• Reviews: Aiha Higurashi, Sex Machineguns, The Boot Conductor

    9 Jun 2006, 22:09 by djgizmoe

    More from my Japanzine review archives:

    Aiha Higurashi
    Ki/oon Records

    Why are solo albums such bring-downs? Ms. Higurashi has been rocking it as the front-woman for Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her for years now, and what possessed her to leave, we may never know. What we do know is that, predictably, the melodies are catchier, but the rough edges have not been so much as trimmed as sandblasted off with extreme prejudice. “YUMEMITAI” starts things off hopefully, with jerky guitar hooks and nice vocals in both English and Japanese. Then it comes time for guess the influences. “Till the Time Comes” is Cibo Matto all over (and in a good way), “Dead Horse” is the Cure note for note and “Living Source” is just SO YMO (circa 1985). Not to say that this is crap in any way, shape or form, but from Aiha, a veteran of one of the more daring and influential roots rock bands of past years, one expects a little more. Here’s to hoping for a little less sugar and a little more spice next time.
  • Rick Wirght is the new Syd Barrett

    27 May 2006, 10:46 by armhole

    Fantastic, on BBC2's "Later with twatface Holland" last night, I was chuffed to see David Gilmour playing with his new solo band, which now features Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music Snowy White (Lap Slide Guitar) from the Animals and Wall line ups of Pink Floyd, Jon Carin (keyboars)from the later era live Pink Floyd band.

    Even better was the perfect, and I mean perfect, Byrds-mongous back up vocals from Graham Nash and David Crosby. I'm not that over-whelmed by Dave's new stuff, but I think it stands up pretty well, and you really can't knock his guitar playing.

    Best of all though the show closed with Rick Wright dragging his keyboards from out of the shadows (where he had been previously been playing some truly classic bum notes) to sing - incredibly - Arnold Laynethe first ever Floyd single.

    Rick's vocals were a bit mumbly and shaky, and he was singing in the equivelant of Syd Barrett's lower register, but somehow that made it slightly convincing. …
  • This Day in Music History - May 5

    5 May 2006, 14:56 by ChetSparks

    - This Day in Music History - May 5 -

    Bono has a big voice, yes, but let him sing over a Portishead track, and there's nothing left of it.
    -Beth Gibbons

    The Music Hall (later Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening with its first public performance. The first performer was Pyotr llych Tchaikovsky.

    "The Billboard" (later called "Billboard") began weekly publication instead of monthly after six years of publication.

    Born on this day, Bill Ward, drums, Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single 'Paranoid').

    Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when 'Heartbreak Hotel' went to the top of the charts. His debut album also went to No.1.

    Born on this day, Ian McCulloch, Echo And The Bunnymen, (1983 UK No.8 single 'The Cutter').

    On a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. …
  • Concert #96 - David Gilmour - April 5, 2006

    6 Apr 2006, 07:32 by Rifugium

    An Evening with David Gilmour at Radio City Music Hall, New York City. Featuring Richard Wright on keys, and special guests David Crosby and Graham Nash.

    This Heaven
    Red Sky at Night
    Take a Breath
    Then I Close My Eyes
    On An Island (w/Crosby & Nash)
    The Blue (w/Crosby & Nash)
    A Pocketful of Stones
    Where We Start
    Shine On You Crazy Diamond (I-V) (w/Crosby & Nash)
    Wot's...Uh The Deal
    Wearing The Inside Out
    Coming Back to Life
    Speak To Me/Breathe
    Time/Breathe Reprise
    High Hopes
    Wish You Were Here
    Find the Cost of Freedom (CSN&Y cover a cappella w/Gilmour, Crosby & Nash)
    Comfortably Numb