Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:40

The War on Drugs - "Red Eyes"

The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel (lyrics, lead vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass guitar), Robbie Bennett (keyboards), Charlie Hall (drums), Jon Natchez (saxophone, keyboards) and Anthony LaMarca (guitar). Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career. The band's second studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to favorable reviews and extensive touring. The band's third album, Lost in the Dream, was released in 2014 following extensive touring and a period of loneliness and depression for primary songwriter Granduciel. The album was released to widespread critical acclaim and increased exposure. Previous collaborator Hall joined the band as its full-time drummer during the recording process, with saxophonist Natchez and additional guitarist LaMarca accompanying the band for its world tour. Signing to Atlantic Records, the six-piece band released their fourth album, A Deeper Understanding, in 2017, which won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
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Monday, 26 November 2018 12:37

Sonic Youth - Cinderella's Big Score

The first practices were us sitting in a loose circle playing with no drummer at all. It wasn’t exactly what you’d call “playing”, to be honest. We strummed and made droning sounds on our guitars. That’s when Thurston came up with the idea of playing his guitar with a drumstick. There was no other way to keep a beat. I went for a vocal approach that was rhythmic and spoken. When you listen to old R&B records, the women on them sang in a fierce, kick-ass way. In general, though, women aren’t really allowed to be kick-ass. We had no idea what we were doing, but we lined up a couple of gigs. In Britain, journalists took to asking me a single question over and over: “What’s it like to be a girl in a band?” I’d never really thought about that. The mostly male music press in the UK was cowardly and nonconfrontational in person. They would then go home and write cruel, ageist, sexist things. I assumed it was because they were terrified of women; the whole country had a queen complex, after all. I refused to play the game. I didn’t want to dress like Siouxsie Sioux, or act out the role of an imaginary female, someone who had more to do with them than with me. There was a popular look at the time – the vintage dress, the makeup – that just wasn’t me. Kim Gordon - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/06/kim-gordon-sonic-youth-women-kickass-book-extract
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Friday, 16 November 2018 11:13

Moenen of Xezbeth - Into the Black Mist

Conjuring the sinister spirits of yesteryear, Moenen of Xezbeth rises to deliver its first full incantation of mid-paced black metal, “Ancient Spells of Darkness…,” with its seven arcane invocations primed to unleash their plague on all who bear witness. Captured with the same approach and under the same austere conditions as its preceding demo and EP, “Ancient Spells of Darkness…” thus realizes the same unearthly effect, yet it is even more sinister and oppressive. These foreboding hymns serve as a conduit for the return of the original black flame, which was first sparked by Moenen of Xezbeth’s revered forbearers, has since nurtured itself in the underworld, and is now emboldened to return in its dark glory.
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:33

Fumaça Preta - La Trampa

The primal sounds on Fumaça Preta are gritty, freaky, steamy, and a hell of a lot of fun... fueled by acid-drenched effects, with Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms sifted through a cheesecloth of loopy Bahian grooves and Zappa-esque chamber music... The tunes on this record demand participation: if you can't dance to it, you're already dead.
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:57

Träd, Gräs och Stenar - Last Time

Träd, Gräs & Stenar ("Trees, Grass and Stones") is a Swedish rock band formed in 1969, from previous incarnations Pärson Sound, International Harvester and Harvester. The group was one of the front acts of the Swedish progg scene, although noticeably less political than their contemporary counterparts. Their sound has been described as raw, psych rock jam, by the writer David Pescovitz, who also notes the band would invite their audiences to improvise and collaborate.
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Monday, 12 November 2018 10:43

Cathedral - Templars Arise! (The Return)

After a few albums of 'more Sabbath-y than Sabbath' Stoner Doom in the mid-to-late nineties, 2001 saw Cathedral return to their down-tuned bowel rattling best, trudging out a darker, monolithic hour of soul searching Doom that most of their hardened fans had hoped for. Gone were the comedic cries of "Huggy Bear - Oh Yeah!", instead replaced here with screams of anguish and shadowy tales aplenty. Opener "Cathedral Flames" greets the listener with a slow pounding instrumental dirge, segueing nicely into the best track on the album "Melancholic Emperor", where Lee Dorrian's "Oooh!!" sees the main riff crash from your speakers with all the subtlety of a herd of rampaging Elephants. There is of course still huge amounts of Sabbath-influenced riffery, but painted with a much darker, almost monochromatic palette when compared to the likes of "Carnival Bizarre." The rest of the album follows suit in various different guises and tempos, with only "Astral Queen" slowing the pace completely with its "Planet Caravan"-like smoked out acoustic gentleness. Touches of a beefed up St. Vitus can be heard washing through the riffs of "Whores of Oblivion" which, although in my opinion it's one of the weakest tracks on the album, still sounds pretty decent nestled midway into the album. In my eyes at least, this was Cathedral's best album since 'The Ethereal Mirror'. Although the two albums that followed this one kept the darker slant in the music, they didn't quite manage to replicate the quality of the songs that make up this album. "Endtyme" is a largely unheralded gem in Cathedral's back catalogue, and it's certainly worth your time investigating.
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Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:22

Stray Cats - Runaway Boys

Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York.The group had numerous hit singles in the UK, Australia, Canada and the U.S. including "Stray Cat Strut", "(She's) Sexy + 17", "Look at That Cadillac," "I Won't Stand in Your Way", "Bring it Back Again", and "Rock This Town", which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has listed as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.
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Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:26

Robert Gordon - Lonely Blue Boy

Robert Gordon (born March 29, 1947) is an American musician and actor, best known as a neo-rockabilly singer.His influences included Gene Vincent, Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley, Eddie Cochran and other notable rock 'n roll music artists of the period. He made his recording debut at age 17 in 1964 with a group called the Confidentials. The Confidentials, with Robert (called Bob at the time) as the singer, recorded the songs "Summertime," "Money," and "There is Something on Your Mind," among others on acetate phonograph discs. When asked how he related to the 1960s, Robert replied "I didn't." He didn't care much for the British Invasion but he identified with soul singers such as James Brown and Otis Redding whom he saw, among other great R&B acts, performing at Washington DC's famous Howard Theatre.
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Friday, 09 November 2018 18:20

The Milkshakes - Comanche

When his punk band, the Pop Rivets, broke up in 1980, Billy Childish formed a new group with Mickey Hampshire, a Pop Rivets roadie who had been performing in a group called Mickey and the Milkshakes. The two began writing songs together and released their first LP, Talkin' About, in 1981. With Childish on guitar and vocals, Hampshire on guitar and vocals, Bruce Brand on drums, and Russ Wilkins (later replaced by John Agnew) on bass, the Milkshakes sound was a primitive blend of British beat groups, like the early Kinks at their toughest, and hard-rocking American guitar instrumentalists, like Link Wray. This sound came to be known as the "Medway sound" and Childish has been playing a variation on it throughout his whole career. The Milkshakes were a very prolific group, recording nine records in their six years together. Childish and Hampshire split the lead vocal duties and the band was very much a blend of Childish's primitive songwriting and Hampshire's more melodic leanings. The group also masterminded and backed a Medway girl group, the Delmonas. The Milkshakes broke up in 1984 and Childish, Brand, and Agnew went on to form Thee Mighty Caesars where Childish's raw punk-blues could roam untainted by any semblance of professionalism.
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Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:28

The Rockats - Go cat wild

"The Rockats burst onto the music scene in the late 70’s like a breath of fresh air. Rockabilly music had laid dormant since the 1950’s, until a group of young brash Brits brought back a revitalized and re energized version to the US. The Rockats were no mere revival act or retread, they were putting a modern spin on the classic rockabilly sound, much like Stevie Ray Vaughan or the Fabulous Thunderbirds were putting their modern spin on the blues. No one had seen a standup bass in 1978 being played the way Smutty Smiff played it! Spinning it and dancing with it! With Dibbs Preston’s great rockin’ vocals, Barry Ryan and Danny Harvey twin rockabilly guitar attack, The Rockats were poised to Make That Move into the US. I remember seeing The Rockats first show in New York. I couldn't believe there were other people like me. The spirit of the Rockats captivated the audience that night and left a great impression on me. I guess we were swept away to our different paths in life and never really got to know each other well until later. Here are twelve great new tracks from the original Rockats. Still with the same spirit and savvy as they had back in 1981! Rock on, Kats, Rock on!" Brian Setzer
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