The XX – I See You

I See You
The XX
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Young Turks

The self titled debut from The XX was the soundtrack to my 2009, capturing the feelings of youthful love, longing and loss with dream pop guitars that made those emotions seem like a personal nostalgic melancholia, rather than a current ongoing set of themes. Coexist didn’t have quite the same impact, minimising the sound to the point of nonexistence, but with ‘I See You’ I can see my reflection in the music once more. Or maybe it’s just the reflective cover doing that for me.
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Sun Kil Moon – Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood

Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
Sun Kil Moon
Release Date: 24th February 2017
Sacred Bones Records

Mark Kozelek has been enjoying a creative writing splurge in recent years, putting out Sun Kil Moon and solo projects each year. For 2017 we have two Sun Kil Moon albums, with the first, ‘Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood’ (phew) being a two-hour plus monster! (double phew)
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Migos – Culture

Release Date: 27th January 2017
Quality Control

It can be argued that the three Migos have helped create the culture surrounding hip hop over the last few years now. Dabs and trap (rap done in triple time, it’s clear when you hear) had to grow from somewhere, and so we have Culture, the album from the Migos which digs into it all, asses and all.  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