Album Review: The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers The supergroup: a lazy term for a generally dirty concept in rock music. It brings to mind egotistical, indulgent, short-term projects comprising disparate musicians operating on different wavelengths. But after 15 years and six full length albums, The New Pornographers have found a way to circumvent these problems, chiefly by only convening every few years. Inbetween, A.C. Newman’s own projects have... Read More

ALBUM REVIEW: SAVAGES – SILENCE YOURSELF

The return of punk and riots seemed inevitable when this government took over. Calmly listening to acoustic folk and uplifting indie while being financially squeezed and in constant fear of redundancy, simply doesn’t tally. If you still receive as much as £10 working tax credits per month, you should seriously consider spending it on this album. London-based Savages blazed a trail nationwide with their invigorating, energetic and raw live performances,... Read More

Album Review: Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Smoke Ring For My Halo was my favourite album of 2011, and though, in retrospect it’s now eclipsed by M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and Slave Ambient by former bandmates the excellently named The War on Drugs, it remains an album I return to from time to time with real relish. What I like most about Kurt Vile is that he truly lives and breathes music. You can tell that the first thing he does after he rolls out of bed is strum and... Read More

NEWS: SAVAGES – HEAR NEW TRACK ‘SHE WILL’ TAKEN FROM DEBUT ALBUM

The first released track from Savages’ forthcoming album Silence Yourself available on 6th(UK)/7th(US) May 2013 from Matador Records. @savagesband http://www.popnoire.com http://www.savagesband.com http://www.matadorrecords.com http://www.facebook.com/savagestheband  Read More

VIDEO: CAT POWER – ‘CHEROKEE’

Here is the new Cat Power new video for ‘Cherokee’, starring and directed by Chan Marshall (Cat Power), it’s the first music video to be taken from her new album, ‘Sun’. Shot in the Californian desert, it depicts a post-apocalyptic world in the near future where road gangs rule a lawless land. The video follows the Cherokee MP3 release (with Nicolas Jaar remix) and the previously announced european tour dates, with December’s... Read More

ALBUM: CAT POWER – ‘SUN’

It has taken 3 years for ‘Chan’ Marshall to write, produce and play all that you hear on this new Cat Power album. An impressive undertaking indeed. The result must prove to be her most personal release to date, I assume that was the intention. Her talents with various instruments will be scrutinised due to the circumstances, any limitations will be open to criticism. Producer Philippe Zdar (Chromeo, Beastie Boys, Phoenix) helped with... Read More

NEWS: CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING – STREAM SINGLE ‘BURROUGHS’ FROM THURSTON MOORES NEW BAND

Chelsea Light Moving are set to release their debut on Matador Records later this year. All words below are by Thurston Moore: FOR IMMEDIATE…mmmmm…RELEASE (newsflash courtesy of Love Sick Times, free periodical for poets and punks) This song is called BURROUGHS. It is by the band CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING. ‘Burroughs’ is the first track from a session recorded in the wilds of Western Massachusetts in the springtime of 2012. It was inspired... Read More

VIDEO: THE YOUNG – ‘LIVIN’ FREE’

A few weeks ahead of the UK release of The Young‘s new album ‘Dub Egg’, Spotify host an exclusive stream of the album HERE. Watch The Violinist sessions – Matador blog ‘Dub Egg’ album released June 25th on Matador Records  Read More

VIDEO: CAT POWER ‘RUIN’ + NEW ALBUM DETAILS

‘Sun’ is the first album of original material from Cat Power in over six years. Chan Marshall performed and produced ‘Sun’ herself in various locations including a studio she built in Malibu. ‘Sun’ Track Listing: 1: Cherokee 2: Sun 3: Ruin 4: 3,6,9 5: Always On My Own 6: Real Life 7: Human Being 8: Manhattan 9: Silent Machine 10: Nothin But Time 11: Peace And Love Produced by Chan Marshall Mixed by Philippe Zdar... Read More

NEWS: THE YOUNG – NEW ALBUM DETAILS + LIVE VIDEO

Austin, Texas quartet The Young have kept a somewhat shadowy profile since their inception in 2007. Guitarist/vocalist Hans Zimmerman expanded his home recording venture into a full-fledged, elite punk unit with the additions of bassist Jason Costanzo, guitarist Kyle Edwards and drummer Ryan Maloney, undergoing a stylistic shift shortly after the release of their first two 7” singles. With little regard for public reception, The Young would soon... Read More

ALBUM: Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

It’s quite hard, when listening to Kurt Vile, to reconcile the sound of the music with the name of its creator (though, it could very well be his real name…(but, probably not…(but then, it might be…))). You’d probably be expecting something quite raucous.  However, not finding that, you probably won’t be too disappointed either. Even if you’ve not heard Vile before, it’s likely you’ll have heard his name along the way. Smoke Ring... Read More

ALBUM: Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago

For those of you who weren’t cool enough to be in the Young Ornithologists Club (YOC for short), Shearwaters are medium-sized long-winged seabirds with over thirty species; and for those of you not familiar with tectonic geography, an archipelago is a chain or cluster of islands. Together they create a sense of something remote, wild and pristine – a separate, ideal landscape, which remains undisturbed and undiscovered by the outside world.... Read More