Gear Review #4: Hagström HB-8

One of the main challenges of playing with a typical rock or blues trio setup is filling the sonic space left when the guitarist takes a solo. Usually this calls upon the bassist and drummer to get a lot busier, and cram in more sound to fill the void. Another option is to do what […]

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Glastonbury: Kanye’s Only Crime Is Being A Bit Of A Prat

I’ve never been to the Glastonbury Festival. I’ve never really had much desire to, truth be told. As a music enthusiast, I would be going for the music, rather than “the experience,” and in my own lifetime I’ve never seen a lineup that’s made me think, actually, I’d want to see that. As such, when […]

The Grinning, Leering Face of Corporatised Dystopia Swallows Denmark Street in its Inexorable Ingestion of London

Or, “Goodbye to Denmark Street; I hope you’re fucking happy, Mr Johnson.” As usual, I’m a few weeks behind the curve on this one: the articles have been written, the petition has been signed, and the developers are riding roughshod over public interest. London has lost the 12-Bar Club and Enterprise Studios. As many other […]

The Introverted Musician

Content note: some mention of depression. I’d be very interested to find a reliable statistic for the proportion of musicians who are introverted. It seems it’s hard enough to get a reliable figure for the population in general without carrying out a census-style enforced personality test. The scientist in me thinks this is a pity, […]

Gear Review #3: Gibson Thunderbird

For this review, I decided to take the modern, high-tech approach, and mumble my way through a video, so you can see and hear the thing as well: …which conveniently reduces the amount of waffling I have to do here. I’m aware that Gibson (and Gibson-style) basses have long been an acquired taste, perhaps because […]

The Co-op’s Unsigned Playlist, RIP?

I was a little surprised to see this headline earlier today. Apparently the Co-op switched to exclusively playing music by unsigned artists in their supermarkets, but after widespread complaint by the staff working in them, they have reverted to playing chart music. To be honest, I was mainly surprised because I hadn’t heard that the […]