GUNS N’ ROSES LIVE REVIEW – London 16-06-2017
Jun20

GUNS N’ ROSES LIVE REVIEW – London 16-06-2017

Guns N’ Roses: Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1989 They may be older, they may be fatter but like The Who, Guns N’ Roses prove every doubter wrong. With his diva prone ways, poor time keeping and Keith Lemon stylings, Axl Rose’s GNR could never be considered the real thing without Slash or Duff and Axl knows this. Mention GNR and people sneer, add Slash’s name into the mix and level up; you...

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CAN “THE SINGLES” REVIEW
Jun17

CAN “THE SINGLES” REVIEW

CAN ‘The Singles’ (Mute) I was lucky enough to meet the legendary Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmidt of Can while I was at MTV Europe in the mid 90s. Toby Amies had just left to measure Long Island and find his fortune while not cutting his hair in MTV NY and so the show I worked on MTV Alternative Nation was without its captain. Behind the scenes I was desperately trying to get John Robb of The Membranes to present it and also harboured...

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LIFT TO EXPERIENCE “THE TEXAS-JERUSALEM CROSSROADS” REVIEW
Feb15

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE “THE TEXAS-JERUSALEM CROSSROADS” REVIEW

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE ‘The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads’ (Mute) Unbelievably I missed this epic beaut the first time round. I knew the band name but always got them confused with Explosions In The Sky. It was only when I belonged to the Rough Trade Album of the Month club and received Josh T Pearson’s hushed gem of an album “Last Of The Country Gentleman” that I got fully immersed into Josh’s unrivalled hallowed...

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SLEATER-KINNEY “LIVE IN PARIS” REVIEW
Feb09

SLEATER-KINNEY “LIVE IN PARIS” REVIEW

SLEATER-KINNEY ‘Live In Paris’ (Sub Pop) I’ve been following Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss on Twitter (@jazzhand) and she’s been essential reading in this post Trump, alt fact, fake news era, an era which cries out for bands like Sleater-Kinney and the newly resurgent Team Dresch. Sleater-Kinney were formed from riot grrrl royalty. Corin Tucker was part of a band Heavens To Betsy whose promo tape album I...

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“SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED” COMPILATION – REVIEW
Feb01

“SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED” COMPILATION – REVIEW

‘SHARON SIGNS TO CHERRY RED’ compilation (School Daze) A while back, good friend to Velvet Sheep fanzine, Julie Cafritz of Pussy Galore chose as her “song for ewe” a tune i’d never heard before – “Launderette” by Vivien Goldman. It was one of the best choices we’ve had on these pages, I bought it and played it loads. Here’s a reminder of how Julie described it… JULIE...

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NIGHTINGALES “BECOME NOT BECOMING” EP – Review
Jan27

NIGHTINGALES “BECOME NOT BECOMING” EP – Review

NIGHTINGALES ‘Become Not Becoming’ (Tiny Global Productions) To conclude our Nightingales week on Velvet Sheep, today the new record is out, and it’s a fizzing firecracker as befits a record whose opening lyrics are “don’t wanna be all work and no play” and whose opening song has the self-effacing title “B-Side At Best”. Not only are Robert Lloyd’s lyrics always playfully sardonic, they are...

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