Deaf Wish – Lithium Zion

Deaf Wish
Lithium Zion 
Release Date:  27th July 2018
Sub Pop

If you slipped the latest Deaf Wish, or even the last Deaf Wish, onto a Spotify playlist at a party, people would most likely think the same thing, all of them, yourself included maybe. Everyone would nod their head to the Kool riffs and go ”hey,Sonic Youth!’, or ‘Ah, I love Goo!’, or ‘Boy do I miss the 90’s’, or you get the idea. But, hey!, it’s the new Deaf Wish, gotcha!

Though in reality, the first person passing the laptop would probably make a point of skipping it within seconds of play. At least at the Spotify parties I frequent. Which isn’t many.  Continue reading


Body/Head – The Switch

The Switch 
Release Date:  13th July  2018

What’s that drilling sound coming from the bedroom? Oh, it’s only the new Body/Head record, because that’s exactly the kind of band I like to play when I lie in bed and dream of effects pedals.There is true comfort to be found in noise, though for anyone outside it, all they can hear is a heavy diy tool session. And all they can feel is a headache coming on. And all they can know is that Body/Head bedroom time is my time. Keep that door closed.

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Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim
Release Date: 15th September 2017

Lee is free, he has been for some time now. Whilst Thurston plays punk, and Kim plays noise, Lee plays with his soul, putting out poetic sweeping albums which shake off the Sonic Youth flesh each release. Electric Trim is as far removed from  the days of Kool Things as can be, but it’s still pretty cool. It just lost the K kind of cool.  Continue reading

Thurston Moore – Rock n Roll Consciousness

Rock n Roll Consciousness 
Thurston Moore
Release Date: 28th April 2017
Caroline International License External

This is an album which seems to have taken quite some time to come to fruition. It was over two years ago I saw the band play some of these ‘new’ releases, he even told me himself the name of the album after a brief stalking session the day after, and finally here we are, in consciousness.  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?




Lee Ranaldo & El Rayo – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall


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