Beans On Toast might be the name of your favourite breakfast. Look chump, I said it might be. So Beans On Toast is the stage name of my favourite political folk singer, mostly because he’s the only guy who can get away with saying Fuck You Nashville in an explicitly entertaining way. Frank Turner could … Continue reading Beans on Toast – The REAL Glastonbury Fave
“They sound like The Mars Volta’s softer stuff, you know?” said my new Irish friend Ryan after checking out their first release on this VCR POP 4-split EP. “I like it.” While recording at the home of lead-vocalist Alex Coates, guitarist/pianist Ben Bulow (and for the cause of honest journalism, Alex’s kinda glam but always … Continue reading Band Review: Wall Market Racketeers, KRAAK Gallery
This is an article I wrote for THIS IS FAKE DIY, uk, 2012-2013 Album Review: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar Heaven knows why the Unofficial Music Writers’ Collective say second albums are so hard to write. For First Aid Kit, it sounded like the easiest thing the world. The Lion’s Roar graced shelves in … Continue reading Review: First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar
(Feature written by Alex Coates) Hey! It’s October time again, Speechmarks folk. As you may have read in previous posts, I’m with a rather wonderful chap called Alex whom, I’ve definitely been not subtly plugging on this blog for a few years. An aficionado of music since day dot, he writes one of those ‘Best Of’ lists every year; … Continue reading Music’s Not A Competition, But…
Expunged Records have a good’un on their hands. They’re like a mini, folky Blink 182. The Portland (Oregon, US) -based band Foreign Talks seem to be fostering support alongside their labelmates Blind Pilot – a sweet guitar effort which lends kind ears an interesting take on both post rock and folk. The only difference is that Foreign … Continue reading Foreign Talks: Weird Band Name, Awesome Album
When the legends look down from their thrones of rock & roll to applaud a relatively non-glossily-famous musician, you know you’ve either a) found a groupie/child star of the already famous or preferably, b) someone with a whole bunch of talent who acts as muse to the rock gods in question. Arise, Star Anna. “She … Continue reading Go To Hell! And Come Back: Listen To Anna
Kenny Feinstein is a folk-lover’s love if you’re Portlandian. While he’s more commonly known in the US as the frontman for Oregon band Water Tower, he’s recently signed to Fluff & Gravy Records for his cover project, and this month will see the release of a lot of hard work reinterpreting an alt classic of … Continue reading My Bloody Valentine – By Someone Else!
The Decemberists can do no wrong, together and apart. Here’s the lowdown on drummer John Moen’s solo effort part two. Revise Your Maps is the enigmatically – maybe, massively politically inspired/protest title for John’s project. Like the bloke wasn’t always busy, y’know, shooting the front cover of his album: …composing drawings for each of the … Continue reading John Moen: Perhapst it was one of the sweetest records.