David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar‘ and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly‘ are probably the two most important albums in jazz in quite some time, and I’m talking decades. The use of jazz with rock or hip hop has helped the genre regain some of what it once had, at least in the UK, and now we have Kamasi Washington filling large Manchester venues such as The Albert Hall. And with young, old and the hip on board, it was an epic crowd for an epic night of The Epic played loud and live. Epic. Continue reading →
I met the guitarist from Yo La Tengo, Ira Kaplan, after the show. He was curious about the band t-shirt I was wearing and asked me about it. I said it was a Swedish pop band called Fever Ray, only to get a ‘oh… okay.’ from him before he moved on to the next fan. So it goes.
Though I guess maybe someone may see the name ‘Yo La Tengo’ on gig posters and wonder the same thing. The loudest quiet band in the planet… oh okay. No, it’s more than okay! Okay?
There’s a riot going on, but it isn’t happening on the latest from Yo La Tengo. All that violence, shouting, general chaos, that’s happening someplace else, and no one wants to hear that. Instead, Yo La Tengo offer a quiet noise, one which buffers out all the mess in our day to day. ‘Dream Dream Away‘ to this one. Continue reading →
Suuns offer dark noise rock disco to groove to, rather than completely wig out to, and it’s so easy to feel as the beat takes hold. But after three albums it’s safe to say we’ve felt fully and a shift is required to keep on dancing, for I’ve danced on my bedroom floor long enough to ‘Music Won’t Save You’. With album number four it’s time for the four piece avant-rockers to ascend from the darkness and into the suun, one sax freak out at a time.
Preoccupations (previously known as the slightly offensive Viet Cong) are back at it again, with a new set of tunes to mope along to. It’s a new year, new works, new material, but still the same Preoccupations you know and love! Isn’t that the best kind of new? Continue reading →
Anna Von Hausswolff’s last album ‘The Miraculous‘ was everything the title said it would be, bringing uplifting gothic noise pop to all who would stumble her way. But that album was merely a moment, a pop oddity to lure new listeners into the world of Von Hausswolff, and what she’s really all about. Dead magic, that’s where she likes to dabble. Continue reading →