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Rowland S. Howard – Teenage Snuff Film

Rowland S Howard’s solo masterpiece gets overdue reissue.

Container – Scramblers

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!

Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters • Teeth Of The Sea – St Paul’s Church, Birmingham.

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.

Sightless Pit – Grave of a Dog

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.

Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field

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.

Michael – Muther’s, Birmingham

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.

Self Help – Grand Hotel Ibis

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.

Richard Skelton – LASTGLACIALMAXIMUM

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.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Thor & Friends, Live at The Star & Garter

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 …

Dan Deacon – Mystic Familiar

Mystic Familiar offers a typically over saturated vision of both life and music as a wild psychedelic adventure.

hackedepicciotto – The Current

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 – Patchouli Blue

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 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Wire rarely give you quite what you expect and yet the one thing I really never anticipated was for them to make me emotional.

WIRE – Mind Hive

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.

Nathalie Stern – Nerves and Skin

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.

Exclusive Video Premiere : Stereocilia

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 …

BNNT – Middle West

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.

Throbbing Gristle – Part Two: The Endless Not/ TG Now/ A Souvenir of Camber Sands

The pick of the three, Part Two: The Endless Not an imperfect but nonetheless decent stab at a late period comeback record.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Gum Takes Tooth live at Woodland Gathering

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 …

The Go-Betweens – G Stands For Go-Betweens: Volume 2 – 1985 -1989

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.

Stick In The Wheel – Against The Loathsome Beyond

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.

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