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El Goodo – “By Order of the Moose”   There is plenty of space in the world for well-crafted, beaty pop songs

El Goodo – “By Order of the Moose”   There is plenty of space in the world for well-crafted, beaty pop songs

Ross McGibbon September 1, 2017 0

Strangetown Records                   8th September, 2017 The sixties have never been more present than now (except the actual Sixties, that is). Thankfully this is an idealised Sixties, as opposed to the real decade, which was

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Beaches- ‘Second Of Spring’ –  lo-fi, fuzzy summer fun

Beaches- ‘Second Of Spring’ –  lo-fi, fuzzy summer fun

Ross McGibbon September 1, 2017 0

CHAPTER MUSIC          8th September, 2017 This is a big collection, full of sound, ideas and fun. Lots of instrumentals, some where there are vocals but as colour or instrumentation via wordless chorus or echo

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Third Culture Kings – “Is That Light You Carry?”      Trippy, dubby, spaced out sonic pleasure

Third Culture Kings – “Is That Light You Carry?”      Trippy, dubby, spaced out sonic pleasure

Ross McGibbon August 23, 2017 0

INTERNET AND WEED RECORDS / 100.000 RECORDS        18th August, 2017 A Glorybox / dälek joint effort, this carries the special mark of being largely recorded on a couple of smartphones. Wild and lazy beats underpin

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – “Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real”       – Good but could have been so much better

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – “Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real” – Good but could have been so much better

Ross McGibbon August 23, 2017 5

FANTASY RECORDS           25th August, 2017 Big chances come along rarely. Once you’ve had them, you’ve got to keep the momentum yourself. Lukas Nelson has two claims to fame: Lukas

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NICOLE ATKINS – ‘GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE’ carries the soulful torch of Amy Winehouse, Peggy Lee and Mary Margaret O’Hara

NICOLE ATKINS – ‘GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE’ carries the soulful torch of Amy Winehouse, Peggy Lee and Mary Margaret O’Hara

Ross McGibbon July 26, 2017 0

SINGLE LOCK RECORDS           21st JULY 2017 This is a great voice. A really great voice. Soulful and wide in range and tone, it channels great sounds of the fifties, sixties and seventies without ever

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Mark Springer – “Circa Rip Rig And Panic”      Something’s improved with age – is it me?

Mark Springer – “Circa Rip Rig And Panic”      Something’s improved with age – is it me?

Ross McGibbon July 26, 2017 0

EXIT       28th July, 2017 This bag of offcuts has matured very nicely in a box in Mark Springer’s attic. Okay, so I made the bit about the attic up, but you’d like it to

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Boris – “Dear” welcomes in ultra-slow doom sludge, dripping distortion

Boris – “Dear” welcomes in ultra-slow doom sludge, dripping distortion

Ross McGibbon July 19, 2017 0

Sargent House                    14 July 2017 Ultra-heavy, slow and sludgy, this makes Dylan Carson’s Earth sound like Speed Metal. Sounds drip from guitars and trail across the floor into a black pool, its surface rippled

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Psychic TV – “Allegory and Self” / “Pagan Day” are reissues from rock’s great chancers

Psychic TV – “Allegory and Self” / “Pagan Day” are reissues from rock’s great chancers

Ross McGibbon July 14, 2017 0

Sacred Bones        14 July 2017 What’s not to love about Psychic TV. Massive chancers, playing the art game with a wink, churning out lots of crap and the odd shining star. I say that

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Melvins – “A Walk With Love and Death” is heavier than a collection of very heavy things

Melvins – “A Walk With Love and Death” is heavier than a collection of very heavy things

Ross McGibbon July 14, 2017 0

Ipecac Recordings                7 July 2017 Heavier than ever (how do they do that after two dozen previous albums?); The Melvins are doing heavy business as usual on this double album set. With maximum heaviosity,

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The Americans – “I’ll Be Yours”:      A potted history of American popular stylings

The Americans – “I’ll Be Yours”: A potted history of American popular stylings

Ross McGibbon July 5, 2017 0

LOOSE MUSIC     7th July 2017 Of course it’s the lead vocals but I’m reminded of John Fogerty’s brand of Americana and direct emotions of Creedence Clearwater Revival with the first track. I quickly learn

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