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Woodpigeon release their second album called Treasury Library Canada. I like the title. I think it's nice. The album itself is reasonably pleasant commercial singer songwriter music. Fans of Iron & Wine and Grizzly Bear are supposed to like this apparently but it's a wee it more commercial than those bands. There's some hints of (very) early Sn...view item
Jack Penate looks well fit on his new record sleeve. Gone are the colourful sleeves which fold out into tents or whatever and they've been replaced with black and white photos of Jack with stubble looking all sensitive and sensible. Well hunky... A bit like those Adele sleeves.. Hey you can see for youself and see if you'd want to bang him. He does...view item
There's a new release on Alien Transistor by Boy In Static. The
singer sounds a bit like that chap from Snow Patrol. It's more indie than
previous releases on the label and we think it's gonna appeal to folks who like Styrofoam.
Indie music with a few blips, tweaks and beats. Nice enough stuff like.......view item
OK my final review got wiped and now I'm having to write it again and I really can't be arsed as I'm well busy. I remember it started off Taigo L.A is losing the plot. As it's by Taigo L.A and it's called Losing The Plot. Very clever you see. Then I can't remember what I said aside from it comes in amazingly lush 70's style Japanese Bowie import in...view item
Silk Flowers are certainly vying for curious record of the week, having put 10 songs on a large vinyl record through Post Present Medium and called it after themselves. The music is quite brilliant in parts, taking in lo-fi cold wave electro ala Netherlands' Trumpett imprint, dinky mechanised kraut-pop and eyebrow raising analogue effects are only ...view item
When I first heard "Release Me" I must say I was a little worried. It was included on a sampler I received and it didn't really grab me - luckily it's grown on me. If you're looking for Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan or The Hidden Hand then you will be disappointed. But if you're looking for signature Wino then you won't be disappoint...view item
'We Are Men' is a 12" by Cap Pas Cap. They do a kinda punk-funk thing with dinky echo-laden new-wave guitar shapes and a vocal that occasionally decends into Einar Orn style yelp territory. It's pretty cool in a 2005/6 style way. I must confess I think the remixes on this record are irritating to the point of me wanting to get a bus out into L...view item
Nothing St. Werner touches has ever been less than technically proficient, but with each new album it's becoming increasingly difficult for Lithops to shake its reputation as a poor man's Mouse on Mars, a trend that dates all the way back to its early singles and continues here, on the intelligently constructed, fundamentally flawed Ye Viols. Gi...view item
Forever Sparrow is Color Cassette's full length follow-up to the 3" CD I vaguely remember from a while back, which Mobeer put out. Looking at the blurb this one seems to be about a boy who gets lost in a magical forest, gets turned into a sparrow and chooses to stay in the forest forever but before reading that I just thought it was a really n...view item
I'm not that keen on Popup's style of music to be quite honest, so I'm at a bit of a disadvantage with A Time and A Place on Art/Goes/Pop. They've very Glaswegian, that's for sure. Definite big dollops of Franz Ferdinand's lyrical jauntiness, some of the Delgados sound and the most pronounced accent this side of Glasvegas. Quite what the press rele...view item
Shirt is a one-man project and Silent Beef is his second album. Itâ€™s a
weird and marvellous sonic adventure through a kaleidoscope of concise
and witty musical adventures.
Mr Shirt plays pretty much all the mainstay instruments of modern
music â€“ guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, vocals and electronics.
And he...view item
Right, can I just say, I refuse point blank to acknowledge Daniel Johnston
as the unfettered genius some deluded folk make him out to be. You'd think he
were Jesus judging by the level of fawning martyrdom that's been placed above
his bemused head in the cult R&R hall of (in)fame(y). He's funny in a
"look at that scruffy backwoo...view item
If there's anyone in the world I detest more than Mike Love its Brian Wilson's saxophonist, Paul Mertens. I'm sure he's a nice guy but he's put a few dreadful sax or flute solo's into Wilson's recent stuff and...well I think it's disgusting.
Here's a compilation CD of experimental music from Washington DC. If you don't know where that is it's in America and it's where a lot of elected important people hang out and make decisions which effect people all over the world. While all this important decisions making is going on a bunch of experimental musicians in Washington had a festival ca...view item
We have 2 new records in the Bastards of Love which is a little like
early Depeche Mode type electro. ie dark yet with a pop sensibility. This ain't my forte but
hopefully this modicum of info will be enough to give you an idea!...view item
Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear)
Still with the pastoral belt we get a new release on Elsie and Jack.
This is by Aaron Moore who is the feller from Volcano the Bear.
It starts off with very ambient bell like sounds. I'd like to think they are
real - I'm pretty sure they've been done on a computer - though the press blurb
begs to differ saying i...view item
This Esser guy is the latest in a long line of dandy types who obviously want to inject the bland charts with a vaudeville, theatrical twist. And on 'Satisfied' I gotta hand it to him. Blending a reggae lite/dancehall rhythm with an eerie ballroom sensibility and a catchy as SARS lyric, he makes for a fresh & strangely addictive pop contender. ...view item
Lately the CD's on Distant Noise seem to be finding their way into my review pile. Not that I'm complaining as they're always a welcome listening experience for when things get a bit hectic you can just switch into chill mode. So the latest lovely 'The Crisis Is Over' comes from US producer Phasen who's released stuff on U-cover. Pretty melodic ele...view item
My brother gave Jeffrey Lewis a lift recently & said he was a
lovely bloke & not at all like most of the wankers that inhabit the music
industry. Anyway when you hear first hand how nice someone is you tend to want
to like their music more (yes I'm that shallow). Apparently James Blunt
is a lovely feller - so nice he...view item
Champagne Diamond / The Brilliant Light
Why, what marvelous packing on this Champagne Diamond/The Brilliant
Light split CD on Kaleidoscope.
Whack the CD on and you'll be greeted with watery
acoustic shimmers, interesting mountain top indie-folk in an almost
Fleet Foxes style, rabble-rousing rockers like Glasvegas gone
experimental and My Bloody Valentine-esque feedback droneou...view item
Oh and here's a new Chicks on Speed album with the The No Heads.
Who they? Well they be Christian Vogel, Joe Robinson (from Mum
& Dad) and probably other people. The insert has text all over the show
and I can't be arsed fighting my way through it. Musically it's a departure from
the last polished more ele...view item
(k)no(w)here is vaster and more generous than the past two Wilderness albums. You will be hard pressed to find a more perfectly paced album right now. Wilderness have created a singular piece of music which may only be fully appreciated in its entirety; (k)no(w)here's haunting logic simply demands multiple encounters. It's constitution reminds m...view item
The True Primes/Black Vatican
On to Simon Bookish who is a right theatrical chappie. His new album 'Everything/ Everything' has landed courtesy of those quirk pop lovers Tomlab. And they don't come much more quirkier and poppier than Mr Bookish. When I hear him he's everything I wanted Patrick Wolf to be without the twatty jumpers. Part poet, part musical genius he strings toge...view item
I really like this CD it has a lot of influences but overall it has a Caribbean/tropical/festival feeling which is something I haven't really heard before. The songs are mostly up beat and depending on the listener all that comes to mind is bright colours & excitement like a kaleidoscope on every listen. Try to give it a good listen to see i...view item
BRIANDisco disco disco. If I were actually in a stable relationship with some nice bossy girl who wanted me to work off my well Northern lager & curry gut i'd only accept going somewhere as horrendous, pointless & sterile as a gym if I could listen to the new Digital Penetration 2 compilation on loop on my MP3. Brett hated this, p...view item
Chemikal Underground having paid off their mortgages with the Mogwai re-issue thingy are all set to return very quickly into debt with an album by Jim Putnam of the Radar Brothers, going under the name Mt. Wilson Repeater. Thats not to put Jim or his band down - they are very fine indeed. Its just that in this day and age this self-titled effort is...view item