Ducks Unlimited Get Bleak (ep) Bobo Integral Records I haven’t been this hooked on a simple little four-song EP for some time – but I can’t stop listening to Get Bleak, the debut set from Toronto-based Ducks Unlimited.
In many ways The Smiths are the perfect sort of band to analyse and to obsess over – there are just four original albums. There are a bunch of non-album singles and alternate versions – but there is a finite collection of music. And will they ever reform? Most likely that’s a no. (Fingers crossed […]
The The, Mind Bomb (1989) I have the earlier records – now – but this was my introduction to The The, specifically the song The Beat(en) Generation. That song was an earworm – and still is – but it also had me interested in the band, if it even was a band. I’d learn more […]
Johnny Marr Playland New Voodoo Records/Warners Sometime, a while ago, not exactly sure when, Johnny Marr reached some sort of weird “untouchable” status, but only in indie circles, mind. He’s not having his Springsteen/Dylan moment – and arguably never will. But for a guy who, call a spade a spade (or, er axe) is only […]
The tenth solo album from erstwhile Smiths vocalist, animal rights activist and all-round enigma Steven Patrick Morrissey comes hot on the heels of last year’s huge-selling Autobiography. It is telling that the book sold dramatically more than any of the “comeback” albums he has released since 2004’s You Are The Quarry broke the drought that […]
Johnny Marr, who, push comes to shove, I have always regarded as my single greatest musical hero and influence (not only for The Smiths, but also Electronic, and with Billy Bragg, and Modest Mouse, and Kirsty MacColl), is often asked which of the many musical projects he has been involved in is his personal favourite. […]
Johnny Marr The Messenger Sire/Ada Johnny Marr is receiving over-the-top accolades these days – he did his best work half a lifetime ago (half his lifetime, to be precise) and it’s not helping anyone to have Marr win an award for “Godlike Genius” – that’s simply something he cannot live up to, it’s simply something […]
The Smiths, Strangeways Here We Come (1987) This is my favourite album by The Smiths. I think it is their best collection of songs – in the sense that they stand alone and work together, in sequence, as (very much) an album. But, before you suggest that I should be picking other albums instead – […]