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Hearts Of Darknesses
Music For Drunk Driving

Sometimes it's hard to explain why you're drawn to a band, particularly when you can't even describe the music. I'm trying to answer the question, "What does Hearts of Darknesses sound like?", and I'm not sure I can use musical terms. The words that come to mind are explosive, destructive, raw, exposed. Frank Vincent Musarra doesn't adhere to any...view item »

I Am The World Trade Center
The Cover Up

I think The Cover Up is I Am The World Trade Center's best album, though that's not saying too much. This is mostly because it's their most accessible. It also contains way better songs than on their previous albums which were mostly pretty terrible. The songs are kind of a guilty pleasure and relatively cheesy, but there are many interesting aspec...view item »

Xela, Bauri, Pluxus, Various
Skane Revisited

First up is a compilation of electronica from New Speak Records of Sweden. It's pretty melodic stuff featuring tracks by Xela, Pluxus, Bauri and a whole load of folks I know nothing about. It's pleasant enough stuff but we've heard it before haven't we.......view item »

Dios
Dios

It seems every week I have to review another record by Dios. Here they are with their debut full length. This either sounds like/doesn't sound like Grandaddy depending on which Norman Records staff member you ask. It has that laid back West Coast thing going on  - a bit of Flaming Lips here and there.  Pleasant ...view item »

Disjunction Reunion
Modernism For Newborns

Disjunction Reunion. Mellow Paradinas-isms, great breaks, dark synth washes, twinkly water music touches & what we have is another CD that bears repeat listening for deffo. Has a track called "Arse/Face Uplink" which being the child I am, really appeals....view item »

The Cardigans
My Favourite Game

“My Favourite Game” from their 1998 album “Gran Turismo” was the song that sent The Cardigans stratospheric after their earlier success with “Lovefool”. It is a catchy song with a pretty cool riff (although I think I’ve heard it enough now, thanks), but its video probably played just as big a part in its...view item »

Selfish C*nt
Authority Confrontation

I've landed the new Selfish C@!!!!t single. Oh for fuck's sake. I'm quitting. To be absolutely fair, this is better than the last one. Which to be honest was the worst record ever. I really pitied everyone who bought it. They seem to have put some effort into the beats this time. Half decent electro ov...view item »

Kidz with Toyz
U Can't C Me!

After that heartwarming blip we're back to the dross. Not really.  Here is Kids with Toyz which is yet another bootleg of the White Stripe's Seven Nation Army this time with some rapping over the top and some kids singing. Is there anything worse that kids singing on records?  - I'm looking at you, Badly Drawn Boy. I hav...view item »

The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster
I Could Be An Angle

And finally, my single of the week. Not from a band you'd expect me to rate that highly to boot! The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster have quietly been entertaining me for a couple of years now but I've kept it quiet for fear of mirthsome chuckling & prodding from my cynical, jaded colleagues who only listen to high pitched sonic do...view item »

Terra Diablo
Satellites

Here's a new single by Terra Diablo. Its a big exciting rock thing. It sounds pretty decent for that kind of thing. There's a bit of Mansun/Tears For Fears in the melody. Yep there's nowt wrong with a bit of Tears For Fears. Yep its good this. I like the guitars on this there all slightly discordant yet melodic. The ...view item »

The Zutons
Remember Me

I'm rapidly becoming a fan of the Zutons. I was perusing my 7"'s the other week (fnar) and I was amazed at the amount of Zutons 7"'s I had. I must be a fan and I didn't really know. They don't half know how to write flipping good tune and this is them getting it on in that Zutons quirky Mersey ish way. . Crackin' s...view item »

Kill Memory Crash
Never Forget

One of my records of last year was the stunning Kill Memory Crash E.P. on Ghostly International. Warped & uber-dark (as my friend aNt would say) tech-electro. Well there's a 2 track 12" out on the same label featuring the stomping "Never Forget" & a remix of "Technasty" from the E.P. This is the kind of p...view item »

Subsoniq
Not Responding

And then we're treated even more with this marvelous CD from Israel by Subsoniq. One of the finest instrumental hip hop derived albums to arrive in our post bag for yonks. Reminiscent, in parts, of the amazing Abstrakt Keal Agram CD from 3 years ago, here we have dark sonic structures underpinned by some wildly i...view item »

Circus Vs Andre Afram Asmar
Gawd Bless Faceless Cowards

Mush (a division of Dirty Loop Music - whatever that is) has released some good records in its time and some terrible ones. Which category will this Circus vs Andre Afram Asmar fit into? It sounds very dubby. Its like dub hop! That's the new phrase. I quite like this on first listen. It fits right in to the Anticon...view item »

Sounds Like Violence
The Pistol

Another exciting band from the good people at Deep Elm. Sounds Like Violence hail from Sweden and represent their country well. Grittily sung, sometimes shouted, lyrics with an almost sad, but frustrated undertone. Some say the vocals have to be "gotten used to" but I disagree. I cant quite compare Sounds Like Violence to any other band I've hea...view item »

The Dismemberment Plan
People's History

The Dismemberment Plan were a great band. I say were as they've split up now. Another one gone. They've got a remix CD out. It has remixes by no-one I've ever heard of apart from Cex. It sounds very interesting. Its not your usual remix thing. Its not a promotional device. Some of the people who have done r...view item »

Slicker
We All Have A Plan

The album as a whole is a bit messy, but with some bright spots here and there. With We All Have a Plan, Slicker seems to take a much more pop direction with the vocals, although it's very IDM-influenced pop. "God Bless This Mess, This Test We Pass" has a moody underpinning with the mournful horn, while the hip-hop of "When The Dog Goes Lame" is sp...view item »

The Red Thread
Tension Pins

This CD is so very pretty. It hasn't left my car in a while. I can't really define what it sounds like, because there seems to be a plethora of styles and influences, but it all comes together in a perfect sound on this album. I hear early REM, Elliott Smith, ...view item »

Ikara Colt
Wake In The City

Ok you had better be listening to me this week or there'll be trouble. Don't listen to the NME cos they're sycophantic bastards who destroy music. I know the score. Like this 'ere new single by Ikara Colt. It's just fabbo. A dark slice of spiky new wave that'll shit on the heads of most bands. The drummer has more talent in his left arm...view item »

White Light Motorcade
Thank You Goodnight!

White Light Motorcade are more bad rock. Sort of a cross between BRMC, The Datsuns and Feeder. Fuck me I'm being inspired this week. No wonder I'm feeling jaded with it all. Probably quite distracting in a live environment but not exactly original. Or good. Or exiting. This is a CD...view item »

Modey Lemon
Thunder & Lightning

The Modey Lemon are one of the heaviest bands now playing. This is their second record and it has a real Pittsburgh steel and Black Sabbath influence to it. I love the way the guitar and synth mix into almost one instrument and the drummer is incredible. At the time this was made, they were still a 2 man show, but I hear they have a 3rd member now,...view item »

Josh Martinez
Buck Up Princess

Josh frequently indulges in his vices of choice like drugs and alcohol as part of the album's themes, but he also laments these bad habits, and loathes his lazy lifestyle. "Rainy Day" seems to encompass all of Josh's misgivings with the way his life plays out, and is one of the strongest tracks. It along with "Forged," is produced by Mcenroe and fe...view item »

FZV
Precedent

Brand new FZV CD on much hyped AI Records of London. Yes believe the hype cos if you buy into it your life will improve, members of the opposite (or same sex?) will find you more attractive, you'll become more successful at work, more popular with friends and you'll have pots more cash. Though god knows why cos it's painfully aver...view item »

The Cardigans
Erase/ Rewind

“Erase/Rewind” was the second single to be released from The Cardigans fourth album “Gran Turismo”. It was the follow-up to the incredibly popular single “My Favourite Game” in comparison it was a slow burner, more understated. The all important video wasn't quite as edgy either. However, it was still rather c...view item »

Future Ex Wife
While Your Husband's Away

Here's the brand new CD from Future Ex Wife which is ex Groop Dogdrill (I think). This is noisy Chicago-style rock. Think Penthouse, Helmet or Groop Dogdrill. They're  full of beans this lot. while Your Husbands Away is a CD thing...view item »

Braer Rabbit
Fat Content Trace

Also bloody nifty is the new Braer Rabbit 12" , "Fat Content: Trace". Always one step ahead of any competition, this Brighton 2 piece comprise Puffin Boy & Tiny Hunter & make this kind of jaw dropping hypnotic future disco that transcends the constraints of the Electro genre. In the words of the boys...view item »

Trans Am
TA

Trans Am- new album TA More of the same but tongue firmly wedged in electro 80's cheek. It's not as good as previous releases...view item »

The Recoys
Rekoys

This is a very cool rock record featuring Hamilton Leithauser and Peter Bauer of the Walkmen. Recorded in the late 90s, it wasn't released on CD until 2003. The music is not too far removed from the Walkmen, 60s influenced garage rock but with far less organ and piano. "Song of the Paper Dolls" is a great opener, showcasing Leithauser's slurred voc...view item »

Hakan Lidbo
Clockwise Rmxs EP

With the Clockwise single, Håkan Lidbo gets worked over well, with the original getting across the twitchiness of time-keeping, incorporating environmental fragments into the groove. Si Begg takes things slightly deeper, while Matthew Dear approaches the track in a slightly smoother direction, even if the...view item »

The Mendoza Line
Fortune

Being a baseball fan, the name of the band struck me right away. Reading the credits a few familiar names jumped out at me. Of course there are many other artists you will hear when you listen to these songs --- what band isn't shaped by the music they grew up on? --- but the Mendoza Line have distilled all those influences and created a sound t...view item »

Thomas & Sampson
When The Lower Resembles The Higher

When The Lower Resembles The Higher is candy coated pop that makes me want to jump-rope down the interstate. Here we have loops, guitars, and synthesisers burping out undeniable hooks. Finally, Thomas & Sampson sing heartfelt love songs above the music, with a voice that seems ready to crack and fall apart if the listener moves from their se...view item »

Icewater Scandal
No Handle

This album reminds me of Rodan's album Rusty, in that it only has six songs (two of which are shorter than 3 minutes, while the other four all run over seven minutes), and the style of music isn't too dissimilar. They used to be called AM Radio, and I kinda disliked the song I heard from them under that name. I decide...view item »

Andrew Duke
Take Nothing For Granted

Andrew Duke is a prolific chap. We have 3 CDs in on his own Cognition Audioworks imprint & it's slo-mo minimalist crackle, staticky fuzz 'n' treated beats ago-go. Not particularly endearing to these ears but for lovers of avant garde electronics, this man may be the new Fennesz or summat. ...view item »

The Stills
Changes Are No Good

Everyone tells me The Stills rock, man - they're the new Interpol. Yeah I suppose so  -its like Interpol crossed with Coldplay and  I don't mean that as a put down just that it has that kind of vocal. Anyway its over a number of formats and its really cheap so you can decide....view item »

Panic DHH
Panic Drives Human Herds

Panic Drives Human Herds is an amazing work of industrial metal. It's actually a pretty good mix of industrial styles. It's got subtle elements of einsturzende neubauten and SPK in there, while having some innovative power-noise and aggrotech in there. The metal bits fit in very well and never feels like they're writing a metal song and throwing...view item »

Joy Zipper
Baby You Should Know

That woman from Joy Zipper is always waving her fucking breasts around.  Well they have to do something to attract attention as no matter how much the mainstream music press says this is the best music ever it still sounds to me like a My Bloody Valentine cast off before Kevin Shields snorted hi...view item »

John Wilkes Booze
Five Pillars of Soul

For a compilation of five mini-albums, it's quite uneven. The songs meander between 'one night with beer and a box of old records' to a 'day in daddy's garage'. I can't help but feel that the bunch that makes up JWB hides behind a veil of bamboozled faux-homogeny. I don't mean to rag too much on them. It's impressive that they're trying hard to ...view item »

Ghost Exits
Cincinnati Riot Blues

Ghost Exits completely rip off Grandmaster Flash on the Cincinnati Riot Blues EP, the 4th in this spellbinding & eclectic series. Old school hip hop influences with strictly nu-artskool attitude. I can't really start to understand what's going on at this strange little label. This is what ARE Weapons...view item »

Various
Fuzzy Boombox Vol 2

peaking of fuzz, we have a compilation here called Fuzzy Boombox volume 2. There's tracks from Orange Cake Mix, Flowchart, Ma Cherie for Painting, Amp, (the magnifique) Velma and Aarktica. So you know the type of thing....view item »

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