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Lockdown easing begins at Musos’s Guide



And we’re back. Though to be honest, much of the break has been enforced less by government restrictions and more by my dissertation. The synchronicity is exquisite. Can you tell that I’m enjoying writing for fun again?


It doesn’t hurt that live music has become a thing again. While I’ve been as careful as someone with dyspraxia navigating a rope bridge, I’ve bloody missed it!


Having my first gig back on Halloween with Lugosi in that wonderful venue, the wild duck, in Templebar, Dublin, Ireland. Bringing the kids along. My eldest daughter, who you may know from our collaboration as Pixie, from Pixie Dot & Dash. Because music is a communion, with family, with friends, and with the musicians who are our kin. Music is my tribe. You are my kind of people.


We’ve plenty to bring you in the coming weeks from our correspondents Captain Stavros in London, UK and Johnno covering Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.


We’ve reviews of Captain Rico & The Ghost Band, John, Deerhoof, and Scott Levene on the way, as well as an audio interview with This Is War.


Stay tuned for more.








Stoat Explain Why You Should Give Up On Your Dreams



Irish indie legends Stoat have used the ongoing lockdown to get more philosophical. Like a lot of their last album, ‘Why You Should Give Up On Your Dreams’ is a thoughtful and reflective slice of midlife male psyche delivered with a sprightly tone and a large dose of musical invention. It sounds homemade because it is homemade with Cormac Parle editing together a tune that was “recorded bit by bit in our homes while Ireland was locked down for the COVID-19 pandemic, and painstakingly pieced together”.


Press release is below and it’s well worth watching the video. It’s like an existentialist TED talk.


Ok ok ok ... so the subject matter of this song is quite dear to my heart. The whole "follow your dreams" thing is, IMO, a load of bollocks, and for me at least has led to the waste of a huge amount of time and effort trying to manifest a story I had made up in my head. Instead of, like, actually enjoying my life as it's happening.


Me and John actually spent a couple of years working on a kind of anti-self-help book about this but, naturally, nobody was interested in publishing it, so the book got distilled into this song, plus a 5-minute talk that you can find here







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