After bigging up Manzine in my last post, I thought I’d take even further liberties with my position here and sing the praises of another project I’m involved in that is worthy of attention.
Times are hard for those of us who work on newspapers. Budgets are down, salaries are stagnant, we’re being worked to the point of exploitation and all for what? The odd freebie, the glory of seeing your name at the top of a piece, and the joy of being caught in the corridor by your boss while you plan a prank for a photo about another publication that you write for.
By Simmy Richman | | Friday, 19 November 2010 at 5:51 pm
They say you should never meet your idols and they (whoever they are) are probably right. Lucky for me, then, that Bruce Springsteen has never meant that much to me. He does now.
What is it about the combination of mobile phones and buses that makes some people TALK AS IF THEY ARE TRYING TO WAKE THE DEAD? I have a remedy for this usually: I put my headphones on and listen to music. But the guy this morning was SO LOUD that my usual escape proved useless.
My love of country music and what we still have to irritatingly call Americana now established, it’s time to grudgingly admit that there are probably more than two types of music (country and western).
To that end here’s two things that crossed my path this week that reminded me that the only categories music really falls [...]
OK, there are better videos of Caitlin Rose’s Wednesday-evening Clerkenwell show at the Slaughtered Lamb out there, including this HD one on YouTube http://tiny.cc/lh9cm. But we do what we can here at the Americana-lovers’ wing of the Independent and times are tough, budget are tight etc.
Most of the time support acts are the bit you either (a) stand at the bar and chat through; (b) time your arrival to miss completely, or; (c) watch politely while looking at your watch and waiting for the band you’ve actually come to see. Last night added a (d) to the list; another dimension [...]
Need proof? Try these two new musicians from different parts of the world who both restore your faith in what we’ve come to understand by the term “singer-songwriter”.
OK, I promise to stop banging on about my recent trip to the US after this post. But in all my excitement about Caitlin Rose (see previous post for link to feature), one small musical experience got left behind.
While I was in Seattle to do a piece about the Dreamliner 787, I left a posh [...]
Last time I went to Nashville it was in the 1980s and I couldn’t see any way past the Randy Travis tea towels and the Dollywood-ification of the place. I never found the heart of the town and the experience lasted less than two days and was nearly enough to put me off my then [...]
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