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The Breeders – London – 4 September 2008

For a long time The Breeders seemed to go the way of the Pixies. As both Deal sisters battled their demons, Kim with liquor and Kelley with drugs, attempts at reviving their careers in the late '90s proved disappointing. Returning with Mountain Battles, their second album since their comeback in 2002, The Breeders bounced back

By |2009-07-27T15:26:43+01:00September 20th, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Stereolab – Chemical Chords

4AD, 2008[rating:7/10] Stereolab were an essential part of the 90s and a flipside to the wave of angst-ridden guitar bands that characterised that decade. Influenced by obscure experimental and pop bands, Stereolab set about creating a post-rock avant-garde sound that would hold them in high regard with critics and music fans alike. Returning with their

By |2009-02-28T05:27:09+00:00September 3rd, 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+00:00May 24th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward

XL, 2008 [rating:6/10] Junior Nashville punk rockers, Be Your Own Pet caused something of a stir at a show in London recently. Previewing tracks from their follow-up to 2006's self-titled debut, the band engaged in a food fight, whereby vocalist Jemina Pearl walked away from the melee with a fetching black eye. It's a decent

By |2009-02-28T05:38:23+00:00May 13th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tindersticks – Interview with David Boutler (2008)

We talk with Tindersticks keyboardist and founding member David Boutler about version 2.0 of The Tindersticks, the stunning new album The Hungry Saw, the re-issue of their back catalogue, Songs for the Young at Heart and more. It's been half a decade since the last Tindersticks album, Waiting for the Moon, a fine record and

Colin Meloy – Colin Meloy Sings Live!

Rough Trade, 2008 [rating:6/10] Colin Meloy. You either love him or you hate him. At times I've found myself wanting to do both. He's the perennial literate geek come celebrated indie star. He's charming and ruggedly handsome, self-assured and intelligent, with a Morrissey fetish that is second to none. When he speaks in that rich

By |2009-02-28T05:49:44+00:00April 9th, 2008|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Long Blondes – Couples

  Rough Trade, 2008 [rating:8/10] "Couples" by name and couples by nature, Sheffield's indie darlings, The Long Blondes were once discreetly paired up (drummer with bassist, obviously, and guitarist with keyboardist) leaving them looking like the Fleetwood Mac of the North. While the respective break-ups occurred before the making of the album, it's of small

By |2011-08-10T09:56:59+01:00April 4th, 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 22nd, 2008|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

1990s – Interview about 1990s and Yummy Fur (2007)

During the decade that was the 1990s Jackie McKeown fronted the highly influential but commercially ignored Glaswegian act The Yummy Fur, an ensemble that went through as many reshuffles as a blackjack dealer in Vegas. Two years ago he formed the band 1990s a mix of The Rolling Stones, Motown soul and power-pop with Michael

By |2015-08-11T02:13:46+01:00December 14th, 2007|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments