Category Archives: Indie Rock

IN 1984 THE BLUE NILE RELEASED A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS.

In 1984 The Blue Nile Released A Walk Across The Rooftops. Some albums are like old friends, and that is the case with The Blue Nile’s debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops. It’s an album I’ve treasured and loved for over three decades, and has I been a faithful companion in an ever-changing musical world. A Walk Across The Rooftops …

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LA TORRE IBIZA: VOLUMEN TRES.

La Torre Ibiza: Volumen Tres. Label: Hostal La Torre. The nineties and early noughties were the golden age for what was referred to as Balearic, chill out or downtempo  music.  Many of these lovingly curated  compilations were released on smaller independent labels and featured a mixture of the new and old, from familiar faces and new names. Some of these …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-1996-2016: THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS.

Belle and Sebastian-1996-2016: 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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THE BLUE NILE-HATS

The Blue Nile-Hats. Label: Confetti Records. 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, they’ve been …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TRASHCAN SINATRAS.

The Life and Times 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 …

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THE BLUE NILE-CONTRARIAN YET PERFECTION PERSONIFIED.

The Blue Nile-Contrarian Yet Perfection Personified. 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, they’ve been …

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BIG STAR-PIONEERS OF POWER POP.

Big Star-Pioneers Of Power Pop. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t guarantee commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been one of the biggest bands in musical history. Alas, 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,  Big Star …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF STEVE AND THE BOARD.

The Rise and Demise Of Steve and The Board. Although Steve and The Board were formed in Brisbane, Australia, in 1965, the story began 9,000 miles away in 1950. That was when  Steve Kipner, the founder of Steve and The Board was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. However, Steve Kipner didn’t spend much of his young life …

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PAUL BUCHANAN-FROM THE BLUE NILE AND BEYOND.

Paul Buchanan-From The Blue Nile and Beyond. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best describe The Blue Nile, who were the complete opposite to most bands. To say that The Blue Nile were publicity shy is something of an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and P.J. Moore formed the Blue Nile in 1981, …

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GOOSEBUMPS 25 YEARS OF MARINA RECORDS.

Goosebumps 25 Years Of Marina Records. Label: Marina Records Any indie label that has survived for the last twenty-five years is obviously doing something right. Especially given how challenging a market it has  been for both major and indie labels over the past twenty years. Everything from the death of vinyl and the introduction of …

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MOGWAI-KIN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK VINYL

Mogwai-Kin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Vinyl/. Label: Rock Action Records. Although Scottish post rock pioneers Mogwai have released nine studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums and written and recorded the  score to three documentaries, until very recently, there was still something missing from the Glasgow band’s impressive musical CV. Mogwai had still to write …

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THE BLUE NILE-PERFECTION PERSONIFIED.

The Blue Nile-Perfection Personified. 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, they’ve been one of …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL

Teenage Fanclub-Bandwagonesque-Vinyl. Label: Sony Music. Having signed to Creation Records in 1991, Teenage Fanclub proceeded to pull  a musical rabbit out if the hat when they released their third album Bandwagonesque on the “19th” of November 1991. Bandwagonesque was an award-winning, game-changer of album by Kings of Jangle Pop,Teenage Fanclub who came of age musically.  …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-GRAND PRIX AND TALES FROM NORTHERN BRITAIN-VINYL.

Teenage Fanclub-Grand Prix and Tales From Northern Britain. Label: Sony Music. There aren’t many Scottish bands have enjoyed the longevity and commercial success that Teenage Fanclub have enjoyed over the past three decades.. Scotland’s Kings of jangle pop have been together for twenty-nine years, released ten albums and toured the world several times.  Still though, Teenage Fanclub still going strong, and on the “10th” of August …

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BELGIAN NUGGETS 90s-00S VOLUME 2.

Belgian Nuggets 90s-00s Volume 2. Label: Mayway Records. Release Date: “25th’ May 2018. Just six months after Mayway Records released Belgian Nuggets 90s-00s Volume 1 to widespread critical acclaim, Tony Vandenbogaerde’s label returns with the much-anticipated  followup Belgian Nuggets 90s-00s Volume 2 which will be released on the ‘25th’ of 2018. Belgian Nuggets 90s-00s Volume 2 …

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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 1

The Best Vinyl Releases Of 2017-Part 1.. Bettye Swann-The Money Masters. Label: Kent Soul. Bettye Swann had the talent and potential to become one of the greatest soul singers of her generation. A remainder why can be found on The Money Masters which covers Bettye Swann’s time at Money Records, and includes singles, B-Sides and …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2017-PART 7.

Best New Albums Of 2017 Part 7. Linda Perhacs-I’m A Harmony. Label: Omnivore Recordings. Three years after releasing her long-awaited and much-anticipated sophomore album The Soul of All Natural Things in 2014, the Queen of psychedelic folk Linda Perhacs returns with I’m A  Harmony. It’s a flawless genre-melting album that veers between ambient and atmospheric …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 6.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 6. Radiohead-OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017. Label: XL Recordings. In June 1997, post rock pioneers Radiohead released the album that transformed their career, and catapulted them to music’s premier league. OK Computer with its abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic range of disparate influences was very different to …

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PETER BRODERICK-ALL TOGETHER AGAIN.

Peter Broderick-All Together Again. Label: Erased Tapes Records.  In late 2017, Erased Tapes released All Together Again which was the new album by thirty year old American musician and composer Peter Broderick. All Together Again featured a collection of work that Peter Broderick had been commissioned to write and record for various projects and occasions …

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PAUL BUCHANAN-FROM THE BLUE NILE TO THE SOLO YEARS.

Paul Buchanan-From The Blue Nile To The Solo Years. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best describe The Blue Nile, who were the complete opposite to most bands. To say that tThe Blue Nile were publicity shy is something of an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and P.J. Moore formed the Blue Nile …

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