Asa-Chang and Junray – Minna no Junray (Sony) Minna no Junray is a very strange album, and one that seems not to have been released outside Koichi Asakura’s (the eponymous Asa-Chang) native Japan. Because I am feeling cynical, I will attribute that to the fact that the fun, silly and downright bizarre Minna no JunrayContinue reading “Twenty-nine”


Izzy Stradlin – Like a Dog (iTunes download) Rock and roll. While often derided as a one-dimensional and tired genre, there can be few things to match it at its sleazy, life-affirming best. And rock ‘n’ roll is rarely better, or sleazier, than on that legendary debut album of Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction.Continue reading “Thirty-one”


Lydia Lunch – Smoke in the Shadows (Atavistic) A very individual album, from the ever-individual and divine Ms. Lunch, this continues her love for the noir-esque sound. In fact, considering the almost ‘Sin City’ aesthetic, this would be very much a capturing of the zeitgeist in mid 2005. Sexy as ever, she purrs threats andContinue reading “Thirty-four”