Reviews: stoner psyche drone space desert thrash alt prog classic.
Gigs in Oxford, sometimes beyond.
Monthly rewinds of new sounds and lost classics.
Home taping killed nothing.

amplifier wordsmith. some words on rock.


Some words … yep, that’s right. Some. Not thousands, not floods, and not daily either – this isn’t Pitchfork or The Quietus – but some words, a couple of times a month if poss, on ROCK STUFF. Why? To pass on pointers to sounds worth sharing, to things that other people might get turned on to. One fan to another.

It’s like a radio programme, spread out over a few months, but without the talking or the audio. Just some words, written.

Let’s give it a spin, eh?

Album reviews so far: Audioscope, Boris and Choukoku No NiwaCaravan of WhoresDavid BowieDearly BelovedDroreEarthmass,  HonkeyfingerIggy and the StoogesIndica BluesKylverListing Ships, May QueensMelvinsMonster MagnetMorass of Molasses, Motorhead , MUTation, MyrkurOld Man LizardPalmsSleep, Supershit 666Type O NegativeWildhearts

Gig reviews: Adam AntArbouretum / Listing Ships, Coma Wall,  Audioscope 2013 2014 2015Beehoover / Caravan of WhoresDrore, God Damn, Greenleaf / Desert Storm  GY!BEKarma to BurnKing’s XLove/Hate, Mark Lanegan Band , Minor VictoriesMother Corona / Morass of MolassesNaamPulled Apart By HorsesOHHMSOld Man Gloom / Bossk / Circle, Bo Ningen at Ritual Union 2017, Ryley Walker, Swervedriver / Dearly Beloved, TestamentUndersmile / EarthmassWinnebago Deal, Wire

REWIND and WHAT?: brief words on David Bowie and Blackstar anniversaries, Chris Cornell, Nick Cave, Prince, RSD Record Store Day rants, BBC 6 Music radio gems, Dead Cross, Drore,Evil Blizzard, Halloween playlistsJulian Cope plus RiteVesuvioUrthona, TAD Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigsworriedaboutsatan,  TV Glastonbury with Kanye / Metallica and Robert Plant / Radiohead, Anthroprophh, Kandodo McBainSir Walter J Wallis, King of the Slums, Harvey Milk, Van Halen, Robert Plant, winter soundtracks, year-end round-ups




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A few words on how the blog got rolling


What is a passion if you can’t share it? This blog has been inspired by a great passion for great (most of the time) music. A passion that was yearning for an outlet, a creative force behind tens of notebook reviews and scribbled thoughts, obscure text messages, Pavement Award  ceremonies (more on this in the blog), and the vaguely tense moments in which I ask: “What ARE we listening to?”

Yes, Kevin, I know technology is the last gift you wanted for your 40th birthday, but this is YOUR music blog.

And you are not alone. I invited your friends and family to share their Kevin – music stories with you. Enjoy the reading! I certainly have!

Happy birthday,

Joanna x

Why Amplifier Wordsmith?

Richard Storton tells the story of the blog’s name:

Blame it on Boris. Not he of sinister straw-headed buffoonery, but they of grind, drone, and feedback howl. Amplifier Worship, it’s one of theirs. It’s ours too. It’s what those obsessed with music do. Heads down, hieratic, listening to the ebb and flow. Beats that bloom and burst. The thrum of a bass. A string quiver that kicks into a chord. Silent interstices.

Wordsmith, well, that’s what the man does. Each word weighted. Balance and counterbalance. Polished and placed.

Amplifier Wordsmith. That sounds right…

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