Ten Years After: The Albums 1967-1974. Box-Set Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Time has a peculiar sense of humour when it comes to making sure that almost as one we stop looking back too far in music history, perhaps just in case what we find is the reminder that what went before our current favourites and obsessions is actually the top banana, the reason the fan or the dedicated enthusiast became enthralled and engaged in the first place.

A Ticket Home.

I bought a ticket

to go home

for the funeral,

it rained for a while

as I chose times and the ease

of passing

over one or two station stops.

Your mum was important to you,

I would have changed

at every station

if it helped at all.

 

Ian D. Hall 2017

Remarkable Jazz Pianist And Composer Zoe Rahman To Visit Pyramid Next Month For Top Quality Show.

Jazz pianist and composer Zoe Rahman is to perform with the Inner City Ensemble at Warrington’s Pyramid Arts Centre on the 21st October.

Described by the Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene.

A vibrant and highly individual artist, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performances, Zoe has become a highly sought-after musician, recently working with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammer’s Spatial AKA Orchestra.

Kenneth J. Nash, Luna. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is the romance of the Moon that makes many songs come alive and take on extra meaning when looked upon with grace and favourable conditions; the muse of the Moon is such that when it is seen as the beautiful counterpoint of the rage of the Sun, it gives out a calming effect that all can steer their own personal musical boat by.

Coldspell, A New World Arise. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

You would expect nothing else but total, pure and honest, pulsating rock when you think of the genre as it appears and sounds in the countries that make up the Scandinavian heartlands, to think anything different is to be on the same plane of thought that suggest the Earth is flat and that arguing for war is a noble art form.

The Jackobins, Outside. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There is enormous pleasure to be found when listening to a band that you have championed, that you might have been able to say that you have had a huge smile reserved for them, and whilst the nature of the world suggests that the experience of listening to music has changed, that the day to day for musicians and the lyric writer has become more intense, more demanding and without the true rewards deserving such art; it is satisfying beyond measure when a group like The Jackobins tempt you to come Outside and revel in the almost noir-like quality of their new single.

Nothing Fresh.

 

I’m still wearing yesterday’s clothes,

that were fresh the day before,

I cannot find the strength to stand,

let alone take myself in hand

I should kick myself, slap myself

with force, anything to keep a grip,

however, it is not through ill discipline

or the want to change

my apparel, my attire, my kitbag,

I just do not have the power

to think of good things in which

a change of clothes would help.

I’m still wearing yesterday’s clothes,

It doesn’t matter, I am still

From Edinburgh Fringe To The Epstein For Powerful Leonard Cohen Tribute.

A tribute show celebrating the legendary Leonard Cohen comes to the Epstein Theatre next month after winning acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Talented musician Stewart D’Arrietta returns to the Hanover Street theatre to present My Leonard Cohen from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October.

D’Arrietta, who was the creative mind behind Lennon: Through a Glass Onion which was staged at the Epstein last year, has also previously performed his tribute to late, great Canadian singer-songwriter Cohen in Australia.

Cabaret From The Shadows, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Carmen Arquelladas, Duncan Cameron, Leebo Luby, Miwa Nagai, Simone Tani.

The glitz and the glamour of the cabaret night, the well rehearsed, the dancing troop, the possibility of magic on stage ever hanging in the air like the illusion of petals on string or the blown glitter to distract you from the sleight of hand; all these moments make the eager performance of the cabaret a wonderful night out.

Foo Fighters, Concrete And Gold. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

It can almost feel like musical sacrilege to feel indifferent about one of the great bands of the modern era; somehow something inside fails to fall in line with expectation, with what you see and hear around you taking place and whilst you might be forced to reconcile those feelings with what everybody else is saying. Deep down, you know something is not right, something has lost its charm and become staid, good, alright, even reflectively sober, but it doesn’t grab you, it not set in concrete and does not have the allure of gold.