The Roundup: July 2013

Another month, another Roundup. Sadly unlike Gareth last month, I’ve not had the most exciting month I’ve ever had gig-wise. I’ve been to precisely nothing. That’s not to say that I haven’t been listening to lots of lovely tunes. I have, and here are some of the ones that I think might just tickle your fancy.

Pulp – Common People

This month saw T in the Park’s 20th anniversary and the BBC showed a documentary celebrating this. As part of it they showed Pulp doing ‘Common People’ and this remains one of my great gig moments – the entire crowd bouncing, singing along, just sheer unbridled glee. Absolutely magnificent.

 

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me

Fast forward to this years T and I think I’ll stay away, just now, from the great lineup debate. It has changed phenomenally from the says of Rage Against the Machine to this years Rihanna headline set, but one of the highlights for me watching on the telly was this performance. It felt a bit like a triumphant homecoming and reminded me a bit of what T used to be about. Any band that gets the security bouncing deserves some kudos.

 

Public Enemy – Don’t Believe the Hype

The other big festival covered by the BBC was, of course, Glastonbury. Again, controversy over line-ups and coverage and the usual grumbles about the presenters too. Personally, anything at all that showcases the talents of Lauren Laverne gets my full support. Anyway, one of the real highlights was Public Enemy’s set. Chuck D remains a hip-hop powerhouse, the grandaddy of rap and despite no Flavor Flav, no Terminator X and with a live band backing him the show was exceptional. I had swithere and swayed about going to see PE earlier this year and ended up giving it a swerve. Looks like I made a mistake.

 

The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

Seamlessly linking from the last choice – don’t believe the hype? Maybe we should with these guys. The buzz is building around them with performances around the festival circuit this summer, an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a support slot on the Arctic Monkeys autumn tour. It would be easy to pass these guys off as young kids doing a bit of copycat stuff but I have a genuine feeling about them. Rough and ready – as it should be at that age – it may be, but I think they have the potential to develop into an excellent rock ‘n’ roll band.

 

KT Tunstall – Feel It All

Another mention for Later… with wee Jools as this was where I first saw this lady. If you’ve never seen her performance of ‘Black Horse & the Cherry Tree’ from 2007 on the show then do yourself a favour and track it down. It’s really quite stunning. But I caught this performance earlier in the year and thought it was great – I’ve yet to get my paws on the album but on the strength of this tune I’m really looking forward to it.

 

Joey Bada$$ – Hardknock

An album that, again, I’m really looking forward to is B4.Da.$$, Joey’s debut, which is due out next year. Only 18 years old, Joey is gonna be big and is a member of the Pro Era collective. He’s had a couple of Mixtapes out and you can get a few tracks on Spotify. Keep an ear open for him.

 

Stone Sour – The House of Gold & Bone

I did pick up the House of Gold & Bones part 2 album this month by Stone Sour. I’ll be honest, after how much I loved part 1 it’s not really happened for me yet. I’ll give it another go, however I’m developing into a big fan of Corey Taylor. He’s probably the best, most versatile rock vocalist around at the moment. This is the definite highlight from the second album.

 

The Pharcyde – Oh Shit

My last choice. The Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde album used to be a big favourite of mine, but I hadn’t listened to it in eons until a month or so back. Bizarrely – no pun intended – within days of digging it out I discovered that he band were going to be in Glasgow playing the album in its entirety. Circumstances combined and I couldn’t make it along, but regardless I’ve had this on heavy rotation for the last month or so. Get the album, it’s a classic.

 

So there we have July’s Roundup. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I hope that you may even have found something new to listen to.

Graeme Campbell

If it doesn't sound better turned up louder, then what's the point? Stuck somewhere around 1994, raging against the machine and steadfastly refusing to budge.

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