Stevie Jackson – (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson

Let’s face it – despite its penchant for whimsy and sprightliness, indie pop band Belle and Sebastian remains among the most divisive acts of our time.  They may be perched in the upper echelon of indie music’s infamously dogmatic coterie, but the Scottish septet is also perennially categorized as precious – a word that, in these circles, has an … [Read more...]

The Decemberists – We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11–08.11)

With The Decemberists having recently announced plans for a prolonged hiatus - to allow more time for literary ventures, musical side-projects, domestic obligations and medicinal recuperation - it’s somewhat inevitable that this new live compendium will be considered as some form of career showcasing milestone. This is no bad thing considering the … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #18

Sometimes it's a wonder the music world hasn't just collapsed back on itself, upon reaching a critical mass of self-regurgitation.  Miraculously though, the capacity of long-serving artists to periodically reinvent and regenerate has helped to shuffle around the rock/pop planet's furniture into seemingly infinite feng shui combinations to avoid a … [Read more...]