Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

I was smothering myself in filth reading through YouTube comments when I stumbled across someone recommending the new Pissed Jeans album, but to ‘ignore the cover because it totally doesn’t reflect the music within’ or something akin to it. The funny thing is, the album cover (look left) perfectly represents the content in question, and for those put off by it, well, maybe you won’t want to read the lyric sheet…
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Bardo Pond – Under The Pines

Under The Pines
Bardo Pond
Release Date: 24th March 2017
Fire Records

Bardo Pond is a band which offers relaxation through noise, firmly sticking the listener into a sludge filled pond, with flutes playing above ground, and soft distant lyrics coming from below. It’s a comfortable place to be, and this time it’s all played out under the pines. Such a wonderful sludge to be in.  Continue reading

Migos – Culture

Culture
Migos
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

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

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

Lush – Manchester Academy

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In 2016, Lush, not the soap shop, reunited to play a series of live shows, with Manchester set to be the first in April. Unfortunately this show was delayed, and the Manchester show in November ended up becoming the last show, with bassist Phil King (pictured above, to the left, the far left) already long gone. Hello Lush, goodbye Lush, sweetness and light never lasts long. Continue reading

Lee Ranaldo & El Rayo – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall

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Lee is free, (he’s been free for nearly ten years now, but it’s always a worthwhile reference), and he’s currently putting together his new album with El Rayo, Electric Rim. No one seems to have any idea when it will actually be out, not even Lee himself, but in November he toured it all anyway. Continue reading