Looking back at … Pearl Jam – Vs.

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I think it was the combination of three things what made me want to pick up Pearl Jam‘s Vs. from an aisle at that department store called Palacio de Hierro Durango in 1994. Continue reading “Looking back at … Pearl Jam – Vs.”

Interview – Panoramas

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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.  Continue reading “Interview – Panoramas”

Looking back at… Soundgarden – Superunknown

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Why do you need new bands? Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974. It’s a scientific fact.
— Homer Simpson, “Homerpalooza”

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Medicine – To The Happy Few

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It’s been eighteen years since Los Angeles based Medicine released new material, and over twenty since the original line up all played together. So, with psychedelia infused grunge, shoegaze melodies and a love for guitars with extra distortion, let’s see what Medicine have produced in their latest offering, the long player To the Happy Few. Continue reading “Medicine – To The Happy Few”

Sloucher interviews….Dating Myself

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Photo: Luvia Petersen (http://luviapetersen.com/)

So, a few months ago, Dating Myself released a cassette that might or might have not been recorded in the 90s. We reviewed it in short story form, based on an event that might or might have not happened.

The only certainties are: they released a lovely, grunge-perfect audio cassette and we managed to squeeze an interview out of them. So be thankful for that, because a good dose of 90s music is what sometimes you really need. Continue reading “Sloucher interviews….Dating Myself”

EP Island – Electr’ish

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A couple of years ago, in what was probably a whole different era for this website, we had the pleasure of reviewing EP Island‘s Sweet’ish. Born out of a weekend of composing, jamming and recording, the three tracks were a snapshot of a band’s talent and, more importantly, the music that can be created when you love what you are doing and have absolute freedom. Continue reading “EP Island – Electr’ish”

Mega Aquarians @ Tramlines 2013

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Photo: Ben Marchant-Williams

“It’s the festival of community. Community and unity, unity and peace, peace and love.”

And with those very words, Mega Aquarians’ guitarist and singer Des launches Sheffield’s biggest-sounding two-piece into their second thundering song of the evening. It heralds bleeding eardrums, grinning faces and sweaty bodies. Continue reading “Mega Aquarians @ Tramlines 2013”

Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

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A few months ago, I compared Speedy Ortiz to the Elves of Mirkwood. It’s a long story. But the gist was that they were “ruthless, brash and good looking.” It’s now the time of Major Arcana, a full album of Speedy Ortiz maniacally rafting down some rapids, with meandering interludes and loud rumblings by tall weirs. Continue reading “Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana”

Interview – Yokozuna

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Source: Yokozuna’s Facebook.

Exactly a month ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Yokozuna’s rather excellent Quiero Venganza. I quite enjoyed the album and got in contact with Arturo & Antonio Tranquilino, the brothers who make up this band. Quick email exchange and away the questions went, which got answered in less than 24 hours.

Never be said us Mexicans are lazy. Now, for something completely different: Continue reading “Interview – Yokozuna”