Author Archives: Philly

Grizzly Bear — ‘Painted Ruins’

Despite some in the press trying to make interesting, complex people out of a group like Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear, it’s closer to fact to say that this is just another unstimulating indie band with normal monotonous lives and strange hair, … Continue reading

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Music with a coffee #8: Punk Floyd — ‘Top Banana’

Pourin’ it in a kickalong acid stylee… According to the ever reliable Discogs ‘Punk Floyd Have Landed’ dropped on CD format only via Smitten in 1998. Despite this writer nowadays barely purchasing CDs, this item looks like one to add … Continue reading

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Vinyl Pickup: Original copy of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’

Derry’s Abbazappa Records (great name) can be found taking up space at Yellow Yard of Palace St., a kind of warehouse cum marquee, sharing floorspace with a cafe, vintage clothes, and a book shop. Filled with vinyl, from sixties psychedelia … Continue reading

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Grunge Playlist: 10 of the Best

Grunge. What is it? Who is it? When is grunge really only a more ‘cool’ and modern cover for grandiose, heavy metal piffle? This writer knows where he’s drawing the line, and you are sure to work out where exactly … Continue reading

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Guided By Voices — ‘How Do You Spell Heaven’

Like the Fall, we all stopped counting the number of Guided By Voices albums sometime around 14 years ago. Unlike the Fall though Robert Pollard’s off-centre guitar rockers have semi disappeared for a few years on one or two occasions, only … Continue reading

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Vinyl Pickup: Echo And The Bunnymen — ‘Ocean Rain’

I picked this one up in a local second-hand vinyl store. Bit dusty during the quieter moments but otherwise still nifty. Released 1984 ‘Ocean Rain’ saw the final instalment of the Bunnymen’s near classic era. There’s a difference of opinion … Continue reading

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Music with a coffee #7: Racing Cars — ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’

Pourin’ it in a canny easy listening drivetime stylee… Played on John Peel’s Peelenium November 1999, this nice track released in 1976 is a bit of easy listening to combat that early morning rush. Nice tune. Clever. Defo subtle little Sgt … Continue reading

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Autechre — ‘Oversteps’

Once you shove the disc into the machine it’s a good minute before anything audible creeps out of the speakers. And even this is a slowly approaching electro cinematicpiece of music, with a tagged-on scratchily irritated, muffled beat. A somewhat curious, … Continue reading

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Hear Burial brighten up Mønic’s Deep Summer

3D future dub taking in breath intake, crackles of old 78s, ghostly-beautiful chanting, and those always eerie-sounding windchimes. This rather interesting, steadily encircling, and slightly more charmingly fine-drawn Burial rework of Mønic’s ‘Mezzanine’ like, unsettling ambient-chiller Deep Summer, is an … Continue reading

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I Hate Models issues new EP, listen to opening track ‘Eternal Loneliness’

Spell casting, modern trance-techno wizardry stretching four cuts and over 35-minutes, the new EP by I Hate Models entitled ‘Totsuka No Tsurugi’ is a reverb republic of warehouse pumping hard techno and emotive vigour. Online techno bible Resident Advisor describes … Continue reading

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