TO MATCH the Loughborough Echo‘s swanky new look, which hits the streets this Thursday, April 24, Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice has also undergone an overhaul.
However regular readers – if there are such things here – you can rest assured that my trademark mix of music reviews and other associated drivel will continue in the same, stuck-in-a-rut fashion as it always has.
GLASTONBUDGET, Europe’s number one tribute festival held in Wymeswold this May, has announced it’s complete line-up – and, although I cannot say how good or bad the acts will be, some of the names are simply genius.
This year gracing the stage, among many more, will be Maybe Winehouse, the Kaiser Thiefs, Letz Zep, One Step Behind and Oasish.
FIFTY not out!
To celebrate achieving a half-century of posts, without the powers that be at Echo towers taking my blog away and slapping my wrists, I have created a must-have, limited edition piece of spin-off Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice merchandise.
Yes that’s right – Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice wallpaper for your computer desktop background can be yours, but for one week only.
And as a reader of my blog, you can get your sweaty hands on this delightful adornment for your computer, compatible with both PCs and Macs, by e-mailing me at Isaac_Ashe@mrn.co.uk, stating “I want my wallpaper!”.
But hurry, the deadline for applications is April 24.
EACH week in the Echo I compile a Gig Guide for the paper of bands and singers and suchlike plying their trades locally, and every now and again a band name crops up that makes me smile.
This week, Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel are playing at the Three Nuns in Loughborough on Saturday, April 19 – how the hell do you think up a name like that?!?
It’s the best one I’ve heard since the Ministry Of Beaver came to town.
If you know of any great band names, funny or foul, clever or plain stupid, local or otherwise, I’d love to hear them – for the record, the bands I played in were called Asbestos Lung and FX-15.
CALIFORNIAN rock group Thrice‘s now-complete Alchemy Index series of concept EPs has been the perfect showcase for all the band’s elements – songwriting and musicianship, the pulsating and the poignant.
Completing the quartet which started last October with parts I and II, the blistering Fire and the soothing Water, are soon-to-be-released parts III and IV, Air and Earth.
I ducked out of including the first instalment in my albums of the year 2007 at the 11th hour in favour of Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Ire Works, but when I heard the opening tracks of Air I was blown away.
Air is a continuation of more traditional Thrice fair, an alternative rock six-track section with a lighter touch that really showcases the band’s technical abilities, but it’s Earth that really stands out.
A dustbowl of an EP, the band’s songwriting really comes to the fore in the concluding chapter, with a more acoustic, country tinged sound, and tracks like Moving Mountains and Come All You Weary up there as career bests.