Focal Point

Monday, 29 August 2011, 13:43 | Category : Focal Point
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In early 1968 Focal Point were one of the hottest prospects in British rock. They were the first act signed to Apple Publishing, named by Brian Epstein and praised by the Beatles. The Strange Brew goes to Liverpool where Dave Slater and Tim Wells from the band introduce key tracks from or linked to their […]

Us and Them – Summerisle

Sunday, 21 August 2011, 16:52 | Category : Reviews
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Summerisle – an ep of songs from ‘The Wickerman” By Us and Them with Frobisher Neck The Wicker Man is one of the greatest cult films of all time and integral to this cornerstone of British horror was the enchanting, bewitching pagan folk soundtrack exquisitely produced by Paul Giovanni and Magnet. Swedish acid-folk duo Us […]

McKenna Mendelson Mainline

Sunday, 7 August 2011, 11:18 | Category : Blues, Interview
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Canadians Mike Harrison and Tony Nolasco came to England in December 1968 with their blues/rock band, McKenna Mendelson Mainline. They talk to Nick Warburton about the Toronto group’s record deal with Liberty Records, recording their landmark album, “Stink”, touring the UK and the band’s decision to return to Canada before its release. McKenna Mendelson Mainline at The […]

Cranium Pie – Mechanisms (Part 1)

Friday, 5 August 2011, 14:27 | Category : Reviews
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Cranium Pie’s new LP “Mechanisms (Part 1)” is released next month on Regal Crabomophone (Fruits de Mer’s spin-off label). Opener “this was now – the awakening of the birds” beautifully Echoes Pink Floyd’s masterpiece “Welcome to the Machine” assimilating Mike Oldfield’s “Ommadawn” into the mix. “Rememberrr” and “zones – mothership (reprise)” venture further into space […]