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Cat Power – Sun

Matador, 2012 [rating:7/10] Time and distance, be it geographical or emotional, have always been great assets to a songwriter. The ability to cease all activity, to step off the treadmill and get his/her shit straight, to let real life take precedence. In a career that's had its share of ups and downs, Chan Marshall has

By | 2018-07-16T10:36:12+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Cold Cave – Of Dark Days and Light Years (2011)

Cold Cave's debut album of 2009 Love Comes Close was a unique display of synth-oriented mood disorder, venturing out from the bedroom to the dancefloor, filled with idealistic tales of romance and disillusionment. Band leader Wes Eisold’s spin on the world appeared to share a voice (in both dour baritone and content) with Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt, if he'd spent his adolescence listening to The Cure and Depeche Mode instead of showtunes. On their second album, Eisold moved beyond the testing of the waters that was Love Comes Close and turned its successor, Cherish The Light Years into his dark dream made manifold.

By | 2015-08-11T02:24:27+00:00 July 20th, 2011|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Cold Cave – London – April 4 & 5 2011

In a long black leather jacket and hoodie and stacked heels, Cold Cave's Wes Eisold looks like any other kid you see in Camden on a Friday night, except that he's not and it isn't and before he even opens his mouth, you're thinking "wow, that leather jacket really is the shit" and it is. It's also a special day for 80's synth-obsessives Cold Cave, as Eisold curtly informs the assembled at Rough Trade Records - "Welcome to our album birthing day". Their second album, the strangely positive sounding Cherish The Light Years showing a marked change from the same Cold Cave that played London back in May 2010.

By | 2015-08-10T05:08:42+00:00 April 19th, 2011|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Jay Reatard – Interview (2009)

Capping off an incredibly busy year with a singles compilation for 2008, Nashville native Jay Reatard has been relentlessly touring the globe and still hasn't stopped to catch his breath. Recently blowing away audiences in Australia with his demented hair-shaking garage rock, Chris Berkley caught up with Jay in Sydney and spoke to him about

By | 2015-08-11T02:16:52+00:00 February 9th, 2009|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Shearwater – London – 22 November 2008

"I don't know. I feel a bit naughty playing here", confides Jonathan Meiburg, singer with the Austin, Texas outfit Shearwater, sitting in front of a grand piano in St.Giles in the Fields, an 17th century church in London's West End. As a packed audience crammed pews to watch in rapt appreciation, Shearwater settled in to

By | 2009-07-27T15:25:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08

Matador, 2008[rating:7/10] Memphis native Jay Reatard (Jay Lindsey) has been making a name for himself since the late 90s, in bands like The Reatards and Lost Sounds, mixing up garage rock and synth punk. Recently signed to Matador Records under his own name, his output with them to date has been a succession of hit

By | 2009-02-28T05:23:50+00:00 October 9th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Shearwater – Rook

Matador, 2008[rating:9/10] There are musicians who would flinch when accused of doing it "for the birds", reducing the act of making music to a mating call, but Jonathan Meiburg and his band ornithologists in Austin, Texas' Shearwater would find delight in such an accusation, after all, a shearwater is a species of seabird. Their passion

By | 2009-02-28T05:36:45+00:00 May 24th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Times New Viking – Rip It Off

Matador, 2008 [rating:7/10] Times New Viking are the future. They're not my future, they're probably not your future, but they are the future. Rip It Off is their third album and first on Matador records as their latest darlings. The title could be interpreted as an invitation to, or a connect the dots as to

By | 2009-02-28T05:58:20+00:00 March 19th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Cat Power – Jukebox

Matador, 2008 [rating:6.5/10] Chan Marshall walks into a Manhattan recording studio, one arm weighed down by a stack of vinyl and the other carrying a large Starbucks cappuccino. She sits down on a couch by the mixing desk and begins rifling through the records, absently muttering to herself "Nah, done that. Maybe. Could do. Think

By | 2009-02-28T05:59:43+00:00 February 22nd, 2008|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments