Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Old Man Says Nutty Stuff

Is this a thing now?

Crusty old Charlie Watts has decided to pull a Quincy Jones and say outrageous stuff that cannot be backed up, and then pretends the existence of his half-century old band doesn't mean anything anymore:

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has said that it wouldn’t “bother” him if the band broke up, also revealing that he doesn’t think David Bowie was a “musical genius”.

This week has seen The Rolling Stones announce details of a huge tour of UK and Ireland for this summer, including dates in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Their first UK tour in five years, the band have also been criticised for the prices of tickets for the No Filter tour.

Following the news, Watts spoke to The Guardian when he seemed to suggest that he wouldn’t mind if his band called it a day.

“I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie, I don’t know about the rest of it,” Watts said. “It wouldn’t bother me if the Rolling Stones said that’s it… enough.”

He continued: “I would hate it to dissolve not amicably. I would like Mick to say, or me or Keith or whoever… I don’t want to do it any more, for whatever reason, and we just say that’s it. I wouldn’t want it to be an argument or whatever.”

It's as if someone much, much younger gave Watts some advice on getting his name in the NME for some sort promotional purposes, and it fell flat because Bowie is dead.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tomorrow's Shore

When Ride started making new music, I was not at all a skeptic. I knew what we were in for, and I knew that Weather Diaries was going to be a strong album that would not diminish their back catalog in any way.

The songwriting bug has come back to bite Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, and it looks very much like Laurence Colbert and Steve Queralt are writing songs as well. Everything you hear from Ride now is a proper collaboration of ideas and sounds.

I did not opt for the vinyl release; I wanted to hear this, so I went for the digital download.

I'm not in the business of telling people what to do. If you preview this stuff and like it, support the band and drop a few bucks on this. The quality of their work is amazing, and it always has been.

Pulsar is better than anything you're going to hear being pushed on radio or YouTube, to be perfectly honest with you. I have no idea why this kind of music isn't more popular.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Richard Ashcroft Swings Back at Noel Gallagher

Richard Ashcroft has decided to take a passive aggressive jab at Noel Gallagher weeks after being accused of not writing his own songs.

Someone made a perfect photo of the controversy, and so, why not share it? 

I'm not sure where Gallagher got the idea that Ashcroft stopped writing his own songs. Did he say it because he has insider knowledge? Did someone tell him something? Who knows?