Low – Double Negative

Low
Double Negative
Release Date: 14th September 2018 
Sub Pop

When my mum came over with ts latest Low release, Double Negative, for I sometimes end up with my post arriving back home, I put it on straight away. Of course, who wouldn’t do such a thing? There has always been a mild (hyperbole but…) interest in Low for her So it wasn’t entirely a selfish action to have some slowcore playing over coffee and catchup. Though as opening track ‘Quorum played out she stopped and turned to me with a look of concern. ‘Is it broken?’ And I guess all I could say was ‘Yes, yes it is.’ And it is. And it’s not.  Continue reading

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Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

Kurt Vile
Bottle It In
Release Date: 12th October 2018
Matador Records

I’d say out of all the artists I listen to, Kurt Vile is my favourite ‘boring; choice. Chilled out, droning slacker vibes are always in, never out, and its nice to lie back and listen to something which so confidently sticks to a sound that is distinctly Kurt Vile, but never anything but a constant hitmaker of laid back kicks that all sound exactly the same if you don’t pay much attention to the words which are often mumbles somewhere in the back. It’s always a pretty daze with Kurt, but that’s because he’s being bottling a whole heap within that head of wonderful hair of his. And so, ‘Bottle It In’ is a little more awake than I’m used to from Mr. Vile. Maybe I need to find a new ‘boring’ band to fill that gap…
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Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt

Spiritualized
And Nothing Hurt
Release Date: 7th September 2018
Bella Union 

After spending so much time floating in space, it feels as if, as long as we continue to listen to Spiritualized records, we’ll never touch the ground again. And that’s true. And nothing hurt. The feelings we had for such pain scraped off as we brushed past all those stars.

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Bikini Kill – The Singles

Bikini Kill
The Singles 
Release Date:  28th September 2018
Bikini Kill

One of my most thrilling musical moments thus far in my life (29 and I think I’m doing fine) was most certainly the time when I went to see The Julie Ruin. The show was a lot of fun, they always are, but the encore was killer, with Kathleen Hanna playing her Bikini Kill hit ‘Rebel Girl’ to a packed basement which stunk faintly (for memories are that) of sweat. It’s the Riot Grrrl anthem, and to hear it live, well it gets you marching on for quite some time, I might even have cried. And for those who weren’t there, at the gig, or back in 1993, well, here are The Singles, re-released so you can find yr riot grrrl roots.
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Alice In Chains – Rainer Fog

Alice In Chains
Rainer Fog
Release Date:  24th August 2018
BMG

I spent the summer calling this one Rainer Frog. I don’t know why that happened, and I didn’t realise it until someone pointed it out to me. A frog is a little more fun than a fog, ribbits and all, but perhaps doesn’t quite fit the Alice In Chains aesthetic. So here we are with more grungy doom and gloom, and in the fog the lines between the past and present of the band start to blur.

 

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Bardo Pond – Volume 8

Bardo Pond
Volume 8
Release Date:  2nd February 2018
Fire Records

The Bardo Pond Volume series is one for the hard-core ‘Under The Pines was so last year’ Bardo fan,  but considering how few seem to know their drone rock ways, I guess that’s all of us who dip into the Pond. Volume 8 isn’t the new Bardo Pond album, but it is. Volume 8 is part of the more experimental free form side of their sound, much like Sonic Youth’s SYR series back in the day. So, welcome to the deeper depths of the Pond.
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Screaming Females – Band On The Wall, Manchester

It wasn’t so long ago that I last saw this band, it wasn’t so long at all. Back then they did their thing, and did it well, and this time they did it all again. I even got right to the front, rather than to the side, which was real exciting, believe me, believe me not. And so, here are some slightly irrelevant moments regarding one’s experiencing at a live Screaming Females gig in September.  Continue reading