Gogol Bordello – Live at the Leadmill Sheffield – 18-December 2007

I’m still not sure how much I like the Leadmill as a gig venue. While the layout is great – a wide stage, and a good sound system that allows for just about everyone to see the gig – it never feels quite right. So it was a good thing that in the main, the bands were able to blow any thoughts of this away. Read more “Gogol Bordello – Live at the Leadmill Sheffield – 18-December 2007”

2007 in review: Best Albums

Part three of my round-up of the year, and this week it is my albums of the year. Despite my reservations recently that there hadn’t been an awful lot to recommend for 2007, it turns out that there are actually quite a lot. Read more “2007 in review: Best Albums”

The Young Gods – Live at Roadhouse Manchester – 06-December 2007

First, I should mention the support band. A band from the south-west called Undercut, who were really rather good. Not at all the type of band I would expect to see supporting a band like TYG, but maybe that was half the fun. A five-piece alternative rock band, with passing nods in the music to Pixies, Radiohead and more than anything Six By Seven in their angular, spiky approach – and the strange song subjects and lyrics. Opener Close Your Eyes was utterly glorious – yearning vocals twisting into an explosive chorus, A Bit of Education – the new single – was interesting, while the closing throwaway cover of Britney Spear’s Toxic was done in good humour, and perhaps showing they don’t take themselves quite as seriously as it initially appeared. Anyway, in amongst all the identikit indie bands at present, there are a few gems to be found if you look for them: and to me this is one of those. Read more “The Young Gods – Live at Roadhouse Manchester – 06-December 2007”

2007 in Review: Best Tracks

So, part two of my review of the year, and this week it is the tracks of the year. This as usual spans a number of different genres, and I don't doubt that there will be some disagreement with my choices: so to that end, let me know what you think the best of the year is in the comments… Read more “2007 in Review: Best Tracks”