Category e) Naughts [2000 – 2009]

RAINBOW VINYL — PURPLE

“There’s gold at the end of them there vinyls” * Hope you’ve enjoyed this rainbow vinyl trip. * I recall being quite excited when I heard the first Tame Impala album back in 2010. Kevin Parker seemed to have reinvented—or at least re-invigorated—psychedelic rock for the 21st century and it was good. The follow-up album […]

RAINBOW VINYL — BLUE

Coloured vinyl. Guaranteed to lift the wintertime/summertime blues. * This excellent LP from female quartet Beaches has appeared in these pages before. In fact, it was one of Vinyl Connection’s more gushing reviews. Playing it today, I was again mightily impressed with this excellent debut. * Sydney’s Sunnyboys were also on the end of a […]

NOW HE SINGS

If I delay writing, I’ll stall for sure. Too much information will kill the personal resonance. What do I do with this Chick-shaped hole? Attempting to cover a sixty year career is daunting. … a few of the thoughts tumbling through the Vinyl Connection brain box as the news of Chick Corea’s death hits home. […]

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD #4 — USA

There will be a globe-straddling spread of ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD posts, as promised. But right now, with the USA teetering on the brink of collapse into a terrifying Idiocracy, I’m thinking of my US friends. So Edition 4 of the series inspired by the WordPress Map Statistics (WorMS) is dedicated to anyone, anywhere, […]

TROUBLED TIMES

Back in the early days of Vinyl Connection, I wrote about one of the styles of music that has given me enormous pleasure over the years: Power Pop. Jangly guitars, catchy choruses, some salt in the chocolate. The piece still reads OK, and the playlist is a good test of whether you are likely to become […]

ENJOY EVERY SANDWICH

You’ve lived the rock and roll lifestyle and it’s taken a toll.  Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given three months to live, you decide to make an album, to soundtrack your own wake.  A last musical hurrah. Comrades heed the call. The last call.  August 2002 For Warren Zevon it is The Wind. Jorge […]

I NEED DIRECTION

A Catholic Education Bandwagonesque Thirteen Grand Prix Songs From Northern Britain Howdy! The millennial year was a challenging one. Having formed a strong and passionate connection with a new partner, I was dismayed to hear that she was decamping to her English homeland for an indeterminate period. This was not my fantasy of how the […]

BACK TO THE PAVILION

You are a young guitarist, talented and hard-working, and join a band of school mates. It’s 1967 and everyone is forming bands, so why not? And this one has promise, it records a debut album in 1969 that is well-regarded but doesn’t sell a whole lot, possibly because of its biblical title or maybe because […]

GOING INSIDE

When it comes to choosing albums to write about, I’ve noticed a few trends. One—previously mentioned—is the difficulty in writing about a really special, favourite record. Something about the meaning, the importance, the desire to communicate the specialness; these somehow inhibit my fingers. At the other end of the spectrum are those artists only known […]

MARS ATTACKS!

There is a wind-up alien on the cover. The title is Attack Of The Martians. No record label; it was self-produced in 2004. Eccentric Orbit is the name of the band. They come from planet Synth.   This intriguing CD was part of a recent haul, a whim-purchase based on half the quartet playing electric […]