Articles by Jared Dix
Rowland S Howard’s solo masterpiece gets overdue reissue.
Scramblers is an irresistible cheap hit, bag of cans and stupid dance moves in the kitchen, groove. I guess it’s a kind of love it or hate it type situation. I love it!
This is exactly the sort of stuff for which this venue is perfect. Deep listening music that taps into the same meditative qualities as the building . . . Here in a space that already encourages stillness, in your own shut-off little pew, you can drift away with it.
An inevitable consequence of the collaborative creative community that swirls around The Body, Sightless Pit is a tastily seditious inversion of the rock power trio.
Masters of a wide range of tried and tested techniques, working busily in the garage on their opaque but beguiling collages. We might ponder where they get the motivation but can’t help but be charmed by the results.
There’s a similar playfulness in reworking rock moves as Pigsx7; but if Pigs dig in to a particular groove and ride it, Michael are more erratic – like Pigs’ weird and intense brother who doesn’t go out much. Imagine that.
It hasn’t made me a better person yet but if nothing else it’s impressed on me that I really need to read Doran’s book.
Abandoning any links to the pastoral for some kind of speculative psychogeology, the sound is grey and cold and implacable. By which I mean that, yeah, somehow it does sound like glaciation.
Thor & Friends | WEBSITE FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD Here’s something to make your day/week better. Put aside whatever current political/financial/weather based misery is grinding your teeth and soak up the whole of Thor & Frien …
Mystic Familiar offers a typically over saturated vision of both life and music as a wild psychedelic adventure.
Travelling Berlin artists, comin’ over ‘ere… making cultural capital out of our magnificent post industrial decline? Bloody cheek of it!
Bohren & der Club of Gore play a superbly unhurried type of slow-core doom jazz. The sort of stuff to make long shot film noir images spool across the mind’s eye and your internal monologue turn all hard-boiled detective without warning.
Wire rarely give you quite what you expect and yet the one thing I really never anticipated was for them to make me emotional.
Light on its feet, immediately melodic but richly layered with sonic details and the familiar gnomic lyrics. Mind Hive is another helping of that wonderful, streamlined, and enigmatic modern rock music they make.
Like a dark, smooth pebble from a brook. Pleasing to hold, glowing inwardly with secrets. A faultless combination of lovely vocal harmonies and meditative drone.
Stereocilia | WEBSITE BANDCAMP Well, it was nice to greet the bright new decade for a few hungover hours wasn’t it? It didn’t take long to proudly reveal it had flicked a lit cigarette butt into the bins out back and things had begun to swiftly s …
As we stumble blearily into a new decade Middle West is a timely splash of cold water in the face. It offers harsh truths, refusal, stubborn hope and endless questions.
The pick of the three, Part Two: The Endless Not an imperfect but nonetheless decent stab at a late period comeback record.
photo by Robin Hill Gum Takes Tooth | WEBSITE BANDCAMP FACEBOOK Our last trip this year down to Woodland Gathering through the magic cameras of IMPA TV finds London based ‘two man everything machine’ Gum Takes Tooth bringing the driving rh …
literate, melodic pop songs pulling on a strand that runs from the Velvet Underground through the Modern Lovers and Television, given a uniquely sunlit Australian twist.
The entwining of ancient and modern is explored throughout the tracks here, Stick In the Wheel bring a light alchemical touch to their materials with enchanting results.