Issue 95

No Nonsense - Dubstep in Rotterdam

A while ago I heard someone say: “Rotterdam is the Dutch dubstep capital.” And I would have to confirm that.

Le Mini Who and Le Guess Who? – Utrecht 18/05/13

Imagine if Thee Oh Sees had been crap. Imagine that. Actually what’s the point? Of course they weren’t crap.  On the contrary they were astonishing. Where to start?

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!  Whoa Nelly!

The Dudley Corporation – Everyone Does Everything Wrong

Well, it’s bang, crash, slap, tickle, bounce, bop, crash, bang, wallop, growl all the way!

Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk – Over Land And Sea

Lush and bright and full of life

Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks

It’s clear that, in personal terms at least, the wheels simply fell off his wagon

Tom McRae - De Duif, Amsterdam, 18 May 2013

There’s a lot of singing along involved at a Tom McRae concert. And humming. And whistling.

Jumble Hole Clough - Two Days in April

The Treasure of Grundo – Dýsantzú

It is a very accessible record mind, as I’ve hinted at before there’s nothing really arsty or difficult here, rather the sensibility is that of a weird kind of pop.

The Cosmic Dead – Inner Sanctum

Cosmic Dead do a simple thing, and in dong that simple thing, they don’t stop. There are 4 tracks, each clocking in around 15 minutes and believe me you will get sucked into a maelstrom and spat out the other side, like a wet pizza box lying in the gutter.

Johnny 5th Wheel & the Cowards - Diary of a Liar b/w Pure Imagination

Anyone (well, let’s be honest) everyone seems to knock out singles these days and sometimes it’s not really clear why. But Johnny 5th Wheel does it the right way.

Miss Anthropy - Seeds

Tension runs through this record like fire in bush land. And although the LP is, for the most part, a set of quiet tracks, that shouldn’t put you off as the emotional temperature is set high.

Gastric Band - Party Feel

It’s a difficult LP to describe really. An absolute whirl of interlocking sounds textures and tempos, you could be mistaken for thinking that the master tape got warped in the sun.

Incendiary look to find interesting things to do in Belgium. With British Sea Power.

On a scale of eccentricity I give us a 6 or 7. I’ve never really understood the concept of eccentricity myself. It’s a coverall for all kinds of things that could be better described.

How Not to be in a Band - Fancy Flights

Tonight I’m being whisked back to my Northumberland mansion after our annual sell-out gig on Hadrian’s Wall.

Fear and Loving in Heaton Park: Part Seven - Parting is such sweet sorrow…

<--break- />Revelation takes many forms, thankfully in the case of our author it provided only enlightenment rather than being commanded by a great voice to write a subsequently misinterpreted religious tome, it’s just a shame it does not always happen in the most salubrious locations.

Bad Trip, Morton Valence – SUB071, Leiden 6/5/13

Hacker has this little strut that plays off Anne’s calm very well. Like a rooster in the yard he inspects all elements in the band, ensuring all is present and correct before turning his beady eye on the audience.

The Fatwa’s, Bernay’s Propaganda - Vrankrijk, Amsterdam 19/4/13

To be berated like this by someone who is both obviously attractive AND strange AND incredibly powerful was too much for many.

Howl In the Typewriter Remixes The Melodramatic Monkey

As ever with Howl in the Typewriter you never know what you’re going to get. Like calypso tracks of yore, the songs are often about anything. Though there’s an eccentricity that hints towards darker, more brittle mental states throughout his work it’s fun, somehow…

Yoshimi – Bottelaars en Beesten

The Rommelmarkt feel that Bottelaars en Beesten has is given weight by the fact that this LP is a compilation of tracks that somehow have fallen by the wayside or have been overlooked for other releases.

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