A quick look at some new releases. My modus operandi is not necessarily to endorse a piece of work, but bring it to people's attention. But I don't write about things I actively dislike. Life's too short and I don't want to trash someone who has worked very hard to produce something.
Footnotes by Ward Thomas: What business two 19-year old twin sisters from the posh English county of Hampshire have putting together a rollicking country/Americana…Continue
Posted on March 2, 2014 at 6:00am
A bit late for many of you, perhaps, but I just went to see “Inside Llewyn Davis”. Needless to say I have been shuffling along ever since listening to pre-electric Dylan and remembering my first winter visits to Greenwich Village in the mid-1970s. Nothing to report from that, other than listening to some jazz and having my first egg creams.
But in reading up after seeing the film, I came across an interesting essay by Joe Boyd, the record producer who has worked with…Continue
Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments
A new superhero is fighting for freedom, justice and the Nigerian way in the mean streets of Lagos. And - oh, yes - he can dance too.
Meet Captain Rugged, the creation of Nigerian musician Keziah Jones. He is the inspiration for Jones's latest "blufunk" album release and, unusually, the subject of a graphic novel published along with it.
The idea, Jones says, is to show off Nigeria's premier city to the outside world - as a place that is as arresting as Paris or…Continue
Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:30am
As per tradition - that is, I did it last year - it is time for me to look back on the best music experiences I had over the past year. They are not in any "best" order, except for the first one:Continue
Posted on January 1, 2014 at 5:30am