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Andy Cassidy


My Life Story

In the first part of a two-part interview, Andy Cassidy talks to Jake Shillingford from London-based orchestral indie pop group My Life Story about his band's twentieth anniversary and their first full-scale UK tour

Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire
Nick Harper
World Party

Much acclaimed Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Roddy Hart talks to Andy Cassidy about his new band the Lonesome Fire's debut album, 'Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire'
Andy Cassidy talks to singer-songwriter about his forthcoming seventh solo album 'Riven', attending the sessions for Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' as a boy with his father Roy Harper, and the forthcoming Galtres Festival at which he will playing a tribute to it
Andy Cassidy speaks to Karl Wallinger, the front man with World Party, about his career, his recently released five-disc career retrospective and his hatred of CDs

David Baker
Nelson Bragg
Duncan Maitland

In a frank and occasionally terse interview, Alex Paterson from pioneering ambient techno group the Orb speaks to Andy Cassidy about his band's first vocal only album 'The Orbserver in the Star House', which was recorded in collaboration with reggae and dub legend Lee Scratch Perry
Ex-Mercury Rev frontman David Baker in the first part of a two part interview speaks to Andy Cassidy about time travel, superpowers and 'Central Flow', his first album in eighteen years and with his new band Variety Lights
Andy Cassidy speaks to Brian Wilson percussionist and Los Angeles-based musician Nelson Bragg about his long musical career, and just released second solo album,‘We Get What We Want’
Andy Cassidy speaks to former Picture House guitarist Duncan Maitland about his solo career and forthcoming second album

Roy Moller
My Life Story
Craig Finn
Gary Numan

Andy Cassidy talks to Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Roy Moller, who has been described as being 'Scotland's best kept secret', about his work with Belle and Sebastian, and third album, 'The Singing's Getting Better'
Andy Cassidy talks to Jake Shillingford, the front man with 90's orchestral pop outfit My Life Story, about his group's career and his decision to play their influential album, 'The Golden Mile', live for the first time
Andy Cassidy chats to Craig Finn from critically acclaimed New York-based garage rockers the Hold Steady about his just released first solo album, 'Clear Heart Full Eyes'
Influential electronic music artist Gary Numan speaks to Andy Cassidy about his new album ‘Dead Son Rising’, its difficult inception and his career which is now five decades long



Andy Cassidy is impressed by Morrissey's new live DVD, which compiles together tracks from two nights on his tour to promote 'Vauxhall and I', his 1995 fourth solo album

Moody Blues
Wolf Colonel

Hardcore Morrissey fan Andy Cassidy gives his verdict on Morrissey's controversial and much criticised 'Autobiography'
Andy Cassidy reflects on new Moody Blues four CD box set 'Timeless Flight', which overviews their career from 1967 until 2003
Andy Cassidy examines ex-Waterboy Karl Wallinger's solo project World Party's new five-CD and seventy track box set, 'Arkeology'
We profile our next Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night which run with the Wickerman Festival will take place at The Bay in Glasgow on June 15th, and will feature sets from Duncan Maitland, the Cathode Ray, Roy Moller and Nicola Black

Live Reviews


Andy Cassidy awakes from a hangover to enjoy the second day of the Wickerman Festival which included sets from Dexys, Roy Moller and the Rezillos
Andy Cassidy enjoys the first day of the Wickerman Festival which this year included sets from Chic and Nile Rodgers, Primal Scream, Admiral Fallow and rising Glasgow band Eugene Twist
Despite having enjoyed their recent album 'We Blame Society', Andy Cassidy finds New York electronic act the Ballet to be a poor live experience at a gig at the Glad Café in Glasgow

Favourite Albums

Fairport Convention
Shuggie Otis
Sandy Denny

In our 'Re:View' series, in which our writers look back on classic albums from the past, Andy Cassidy examines Fairport Convention's 1975 album 'Racing to the Moon', which was the last of their albums to feature Sandy Denny and which has just been released in a new double CD edition
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Andy Cassidy reflects on soul musician Shuggie Otis' undervalued 1974 album 'Inspiration Information', which has been just been reissued with 'Wings of Love', an album of new songs


Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

AC's A-Z of Music

In a new series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band, Andy Cassidy begins by reflecting on the Smiths
Andy Cassidy, after watching the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury, examines the cult of legendary guitarist Keith Richards

Beach Boys

In letter J of his 'AC's A-Z of Music' Andy Cassidy examines 'Jugband Blues', the last track on Pink Floyd's second album 'A Saucerful of Secrets' and the final album upon which their original front man Syd Barrett appeared
In his 'AC's A-Z of Music' column, Andy Cassidy has reached the letter 'I', and writes about how the ending of his first teenage romance prompted him into first buying John Lennon's 'Imagine' album
In his 'AC's A-Z of Music' column, Andy Cassidy reaches the letter 'H' and reflects on some of the saddest and most heartbreaking songs of all time
In a three part 'AC's A-Z of Music' special, Andy Cassidy provides his own alphabetical tribute to the Beach Boys. He begins by looking at the letters A to F...


Phil Martin
Steven Wilson
Dr Feelgood

Innovative and immensely enjoyable second album from Essex-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Phil Martin
Breathtaking music and video combination on CD/DVD package from Porcupine Tree front man. Steven Wilson
Enjoyable mid-era double CD compilation from blues rock veterans Dr Feelgood, which, however, does not match up to the magnificence of their early years
Incredible fusion of post-punk and space rock on third album from San Francisco based band Carta, which is their first to feature vocals on every song

Zoo Zero
Council Tax Band/Ice, Sea, Dead People
Nick Lowe

Formulaic and uninspired latest album from Moby, which finds him moving little on from 1998’s era-defining ‘Play'
Inventive and confident debut mini-album from London-based alternative rockers, Zoo Zero
Angry but humorous political punk on superb split EP from Bedfod-based groups, the Council Tax Band and Ice, Sea, Dead People
Surprising but unnecessary collection of covers on early Christmas album from Nick Lowe

Aisha Burns
Stephen Dale Petit
Audrey Auld
Mona and Maria

Fascinating but over melancholic and bleak debut solo album from Balmorhea violinist, Aisha Burns
Uncompromising fourth album from Californian blues guitarist Stephen Dale Petit, which includes guest appearances from Dr John, Mick Taylor and Chris Barber
Superb country rock from Australian-born but now Nashville-based singer-songwriter and country musician, Audrey Auld
Uplifting 1960’s psychedelic-influenced debut album from Oslo-based duo, Mona and Maria

Joseph Arthur
Strange Names
Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire

Astonishing tenth solo album from Ohio-based singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, which is his musical response to the concept of the great American novel
Superb eighteen track free download compilation sampler from Ottawa-based label This Beautiful Music, which includes artists such as Dot Dash, Roy Moller and the Model Spy
Enjoyable debut EP from New York and Minneapolis-based electronic act, Strange Names
Haunting and anthemic debut album from Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Roddy Hart and his band the Lonesome Fire, which draws comparisons with the very best of early U2 and Simple Minds

Body Rampant
Blues Band
Royal Forest

Exhilarating debut album and concept record from ballsy Californian rockers, the Body Rampant
Fabulous live album from the Blues Band recorded in 1980 the year after they formed at the Rockpalast in Germany, which, while it comes accompanied by a poor quality DVD of the show, nevertheless is totally compelling
Fantastic third album from quirkily experimental Austin, Texan-formed band, Royal Forest
Hugely enjoyable third album of 80’s-influenced electronica from gay New York trio, the Ballet

Jacob Bellens
French Boutik
Damien Dempsey
Lund Quartet

Melancholic, but riveting debut solo album from Danish singer-songwriter, Jacob Bellens
Stunning 7 inch vinyl only debut single from French-based indie pop outfit, French Boutik
Surprisingly celebratory and anthemic, but fine sixth album from Irish singer-songwriter and one-time Morrissey favourite, Damien Dempsey
Subtle but compelling mixture of jazz, trip-hop and electronica on debut album from Bristol-based group, Lund Quartet

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