Ashes To Ashes. . .

The hilarious news that Keith Richards snorted his father’s ashes reminds me, obliquely, of an incident involving John Cale, at…

Ten years ago this week

HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO April 2 to 8, 1997 The Wallflowers, led by Jakob 'son of Bob' Dylan, leap…

Bjork’s Volta

As I write, I've just started listening to Bjork's new album, "Volta", for the third time. The first single, "Earth…

Tangled Up In Bob. . .

For anyone not keeping an eye on such things, Bob Dylan started his European tour on Tuesday with a show…

Marnie Stern

I've been meaning to write about the wonderful Marnie Stern album on Kill Rock Stars for a couple of weeks…

Gallows

In between all the meetings and extraneous stuff today (oh, and kicking myself for missing the Leonard Cohen lig that…

Leonard Cohen In Blue Alert

The Cuckoo Club is a swish, luxuriously upholstered private members bar and restaurant, just off Regent Street, where everything that…

1990s

It's odd, but the two albums I've played most in the past week both remind me a bit of LCD…

Ten years Ago This Week

HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO March 26 to April 1, 1997 MTV fire a string of onscreen presenters, after US…

Further thoughts on Elliott Smith

I received an interesting message yesterday from SAm, responding to my preview of the forthcoming Elliott Smith album. "It bothers…

Reading. . .in the beginning

On Monday night, I went to the launch of the 2007 Reading Festival – or the Carling Weekend: Reading And…