FAO#21: Spiral Stairs, Lou Barlow, Grant Hart & Jim O’Rourke

With some notable exceptions, few long-serving artists can keep going the distance without breaking free from established career patterns.  Whether it is leaving a formative band, moving far away from a milestone album or an influential sound, to sustain creativity for the long-haul musicians have to forge new paths, even if it alienates inherited … [Read more...]

Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

Yikes, all of that hype that swirled around Arctic Monkeys really was massive, huh? I mean, when you sit back and reflect, on just one day of sales their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, became the fastest-selling British album in history, in ONE day. During the same month that it was released, NME published a list that … [Read more...]

James Yorkston to Release Hand-Drawn Limited Edition Singles

On 3rd August James Yorkston is to release a new single, the limited edition 7" 'Martinmas Time' taken from the forthcoming  'Folk Songs'.   Each 7" comes in it's own unique sleeve - 300 blank sleeves have been sent out by James Yorkston & James Green (aka Big Eyes) to friends and  family to be designed, desecrated & doodled … [Read more...]

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

Everyone was in love with Franz Ferdinand five years ago, yeah FIVE years. That’s how long it has been since the band’s self-titled debut hit the music world. I remember staying up late one night and seeing their cartoon-ish, low-budget video for “Take Me Out” and all I could remember is how cool that tempo change was. They received high praise … [Read more...]