Helsinki’s FORWARDMAN: “Vinyl sounds better.”

HAVING first piqued my interest with the release of his ‘Sleepwalk’ video in 2019, Forwardman — Helsinki-based singer songwriter Sakari Viittala — could not be accused of resting on his laurels and is now preparing for the launch of the vinyl edition of his album, ‘The Brass Bandit Transaction.’ “I feel elevated. Having my music…

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TREVOR MEYER’S ‘DESERT ISLAND ALBUM’

I REALLY enjoy the concept and mental challenge of trying to pin down one album I would like to have with me on a desert island. I’ve thought considerably about the criteria that would make an ideal album for that setting. Perhaps, my favourite album of all time ‘The Stone Roses?’ Or, maybe the most…

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Something For The Weekend?

CONTAINING a blissful mix of Stereolab, Burt Bacharach and AIR, Brooklyn-based ROMAN ANGELOS today delivers an early contender for song of the year with ‘Swimming Through The Aisles,’ the lead track from the forthcoming ‘Music for Underwater Supermarkets’ album. Roman Angelos is the solo project of producer Rich Bennett, allowing him to explore his obsession with…

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ERIC LINDEN: Wordsmith extraordinaire

PERHAPS it’s his stints as an actor, director, and playwright, or that he earns his living as an English teacher that explains the extra focus Eric Linden places on his lyrics during the song writing process. But whatever it is, he is without doubt one of the wordsmiths to watch this year as the release of ‘3,000…

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GEE NELSON’S DESERT ISLAND ALBUM

I’VE been asked what record to take with me to a desert island. That’s a really difficult question, because there are so many good albums. But for this blog I want to leave the mainstream music and go to the underground scene. The good thing about being an indie musician is that you meet a lot…

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Something For The Weekend?

WORKING out of the small coastal town of Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Royal Chant are without question Australia’s current best kept secret. In fact, it’s such a secret it would appear Australia haven’t grasped exactly how good the band are. Yet. Formed in 2009 by ex-pat American Mark Spence, with Wade Mobbs joining the band on drums…

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PETE POET and his New Year’s Day DESERT ISLAND ALBUM

THIS album already feels like it has been my desert island disc! I listened to it on a loop back in the days when I moved to Rome. It kicks off with a grimy horn and guitar and riff. “Hang on St. Christopher on the passenger side. Open it up and now the devil can…

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JOHN MICHIE: A Peek Behind The Beard [Part Two]

You’re happy at home in Morpeth — but would you consider a return to London if it furthered your career? That’s a tough one. I’d probably have a flat in Camden but only as a place to stop over. I have two cats to bring up in Morpeth and must put the next generation first….

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JOHN MICHIE’S STATE OF THE (INDIE MUSIC) NATION ADDRESS (Part One)

HE’S Twitter’s champion of the unsigned musician, readily available and happy to offer wise words of encouragement and guidance to all who seek his counsel. His Twittersphere touches every continent, but how comfortable does the King’s crown fit his head? I TRY to help where I can and believe the unsigned guys are the best….

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Joe Adhemar’s (Christmas Day) Desert Island Album

SPIRIT OF EDEN – Talk Talk – 1997 Remaster THIS album got its first listen by me around 2007, so I was a late adopter. It’s one of those albums that just hasn’t ever been given much consideration in the TOP 100’s of music journalists over the years. Why? I think it’s because Mark Hollis,…

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