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(no subject) [Mar. 29th, 2008|02:13 am]
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hey, does anyone still know how to get in touch with dan shoe?
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hello [Jul. 1st, 2007|05:21 pm]
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hi! so i could probably think of some excuses for never writing anything but i'm not going to. my friend adam sweeney wrote some reviews. i will paste them in below.

COULD WHOEVER UPLOADS THEM: put them a few dates apart - so it looks like the website is getting regular updates? because adam and i want to go to green man and don't want to pay for it, so it would be super money-savingly sweet if it appeared as if there were regular updates. more reviews will be forthcoming, perhaps from myself too. i am going to new york for a couple of weeks so it might not be until then. cheers!


QOTSA – Era Vulgaris
2/5 zoidies

Ah, come on now. This is just bloody lazy. I mean I could put that last album down to an obvious abuse of record company funds and not enough songwriting time due to Josh boning that girl from the Dixie Chicks or whoever she was. The Distillers, that was it. But I mean, this is very similarly paper-thin, unballsy schmaltz to “Lullabies”. Eh….I guess there are some fairly good songs on here. “Sick, sick, sick” is good. I can see they tried; but ultimately, not a single thing on this album is above mediocre. The Rated R days are gone, never to return.
I need to stop this sick-puppy QOTSA thing I have where I look forward to each album as the return to form, and just consign them once and for all to the ‘Had it-Lost it’ shelf. That way if they ever do suddenly start making good albums again, I can be all like “Yeah I knew they had it in ‘em! That’s my boy Josh!!” etc.
But really, we all just want a Kyuss reunion….right? Anyone with me on that one?


Love of Diagrams – Mosaic
4.5/5 zoidies

The debut album from Australia’s Love of Diagrams, on Matador. They sound like an oh-so-sweetly-twee band. But puke ye not! For they are no such.
LoD sound a lot like Sonic Youth with the more primal adirectional trash stripped away; and in the more rhythmic sections, like Gang of Four or Wire. I shit you not. They keep it stone hard and urgent and damned sweaty. Which, I’m sure even the oh-so sweetly-twee among you will agree, is cracking.
To quote the band themselves “Things sound better at 100%” and that’s actually a most apt way to describe this album – relentless high energy throughout these primarily instrumental, almost careless electric dirge songs, laden with squealing feedback and circling girlish vocals. It’s very summer frolicks - makes you want to throw foolishly large parties where all your drunken friends cop off with one another like sweaty hormonal teenagers on the floor, you stick this on, and regard the scene with vague disgust and juvenile giddiness. In fact this album would probably provoke that kind of impulsivity, for a full 39.7 minutes. If that doesn’t make you get it, I guess nothing will.
The snatches of lyrics, phrased nonchalant over the fatness of the sound, enhance each song. There is an expert blend of discordance, low female vocals half-heartedly whined, insistent drums and such mammoth bass dirge to make this a vital teenage riot. I’m not gonna go into it too much, because essentially there’s a lot of Sonic Youth influence in here, and they are part of the whole 80s revival; but thankfully, they’re a non-generic, genuinely good bit. This album won’t change your life, but it’ll make for a super-duper party.


Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – Living with the Living
3.5/5 zoidies

Ted and pals are currently embarking on a HUGE tour to brandish this new album, their fifth full-length album on Touch and Go, and probably their most polished release to date – so much so, its practically shiny.
It’s a pretty political album. Ok. Don’t let that colour every word written from here on in. The politics isn’t rammed down your throat – there’s no yobbin’ and gobbin’ to invade the genuine songs on here. This is bright punk, punk in spirit and not in aesthetic. The lyrics, thankfully, have more subtlety and thought than to haphazardly brand an entire nation “idiot”. Rather, they profess honesty and self-reliance, in an age where The Doubters lurk round every corner. Or some shit.
One of the great strengths of this record is its diversity. Yes, I did put it in the Punk Pile, but that’s more to do with the undercurrent that invigorates every tune, and Monsieur Leo’s very human lyrics. This record incorporates folk influences (“Bottle of Buckie”) as well as soulful balladry (“Toro and the Toreador”). On certain songs these influences are more focused than others – for example, “The Unwanted Things” being a kind of abortive attempt at whiteman reggae – but on repeated listens these influences can frequently be detected, threaded throughout the record. The downside of this of course is that Ted Leo ends up treading a wavering path between broad experimentation channelled through one very musical man’s vision; and viciously cacking up the whole mixture in the style of those “experimental” pop crooners. Ugh. This occasionally results in the highly caustic experience of your ears utterly rejecting a particular song. It does seem that there are some tunes on here which could’ve done with a little more creative elbow grease – they tend to come out sounding like crappy filler.
Which is a damn shame, as every single song on here is as infectious as a Mexican hospital. “The Sons of Cain”, “Army Bound” and “La Costa Brava” are probably some of the bestest ditties I have heard of late, especially the latter. “Bomb.Repeat.Bomb”, the song providing most evidence of Brendan “Fugazi” Canty’s involvement as producer, is great. Even the filler-esque songs are really hummable. It’s just that there seems to be no real unity across this album, which makes it almost a difficult listen. The chopping and changing is stimulating but not absorbing (if that makes any sense). And the occasional piece-of-shit-track really distracts from the better songs.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are a boon to American punk, and American music in general. Ted bravely walks a tightrope betwixt pop-punk and good-punk, which can (sometimes) result in these spasms of cheesiness. You will skip tracks. Don’t feel bad, it’s OK. Just promise me this - make sure you dig out the good stuff, cos it’s gold.
A strong album; an example for genre peers. But depending on your mood this can be self-indulgent guff, or a genius bending the borders of American music. It’s hard to tell which.
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my list / albums for next year [Dec. 30th, 2006|03:55 am]
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01. Jeremy Enigk - World Waits
World Waits, the latest solo album by the former leader of Sunny Day Real Estate, is a beautiful, captivating album that surely anyone including fans of SDRE or his other solo albums will love. If "Cannons" or "World Waits" do not overwhelm you with their goodness, Enigk will have you eating out of the palm of his piano playing hands by the last song, "Burn".

02. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
Every time I listen to this album I become even more enamoured with Jenny's voice than I was when I started. "Born Secular" is the pinnacle of perfection once the Watson twins join in.

03. The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
I fucking love this album. Young Machetes is the The Blood Brothers managing to be the Blood Brothers yet a little wiser and mature. The Blood Brothers have a way of making you want to scream and dance but on this album you still get to feel like a grown up. what does that mean? I'm not entirely sure but you should listen to Camouflage, Camouflage.

04. P.O.S. - Audition
I cannot say enough wonderful things about P.O.S. Audition is a mish-mash of all genres of music paired with great lyrics filed with social themes. A lesser performer couldn't have pulled it off.

05. Aloha - Some Echoes
If I could summarized this album in one sentence, I'd be a better writer. But I will say that it is truly awe-inspiring.

06. The Velvet Teen - Cum Laude
07. Beck - The Information
08. Cursive - Happy Hollow
09. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
10. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
11. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
12. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
13. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
14. Eagles of Death Metal - Death by Sexy
15. Mission of Burma - The Obliterati
16. Peaches - Impeach my Bush
17. Xiu Xiu - The Air Force
18. Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors
19. Cat Power - The Greatest
20. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Fear Is On Our Side

Here are some albums being released next year for the Upcoming Releases section.
Albums for 2007Collapse )
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(no subject) [Nov. 14th, 2006|07:07 am]
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i haven't been on this old thing for a while. i did a listening to not too long ago, so here it is. i don't care which is the one that can be downloaded. if anyone can find one of the songs for people to download that would be great. i only have an incredibly shitty laptop and that can only open one window at a time or it crashes so i'm sort of stuck when it comes to music on it. soz.

hi to brad! even though it's a bit late. at least it wasn't two months before i noticed. could have been worse.

Listening to:

Awesome Color – Hat Energy (Awesome Color)

It’s pretty much straight up rock music. Awesome Color aren’t trying to smash the mould. If you work for Pitchfork, start thinking too deeply about it and spend yr time reeling in comparisons to great bands like The Stooges and MC5 then you will not enjoy this record as much as you probably should. For my money’s worth, Awesome Color’s self-titled record is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time and I could have picked any song from it to put here, but I happen to love Hat Energy a great deal at the moment so I guess I’ve gone with this.

Coughs – Elephant (Fright Makes Right)

I saw Coughs recently. Twice, in fact. I couldn’t get enough of it. They are one of the best bands I have ever seen. On the scale of things, I guess I have seen quite a few bands. But I had never before seen a band like Coughs. Although vocals, guitar, bass, sax/keyboard, and percussion seems like a pretty regular set-up, they do quite a bit to make it sound anything but regular. I could pick most of their songs and be happy with it, but, although Elephant isn’t as constantly brutal as much of their material, it has insanely good lyrics and when it kicks in; it really kicks in.
If you ever see Coughs (which you probably won’t because word is that the Chicago show after this U.K. tour will be their last) then you are in for a treat. Visually, one of the first things you notice is that the guy playing keyboards and wandering into the crowd blasting on a sax… well, he has breasts. And then I probably noticed the two guys going nuts on a couple of big oil drums and the various cymbals and snares that make up for percussion. And then the singer spat at the guitarist and the guitarist laughed and then she spat back at her. And then the guitarist wandered into the crowd and pulled a penny from behind someone’s ear and put it in their mouth. And then they all jumped up and rolled around and took their shirts off and shouted at the crowd and pushed us and fell on the floor and then just looked angry. And we all got hair in our eyes and beer on our trousers and didn’t really see half of the show but the half we did see was the best thing we’d ever seen and we know it was REALLY good because we all woke up with terrible neckache the next day.

Watersports – Mothers Touch (NotNotFun #060 – split release with Changeling on cassette tape)

I won’t act pretentious – I bought this because the artwork looked fucking awesome and it’s on NotNotFun and Watersports is a great name. So naturally I felt like an elitist motherfucker. But this is actually a really good tape, particularly the Watersports side. Though the Changeling side is pretty fucking good too. It’s not yr usual avant-garde-experimental-dense-drone-noise-up-it’s-own-arse-impossible-to-penetrate-shit-unless-you-listen-to-it-one-hundred-times-no-sir! I don’t know what else Watersports have released – I only got this the other day – but I will be chasing it up.

The Dirty Three – Authentic Celestial Music (Ocean Songs)

There is nothing I can say about this song that the song does not say for itself.

Lords – Pint Of Wine (This Ain’t A Hate Thing, It’s A Love Thing)

Dun duh da da dun duh da da dun duh duddle duh! This is how guitar was meant to be played!

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Ease Down The Road (Live Version on Summer in the Southeast)

I’m quite the Will Oldham fan, and I think Summer in the Southeast is a wonderful record. Some of my favourite Oldham classics are on here and they are mostly done justice. I even prefer some of the SITS versions to the originals, and despite my love for the original version, this is certainly one I prefer. It’s a rather delightful way to end the album. The lyrics to Ease Down The Road are up there with my other Oldham favourites, and Pink Nasty’s backing vocals are pretty ace too.

Smog – Let Me See The Colts (A River Ain’t Too Much To Love)

This is maybe my favourite smog song. I think. Maybe. Probably not. It’s really simple and really beautiful and I can listen to it on repeat for some time without getting bored.

The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band – Triumph Of Tired Eyes (Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward)

Although I’ve only really been listening to Horses In The Sky (which is also incredible) recently, this is possibly the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard and I will doubt I will ever grow tired of listening to it.

Growing – Pavement Rich In Gold (The Sky’s Run Into The Sea)

I don’t really have a preference regarding any particular Growing “song” because I tend not to listen to them individually. In fact, I have probably never listened to one particular track of theirs on it’s own because I always see the album through. The Sky’s Run Into The Sea has been my favourite album of theirs as of late and having this composition for the last side of the record is a pretty triumphant way to end it.

Charles Mingus – Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Live version on Mingus at Antibes ’60)

Classic Mingus, dickhead!
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getting straight to the point... [Nov. 6th, 2006|05:26 pm]
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so at a halloween party i met this guy who wants to work with a music website doing live reviews with a twist. he has this idea about getting the bands consent and adding live clips of bands to the reviews, and if the band is well known or established enough, charging for full downloads. i'm not sure how it works to be honest, but he emailed me which must mean he's pretty keen. he's in london, same as me, and wants to set up a meeting.

his name is olly, and he seems really fucking smart, and most of all, very keen.

i think if it works it could be great. it's a new, interesting idea and he has everything we'll need other than webspace to do it.

so, shall i set up a meeting? ideas? opinions anyone?
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2006|09:12 pm]
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[mood |bossy mcgee]

Okay, i took a week off of nagging because...i felt bad. However i must make a triumphant return.

if your name is here, submit a list for the listening to with a picture (if there isn't one already) and what song you want up for download by Monday. email stars_inthe_attic@hotmail.com if you want to me to upload the mp3 to the website...or what to tell me how gay my email address is.
yes, it is easier to nag than make shit up.

also if you have a photo for photo of the week that's super cool. if not i've got one from eagles of death metal that i liked...probably should have done that this week. i'm an ass.

yeeeeeeeah. i wish i had more to offer than this.
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2006|08:58 am]
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OH, and fopp sent out their latest releases email t'other week and it said 'tortoise and bonnie prince charley'. THEY MUST PAY FOR THIS INSOLENCE. i can forward the email to anyone who has the capabilities to take a screen shot and post it on the ol' awb website with a suitably "LOLZ! DICKZ! ...fucking amateurs, i'll cut your nose off."

also, does anyone plan to review it? iain? BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT IT.

OH. i call dibs on the live album 'summer in the southeast' too.
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also: [Jan. 31st, 2006|08:47 am]
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'We Are Not the Infadels' effortlessly drifts between electronics and rock'n'roll, delivering with a punk sensibility and panache. Embrace the Infadels for their time is now.
this is wot fopp dun say. anyone want to review this album? i haven't listened to it yet, and i probably won't for a little bit if i do end up reviewing it.
i got the arctic monkeys album a week before it was released also, and did somewhat of a review, but i need to tidy it up and stuff. i was going to offer it up for a competition, but then i sort of gave it to my friend for her birthday because i looked like an awesome bastard by giving it her DAYS before it actually came out and subsequently became Britain's FASTEST SELLING DEBUT ALBUM OF ALL TIME.
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2006|08:44 am]
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anyone want to go see the arctic monkeys and review them? any of these dates, if you do, just let me know soon-ish:


Tue 31 Nottingham , Rock City SOLD OUT


Wed 1 Leeds , University SOLD OUT
Thu 2 Liverpool , University NME Ticketline
Sat 4 Manchester , Academy SOLD OUT
Tue 7 Sheffield , Octagon NME Ticketline
Wed 8 Birmingham , Academy NME Ticketline
Thu 9 Norwich , UEA NME Ticketline
Sat 11 Cardiff , Great Hall NME Ticketline
Sun 12 Cambridge , Corn Exchange NME Ticketline
Mon 13 Bristol , Academy NME Ticketline
Wed 15 Portsmouth , Guildhall NME Ticketline
Thu 16 Brighton , Dome NME Ticketline
Fri 17 London , Brixton Academy NME Ticketline


Thu 13 Nottingham Rock City
Fri 14 Glasgow Carling Academy
Sat 15 Newcastle Carling Academy
Mon 17 Bournemouth BIC
Tue 18 Plymouth Pavillions
Wed 19 Wolverhampton Civic
Fri 21 Newport Centre
Sat 22 Rotherham Magna Centre
Sun 23 Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Tue 25 Hull Ice Rink
Wed26 cambridge corn exchange
Thu 27 London Brixton Carling Academy
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(no subject) [Jan. 19th, 2006|02:02 am]
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top 25 of 2005 WITH BLURBS + top 5 ep's + special mentions + lots of crapCollapse )
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