Damage Limitation and the Junk Yard Blues
Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T snatches a few minutes to do some edge of summer listening and reading...

The Drums - Forever & Ever Amen
When I first heard this, I wasn't so sure – too fey, too limp wristed, too flower-filled like a reject from a C86 compilation. But on hearing it meandering out of the radio on a nearly-summer day, it's harmonic hook noodling around like the eternal longing of a distant memory of lost memory, well then it sounded poppy and perfect. At least until the next summer storm, and The Drums backlash.



The Sound Of Pop Art (England in June)
I shouldn't say too much about this one as I recorded half of it in the legendary R*E*P*E*A*T Music Shack, situated in a secret location in darkest Arbury. However I can say that anyone who enjoys English Pop music as practised by the likes of The Kinks, Syd Barrett and Paul Weller will enjoy this. The songs are very strong, the instrumentation lush, the vocals are packed with soul and the harmonies spot on (the recording engineer was pretty good too!). In short, this mellow collection sounds like a lost pot pourri of perfect pop gems, ideal for the summer listening 'of Beat Bohemian Music Lovers Worldwide” A record I'm very proud to have been involved with.


Black Velvet #64 www.blackvelvetmagazine.com
First up in a two part set of long-standing, highly admirable zines is the thinking rockers glossy quarterly Bible, Black Velvet. This issue is packed with reviews, features, interviews, opinions and more : You Me At Six, Lost Prophets, Boys Like Girls, Halestorm, Mayday Parade, Forever the Sickest Kids, Airbourne, Twenty Twenty, The Dangerous Summer and Fireworks all receive detailed coverage, but it's the space reserved for smaller bands, labels and zines which makes a magazine like this, written for fans by fans, so vital. Long may it continue.

Zabadak #25
Part two in our series, Zabadak is just as worthy in its scope as Black Velvet, even if it is rather different in its conception. Coming out about once a year, it delves beneath the frothy surface of popular culture to investigate music of lasting quality from Britain, Europe and around the world. Issue 25 spends a lot of time dealing with the sad passing of Dave Dee with a thoughtful tribute article and a selection of obituaries. There's also some more upbeat interviews, articles and reviews featuring the likes of Fiel Garvie, Tarzen, Marianne Segal, Pills by Post, Roger Simian (Dawn of the Replicants), Long Blondes, Keith Hopwood (Herman's Hermits) and too many more for me to do justice to here. Ron is a man who takes his music seriously but still likes to have fun, and Zabadak is a fine testament to his effort, enthusiasm and knowledge. Certainly worth checking out by anyone of a similar mind set.

Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T