London and Ultimate Records Part 2

1991 I went up to the weekly music press every Wednesday. Both the N.M.E. and Melody Maker were in King’s Reach Towers, Stamford Street, SE1. I’d get the tube from Camden to Waterloo and walk up from there. They were on the 25th and 26th floors. It was important to remember which was which, sometimes […]

The Buzz Club: Andy White 18.10.1986

Andy White 18th October 1986 I saw Andy White perform ‘Religious Persuasion‘ on ‘Whistle Test’ in 1986 and knew he was to be our next Buzz Club booking. In fact, we mentioned it on the flier… His debut album had just come out. Andy played ‘Religious Persuasion‘ on a roof in Belfast for BBC’s ‘Whistle Test‘, ‘Melody […]

B is for ‘Bluetrain’ Christine X

Part two of  the alphabet series by my experimental musical alter ego, Christine X. A was for ‘Aldershot’ and B is for ‘Bluetrain’.  Bluetrain is the band I was in from 1987 – 1988. Even in that short time, we had a few line up changes. We released one 12″ on Dan Treacy’s (of the […]

Best New Music in 2018

2018 has been a cracking year for new music and new discoveries for me. Here’s a selection of the artists and tracks I’ve fallen in love with and written about over the last twelve months. Back in January I posted about Phoebe Bridgers. The first track released from her wonderful ‘Stranger In The Alps‘ album. […]

New Music: Kodiak Island ‘Tuns of Fun at Christmas’

Our label asked us to record a Christmas song so we did! There’s a whole album of Musical Bear artists singing Christmas songs, available as a free download from this Saturday. The tracks I’ve heard are brilliant!I’ll share some at the weekend. We played a great gig in Reading last week, and we play The […]