Bob Mould Sunshine Rock Merge Records A few short years ago I thought Beauty & Ruin was one of the best things Bob Mould had ever done – and I’d hope that was saying something given the bands he made and played in ahead of his busy-enough, solid-af solo career.
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights Bobbie’s a girl Merge I think Nick Bollinger said it best (he often does) when talking about David Kilgour’s songs. He was speaking specifically to the lead single from this new album (Smoke You Right Out Of Here) – and if you want to hear his exact words click […]
William Tyler Goes West Merge Records While a small part of me sits waiting for William Tyler to be offered a soundtrack project to showcase his amazing playing, composing and arranging skills, the bigger part realises that in some way Tyler has always been making soundtrack albums. This one, his latest, documents his journey from Nashville to LA, a new home and […]
The Mountain Goats Hex of Infinite Binding EP Merge Records I guess it should come as no surprise but John Darnielle and his Mountain Goats continue to release great music – and this, since becoming “a real band”. The delicate piano drops and woodwind motifs that hover in and around the opening brace of song […]
David Kilgour & The Heavy 8s End Times Undone Merge Records He’ll never make a bad record – it just can’t happen. It’s not in him. It’s within him to always knock it out of the park, that giant slug and then a nonchalant shrug. And so, yes, here we have End Times Undone, Kilgour’s […]
Richard Buckner Bloomed: 20th Anniversary Edition Merge Records Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of reissues, among them this reissue of Richard Buckner’s 1994 debut, Bloomed. Here offered up in CD and vinyl versions with a bonus disc/download of 11 demos, live versions and radio sessions. There’s some interesting material on […]