Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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
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.
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Their new album, Honey's, will be released in February 2013 via Sub Pop.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
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
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 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.