Interview | Pete Paphides talks about Broken Greek, the three records he’d save from a burning house and more

“The music is the ante-room you have go through to get the measure of someone.” It was great to grab some time with Pete last week, he was incredibly generous with his time, and the unique and deep answers he gave across a range of musical topics. He also has a great way of putting … Continue reading Interview | Pete Paphides talks about Broken Greek, the three records he’d save from a burning house and more

Lost classic #3 David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name

In February of this year, David Crosby's 1971 album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, will reach its 50th anniversary. Over the years it has found its way into many people's hearts, an album that you soak up and always return to again. It has become one of those albums in my collection that … Continue reading Lost classic #3 David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name

Interview with Tommy Scott – talking about his new album, Space, musical influences and Eric’s. Plus album review.

The Thomas Scott Quintet release their new album, Marionette, on 22 November. With a pre sale for the white vinyl and CD starting on 24 October. More details here. I caught up with Tommy to talk about the new album and also his time in 90’s pop mavericks, Space, and further back in time to … Continue reading Interview with Tommy Scott – talking about his new album, Space, musical influences and Eric’s. Plus album review.

Book review | Every record tells a story – a vinyl handbook by Steve Carr

A few weeks ago we were having an Italian meal out and I attracted questioning from the family as to why I was pocketing a number of toothpicks from the table as we left. Ah, well.. I explained, I'm reading a book by this guy called Steve Carr and he explains how you can mend … Continue reading Book review | Every record tells a story – a vinyl handbook by Steve Carr

REVIEW – Looking Through A Glass Onion | The Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-72, Various Artists, 3CD

Out 16 October on Grapefruit/Cherry Red - a new collection of late sixties and psych driven covers of Beatles songs. Order here. From the Rolling Stones picking up I wanna be your man from Lennon and McCartney to Joe Cocker transforming With a little help from my friends so many bands have sought to hook … Continue reading REVIEW – Looking Through A Glass Onion | The Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-72, Various Artists, 3CD

REVIEW – Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets | Live at the Roundhouse

Storming live set from the Saucers, breathing new life and vibrancy into early Floyd. No Comfortably numb here. I dived into the new live CD and the film on DVD. Riding high at number 5 in the UK charts this week. Since my teens I've been obsessed about the late 60s psych scene in London … Continue reading REVIEW – Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets | Live at the Roundhouse

David Ian Roberts – From the harbour – interview & review

From the harbour A few weeks ago, an artist I’d not heard of before, David Ian Roberts, dropped into my twitter feed (Cheers Nick!). Several people were waxing lyrical about his new album, ‘From the harbour’. The musical references peaked my interest and heading over to BandCamp I listened to an album that has easily … Continue reading David Ian Roberts – From the harbour – interview & review

Interview with Guy Pratt – talking Floyd, Saucers, Marr, Bowie, musical influences & more

“There was one of those old Sony cassette players, I hit play and Baba O’Riley came on – and that was it, my whole world went out the window.” I was incredibly lucky to spend 50 minutes, down a rather grainy Zoom line, with legendary bass player Guy Pratt. He should need no introduction, but … Continue reading Interview with Guy Pratt – talking Floyd, Saucers, Marr, Bowie, musical influences & more

No holiday in the sun – weekly Spotify playlist

Here are the latest tunes - new and old - that I’ve listened to over the last week, the week we were meant to be on holiday. Luckily the weather held up at home and these tunes lifted the week. New stuff in the first half, older tunes at the back half. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3A23Wgzehipf5JjZnEJO9h?si=cjPuT184TA2lE2nLEQH8UA First up … Continue reading No holiday in the sun – weekly Spotify playlist

Interview with Pete Wilkinson – talking Shack, Cast, Bunnymen, Aviator & more

Was very lucky to grab a chat with Pete Wilkinson, about his musical journey with Shack, Cast, Echo and the Bunnymen, and his latest Project, Aviator and the new album ‘All you haters’. You’ll may also know from my previous post that Shack’s Waterpistol is one of my all time favourite albums, so plenty of … Continue reading Interview with Pete Wilkinson – talking Shack, Cast, Bunnymen, Aviator & more

Less locked down – tracks #1

Here is this week’s playlist. Not quite such a stellar range of new releases this week but still some great new stuff around. https://open.spotify.com/user/woodsteve/playlist/5gZmC5jGzsKn5HCvmj83VD?si=E0HjOdvjSymDMuaU1iaEQw Paul Weller’s new single, More, is an absolute gem and can’t wait for the new album. So much in this track - hard to know where to start - motorik rhythm, … Continue reading Less locked down – tracks #1

Out through the red door – the magic of Five Thirty

Five Thirty - Bed The pop-art, psych and mod of their debut album Bed. My take on their classic, including a new interview with bassist and songwriter Tara Milton! To interview Tara after all these years of listening to the music has been brilliant – his insight on the music went beyond my expectations. We … Continue reading Out through the red door – the magic of Five Thirty

Lockdown listening week #12

This week’s playlist - new music released on Friday, other new discoveries and music that got me through the week. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3C0whG29W9wYLUX0tm3Ige?si=C_8qkLWbQamwh79pHa5fUw Some great new music released this week, maybe labels are starting to realise that new music can still be successfully released during lockdown. Absolute belter of a new tune from Songhoy blues from Mali. … Continue reading Lockdown listening week #12

What I listened to this week

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/78pHyElMn4obrbUlBiLa0C?si=uGiDrl-jTEy9XN3FafXThg Here is my playlist from this week. A great discovery (via Guy Garvey on BBC 6Music) was this collaboration between Nusrut Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder's - 'The long road', taken from the Dead Man Walking Soundtrack, from 1995. Completely missed it at the time. I've not been the greatest of Pearl Jam … Continue reading What I listened to this week