In which the blogger raves about one of his favourite albums, Twilight by The Handsome Family, in the hope that he’ll encourage more people to hear it. Snow White Diner I like Janice Forsyth on BBC Radio Scotland. Not only has she given my songs airplay, but one evening in 2001, I was stopped in … Read more The Handsome Family – Twilight
One of those Facebook memes came to me – your favourite albums. I had to bypass the Incredible String Band, the Beatles and King Crimson and pick these two double albums, the ones I consistently most enjoy listening to – Rogue’s Gallery and Son of Rogue’s Gallery. What’s Rogue’s Gallery? A double album, released in … Read more Rogue’s Gallery – three centuries of musical glory
The other week I wrote about Gabriel Yacoub and his band Malicorne. I forgot to mention one of my favourite Malicorne songs – the story of a gruesome murder carried out by a student – at his mother’s request, no less. It’s called L’Écolier Assassin and comes from their album Almanach. I loved this song … Read more Lovely melodies and gruesome murders – don’t you love folk music?
Gabriel Yacoub is probably the Richard Thompson of the French music scene, from his first album with his then-wife Marie in 1975 to the recent reunion of his folk-rock-prog band Malicorne. Here’s a short introduction to his work. Across a crowded market I was in Paris, my first time abroad with my girlfriend, in the … Read more Gabriel Yacoub – raconteur extraordinaire
I sat four rows from the front. The front line of the band was three full drumkits. The set list was largely drawn from a period of the band’s history that hadn’t greatly interested me before. I had earplugs in, but I took them out after three pieces. After two hours I thought this was … Read more King Crimson: love letters and hot dates
Last May I decamped with a bunch of musician friends to a ski lodge in the Highlands for a weekend of recording and jamming. The last song of the weekend was at about 2 o’clock on the Monday morning. To the few still up, I quietly sang Momus’s Bishonen. I’d known the song for years … Read more Momus in the 90s: the Tender Pervert