Lovely melodies and gruesome murders – don’t you love folk music?

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 moreLovely melodies and gruesome murders – don’t you love folk music?

Jackie Leven: beauty in his wounds

Jackie Leven onstage

Remember how you discovered new music before the internet? There was radio, the occasional TV programme and the music press. Sometimes you’d hear something and decide you wanted to buy it (so you could hear it whenever you want) and sometimes you’d take a chance and buy something without hearing it because of a writeup … Read moreJackie Leven: beauty in his wounds

Jonathan Richman: Innocent like a Rock

Jonathan Richman in concert

For over forty years, Jonathan Richman has been scattering gems of wide-eyed wonder and celebration, set to a rockin’ beat. But don’t mistake his innocence for naivety or lack of intelligence. Far from it. He knows exactly what he’s doing and has had a clear vision and world-view from the start. Here’s my take on … Read moreJonathan Richman: Innocent like a Rock

Kevin Ayers – champagne and valium

Kevin Ayers performing on Old Grey Whistle Test

Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett were the two most important people in British pop music. Everything that came after came from them. (Nick Kent) For six or seven years in the late 60s and early 70s, Kevin Ayers came to the brink of mainstream success. With his debonair English charm, deep wine-soaked voice and lost-boy … Read moreKevin Ayers – champagne and valium