Following the demise of their previous band Nocturnal Projections, New Zealand brothers Peter and Graeme Jeffries began to deconstruct their post punk sound into something more pastoral and intimate. This became the handful of recordings they made as This Kind of Punishment. This is superb, intimate and thoughtf...view item »
Jerky rhythm riders Palm navigate their songs as if they were F Zero levels -- from side to side they skirt, their guitars moving forward as if it were the same thing as winding backwards. This new record they’ve done, ‘Rock Island’, is a toast to straightline chaos, its weird, exuberant math-making advancing their sound a thou...view item »
New on Tigerbeat 6. A collaboration between People Like Us,
Wobbly and Matmos. A mad mish mash of crazy samples,
nice countrified guitar and wierd noises. Four minutes in and its starting
to make me feel quite ill...view item »
It’s truly a crime that I’m not allowed to just take pre-existing reviews for psych rock records, slightly rearrange certain grammatical structures and then post them anew when that’s literally the musical ideology of half of the bands within the genre. Bardo Pond call this record ‘Volume 8’, but in reality they&rsq...view item »
Ok then if you like quiet and serious music like This Mortal Coil or late period Talk Talk or David Sylvian or Scott Walker then This Kind of Punishment's 'Beard of Bees' is a record you need to hear. This...view item »
There are gems galore to be found on this early Shuggie Otis LP, in a welcome reissue from 8th Records. Freedom Flight was Shuggie's sophomore full-length, and features the rejuvenated classic 'Strawberry Letter 23' as well as psych-funk nuggets such as 'Ice Cold Daydream' and the LP's title cut, the acid-funk instrumen...view item »
The truth at the heart of the matter is that if I listened to this whole Carlton Melton record right now I’d have chewed up a good hour plus of my work day, and also would be incapable of doing anything outside of the rhythm of particular, churning drumbeats. As such I’m giving ‘Mind Minerals’ a primer. To call it the ban...view item »
Different world working for Rough Trade than for your common or garden provincial music emporium. Where they get to go out to Primavera and pick their favourite tracks of the year for a double LP release, we spend our time trying to get the intercom to work and wondering why we don't have a working CD player in the office. But that's just the wa...view item »
Is it time to tell my Bert Jansch story? Actually I'd better get back to actual work such as checking emails or whatever but very quickly it involves a friend who meets a guy called Bert who is always playing his guitar in his local neighbourhood. One day he tells Bert that not to worry, one day your music will be discovered. He later finds out ...view item »
You know the scene in Wayne’s World when Wayne and Garth go into the bar and Cassandra Wong’s band are playing? Well, The Bellrays sound quite a lot like that band (who, for the record, were called Crucial Taunt). Fusing hard-rock stylings with soulful vocals and banging choruses got CT a re...view item »
What is this rumpus? I would have to say that rumpus is Fire, with an exclamation mark, whose newest record takes a mini left turn in embracing rock music as you knew it. Or, perhaps I should say, as you once knew it; as my dad likes to know it, in definitions that focus it around Hendrix and ...view item »
Who'da thunk that the Spook School were onto their third album? I can't remember hearing either of the previous ones but here we are. The band are back with more of their distinctly Scottish sounding indie -pop which covers all kind of subject matters such as gender identity and abusive relationships. Full of catchy empowering c...view item »
Though they haven't exactly pushed the boundaries of music as the press release tries to suggest, Swedish indie-poppers Club 8 aren't afraid to experiment with their sound and following on from their early pop-lite performances have over the years delved into the deeper murky waters of electronic textures. Here they use un...view item »
Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich stan...view item »
The fifth and final album from the duo of Gabi Delgado-López and Robert Görl came out in 1982. Content ranges from the jaunty pop of Geheimnis to more stern stuff like Die Lippe and Die Götter Sind Weiss. It’s a bit more varied than previous work, but as eve...view item »
A Secret Wish is the debut LP from German synth pop group Propaganda who were taken under the wing of producer Trevor Horn and signed to his ZTT imprint. The album yielded a superb timeless hit in 'Duel' but also contains much more inventive synth pop including an inspired cover of Josef K's 'Sorry For ...view item »
The creative whizz behind The Shins, James Mercer had an itch he needed to scratch following the recording of their last album, Heartworms, and scratch it he did. He re-recorded the album, introducing acoustic guitars and a slower tempo to fast tracks and injecting the slower tracks with a bit of rock oomph. The Worms Heart was ...view item »
Ian keeps banging on to me about Butterfly Child. One of those bands I missed in the 90s when I was too busy trying to figure out Bark Psychosis. I only heard their most recent record 'Futures' but Ian reckons this is where it's at. With tracks like 'Lunar Clipse' I tend to agree. This is fantastic '80s/'90s ...view item »
Boutique Hong Kong based imprint Ultra-Mail Prod. present this gorgeous and highly collectable, 4CD box set from former SWANS member Jarboe. This signed and numbered edition of 200 copies includes an original painting by the artist, plus a 16-page booklet, 6 postcards and a badge. Across the discs, the work includes; 'As Mind Di...view item »
The man better known as Hieroglyphic Being presents five tracks from his self-released, silver envelope-encased Acid Attacks tape, plus an extra unreleased cut. This music has all the squelchy hallmarks of acid, but twisted into surprising and exciting new forms. Very hard, uncompromising and avan...view item »
Finally: a reissue of Digable Planets’ 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)! It's the first time the record has been on vinyl since those heady days, now expanded to 2 discs. Their laid-back, finger-snappin' jazzy sound spawned the huge hit 'Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)' - and - the ...view item »
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