Category Archives: Record

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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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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Ramones — ‘Leave Home’

Reissued on vinyl and download with a bunch of added on alternative recordings (point being?) to mark the 40th anniversary of Ramones’ second album ‘Leave Home’.

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Shellac — ‘At Action Park’

Shellac’s first full-length ‘At Action Park’ released October 1994 is their finest. Ten songs clocking in at 37 minutes. Perfect. It sounds generally charged and full of sugar compared to what was to come from the group. It all sounds … Continue reading

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Super Furry Animals — ‘Radiator’

While it’s true Wales’ experipop group Super Furry Animals came along around the same time as the britpop scene (funny how barely anyone named as part of that scene has since admitted to ever being part of it), the group … Continue reading

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Steve Albini brings along his captivating restraint on new Ben Frost EP ‘Threshold of Faith’

Though not sure of the exit process that led lugubrious ambient-drone practitioner Ben Frost to seminal grunge-punker and producer Steve Albini’s door for the purposes of  a helping hand with recording duties on his latest extended-play ‘Threshold of Faith’, it’s … Continue reading

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The Fall — ‘New Facts Emerge’

Although the artwork looks a bit low-budget, and with this writer expecting another inconsistently grubby Fall album after three such, turns out ‘New Facts Emerge’ against all evidence (title influenced by the BrexiTrump / post-truth world?) is pretty much hot. … Continue reading

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Various — ‘Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post-Punk DIY and Electronic Music 1980-83’

‘Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post-Punk DIY and Electronic Music 1980-83’ serves as one of the more interesting compilation premises in that– apart from obviously not being a blatant money-sucking cash-in– it works, serves a purpose on two main fronts. … Continue reading

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‘Achtung Baby’ and ‘Zooropa’: two albums where U2 got a little experimental and intriguing

With U2 making headlines as result of their current massive arena celebratory tour, playing crowd pleasers and marking 30 years of ‘the Joshua Tree’ this writer has instead decided now is a good time to rediscover the two studio albums … Continue reading

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Siouxsie And The Banshees — ‘The Scream’

It is pretty much a given that a big part of post-punk group Siouxsie And The Banshees’ initial attraction, what split them from the pack, was their glam goth frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux. They even named the band after her. The … Continue reading

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