Author: Matthew Barlow

Rock’n’Roll Don’t Pay the Bills

A couple of weeks ago, the Boston indie band Buffalo Tom released a new album.  They were one of my favourite bands back in the day.  Buffalo Tom’s 1992 barnstormer, Let Me Come Over remains, 26 years on, one of my favourite albums of all time.   Unlike so many bands of my youth, Buffalo Tom never broke up, never went away.  They’ve steadily released albums since the early 90s, except for a 10 year period between 1998 and 2007 (ok, 9 years).  They never made it big, they remained a cult band. Music is not the means to financial...

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From the Vaults: The Singles Soundtrack

It’s never going to be a good day when you wake up with Paul Westerberg’s first track from the Singles Soundtrack in your head.  That’s right, I woke up with ‘Dyslexic Heart’ in my head yesterday and suffered for my sins, with both a sick dog and a migraine.  Good times.  I don’t like slagging artists, but ‘Dyslexic Heart’ might be one of the worst songs ever written, and this is Paul Fucking Westerberg we’re talking about here.  This one track is probably the only horrible song he’s ever written. I got to thinking back to 1992, though.  It was a...

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Ride: Tomorrow’s Shores

Ride Tomorrow’s Shores Wichita  Away back in the early 90s, Ride burst onto the scene on the back of three celebrated eps, two of which were collected on the long-player, Smile, the third of which was tacked onto the end of the band’s proper début, Nowhere.  They were at the vanguard of the so-called shoegazer scene of the era, but like My Bloody Valentine, were louder and heavier.  Their live show was an avalanche of guitars and the dreamy vocals of co-frontmen Andy Bell and Mark Gardener.  I wore out three cassette versions of Nowhere between 1991 and when I bought it on...

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Camp Cope: How to Socialize & Make Friends

Camp Cope How to Socialize & Make Friends Run For Cover Records In an interview in The Guardian the other week, Kim Deal said that ‘misogyny is the actual backbone of the music industry, and without misogyny the music industry would crumble.’  No kidding.  Back in 2016, Camp Cope dropped their wickedly amazing début album on the world.  It got a lot of love and adulation, and deservedly so.  But, some couldn’t leave well enough alone, and pointed out that frontwoman Georgia Maq is the daughter of the late Hugh McDonald, who was Aussie rock’n’roll royalty.  And therefore, Camp Cope were...

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The Sheepdogs: Changing Colours

The Sheepdogs hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  S’toon, as it is also known, is often overshadowed by the provincial capital, Regina, the Paris of the Prairies.  This is unfortunate.  Anytime I’ve found myself in Saskatoon, I’ve had a hell of a time.  It has a vibrant arts scene, beautiful scenery, and a pleasant vibe  It is also from whence Joni Mitchell hails. Back in 2011, five years after forming, The Sheepdogs won a contest between 16 unsigned bands to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.  Over 1.5 million votes were cast, and the ‘boogie rock revivalists’ from S’toon won....

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