Short Story in a Song— Suprgrass’ “Caught by the Fuzz” by S W Lauden

  Britpop. Bands that defined this ad hoc 90s musical genre took their inspiration from previous decades—60s pop, 70s glam and punk, 80s new wave—blending them together into a vibe-y cultural cocktail. The best songs from the era delivered melodies, hooks and plenty of snotty attitude from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Elastica, Pulp and…

Rip Torn vs. Norman Mailer

Maidstone is a 1970 American film written, produced, and directed by Norman Mailer. It stars Norman Mailer, Rip Torn, and Isabelle Dufresne. Mailer plays a filmmaker running for president who makes a movie while campaigning, fights with every political party and his wife, and has his life threatened. On the last day of shooting, a…

BLOOD ON THE BLACKTOP RURAL NOIR BY S.A. COSBY

Years ago, when I first started writing what would become my first crime novel, My Darkest Prayer, I had a fellow writer tell me they didn’t like “country” or “rural” noir. When I asked them why they said: “I just don’t buy it. I can’t believe all that crime happens in the country.” I’ll clean…

Satin Jacket Blues by Alan Savage

Like a cross between the films Kes and That’ll Be The Day, Alan Savage‘s Satin Jacket Blues is part coming-of-age story and part rock memoir. Kicking off  at the start of the seventies and ending in 1980, Savage’s autobiography is the story of a frustrated working class lad living in the heavily industrial north-east of…

The Room in The Wood – The Mars EP

“Candid and catchy.. between Wall of Voodoo’s Stan Ridgway, The Fall and more folk-pop territory with The Doors also a likely deeper influence” – Big Takeover Magazine “Brilliant offering, loaded with optimism and wit. This lush and highly memorable music calls to mind other local bands like The Railway Children and Echo & The Bunnymen… gives every…

The very definition of the difficult second album? St Lucifer – Music is Violence

Music is violence/confusion is silence… …. Or possibly 18 months of violence, confusion, trauma, death, divorce, breakdowns and a line-up change which would have finished most bands and left the remainder quivering in a corner. To lose one band member – self-styled ‘sartorial percussionist’ Charlie Bergmann – may have seemed careless (poor lad had exams…

Christopher Sky – Vastness

This is a fine piece of work, triggering chilled and sometimes dark dreamery, always taking you to a great place. Christopher Sky once again shares a space-drift vibe in a range of pleasurable frequencies” – The Record Stache Aagoo Records has announced the forthcoming release of ‘Vastness’, the third full-length album from LA-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Sky (a.k.a. Christopher Garcia). This…

Mirror Song by Burning House

“Fusing vintage American indie rock with shoegaze tapestries, the band’s blissed out style forever verges on the edge of raucous collapse”– Clash Music “Recalling the wild but awesome fuzz- and feedback-driven noise channeled through the likes of Swervedriver and Jesus & Mary Chain, Southampton’s Burning House produces a fine slice of heavy shoegaze bliss with a…

Write on with Obliterati Press… by Nick Quantrill

Formed by Nathan O’Hagan and Wayne Leeming, Obliterati Press has quickly become a must-read for people who like their words at the grittier end of the scale. It’s also a publisher with strong connections to Hull and the East Riding. Nathan joined  Nick Quantrill for a chat to explain all… Nick – Love what you lads…