Sunday, 4 December 2016

Live Review: Cock Sparrer at Chicago Double Door, 2nd December, 2016

Acclaimed novelist Ann Sterzinger reviews one of Cocksparrer's Chicago gigs for Revenge. Rock fans will definitely enjoy her masterpiece NVSQVAM (nowhere). Buy it here.


Cock Sparrer vs. The Millennials


It’s way too easy for people who live online and amongst Millennial culture to flip out over the dearth of testosterone in modern society. Well, here’s some perspective for you: guys who never get stuck doing manual labor never have been terribly masculine in the first place, whether they be middle-class gits in the 1970s or Patreon babies now. And “society” should not be judged by millennials, who will all be dead of obesity-related diseases and out of our hair by 2030 anyway. Go out and watch some grizzled and life-worn gen-Xers jumping around to our old-people punk rock music, and you will be assured that big manly dudes are alive and well. They don’t even have to read Return of Kings to puzzle out how to be well. If you live in the real world—neither academia nor the Intertube—then if you’re born a man, being a man comes pretty naturally. Who knew?

Japanese TV: Interview with Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins

Pull quote: "We come from some sort of an alternative world and we just don't believe in doing things normally..."
Billy Corgan interviewed by Japanese TV in the 1990s, intercut with live performances:

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

SLAVOJ ZIZEK ON LAIBACH'S CRITIQUE OF WESTERN POWER


The world famous Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizak on Laibach's 2015 performance in North Korea. Zizek views Laibach as a grim Schmittian celebration of the true nature of political power everywhere - but especially in the West - rather than a mocking parody of totalitarianism and an attempt to find "humanity" beneath the mask of power, a long-established Leftist misinterpretation of the group.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

ROCKUMENTARY: LOOP ON THE BEEB, 1989


Loop were psychedelic, punk-inflected, grungey, stoner rock from the late 80s, with a hat-tip or two to the Stooges and Suicide. This was topped off with a reticent and slightly pretentious demeanour. Catch them in all their fuzzy and reluctant glory in this brief TV spot from the BBC 27 years ago.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Interview: Carl Barat


In 2010, at the height of my career as a music journalist, I was sent a copy of Carl Barat's eponymous solo album. Unlike the shambolic shite that the Libertines used to knock out, it was actually quite decent, so I decided to throw my weight behind him and do an interview article. Here is a vid of my interview with an extremely jetlagged Barat in Tokyo, bravely doing his press duties...

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: BON JOVI, "KEEP THE FAITH"

With Keep the Faith, Bon Jovi don't really deviate too much from their well-trodden path… The contagious title track, a vast lyrical hook steeped in EMF overtones, should be well ingrained in your psyche by now. If I Was Your Mother crunches as hard as Bon Jovi have ever done, and even features an ELO-styled vocal bridge that Axl would kill for.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Self-Loathing Whiteys of Rock (2): Billie Joe Armstrong


More just-out-of-rehab wisdom from White race cuck Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day fame, making a statement that embraces Leftist anti-White narratives while avoiding all the facts:
"A lot of white people should shut up and listen. They really don't know what the African-American experience truly is. When you have people getting shot in their cars for no reason and being put in fucking jail cells and it's for profit, we have a serious problem, and the first thing you need to do is get educated. Don't try to do this, like, 'Blue lives matter.' Don't try to do the 'All lives matter.' Just shut up and listen to the experience. And then move forward after that."

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

YOSHITOMO NARA'S STRANGE INSPIRAL CARPETS FIXATION


Yoshitomo Nara is one of the top three or four contemporary Japanese artists, painting pop art pics of cute but gnarly children with large heads. He also seems to have a deep love of the 80s and 90s "Madchester" outfit the Inspiral Carpets, going by this work of art, I chanced upon recently. The canvas includes the lyrics to the Oldham band's 1990 classic and minor hit This is How it Feels.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Preview: Biffy Clyro / Trashcan Sinatras, Japan 2010

Biffy Clyro
It's not often that you get two bands from the same small corner of Scotland appearing in Japan at the same time, but that's what's happening next week when Ayrshire bands Trashcan Sinatras and Biffy Clyro show up. Nothing but a coincidence apparently, and in other respects the bands are quite different.

The Trashcans, with their literate, sophisticated adult pop are one of the "could-have-beens" of the 1980s and early '90s, attracting big label attention for a few years, before being dropped because they didn't fit easily into any marketing niches.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Interview: Zodiac Mindwarp


 Senses Working Overtime


Zodiac Mindwarp and his cronies are about to unleash a second slab of their raw, primal biker anthems onto an unsuspecting public. The album is entitled Hoodlum Thunder and it will be interesting to see if Zodiac can recapture the glory of his Prime Mover days.

So, over a few jars in a quiet pub, I asked him to begin with how they found their new member bassist Suzi x?
“I don't know actually,” the Zodiac replies, straight faced. “I think Cobalt, the guitarist, brought him along one day. He had all the qualifications -- drug dependency and alcohol abuse. He fits right in.”

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Album Review: David Byrne, "Look Into the Eyeball"


In an article in the New York Times, David Byrne once said that he hated World Music, surprising for someone whose own music incorporates elements of Samba, African Pop, and a plethora of other influences. But what he was criticizing was the way the term is used to relegate the vast majority of the music produced in the world "into the realm of something exotic and therefore cute, weird but safe."

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Interview: Graham Bonnet & Bob Kulick, Blackthorne

Kulick and Bonnet, 2nd and 3rd from left.

Masters of Reality


Blackthorne, put together by guitarist Bob Kulick and featuring the renowned vocal talents of Graham Bonnet, as well as Jimmy Waldo (keyboards), Chuck Wright (bass), and Frankie Banali (drums), are an ongoing, touring monster.

So impressed was Bonnet with the material that he returned to LA. Kulick too was impressed by the project.

"It's worked out great. This is the best rhythm section I've ever worked with and also the best singer I worked with," which is a statement not to be taken lightly considering his portfolio (KISS, WASP, etc).

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Album Review: Gomez "In Our Gun"

It's postulated that once the Universe stops expanding, it will start contracting and that Time itself will start running backwards.

Musically, this has already started to happen with certain bands like Gomez, who continue to develop by rediscovering the past.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Video: Golden Years


Ricky Gervais found stardom in 2001 with the hit comedy series The Office, but much of that highly successful series derived from a 20-minute comedy film Gervais made a few years earlier, where he played a 37-year-old businessman with aspirations to be a David Bowie impersonator.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Album Review: Voivod, "Angel Rat"

VOIVOD are unpredictable – an immensely strange talent who were instrumental in the development of the techno-Metal/Thrash sound. Over the years their playing has progressed and developed through five LPs tackling the ongoing saga of the 'voivod,' the mythical creature they wove their musical adventures around. The new LP Angel Rat, on MCA and their sixth, represents a complete departure from both the 'voivod' story and also their past noisy musical style.