May 28, 2017

Galants: Galants

Dublin based noise pop quarter Galants are rather good at reviving the loud but melodic rock of the Nineties. Thjier self-titled EP features plenty of distorted guitar duels, dry sounding drums and a bass that goes straight for the gut. By contrast the vocals are rather subdued. Lead single Evergreen contains some pretty good harmonizing - think Hüsker Dü meets The Jesus and Mary Chain. Remnants is a mix of The Smiths and Echo and The Bunnymen.

Galants are off to a good start, but they have to kill their darlings in order to find their own sound.

May 27, 2017

John Cale: Liverpool 2017/05/26 setlist "The Velvet Underground & Nico"

John Cale re-imagined The Velvet Underground & Nico (and quite a bit from White Light/White Heat) to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary @ Clarence Dock, Liverpool, UK - May 26, 2017. Special guests: The Kills, Gruff Rhys, Clinic, Nadine Shah, Fat White Family & Wild Beasts


  1. I'm Waiting For The Man
  2. White Light / White Heat (w/ The Kills)
  3. All Tomorrow's Parties
  4. Venus In Furs
  5. I'll Be Your Mirror
  6. Run Run Run (w/ Clinic)
  7. The Black Angel's Death Song (w/ Gruff Rhys)
  8. Femme Fatale (w/ Nadine Shah)
  9. There She Goes Again
  10. Lady Godiva's Operation
  11. European Son (w/ Clinic)
  12. Sunday Morning (w/ The Kills)
  13. Heroin (w/ Fat White Family)
  14. Sister Ray (w/ all guests)

The celebration continues with three shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York (November 16-18).

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Triggerfinger: third Amsterdam show added

Belgian power trio Triggerfinger have added a third show at De Melkweg in Amsterdam on December 9, after the first tow sold out quickly. It is their first 3-night run at the same venue since 2011 (November 7-9, aleo @ De Melkweg) Their new studio album Colossus hits the shops on August 25 thru Mascot Records. It will be available on black and blue vinyl, CD, and through all the usual digital outlets. All pre-orders will be signed by the band.

A Band Called Jack: Kiss Me b/w Harry

Manchester folk quintet A Band Called Jack write melancholic tunes about love and sad TV shows, and sometime both within the space of a song. Their debut single Kiss Me b/w Harry is a fine example of violin driven old school acoustic music with the vocals upfront. This is a band that thrives on stage, whether it is a big festival or an intimate pug gig, offering solace after your team has lost a big match. Best enjoyed with a pint of exquisite lager.

May 26, 2017

Marco Minnemann's drum set-up

Drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, The Mute Gods) posted a photo of his drum set-up:

Here's the drum set-up you hear on pretty much 99% of the recordings I'm on. It's a custom made DW Jazz series kit, and a hammered 14"x5" Ludwig Black Beauty snare. Cymbals vary and are all Zildjians. Oh yeah and that ride cymbal is a custom made platinum alloy 20", which sounds really unique and lovely. Hope you enjoyed the little geek out.