Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: With a Reflection by Zadie Smith Jerry Dantzic Thames & Hudson; 1 edition Less a review, more a recommendation – though sometimes one exist for exactly the other – this book of Billie Holiday photographs is a must-see/read for fans of the singer, the era; for fans of beautiful black […]
Say what you want about The Placebo Effect…well, after all… You can support Off The Tracks via PressPatron
Down to Christchurch overnight for a good mate’s 40th – and was doing the DJing too… A lot of 1980s and 1990s things, bit all over the shop, trying to find the various sweet spots… Hmm, here it is:
Drive-By Truckers, Kinky Hypocrite [Single] (2016) This “one-sided single” is part of the packaging with the vinyl edition of the last Truckers album, my favourite record of 2016. A masterpiece. Maybe the best album by Drive-By Truckers, a band that’s never really made a bad album – and has in fact made all kinds of great albums. […]
Stef Animal Top Gear Fishrider Records This is pretty brilliantly fucking baffling I tell ya! Okay, wait, maybe not the best start to a review ever – so I’ll quickly qualify: I really love this, the debut full-lengther from Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome).
It’s a new music Friday, lots of new-new-new things to check out – so here’s a wee sample of some of the key tracks/key artists. Or something like that… Actually, the only album here that is still “upcoming” is the first, all the other tracks here are from band new albums – out today. You’ll […]
Welcome to episode 103 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. I sat down for a chat with Richard Langston. We’ve met and talked a few times over the years but this was the first time I’d attempted to get his full story – journalist, poet, broadcaster, music enthusiast, television […]
Phantom Thread Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Annapurna Pictures/Focus Features/Ghoulardi Film Company/Perfect World Pictures Writer/Director PT Anderson delivers another romance with cracks, another tale of quirk and obsession – and if this is (truly) Daniel Day-Lewis’ victory lap then it’s also a passing of the torch, in a manner of speaking, to Vicky Krieps.
Tomorrow People BBQ Reggae Tomorrow People Well now, this is really something. Some handsome devil cooking up a few treats there – the BBQ with plenty of fuel; a few ‘burnt’ CDs by a half-baked (sorry!) reggae band. And look – there’s a sausage there, well, half a sausage – could that be symbolic of […]
Distraction provides a handy Dopamine hit unless you came here for it. Sorry about that. You can support Off The Tracks via PressPatron
A while ago I described something/someone as “guitar music” and was chortled at from all directions; there’s no such thing as guitar music. This is not a genre. This is no way to explain or define music. Andres Segovia and Derek Bailey and Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt and Eddie Van Halen have all made amazing music by approaching the same instrument (or versions of […]
I have listened to a lot of albums by John Renbourn and even more by Bert Jansch but Pentangle – not as much; not so much – mostly left to compilations or standalone tracks… At first, listening to this, I feel it’s one of those dated-sounding things – can’t quite place it anywhere near today […]