Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Veronica Falls - Teenage

The first glimpse of Veronica Falls' second album comes in the shape of 'Teenage' - another perfect 3 minute pop song from one of my favourite local London bands. Straying from the graveyards and dangerous cliffs of previous offerings into a less treacherous territory, 'Teenage'  is all about driving around and listening to music late in the evening, which is bound to flicker up a few memories for those who managed to access a car before hitting the big 2-0. Watch the video below, shot by Nichola Probert.


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Pissed Jeans - Bathroom Laughter

The return of Pissed Jeans was never going to be a quiet one. After a four year gap following the release of 'King Of Jeans', the band return with the mighty 'Bathroom Laughter', a tension-release of spit and anger, charging through the somewhat meek musical landscape and throttling anyone who stands in the way.

Get it here:

Their new album, Honey's, will be released in February 2013 via Sub Pop.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Listen : dressuptomessup mix #2

Cold Pumas - Rayon Gris
Dinosaur Jr - Stick A Toe In
Melody's Echo Chamber - I Follow You
Omi Palone - A Reason
Parlour - My Love
The Proper Ornaments - Shining Bright
The Soft Pack - Bound To Fall
Sonic Youth - Disconnection Notice
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Gardenia
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Temples - Shelter Song
Wendy Rene - After Laughter (Comes Tears)

*These are in alphabetical order because Spotify made me. But it still sounds great.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

When I first heard this song, I got butterflies. It was a dull day, nothing was quite going right and then this came on and everything felt okay again. Oh so cheesy, but true. I know they are the band - and this is the song - du jour, but regardless, it's getting a post. Although Innerspeaker was a tough act to follow, Lonerism has matched up to it, and grown up and out of its roots to create something quite spectacular.


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Mazes - Bodies

Mazes have returned! But rather than presenting another record of instant slacker punk hits straight from Pavement's backpocket, their second album 'Ores and Minerals' is a different sort of trip - a further exploration into pace and sound, and if we continue down the Malkmus' route, more is owed to the Jicks' outlandish, stretched-out meanderings than a lightheaded wander down Shady Lane. Jack Cooper has given a nod to the influence of Arthur Russell, and with Matt from Hookworms at the recording desk, the record is a multi-layered, focussed and incredibly complete listen, and (I think) their best yet.

'Bodies' is the first introduction to the new Mazes sound - leading with high vocals that soon cease to let the instrumental take over the pace. Have a listen...


'Ores and Minerals' will be released on FatCat Records on February 18th next year.