Howe Gelb appears somehow ill suited to a solo career. The Giant Sand frontman seems just too much of a sociable guy to go it alone and it’s no surprise to find that the best of this eight CD box set collection of Gelb’s solo work is not solo at all, writes Neonfiller.com's Joe Lepper.
Instead what emerges is one of the music industry’s best collaborators with an ability to skip merrily across notions…Continue
Posted on January 10, 2014 at 3:00am
Whenever I meet a fan of The Levellers I feel it’s my duty as a Brightonian to point out they were not the best folk rock band to emerge from my seaside hometown during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The best by some distance was McDermott’s 2 Hours.
Formed by songwriter and guitarist Nick Burbridge (pictured at right) this outfit were passionate, extremely talented and were quite simply the best Brighton live band during my formative years of gig going as a…Continue
Posted on October 18, 2013 at 5:00am — 1 Comment
It was fitting that John Darnielle choose the track Love, Love, Love, from his 2005 album The Sunset Tree to start this first gig in a short UK tour as a Mountain Goats duo with long time bassist Peter Hughes, writes Neonfiller.com's Joe Lepper.
From the gallery of this full and magnificent Georgian church venue to the pews beneath, the faces of the 350 or so people in attendance were full of love for…Continue
Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:30am
These days bedroom recording artists have Logic X and a raft of other gadgets to play around with. Back in 2001 all The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle had was his trusty Panosonic RX-FT500 boombox and its tiny, tinny condenser mic, writes Neonfiller.com's Joe Lepper.
Turns out this ancient piece of technology, which was bought…Continue
Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00am