HOW DO LIKE YOUR BLUE-EYED BOY, MR DEATH?
a phenomenal writer. If you don’t know his work, check out The Gospel Singer.
Filed under: Gigs!, Photos | Tags: Caretaker, Forest Swords, Newcastle Roller Girls, Nurse With Wound
The Sisters Brothers was one of the best novels I’d read in ages. This is de Witts’ debut and is also pretty damn good. It does have the feel of a first novel and it doesn’t all work – the device set up at the start where the narrator is seemingly assembling notes for a book doesn’t really sustain – but even still, there’s a very dark humour, a curious warmth (and warm curiosity) about this account of a seemingly backstory-free barkeep in a seedy Hollywood bar. Nods to Bukowski without being in hock to him, some fanatically realised characters, some very funny anecdotes. Excellent stuff.
Filed under: Miscellaneous, Reading | Tags: Mungo's Hi Fi, No Ice Cream Sound, reggae, Sound Systems, Woofah
Now the mighty Woofah has ceased production, it’s time for No Ice Cream Sound. A bit less glossy than Woofah (well, that was run by a bunch of middle aged fops and intellectuals), NICS has a similar mix of interviews, reviews, features, lists and daftness. Nice feature on the mighty Mungo’s Hi FI (and a related UK system overview) in this one.
Seems to sell out pretty damn fast (and back issues are non-existent, which is a pain cos I only discovered it at issue 3) so wake the town and tell the people
(oh, and I was kidding about the Woofah crew. That John Eden guy is no intellectual 😉 )
STOP PRESS: Rumours of Woofah’s demise were premature – there will be one final, fifth issue. Good!
This is a reunion I can really get behind (hence dragging myself to that charmless dump Ally Pally at the end of May.
Apparently there’ll be no new material, just a few dates. Works for me. They’ve got one of the best back catalogues around.
“Our place in history is secure. All we have to do is… I’ll put it to you this way, man. Every time I walk onstage, I play for my rep. You know what I mean? I come out swinging. And I will come out swinging in whatever group I’m in. And it will be no different with these guys. We’ve got great songs, we are a great live band. And in our time, I would put us against any band in the fucking world, you know what I mean?”
A lovely piece about Jonathan Richman’s Corner Store by Tim Jonze in today’s Guardian happily also contained a link to one of my favourite pieces of music journalism ever, in which Laura Barton traces Richman’s steps in Roadrunner.