The Record Factory : Glasgow’s newest live music venue

October 31, 2014 by Paul

Since launching in early 2014, The Record Factory, based at Byres Road in the West End of Glasgow has been booking some amazing live acts and DJ sets from the current UK music scene.

The Music Scene in Britain is Amazing; You’re Just Looking in the Wrong Place

June 14, 2014 by Paul

British music is huge in America; Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and a sentient mucus called Passenger all made appearances at the business end of the Billboard Hot 100 in the last year. Commercially, we’re responsible for the biggest artists in the world; Mumford and Sons have taken their bastardised barn-dance to the White House, middle-school jackals dressed in Aéropostale prey on Harry Styles, Adele has sold over 10 million copies of 21 in the US making it the best selling digital album in US history and, fuck me, a lot of people like Coldplay.

James Arthur no longer signed to Syco

June 12, 2014 by Paul

James Arthur has announced that he is no longer with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco, telling his 2 million Twitter followers that he has to “move on and do something different”. The singer, who won The X Factor in 2012 …

Jack White – Lazaretto

June 12, 2014 by Paul

“I know what you’re thinking, what gives me the right… but what gives YOU the right?

Brewing Up Again. Mr Scruff’s back.

June 12, 2014 by Paul

Mr. Scruff – New Album ‘Friendly Bacteria’ Out Now

Scruff’s first album in six years, Friendly Bacteria, is out now and available on 2LP, CD and digitally from the Ninjashop, iTunes and Amazon.

In Conversation: Peggy Sue

February 17, 2014 by Paul

I prefer old TV dramas, so I’ll go with Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yes! I’d love to hear our music on Buffy.

The Record Factory: sound new makeover for West End venue

February 5, 2014 by Paul

The bar, restaurant and gig venue is taking a stroll towards rock and roll under its new management, focussing on live music and filling the indie gap in west end night life.

Franz Ferdinand to allow fans to pick BBC Radio 6 Music Festival setlist

February 3, 2014 by Paul

Franz Ferdinand are giving their fans and listeners the chance to choose their setlist for the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival.

The ‘Take Me Out’ group will perform at the inaugural event, which takes place at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1.

Test Of Time: Temples Interviewed

February 2, 2014 by Paul

Psychedelia is, at heart, the moment when rock ‘n’ roll met technology and the studio became an instrument. Its current resurgence is curious, then, coming at a time when technology has never been cheaper and a professional studio can fit into a box room, or a shed.

Please, Don’t Let 2014 Be the Year that Female DJs Are a Novelty

January 27, 2014 by Paul

Last week, BBC Radio 1 announced that they’re to host an all-female DJ line-up in celebration of Women’s Day. The line-up is set to include veteran broadcaster Annie Nightingale, who was quoted as saying that “Gender is, welcomingly, not an issue nowadays when Radio 1 appoints new DJs, and it has been demonstrably supportive of women.

Loki, Gasp, Louie and Mistah Bohze launch new hip-hop collective, Toy Control

December 9, 2013 by Paul

A renaissance in Scottish hip-hop is underway, with more quality work by more producers, rappers and bands emerging all the time. Four of the Glasgow scene’s leading lights have this week launched a new venture, in the form of a hip-hop collective, Toy Control.

Annie Mac: Life on the Touring Frontline

December 5, 2013 by Paul

I finally succumbed to hiring professional tour managers. They have come in many shapes and sizes. One of my favourites, a larger than life London-Irish man called Paddy, waited outside BBC Radio 1 to drive me to our first gig together in a white Range Rover with the number plate “PLAYA”.

Daft Punk: The Birth of The Robots

December 5, 2013 by Paul

The date – 9-9-99 – is significant, according to Thomas Bangalter, because this was the day the little-known “9999 bug” corrupted the French duo’s hardware.

Bob Dylan charged with hate crime in France.

December 4, 2013 by Paul

US songwriter could face a maximum sentence of one year in prison following comments about Croatia.

The Labour leader admits that he’s not the “coolest kid on the block”

December 4, 2013 by Paul

What probably came as the biggest surprise to the political journalists out there wasn’t Edith Piaf or the ANC anthem. It was A-ha and Robbie Williams. No committee of spin doctors would have chosen either of those.

Dappy Horse To Win Brit Award After Kicking N-Dubz Star In The Face?

December 1, 2013 by Paul

Thousands have signed a petition for the animal to win the ‘Outstanding Contribution To Music’ award.

Ron Reyes Departs From Black Flag

November 27, 2013 by Paul

Black Flag vocalist Ron Reyes has departed the legendary punk band, leaving a powerful note behind.

Please Kill All These Music Video Clichés in 2014

November 25, 2013 by Paul

“HEY! Let’s put in loads of vague acting segues because then it’s theatrical release!” Or Alex Turner doing his best Hollyoaks… On Acid! impression…

Temples Announce Debut Album ‘Sun Structures’

November 19, 2013 by Paul

Temples are set to release their debut album ‘Sun Structures’ on February 10th.

Cerebral Ballzy on label boss Julian Casablancas: “He’s just a friend really!”

November 19, 2013 by Paul

Monster NME Radar tour headliners say Strokes mainman has a ‘good eye’ as a label head.

The Killers: ‘Putting out a greatest hits album feels like a douchie move’

November 13, 2013 by Paul

Drummer Ronnie Vannucci says the Las Vegas band would rather have waited another 10 years

The Mercury Prize

November 4, 2013 by Paul

Music may or may not have been the real winner here, but music prizes have definitely benefitted, because Blake’s win has put a big gobstopper in the mouths of the carping community. All anyone can think to say now is, “ah”, “oh”, “right” and “makes sense when you think about it”. Now that the hate has been staunched, we shall have to see what the Mercurys prefer in the long run – not being talked about or being talked about?

Skream Talks Vaginoplasty

October 29, 2013 by Paul

I guess it’s part of human nature. I was watching this anthropology documentary the other day, and it reminded me that the basic human response for thousands of years if you met someone from outside your tribe, was simply to kill them without compunction.

Lou Reed, a pioneer who kept his edge

October 28, 2013 by Paul

Lou Reed, the pioneering musician who fronted influential rock band The Velvet Underground and won mainstream acclaim with solo songs “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day”, died on Sunday aged 71

Rockers Deap Vally UK tour dates for October/November

October 21, 2013 by Paul

Deap Vally have a 12-date tour of the UK, set to take place this October and November.

Wax comeback continues…

October 17, 2013 by Paul

Daft Punk and Arctic Monkeys have helped push sales of vinyl albums to a ten year high.

Barfly back in business

October 15, 2013 by Paul

A Glasgow music venue is set to reopen after closing unexpectedly more than four years ago.

WHY WE SHOULD MOURN THE DEATH OF CHOICE FM

October 13, 2013 by Paul

In a small studio in Brixton in 1990, a new station for Black Londoners started broadcasting. Choice FM became the first British station to play a diet of reggae, soul and hip-hop every day.

Jamie T?

October 13, 2013 by Paul

Tribes’ Johnny Lloyd has revealed that he is working with Jamie T on new material.

Dizzee Rascal – Live At The Roundhouse, London

October 9, 2013 by Paul

From gritty grime MC to a commercially friendly global sound, the Dizzee of today is a world away from his roots.