OF EX-FUTUR.

VERONIQUE VINCENT AND ASKAK MABOUL-16 VISIONS OF EX-FUTUR.  After Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis left Aksak Maboul, many within Belgian music thought that would mark the end of the band. It didn’t though. The Aksak Maboul story was far from over. Instead, the remaining members of Aksak Maboul decided to continue, and record a new …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION. In a space of thirteen years, Frightened Rabbit have come a long way. Back in 2003, Scott Hutchison dawned the Frightened Rabbit moniker, and started playing  small shows in his home town of Selkirk, in Scotland.  Thirteen years later, and Frightened Rabbit are now signed to a major label, Atlantic Records. It …

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THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION.

THE PICTISH TRAIL-FUTURE ECHOES-LIMITED EDITION VINYL VERSION. In 2002, Johnny Lynch was a student at the prestigious University of St. Andrews. He was approaching the end of his degree course. Most students would’ve been thinking about the life after University. Not Johnny Lynch.Instead,  Johnny Lynch began performing as The Pictish Trail in 2002. Later that …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE-LIMITED EDITION VINYL EDITION.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE-LIMITED EDITION VINYL EDITION.  Recently, Teenage Fanclub returned with their much anticipated tenth album, Here. It was the followup to  Shadows, which was released in May 2010. A lot has changed in the last six years. This includes the resurgence in interest in vinyl. Suddenly, a new generation are discovering the delights of vinyl. It’s a hipster’s new best …

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THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989.

THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989. With Lloyd Cole about to hit these shores on the latest leg of his 2016 tour, this seems a perfect time to look back at the band he made his name with, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions. They were one of the finest purveyors of perfect pop during the …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK. Frightened Rabbit’s roots can be traced back to Scott Hutchison’s teenage years in Selkirk, Scotland. Back then, Scott Hutchison was chronically shy. So much so, that his mother christening her son Frightened Rabbit. This moniker Scott would later resurrect, when he began to play some live shows. Before that, …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE. After a six year absence, Glasgow’s very own Kings of jangle pop, Teenage Fanclub have just returned with their much anticipated tenth album, Here. It was released on the PeMa label, and is the long awaited followup to Shadows, which was released in May 2010. Since then, the members of Teenage Fanclub have …

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KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION

KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION. Since 1995, Kenny Anderson  has been a one man music making machine. He has released over forty albums under a number of aliases, including the Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra, Khartoum Heroes, Kwaing Creasite and Jokes.  That however, is  just part of the Kenny Anderson story.  Kenny Anderson is also …

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THIRTY YEARS OF THE TRASHCAN SINATRAS.

THIRTY YEARS OF THE TRASHCAN SINATRAS. Nowadays, very few bands get to celebrate their tenth anniversary, never mind their twentieth or thirtieth. Especially bands formed in the eighties. Many were short-lived affairs, who released a couple of albums, before calling it a day. Some crashed and burned amidst rancour and anger. Often, money was at the …

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SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK.

SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK. On August the 4th 2007, Lee Hazlewood passed away aged seventy-eight. That day, music lost one its most talented sons. During a career that had spanned six decades, Lee Hazlewood had worked as a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Somehow, though, Lee Hazlewood found time to found …

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THE MAGNETIC NORTH-PROSPECT OF SKELMERSDALE.

THE MAGNETIC NORTH-PROSPECT OF SKELMERSDALE. Four years ago, The Magnetic North announced their arrival when they released their debut album Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North in May 2012. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, and immediately was hailed one of the best albums of 2012. However, the inspiration for the critically acclaimed Orkney: Symphony …

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TRASHCAN SINATRAS-WILD PENDULUM.

TRASHCAN SINATRAS-WILD PENDULUM. Not many bands formed in 1986 are still together today. That includes some of the most successful eighties bands. Many of these bands spilt-up in the late-eighties. Some made it as far as the nineties before calling it a day. By then, music had changed, while many of these bands had stood …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS. Over the last fifty years, many bands have been formed at university or college.  Many of these bands went on to hone their sound on college and university circuit. However, only one of theses bands went on to release their debut single and album  on their college’s record label. This might sound fat …

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STARLESS-STARLESS.

STARLESS-STARLESS. Paul McGeechan, it’s fair to say, is a veteran of Scottish music. After all, he’s spent over thirty years making music. His career began in 1982, when he was cofounded the short-lived, but much missed Friends Again.  Friends Again’s recording career began in 1983, when they released the first of eight single and EPs. …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION. Hardly ever does commercial success and critical acclaim come overnight for a band. Instead, it often takes a couple of albums before a band hits their stride. That was the case with the Teenage Fanclub.  It wasn’t until the Teenage Fanclub released their third album Bandwagonesque in November 1991 that commercial …

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THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS.

THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, …

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MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE.

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE. You shouldn’t judge a book by its covers. These are wise words. Especially when it comes to Mull Historical Society. The name doesn’t sound particularly rock ’n’ roll. Far from it. Instead, it conjures up dusty relics in a far flung museum on the remote, but beautiful Isle Of Mull. However, that’s …

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BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD.

BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t equate to commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been the biggest bands in musical history. That wasn’t the case. Lady luck failed to smile on Big Star when they released a trio of albums between 1972 and 1978. Despite this, nowadays, …

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