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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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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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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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New Order — ‘Brotherhood’

Probably the least celebrated / discussed of all the New Order albums from the 1980s, ‘Brotherhood’ released during that decade’s seventh year, was even strangely almost completely ignored / glossed over when top drummer / beat-maker Stephen Morris chatted to … Continue reading

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Yo La Tengo — ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out’

Similar to those other well seasoned slowcore(ish) songsters Low, Hoboken’s Yo La Tengo always change a little with each album. It’s what, one assumes, they deliberately set out to do when entering the recording studio, not to give the paying … Continue reading

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Depeche Mode — ‘Some Great Reward’

No more wet behind the ears floppy-fringed boyband with crap keyboards and even worse jumpers (albeit one with some ridiculously catchy tunes), by 1984 Depeche Mode were post experimental serious tune pushers. The term ‘experimental’ in Depeche’s case at this point … Continue reading

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Primal Scream — ‘Screamadelica’

It is one thing attempting to hit upon the zeitgeist, creating sounds, executing ideas, demanding crossover appeal; but quite simply another thing getting it right. Primal Scream certainly hit upon something special when they created their third, and only classic, … Continue reading

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Manchester indie tracks: we pick 10 corkers from Joy Division to Trus’me

Looking at my CD collection (what is left of it that hasn’t been culled and handed over to the Care In the Community), boxed vinyl (some old, some new, some reissues, some blue…. vinyl), and download list on my Macbook … Continue reading

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‘Sgt Pepper’ and ‘OK Computer’ are production masterclasses, if separate in their conceptual execution

Lately there has been an almost endless amount of big and crucial, both commercially and artistically (nearly always a hard one to pull off) albums marking an anniversary. Ignoring that moment when someone did a long and slightly dumfounded article … Continue reading

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The 90s slacker anti-grunge sound is an uncelebrated (non) scene worth (not exactly) celebrating

Around autumn/fall 1991 and into 92 a new sound began to take hold up and down north America, and we’re not talking grunge here. Well, not entirely. This sound was on a variety of small and independent labels, but also … Continue reading

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