Skating Polly – Pretective Boy, by Mike Hughes

I shouldn’t like Skating Polly, two Oklahoma kids playing thrashy post punk, but it turns out I love them utterly to bits. I got the album on a whim, and to check them out further, seeing as it turns out I’d seen them live supporting Babes In Toyland. I’d kinda filed that away in . . . → Read More: Skating Polly – Pretective Boy, by Mike Hughes

School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes, by Mike Hughes

Photo by Mike Hughes.

School Of Seven Bells – SVIIB to their mates – have had a place in my heart from the start, but it’s not always been firmly fixed. It seemed so sweet when twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza met up with Benjamin Curtis while opening on tour for Ben’s . . . → Read More: School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes, by Mike Hughes

Petite Meller – Icebear ft. Joe Fleisch

This is as wonderful as it is weird…

– Mike Hughes

Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane, by Mike Hughes

Loved this song for a long, long time. Only just realized it has Chloe Sevigny in it, apparently her first time on film in any guise. I was prompted to it by watching Chloe’s excellent UK mini-series Hit And Miss in which she stars as a paid assassin who just happens to be transgender . . . → Read More: Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane, by Mike Hughes

Petite Meller – Baby Love, by Mike Hughes

I’m ….slightly …..disconcerted by her attire ………….. but this is top class pop music. Yowzah!!”

– Mike Hughes

Hannah Lou Clark – Calamity, by Mike Hughes

Hannah Lou Clark (TAPKA FOE) – new song, new video. Yup, different, but all still there for sure.

– Mike Hughes

The Return of the Onetime FOE, Hannah Louise Clark, by Mike Hughes

East Portland Blog is run by a man I’ve never met, but have become good friends with over the past few years. Let’s call him Davey. And just to prove that Davey takes notice of what he puts up on EPB, in one of our email conversations the other day, he asked “So . . . → Read More: The Return of the Onetime FOE, Hannah Louise Clark, by Mike Hughes

Journey to the Center of Joy — An interview with The Joy Formidable.
By Peter Dysart

What started out easily enough as an interview with The Joy Formidable this year ended in a fantastic journey. This past spring, I sat down with Ritzy and Rhydian of The Joy Formidable to have an open and frank discussion on the state of affairs in their world and the music business in general. . . . → Read More: Journey to the Center of Joy — An interview with The Joy Formidable.
By Peter Dysart

SXSW Conclusions – Saturday and the Aftermath, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart

Feathers

MH: OMG, I almost managed a morning start! Not quite pre-noon, although I did manage to get back down to 6th Street in order to catch Feathers play a lunch-time slot. I was curious about these. Their PR image is of a very glossy 4-girl band, almost too glamorous to be real, and . . . → Read More: SXSW Conclusions – Saturday and the Aftermath, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart

SXSW Friday – “Hells teeth but it was a huge charabanc, and it needed to be,” By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes

Alpine

PD: Friday morning came like a dull thud. Fell out of bed and down to breakfast just before the kitchen shut. The morning was more challenging than any previous that week, and I hated missing perfectly good sets starting at noon, but there are only so many 03.00 roll-ins one can manage without . . . → Read More: SXSW Friday – “Hells teeth but it was a huge charabanc, and it needed to be,” By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes

SXSW Thursday – We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Fetching Mancunian Blonde on Bass, By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes

CHVRCHES

Mike Hughes: Thursday was another hot one in Austin. I was playing with that ‘SXSW conundrum’ — do I go and see British bands, especially ones that are going to be playing down the road from me in a few weeks? The decision today was a resounding yes, so I said farewell for . . . → Read More: SXSW Thursday – We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Fetching Mancunian Blonde on Bass, By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes

SXSW 2013 – No Respite on the Sleep Front, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart

Tegan and Sara

Mike: Wednesday was going to provide no respite on the sleep front. You gotta have a plan for SXSW and mine was to aim for one or two main ‘must-do’s per day, then fill in the rest. Today’s first imperative was to see Tegan And Sara, who I last saw in . . . → Read More: SXSW 2013 – No Respite on the Sleep Front, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart

Deerhoof – Mario’s Flaming Whiskers III, By Mike Hughes

Deerhoof are a band I’ve been in the next street to but inexplicably never managed to see in the flesh. That’s likely to continue for a little while as, despite being over here for ATP, and furthermore playing a couple of gigs either side, I’m sadly going to be in fail mode yet again. . . . → Read More: Deerhoof – Mario’s Flaming Whiskers III, By Mike Hughes

LCMDF – Paranoia, By Mike Hughes

LCMDF are more on the money than ever. We’ve been chasing their moves ever since seeing them in a dank dripping concrete cellar in Liverpool. That’s been a year or two, they’ve been through some slightly fallow and middling times with Kitsune, and have now totally found their bite with this new song “Paranoia.” . . . → Read More: LCMDF – Paranoia, By Mike Hughes

FOE / Marina And The Diamonds, Liverpool, 4th October, By Mike Hughes

This must be a record, nearly a month to post a gig review. I have my reasons for the ‘slight delay’ and I will post this and be damned, given that the raison d’etre for this blog was always supposed to be as my own gig diary and compendium. Anyone who wants to glance . . . → Read More: FOE / Marina And The Diamonds, Liverpool, 4th October, By Mike Hughes

Taffy – Flower Chain, By Mike Hughes

Then there’s this band from Japan called Taffy (I wonder if they know that it’s slang for Welsh?) who are famous for sounding like Britpop. I mean, some of their songs really do sound like they’ve snatched Louise Wener off the street and have her chained to a radiator. But I like them rather . . . → Read More: Taffy – Flower Chain, By Mike Hughes

PINS – LuvU4Lyf, By Mike Hughes

Next up, news of the band that I really do think are the most exciting prospect to break it huge this year. Forget all that hype about about certain bands from London, because PINS really are the shizzle. They’ve got a new track out, “LuvU4Lyf,” that comes somewhere close to showing what a bollock . . . → Read More: PINS – LuvU4Lyf, By Mike Hughes

Woodpecker Wooliams – Sparrow, By Mike Hughes

Only just over a week ago, I came across the improbably named Woodpecker Wooliams. No, stop, don’t be put off, come back, they’re really, really good. Or rather she is, for the human name of this bird is Gemma Williams. God I love it when things get cut up, distorted and reduced to elements . . . → Read More: Woodpecker Wooliams – Sparrow, By Mike Hughes

PINS / Bird – Festevol Gardens, Liverpool, 11th August 2012, By Mike Hughes

The Loud

Excellent, my suspicions are confirmed, Mr Revo Ziganda does in fact have a real name. But I’ll keep that to myself, he’s earned the right to a nom de guerre, and to congratulations for the solid impact he is having on live music in Liverpool. It is regularly tempting me away from . . . → Read More: PINS / Bird – Festevol Gardens, Liverpool, 11th August 2012, By Mike Hughes

Total Victory – What the Body Wants, the Body Gets, By Mike Hughes

Total Victory is a band I know next to nothing about. I came across this track very randomly on the internet and was moved to share it here. The vocal starts off feeling Fall-esque but once it gets into its stride, the whole thing is quite a hypnotic sucker-inner. The lyrics are straaange …. . . . → Read More: Total Victory – What the Body Wants, the Body Gets, By Mike Hughes