No Joy – Creep EP

Creep
No Joy
Release Date: 24th February 2017
Grey Market 

Monster noise maker ‘E’ drew No Joy to my sensitive ears, and as the band moved away from such intensity into more playful more faithful noise pop renditions, I carried on following, because I needed something a little softer after ‘E’ blew my hearing out. And so we have Creep, the latest EP, which will crawl through your sockets right into your drums. Continue reading

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Ty Segall
Ty Segall
Release Date: 27th January 2017
Drag City

Another month, another Ty Segall album. This is the second self titled LP, the first being his actual 2008 debut, though there is no significant meaning behind it all. It’s just more Ty, and as he jumps from albums to EPs to side projects throughout the year, who has time to place a title on it all? Continue reading

The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

Oczy Mlody
The Flaming Lips
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Bella Union

The first thing to note about The Flaming Lips latest, Oczy Mlody, is the title and everything else labelled within. Polish translations from Erskine Caldwell’s ‘Close To Home’ make up a bulk of the titles and lyrics, for no other reason than the fact that they sound pretty cool. And such a thought, such a reason, well, that fits Oczy Mlody to a tee.  Continue reading

Thurston Moore – Cease Fire (Radio Edit)

With Rock N Roll Consciousness, the new album from Thurston Moore, on the way, new noise induced music has been trickling out onto the net, and ‘Cease Fire’ is a freebie single anyone can download if you so choose. You just have to click here, or go elsewhere if you want to throw some cash down for some post-Sonic Youth peace and love.

I heard this song nearly two years ago, at Thurston Moore’s live show at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge. It was a tour to promote his latest release ‘The Best Day’, but he already had some new numbers ready to play, for a new album that would be out, um, pretty soon.

‘Turn On’, ‘Aphrodite’ and ‘Cease Fire’ were the new noise, and they still are the new noise nearly two years later, as Rock N Roll Consciousness finally rears its noise rock head. Though ‘Cease Fire’ is no longer attached to the album, simply a lone single, wandering around the internet, waiting to fill ears with that good old Thurston sound.

Good old Thurston sound is the best way to describe the single, as it sounds like it could have been pulled right out of the 2013 album Chelsea Light Moving, offering punchy noise punk riffs with political peace seeking commands. Its heart is in the right place, its sound is in the best place, and if this radio edit actually found itself on the radio, then maybe the world would drop their guns and listen to this instead. A bit like when Van Halen play to Israel in South Park.

Can’t you see the kids are wired?

 

 

 

Run The Jewels – Manchester Albert Hall

RTJ! RTJ! RTJ! RTJ! Run the Jewels makes for an abbreviation so easy to chant, and there they were, live at the garden Albert Hall Manchester, taking in all those chants as they danced on out to ‘We Are The Champions’. It was enough to fuel anyone’s fire, and when the rapping began, well, that fire was bright. And you can’t front on that.  Continue reading

Car Seat Headrest – Manchester Gorilla

Car Seat Headrest (‘I have one of them in my car!’ says everyone when brought up) released a fairly decent rock album last year, somehow crawling to the top of Channel Audio’s albums of 2016, and now we have the tour, Manchester Gorilla being just one of the many stops. It was a fairly decent rock show, I guess.  Continue reading

Sleigh Bells – Manchester Gorilla

Duh. Duh. Duh. Duh. It’s the iconic Sleigh Bells sound, or at least an attempt at the stop start beats that fuel the noise pop duos punchy guitar licks. Though that ever familiar sound has started to fade, and for everyone living it live at the Manchester show, it was time to dance to a new range of synths.  Continue reading