Tuesday 20 December 2022

Martin Duffy RIP

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Martin Duffy from Primal Scream. 

Duffy (as he was affectionately known) had lived a life for sure, but he was only 55. Too young. 

As a teenager Duffy joined Felt and contributed massively to the bands sound, also being given the freedom by the bands enigmatic leader Lawrence to write instrumentals for the band.

Simultaneously, Duffy played on the first two Primal Scream albums, joining the band permanently in time for the move into electronic music and the seminal Screamadelica album. 

"I remember Duffy when we were doing Inner Flight. He was tripping on acid.  I remember him jumping on the mixing desk going 'Bob, Bob, I'm pissing in the sky!' It was beautiful." Bobby Gillespie

Of course, to be in the Scream you had to be able to keep up with them and it sounds like Duffy had no problem in doing that! He nearly died while partying with the band during a hedonistic session in 1993, unsure if he had been stabbed or fallen on to glass. I remember reading about this in the NME at the time.

Primal Scream were the perfect band for a long time; Bobby Gillespie as a front man, the dual guitars of Andrew Innes & Robert 'Throb' Young, Gary 'Mani' Mountfield on bass, Duffy on keyboards ... joined, on occasions, by Kevin Shields on guitar.

To see the band on their Vanishing Point and XTRMNTR tours at the Barrowland was simply incredible. They could play beautiful soulful blues ballads, high energy rock n roll, psychedelic futuristic electronica, punk rock or dub based grooves. It was a sonic arsenal.

Primal Scream - Get Duffy

Duffy could either lead (just listen to his playing on the Give Out/The Original Memphis Recordings, or underpin everything (that organ groove on Come Together is a real favourite).

Appreciated throughout the 'indie' music community, Duffy played a big role in keeping The Charlatans going following the tragic death of Rob Collins, stepping in to play Knebworth. The band then played Channel 4's The White Room shortly afterwards and it might just be my favourite live TV performance of all time. Look at the way Tim Burgess looks on at his band jamming away on One To Another and a particularly ferocious Crashin' In

Rest In Peace.

Monday 19 December 2022

Anything Goes & Everything Flows DJ Mix 19

Welcome to my last 60-minute mix of 2022. I've gone a little over, I was really enjoying putting this one together and didn't want to stop. This is one that could have gone on and the last song maybe hints at the direction I could have gone down.

Hammond grooves, funky beats, wah wah guitars, super cool bass, euphoric horns ... I'm really pleased with this one. I was intending for it to be pretty chilled after a rather manic year, but it's still got a groove.

Thanks for checking my monthly mixes. They are the most popular feature on my blog!

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Groove Holmes - Beastie Boys

3 Kilos - The Prodigy

Song #3 - Marvin Gaye

Outa-Space - Billy Preston

Melting Pot - Booker T & the M.G.'s

Kelly Watch The Stars (Moog Cookbook mix) - Air

Rip Rip - David Holmes

The Well's Gone Dry - The Crusaders

Look-Ka Py Py - The Meters

Soul At Sunrise - Juggy Murray

Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

Family Affair - MFSB  (ft.Leon Huff) 

Love Is Gonna Lift You Up - Bobby Womack

All Our Dreams Are Coming True - Gene Page

Sport - The Last Poets + Lightnin' Rod

Dock Of The Bay - Peggy Lee

Chico's Groove - The Chemical Brothers

Wednesday 14 December 2022

Never Ending Mixtape part 78


The Silver Apples

Welcome to part 78 of my Never Ending Mixtape. At the time of writing there are 3,064 songs for you to delve into and explore. (this was at the start of December, only publishing now - so there are more!)

The latest additions start with songs by legends Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Glen Campbell. We have 3 songs from the brilliant SAULT, classic hip hop by De La Soul, Scotland is represented by faves TFC, JAMC, The Pastels and one from Paolo Nutini who has released a cracking album this year.

Have you heard the Revolver outtakes? Aren't they amazing? The Beatles are on, as is Simon & Garfunkel. We have 2 from Love's Da Capo album, a few from The Boo Radleys Giant Steps.

Elsewhere there are new discoveries, the wonder of Sigur Ros and the joy of Fleetwood Mac utterly in the zone. 

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Play from the start, the middle, click shuffle, or scroll down towards the end to find some of the songs I've been enjoying over the last couple of months.

As always, I hope you rediscover something you love, or that you discover something you've never heard before that you fall for instantly.


Now That There's You - Diana Ross

Gentle On My Mind - Glen Campbell

I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Happened) - Bob Dylan

Literary Mind - Sprints

Big Brown Eyes - The dB's

Laid - James

Pounding - Doves

Glory - SAULT

Fear No One - SAULT

River - SAULT

1880 or So - Television

The Axis - Thee Oh Sees

I Have Known Love - Silver Apples

Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros

Svefn-g-englar - Sigur Ros

Dream Scene - George Harrison

This Is The Thanks I Get - Barbara Lynn

Please Rain Fall - Sea Urchins

Drop - The Jesus and Mary Chain

Standed Words (Interlude) Paolo Nutini

Rose - Fifty Foot Hose

Love Wars - Womack & Womack

Feeling Bad Forsyth Street - Sofie Royer

Crush On You - Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair

Add Your Name - Jad Fair and Norman Blake

If I Could Tell You - The Pastels

Saturdays - De La Soul

3 Is A Magic Number - Embrace

Got To Get You Into My Life (second version/unnumbered take)- The Beatles

Got To Get You Into My Life (second version/take 8) - The Beatles

Doctor Robert (Take 7) The Beatles

Taxman (Take 11) - The Beatles

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) - Simon & Garfunkel

Ladyflash - The Go! Team

She Comes In Colors - Love

Orange Skies - Love

Leaves and Sand - The Boo Radleys

Barney (...and Me) - The Boo Radleys

If You Want It, Take It - The Boo Radleys

Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) - Talking Heads

Night And Day - Alice Bonman

2am - The Beths

Kissing Lessons - Lucy Dacus

Hammond Song - The Roches

Swimming Song - Kate & Annd McGarrigle

Universal Soldier - Buffy Sainte-Marie

Everybody's Talkin' - Fred Neil

Songbird - Fleetwood Mac

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac

Save Me A Place - Fleetwood Mac

Sunday 11 December 2022

Albums of 2022

As I verge towards the last section of my mid-40's, I find that I no longer feel the need to keep abreast of 'hot new music' or even what is being released on a weekly/monthly basis. I used to be super aware of what was going on, even if I didn't know or like the artist. I still knew the breaking band/artist names, song and album titles. That really is no longer the case. I find myself browsing The Guardians end of year countdown asking who? never heard of them regularly.

But new music still found me. I suspect it always will. Whether that be debut albums by Yard Act, Poster Paints, Gabriels, through established veterans like Michael Head, Spiritualized & Tim Burgess, artists like Alvvays and The Beths who both released their third albums, or the wonderful Weyes Blood who I'd never heard of before, but she released her 5th album this year.

Unusually, as a lot of albums released towards the end of the year miss End of Year lists, 5 of my favourite albums from 2022 were released in October and November. At one stage this year I did wonder if I'd be able to create an end of year favourite albums list!

As always, I'm sure other end of year lists will lead me to discovering music released in 2022 that I've missed. At the time of writing, here are my 9 favourite albums from 2022, with 7 more bubbling under that I have enjoyed throughout the year. You can check 22 of my favourite songs from 2022 on this playlist. There are also links to videos for singles/songs from each album in this list.

Poster Paints by Poster Paints

This album is getting better with every listen. The length is a strength, 10 songs in 35 minutes leaves you wanting more, though it contains so much. Falling Hard is a heart on sleeve stomper with it's straight outta Motown chorus, while Hard To Sweeten is a melodic tender reflection on love gone wrong, My Song a slow burning New Order groove (can we get a 12-inch version please?) and Circus Moving On is cinematic, dreamy and lush.

Carla & Simon now have a solid band and multiple collaborators. It will be interesting to see what they do with Poster Paints next. First step is (funding permitting) a trip to SXSW in March next year.

Cause I gave you the chance to have and to hold me
It turns out, that I got it wrong

11 by SAULT

Very arguably the most interesting group on the planet right now. Prolific and exceptionally ambitious, SAULT have now released a staggering 11 albums since 2019. In November 2022, for a limited time, you could download 5 for a few days.

11 received an official release and it is might well be my favourite SAULT album to date. The musicianship is staggering, the production is sublime, the arrangements are jaw dropping, the melodies, the lead vocals, the harmonies ... everything about SAULT makes me want more. 

I really hope SAULT break cover to play live at some point. Imagine this band playing a 3-hour show at The Barrowland?! The dirty groove of Glory with that crack snare beat and half whispered half sung vocals, the dreamy bliss of River or band jamming in the beautiful lazy way they do on songs like The Circle.

It's you, you are the one
The moon and the sun
You are my circle

Dear Scott by Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band 

Chiming & jangling guitars reminiscent of The Byrds, horn & string flourishes influenced by Forever Changes (an album beloved by many a scouser), Head's melodic & dreamy voice, storytelling lyrics ... Dear Scott washed me with a sense of calmness and escapism upon release. The first night of his mini FRETS residency was probably my gig of the year. A joyous night of celebration with travelling scousers singing the horn parts to Head's songs.  

People try to put you down, they don't win

Read my blog on Dear Scott HERE

And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood

Releasing an album in November makes it pretty difficult to get into end of year round ups/best of's published in magazines. I have Duglas T Stewart of BMX Bandits to thank for turning me on to this gem by Weyes Blood, the name that Natalie Laura Merling releases music by. A series of tweets lodged the name Weyes Blood in my brain. I finally took the time to check Merlings music and realised she had just released her latest album on Sub Pop - always a good label to trust.

And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow is a beautiful album. It can get kind of dreamy at times, I found myself floating off somewhere nice to the sublime God Turn Me Into a Flower, what a song and performance! 

If anyone has (or hears of) a spare ticket for Weyes Blood at Glasgow's QMU on Friday 10th February then please get in touch.

Oh but baby you're the only one
Who would drive me down to the pier
Take me up on that ferris wheel

Everything Was Beautiful by Spiritualized

I rarely find/make the time to blog about albums upon release these days. But I found the time to write about this. Released in spring, near the start of the war in Ukraine, I really needed this album.

At times Pierce sings tender lysergic lullabies, at other times he goes beautiful, bold and grand. There are layers of noise, grooves, drones, guitars, gospel choirs, songs of love, death, regret .... all the ingredients that make Spiritualized albums so special.

Read my blog HERE

Always Together With You video

If you want a rocket ship, I will be a rocket ship for you

If you want another world, I will be another world for you

Janky Star by Grace Ives

DIY pop from NYC. Ranges from the chaotic to the sublime. There are songs that will leave you thinking, hmmm that's kind of Taylor Swift, others where hooks come out of nowhere, many where beats suddenly change direction and Ives just goes with it. 

On Lazy Day Ives vocals are beautiful as she sings; Hard drugs oh they're no longer appealing, I got addicted to the hurt and the healing while on Lullaby the synths are playful, beats are cool and Ives singing I watch that movie ten times a day, I can recite it, you press replay. It all sounds rather effortless and all the better for it. The beats, playful synths, vocal melodies and hooks all combine gloriously across the whole album.

Lullaby live on Jimmy Kimmell

It's nothing to be sad about

It's just something I've been thinking about

Midnights by Taylor Swift

Did someone mention Taylor Swift?

Taylor Swift has only just turned 33 and Midnights is her 10th album, her fourth since 2019. She is a remarkable talent. Midnights seems to flow from start to finish. I listened to it 3 times in a row when it came out. Karma is a real favourite, a super cool vocal and melody over sublime production that just sounds crystal clear.

Swift has described the album as a collection of songs written in the middle of the night. There is certainly a dreamy quality from start to finish. That comes across in the lyrics, but there is also that reflection and realisation that Swift does so well, sometimes with humour, sometimes brilliantly blunt like on Labyrinth when she sings I'll be getting over you my whole life before going on to sing oh oh I'm falling in love again

And it's like snow on a beach, weird but fucking beautiful

Lying in a dream, stars by pocketful

Karma video

Snow on the Beach video

The Overload by Yard Act

Released back in January, I found The Overload to be brilliantly refreshing. The bluntness with humour mentioned above for Swift is delivered in a very different way by Yard Act. I was gutted I had to miss their Glasgow QMU gig in November. Thankfully they are back in Glasgow at the Barrowland on 28th April.

My friend Simon wrote a guest blog where he described the band and album as a perfectly postmodern example of what guitar music can be.

Simon also urged: please listen and listen well, because this record matters. If it's the hipster dish du jour, it's also so much more: a piece of work that arrives so fully formed that its scope, its ambition, its sheer bloody humanity might be easily missed. All the jagged, twitchy Fall-ings, the majestic abrasove PIL-ading, the wryly self-referential Cocker-ness: sure, these are four young men who know the past 40-plus years of left-field indie inside-out

Simon's blog review

100% Endurance video

The Overload live on Later

Palomino by First Aid Kit

I lost touch with First Aid Kit after their 2014 album Stay Gold. It did so well that they didn't release a follow up until 2018.  So maybe that lay off is to blame. But they're back again with Palomino, released at the start of November, just in time to give a little extra layer of warmth through the winter months. I've enjoyed listening with a nice cup of tea on several occasions!

Sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg create effortlessly beautiful harmonies and melodies. I can't help but smile when they are on top form.

Bubbling under

Big Time by Angel Olsen

That voice! It really does tug on heart strings. 

Big Time official video

Freakout/Release by Hot Chip

Still bursting with energy and ideas 18-years after their debut album. You kind of know what you're going to get, but the surprise is that Hot Chip still have loads of beats, synth riffs and vocal melodies up their sleeves. Always delivered with a sense of care and fun, Hot Chips always make me smile ... and dance. A good thing.

Eleanor official video

Typical Music by Tim Burgess

Lockdown hero Tim Burgess might be the busiest musician in the UK; twitter listening parties, books, curating festival stages, touring with The Charlatans and his solo band, releasing his solo album I Love The New Sky in 2020 and then swiftly following it up with this double album. He can't stop! 

Part of me loves the fact this is a double album. Part of me also thinks it could have been better if edited to be a single album. The classic argument/debate! But of course, the most important thing is that Tim is regularly writing, recording, releasing and playing live. Tim has a reached a beautiful stage in his career where he has a real freedom to go with the flow and Burgess has the spark to make things happen. 

Blue Rev by Alvvays

Loud, shimmery, loaded with reverb, a dash of fuzz and distortion, I really need to try and catch them when they return to Glasgow next spring.

Expert In A Dying Field by The Beths

I also missed The Beths when they played Saint Lukes in the Autumn. They return to The Garage in Glasgow next May. I'm really getting into this band, guitar pop, but then on songs like 2am they can get pretty dreamy.

Angels & Queens Part 1 by Gabriels

Gabriels set a really high bar for themselves with the release of the monumental Love And Hate In A Different Time, one of the best songs of the century. Perhaps the bar was too high. Or maybe to keep momentum going, they've decided to release their debut album in 2 parts. Part 1 is excellent, although it doesn't quite reach the bar of that song for me. It's still excellent and I look forward to part 2.

Last Night In The Bittersweet by Paolo Nutini

Paolo's performance on Later was pretty astonishing. This looked like a young guy (still only 35) having an absolute blast with his band, creating all kinds of wonderful sounds. Acid Eyes is one of my favourite songs to have come out this year. The rumbling bass, Paolo's hushed vocal, his accent coming through beautifully. It's a real gem. The album cover really hints at how Nutini is diving deep into music and that really comes out on his latest album. Coming 6-years after Caustic Love, I doubt there will be such a long wait until his next. 

Saturday 10 December 2022

Monorail Music 20th Birthday Party

20 years of Monorail Music. 20 years of popping in for records, cd's, tickets and books. Not to mention meeting friends, beers, food, events and gigs in Mono.

The record shop, venue and the people involved in both have left an incredible imprint on the Glasgow music scene. The splash they have made has generated ripples that have spread across the world.

Musicians playing in Glasgow will seek out the venue, friends who have come to the city from further afield have the store earmarked and ask 'does Stephen Pastel really work there'. Music fans worldwide benefit from the knowledge and taste of Dep, Michael, Russell, Stephen and co from their weekly newsletters and Twitter musings. And their end of year lists are always so lovingly compiled. In fact everything about the store oozes a warm love and genuine passion that you can't help fall for.

On the Monorail website they mention they pride themselves in being independent, focused and friendly. And I think everyone who visits is proud of those qualities and all they have achieved.

I wonder how many times I have visited over 20-years. Nowhere near as often as some of the store regulars, but a decent enough amount to be on nodding or name terms with most people who work there. I don't think I have ever left the store empty handed. Does browsing exist in Monorail? It's going to lead to the purchase of something! 

Monorail encourages and supports the arts in so many ways. The store is effectively a base for record labels like Geographic, Night School and Monorail's own sometime label. The Pastels and Sacred Paws are two of the many bands that work, or have worked, in the store.

And so, time to celebrate a landmark. 20-years. The party arrives at a good time, everyone needs escapism and a reason to celebrate something good. Monorail is good, in fact Monorail is great. 

As a possible sign of age, I opted to drive in. Freezing temperatures, an ongoing lack of taxis and the fact Glasgow Central would be crazy with Christmas party goers were the reasons. Shout to Mono for having an excellent selection of no-alcohol beers, the Brooklyn Special Effect lager was lovely.

I arrived in plenty of time to see Water Machine setting up on stage and immediately recognised the artist Flore de Hogg who is (or has been) in a number of cool bands. I caught her at Mono on a Record Store Day a number of years ago in a brilliant band called Wet Look. I don't think they ever got to the stage of releasing, but they were super cool.

Water Machine were a bundle of fun and nervous energy. Opening song Water Machine 'we have at least 3 songs called Water Machine' set the tone. A lofi groove, synth melody and catchy vocals (with ace use of backing vocals) quickly won the room.

A song about the drummer always being late for rehearsals was fun, with a pop (almost playground) hook and melody that had people dancing and even singing on first listen.

Trying to find a website or social page to link to the band is proving impossible! I'm rarely on Instagram but you might get some info from Flore's page.

The LH DJ set before Gerry Love was excellent, paving the way for Gerry, Noel (guitar and backing vocals), Paul (percussion), Jamie (bass) and Tom (all kinds of things) to take the stage and begin with the heavenly chiming guitar of December.

This apt opener from the seminal Bandwagonesque LP generated a heart response from the crowd. Gerry and his band then took us on a musical journey the setlist weaved through Lightships and Fanclub songs. 

Gerry's voice on Silver & Gold was exquisite, Sweetness In Her Spark was gentle gorgeousness, Starsign was flowing and dreamy and Take The Long Way Round was euphoric guitar pop, even when stripped back.

Paul Quinn's percussion skills really came to the fore on Every Blossom while the whole room seemed to sing Don't Look Back, the Mono choir. It was a wonderful moment and the ovation afterwards was long and heartfelt. 

Sunlight To The Dawn is one of my very favourite Gerry Love songs. The opening guitar riff sends warm tingles down my spine, a second layer is added and the band fall in, creating a great groove. 

Slow, contentment to your soul
A golden sun sets in your eyes
When love's in your willing heart

Gerry and Noel warned the band were running out of time and could fit in a couple more. There were cries of play them all and I don't doubt that the crowd would have settled in for the night if that was possible.

As it was, closing with Ain't That Enough and Sparky's Dream, was quite enough! Two incredible songs that had the backing of the Mono choir again. Gerard Love and friends left the stage to huge cheers and cries for more. I can't wait to hear what Gerry records next year. 

Before long Stephen Pastel was playing records including September Gurls and Daytripper to keep the good vibes going.

The party was just getting started, but it was time to head home to my Mum and daughters. 

I hope everyone who stayed to party to Apostille (a brilliant live act - check this blog) and DJ's had a goo time and got the dancing started.

Wednesday 7 December 2022


Cover version of the month #82

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions cover The Jesus & Mary Chain

The Jesus & Mary Chain released Automatic, their 3rd album, back in 1989. The CD version added a couple of bonus songs; Drop and Sunray, on top of the 10 songs available on the LP version.

Drop is a beautiful song that the band would go on to rerecord for the Stoned & Dethroned album sessions and this version came out on the Sometimes Always CD single.

Sometimes Always, a duet with the divine Hope Sandoval, is one of my very favourite songs, so there is some synergy in the fact that a b-side of that song was the opening track on Bavarian Fruit Bread, her 2001 debut album as Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions.

Good God, I could listen to Hope Sandoval sing the phone book and feel moved. Hope's dreamy voice hypnotises me. Glockenspiel is sprinkled over a raw acoustic guitar and very gentle percussion and Sandoval comes in with vocals set to stun.

The way you drop

Is like a stone

Making out you're flying

But you've just been thrown

Drop is a beautiful song and Hope Sandoval adds dreamy qualities to make it almost lullaby like.

The original Mary Chain version is only 2-minutes long. Sublimely raw, Jim Reid's vocals have that elegantly wasted quality that he delivers so well over just a couple of chords, understated strings, light percussion and a Velvets-y lead guitar on top. Classic Mary Chain. The lyrics are imaginative, druggy, provocative and have a religious reference in the kiss off line.

I should have guessed

When I took that pill

Do I love her still?

Well, did Jesus kill?

I love the original, I mean, it's pretty perfect. But I also love the version from the Stoned and Dethroned era. It's a little more country blues, a little more groovy, sounding like the Mary Chain could well have taken a trip to Memphis with their Primal Scream buddies around that time. 

In short, Drop is a brilliant song, check out the links to the recordings below. All 3 are added to my Cool Cover Versions playlist. AND as a bonus check the live version from Creations Undrugged show at the Royal Albert Hall from 1994!

Drop JAMC original version

Drop JAMC Re-recorded version

Drop live at The Royal Albert Hall JAMC w/ Hope Sandoval

Drop Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions

All previous cover version of the month blogs are listed below. To listen, search for Everything Flows Cool Cover Versions playlist, featuring all of the songs below, on Spotify or CLICK HERE

Previous covers of the month

13. Hurt
39. ABBA-esque
40. Jumpin' Jack Flash
64. Lola

Monday 5 December 2022

Carla J Easton & Man of the Minch at the Glad Cafe


Had my sister really not played a Glasgow headline show since 2019? When did I last see her play with her band? And it turns out Pedro Cameron (AKA Man of the Minch) hadn't played with his band since 2019 either!

Doesn't time fly and hasn't the pandemic f**ked our concept of it right up?

Both artists released lockdown albums and then couldn't tour or play to promote them. Tough, especially tough when you've released quality albums like Weirdo (2020) and The Tide Is At The Turning (2021) on Olive Grove Records.

If Carla, Pedro and their bands had a couple of years of pent up frustration built up inside them, then it exploded out of them at the Glad Cafe last night. Passion, intense energy and probably oodles of relief to finally be celebrating the release of their albums with a party.

Both artists have already moved on, Carla has released another album with Poster Paints (a lockdown project) and has almost finished mixing her next solo album, while Pedro has recorded an EP in Gaelic and been writing for his next album.

But last night it was great that they took the time to FINALLY have launch parties for their album.

Man of the Minch played first, a 7-piece band with drums, bass, electric guitar, keys, synth, co-vocalist and Pedro on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and occasional violin.

What a magnificent noise they created.

Mountains opens the album and on Friday night it opened the show in style, building from almost nothing to a cauldron of Celtic soul. Pedro Cameron and Emilie Boyd's voices intertwined beautifully. 

Bubbling synths introduced Fallen Man, shimmering guitar sprinkled over the top. Pedro and Emilie sung as one, tugging on heart strings. 

Cameron highlighted the huge help he has received to create his vision for The Tide Is At The Turning, from Creative Scotland funding, all kinds of friends who played on the album and from the LGBTQ+ community. On Rosanna, Cameron's band hold back for a stripped back gem that cuts to the bone.

Rosanna, Rosanna I love your son

I'm holding his hand in front of everyone

And then on the stunning stomper that is Ordinary, Cameron and Emilie sing;

I'm ordinary, oh

There's nothing special about me

I'm ordinary, oh, ordinary

Having seen Cameron play on his own with just an acoustic guitar and now with a 6-piece band backing him, I (and I'm sure I speak on behalf of everyone who was in The Glad Cafe) have to strongly disagree. 

Pedro Cameron, you are very special indeed. What a voice and you sure know how to write a song and pull a band together!

If you want to check how special Man of the Minch is then you can stream/download/buy a phyical album via his Bandcamp page. And I'm pretty sure that Pedro and his band will take the roof off Saint Lukes when they play in February in what is bound to be a brilliant show with the Hen Hoose collective.

Carla and her band came flying out of the traps and barely let up. Opening with the pure pop of Get Lost, the powerful synth banger Over You and the rollercoaster rolling gem of title track Weirdo generated a huge response from the crowd. I turned to my friend Hugh at one point during Over You to raise an eyebrow - they were really going for it!

It's been a while,  but I can't recall Carla playing with such intensity. She hammered on her keyboard/synth and sang her heart out, while at times there was duel electric guitar action going on. Paul Kelly (mainly on bass) had an arsenal of effects pedals at his feet that he could probably have played a set with on his own.

Wanting What I Can't Have was a delight. New songs Sugar Honey Iced Tea (about Carla's fear of walking home in the dark)Tempt Me and One Week were full of hooks, but there was plenty of space within the songs to let them flourish. They bode very well for the new album.

Attack Of The Glam Soul Cheerleaders was a glam soul stomp complete with audience participation. Fun on stage and off. Girl From Before slowed things down ... a little. It was played with a passion and energy that transformed the song.

Thorns was brilliant, the refrain, repeated a number of times in succession led to a brilliant synthy instrumental that ended with Carla and Gus (keys/synth and resplendent in a Santa cape) using a theremin effect to generate fantastic weird psychedelic style sounds. 

There was never sun in my blood, 

I wish there was, I wish there was, I wish there was

This led straight into Bird In The Sky to close the show. Heavier and pacier than the version on Carla's Homemade Lemonade album from 2016 (originally released under the Ette alias, but rereleased in 2021 for the 5th anniversary as Carla J Easton), the melodic psychedelic synth pop song was delivered with relish.

There's a bird in the sky who's watching every move I make

There's a bird in the tree saying this is how a heart can break

I hope it's not too long before Carla and her band play again. 

Thursday 1 December 2022


Trust me #46 

Lazarus by The Boo Radleys

Released 30-years ago, towards the end November 1992, Lazarus was a statement single from The Boo Radleys ahead of their Giant Steps album in 1993.

Sales, sadly, didn't quite match the statement, Lazarus reached number 76 in the charts. But for the band, putting out a 12-inch single at 6 minutes 22 seconds in length was just what they needed to do. It was 'giant step' forward from their standard shoegaze sound, that of a band enthralled by labelmates My Bloody Valentine. Now it felt like The Boo's were exploring all kinds of music to find their own sound(s).

The Boo's had released Everything's Alright Forever back in March 1992. If you go back to check that album out and then listen to Lazarus, you'd struggle to believe it's the same band, same personnel. 

Beginning with distorted white noise, teases of key riffs and beats kicking in, the 12-inch version of Lazarus builds for almost 2-minutes before everything seems to come together. There is an almost reggae groove going on, then a horn section, acoustic rhythm guitar, synths, effects ... rmodern psychedelia and beautifully so.

Horns kick in just before 3-minutes to lift the song, to lift the listener out of a lysergic dream. Everything soars skywards before falling gently to the first verse. Singer Sice (Simon Rowbottom) sings tenderly, vocals gently distorted. 

I, I must be losing my mind

I keep on trying to  find a way out

There's no need you don't lock the door anymore

At the end of the second verse horns and electric guitar, full of fuzzy effects, kick in euphorically to fly high for an instrumental before swooping back down for two further 3 line verses.

Now, maybe now I should change

Because I'm starting to lose all my faith

While those around me are beaten down each day

After the fourth verse (above) horns, guitars and beats kick in again and are looped for a full minute, extra layers being added, a little more urgency comes in and the inspired groove is one to get lost in. I'd love to hear this extended. 

There are remixes of Lazarus that you can check out via the links below and through the expanded release of Giant Steps on streaming platforms, but none of them really take this riff on. It's a remix/edit in the making. 

Lazarus is an astonishing song. It was in in 1992 and it is now; the power, the ambition, the care that went into it have ensured that it stands up 30-years down the line. 

Despite universal high praise for the Giant Steps album, The Boo Radleys didn't have a hit on their hands. None of the singles from the album broke the top 40 and while the album reached number 17 and sold 60,000 copies in 1993 (Creations most successful album that year), the incredible reviews didn't translate to the sales Creation anticipated.

After being inspired initially by label mates My Bloody Valentine and then the transformation and ideas showcased by Primal Scream with Screamdelica, Martin Carr, leader and songwriter for The Boo's, was then inspired by the hits that Oasis were experiencing. He wanted a piece of the action! 

That would come with Wake Up Boo! released in February 1995, although I always associate it with summer.  Legend has it that a postcard by Alan McGee was on permanent display on the mixing desk, encouraging Carr and his bandmates to use every trick in the book to create a hit single.

Here is a snip of the ecstatic NME review for Giant Steps. I'd highly recommend checking or revisiting the album. From pure guitar pop to dub, reggae and psychedelic sounds, it's a cracker.

It's an intentional masterpiece, a throw-everything-at-the-wall bric-a-brac of sounds, colours and stolen ideas. That The Boo Radleys (of all people!) have decided to accept their own challenge and create a record as diverse and boundary-bending as this is, at first glance, staggering. Isn't this the job of the U2s and the leisured idols of rock, unable to do anything without the tactit approval of history? Fortunately not? The Boo Radleys are sifting through time (the mid-60s mostly) and conjuring up something that's as cut-up and ambitious as anything you'd care to mention. NME

Lazarus 12-inch version

Album version 

Secret Knowledge remix

Augustus Pablo  mix

Ultramarine mix

A list of all previous songs I've blogged about in my Trust Me feature are listed below, along with links to each blog. Lazarus (12 inch mix) joins them.

I've also collated them all into a playlist on Spotify that you can find by searching for Everything Flows - Trust Me , or you can CLICK HERE

Previous Trust Me blogs

1. Something On Your Mind by Karen Dalton
1A. Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells
2. I Am, I Said  by Neil Diamond
3. Where's The Playground Susie?   by Glen Campbell
4. If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lighfoot
5. Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon
6. Gone With The Wind Is My Love by Rita and the Tiaras
7. In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans
8. The Music Box by Ruth Copeland
9. The Ship Song by Nick Cave
10. Sometimes by James
11. I Walk The Earth by King Biscuit Time
12. Didn't Know What I Was In For by Better Oblivion Community Centre
13. When My Boy Walks Down The Street by The Magnetic Fields
14. The Man Don't Give A F**k by Super Furry Animals
15. All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun by Jeff Buckley and Liz Fraser
16. Are You Lookin' by The Tymes
17. A Real Hero by College & Electric Youth
18. Feelings Gone by Callum Easter
19. Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground
20. Did I Say by Teenage Fanclub
21. Don't Look Back by Teenage Fanclub
23. Belfast by Orbital
24. Clouds by The Jayhawks
25. Dreaming Of You by The Coral
26. Everlasting Love by Love Affair
27. Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke
28. Teenage Kicks by The Undertones
29. Shaky Ground by Sneeze
29. Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells
30. I Can Feel Your Love by Felice Taylor
31. The State We're In by The Chemical Brothers w/ Beth Orton
32. Sunshine After The Rain by Ellie Greenwich
33. Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem
34. Mondo 77 by Looper
35. Les Fleurs by Minnie Riperton
36. Rat Trap by The Boomtown Rats
37. How High by The Charlatans
38. I Can't Let Go by Evie Sands
39. Pop Song 89 by R.E.M.
40. Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
41. There She Goes by The Las
42. We're Going To Be Friends by White Stripes
43. Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo
44. Sister Rena by Lomond Campbell
45. Revolution by The Beatles

Saturday 26 November 2022

Starboard Hazes - EP2 and gig

Save the date! 

Plans are underway to rehearse, record and release the second Starboard Hazes EP within the first few months of 2023.

Is it just me or does 2023 still sound very futuristic? Time flies and time has become a little weirder since March 2020 when the world stopped for a while as the COVID pandemic took a hold.

However, I am reliably informed that 2023 is indeed just around the corner!

So, to kick things into gear, I've booked the good old 13th Note for the next Starboard Hazes show. Hopefully our second EP will be ready by then. The plan is to catch up to rehearse in January, then record the EP, a few more rehearsals and then play again.

3-songs are definitely ear marked for the EP;
  1. Yeah!
  2. Sunshine
  3. So In Love With You (Beta Band Blues)
With a potential 4th song called Hung Up (not the Madonna song!) if we have time in the studio. Probably just an acoustic version - rough n raw ... and quick!

Sunshine was one of the very first songs I wrote as a teenager using the D & G chords. It was great to jam it with the band back in October. Jamie's pounding drums, Andy (picking up James guitar) going for Velvets-y sounds on guitar and James (taking on Andy's bass) came up with a great groove.

Yeah! is another old song, very Teenage Fanclub! It's the same 4 chord rhythm groove from start to finish, giving James freedom to do his thing on lead guitar.  Personally, this is one of my favourites to play with the band.

Beta Band Blues is an old idea that always stayed with me. With the capo on 5 I found two chords that worked really well together and I thought they sounded like the Beta Band. The lyrics are pretty simple and I never managed to write more than a verse, so the song is just the same verse/chorus repeated 3 times. I always liked the song/idea though and it was one of the first songs James and I played when we got together. He came up with a brilliant guitar line in between the verses.

When we took the song to Andy and Jamie, they also loved James guitar line and wondered if we could really expand the song into far out Beta Band territory. So when we have jammed, we finish the song and the beats really kick in, allowing James to go all Nile Rodgers on guitar and Andy to underpin everything with a bass groove. When we played live, Ronan from La Chunky joined in on trombone for the second section so we hope he'll play on the recording. And we might add melodica, synth and cowbell - really go for it and have fun.

If we can get the instrumentals down in one day, Andy and I will go back in and record vocals one evening. That worked last time, although I wonder if we might need another evening for Beta Band Blues. But then, Yeah! and Sunshine should be really quick and easy to record, leaving us with a chunk of time for Beta Band Blues. We'll go with the flow!

Our first gig and party was a brilliant night, it was sooooooooooo good to see lots of people enjoying live music and then dancing the night away. I'm delighted to say that Phil Redfearn will be back on DJ duties at 13th Note. We'll see what delights he can pull out the bag to get us dancing again!

It's not BYOB this time, but we've kept the ticket price as low as possible and hope you can join us for some fun. And that's what Starboard Hazes is all about - fun. Fun in rehearsals, in the studio and when we play live.

Tickets, priced at £7, are on sale from Event Brite HERE

It would be amazing to see you there.


Friday 18 November 2022

Anything Goes & Everything Flows DJ Mix 18


This months 60(ish) minute mix goes all in. My aim from this mix is to make people smile or dance. Ideally both! The weather has turned, the cost of living crisis has gripped the country, the Tories still don't give a flying f**k and today it has been absolutely chucking it down.

So here are some tunes to make you feel all warm inside.

We kick off with the sublime orchestration of The Love Unlimited Orchestra and then we're straight into the tune that The Chemical Brothers would regularly open DJ sets with. Wait until the beats and strings kick in at 2  minutes! 

Going Back To My Roots is one of my all-time favourites but I usually play the Ritchie Havens version. Then it's a couple of stone cold soul stompers, the wonder of Stevie, extended mixes and Dimitri re-edits of some all time favourites, followed by Candi Staton & Whitney Houston classics to finish

I hope you enjoy this mix/playlist as much as I've enjoyed creating it.

As always in this regular feature, this mix stems from pre-club nights I used to go to at The Variety Bar or McChuills in Glasgow. Two amazing bars where the DJ's would (and still do) have free license to take people on a journey with the motto Anything Goes and Everything Flows.

Search for Everything Flows DJ Mix 18 on Spotify or CLICK HERE

Love's Theme - The Love Unlimited Orchestra

Brother's Gonna Work It Out - Willie Hutch

Going Back To My Roots - Odyssey

Nothing But A Heartache - The Flirtations

Sunshine Of Your Love - Spanky Wilson

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

California Soul (Diplo remix) - Marlena Shaw

Move On Up (extended version) - Curtis Mayfield

Don't Leave Me This Way (Dimitri's re-edit) - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

I Believe In Miracles (extended version) - The Jackson Sisters

I Want Your Love (Dimitri from Paris remix) - Chic

You Got The Love (New Voyager radio edit) - The Source w/ Candi Staton

I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston