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Despite the similarities between the hot, gambling town of their hometown of Las Vegas, and the hot humid city of Singapore, it’s taken over ten years for The Killers to finally make it here. While not perhaps in the upper ranks of pop stadium acts of last years F1 headliner Katy Perry, or Sunday night’s Rhianna, there is a warm if not quite hysterical welcome as they take to their stage, and launch into a 90 minute set of confident, glam tinged rock,…

I’ve had the Naim UnitiQute for about a year now.  Here are some impressions of life with this wonderful slice of audio nirvana. Music Evolved – the end of the CD era Listening to music has evolved hugely since CD made it’s commercial debut way back in 1983. Since then, digital file encryption, high bandwidth networks, cheap storage,  file-sharing and Apple’s eco-system, have collectively relegated CD to obsolescence.  I recently unplugged my Arcam CD92, once the prize component in my system, ready to sell…

This year is shaping up to be pretty good for music so far.  While, there is no earth shattering new musical movement to really excite, but there is definitely some quality out there, from both old and new artists. Artist: John Grant Album: Pale Green Ghosts Back-story: Former frontman of the Czars releases acclaimed second album of witty, grown up musings Verdict: Largely electronic based, distinguished by mordant but often funny lyrics.  GMF, is a stand out, a self deprecating track listing various shortcomings…

When Kraftwerk take to the stage, it’s hard to believe that this group of middle aged men are the godfathers of modern electronic and dance music.  Take away their Tron outfits, and they’d easily pass for your average high school geography teacher.  But as the show gets underway it becomes quickly apparent how influential their musical legacy still is, and just how shockingly futuristic their music must have sounded to those who first heard the ground breaking “Autobahn” way back in 1974. This new…

Suede, seemingly against the prevailing forces of rock  wisdom, after a ten year gap, have managed to come up with a great return to form. Bloodsports not only captures the essence of their greatest songs, but in many cases surpasses them. The first six songs are perhaps the strongest they’ve ever recorded, and capture the essence of the prime time 90’s era Suede,  lyrics exploring alienation, sex, love lost and found, all wrapped in chiming guitars and icy glamour.  It tails off towards…

; Is there a nicer man in rock than Dave Grohl? Charismatic, charming and for a guy with some serious hard rocking credentials, he seems amazingly together. He is perhaps the only person who could helm this documentary, charting the rise and fall of LA’s Sound City recording studio. He manages to pull together many of America’s finest musicians, to reminisce on the recording of some of the most seminal albums and music of the last three decades. Split into three distinct eras,…

New Order’s Blue Monday, the biggest selling 12 inch record ever, astonishingly, turns 30 this week. It was, and is still, a magnificent, genre shifting track, and listening to again now, after three decades of dance and electronic music, it’s hard to remember just how revolutionary it sounded back in 1983. The metronomic pounding beats, recorded by placing a base bin on the floor of the recording studio, heralding the start of an epic Donna Summer inspired disco track, was unlike anything that…

With the recent release of the ‘Celebration Day’ DVD, several new books, including the excellent ‘Trampled Underfoot’ (reviewed here) and with their back catalogue due for another extensive re-mastering later this year, the myths and legend surrounding Led Zeppelin continues to grow Led Zeppelin had already called it a day 33 years ago, when I was just getting into music.  Raised on a post punk diet of New Wave, Indie and Electronic music, the heyday of Zep was long gone.  By the time they re-formed…

An album of New Order tracks that never made it to their last, and worst album (Waiting for the Sirens Call), Lost Sirens was never going to be a classic release. Only a couple of tracks, “I’ll stay with you” being one, manage to lift their heads against the mediocrity. These are likely to be the last tracks from the original line up as, what were once the coolest band in the world, have now descended into public acrimony, and Lost Siren’s is a very ragged  Last…

Documentary about a long forgotten American protest singer, Rodriguez, who having failed to sell even ten records in the US, turns his back on music to live an impoverished life in Detroit. Unbeknownst to him, his two seminal albums from the early 70’s, become huge hits in South Africa, making him a bigger star there than even the Rolling Stones or Elvis. The film documents two dedicated South African fans, who spend the best part of a decade, tracking him and de-bunking the…