Quarterstick Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
What I do know about Peter Moren is he's partly responsible for Young Folks, the classic Swindie disco hit. I don't know why he's chosen to follow such boombastic brilliance with a solo album that sounds like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan & John Lennon headbutting each other in the face. But it's really well put together & the songs are of good ...view item
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This is the first Rachel's album and I remember thinking at the time "why are these former members of Rodan and Hulahoop playing classical music"? I didn't understand back then what it was but I knew I liked it. Then came 'Music For Egon Schiele' and it was obvious something quite special was go...view item
Rodan were one of those bands who most indie rock fans wish had brought out more records. Their solitary album, ‘Rusty’, is still spoken about in hushed tones by be-cardiganned types everywhere, and of course some of their members went on to form such bands as Jun...view item
It's important for alt-country bands to be in Belgium performing live at some point in their lifespans (maybe), and that's eactly what Calexico managed to do with Ancienne Belgium. This record captures the band' in 2008 at a point of established maturation, their twang well enforced and their instrumental...view item
Firstly we have a new album by the magnificent Rachel's.
It has 19 tracks on it and on first listen it sounds utterly compelling.
For the uninitiated this is a neo classical collective from Kentucky who
make some of the worlds most gorgeous music. It's all pianos and cellos,
violas and violins that take your breat...view item
I can still remember the first time I heard this, at university at a friends house. I almost couldn't comprehend it, it was like I had the idea in my head but didn't realise it until I heard this. I think I have had nine different copies since, as each has been "borrowed" or borrowed, a thing of beauty - shared between friends.
The moder...view item
Calexico's early work has some of the same melodies they elaborated on later in their career, recorded either at home or in a makeshift studio actually adds to the flavour of this album and makes it a must have for Calexico fans. Lot of drums and guitar duets, very cool. This is not the lush cinematic Calexico of the other albums, this is much more...view item
I stumbled across this at the local library and have just fallen for it completely. Such accomplished songwriting and playing--the layers of instrumentation, evocative harmonies, warm melodies that make you so glad you took the time to listen. I don't really know why, but listening to The Uglysuit has put me back in touch with my favourite old ...view item
Mekons: 'Natural' (Quarterstick) A new album for the first time in about five years from the Leeds formed collective who've been around since at least the dawn of punk rock. Long established as purveyors of the sort of storytelling folk yarns through down home rockin' folk/blues-alt country, reggae and stompin acoustic rabble rousing, campfire sing...view item
Shipping News have a new album out. Now it's been a while since I've
heard any Shipping News records and I always lumped 'em into that Chicago
rock scene with Shellac, June of 44, Rex etc. So I was quite looking
forward to this as I'm a sucker for anything with that big sound which makes my
ears grow back after hearing awfu...view item
An emotional, ethereal journey. Parts of which are refined and parts very rough. Beautiful music nonetheless and an interesting interpretation of an individual's life and works....view item
On a similar tip is Tara Jane O'Neil who after leaving Kentucky noise-niks
Rodan has released some spectacular records. Again I wonder if it has something
with the coming autumn but this is another beautiful, pastoral record with
haunting lady vocals. Slightly more angular in places than Juana Molina and
makes good use ...view item
The Shipping News album is well good. Comprising the 3 RMSN EP's
(whatever they be... I haven't heard of 'em) plus 3 unreleased tracks.
Proper Chicago post rock like yer mam used to make. Not heard anything
quite this quality in some time. Well worth checking out though it's a
bit of a release fest thi...view item
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