Friday, March 15, 2013

Play New Track From G R E A T W A V E S Here!

Coming on like The Verve, with a hint of something sinister, Manchester's G R E A T W A V E S are back with "Are Calling" and you can play it here.

An epic slab of spacious rock, "Are Calling" is a near-drone with flashes of brightness -- think The Edge sitting in with Spiritualized.

Another fantastic track from this Manchester crew.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

10 Lessons From A Life Spent Listening To Music

1. A song never seems as good until you put it in the middle of a mix tape/CD/iPod playlist.

2. Despite being excellent mimics, Primal Scream were, and always will be, wildly overrated.

3. If you don't like The Ramones, there's probably something wrong with you.

4. When in doubt, play The Go-Betweens.

5. Madchester yes, acid house...not so much.

6. Stevie Wonder may be the finest songwriter my country will ever produce.

7. Whatever my mood, Frank Sinatra has a song that fits it.

8. I really blew it by not going to those listening parties with Maria McKee and Sonic Youth back in 1989 and 1990 in my record store days.

9. By any kind reckoning, 75% of that early 4AD stuff is crap.

10. I spent far too much time listening to U2 and far too little listening to Killing Joke when I was younger.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Play Deathfix Demo Here!

Here's a nice find: a demo version of "Low Lying Dreams" posted to Soundcloud by Rich Morel of Deathfix.

If you haven't already, get the debut from Deathfix as it's fantastic.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Play And Buy New Track From The Clean's David Kilgour Here

That painting is by the guy from The Clean too.

Following on from the excellent Left By Soft, David Kilgour is back with "Christopher Columbus", which you can download for the price of your own choosing.

Bloody nice of the New Zealand legend.

This slice of John Martyn-style rock features -- as always -- excellent guitar-work from Mr. Kilgour.

I look forward to his next full-length release.

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Review Of The New Mystic Aura EP

I think the last time I blogged about Mystic Aura the band was a two-piece. Now it's just Malcolm Argyle but if anything there's been no loss in quality but, rather, a sharpening of focus as he takes control of various instruments and works his magic in the studio.

"Mediocrity" answers that age-old question: What would it have sounded like if Jaz Coleman had sung a tune with the Cocteau Twins guys back in 1983? Really nice wall of guitars here.

"Sheep Nation" follows and it's poised somewhere between goth -- like early stuff from The Cult when they were called Southern Death Cult -- and something punkier -- New Model Army maybe?

The instrumental "Storm" has a great little guitar hook and it chimes and pounds along like The Chameleons and mid-period Siouxsie and the Banshees.

"Stand Up is decidedly punky -- a full-on rocker with a nearly hardcore vibe. Really strong cut here and, once again, a listener forgets that it's Malcolm doing all the heavy lifting as this sounds remarkably like a full band here.

Statement is out next week but for now you can follow along on the official Mystic Aura Facebook page.

Here's a taste of lead track "Mediocrity"...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Happy 102nd Birthday Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow was born on March 3, 1911. She died in 1937 and here it is 2013 and film-fans like me are still talking about the actress with a great deal of affection.

Whatever qualities the actress had on film, they're qualities that no one else has seemed to be able to replicate. There have been many blonde bombshells since 1937 but none with the brashness and wit of Jean.

I doubt with Jean on the movie theater screens playing some crafty gold-digger with a heart of gold that the old "dumb blonde" stereotype had much traction with people in the 1930s.

Jean's characters were never dumb and for that this fan is grateful.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Yet Another New Song From Dot Dash

In advance of their March 15 gig at D.C.'s Velvet Lounge, here'a new song by D.C.'s own Dot Dash.

The sound on this iPhone recording isn't the best in the world and it might be the reason that "The Sound in Shells" sounds a bit like some way poppier version of what you hear on an old Joy Division bootleg. Still, bad sound or not that instrumental breakdown in the cut is really cool -- a lot of crashing cymbals and waves of guitar noise.

Dot Dash are already set to open for the legendary The Monochrome Set in NYC in May. More details of that gig are sure to follow later.

For now, follow the band on their Facebook page: