Hello, and welcome! I will adding much more to the site over the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy what you find here.
November 6, 2015
I spoke with Martin Newell about his 'Little French Blue', one of my Top 3 Songs of 2015 (for The Quietus)
'The Comet Of Chaland' (for the Humanoids blog) - There isn't much information available in English on the excellent French comics artist, Yves Chaland, who died far too young at the age of 33 back in 1990. I decided to rectify this and spoke to Hanco Kolk, Joost Swarte, Luc Cornillon, Didier Pasamonik, and Bruno Lecigne to give a picture of his life and work.
December 30, 2015
I've got pieces on the ever-entertaining Martin Newell in the new issues of Shindig! and The Big Takeover. Exciting for me as I've been reading The Big Takeover since I was a teenager. I've also started writing for Under The Radar so look for some reviews in their next issue. For now, I wrote blurbs about the CHVRCHES, Gwenno, and Belle & Sebastian records in UTR's Top 100 Albums of 2015.
I also interviewed Jeffrey Lewis about his 13 All-Time Favourite Comics. A very knowledgeable man, I very much enjoyed our conversation.
April 10, 2016
I interviewed Robyn Hitchcock, one of my favourite songwriters, for Brooklyn Vegan and then reviewed his gig at The Iron Horse in Northampton, MA for Under The Radar.
Comics reviews of Peter Van Dongen's 'Rampokan' and Jacky Fleming's hilarious 'The Trouble With Women' for the latest Quietus Comics Column.
And a review of the rather good new James record for Under The Radar.
I had a very interesting interview with Brecht Evens about his fantastic book, Panther.
Some live reviews:
Guided By Voices at The Paradise, Boston for Under The Radar. This show was so great. Really reminded me how much I LOVE live music and changed my whole outlook on this summer. Hearing Pollard sing 'Baba O'Reilly' is Amazing, Life-Affirming.
Super Furry Animals at The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA for AmeriCymru. Great gig, first time I've ever seen them.
February 5, 2016
I wrote a piece on Mikael Tarivdiev, 'the Ennio Morricone of Soviet Russia', for Red Bull Music Academy. Tariverdiev's music is absolutely gorgeous and should be much better known in the West. I highly recommend seeking it out. The new compilation on Antique Beat is a good place to start.
I'll be doing a solo acoustic set at Great Scott in Allston, MA on Monday August 22nd.
Facebook event here. Do come along. I'll be playing the new Aug Stone & The Love Conspiracy
single plus an assortment of greatest hits.
Aug Stone & The Love Conspiracy debut double A-side single - "Don't Put A Time On Love"/"Written In The Stars" - out Aug 23 on Soft Bodies Records.
Bill Drummond interviewing me about POP music and Love, Van Halen and The Smiths, kissing girls, music and writing, and much else in between.
So what did you all think of 'Spectre'? I loved it.
James Vagabond, star agent of Britain’s Drunken Secret Service, is sent back in time to stop U.S. Prohibition from ever happening. With help from the delectable Cherry Waters, he’s going to save America’s drinkers from a fate worse than death – enforced sobriety. But can they defeat the infamous Dr. Hoo-Nose, who has other plans for an unsuspecting 1918?
Also Bond-related, Sean Drinkwater and I co-produced Ani Glass' cover of the unused Saint Etienne theme for 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. You can listen/buy here and read a long post I wrote about it and my relationship with Bond over the years for the WIAIWYA blog.