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Voxtrot - album sampler

Voxtrot - album sampler

Voxtrotalbum samplerNow, normally an album sampler would be no great shakes, not even worth writing about you might say. However, this five track sampler from Voxtrot's forthcoming debut gives us a tantalising glimpse at one...

Review posted on 23rd July 2007

Lightspeed Champion - Galaxy of the Lost

Lightspeed Champion - Galaxy of the Lost

Lightspeed ChampionGalaxy of the LostSingle ReviewLightspeed Champion is the pseudonym of Devonte Hynes, who is probably better known for his stint in short-lived noiseniks Test Icicles. Galaxy of the Lost will come as something of...

Review posted on 23rd July 2007

Joan as Police Woman - Real Life

Joan as Police Woman - Real Life

Joan as Police Woman Real LifeAlbum ReviewTaken from one of the finest albums of 2006, and probably the highlight, Real Life is the latest single from New York singer-songwriter Joan Wasser. The sparse piano and...

Review posted on 23rd July 2007

Low - Drums and Guns

Low - Drums and Guns

LowDrums and GunsAlbum ReviewLow have always been one of those square peg bands. Formed in 1993, when grunge was king, they carved out a niche in the industry as a truly unique group that was...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

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Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies

Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies

Biffy ClyroLiving is a Problem Because Everything DiesSingle ReviewSome things in life are truly unexplainable. The very meaning of existence troubles some, and has done since the beginning of time. Others are concerned with more...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Samsa - To Conquer

Samsa - To Conquer

SamsaTo ConquerSingle ReviewCumbria natives Samsa have been making inroads into the underground indie scene for a few years now, even gaining an early champion in the late John Peel (who was this John Peel fellow...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Shitdisco - Ok

Shitdisco - Ok

ShitdiscoOkSingle ReviewWow, what a controversial name, eh? Shit. Disco. Ha. Very edgy. Seriously though, they're a bit rubbish aren't they? I mean, they're a perfectly competent 2007 dance-punk band, but that's about it, they're every...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Low vs Diamond - Heart Attack

Low vs Diamond - Heart Attack

Low vs DiamondHeart AttackSingle ReviewLow vs Diamond are a new gang of rock chancers hailing from L.A. who have the somewhat dubious pleasure of sharing a manager with the Killers (it's no picnic, just ask...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Rufus Wainwright - Going to a Town

Rufus Wainwright - Going to a Town

Rufus WainwrightGoing to a TownSingle Review'I'm so tired of America' sings one of Uncle Sam's most unique singer-songwriters, on this, his comeback single. Going to a Town is a big ballad like they used to...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

Patrick WolfThe Magic PositionAlbum ReviewIn casual circles, Patrick Wolf is being regarded as something of a newcomer, even though he has already produced two albums in the last five years. The Magic Position though, is...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City

Bloc PartyA Weekend in the CityAlbum ReviewIt's been about two years since the release of Silent Alarm, an interesting if rather one-dimensional affair that established East London's Bloc Party as the premier British indie-rock band....

Review posted on 13th March 2007

The Horrors - Sounds from Outer Space

The Horrors - Sounds from Outer Space

The HorrorsSounds from Outer SpaceAlbum ReviewThe Horrors, and let's not beat around the bush here, are a bit rubbish aren't they? At the risk of making myself extremely unpopular, I have to say that two...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Oreskaband - Ore

Oreskaband - Ore

OreskabandOreAlbum ReviewWhen this album plopped onto my mat I uttered three words. The first was "what", the third was "Dickens" and the second was "the." The album artwork is like Rivers Cuomo's wildest dream, the...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Maximo Park - Our Velocity

Maximo Park - Our Velocity

Maximo ParkOur VelocitySingle ReviewNewcastle's finest return with the same intense punk racket they're known for, but with something of a twist. The jerky guitars are replaced by big thrashy ones, and a giddy keyboard line...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

The Black Keys - You're The One

The Black Keys - You're The One

The Black KeysYou're The OneSingle ReviewThe Black Keys have of late been picking up acclaim from the most unlikely of places with their stripped-down take on blues-rock; even Mr Thom Yorke himself has declared himself...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Plan B - No Good

Plan B - No Good

Plan BNo GoodSingle ReviewHe's an angry young man, that Plan B. No Good sees him sounding especially ticked off, over a hi-hat heavy beat and subtle acoustic guitar, a combination that serves him well on...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

The Decemberists - O Valencia!

The Decemberists - O Valencia!

The DecemberistsO Valencia!Single ReviewThe Decemberists' grand opus, The Crane Wife is such a complete, albeit unconventional record, that taking a single from it would be like deciding which new-born pup to prize from its mother's...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control

Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control

The GossipStanding in the Way of ControlSingle ReviewSurely everyone's already heard this haven't they? You reading this, you've already heard it millions of times haven't you? So why re-release it? Well, it was played round-the-clock...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Bonde do Role - Solta O Frango

Bonde do Role - Solta O Frango

Bonde do RoleSolta O FrangoSingle ReviewBonde do Role are a Brazilian trio at the forefront of the new baile funk sound coming out of Rio de Janeiro. This track's rapid beats and lively aggro vocals...

Review posted on 13th March 2007

Jesse Malin - Glitter In The Gutter

Jesse Malin - Glitter In The Gutter

Jesse Malin Glitter In The Gutter Album Review Jesse Malin's debut album owed a lot to producer and collaborator Ryan Adams - his Steve Forbert-like vocals and easy rock sound, full of energy. Then, the...

Review posted on 5th March 2007

Noisettes - What's The Time Mr Wolf?

Noisettes - What's The Time Mr Wolf?

Noisettes What's The Time Mr Wolf? Album Review I believe it's partway through track two of What's The Time Mr Wolf? when the true philosophy of the Noisettes is uncovered. "Scratch your name into the...

Review posted on 29th January 2007

Various Artists - Ben Davis' Top 10 Albums of 2006

Various Artists - Ben Davis' Top 10 Albums of 2006

Well, here we are, at the end of another year, the rise of the MOR Bluntinis continues unabated, while the NME continue to make up cobblers names for bands that sound vaguely similar (Look out...

Review posted on 21st December 2006

The Dears - Gang Of Losers

The Dears - Gang Of Losers

The DearsGang Of LosersAlbum ReviewThe Dears are an odd bunch. After nigh on ten years of plugging away at the Montreal music scene, it looked like 2004's No Cities Left would be it for them....

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family - Show Me How The Spectres Dance

Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family - Show Me How The Spectres Dance

Liam Frost & The Slowdown FamilyShow Me How The Spectres DanceAlbum Review22 year old Mancunian troubadour Liam Frost is undoubtedly a special talent, and has crafted an album that is to Manchester what 'I'm Wide...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

The Walkmen - A Hundred Miles Off

The Walkmen - A Hundred Miles Off

The WalkmenA Hundred Miles OffAlbum ReviewSome albums have great openers, Highway 61 Revisited had the snarling kick in the teeth of 'Like A Rolling Stone', Kid A had the disorientating ambient whirr of 'Everything In...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Bernard Fanning - Tea & Sympathy

Bernard Fanning - Tea & Sympathy

Bernard FanningTea & SympathyAlbum Review'Take my wife.' No, if you're reading this thinking that a certain chubby comedian had put some of his rather questionable views to music, prepare to be disappointed. I know I...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Juliette And The Licks - Four on the Floor

Juliette And The Licks - Four on the Floor

Juliette And The LicksFour on the FloorAlbum ReviewWhen The Licks first appeared, people were understandably sceptical, given the history of awful attempts by actors to break into music, Steven Seagal, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe, and,...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Jamie T - If You Got Money

Jamie T - If You Got Money

Jamie TIf You Got MoneySingle Review"OMG!!! LoL Jamie T Is Propa Gud N E is wel fit aswel! LMAO! E plays a base instead of a gitar an e sings like e talks!"I'm paraphrasing of...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Jarvis Cocker - Running The World

Jarvis Cocker - Running The World

JarvisRunning The WorldSingle ReviewIt's been a few months now since a single bespectacled eye peered at the world from the Murdochian cult of Myspace and gifted us this song, promising to save us from the...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle

Be Your Own PetBicycle, Bicycle, You Are My BicycleSingle ReviewAaaah yes, this truly is music at its most transcendent. The sound of four teenagers throwing huge hormonally driven strops simultaneously.This is the new single from...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

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Placebo - Beautiful James Audio

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Returning with their first new song in five years, Placebo have just dropped ‘Beautiful James’ as the first taster of their forthcoming album.

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