Friday, February 25, 2011

Let's Hang On

Phoenix Stand by Stuart Roy Clarke

My new blog 'Let's Hang On' is about the highs and lows of following Wigan Athletic FC. The team were promoted to the English Premier League in 2005 and despite many people's expectations they have survived at this level for six seasons. However, at the beginning of February 2011 Wigan sit second bottom of the league and they have not won in 2011. Can they survive in the so called 'best league in the world'? Over the coming months 'Let's Hang On' will follow their fight for survival in a league with mega rich owners, £50m footballers, hysterical fans, and a relentless media .

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Joy Division live on Something Else

Joy Division live on Something Else - not quite as I remember it, but still worth watching.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The King is Dead

The Decemberists new album 'The King is Dead' is quite a departure from their previous epic 'The Hazards of Love.'  The group have made quite a reputation for developing 'dare I say' concept album approach to music making. However, the new album returns the group to their early folk/americana roots. The influence of REM is never far way and Peter Buck joins the group on several songs.

The King is Dead is perhaps not as immediate as 'The Hazards of Love' or  'The Crane Wife' but it is a rewarding experience following further listens. The band will be touring the UK in March and from my previous experience the live shows should not be missed - see you at the Leeds Academy show on 11 March?