Review backlog: Richard Thompson, Alice Cooper, Fleet Foxes

Lately I’ve been reading more music blogging, both from my perennial favourite Popular and the now defunct but fully archived The War Against Silence. Popular is of course Tom Ewing’s rundown of every UK number 1 since the charts started. The War Against Silence was a deeply engaged, deeply subjective run-down of all the albums …

Some neat music stuff I found on Youtube

Loudon Wainwright III singing White Winos on a 2004 Dutch documentary in the Het Uur van de Wolf series. I watched this when it was broadcast. Then, as now, I loved the fact that the producers cared enough to have the song subtitled. When I showed the clip to DFG, she thought LWIII’s head movements …

New Free Richard Thompson song, plus Earth Day Footprint questionnaire

I missed this at Making Light‘s Sidelights, but managed to catch it at Avedon Carol’s Sideshow: Richard Thompson has a new song up on his website, called Dad’s Gonna Kill Me. First impression: pretty energetic delivery with his usual strong guitar work. Dunno if it’s the best writing he’s ever done, yet, but I’ll know …

Fairport Convention – Nine, Live Convention, Rising For the Moon

In my last review of the then-newest batch of Fairport Convention reissues, I mentioned that by the time of Rosie, the band were stuck without any original members and putting together an album consisting in part of left-over Fotheringay tracks. The result was a directionless album, and one wonders why any band would bother to …

Swarb walks!

Following up on my post on Swarbrick Plays Swarbrick, I just found out that Swarb has finally had his lung transplant and has appeared on stage with Fairport Convention on March 12. He was able to walk and even sing along on the choruses of one song! I couldn’t look at those pictures with dry …