Release Date: 26th October 2018
The latest from Julia Holter is a lot of Julia Holter. A double album which feels like it consists of every single idea she’s had since the last one, all packed together into one dense package of madness, beauty, and loss. There might be a conceptual string that ties it all together, but I can’t find it, but with how dense each piece of pop is, it might be hiding somewhere within, waiting to be discovered on the seventh listen or so…
Release Date: 24th August 2018
I went months thinking I’d already listened to this one, and when I finally got round to actually listening to the album I thought I’d already listened to, I realised I had and I hadn’t already listened to this album. If you’ve followed Interpol from the beginning, you’ll probably understand what I’m babbling. Or at least, I hope someone understands me. I’m not even sure I understand me. Continue reading
I’ve had numerous friends tell me MGMT are a bit shit live, so I went in with low expectations. I wouldn’t have went in at all, but I seriously love their new album ‘Little Dark Age’, I listened to it pretty much on repeat when I moved into my Manchester flat. Good memories are tied to it, and worst case I felt was the live performance unravelling those memories as they shat on their own little ditties.
Thankfully, apart from taking forever to set up (even longer with the encore, which took all the fun of an encore out of an encore), they were on fire, with trippy visuals, and lots of fun alterations to their catalogue. Nothing sounded as it did on disc, but extended instrumental noodlings, guitar over synth, and everyone huddling around a dinky piano at the end made it a night to remember.
They even gave a cuddly dog away at one point. Tacky, but it seemed to make sense at the time. Me and Michael indeed.
And finally I’m writing about things that happened in the same month, though for some reason my memory of recent weeks is foggier than earlier weeks. I’ve seen Julia Holter before anyhow, she created an amazing atmosphere with her avant-garde pop at the Manchester Cathedral a few years back, so I can apply that memory of seeing her then to how she sounded a few weeks back. Much the same, only I didn’t feel Gorilla was the right place. Plus at the front I couldn’t really see much thanks to the huge music stands, for once it was a mistake to wait on the opening doors, though it’s probably always a mistake. Continue reading
Half Man Half Biscuit have been on my to see list for quite some time, since the time my Mum told me they were playing in Blackburn a week after they did. That was good to know at the time, thanks Mum!
I went to this gig after learning that I was being let go from my job. I also cracked my head open, the blood is still in the carpet. Are the two events related? I don’t know, but going to a gig would take my mind off it all. Even if I felt like I was going to pass out. Besides, my friend was coming, and I hate friends down. Continue reading
One of those gigs I went to without listening to them beforehand, because sometimes it’s nice to be surprised. And you can’t say no to seeing a band with a name like Go Go Penguin. It’s ambient jazz, a little grander than Portico Quartet who I saw earlier in the year, and the music they played felt warm, the sort of music you’d use to wrap your cold naked body up with, an audible blanket.