These articles often start with a saved cutting, so I keep saving cuttings, but sometimes you’ve got to have a clear-out.

Mark Beaumont, Gdn 29.10.13, made me interested in Mac de Marco.

His review  includes several links to records –

Writing about a live gig, he said:  “Like all keg parties, eventually things get loose and lascivious. Baby’s Wearing Blue Jeans and the hopeful-for-a-threesome Me and Jon Hanging On are the night’s sleazy drunken lunges, then the show descends into 20 minutes of comedy covers. becomes bawling thrashcore, and everything from Bachman Turner Overdrive’s Takin’ Care of Business to Enter Sandman, Stairway to Heaven and JJ Cale’s Cocaine gets reworked as a shambolic pastiche, mostly about Katy Perry and oral sex. The yodelling elation of Together pulls the show back in time for Mac’s celebratory stagedive, but you wonder how his basement funk party vibe can transfer to bigger venues without sounding colder, more trad. Catch him while he’s fun-sized.”

Was also engaged by Robin Denselow on Sam Amidon, from Vermont

And sometime I must look up the 2013 Mercury Prize winner James Blake??

Meanwhile, also noted …

* Neil McCormick on Boomtown Rats revival, Sun Tel 18.6.13:  “Geldof briefly made a great fist of being a rock star, using music as a classic mode of escape from crushing limitations. They may not be much celebrated now, but when The Boomtown Rats released their second album, A Tonic for the Troops, in 1978, it was greeted at all the hippest music papers as a pop masterpiece.

“It contains the forgotten gem I Never Loved Eva Braun, perhaps the most audacious lyric in rock history. Delivered as a new wave Brechtian pastiche, Geldof sings in the character of Adolf Hitler, moaning about his place in history, ‘Oh yeah, I conquered all those countries/ They were weak, I was strong/ A little too ambitious maybe/ But I never loved Eva Braun.’ It still makes me laugh when I hear it.”

* Howard Jacobsen in Teleg Mag 15.6.13 on a favourite record: “A 78rpm single [pictured] of the French singer Georges Guétary singing La Belle Marguerite from the 1947 operetta Bless the Bride. I was five when I first heard it on the radio, and I sang it and sang it. I wanted to sing with Guétary’s broken accent, his gently lilting tenor voice and – as I saw it – his erotic charm. It encapsulated romance for me.”

* Michael Hann, Guardian, reviewing new Mark Mulcahy album, Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You

“There won’t be a mass audience of course and those who adore Mulcahy will again wonder why.”

Amazon offers some Mulcahy MP3s on a try-before-you-buy basis at

* Neil McCormick, Teleg, on new album, 13, from Black Sabbath: “There is a real sense of top professionals at work.”

* Will Hodgkinson, Times, on same album: “Ultra-heavy, sludge-slow riffs played out against Osborne’s weedy but threatening voice as he sings about subjects that could have come from the pages of a Dennis Wheatley novel … knuckle-dragging biker rock at its finest.”

* Robin Denselow, Gdn 13.6.13, reviews Knock Knock Get Up by David Wax Museum; mentions “donkey-jaw percussion” and says: “This is global crossover music at its best. Boston-based David Wax and Suz Slezak mix brassy or accordion-backed Mexican themes and Americana with indie rock to create a fusion that is as cheerfully infectious as it is original.”

Sample at



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