Monday, January 19, 2004

Tha Flava on Ideas Factory

Another article by my bad self on the Ideas Factory website. It's about Aberdeen hip-hop collective Tha Flava.

Click the link to the left to check out the whole site and all the good things it has to offer.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Poetry corner

This Is Just To Say - William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Thursday, January 08, 2004

March to folk

My interview with Mudhoney guitarist turned folky troubadour Steve Turner from Beard #1 can now be read online at the splendid
Touch me, I'm a link

Monday, January 05, 2004

Beard's musical highlights of 2003

In no particular order and by no means complete...

Bonnie "Prince" Billie - Master & Everyone
Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark
Cat Power - You Are Free
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (go buy it on import, go on, go on!)
Gillian Welch - Soul Journey
Evan Dando - Baby I'm Bored
Manitoba - Up In Flames
White Stripes - Elephant
Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland
Outkast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Sadies - Stories often Told
Dizze Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

Crazy in love and Hey Ya of course. Also Missy's Pass the Dutch. Justin Trousersnake's Rock Your Body - don't give me no indie-schmindie bullshit, it's a slinky neo-Quincy Jones extravaganza. Still, it's not as good as the genius new Kelis single. Franz Ferdinand: Darts of Pleasure. Shopping for Blood is a great b-side too - the Fall hit the merchant city. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps. Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers.

Gillian Welch, Renfrew Ferry; Evan Dando, Glasgow Uni; Calexico GU, Yeah Yeah Yeahs QMU; Franz Ferdinand, Sub Club; Jad Fair & Teenage Fanclub at Mono; Daniel Johnson at Stereo; My Morning Jacket soaring out of King Tuts; James Yorkston, King Creosote, Unpoc at KT; Evangeline, Glasgow Grand Ole Opry; Flaming Lips, Barrowlands.
Half genius/half car crash award: Cat Power at Mono. Chan Marshall was tired and emotional. But we still love her.

"And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line."