• Mix Tape n+9, n is a natural number

    13 Mar 2010, 00:40 by fauxia

    A new CD for my wife. This one is rather good gathering of songs, I gather.

    1. Wilco - Impossible Germany
    2. Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer
    3. The Antlers - Bear
    4. Shearwater - The Snow Leopard
    5. Tuomas Henrikin Jeesuksen Kristuksen Bändi - Käpytemppeli
    6. The Shins - Young Pilgrims
    7. Vampire Weekend - Cousins
    8. Absoluuttinen Nollapiste - Kupit on kuin olisi häät
    9. The Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism
    10. God Help The Girl - Act of the Apostle
    11. Okkervil River - A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene
    12. Girls - Laura
    13. Noah And The Whale - Blue Skies
    14. Bat For Lashes - Sleep Alone
    15. Au Revoir Simone - Shadows
    16. The Shins - Kissing the Lipless
    17. Doves - 10:03
    18. Shearwater - Red Sea, Black Sea
    19. Midlake - Roscoe
    20. The Antlers - Epilogue
  • The obligatory end of year list

    16 Dec 2009, 19:55 by Thelonious9

    This felt like a really good year for music yet when I sat down to compile a top ten tracks released this year, I realised that none stood out head and shoulders above the rest. The following ten sneak through by a nose, ahead of a very large field.

    1.You Muses AssistAlasdair Roberts

    He’s released loads of records but I only stumbled on him this year, picking up his last but one album for a quid in a charity shop. He’s since treated me to the longest gig of the year (when I left at midnight he was still going strong) and the sight of him dressed as a Druid for Twisted Christmas. This is his best song – an extremely distinctive voice and a knack for finding words that shouldn’t fit into a song in a million years. All together now: “sterile rams and simulacra, sterile rams and simulacra…..”

    2.Dog Days Are OverFlorence + the Machine

    When F+M was announced as the support act for Blur I remember thinking “not that annoying Kiss With A Fist woman”. …
  • My best new releases of 2009

    3 Dec 2009, 18:19 by SideFlower

  • My Top 50 Albums of 2009

    28 Nov 2009, 00:44 by Acquiescence

    2009…most notable, musically, for giving me an album so perfect I am seriously considering calling it my favourite ever release, though I’m still undecided for now. Japanese music continues to enforce its way into my tastes, I’m starting to develop a hankering for it more than ever. I thought I’d rue the day I ever developed a liking for girlish J-pop but then I guess some miracles never cease to happen. So a good year for music overall then…still no 2005, but nothing ever will be. Just a footnote, any music video included is not a random choice, it’s there because I think it warrants attention, whether it’s due to artistic merit or the fact that it ties in well with the song’s themes and/or images that it creates. If it has hot Japanese chicks then that doesn’t hurt either.

    50. Keith - Vice And Virtue

    Vice & Virtue manages that rare feat, a sophomore effort that simultaneously comes across as a letdown AND a worthy successor. …
  • Doves @ Brixton Academy - 2nd May 2009

    10 May 2009, 02:53 by Al_73

    Well, I'd been waiting a long time to see these guys & tonight was the night! :D A few hiccups on the way here - helped by London Underground kindly deciding to close Brixton tube station - but luckily they were the only problems I encountered tonight!

    With a little Jack Daniels & Southern Comfort coursing through my veins, the lights darkened at about 9.30pm &, to the metallic clatter of the intro to Jetstream, they walked onstage. I just had a feeling they'd start with this song & they didn't disappoint me! In fact, this was one of the best starts to any gig I've been to recently as the first five songs they played were on my secret wishlist of songs I hoped they'd play :D Jetstream was followed by the cinematic sweep of the lovely Snowden & for the first of many times this evening, the colony of goosebumps that live in my spine, went into overdrive. This was beautiful! My fave track from the new album - Winter Hill - followed. This song really is everything that is great about Doves wrapped into 5 minutes. …
  • Oh, alright then..

    6 Apr 2009, 10:04 by ODeigh

    I was anticipating disappointment, I admit it. I was anticipating more terrace anthems and Doves by numbers. I lacked faith in their ability to take an extended leave of absence and come back as anything other than flabby and middle aged.

    I was wrong.

    The rest was as good as a change. Kingdom Of Rust is everything a Doves album should be a decade or so down the line.

    Familiarity with Jetstream from the free download is making me like it more. I like the disco-ness of the drum track. I like the twittering synths. There's even something a little New Romantic about it that reminds me of early Ultravox and Duran Duran.

    Kingdom of Rust drags you back to Fulsome Prison-era Johnny Cash. It's bordering on The Coral with its scousadelica bassline, which I'm trying desperately to ignore. I haven't seen the video for the single version because I'm old now and they won't let me on YouTube with my zimmerframe, but I really hope they're in some mocked up Wild West town wearing Man With No Name outfits. …
  • Doves - Kingdom of Rust review

    27 Mar 2009, 05:05 by TheWalkmen

    It’s been four years since the Doves released Some Cities, their last full-length. Generally, such a long layover is cause for concern. Fortunately, the Manchester, England band have avoided a Second Coming and are back on top form. Kingdom Of Rust picks up where Some Cities they left off, retaining some of the more electronic elements of that album. This is arguably Doves’ most inventive effort to date, yet it still retains the band’s classic sound.

    The slow burning Jetstream opens the album and builds towards some interesting textural ideas, although it doesn’t quite seem to achieve much in the way of a climax. The pace is picked up by the lead single and title track Kingdom of Rust, which grooves along with an expansive sound of a determined band. The pace continues to build with the dirty basslines of the Outsiders and through to Winter Hill, a more conventional Doves number. What follows next though is the centerpiece, 10:03. What begins as a lush ballad about longing for familiarity…