Baby Strange: Want It Need It

Every few years a band comes along with the message for young music fans that rock n roll can be fun. The last one was Vaccines, and before that Glas Vegas (maybe not so fun, but it was stripped down) and before that; well, there would have been someone. Baby Strange play swampy garage rock […]

Franz Liszt: Transcriptions of Symphonic Poems

The music on this recording features solo piano versions of Liszt’s orchestral music, either produced by Liszt or transcribed under his supervision. According to the sleeve notes, Liszt often revised his own music while transcribing it, or gave the task to his pupils and select associates, overseeing their work and then revising before publication. These […]

Big Top Heartbreak: Deadbeat Ballads

An album we play quite often is Vincent Black Lighting’s Songs From The Underbelly Part Two (it’s 1,536,042 in music on Amazon). Musically it’s a kind of sedate punk rockabilly with fantastic lyrics about life in North West England (they were from Burnley or somewhere). It was never going to be a hit but they […]

Dan Whitehouse: That’s Where I Belong

Anyone who saw Danny And The Champions Of The World at Biddulph this year will know the Whitehouse sound — soul mixed with a splash of country and folk; this pleasant new album is in fact produced by Danny of Danny And The Champs. That’s Where I Belong is the standout song; it’s very familiar […]