Deafheaven – Gorilla, Manchester

”Deaf Havana, I know that band!”  ”Deaf Havana, I’m not so hot on them.”

This tends to be the case when I talk up these guys.

And now we’re in October, my first gig at 29. A night packed with ordinary corrupt human love.  Continue reading

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Lightning Bolt – Jimmy’s, Manchester

Here’s another gig from what seems like an eternity ago. Noise rock duo Lightning Bolt played an intimate set at the sweat inducing Jimmy’s in Manchester, for only £5, with a free beer and lighter thrown in, just in case that price still seemed to be a bit on the high side of things. I missed out on getting a ticket of course, for who would say no to such a deal (though I know a few who would have made sure to stay a certain distance from the venue after I let them listen to the band when questioned).

Thankfully the world is full of kind souls, and I ended up with someone’s spare, at the cost of a drink. It would have been nice to meet up again, I think we even talked about such things, after the noise subsided, but I’m terrible at getting back to people. Not out of forgetting, not out of not wanting to, but just out of my general anxious temperament when it comes to trying to form connections with the human race. I try to make music such as Lightning Bolt my antidote, hoping the intense display of drum and bass (of a certain kind) will surge through my body and into my mind, giving me a little of the power they share through live performance.

Alas, I think I’d have to be struck by lightning to change anything that deeply rooted inside.

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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

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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Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts

Kids See Ghosts
Kids See Ghosts
Release Date: 28th September 2018 (physical)
Virgin

Kanye West may have gone off the deep end recently… okay he went off that way a long time ago, but the ‘Kids See Ghosts’ project with Kid Cudi shows that when surrounded by friends, he does alright when it’s not all about him. Keep him in check alright, Cudi, now he’s distancing himself from saying insane things like how  slavery was a choice, or going on rants that even Trump himself can’t deal with. Keep him working on things like ‘Kids See Ghosts”, because ‘Kids See Ghosts’ has the real Yeezus living within it, singing with friends, rather than ranting about killing someone or bipolar being his superpower . Maybe he split in two and this is spirit ye trying to reach out to us?

Not as dumb an idea as the things he likes to say when he wakes up each and every day…
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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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