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Review: Dead English Gentlemen – We Don’t Tell Lies…We Just Keep Secrets

The Hope Explosion is now a long gone memory that lives in the ipod of a few chosen ones that saw them live. Fret not, one third of that band now lives in another band, probably just as fierce. Their name? Dead English Gentlemen. The EP? We don’t tell lies… we just keep secrets. The sound? Still progressive, but that and the vocals are where the similarities end.  (more…)

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Review: Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang like a Bell



Review: Game of Thrones – The Mountain and The Viper


Hi, people who were offended I reviewed a shitty Dr. Who episode last week, this one’s for you.  Hi y’all, my name is Orestes P. Xistos and I’ve upgraded my position in this Shithole of a Website (TM) called Sloucher, from reviewing singles & EPs, I now write about a show that is basically 50 Shades of Grey for bros/lads/patanes. So bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay.

Repent your sins, crack open a beer (or the head of any Stark near you) and read my take on today’s episode, but first, a recap (unimanie rezyume): (more…)

Review: Neil Young – A Letter Home

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Review: Dr. Who – Time-flight

Time-flight (1982)

Time-flight (1982)


Well fuck it doo woop doo dah… No Game of Thrones this week, so here’s a remastered edition of a review I wrote for another Shithole of a Website (TM) a few years ago.

You see, I went through an “wasn’t old Dr. Who great, you guys?” stage like anyone over 30 goes through and started to pay through the nose (because, let’s face it – they are very overpriced) for old Dr. Who DVDs. Here’s the first of many, many more to come…  (more…)

Interview – Panoramas


Pretty weird how things happen in this road we call life. A few years ago, out of pure dumb luck, managed to get an interview with The Wooden Birds and then managed to review (and interview) Leslie Sisson while she was touring her solo project, Sisson. Fast forward to March 2014 and I saw Leslie Sisson in her new band, Panoramas, perform at The Ginger Man. A quick missed calls, text messages and facebook messages later I’m in a lil’ coffee shop in Austin called The Flightpath Coffee House.

I’m sitting in front of Panoramas, a three member soundscape machine consisting of Leslie Sisson (vocals, guitar), Rozie Castoe (vocals, bass) and Karen Skloss (drums.) The topics of conversation are : influences, band naming, SXSW misadventures, the genius of John Paul Jones and vintage 90s films. All of this fuelled with tea, Topo Chico water and a slightly inspiring brew of curiously strong coffee.  (more…)

New music – May 23th, 2014


It’s near the end of May and we are nearing the halfway mark for 2014. So far, so good? Listen buster, do I look like someone who could answer that question?

But what I can do is offer you a lil’ mix with some of the best new music I’ve heard this week. Let’s tarry no longer here, my good chap: (more…)

Podcast: Radio Chaneque – Copeando con los Guarriors vs El día de las madres

NOTA: Aparentemente Mixcloud y WordPress se agarraron del chongo y ya no me deja poner el embed. Lo pueden escuchar aquí si no aparece el widget.

En esta ocasión, Los Guarriors se quejan de los villamelones que apenas y se acuerdan de celebrar a su progenitora, de malas experiencias y de, um, despachos contables.

Clasificación E.

Acompáñenlo con leche.

Invitada especial: Ara.
Este podcast utiliza los siguientes sonidos y samples de Freesound:
Melt down 1.wav por Club 20sound (
teleport.wav por Sergenious (
Painful sounding punches por Kuzyaburst (
Block.mp3 por FlameEagle (

Incluye samples de:
I Dream of Genie
Challenge of the Super Friends
BBC Radiophonic – Dalek Spaceship Lands
BBC Radiophonic – Chumblie constant run
Man or Astroman? – A mouthful of Exhaust
Joseph Gershenson – Main Title / Shooting Stars
Jorge Pérez Herrera – El hacha Diabolica

Interview – Actual Wolf



A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.

30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.

Here’s the verbose gist:  (more…)

Review: Secret Colours – Positive Distractions



Review: Game of Thrones – Mockingbird



“Man, Fred Durst is really looking old these days”

Hi, people who … HOLY SHIT! Have you read this thing about HBO offering a mixtape to reach out to the (and I quote) “urban, multicultural audience” , as in, HBO wants to appeal to “African-Americans, Latinos and the broader “urban” market.” (source)

The mixtape is here. WARNING: IT INCLUDES PITBULL. Reggaeton is coming to your land of  fantasy, swords, plots and sex, Westeros (more like Westsideros, amirite?)


DISCUSS: Should Sloucher reach out to the “urban market”, especially since the owner is some crazy Mexican? Do we need a mixtape with Control Machete, Cartel de Santa and Paralamas to bring more readers?

Sigh y’all, my name is Orestes P. Xistos and I’ve upgraded my position in this Shithole of a Website (TM) called Sloucher, from reviewing singles & EPs, I now write about a show that is basically 50 Shades of Grey for bros/lads/patanes. So bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay.

Repent your sins, crack open a beer (or the head of any Stark near you) and read my take on today’s episode, but first, a recap (unimanie rezyume): (more…)

Diarios de Jean – Cancun (14/07/06)


A la redacción de este Cuchitril de Sitio Web (TM) han llegado una serie de notas en formato de diario de una tal Jean. No sabemos quién sea ella en realidad, pero venían acompañadas de unas fotos bastante preciosas. Tal vez encuentren ustedes en estos escritos algo con lo que se identifiquen. (more…)

New music – May 16th, 2014


OK, not all is “new” here, most egregious of all is the inclusion of Len‘s ‘Steal my sunshine’, but hear me out: the song will be re-released by the mighty Alcopop! Records and I’m fond of this song as it reminds me of a girl, who was called Paola, not Karen.

But, yes, new music, please! Listen the post rock odes from Mexico’s Jvne, the lovely ditty by Nat Johnson walking through the leafy surroundings of Sheffield and ponder the mighty power of Dad Rocks! and their stupidly awesome music.

Incidentally, have you heard the good news? American Analog Set has a new re-release coming up and we’ve included one of the new tracks in this collection. You can preorder the vinyl here. Other good news include The Provincial Archive covering Elliott Smith‘s ‘Son of Sam’, Shields and Humanfly survivors reuniting as Kings and the nocturnal music of The Harrow making summer nights bearable.

Faces on film have an amazing video and we quite like their music, hence their inclusion. So goes for Ava Luna and Alarm Bells, two great bands that are gaining some well deserved kudos.

Phew, almost there. Stay with us. A million billion dying suns have this ace track called ‘Strawberry Letter 23′, crack open a strawberry cider (awesome drink) and listen to this droning gem. Dignan Porch have a cool release for you in June, but you can listen to ‘Wait&wait&wait’ right now in our mix!

Les Jupes survived this last winter and recorded a few songs for you, check their stuff out! Maybe they should pay Dr. Res a visit, as the warm Spain weather inspires some dance move in ‘Dr. Kugutsushi’, part of a longer conceptual piece called Lung Kidnapping released on 12″ (more stuff at soundcloud.) Last but not least, The Teen Age keep doing their “doo woop garage” (still rock and roll to me, if you ask this fat music lover) and ‘Stop’ is a taster of their new EP, Ways to Adapt (out June 3rd.)


Enjoy the weekend, cuates.

Words: Sam J. Valdés  López

Radio Chaneque : Bandas infravaloradas de los 90s (pt 2)

Radio Chaneque - Los infravalorados de los 90s parte 2 by Radiochaneque on Mixcloud

Nuevo especial de Radio Chaneque, esta vez con Claudia Ramírez y su servilleta, Sam Valdés. Continuando nuestro cariño por los 90s, ahora con más canciones y menos coherencia en los comentarios. Es la nostalgia.

Introducción: Stone Temple Pilots – Pretty Penny.

Con música de Collective Soul, Letters to Cleo, Bush, Candlebox, Counting Crows y muchos, muchos más.


Video Round Up: Dead Stars, James, Faces on Film, The Harrow, Dan Sartain

James are back with a monster of an album called La Petite Mort (out on June 2) and while we count the days like a kid waiting for his Christmas gifts, we have this hellacool stopmotion video for ‘Moving on’, directed by BAFTA winning Ainslie Henderson (check his stuff here). Born from conversations between Tim Booth and Ainslie and a serendipitous walk by a Scottish woollen knitwear shop, the subject of the video is “death as birth”. Can’t wait to hear this album.

James Website.  Twitter. (more…)

Review: Game of Thrones – The Laws of Gods and Men


Hi, people who are happy without having to listen to that sodding Pharrell song, my name is Orestes P. Xistos and I’ve upgraded my position in this Shithole of a Website (TM) called Sloucher, from reviewing singles & EPs, I now write about a show that is basically 50 Shades of Grey for bros/lads/patanes.

Repent your sins, crack open a beer (or the head of any Stark near you) and read my take on today’s episode, but first, a recap (unimanie rezyume): (more…)

Un Apocalipsis Moderno – 1


“El primer ángel tocó la trompeta, y hubo granizo y fuego mezclados con sangre, que fueron lanzados sobre la tierra; y la tercera parte de los arboles se quemó, y se quemó toda la hierba verde”.

Apocalipsis 8, 6-7


Mix: New Music – May 9th, 2014

Well, here we go with another righteous mix of new music, just for you and your lovely weekend. Carefully curated and hopefully never taken down, unless we get sued by Lars Ulrich. Which is probable.

So, which bands do you like best? Leave us a comment!

Or if you don’t like any, leave a comment saying how much my taste sucks. Which is an all too easy target since I own 2 Spin Doctors cds and a Hootie and the Blowfish album that I religiously listen to every month.

Have a #safe weekend.

Words:Sam Valdés López

Review: Feature – Culture of the copy



Podcast: Radio Chaneque – Copeando con los Guarriors vs Las Películas de Verano

Radio Chaneque - Copeando con los Guarriors vs Peliculas by Radiochaneque on Mixcloud

En esta ocasión, Los Guarriors luchan contra la ignominia de Spiderman 2, las hormonas en Captain America : The Winter Soldier y platican sobre las películas de verano que vienen a futuro. Con una pobre interventora atrapada en medio de todo el borlote.

Clasificación D.

Acompáñenlo con leche.

Review: The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast



Connecting the Soul to the Song – a non fiction story


Five years ago, early on Easter Sunday morning, I drove to meet a new friend at Cisco’s on East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas. I did not know it yet, but this person would change my life – where I lived, how I thought, how I spoke, how I saw the world, others, myself. It was the beginning of the end, the end of the beginning. Something along those lines.

My new friend was visiting from another state. As I drove to her sister’s house to pick her up for our sunrise breakfast , I was brimming with excitement. Excitement about this wonderful new friend, and about taking her to a sweet breakfast joint, but excited also in large part because I was listening to the brand new Bill Callahan record, “Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle.” I couldn’t remember a more phenomenal Easter – breakfast with a new secret crush at sunup, and a new record from a trusted and beloved artist. Huzzah! (more…)

Review: Fear of Men – Loom

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