Stream: Moving Panoramas – One

    We might be hardwired to think of dreamgaze as shoegaze’s soft-speaking sibling, but you really don’t need distortions to be heavy. It’s the words what matter, really, and when those chained sentences are enveloped in atmospheric wonderlands like the ones Moving Panoramas create, they linger on. ‘One’ is the first of many great songs from Moving Panoramas new album, out on Modern Outsider on October. We actually have heard … Continue reading Stream: Moving Panoramas – One

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Review : Smashing Pumpkins @ Sheffield O2 Academy

It was a special night. Not only because I was catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in 18 months, but because it would become the third time I’d see The Smashing Pumpkins, first time out of Mexico. Continue reading “Review : Smashing Pumpkins @ Sheffield O2 Academy”

Fifteen springs and one mandolin after

R.E.M. – Collapse into now

The skinny: Still a trio, still making consistently good music.

The review proper: Nah, sorry, I’m biased. I’m still a fanboy.

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A violent dream

The skinny: Dense atmospheres with a banshee wail.

The review proper: Yeah, I like it a lot.  So beware, a gushing follows after the jump.

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Ready for the gridlock

Autolux – Transit transit

The skinny: Forever delayed…

The review proper: But Jebus damn us all, well worth the wait.

Six years is an eternity in the unforgiving music blogosphere (hate that term) and watching Autolux take so long (although with reason) to release Transit Transit was a very taxing experience.

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An apocalyptic album

Fuzzy Lights – Twin Feathers

The Skinny:Scary. Get behind a sofa and listen to it. But cuddle afterwards.

The Review proper: Well, actually it’s not that scary. It’s more like introspection. Like a way old mirror that might offer a not-so-clear reflection. Or maybe the sensation you get when you look at yourself at the mirror for a long while and see all those wrinkles, nook and crannies in your face. And then move on to whatever you have to do that day.

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The Harley Four

Yonderboy + Hey Sholay + Alvarez Kings + Bromheads @ The Harley, August 28th, 2010

A four band show was done by Xray Horse Music on saturday the 28th at The Harley (now with more gin), under the consolidating flag of good tunes for a big audience that pretty much packed the place.

So much for a quiet bank holiday.

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Songs of a sunny Perestroika sunday

Someone still loves you Boris Yeltsin – Let it Sway

The Skinny : Bubbly, fun and actually awesome.

The review gushing proper: Actually, could I persuade you to get this free song before?  Take it as evidence. Or just press play before reading what follows.

There ya go. And if you like it, you can get it for free. Or listen to it on Spotify while I rant about it.

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July Rain

Laura Veirs and The Hall of Flames @ Komedia, Brighton 15.08.10
                                       Support: Karl Blau, Led To Sea

Laura Veirs’ latest album ‘July Flame’ was described by Colin Meloy as “The best album of 2010” and if you’ve already heard this delicate and pensive record from the unique singer-songwriter, then it’s not hard to see why.

I was lucky enough to see Laura Veirs sometime around 2006/7 (I forget!) where she was touring solo, just one woman and her guitar, and I came away feeling light-headed with joy. Consequently I had high expectations for the new tour where I would be able to hear the songs that I’ve grown to love in plump, plush sound played by the entire band.
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Tramlines 2010 – Sunday

Sunday 25: Coogan warned us about you (gushing and ranting).

Sunday was the last day and The Knackering was setting in. Going to sleep at 4 am didn’t help, but hey, S1 Artspace was worth it completely. Massive Gig attendee tip #19: for blisters try using ample shoes and painkillers.

Typing interviews and general writing shenanigans had been taxing and just missing the buskers bus with Cats:for:Peru was downright depressing. Still, soldier on.

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