Animal Kingdom’s Signs and wonders, which is released on Monday 28 September, is a quiet album that grows on you. It’s like Arthur Lee’s Love has been reborn, but instead of heralding the end of the hippy utopia, Animal Kingdom hope to lead a revival. While the final track, Chalk Stars, is clearly Continue reading
Born in 1969, my memories of the 1970s are limited, but I do recall the National Front at their peak; being forced to choose between Arsenal, my local football team, and Spurs, supported by my dad; glue sniffers allegedly controlling the council estates; my parents’ finding punk so totalling incomprehensible; power cuts; and Continue reading
Twisted Wheel rattle through eleven tracks in a little over thirty minutes to deliver a fast and furious debut. A little reminiscent of punk’s heady early days, perhaps, or a glimpse of what Oasis would be been like if they weren’t so overproduced. This is more 6Music than Radio 1. You’ll want to Continue reading
When Tory MEP Daniel Hannan attacked the NHS on Fox News, David Cameron was quick to disown him as eccentric. Unbowed, Hannan went out of his way to wind-up his opponents a little more by citing Enoch Powell, who is best known for stirring racial hatred with his Rivers of Blood speech. But Continue reading
I’ve never made a purchase from the Painful Lives section at Waterstones. Like self-help books, all you need to know is generally contained in the title: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway say, or Daddy’s Little Earner. Who needs to read 50,000 words? But when Amazon invited me to take a look Continue reading
YouTube-podcast Who could forget the ever magical Elbow? Well I nearly did, but here they are brightening what was an occassionally lacklustre Saturday at V Festival, Staffordshire, 2009.