I have landed in Utopia today, but landed totally confused. By accident, I happened upon a band named Olympic Swimmers (Glasgow, Scotland), and yet it doesn’t appear as if many other folks have discovered them – at least not many Americans (not yet). How can this be? The voice of Susie Smillie just melts me. Good God, when she belts out the word “on” in the … Continue reading Pears and Apples – Olympic Swimmers
Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert This song by Micah Gilbert (an American musician born in Athens, who now lives in Scotland) is a beautiful reminder – or an urging, rather – to stop carrying the heavy pain we feel. Sometimes it just feels so damned comfortable to accept the role of the victim. You’ve been hurt. It hurts. It’s so unfair. Sometimes we really do … Continue reading Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert
The layers in this song. No emotions are strong enough to explain this song. Even the words… they don’t do it justice. It’s the mood. Just listen: Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep Moonlight spills on comic books And superstars in magazines An old friend calls and tells us where to meet Her plane takes off from Baltimore And touches down on Bourbon … Continue reading Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand – Primitive Radio Gods
New Christmas songs that aren’t cutesy and irritating – and aren’t remakes of the old good chorals – are hard to come by. And until now, there’s probably never been a seasonal Christmas song that could be added to a non-seasonal playlist. Enter the song In Excelsis Deo by the Glasgow-based band There Will Be Fireworks.
What’s so brilliant about this song is the way it actually captures the mood we get when we go home for Christmas. That special mood where the world has kind of stopped and you’re taken back in time to Continue reading “In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks”
Morning Parade is one of the all-encompassing great bands right now. You won’t find any gimmicks here, just solid band goodness. The lead singer, Steve Sparrow (he also plays piano and guitar) belts out songs that will make you say, “Yeah, Steve. I’ll wash your dishes and clean your floors for the rest of your life if you’ll just sing for me.” Phil Titus (bass), Chad Thomas (guitar) and Ben Giddings (piano/synths) certainly deserve praise, of course. Yet the drummer, Andrew Hayes, wow… he just drives me crazy with love. He goes off on a tangent without taking away from the music, which is a rarity. It’s as if the rest of the band has said, “Okay, just ignore Andy and let him do his thing… he’s perfect that way.” And he is. In fact, he opens almost every song….. Hayes drums and then the band lets loose. Continue reading “Headlights—Morning Parade”
Micah Gilbert was born in Athens, Ga., and after years of self-taught intellect, and going from here to there, he landed in Scotland and is now finally being seen for what he has always been: a prodigy. Like the duck-billed platypus, Gilbert is sui generis (one of a kind), because
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