‘The Noise of Time’ – book review

The Noise of Time Julian Barnes Vintage, 2017 Originally published 2016 192pp The Noise of Time is a fictional recounting of the experiences of real-life Soviet composer, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, during (primarily) the reign of Josef Stalin. The composer’s falling in and out of favour with the Soviet state serves as a symbol the of … Continue reading ‘The Noise of Time’ – book review

Less Than Jake’s ‘Greetings From Less Than Jake’ – EP review, c.2012

This review was originally published in May 2012 by the now-defunct AllSeeingEyeLondon. The originally-published piece was most likely tweaked by the editors - I can't recall - but as that version is no longer available, this is the original copy I sent over, unaltered. *** In the summer of 2011 Less Than Jake released a five-track EP; … Continue reading Less Than Jake’s ‘Greetings From Less Than Jake’ – EP review, c.2012

Less Than Jake’s ‘Seasons Greetings from Less Than Jake’ – EP review, c.2012

This review was originally published in April 2012 by the now-defunct AllSeeingEyeLondon. I've been meaning to do a write up of an LTJ album for a while and, having seen them live twice in the past eight days, thought I would resurrect this piece. The originally-published piece was slightly tweaked by the editors, but as … Continue reading Less Than Jake’s ‘Seasons Greetings from Less Than Jake’ – EP review, c.2012

The Slackers’ ‘The Slackers’ – album review

The Slackers have been around for twenty-five years and this, their fourteenth album, The Slackers (2016), opens in a similar way to the first song of theirs I ever heard – 'Watch This' on Hellcat Records' first Give' Em the Boot compilation (1997) – which instantly made me crave more: brass. Damn catchy brass. Indeed, the first … Continue reading The Slackers’ ‘The Slackers’ – album review