New CD's available from Joesolo
By Nick Quantrill
Joesolo - The Man Who Dreamed Of Fairyland
Following the acclaimed release of his debut solo CD An Exile in Suburbia in 2004,
ex Lithium Joe front-man Paul Thompson returns with ten new brand recordings.
The Man Who Dreamed Of Fairyland tackles some of the major issues that touch on all our lives.
Lyrically it considers the paradoxes of modern day living as well as intertwining this
with insightful comment about how we negotiate this at a more personal level.
Written over the course of election build-ups on both sides of
The Atlantic, We're All Gay and They Want You To Take Drugs offer considerable food for
thought while one of the album's highlights, Ms Seventeen explores the fate of
the modern day worker in a manner reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen in his pomp.
However, it's far from all being doom and gloom.
Although the more personal songs like Lost You To The Past and Don't Know What You've Got
(Until It's Gone) are more introspective, the disc contains all the usual hallmarks
that you'd expect from the ex-Joeboy.
Liberally dashed with killer harmonies and hooks, the weighty issues are covered
with a pop sensibility that never fails to please or hold your attention.
Lithium Joe - Upstairs At Park Street
Originally released in 2000, Upstairs At Park Street was to become
Lithium Joe's parting shot to the Hull music scene.
By this point the band was largely a studio concern and the record didn't
receive the exposure it fully deserved.
However, the release of Joesolo material has rekindled interest in the band's
back catalogue, culminating in the re-availability of this CD.
If evidence was ever needed that you don't need to be signed to a major record
label or possess a vast budget to make a valid artistic statement, this record is it.
From its first guitar riff this collection of songs sparks with energy and passion.
A wide variety of musical styles are thrown into the mixing pot before it's spat
out with trademark Lithium Joe gusto.
Much like The Clash's masterpiece, London Calling, Upstairs At Park Street is a
45 minute tour through the history of rock 'n' roll.
The band tackle punk head-on with Red Flag, alt-country on All I've Got Is What I Am
and reggae on The Same Song as well as finding space for their own distinctive
pop sound on Starting Again and Wake Up Call.
If you take the close harmonies of The Beatles, the energy of The Clash and
combine it with the guitar-pop of Green Day, you're getting somewhere near
what this record sounds like.
As with all Lithium Joe releases, it's crammed with catchy
tunes, insightful lyrics and top-notch musicianship.
Not only is this Lithium Joe's finest work, its quality and
variety mark it out as one of the finest releases to have come out of Hull.
As ever, these CD's are available for FREE.
for more details, music samples and lyrics etc.
Music, Wanted - Bass Player
Bass player needed for new Hull band Rednite Strip.
Strong material,ready to gig. A modern guitar band with influences ranging from
The Kings Of Leon to Air, Velvet Underground, Adam Green, Hot Hot Heat and
We may be able to provide equipment so contact us if you are a
guitarist willing to play Bass. Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org tel 07704 928691.
Music, Wanted - The Raindogs - Lead Guitarist
The Raindogs are looking for a lead guitarist to join a current 3 -piece. The band is made up of 3 long standing hull musicians who are quickly gaining notice and recognition.
We play a style best described as alt country / indie rock and are looking for someone who
will complement the line up with cool , simple
Single Reviews - Hal - Play The Hits (Rough Trade) By Steve Rudd
Following up their chirpy What A Lovely Dance hit, Play The Hits' is quite frankly a
fabulous tune from this refreshing Irish four-piece. These fellows go all out to hit upon
classic melodies and harmonies that burrow their way into the hearts and minds of their
listeners - and that Brian Wilson would die for.
This song has been written by band front man David AllenRead more...
Music, Album Reviews - Oasis: Don't Believe The Truth By Nick Boldock
There was a time when it would sound faintly ridiculous to suggest that Oasis
would ever again record a great album.
Their last effort - 2002's Heathen Chemistry - suggested a renaissance, and despite mediocre
media interest did contain some brilliance, most notably the Noel-sung numbers
Little By Little and Force Of Nature.
Certainly it was a sign of
Single Reviews - Hood - The Negatives (Domino) By Steve Rudd
Well, there's nothing quite like being positive - even if they're Hood and they're playing
The Negatives. For starters, this band's music is certainly intriguing and thoroughly fascinating, not least because they refuse to conform when it comes to writing conventionally structured songs.
The two b-sides that are tagged on the back of this single release, just
Music News - Leeds Festival - Calling all unsigned bands from the North of England!
This years' Leeds Festival will be providing a new stage for unsigned bands.
The Mean Fiddler, organisers of the festival have teamed up with local BBC Radio show,
Raw Talent, Sandman Magazine and The Cockpit in Leeds to select 20 bands who
will perform on the new stage this August.
It's an incredible opportunity
Wanted - Bass Player - Urgent!
For local female singer/songwriter.
Influences include Joni Mitchell, Hem, Emiliana Torrini, Kate Bush.
Please contact 01482 217080
Single Reviews - Bodyrockers - I Like The Way (Mercury) By Steve Rudd
The type of tune that you either love or loathe, this latest anthem from this
troupe of Dance-dazed musicians is taking the nation by storm regardless, and
the Top 40 really cannot resist a tune of this calibre.
This release heaves with some epic remixes of the song, but rarely do remixes
Single Reviews - Wherewithal - Sixth Form Poetry (Foolproof) By Steve Rudd
This fem-fronted quintet sure isn't taking any prisoners, ballsily bursting out of the
Farnborough area with gusto. Stacy Hart is the singer, and what a singer she is.
Holding the rest of the band in check with her fantastic vocal musings, Stacy
possesses a strong and distinctive voice that dominates the music, with such
Album Reviews - Rumpus - EP By Michelle Dee
This offering from Sheffield band Rumpus - features seven varied tracks of atmospheric
unusual electro death rock.
They have managed to mix up the genres of Indie rock with a shade of electronica
and a hefty slab of death metal vocals.
This ambitious approach stands up well to scrutiny and has
Single Reviews - Ryan Adams - Let it Ride (Lost Highway) By Steve Rudd
American Country-rocker Ryan is back on the scene, and is being backed by a
new band of friends called The Cardinals.
Let It Ride is their new single, and - true to form for Ryan - lush elements
of both Country music and rock 'n' roll are fashionably entwined
in the most sublime manner.
Single Reviews - Razorlight - Somewhere Else (Vertigo) By Steve Rudd
Face it - Razorlight front man Johnny Borrell is a total
star in his own right, even without the other three lads that make up this
tantalisingly talented band... especially when he's armed and potentially
infamous with his trusted acoustic guitar.
Still, the full band sound is hard to beat, and this tune
CD Reviews - Miss Machete - EP - Wanted For Murder By Steve Rudd
For a good old all-round intense and wholly invigorating rock experience, then you ought to make
friends with Little Miss Machete, because when they cut you with their music, it doesn't so
much hurt as it simply stuns.
This fresh and frantic quartet is a fast-rising phenomenon in the Yorkshire
CD/Album Reviews - Blind Frog Ernie - Ver:5.1 By Arse-Nick Photographs by Sarah Edwards
Adorned with a picture of a blind frog, that looks a lot like a mushroom, Ver 5.1,
the new release from Blind Frog Ernie is out for public consumption this week.
Featuring a new drummer, in their ever evolving fifth reincarnation,
The Frog have gone and done themselves proud with this
Album Reviews - The Raindogs - The Adventures of The Raindogs By Nick Quantrill
Photos of Raindogs and A Certain Type of Person at The Sesh 5th April 05 by Michelle Dee
Formed in October 2004 The Raindogs comprise of vocalist and guitarist Martin Clappison
(ex King Rupert), bass guitarist Phil Ives (ex Circa 75) and drummer Dan Lydon (ex Mr Ed).
The Adventures of The Raindogs is the band's first release and having played