The Shadows, Jigsaw (1967) I fucking love The Shadows. On a level where I actually can’t understand it if you don’t. To me, if a person does not think The Shadows are super-fucking-great I’m forced to contemplate whether that person is even real. I mean – they breathe. Eat. Sleep. Shit. Sure. But are they […]
Kody Nielson Birthday Suite Flying Nun Ruban and Kody Nielson – together, or alone – the work is always interesting, always worth hearing. I’ve loved all of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra material and the thought of them reunited to perform live is terrific of course. The other great thing is that the work is all […]
Cave Circles Apricity (ep) Wonderful Noise Japan Here’s Riki Gooch working (again) under his Cave Circle alias – it’s been a busy time for releases just recently with Cave Circles’ 12”, My Heart Is A Beating Drum and then the recent cassette tape release under another of his working aliases, DJ OBOE.
Ian Stewart, Piano for Dancing [EP] (1958) The world of second-hand stores is full of these sorts of things – wee curios – old EPs and singles and 78s and 45s and things…and it’s dime a dozen (and often it’s pretty much exactly that, price-wise). Dashed hopes, daunted dreams, forgotten magic. Or just junk. One […]
Los Straitjackets What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets Yep Roc Records Los Straitjackets (originally The Straitjackets in the 80s, but after a bust-up they’ve been at it as Los Straitjackets for over 20 years now) is back with another set of surf-pop-meets-rockabilly instrumentals. The catch, this time, the album’s title being a […]
Heinali A Wave Crashes Fluttery Records We know – on some level, now – what to expect from Fluttery Records. Certainly quality – that’s for sure. But also leftfield sound/art/music amalgams, traces of electronica or artists who have dabbled and them moved on through versions of audio-collage and sound-design. So it is with A Wave […]
William Tyler Modern Country Merge Following on from the record where people started to really take notice and particularly from the more recent EP here William Tyler has made another set of recordings that take on such a road-trip feel as to seem like they were recorded from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle, […]
J Dilla Dillatronic Vintage Vibes Yes, yes, it’s starting to feel like Hendrix, or Jeff Buckley…and it’s felt that way a while, in fact, as we have just passed the 10th Anniversary of J Dilla’s death (he was just 32). But at least Dillatronic contains some actual magic – and more than that it’s reminders, […]