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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Crucible: In Violet, Psychic Twin, Shark Teeth, Fjord, Sylvan Esso, Mooi, Schnarff Schnarff

Crucible is our humble offering of new music. Every Friday, we aim to bring you new stuff, instead of spamming you around with a million different posts. My name is Orestes Xistos and I’ll be helping in this Shithole of a Website (TM) with singles and videos. So send your paypal bribes and patreon donations to me, not that fat imbecile Sam. Oh, right, singles and videos: The haunting … Continue reading Crucible: In Violet, Psychic Twin, Shark Teeth, Fjord, Sylvan Esso, Mooi, Schnarff Schnarff

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The Lost Gem: Absinthe Blind – Rings

  This one I have some history with. Flashback to 2011. It’s late November, the city of Sheffield is the coldest it has felt in ages and the amount of lab work I need to do for my PhD is staggering. On a personal note, things are going a little south in a relationship and it feels like it will all end in tears. The only … Continue reading The Lost Gem: Absinthe Blind – Rings

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Review: Psychic Twin – Lose Myself

“So why Psychic Twin?” “When I was composing and recording these songs [Dream State//Strangers], it felt like there was someone else there, like a twin that never existed but that you could feel.”  I had a long interview with Erin Fein, who is Psychic Twin, back in SXSW 2014. That interview never went published because I could never give it a good edit, but one of the driving … Continue reading Review: Psychic Twin – Lose Myself

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SXSW Diaries – Wednesday is for Milwaukee beer lovers

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Blue? No clue.

Note/Warning: My proper reviews for SXSW will be on La Pop Life and Gold Flake Paint soon(ish). For Sloucher, I’ll be posting diary-style stuff, mostly unedited (barring a few typos that had to go away, replaced by more typos. Most of these diaries were written late at night and honest to God, this is how they went. No clear cut narrative is intended, just general ramblings. Enjoy this Gonzo-style experiment. Continue reading “SXSW Diaries – Wednesday is for Milwaukee beer lovers”

Podcast – The Nectarine Mix

We finish the July series of podcasts with another selection of fresh new grooves. Relish the acoustic loveliness of Picardy III & Jesse Woods, trip to the strangeness of Pinkunoizu & Che Ga Zebra, drink to the blue madness of Drenge and Old Baby and groove to Vuvuvultures & Psychic Twin.

Oh, and give Eric & Magill a big warm hug.

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Singles Review: Chikita Violenta, Dandy Overdose, The Polar Dream, Psychic Twin, Dinosaurs are shit dragons, Speedy Ortiz

Greetings, readers eating tacos  (via Street Food Chef)!  Welcome to another edition of our “reviewing releases late again” single reviews column.

This week’s singles come courtesy of a bad yoghurt I had with my kebab. Chicken and prune yoghurt DO NOT MIX.

Ah, singles, right:

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Impignorating in Sheffield – #1

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Wet Nuns. By: Glenn Miller.

Heeeeeeey, it’s me, your friendly neighbourhood listings editor, @Orestes_yipee. There was no preview on May because I was on strike. ATTICA! ATTICA!

However, this is June, the best month of the year. Here’s your June Preview. Continue reading “Impignorating in Sheffield – #1”

Video Round Up: Fear of Men, Psychic Twin, The Clench, Elika, Let’s Say We Did, Beaty Heart, LCMDF

Howdy ho, this is yer “round up” editor, Orestes P. Xistos, and I’m bringing you a few videos for your visual pleasure. Why? Because we love you.

No, wait, that’s the Mickey Mouse Club. I hate that mouse. Team Donald forever!

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Bands to look for at SXSW 2013

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Ahoy there! We are a broke, skint and demoralised, so we won’t make it to SXSW 2013 in Austin, home to the second best chili con carne I’ve had in my life (1st was in Arkansas, thanks for asking).

It matters not, here’s a list of bands we heartily recommend you do check at the festival. Why 42? Because I miss Douglas Adams, that’s why. Don’t forget to take a towel. All bands organised by date. Venues were correct at time of printing (I nicked the info from the official SXSW page). Continue reading “Bands to look for at SXSW 2013”