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Jeffrey Lewis Band

Jeffrey Lewis is an anti-folk singer and cartoonist from New York. He and his band played Edinburgh last week and they were fantastic. This is the review I wrote for Is This Music?: “New York anti-folk hero Jeffrey Lewis turns 31 tonight. Although he’s had much critical acclaim, his lyrics at times deal with self-doubts […]

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R.I.P. UNCLE JOHN & WHITELOCK

(Image taken from comment left on UJ & W’s Myspace page) 30th July 2006 Mono – Hey You, Get Off My Pavement (published in Is this Music?) See also Pitchfork review by Sean Michaels http://www.myspace.com/unclejohnandwhitelock

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Incriminating Evidence from Black Tape

Some amusing photos from Black Tape last week http://flickr.com/photos/nonimage/sets/72157594376511935/

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Rourke and Roll

Read my interview with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke (he DJed at an XFM Weekender at Ocean Terminal and this was published as part of the ‘mini-Skinny’ magazine published to promote the event).

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KC Rules SC

A couple of Fridays ago I went to see King Creosote do an instore performance at Avalanche Records on Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. Given his recent higher profile due to major label backing for album KC Rules OK, you might think he’d be above this kind of thing, but he remains resolutely down to earth, wandering […]

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Said the Gramophone review

Last week I posted the hastily recorded track “I Ain’t Your Mailman” on this blog. On Tuesday of this week it was featured on the brilliant Said the Gramophone mp3 blog. In a further erosion of civil liberties the web-site http://www.saidthegramophone.com has been smart filtered at the Scottish Executive where I work, so for any […]

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Happiness is Not for the Faint Hearted

The film Happiness was on BBC2 last night so I thought I’d post the (unpublished) review I wrote about it when it came out. HAPPINESS, Directed by Todd Solondz (1998) This savage depiction of American adulthood has a central storyline concerning a paedophile who preys upon his son’s school friends. Combining one of cinema’s last […]