Saturday, March 01, 2008

Before I forget, I must mention my own personal sadness of hearing the news about Larry Norman passing away at 60. He remains part of my most memorable moment at Greenbelt, back in 1990 I believe when a group of us, including Larry, sat up half the night talking about music outside a small cafe at Greenbelt. Reading about his death I discovered he had recently been working with Modest Mouse and the Pixies. And by coincidence, I was asked to go see a band play the other night who are cited as being influenced by the Pixies and Modest Mouse.

Hailing from Belfast the band is called Panama Kings and they are creating quite a stir over there. After a quick 2 day crash course in their music I could understand why. Watching them play alongside more established bands it was clear they had something very different about themselves compared to the average indie bands around. They have only been playing together a few months but look and sound like it has been for several years. They are also extremely nice guys - in fact so nice I drove them back to their accommodation as the multi million pound sponsor for the night decided that it couldn't afford to pay their taxi - most bizarre. Hopefully I'll be blogging quite a bit more about them in the future. In the meantime go check them out at .

Frank Black's a longstanding Larry fan. Check his live version of Six-Sixty-Six.
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