Dots Jukebox: “Trouble” 24th October 2020

ArtistSongSuggested by
Bob MarleySo Much Trouble in the World@ScottP68
Ray LaMontagneTrouble@INeedDirection
Nina SimoneTrouble in Mind@musicvstheworld
Talking HeadsLife During Wartime@davidkbruce
The JayhawksTrouble@durutti74
Jake BuggTrouble Town@Staffs75
GhostpoetTrouble + Me@musicvstheworld
DJ Yoda ft Action Bronson & Alice…Big Trouble in Little China@grantsales
The Beastie BoysTriple Trouble@neilc79
Public Image LimitedDouble Trouble@eclecticfriend3
Common MarketThe Trouble Is@musicvstheworld
Future of the LeftSorry Dad, I Was Late for the Riots@hodge_nufc
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of InventionTrouble Every Day@ackleite
Izzy StradlinBucket o’ Trouble@steverodz
Sleeping With SirensTroubleRyan
Girl RayTrouble@restrobate
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSo Good at Being in Trouble@jenbren1976
BlurTrouble in the Message Centre@preservation76
Kelly ClarksonThe Trouble with Love Is@arihat_
Lavinia BlackwallTroublemakers@richard0x4a
Hen OgleddTrouble@substandardnerd
The Only OnesTrouble in the World@Cavedweller71
MobyNatural Blues@musicvstheworld
Simon and GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water@musicvstheworld

Dots Jukebox: “Closure” 10th October 2020

ArtistSongSuggested by
Teenage FanclubAlcoholiday@Buttersstotch11
Mammoth PenguinsClosure@Chops_Top_Fives
GrandaddyMiner at the Dial-a-View/So You’ll Aim Toward the Sky@themikeslattery
The Black Heart ProcessionRelease My Heart@chasethegroove
The Go-BetweensApology Accepted@plasllanina
The CureEnd@thesweetcheat
OK GoGet Over It@preservation76
RideEnd Game@jason_dobson
British Sea PowerIt Ended on an Oily Stage@richard0x4a
SqueezeBlack Coffee in Bed@dailyearworms
Pearl JamRelease@precenphix
Billy BraggTank Park Salute@_MM1965_
Oliver HuntemannThe End@IndieOver40
Young Marble GiantsFinal Day@davidkbruce
SemisonicClosing Time@musicvstheworld
The Stone Roses(I Am the) Resurrection@steverodz
WeenBaby Bitch@grantsales
Joy DivisionA Means to an End@eclecticfriend3
ErasureMy Heart… So Blue@sharkastic
Kate BushYou’re the One@_jelinor
Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way@Rosey_St
Gloria GaynorI Will Survive@robgrew
Sam CookeThat’s It, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On@RiverboatCapt
The DoorsThe End@NeilTheKid @neilc79
George HarrisonAll Things Must Pass@antmeals
Leonard CohenFamous Blue Raincoat@AndrewLabmonkey
She and HimGonna Get Along Without You Now@maffrj
The SundaysHere’s Where the Story Ends@hodge_nufc
OMDThe Beginning and the End@durutti74
McAlmont and ButlerYes@Perlalaloca

Dots Jukebox: “Hope” 11th April 2020

Song of the Week:

Artist Song Suggested by
REM Hope @lsherrington1
The Flaming Lips Waitin’ for Superman @aisfornala
The Beatles Getting Better @instantkarma80
I Am Kloot Some Better Day @MakerzMark
The Stone Roses Good Times @steverodz
Shed Seven High Hopes @Katienana09
The Slow Readers Club You Opened Up My Heart @jason_dobson
Panic at the Disco High Hopes Teen
Frank Turner Get Better @amcyoung
Mumford and Sons Hopeless Wanderer @StamfordCowboy
Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat The Greatest Story Ever Told @AndrewLabmonkey
Koria Kitten Riot The Earth Will Spin Around @NordicMusicView
Eels P.S. You Rock My World @grantsales
Tindersticks Can We Start Again? @Axels96
Gorillaz We Got the Power @neilc79
Hope of the States Enemies / Friends @jaytennant
Rolo Tomassi Aftermath @antmeals
Air Supply Hope Springs Eternal
Roots Manuva Witness (1 Hope) @lalonip3
Eddy Grant Gimme Hope Joanna @matthewmoloney
Zoe Sunshine on a Rainy Day @JamesOldham
Simple Minds Alive and Kicking @adibeasley
Bill Nelson Hope for the Heartbeat @durutti74
David Bowie Rock n’ Roll Suicide @ladyofsonnets66
Peter Gabriel ft. Kate Bush Don’t Give Up
Pink Floyd High Hopes @n1ckbab3r
Portishead The Rip @precenphix
Sam Cooke A Change is Gonna Come @ScottP68
The Four Tops Reach Out @VikingSlaveGirl
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water

Dots Jukebox: “Isolation” 4th April 2020 #DotsJukebox #Isolation

“Most liked” song:

Artist Song Suggested by
George Thorogood and the Destroyers I Drink Alone  
Edwin McCain Solitude @ScottP68
Warren Zevon Splendid Isolation @_sandywishart
Eric Carmen All By Myself @nobrightside
Stephen Stills Love the One You’re With @MirandaKitten
Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing @_MM1965_
Scott Walker On Your Own Again @richard0x4a
Otis Redding (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay @AndrewLabmonkey
The Rolling Stones Please Go Home  
David Bowie Sound and Vision @ladyofsonnets66
Statler Brothers Flowers on the Wall  
The Police Don’t Stand So Close to Me @adibeasley
Genesis Land of Confusion  
Joy Division Isolation @eclecticfriend3
Aphex Twin ‘i’  
Tame Impala Solitude is Bliss  
Dan Rose Never Gonna Leave  
Blur On Your Own @jenbren1976
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Home  
Evans the Death I’m So Unclean @substandardnerd
The Tragically Hip The Last Recluse  
Oasis Sittin’ Here in Silence (On My Own) @neilc79
De La Soul Me, Myself and I @ItsDaveWard
Jack White Alone in My Home  
Therapy? Isolation @lsherrington1
Killing Joke I am the Virus  
Slipknot Don’t Get Close @Gobbygritlet
Alter Bridge Isolation @NeilTheKid
System of a Down Lonely Day  
The Mamas and the Papas Safe in My Garden


Dots Jukebox: “Christmas” 20th December 2019 #DotsJukebox #Christmas


Song of the Week:


Artist Song Suggested by
X Santa Claus is Coming to Town @chasethegroove
Korn Kidnap the Sandy Claws @gobbyygritlet
Inside Joke Twas the Night Before Christmas @electricfriend3
Type O Negative Red Water (Christmas Mourning) @grantsales
Bob Dylan Must be Santa @dailyearworms
Pearl Jam Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time) @steverodz
Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler Marshmallow Road @gigticket
Whyte Horses Next Year Will be Mine @miftin81
Caitlin Rose You Never Come Home for Christmas @richard0x4a
Smith and Burrows When the Thames Froze @_mm1965_
4q Xmas Ay @neilthekid
Björk Frosti @precenphix
Tom Waits Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis @neilc79
The Kinks Father Christmas @itsdaveward
The Greedies A Merry Jingle @amcyoung
Kim Wilde vs Lawnmower Deth F U Kristmas! @musicvstheworld
Eels Christmas is Going to the Dogs @musicvstheworld
Frightened Rabbit It’s Christmas so We’ll Stop @musicvstheworld
Dropkick Murphys The Season’s Upon Us @musicvstheworld
The Pogues Fairytale of New York @musicvstheworld

EP Review: Martini Police – “11:11pm”

Peterborough has spawned a diverse amount of musical talent in the past forty years, everything from thrash metal to synth pop.

The newest kids on the block are this little bunch, Martini Police. Unashamedly quirk-pop, it sounds like two different bands.

On their debut EP, “11:11pm“, the songs sung by guitarist/bassist Harvey Foster have a harder, more indie edge to them, whilst those featuring bassist/guitarist Megan Leigh have a softer ingredient – imagine Sheryl Crow wearing a Motown coat. Stir in some Television, Vaccines-like affected guitar and a smattering of Hot Hot Heat and you’re getting close.

Stand out tracks are “Ugly” (what a bloody shame John Peel isn’t alive as he’d have loved this) and “Where You Are”, the musical equivalent of Galaxy chocolate.

We were reliably informed that this EP was recorded in less than 2 days and on a budget. However, the production is crisp and sprightly and we were particularly impressed by the drum sound of Donovan Jackson, always the hardest thing to get right.

It’s essential to have the capacity to turn out something original and this is a big part of the deal. Martini Police are polymorphic and difficult to pigeon hole and that can only be a good thing. Even our resident Frank Cat wants to hear more!

Listen to the EP on Spotify.

Martini Police photo 2

Gig review: Don Kipper, Crowland Abbey, 7th April 2019 @DonKipper @CrowlandAbbey #DonKipper #CrowlandAbbey #TurkishMusic #TurkishFasil #JewishMusic #Klezmer #RomaniMusic #GreekMusic #GreekRebetiko #NorthAfricanMusic #MacedonianMusic

Abbey 1

Sunday 7th April was to be something fairly new for us – we generally go and see loud Punk and Rock bands, but we fancied something different for a change. We had listened to Don Kipper online but never had the fortune to witness them in a live setting until then.

We turned up to find a semicircle of chairs laid out near the Nave of the Abbey facing a bizarre collection of seldom seen instruments which immediately intrigued and surprised us.

Clarinet player Daniel Gouly was off to the side playing a little tune to his ancient Jewish counterparts before practically skipping back down the aisle to join the rest of the band pre-gig.

We didn’t have to wait many minutes before welcoming the whole band to the stage area – a mesmerising set of characters, each an individual and impossible to take your eyes off.


They struck up their instruments… and it was quite possibly the most sublime sound I’ve ever heard. Each note hit every part of the inside of that beautifully dark Abbey – even Gouly had a “Wow, I’ve never heard anything like this before” look on his face. Truly joyful, completely triumphant.


This was the first time ever that this ancient Saxon heritage Abbey had resonated to the almost alien but breathtaking tones of the near Eastern and Yiddish scales.

There is a heavy influence of Romani Music in what they do, but don’t go thinking that’s all they are – there is a Heinz 57 variety hot pot of complimentary eastern styles; fascinating Jewish Klezmer, stunning Turkish love songs, energetic Northern Greek & Macedonian dances and pulsating North African rhythms.

Drummer Timmy Doyle seemed to have the look of a Baltic Norseman and played like a demon. I never realised drums could be so musical sounding, but when combined with the complimenting acoustics of the church it blew my mind.


The eccentric Ian Anderson-esque accordion and duda (I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s called!) player Josh Middleton and the little Jewish hat loving Gouly had an obviously special bond and worked off each other each inspiring and delighting the other in their interplay.


Tim Karp is a guitarist with subtle Jazz chops as well as a smooth Hungarian Minor byzantine scale phrases, however he really shines when picking up the 12 string oud and the haunting tones of this traditional Turkish instrument transports us to the Bosporus and Constantinople.


Then there is singer Dunja Botic. Oh my. I have honestly never heard a voice so entrancing. She has an intense richness to her voice that is rare to hear. Because she sings in languages other than English, you notice it a lot more as you’re not focusing so much on the words she is singing. It makes you realise the voice truly is an instrument and when practised can be something incredibly special.


I’m still stunned by what I witnessed that Sunday evening and we are so glad we chose to attend. We will definitely be seeing them again.

You can follow Don Kipper on facebook, twitter and instagram and buy their wonderful music on their website.

Set list

Gig Review: Ruts DC and The Professionals, Cambridge Junction,17th Feb 2019 @therutsdc @cambjunction

Where do you go to when you think that punk rock has turned old and grey? Why, the Junction in Cambridge of course… to witness two classic late seventies punk icons that still have a fire burning in their bellies and serious skills to demonstrate.

The Professionals

The Professionals offer a smorgasbord of familiar faces and ice cool talent – Tom Spencer (The Yo Yos) Toshi from Anti-Product and Hey Hello!, Chris McCormack from 3 Colours Red and of course a real live Sex Pistol – Paul Cook.

Chris’s guitar produced a sound that could disembowel wildebeest.


Toshi took great pleasure in stalking the stage looking and sounding cool as hell – it was impossible to take your eyes off him.


Spencer doesn’t seem at all fazed by being in Steve Jones’ place – and rightly so, he very much pulls it off. His vocals are joyous, his manner modest and his energy relentless. Kudos.


At 62 years of age Cook still has attack determination and is tight as fuck. He is clearly very, very happy to be doing his thing and that was a pleasure to behold.


An exciting, slick set – main highlights for me were Bad Baby, Silly Thing and Kick Down the Doors.

Ruts DC

Ruts DC more than did justice to “The Crack” album – albeit a marginally less frantic delivery than 1979 but with polish and class. Since 2011 Ruts DC has consisted of John “Segs” Jennings, Dave Ruffy and Leigh Heggarty.

Ruffy’s drumming in particular was demonstrative and tasteful throughout.


Leigh Heggarty has the skills and understanding to be able to pull off Paul Fox’s intricate and often eloquent guitar parts with ease.


Segs is a man with a glint in his eye, knowing he is filling shoes that are not his own. He does a seamless job of mimicry and impressionism, although Malcolm Owen’s feral 1979 snarl is replaced by something smoother and more matured.


Highlights include the staggering Jah War, Human Punk, SUS and Out of Order.

It was almost blissful to hear this entire classic record in its original sequence.


Ruts DC are as potent and relevant as they ever were, if you’ve not witnessed them live yet you bloody well need to.

I was blown away.


Review: Bad Religion – “The Kids are Alt-Right”

It’s been 5 long years since the last Bad Religion studio album and when you are a rabid fan such as I, that’s quite a wait.

So, this is the taster for the new record – and hey, guess what, there’s a bit of a message not only in the lyrics but in the eloquently crafted video animation – every line of this song and every second of this video is astonishingly smart and true.

Some wank wombat on the youtube channel uttered these words: “I don’t need to know a band’s political views”… So why are you even watching a Bad Religion video? Duh. Their social & political opinions have been obvious throughout their entire history and are integral part of their music and philosophy. Missing the point here seems to be the order of the day for both casual punk fans and Trump voters: – this song ain’t for you – it’s ABOUT you! And if you’re here to defend the so-called “Alt-Right”, and/or to criticize the “Left”, well, then, you never really understood this band at all.

As always BR are intellectual, sarcastic, ironic and satirical – the cheesy pop-ishness of the song is intentional, as is the play on words & melody in the chorus and the bridge section – upbeat, like an anthem, but mocking.

The sound and message of this fit very well alongside other such protest songs like Come Join Us or American Jesus. Musically the band has altered their sonics since the True North album; Brook’s intricate drum barrage has been replaced with something more heavy hitting and weighty, whilst the guitars snarl and slash like Cap’n Crunch. Jay Bentley’s wonderful Entwistle-like bass run at 2.09 is an ebullient addition to the melee.

I want a new album… I want it quick.

by Richard Mackman

Grand Ole Otley: Ryan Hamilton & Tony Wright, Nottingham, 9th June 2018

Grand Ole Otley – Ryan Hamilton & Tony Wright, Saturday 9th June 2018, The Bodega, Nottingham

Words: Richard Mackman

Photos: Fi Stimpson

We didn’t quite know what to expect from from what turned out to be a very personal and intimate gig this evening – a small gathering of around a hundred or so enthused and genuinely fascinated souls, many of which clearly owned the new Pledge-released album and knew the material.

Wright & Hamilton’s voices pair and blend with a natural compatibility. Wright’s deeper and very English northern inflections compliment Hamilton’s higher and southerly American accented phrasings.


Standout songs from this pot pourri collection (there was NO setlist, just a tatty collection of notes, lyrics and scribblings propped up on two music stands) include the rambunctious “Family Tradition”, “Whiskey River”, the cover of Jagger & Richard’s “Wild Horses” and the best ever version of “Jolene” – never much cared for the original but Tony’s interpretation brought a genuine emotion to the whole thing.


Ryan’s genuinely endearing smile and warmth of personality comes through constantly during this show; being a performer, an artist, a gifted musician is something he is, not just that he does. In contrast, Tony’s pithy, brash northern and sarcastic British jocularity makes for a brilliant double act between the pair – an unusual acoustic country mutation – Yorkshire meets Texas! And you know what, it fucking works!


Inter-song banter is a series of hilarious punchlines; these two are clearly very good buddies and feel very comfortable in each other’s company.


To quote the words of Mr Hamilton himself – “music is togetherness” – and in those moments, in that place, this evening we had a ton of that.


You can buy Grand Ole Otley on iTunes.