Collecting vinyl eclectically since (very) late '70s. I was for a number of years in a terminally unsuccessful band.
Finally succumbed to cd's when listening to an ipod on the train became my panacea for the ills of commuting. However I still collect and listen to vinyl, particularly from the post punk/new wave timeframe.
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Recent Activity
submitted Mik Artistik's Ego Trip - Sound. 10 months ago
submitted Engine Alley - Jesus Christ. about 1 year ago
posted a review of The Flying Burrito Bros - The Gilded Palace Of Sin. over 2 years ago
But perhaps the key songs to getting this album so high (in my list) are the two Hot Burritos's #1 and #2. Both, like the covers seem to effortlessly synthesise soul and country and show that Parson's songs can stand beside the classics with ease.
Hot ... See full review
posted a review of Dexys Midnight Runners - Don't Stand Me Down. over 2 years ago
There had been elements of theatricality in Dexy's music from the start but it exploded across this record with Kevin and other band members seeming having casual conversations from which the songs emerge and back into which they can also retreat. But as ... See full review
posted a review of Dexys Midnight Runners - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels. over 2 years ago
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels is, as the title suggests, a soul record with Kevin baring his soul and pushing his voice to, and beyond the limit of its expressiveness. Staccato, propulsive brass (trombone and saxophones) interject forcefully into ... See full review
posted a review of The Fall - Grotesque (After The Gramme). over 2 years ago
There is a sense of a populace just accepting what they are given, and of being reduced to caricatures of themselves. The landscape is grey and unremittingly dismal. People are shuttled around by forces beyond their control. All grows mundane, habitual. ... See full review
posted a review of The Stars Of Heaven - Speak Slowly. over 2 years ago
The album is soaked in melancholy like a beermat on a late night pub table. Relationships and their aftermaths form the core of the lyrical concerns. The music is restrained, stately, melodic and often country hued, stays simple but I can hear orchestras ... See full review
posted a review of Radiators* - Ghostown. over 2 years ago
This is one of the great Irish albums, an album which seems to capture the essence of the Dublin of the time. Philip Chevron's accent, the pool halls, the cellar bars, the remains of rock 'n' roll, the tension between paralysis and defiance. Cabaret ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited. over 2 years ago
The drawled voice seems to angle in from outside, loaded with illicit knowledge. NOW is the point at which the past crashes into the future and that is where this album remains, in the eternal accident of NOW. He trailed some kind of magic which seems ... See full review
posted a review of Big Star - Sister Lovers (The Third Album). over 2 years ago
It is a strange album, at once beautiful and tender and devastating and hollow, both conservative and experimental, desiring to attract and confound listeners. I feel like I'm in the middle of this music when listening, a three dimensional space. It's on ... See full review
submitted The Radiators From Space* - Sound City Beat. over 2 years ago
submitted Various - Small Town Scenery. over 2 years ago
submitted David Corley - Available Light. over 2 years ago
submitted Youssou N'Dour - Rokku Mi Rokka (Give And Take). over 4 years ago
submitted Bumble - Gaelic Monstrosity Of Acidic Bliss. over 4 years ago
posted a comment on Various - Silver & Gold. over 8 years ago
These are not the same as the other Revenants, The in the discography, rather an Irish band led by Stephen Ryan from The Stars of Heaven.
posted a review of The Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic. over 10 years ago
Saint Bob’s musical legacy has been overshadowed by his charity work and celebrity marriage. However the Rats were once essential and this intelligent slice of cod reggae was one of the most prescient pictures of an Ireland emerging from tradition into ... See full review
posted a review of That Petrol Emotion - Big Decision. over 10 years ago
The creative team of the O’Neill brothers had been at the heart of the ever changing Undertones and it felt like the second coming when I first went to see them play over the chorus of diehards chanting for Teenage Kicks. This time they weren’t inviting ... See full review
posted a review of Fatima Mansions* - Blues For Ceausescu / 13th Century Boy. over 10 years ago
With the voice of an avenging angel having a bad day and guitar chords like a firing squad this record was the only one big and angry enough to play at Nicolai’s funeral. If the Mansions had released more selectively they might have made the definitive ... See full review
posted a review of Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears. over 10 years ago
Here is the ultimate white boy paean to sweet soul music, hiding Bragg’s social commentary in a bittersweet tale of a girl who ‘was married before she was entitled to vote’ and who finds her only comfort in a Four Tops tape. The first words ‘With the ... See full review
posted a review of The Birthday Party - Mutiny!. over 10 years ago
Mutiny in Heaven. Here we have the Paradise Lost of the JUNKyard. The apotheosis of Cave's overwrought biblical gothic. Here is King Ink as Lucifer howling that there are 'rats in paradise', leading the titular mutiny, wings bursting from his back like ... See full review