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Diagrams – Dorothy

Diagrams – Dorothy

Ross McGibbon May 24, 2017 0

BOOKSHOP RECORDS        12th May 2017 A gorgeously gentle album, Diagrams is the banner for Sam Genders’ annual recorded outing, this time, as so often, a collaboration. His last offering was under the name Throws

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Stone Foundation – live at The Wardrobe, Leeds 12th May – Neil-y famous

Stone Foundation – live at The Wardrobe, Leeds 12th May – Neil-y famous

Ross McGibbon May 17, 2017 0

I’d been looking forward to this gig and I wasn’t disappointed. An enormously long set of impassioned soul, watched over from the shadows by The Modfather. Braving Leeds on a Friday night, Paul Weller

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Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – ‘Super Natural’ – play it loud: screaming loud scuzz-punk-blues

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – ‘Super Natural’ – play it loud: screaming loud scuzz-punk-blues

Ross McGibbon May 10, 2017 0

MASONIC RECORDS                        12th May 2017 The Jim Jones Revue was an explosion of percussion-piano in an electric extension of Jerry Lee Lewis’ lineage. Electrifying both live and on record, it was a sad day

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Jessica Moss – Pools Of Light      is an album set in high and lonesome places

Jessica Moss – Pools Of Light      is an album set in high and lonesome places

Ross McGibbon May 3, 2017 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS         5th May 2017   A slightly Middle Eastern collation of lonely notes opens the set on a violin, yet not quite a violin, joined shortly by deeper tones on a cello (perhaps).

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Justin Walter – Unseen Forces     is a breathy space of electronically warped wind instruments

Justin Walter – Unseen Forces     is a breathy space of electronically warped wind instruments

Ross McGibbon May 3, 2017 0

KRANKY                21st April 2017 Justin Walter’s album is based on the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), a rare wind-controlled analog synthesizer from the 1970’s. I think that those cosmic explorers, The Sun Ra Arkestra, may

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IMAGINARY PEOPLE – October Alice     is a hallucinatory fairground ride of impelling post-punk and dark mystery

IMAGINARY PEOPLE – October Alice     is a hallucinatory fairground ride of impelling post-punk and dark mystery

Ross McGibbon May 1, 2017 0

FIVE DIAMONDS              28th April 2017 Open with your strongest track isn’t bad advice for a band and the big swirling indie post-punk stomp of Snapshot, with its elements of fairground organ sets you up

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Oiseaux-Tempete – Al-‘An! fuses drifting post-rock soundscapes with the textures of Beirut

Oiseaux-Tempete – Al-‘An! fuses drifting post-rock soundscapes with the textures of Beirut

Ross McGibbon April 16, 2017 0

SUB ROSA.        31st March 2017 Meaning “Now!” in Arabic, Al-’An is the third part of the band’s exploration of a theme. I’m not sure I grasp the theme but I grasp the feeling. From

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Me and the Bees – Menos Mal is a summery sweet garage indie sixties throw-back and I love it

Me and the Bees – Menos Mal is a summery sweet garage indie sixties throw-back and I love it

Ross McGibbon April 12, 2017 0

LA CASTANYA RECORDS            7th April, 2007 Reasons to love this record are many: It sounds like it was recorded in a garage in the sixties. It has a rinky-tink organ. It carries the slacker

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Maximo Park – Risk To Exist     hides an excellent mini-album within

Maximo Park – Risk To Exist     hides an excellent mini-album within

Ross McGibbon April 5, 2017 0

COOKING VINYL               21st April, 2017 It gets tricky, a few albums into a career. Okay, six albums and twelve years for Maximo Park. You get a lifetime to create the ideas for your first

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The Weeks – Easy           is an almost-perfect American rock and roll album

The Weeks – Easy is an almost-perfect American rock and roll album

Ross McGibbon March 29, 2017 0

LIGHTNING ROD RECORDS        7th April 2017 Somewhere between Indie and American classic rock, like Teenage Fanclub meet Creedence Clearwater Revival meet The Hold Steady meet The Replacements in the heart of Springsteen. With ten

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