Review: Psychic Twin – Strange Diary

It was 2011 and I was looking at the pitch black darkness of Crookes Road. The blistering wind, howling through the badly insulated window. The old speakers, patched with electrical tape and paperclips, still worked. The song was a weird one, a mantra-like repetition with garbled vocals. It was strangely hypnotic. It was so different to everything she’d done before. I was listening to Psychic Twin, a new venture by Erin Fein, … Continue reading Review: Psychic Twin – Strange Diary

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Review: La Sera – Music for Listening to Music to

  Six years on and Katy Goodman‘s trip through sixties’ pop, jangly seventies’ dream pop and visceral punk takes a turn into the gravel and dirt roads of alt-country. This is Music for listening to music to and, unsurprisingly, it’s a enjoyable romp. Guided by she of the fiery hair and fierce strumming, La Sera‘s change from dream pop into alt-country has been gradually peeking in her previous albums. … Continue reading Review: La Sera – Music for Listening to Music to

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Review: Birthmark – How you look when you’re falling down

Birthmark‘s Antibodies came in a strange time in my life. It was 2012 and between shuffling PhD woes, break ups and the “no money” blues, ‘Stuck’ was an accurate description of the general mood in my life. Antibodies seemed peppy, full of those glitches that made it memorable, but also felt stark, with those heartwrenching lyrics. How you look when you’re falling down doesn’t change in its method of … Continue reading Review: Birthmark – How you look when you’re falling down

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Review: Generationals – Alix

If there’s one thing I’ve observed in the last eight or so years that I’ve been moving in this side of the quill called “music reviewing” is that genres come back from the dead, sometimes wanting to eat the brains of innocent victims, other times just wanting to get the recognition they didn’t get the first time around. Enter Generationals, a duo who delve into … Continue reading Review: Generationals – Alix

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Japan 3.11.11: A Benefit Album

Released by Polyvinyl Record Company

11th March, 2011: the Tōhoku earthquake strikes Japan, resulting in a catastrophic tsunami hitting the pacific coastline of Japan killing over 15,000 people and leaving entire towns absolutely devastated. The earthquake also caused another crisis in the form of the continually unraveling nuclear disaster of the Fukushima power plant. Many people are still left without homes or amenities as they slowly try to rebuild their lives. But I don’t need to tell you all of this, really…because anyone with half a brain-cell would have been following the devastating news from Japan as it happened.

In a show of good-form, Polyvinyl Record Company has decided to put together a compilation of PV and non-PV artists in order to help the tireless aid operations that are continuing throughout Japan. 100% of the profits from this record will go to the American Red Cross to help with the relief effort in Japan.

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Dance your Indie self away

Starfucker – Reptilians

Streaming – ‘Quality time’

The skinny: Dance with Indie. Or the other way around.

The review proper: The sound of indie bands replacing their xylophones and glockenspiels with midi and keyboards.

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“This is a stick up, smash the windows”

Review: Deerhoof – ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil’

It’s late, I’m tired and overworked and all I want to do it sit in bed with my PJ’s on, my headphones in me ears and listen to the latest Deerhoof record…hang on, Deerhoof at this hour!?

Won’t the manic and chaotic beats send me into a pre-sleep frenzy? Won’t the distortion and elastic guitars have me pogo-ing for the ceiling? Won’t the weird lyrics and vocals evoke all of my most riotous inner thoughts?

No. Welcome ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil’ which sees an altogether more organic band produce their most coherent, accomplished and accessible album yet. But don’t worry; it’s not that accessible…it’s still Deerhoof for Christ’s sakes.

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Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Or: Hangin’ with Boris Yeltsin dans le metro…

Listen to their latest album, Let it sway,  while you read this interview!

It’s no secret that Polyvinyl gets a lot of love from us at It’s no secret either that we are into bands that do have a sense of humour. How chuffed were us (Tonan & Sam) when we found out we could have an email interview with Phil from Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin ? A lot. So we went to town, had a few cups of mokaccino and, sadly, reacted badly to caffeine. What follows are the questions we did under a massive overdose of coffee and fanpersonism…
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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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