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The Vines – Melodia

Cooking Vinyl, 2008[rating:5/10] How times and fortunes quickly change. Where once The Vines were heralded as being part of some new rock and roll explosion, they became its first liability and not even a doctors note could explain away the fact that the Vines were creating more headlines than they were music. Two albums and

By | 2009-02-28T05:25:38+00:00 September 24th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Heaven 17 – Live at Last

Cooking Vinyl, 2008 [rating:1/10] For those unaware, Heaven 17 existed on the periphery of the pioneering electronic new wave scene. They didn't have the pop flair of the Human League or the sequined glitz of ABC. Releasing a handful of albums sporadically throughout the 80s they never had the repeated chart success of their peers.

By | 2009-02-28T05:28:40+00:00 August 4th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Kaki King – Dreaming of Revenge

  Cooking Vinyl, 2008 [rating:6.5/10] Having scored a Golden Globe nominated film soundtrack with Eddie Vedder, appeared on recent albums for Tegan and Sara and the Foo Fighters, and being named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the new gods of guitar, you'd think that everything is coming up roses for Kaki King, the

By | 2009-02-03T08:44:05+00:00 July 15th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Camper Van Beethoven – Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty

Cooking Vinyl, 2008[rating:7/10] Listening to a Camper Van Beethoven CD is like opening a time capsule to an era where the alternative music scene was more of a nascent beast than what it is now, where bands like REM, The Replacements and Husker Du reigned supreme. The Zappa-influenced Camper Van Beethoven fell somewhere inbetween, merging

By | 2009-02-28T05:34:13+00:00 June 10th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Centro-Matic/South San Gabriel – Dual Hawks

Cooking Vinyl, 2008 [rating:5/10] (Centro-Matic) [rating:7/10] (South San Gabriel) Will Johnson can seemingly do anything. A prolific songwriter, Johnson has spent over a decade playing indie rock in Denton, Texas' Centro-Matic, putting out a succession of albums before splitting his eclecticism in half, looking for a more contemplative approach to making music while still performing

By | 2009-02-28T05:51:18+00:00 April 23rd, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bauhaus – Go Away White

Cooking Vinyl, 2008 [rating:1/10] Bauhaus' original swansong, released almost 25 years ago now, was a recording halted and hindered by singer Peter Murphy catching pneumonia and being hospitalised, meaning the finished product, entitled Burning From the Inside, was largely put together without him. Despite such an obstacle, ...Inside allowed the band to stretch out and

By | 2009-02-28T05:58:45+00:00 March 10th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment