Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets Walkabout Yep Roc With Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets heading to NZ and Aussie the good folk at Yep Rock put together this compilation which showcases some of the tunes from them collaborative EPs and some of Los Straitjackets’ instrumental takes on Nick Lowe classics from their album.
Nick Lowe, producer, songwriter, author and pop culture icon, will return to New Zealand in 2020 for his first show in eight years. Lowe will be touring with Los Straitjackets, a band known for channeling the peak years of the guitar instrumental, and for performing in the famous Lucha Libre fighting masks. Special guest Jim Lauderdale is […]
Elvis Costello, Out of Our Idiot (1987) This odds’n’sods compilation – rarities from across the first decade of the ultra-prolific Elvis Costello’s career – has been in my collection for years. I bought it in great excitement and to be honest I haven’t played it very much. But I have been collecting up almost everything, […]
Los Straitjackets What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets Yep Roc Records Los Straitjackets (originally The Straitjackets in the 80s, but after a bust-up they’ve been at it as Los Straitjackets for over 20 years now) is back with another set of surf-pop-meets-rockabilly instrumentals. The catch, this time, the album’s title being a […]
I like John Hiatt – he’s a guy you can pretty much always rely on. There’ll always be a good song – probably half a dozen. And somewhere in there, on each album (and he’s done more than 20) there’ll be a truly great song. Again, maybe more. He’s never really been a blues artist but always […]
Luke Haines Rock and Roll Animals Cherry Red/Southbound Only a cunt like Luke Haines would make an album like Rock and Roll Animals. Notice I said would rather than could. Almost anyone could give it a go – most wouldn’t allow it out in public; too scared they’d be laughed out of town if they […]
Red Jacket Mine Someone Else’s Cake Fin Records Someone Else’s Cake is the third full-lengther from this Seattle power-pop quartet. It’s 2013-meets-1979 with obvious Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Squeeze, Graham Parker influences. And then there are the American bands – everything from Big Star to The Minus 5, I thought, too, of The Grays (that […]
John Hiatt, Bring The Family (1987) After years of hearing about John Hiatt – his songwriting prowess, particularly – I picked up this live album, nice and cheap. And I loved it. When I finally picked up Bring The Family I realised that so many of those songs had formed the backbone of his live […]