Recently, I took a two-week trip to Vietnam. I’d been desperate to visit for ages, hearing only good things about the country’s friendly people, amazing scenery and rich but troubled history. As I’m always up for a bit of traveling, my girlfriend and I decided to start in the south of the country and gradually make our way up to the north, taking in the sites and sounds as we … [Read more...] about A Vinyl Adventure Through Vietnam
Vinyl Thoughts: An Interview with Jean-Claude of If Music
We take a look around If Music and speak to owner Jean-Claude about the vinyl industry, his record store philosophy and the future of music. If Music is a special place. It feels different from other record shops in London; there’s just something about it. When you first ring the doorbell to gain access to its ‘off street level’ premises in Soho, it already seems … [Read more...] about Vinyl Thoughts: An Interview with Jean-Claude of If Music
Review: The Kills: Ash & Ice (Vinyl Deluxe Edition)
The Kills have always been on the cusp of the mainstream, and I think that’s the best place to be. It allows more musical freedom than being constantly in the public eye, and in most cases allows the artist to produce music that’s less pressured to stick to format. The Kills are renowned for fiddling with their sound, and have definitely felt a change necessary with fifth … [Read more...] about Review: The Kills: Ash & Ice (Vinyl Deluxe Edition)
Review: The Strokes – Future Present Past (Vinyl Edition)
The Strokes are back, and who wouldn’t want them to be? It’s only for an EP mind, so all you fans hoping for a full lengther, this will have to do for now. But, to be honest, it’s a surprise they’ve released anything lately; not many expected much from the five-piece at present, with rumours of band tensions being constantly prevalent in recent years. Entitled Future Present … [Read more...] about Review: The Strokes – Future Present Past (Vinyl Edition)
Vinyl vs. Streaming: Should There Be A Competition?
Music is a funny old business. Trends come and go, bands are hot then not, and the ways we listen to music constantly change with time. If you told someone in the 60s that in the future we’d have tiny devices we carry around with us that send thousands of songs instantly to your ears, they’d have thought you were smoking something. On the other hand, if you’d asked someone from … [Read more...] about Vinyl vs. Streaming: Should There Be A Competition?
Your Bass or Mine: An Appreciation of the Bass Player
When it comes to bands, a lot of people tend to forget how important the bass is. There are always the usual jokes about the bassist being the un-cool one with no personality (a theory I heavily disagree with, being a former bass player), and that they lack the stage presence of other members of the group. Bass players can stand out; look at the front of London Calling … [Read more...] about Your Bass or Mine: An Appreciation of the Bass Player