Another tremendous year for live music. I was lucky enough to get to about 25 different gigs, as well as two festivals in Canada and the Great Escape here in Brighton. I held off finalising this list until I'd caught Kurt Vile last night, to round off the year.
Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:00am
This has been an interesting process. I started compiling my list a couple of weeks ago in something of a grump, feeling that it had ended up being a somewhat disappointing year – with some of my established favourites not quite hitting former heights and not many new people bursting through, in a way that tickled my rather particular eardrums. Then I went back and re-listened to the year's acquisitions.
After that further reflection, I am happy to tell you that it has been a more…Continue
Posted on December 13, 2013 at 2:00am
Yo La Tengo played a fine gig at the De la Warr Pavilion last night, and one which seems to be getting better in retrospect.
It was excellent in parts – and transcendentally superb in places.
But it was hobbled by their chosen set structure and some of its longeurs left me looking at my watch.
They chose to play the first half mainly sitting down with acoustic guitars. When there were drums, Georgia Hubley used brushes on a…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 1:00am
‘I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine’ is a gem: a beautifully controlled and nuanced piece of writing, delivered on record with both power and restraint. Its spare and apparently straightforward language is woven around an ultimately mysterious core. We are left unsure just what we supposed to glean from the apparent vision that the singer describes. But, as we shall see, its ambiguities and ambivalence are a key part of what the song has to say.
The lyric is not perfect, if judged as a…Continue
Posted on December 2, 2013 at 8:52am — 14 Comments