Monday, 23 November 2009
**Comes with a third cd of Yo La Tengo B-sides and rarities!!** For those who want it all, this 3CD boxed set comes with an exclusive bonus disc of outtakes and rarities that are an essential listening for any Yo La Tengo fan. Including demos of 'Big Day Coming' and acoustic versions of 'Decora' and 'Tom Courteney' it also features the Kevin Shields remix of 'Autumn Sweater', previously a much sought after Japanese bonus cut. With extensive liner notes from Byron Coley and Joe Puleo, … Read more
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There seems to be a wealth of great power-trio rock bands around at the moment - most of which seem to be on Holy Mountain - but Dead Meadow have been around longer than most, some ten years in fact. This sixth album (their third for Matador) finds the band's classy psych-rock sound captured with a crystalline clarity - no sludgy lo-fi stoner rock production values here. These guys are far more than just a jam band: while they can churn out extended bluesy solos all day long, they rein themselves in nicely for some proper, structured songs like the Neil Young-influenced 'What Needs Must Be' and country rocker 'Keep On Walking'. Good stuff.
When this record was first released, Pavement were starting to get some mainstream attention here in the UK thanks to bands like Blur citing them as a major influence. Consequently you'd get surreal TV moments like Jayne Middlemiss interviewing Stephen Malkmus and co. on The O-Zone and telling the band that they sounded out of tune. Oh, the indignity. Brighten The Corners spawned memorable singles 'Stereo' and 'Shady Lane', which helped raise the band's profile further in mainstream circles, whilst memorable Peel Session and Evening Session recordings for the BBC did the rounds too.… Read more
The new Guided By Voices record, ‘Universal Truths And Cycles’, is being trumpeted by the band and assorted hangers-on as a “return to autonomy”.- self-produced, marking a return to old-school GbV ways . ‘Universal Truths And Cycles’, described by Pollard “Alien Lanes meets Isolation Drills”. Studio savvy when it needs to be? See big rock numbers like “Back To The Lake” and “Cheyenne”—and intimate, even tossed-off where appropriate ? see “Father Sgt. Christmas Card” and “The Weeping Bogeyman”—Universal Truths And Cycles arc-welds the lessons learned working in professional recording studios to the spontaneous approach of earlier, wild-haired Guided By Voices albums.
Monday at the Hug & Pint finds Aidan and Malcolm returning to Arab Strap after their respective sabbaticals with Lucky Pierre and Malcolm's solo album. Bolstered by the full time involvement of Stacey Sievwright and Jenny Reeve on violin and cello the album navigates a journey which many of us have travelled: an album of love, loss, depression and hope; more musically diverse and schizophrenic than anything they had done before. Joined in the pub by Conor and Mike from Bright Eyes, Bill Wells from the Bill Wells Trio, Barry Burns from Mogwai. Arab Strap steer us through club dis… Read more
Opening salvo from Interpol's hotly anticipated second album, 'Antics'. 'Slow Hands' is a relentless, hypnotically beat-driven pop song, a good example of Paul Banks' mix of oft-understated, oft-soaring vocals complimenting Daniel Kessler's driving guitar lines. The b-sides feature two remixes of the lead track from DJ Dan The Automator and Britt Daniel of Spoon.