When Parquet Courts made the big time by signing onto a kind of major, Rough Trade, we got Human Performance, a soft safe ride into the limelight, also featuring a song about dust. The days of wild ramblings and Content Nausea seemed to be over, and it worked for them as the next time I saw them live the crowd had suddenly got wilder and younger.
But perhaps that was just a transitional period for the band, as now they’re totally, completely wide awake. Awaaaaake! Continue reading →
Once they loved to gaze dreamily at their shoes, but once is never now. Now No Age look elsewhere to get their musical kicks, be it through pop or not. They even ditched the LP for the EP, allowing them to experiment with less to hopefully make something more. This time round they’ve collaborated with Sonic Boom, one half of what used to be Spaceman 3, to dabble in the world of electronica. Those shoes can no longer be seen. Continue reading →
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are back with a new album and new name. Julian Casablancas dropped himself from the band title, now simply The Voidz, maybe for a sense of unity, or maybe despite the success of The Strokes, his name isn’t exactly Johnny Marr.
Otherwise Virtue is business as usual, which for those who lived through Tyranny, can only be a great/terrible thing. Continue reading →
Significant gaps between album releases are often cause for concern. It’s been ten years since The Breeders put out Mountain Battles, and a lot of bands have had similar gaps between releases, gaps which lead to new music coming out lost and confused. Like, say, the Pixies. Yikes.
Back in May noise makers Metz took to the stage at Manchester Soup Kitchen to make a real rocking racket. But before they made hearing a pain for a number of days after, there was the support act Moaning. They had a different blend of noise to warm the crowd up with, a calmer sort which was almost soothing in how they let pained feelings come out monotone and cool. When they said they had merchandise for those who didn’t want to be like everyone else buying the main headliners wares, I was there. We were all there. And so, here we are. Continue reading →
I Always Say Yes isn’t from Chromatics, or Johnny Jewel, but another synth pop duo on the Italians Do It Better label, so of course nobody is talking about it. Poor Glass Candy, I have words for you, because when I listen to an album I always say yes when it comes to writing a 250 word puff piece. Good or bad, I’ll never leave you out in the cold.
The Flaming Lips are doing a bit of a sort through of their old material this year. A new Greatest Hits collection has just been put out, a compilation of their early albums, 1986-1990, will soon follow, and before all that they chucked this onto store shelves, a compilation of pre-album material, just for you. Yes, you, you, but maybe not you. Depends how far punk you’re willing to go… Continue reading →