The first thing you notice about Glasgow trio Sparrow & The Workshop is how unGlaswegian they sound. That's mostly down to lead singer Jill O'Sullivan, [Belfast-born, Chicago-raised] with a Joni Mitchell-via-Nashville voice, a stunning instrument that often justifies the price of admission on its own. When she sings about the devil, darkness and violence, fever, rapture and fear, it's the old American west she evokes, not Glasgow's West End. Behind the voice is a rhythm section that's not afraid to step forward: baritone harmony vocals; pounding drums, clicks and whips; pained, plaintive and passionate folk-rock melodies.
That's from the Clash Music review
of Crystals Fall
(Grooveshark stream), the debut from the trio. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 8, 2013 -
Q: What's the connection between heroin in Glasgow and a dead goat in Turkey? A: Anthrax
posted by Len
on Jul 21, 2012 -
Glasgow's Mitchell Library
, designed by William B. Whitie
, is the largest reference library in Western Europe. Over the past decade, it has been digitising its collection of photographs, which has resulted in the Virtual Mitchell
, an unrivalled collection of photographs of Glasgow which covers the last 150-odd years of the city's history.
The photographs can be searched by area
, all of which provide a fascinating insight into life in Glasgow over the past century and a half.
Some examples: Charing Cross, 1950s
; The Mitchell Library, 1910
; Meadowside Shipyard, circa 1930
; New Astoria Cinema, Possilpark
; Royal Exchange Square, 1868
; Alexander "Greek" Thompson's church on Caledonia Road
; East End children in class in 1916
posted by Len
on Feb 3, 2010 -
Tenement closes. Glasgow artist Frank McNab documents the communal entrances sans nostalgia or sentimentality. Gets it just so damn right! His 'Thoughts' and 'Projects' need a little more work however.
posted by Wrick
on Nov 17, 2007 -
A splash of urban colour!
A dilapidated tower block in Glasgow was the setting for a riotous splash of colour this week as Sony followed up their previous Bravia tv campaign of the bouncing balls down the streets of San Francisco with a new advert using a disused towerblock in Glasgow. Some beautiful urban explosion pics here
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Jul 26, 2006 -
The Subway Challenge!
Can one man get off the Glasgow underground at one stop, race the train to the next and get back on the same train
? Mebbes aye, mebbes naw.
(What? Want more underground? Here
are some great photographs from before and after its 1970s restoration)
posted by bonaldi
on Jan 22, 2006 -
Best laid schemes?
Back in 1945 the Bruce Plan
[click on images for video footage] was a radical proposal to knock down, and then rebuild, the Victorian centre of the city of Glasgow. The city’s slums
* would be cleared; new towns
* would be established; Glasgow would rise again, triumphant, once again the second city of the Empire
*. In 1971
*, there were grand visions of the Glasgow of the future; the Glasgow of tomorrow would be a bright, shining new city, and the Clyde
* would once again be something to be proud of. A fascinating film archive of the Glasgow of the 20th century
*All links contain embedded video goodness.
posted by Len
on May 17, 2005 -
I was wandering around the internets looking for early twentieth century ephemera and look what I found.
Digital Dada Library
“This page provides links to some of the major Dada-era publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries. …Each document has been scanned in its entirety.”
“is a family-friendly Web site dedicated to the commercial art of mid-century America.”
The Ephemera Society
“is a non-profit body concerned with the collection, preservation, study and educational uses of printed and handwritten ephemera.”
For those of you who have complained that this place is getting too “US politics-filter” I give you Glasgow Digital Library Collections
which has all sorts of stuff including a great history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932
posted by Grod
on Oct 26, 2004 -
has introduced a £0 price as the standard lead-in fare for the majority of flights between Belfast International, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Any chance of a trans-atlantic service too...?
posted by scotty
on Feb 24, 2002 -