Issue 66

Eluvium – Similes

It may be a lot of things but it’s certainly not a pop record and it’s definitely not in a hurry to go anywhere.

2 Hot 2 Sweat – rarararararaRA!

no amount of knob twiddling can disguise the fact that there’s something missing from their sound

Violet Violet - For the Young and Fresh Boned

They’re loud, they’re exciting and they turn me on.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo

it just goes on for about a week and a half too long before it ever gets round to doing anything interesting and by then it’s way too late to care


Black Francis - Nonstoperotik

Francis throws catchy melodies and crunchy guitar parts around like they’re going out of fashion

Duke Special - The Stage, A Book and The Silver Screen

a beguiling box set that is a joy to hold in itself and an absolute pleasure to spend some time with

Fun Lovin' Criminals - Classic Fantastic

if you’ve never had any time for the FLC then there’s no reason for you to start making time now

Thomas White - The Maximalist

it moves from style to style, changing tempo and shape constantly (often during a song) and yet it never, ever, feels like he’s just showing off

Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away

So beautiful, So powerful

Introducing...Charlie Barnes

I hadn't planned on reviewing the night, but half an hour later after trying to scrape my brain off the ceiling it was a different story

Tegendraads #3 (Final Edition) LVC, Leiden, 03/04/10

a rousing finale to what has been a spectacular musical and social success this last three years

Trash Kit – S/T

Trash Kit don’t feel like they’re looking to please anyone but themselves.

Ganglians – Monster Head Room

It’s a bit loopy, but it wears its weirdness in a very attractive way.

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Describing this sort of music objectively is difficult, because it’s damned difficult avoiding falling for in the heady swirl of the overall mood

Kanipchen-Fit – Multibenefit

Multibenefit is a throwback to the sort of attitudes and concerns that irrigated the alternative scene in the early to mid ‘80’s

Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph

Mercer’s voice is relentlessly “Showtime” throughout, regardless of what his band’s playing

Bjørn Svin – Browen

Simply put each track is constructed from a veritable plethora of squiggly and blurpy noises

Lalipuna – Our Inventions

either slumberous, ethereal pop...or slightly jaunty, bleepy workouts

Sleep Whale – Houseboat

This part of the LP really shapes up to be a pastoral take on Yerself Is Steam

Roky Erikson and Okkervil River – True Love Casts Out All Evil

The LP has a country tinge that crosses all boundaries and should confound all expectations from the die-hard fan army who will snap it up

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